AS 2008 draws to a clean finish, let's look back on the people and events that provided the biggest impact on the wrestling, MMA and boxing industries over the last 12 months.Keep in mind, the global economy is going to take its effect on available spending, which means pro-wrestling, the sweet science, and Mixed Martial Arts are all going to be in heavier competition with each other for the entertainment customer in 2009.With wrestling, MMA, and boxing promotions all fighting over the ever-elusive pay per view, live gate, and merchandise piggy bank, it's time to realise that each industry has an effect on the other, at least for now.So The Paulies are open to anyone who could or can influence a consumer's choice as to where to spend that available money.
The time capsule moment of the year Paulie award: Shawn Michaels' sweet chin music to Ric Flair at Wrestlemania.
It was the Wrestlemania moment that will be replayed ad naseum for years to come, and with damn good reason. It was a fantastic video clip, filled with real emotion, with the audience living every moment with the performers who pulled it off magnificently.
Shawn Michaels saying "I'm sorry, I love you" right before kicking Ric Flair's head off will go down as one of the most memorable moments in modern day pro-wrestling.
Slam Sports Year-end Awards Winners 2008
Best Match of the Year:
SLAM! picks: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (WrestleMania XXIV)
Facebook picks: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (WrestleMania XXIV)
It goes without saying that this match will rank highly as one of the most memorable 'Mania bouts of all time. It featured both a well-told story and a decent workrate, easily being one of Flair's best in his most recent WWE tenure.
SLAM! picks: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
Facebook picks: Shawn Michaels vs Ric Falir
Very few other feuds even got consideration in this category, as more than half of our total voters picked Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho as their favourite feud. Combining fantastic matches and extremely good mic work, HBK and the former Y2J took us on an unforgettable ride this year in a series of physical and verbal exchanges we'll never forget.
The LAW Year-end Awards Winners 2008
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR (Male):
Dan "The Mouth Lovranski picks: Shawn Michaels
FEUD OF THE YEAR:
Dan "The Mouth Lovranski picks: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Jason Agnew picks: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
John Pollock picks: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
MATCH OF THE YEAR:
Dan "The Mouth Lovranski picks: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (WrestleMania 24)
Gerweck Year-end Awards Winners 2008
Match of the Year:
3/30 HBK vs. Flair
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