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The Slammy Awards
CountryUnited States
Presented byWWE
Academy of Wrestling Arts and Sciences (kayfabe)
First awarded1986
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The Slammy Awards
CountryUnited States
Presented byWWE
Academy of Wrestling Arts and Sciences (kayfabe)
First awarded1986

The Slammy Awards is a concept used by WWE, where awards, similar to the Academy and Grammy Awards, are given to professional wrestlers and other individuals within WWE, such as commentators and managers.[1] There have been eight editions of the concept, with the first two iterations airing in 1986 and 1987, respectively. After a nine-year hiatus, the concept resumed in 1996 and 1997 (in a banquet-like format). The concept endured another long hiatus until its subsequent return in 2008 by WWE (in a format interlaced with regular matches on a live TV arena show). The recipient of the award receives a statuette that depicts one wrestler holding another over his head.[2]


1986 Slammy Awards[edit]

The first edition of the Slammy Awards took place in December from the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.[3][4][5] The award was created by the Academy of Wrestling Arts and Sciences.[2] Martha Quinn was the Guest Interviewer.[citation needed]

Best Personality in Land of a Thousand Dances
Gene Okerlund performed "Tutti Frutti".
Best Producer
Jimmy Hart performed "Eat Your Heart Out Rick Springfield."
Best Commentator
Hillbilly Jim lip-synched "Don't Go Messin' with a Country Boy."
Most Ignominious
Junkyard Dog lip-synched "Grab Them Cakes."
Best Single Performer

1987 Slammy Awards[edit]

The second edition of the Slammy Awards (referred to in commercials and on the air as the 37th annual Slammy Awards[6]) took place on December 17 from Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[3][7][8]

This ceremony is perhaps best remembered for a musical number performed by WWF owner Vince McMahon, singing the song "Stand Back".[9] The video of McMahon (whose on-air role at the time was strictly as an announcer) singing "Stand Back" would resurface on the May 28, 2001 episode of WWF Raw is War when Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit played the video to humiliate McMahon, who by then had long moved out of his announcing role and into his Mr. McMahon persona on TV;[10] "Stand Back" has since resurfaced several times over the years as a running gag between McMahon and any face wrestler he is feuding with at that particular time, and was included on the 2006 McMahon DVD.[11]

Best Performance by an AnimalGene Okerlund
Woman of the YearThe Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart
Best Ring ApparelJim Duggan
Hulk Hogan Real American AwardHulk Hogan
Jesse "The Body" AwardJesse Ventura
Greatest HitJesse Ventura and Gene Okerlund
Manager of the YearGorilla Monsoon
Best Personal HygieneJesse Ventura and Gene Okerlund
Best Vocal PerformanceRandy Savage and Miss Elizabeth
Song of the YearJesse Ventura and Gene Okerlund
Best GroupN/A
Humanitarian of the YearN/A
Best HeadN/A
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Scholarship AwardN/A
*The entire WWF roster performed "If You Only Knew" as the show's closing number;[9] several of the wrestlers had solos.

1995 Slammy Awards (unofficial)[edit]

Dormant for years, awards referred to as "Slammy Awards" were issued by Todd Pettengill and Stephanie Wyand in early 1995 on WWF Mania.[12]

1996 Slammy Awards[edit]

The third edition of the Slammy Awards took place on March 30 from the Anaheim Marriot in Anaheim, California.[3][13][14]

Best BunsThe Godwinns and Hillbilly Jim
Best Slammin' Jammin' EntranceSteve Austin and Ted DiBiase
"Put A Fork in Him, He's Done" (Best Finisher)Bob Backlund and Scott Reskus
Crime of the CenturyJim Cornette and Clarence Mason
New Sensation of the Squared CircleJim Davidson, Darlene Vogel, and Paula Trickey
I'm Talking and I Can't Shut Up for Biggest MouthBillionaire Ted
Best ThreadsMr. TV Trivia and Fatale
Blue Light Special for Worst DresserMr. TV Trivia and Fatale
WWF's Greatest HitGoldust and Marlena
Minds Behind the Mayhem for Manager of the YearRob Perth
Lifetime Achievement AwardVince McMahon
Most Embarrassing MomentThe Bushwhackers
Squared Circle ShockerHunter Hearst Helmsley
Master of Mat MechanicsMr. Perfect
Best Music VideoDok Hendrix
US West Match of the YearJim Ross
Which WWF champion, past or present, in attendance, is Hall of Fame bound?Gorilla Monsoon
Leader of the New GenerationRoddy Piper

1997 Slammy Awards[edit]

The fourth edition of the Slammy Awards took place on March 21 from the Westin Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.[3][15][16]

New SensationAhmed Johnson[3][15][16]
Best DressedThe Honky Tonk Man and Cindy Margolis[3][15][16]
Best TattooAdam & George[3][15][16]
Match of the YearJim Ross[3][15][16]
Best HairLegion of Doom[3][15][16]
Loose ScrewSunny and Lou Albano[3][15][16]
Best Bow TieOwen Hart [9]
Best Entrance MusicDok Hendrix and John McNaley[3][15][16]
Best FinisherBrian Pillman[3][15][16]
Best CoupleVince McMahon and Jerry Lawler[3][15][16]
Freedom of SpeechBob Backlund and Mancow[3][15][16]
Star of the Highest MagnitudeWalter Payton[3][15]
Lifetime Achievement AwardGorilla Monsoon and Sycho Sid
Miss SlammyTodd Pettengill[3][15][16]

Top 10 Slammy Award Moments (2008)[edit]

Todd Grisham hosted a feature on on February 23, showcasing the Slammy Awards' Top 10 moments.[1]

  1. WWF Superstars performing "If You Only Knew" in 1987.
  2. Owen Hart accepting his second Slammy award in 1997 (one he wasn't nominated for), and then getting into a confrontation with Vader.
  3. Bret Hart winning the award for Best Video in 1996.
  4. Freddie Blassie winning the Lifetime Achievement award in 1996.
  5. Vince McMahon performing "Stand Back" in 1987.
  6. Steve Austin winning the Freedom of Speech award in 1997.
  7. Shawn Michaels promising a show-stealing WrestleMania XII entrance in 1996 – he came to the ring from the rafters on a zip-wire.
  8. Todd Pettengill's opening number in 1996.
  9. Jim Duggan and Harley Race's brawl throughout the 1987 awards.
  10. WWF Superstars performing "Land of a Thousand Dances" in 1986, with Roddy Piper winning the award for the best wrestler in the video.

2008 Slammy Awards[edit]

The Slammy Awards were brought back in 2008 as part of a strategy to air more "special episodes" of WWE Raw and revive the brand[2] as well as boost ratings.[9] announced some of the nominees for the awards on December 2.[17] The event took place on December 8 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Superstar of the YearStephanie McMahon
Match of the YearMr. Kennedy and Eve Torres
Diva of the YearTheodore Long and Melina
"OMG!" Moment of the YearJoey Styles and Alicia Fox
Couple of the YearKane and Kelly Kelly
Tag Team of the YearFestus and Maria
Finishing Maneuver of the YearCryme Tyme and Candice Michelle
"Damn!" Moment of the YearRon Simmons and Mickie James
Extreme Moment of the YearMatt Hardy and Tiffany
Breakout Star of the
Best Musical
Announce Team of the

2009 Slammy Awards[edit]

The event took place on December 14 at Corpus Christi, Texas. It was hosted by Dennis Miller.

Tag Team of the YearR-Truth and Jillian Hall
Breakout Star of the YearTheodore Long and Tiffany
Shocker of the YearVickie Guerrero and Santino Marella
Match of the YearTriple H
Raw Guest Host of the YearMr. McMahon
Extreme Moment of the YearCarlito, Chris Masters and Eve Torres
Diva of the YearMontel Vontavious Porter and Goldust
  • Maria[c]
  • All Divas were nominated. The winner was decided by online voting
The "Oh My" Moment of the YearAbraham Washington, Tony Atlas and Big Dick Johnson
Superstar of the Year


  • John Cena won a tournament to win the Superstar of the Year Award
  • Randy Orton (pinned by John Cena and lost the match in the tournament finals)
  • The Undertaker (lost to Randy Orton by countout in the first round)
  • CM Punk (lost to John Cena by submission in the first round)

2010 Slammy Awards[edit]

The event took place on December 13, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Best Performance By a Winged
  • Raw Chicken
Best Use of Exercise
Most Menacing
Best Family
Superstar/Diva Most in Need of
Cole in Your
Outstanding Achievement of Baby Oil
Frequent Tweeter
Best Exclusive TV
Most Annoying
Shocker of the YearDavid Arquette
Despicable Me AwardKelly Kelly and Tyson Kidd (with Jackson Andrews)
Guest Star Shining Moment of the YearSantino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov
Holy $#!+ Move of the YearJerry Lawler and Vickie Guerrero
WWE Universe Fan Reaction of the YearDavid Arquette
  • "Angry Miz Girl" Cayley
  • Woman crying at Shawn Michaels' retirement speech
  • Guy looking shocked at the SmackDown! Money In The Bank PPV .
  • Kid shocked after John Cena lost to Wade Barrett at the Hell In A Cell 2010 PPV, and was forced to join the Nexus
"Oh Snap" Meltdown of the YearEdge and Christian
Knucklehead Moment of the YearJTG and William Regal
"And I Quote ..." Line of the YearMichael Cole
  • Michael Cole
WWE Diva of the YearN/A
WWE Moment of the YearBig Show
Superstar of the Year[a]Theodore Long
Diva battle royal eliminations

Red ██ and "Raw" indicates a Raw diva and blue ██ and "SD" indicates a SmackDown diva.

DivaBrandOrder of EliminationEliminated by
Fox, AliciaAlicia FoxRaw12Natalya
Phoenix, BethBeth PhoenixSmackDown11Michelle McCool
Bella, BrieBrie BellaRaw6Lay-Cool
Eve Torres, Eve TorresRaw5Alicia Fox
Kim, GailGail KimRaw13Natalya
Kelly, KellyKelly KellySmackDown8Layla
Layla, LaylaSmackDown10Beth Phoenix
MelinaRaw9Beth Phoenix
McCool, MichelleMichelle McCoolSmackDownWINNERN/A
NatalyaRaw14Michelle McCool
Bella, NikkiNikki BellaRaw4Eve Torres
Mendes, RosaRosa MendesSmackDown2Tamina
TaminaRaw3The Bella Twins

2011 Slammy Awards[edit]

The event took place on December 12, 2011 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Outstanding Achievement in Muppet
The Pee-wee Herman Bowtie
  • David Otunga, for his Harvard-law-by-way-of-the-Playhouse business attire
Most Predictable Outcome of the
Guess Who's Back or: Return of the
Double Vision Moment of the
T-Shirt of the
  • CM Punk for "Best in the World" T-shirt Exclusive of the
Most Regrettable Attire of the
Critter Moment of the
Superstar Transformation of the
"Tell Me I Did NOT Just See That"
Moment of the Year
Booker T and Hornswoggle
Holy $#!+ Move of the YearMick Foley and Ted DiBiase
"Pipe Bomb" of the YearRoad Dogg
Divalicious Moment of the YearLita
OMG Moment of the YearSantino Marella and The Bella Twins
#Trending Superstar of the YearDavid Otunga and Tony Atlas
Game Changer of the YearChristian
WWE A-lister of the YearVickie Guerrero and Goldust
Superstar of the YearRey Mysterio

2012 Slammy Awards[edit]

The event took place on December 17, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Feat of Strength of the
Best Dancer of the
Top Social Media
Tweet of the
  • "Goat face is a horrible insult. My face is practically perfect in every way. In fact, from now on I demand to be called Beautiful Bryan." – Daniel Bryan
  • "I don't have Instagram. I'm an adult." – Cody Rhodes
  • "I did it for Andy Kaufman." – CM Punk
  • "Yes, this is the real Great Khali. I'm ready to tweet with you!" – The Great Khali
Insult of the
  • John Cena to Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero: "You're the exact opposite. One enjoys eating a lot of nuts and the other is still trying to find his."
  • CM Punk calls Daniel Bryan "goat-faced."
  • Sheamus to Dolph Ziggler, while Ziggler was standing on a ladder: "Look at you there, Ziggler. You’re finally taller than everybody, congratulations."
  • The Rock to John Cena: "If John Cena had led the American Revolution, right now all of us would be playing cricket, we'd be sipping tea and we'd be blessing the Queen."
Facial Hair of the
Betrayal of the
Crowd Chant of the Exclusive Video of the
Upset of the
Diva of the
"Tell Me I Didn't Just See That" Moment of the YearBooker T
Comeback of the YearThe New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn)
Kiss of the YearVickie Guerrero
Superstar of the YearRic Flair
LOL! Moment of the YearSantino Marella and Tensai
#Trending Now of the YearZack Ryder and Layla
Newcomer of the YearSheamus
Match of the YearGene Okerlund, Ricky Steamboat and Jim Ross

2013 Slammy Awards[edit]

This event took place on December 9, 2013 in Seattle, Washington and was hosted by WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Jerry Lawler.

"What a Maneuver!"
Faction of the
"You Still Got It!" Best Superstar
Couple of the
Tag Team of the
Feat of Strength of the
"Say What?!" Quote of the
Best Dance
Favorite Web
Best Crowd of the
Catchphrase of the
Trending Now (Hashtag of the Year)Cody Rhodes and Goldust (Pre-Show)
"THIS IS AWESOME!" Moment of the YearChristian (Pre-Show)
Breakout Star of the YearJohn Laurinaitis (Pre-Show)
Beard of the YearSantino Marella (Pre-Show)
"LOL!" Moment of the YearThe New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg)
Double-Cross of the YearThe Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)
Diva of the YearEve Torres
Superstar of the YearShawn Michaels
Fan Participation of the YearThe Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neill)
Insult of the YearThe Miz
Extreme Moment of the YearMick Foley
Match of the YearBret Hart

2014 Slammy Awards[edit]

This event will take place on December 8, 2014 in Greenville, South Carolina and will be hosted by Seth Green.

Best Twitter Handle or Social Media ChampionTBA
  • TBA
Match of the YearTBA
  • TBA
Diva of the YearTBA
  • TBA
Superstar of the YearTBA
  • TBA
Tag Team of the YearTBA
  • TBA


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