Fan voting is a terrible idea. One only has to look at the fact that a guy who has only played six games in the NHL and is currently on his way to the minors is leading their All-Star voting, or the fact that we nearly had an MLB All-Star game containing starters from the two Missouri-area teams. Or you could have just watched the 2015 Slammy Awards, and sat there wondering why, in a company where every single thing is scripted down to the letter, they decide to let their three hour awards show be entirely decided by a random vote of people with access to a smartphone. This led to one of the most awkward Raws in some time, and a series of ridiculous award winners that left most people saying “It’s professional wrestling! Why don’t they just fix the results so they make sense?”
10. Did They Change The Definition Of “Breakout” When We Weren’t Looking?
Listen, we like Neville. He’s a good wrestler and a nice guy, and there’s no way he should have won Breakout Superstar of the Year. What did he do this year? He played third banana out of four in the Stardust-Amell feud and was possibly the only person in 2015 to lose multiple times to King Barrett. The only person on the nominations list he should have finished ahead of was Braun Strowman, who absolutely nobody was voting for. Even the most wide-eyed and innocent wrestling fan had to know that Kevin Owens deserved this award (and failing that, probably Charlotte), but he’s kind of a jerk, so they didn’t vote for him. If you wanted to know how unimportant Neville is, Kevin Owens came out, incensed over not winning, and picked a fight with the guy who presented the award! Wouldn’t it have made more sense to have him angry at Neville, leading to a match of some sort to showcase the person who is allegedly WWE’s Breakout Star? But no, instead, Neville went on to quietly lose a match to Rusev later that night, ironically because he was unable to break out of the Accolade.