As 2010 comes to a close, I’d like to recap the year in sports and pro wrestling. I want to start with pro wrestling. In TNA wrestling the biggest highlight was the return of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair to pro wrestling. They have highlighted the success that TNA Wrestling has had this year. In the WWE, a lot has always happens but the thing that sticks out to me is Shawn Michaels final match at Wrestlemania 26. He retired from active competition and left behind a legacy that will never be duplicated.
America’s team won the Super Bowl this year as the New Orleans brought back pride to their city with the Lombardi Trophy. Brett Favre retired and un-retired again. He had a horrible year and now has officially been physically knocked out of the game. The Detroit have had their first winning streak in three years which amazing in itself. Michael Vick has had a comeback year and a lot has been forgiven. Stay tuned for the Super Bowl in 2011.
In basketball, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson led the Lakers to another title against arch-rival Boston Celtics. However this was overshadowed by the “decision” made by Lebron James to turn his back on the city of Cleveland to play in Miami. There was a lot of backlash because of it and it was probably the biggest sports story of the year.
In Women’s basketball UCONN set the mark for all time most wins a row which is huge. They will probably break 100 and make impossible to beat. Men’s basketball has seen it’s fair share of great things like Coach K at Duke trying to surpass Bob Knight’s all time win record. What a great thing that would be if he did. I’ve always respected coach Coach K for bringing back USA Basketball to glory in the Olympics.
What a year in baseball it was as well. The Giants won the World Series but Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee were the talks of the game. Now both of them are on the same team. There were 6 no hitters thrown this year, two of them which were thrown by Halladay. The one perfect game that never happened was Armando Gallaraga who was screwed out of a perfect game by Jim Joyce. It was great to see it end in class and respect between both individuals.
In the UFC, new champions were crowned. Mauricio Rua, Frankie Edgar and Cain Velasquez all became champions. The WEC and UFC finally merged to become a brand new powerhouse that start on New Years Night. On the Strikeforce side of things, Fedor finally lost and hasn’t fought since. No one knows what’s next for his future. Chuck Liddell retired from active competition and will go down as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
In Golf, it was the first year ever that Tiger Wood did not win a tournament. Hopefully 2011 will be his comeback year. The man has had a tough last year and hopefully he will redeem himself.
Lastly, in the world of hockey the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and brought some greatness back to the sports town of Chicago. However the Red Wings and Penguins in my opinion still have unfinished business and are the two best teams right now. The greatest game in hockey took place in the Olympics. It was Gold Medal game between the USA and Canada that saw Sid the kid score the game winning goal for Canada in overtime. The game brought hockey back to the mainstream and got peoples attention.
It’s been a great 2010 for sports and pro wrestling. I am sure there is a lot more I have not covered so if you have anything, post it below in the comments. I would love to hear your favorite sports stories of the year. Happy New Years and God Bless.