One of the great things about wrestling is that there is no set formula for what makes a feud great. Sometimes a feud can be a heated rivalry between two former best friends that goes on for over a year. Other times, a feud can consist of only one match but the lead-up and ramifications of that match can have a major impact on the sport. This year, those two extremes are recognized as the winner and runner-up of the 2012 Feud of the Year.
Runner-up: Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
For over three years, Beer Money was the most dominant tag team in TNA Wrestling as they won the tag team gold on four separate occasions. Beginning with the Bound for Glory Series in 2011, the two men set their eyes on the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. It appeared that Bobby Roode would reach the top of the summit first when he won the tournament but he wound up losing his championship match to Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory 2011. Just a few nights later, James Storm won the title from Kurt Angle. His time at the top of the mountain didn't last for long as a friendly title defense against Bobby Roode ended with Roode using a beer bottle to win the title and start this feud. Several months later, the former best friends fought each other in a Cage Match at LockDown. Roode successfully retained the title at that event which took place in Storm's hometown. Following that match, Storm took some time off to regroup and by the time they had their next one-on-one pay-per-view match, Roode was no longer the champion. At Bound for Glory 2012, James Storm got some revenge by beating Roode in a Street Fight that featured MMA Star King Mo as the special enforcer.
Winner: The Rock vs. John Cena
For the first time in history, the main event of WrestleMania was announced a year in advance. After a over a year of trading insults with one another, this "once in a lifetime" match between the biggest stars of two different eras resulted in the most successful WrestleMania ever. WrestleMania XXVIII set new company records for pay-per-view buys and gross sales. According to a press release by the company, the event garnered 1.3 million pay-per-view buys with global gross sales in excess of $67 million including the live event. As far as the match itself went, The Rock won this dream match that actually lived up to the hype.
Prior Feud of the Year Award Winners
- '11: CM Punk vs. WWE
- '10: John Cena vs. The Nexus
- '09: John Cena vs. Randy Orton
- '08: Undertaker vs. Edge
- '07: Undertaker vs. Batista
- '06: John Cena vs. Edge
Photo of The Rock & John Cena: Mike Coppola/Getty Images