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Thanks to nominations from the WWE Universe on Twitter, WWE and its Superstars have been named as finalists in four award categories in the 2012 Shorty Awards.

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web.

John Cena, Kelly Kelly and CM Punk are three of the six finalists for the Shorty Award for Best Athlete in Social Media. Cena won the award category’s “Vox Populi” Award as its top nomination-getter. Cena also won the “Must Follow Athlete in Social Media” award in the 2011 Mashable Awards.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of six finalists for Best Actor in Social Media. The Rock won the “Must Follow Actor in Social Media” award in the 2011 Mashable Awards.

Zack Ryder is one of six finalists for the Shorty Award for Best Web Show in Social Media, for his Web series “Z: True Long Island Story.”

WWE is one of six finalists for the Shorty Award for Best TV Show in Social Media (for both WWE Raw and SmackDown).

Winners are not decided by popular vote, but chosen by The Real Time Academy, a panel of judges from the worlds of media, journalism and entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Shorty Awards ceremony in New York City March 26.

Past winners of Shorty Awards include talk show host Conan O’Brien, Newark (N.J.) mayor Cory Booker, Sesame Street’s Grover, financial expert Suze Orman, musician Ted Leo, actor Neil Patrick Harris and NASA.

Debbie Mar 7, 2012