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MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

Fundamentals as sound as the WNBA


It's December, that means voting is already open in the 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards! The Observer year ends in November, while the PSP Awards run a normal calendar year. For the most part there's not much that can change, it's doubtful Clash of Champions or Final Battle will have a MOTY contender or shift another award. So here's the awards, first listing last year's winner and then previous winners. I'm just stealing content from Dave. The MMA Awards are excluded, but there are crossover awards.

Awards are based on taped dates. So Lucha Underground matches would not qualify, but the Lucha Underground show itself would as it was taped last year but aired this year.

"CATEGORY A" AWARDS - WINNERS

DETERMINED BY POINTS ON A 5-3-2 BASIS. (You get three votes)

FIRST PLACE VOTES IN PARENTHESIS

LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD
This is the best overall wrestler, in terms of wrestling and drawing. The best, most important wrestler. The obvious front runner this year is Okada. WWE's is probably AJ Styles even though he spent half the year not really doing that much. CMLL has had such a weird year that I'm not sure who I'd go with, so Ultimo Guerrero is a safe choice.

(WRESTLER OF THE YEAR)
1. A.J. STYLES (462) 2.920
2. Kazuchika Okada (285) 2,637
3. Tetsuya Naito (190) 2,610
4. Kenny Omega (79) 1,530
5. Kento Miyahara (10) 189
6. Hiroshi Tanahashi (5) 145
7. Chris Hero (3) 134
8. Volador Jr. (16) 125
9. Kevin Owens (2) 99
10. Shinsuke Nakamura (3) 73

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Harley Race; 1981 - Harley Race; 1982 - Ric Flair; 1983 - Ric Flair; 1984 - Ric Flair; 1985 - Ric Flair; 1986 - Ric Flair; 1987 - Riki Choshu; 1988 - Akira Maeda; 1989 - Ric Flair; 1990 - Ric Flair; 1991 - Jumbo Tsuruta; 1992 - Ric Flair; 1993 - Vader; 1994 - Toshiaki Kawada; 1995 - Mitsuharu Misawa; 1996 - Kenta Kobashi; 1997 - Mitsuharu Misawa; 1998 - Steve Austin; 1999 - Mitsuharu Misawa; 2000 - HHH; 2001 - Keiji Muto; 2002 - Kurt Angle; 2003 - Kenta Kobashi; 2004 - Kenta Kobashi; 2005 - Kenta Kobashi; 2006 - Mistico; 2007 - John Cena; 2008 - Chris Jericho; 2009 - Chris Jericho; 2010 - John Cena; 2011 - Hiroshi Tanahashi; 2012 - Hiroshi Tanahashi; 2013 - Hiroshi Tanahashi; 2014 - Shinsuke Nakamura; 2015 - A.J. Styles


MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER

The best wrestler. Okada is the front runner here as well, followed by arguments for Omega, Naito, KUSHIDA, Tanahashi, Ishii... I guess AJ is the easy answer for WWE but again, for half the year he didn't really stand out. Caristico has really wowed me this year with some great matches too.

1. A.J. STYLES (341) 2,436

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1986 - Ric Flair; 1987 - Ric Flair; 1988 - Tatsumi Fujinami; 1989 - Ric Flair; 1990 - Jushin Liger; 1991 - Jushin Liger; 1992 - Jushin Liger; 1993 - Kenta Kobashi; 1994 - Kenta Kobashi; 1995 - Manami Toyota; 1996 - Rey Misterio Jr.; 1997 - Mitsuharu Misawa; 1998 - Koji Kanemoto; 1999 - Mitsuharu Misawa; 2000 - Chris Benoit; 2001 - Kurt Angle; 2002 - Kurt Angle; 2003 - Kurt Angle; 2004 - Chris Benoit; 2005 - Samoa Joe; 2006 - Bryan Danielson; 2007 - Bryan Danielson; 2008 - Bryan Danielson; 2009 - Bryan Danielson; 2010 - Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson); 2011 - Davey Richards; 2012 - Hiroshi Tanahashi; 2013 - Hiroshi Tanahashi; 2014 - A.J. Styles; 2015 - A.J. Styles


BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW
1. CONOR MCGREGOR (1,005) 5,206

A dumb award for who drew the most money. I guess Conor wins again? Who cares. Micro Man should win.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1997 - Hulk Hogan; 1998 - Steve Austin; 1999 - Steve Austin; 2000 - The Rock; 2001 - Kazushi Sakuraba; 2002 - Bob Sapp; 2003 - Bob Sapp; 2004 - Kenta Kobashi; 2005 - Kenta Kobashi; 2006 - Mistico; 2007 - John Cena; 2008 - Brock Lesnar; 2009 - Brock Lesnar; 2010 - Brock Lesnar; 2011 - The Rock; 2012 - The Rock; 2013 - Georges St-Pierre; 2014 - Ronda Rousey; 2015 - Ronda Rousey

FEUD OF THE YEAR
1. CONOR MCGREGOR VS. NATE DIAZ (677) 3,582

This goes to MMA a lot, but I imagine Okada vs Omega is the favorite this year. Roman Reigns vs Braun should probably get votes but maybe people hate Roman that much. Rush vs LA Park was hot again but they haven't done a lot since summer.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko; 1981 - Andre the Giant vs. Killer Khan; 1982 - Ted DiBiase vs. Junkyard Dog; 1983 - Freebirds vs. Von Erichs; 1984 - Freebirds vs. Von Erichs; 1985 - Ted DiBiase vs. Jim Duggan; 1986 - Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff; 1987 - Jerry Lawler vs. Austin Idol & Tommy Rich; 1988 - Midnight Express vs. Fantastics; 1989 - Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk; 1990 - Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa; 1991 - Jumbo Tsuruta & company vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & company; 1992 - Moondogs vs. Jerry Lawler & Jeff Jarrett; 1993 - Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler; 1994 - Los Gringos Locos vs. Mexican AAA; 1995 - Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero; 1996 - WCW vs. NWO; 1997 - Steve Austin vs. Hart Foundation; 1998 - Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon; 1999 - Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon; 2000 - HHH vs. Mick Foley; 2001 - Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Wanderlei Silva; 2002 - Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz; 2003 - Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle; 2004 - HHH vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit; 2005 - Batista vs. HHH; 2006 - Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock; 2007 - Undertaker vs. Batista ; 2008 - Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels; 2009 - C.M. Punk vs. Jeff Hardy; 2010 - Kevin Steen vs. El Generico; 2011 - John Cena vs. C.M. Punk; 2012 - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada; 2013 - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada; 2014 - Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier; 2015 - Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo



TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
1. YOUNG BUCKS (599) 3,801

The Usos should get a lot of support too. I need to bug Dave to see if Trios qualify. The real winners should be THE BIG GUNS.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Freebirds (Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts); 1981 - Terry Gordy & Jimmy Snuka; 1982 - Stan Hansen & Ole Anderson; 1983 - Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood; 1984 - Road Warriors; 1985 - British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith); 1986 - Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton); 1987 - Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane); 1988 - Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane); 1989 - The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty); 1990 - Rick & Scott Steiner; 1991 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada; 1992 - Miracle Violence Combination (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy); 1993 - Hollywood Blondes (Brian Pillman & Steve Austin); 1994 - Los Gringos Locos (Love Machine Art Barr & Eddie Guerrero); 1995 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi; 1996 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama; 1997 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama; 1998 - Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa; 1999 - Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama; 2000 - Edge & Christian; 2001 - TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima); 2002 - Eddie & Chavo Guerrero; 2003 - KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji; 2004 - KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji; 2005 - America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm); 2006 - LAX (Homicide & Hernandez); 2007 - Mark & Jay Briscoe; 2008 - The Miz & John Morrison; 2009 - Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards; 2010 - Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli; 2011 - Giant Bernard (Tensai) & Karl Anderson; 2012 - Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian; 2013 - Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns; 2014 - Matt & Nick Jackson; 2015 - Matt & Nick Jackson

MOST IMPROVED
1. MATT RIDDLE (190) 1,026

My pick is Nick Gage. Since his return he has an it factor beyond what he had before. He really comes off as the baddest man on the planet and a legit psychopath.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Larry Zbyszko; 1981 - Adrian Adonis; 1982 - Jim Duggan; 1983 - Curt Hennig; 1984 - The Cobra (George Takano); 1985 - Steve Williams; 1986 - Rick Steiner; 1987 - Big Bubba Rogers (Ray Traylor); 1988 - Sting; 1989 - Lex Luger; 1990 - Kenta Kobashi; 1991 - Dustin Rhodes; 1992 - El Samurai; 1993 - Tracy Smothers; 1994 - Diesel (Kevin Nash); 1995 - Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero); 1996 - Diamond Dallas Page; 1997 - Tatsuhito Takaiwa; 1998 - The Rock; 1999 - Vader; 2000 - Kurt Angle; 2001 - Keiji Muto; 2002 - Brock Lesnar; 2003 - Brock Lesnar; 2004 - Randy Orton; 2005 - Roderick Strong; 2006 - Takeshi Morishima; 2007 - MVP; 2008 - The Miz; 2009 - The Miz; 2010 - Sheamus; 2011 - Dolph Ziggler; 2012 - Kazuchika Okada; 2013 - Roman Reigns; 2014 - Rusev; 2015 - Bayley

BEST ON INTERVIEWS
1. CONOR MCGREGOR (627) 3,468

Maybe Owens? I dunno. This incorporates drawing so Conor would probably win again but I don't think he will.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1981 - Lou Albano and Roddy Piper (tied); 1982 - Roddy Piper; 1983 - Roddy Piper; 1984 - Jimmy Hart; 1985 - Jim Cornette; 1986 - Jim Cornette; 1987 - Jim Cornette; 1988 - Jim Cornette; 1989 - Terry Funk; 1990 - Arn Anderson; 1991 - Ric Flair; 1992 - Ric Flair; 1993 - Jim Cornette; 1994 - Ric Flair; 1995 - Cactus Jack (Mick Foley); 1996 - Steve Austin; 1997 - Steve Austin; 1998 - Steve Austin; 1999 - The Rock; 2000 - The Rock; 2001 - Steve Austin; 2002 - Kurt Angle; 2003 - Chris Jericho; 2004 - Mick Foley; 2005 - Eddie Guerrero; 2006 - Mick Foley; 2007 - John Cena; 2008 - Chris Jericho; 2009 - Chris Jericho; 2010 - Chael Sonnen; 2011 - C.M. Punk; 2012 - C.M. Punk; 2013 - Paul Heyman; 2014 - Paul Heyman; 2015 - Conor McGregor

MOST CHARISMATIC
1. CONOR MCGREGOR (381) 2,715

I'd go with Gage but I'm guessing Naito is the front runner? Braun should really get some votes too, his charisma hides some of his weaknesses.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Ric Flair; 1981 - Michael Hayes; 1982 - Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair (tied); 1983 - Ric Flair; 1984 - Ric Flair; 1985 - Hulk Hogan; 1986 - Hulk Hogan; 1987 - Hulk Hogan; 1988 - Sting; 1989 - Hulk Hogan; 1990 - Hulk Hogan; 1991 - Hulk Hogan; 1992 - Sting; 1993 - Ric Flair; 1994 - Atsushi Onita; 1995 - Shawn Michaels; 1996 - Shawn Michaels; 1997 - Steve Austin; 1998 - Steve Austin; 1999 - The Rock; 2000 - The Rock; 2001 - The Rock; 2002 - The Rock; 2003 - Bob Sapp; 2004 - Eddie Guerrero; 2005 - Eddie Guerrero; 2006 - John Cena; 2007 - John Cena; 2008 - John Cena; 2009 - John Cena; 2010 - John Cena; 2011 - The Rock; 2012 - The Rock; 2013 - Hiroshi Tanahashi; 2014 - Shinsuke Nakamura; 2015 - Shinsuke Nakamura


BRYAN DANIELSON AWARD
(BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER)
1. ZACK SABRE JR. (453) 3,273

KUSHIDA has been my choice for the last few years. WWE has a few candidates among their smaller dudes and there's a flurry of them in Mexico.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Bob Backlund; 1981 - Ted DiBiase; 1982 - Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama); 1983 - Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama); 1984 - Dynamite Kid and Masa Saito (tied); 1985 - Tatsumi Fujinami; 1986 - Tatsumi Fujinami; 1987 - Nobuhiko Takada; 1988 - Tatsumi Fujinami; 1989 - Jushin Liger; 1990 - Jushin Liger; 1991 - Jushin Liger; 1992 - Jushin Liger; 1993 - Hiroshi Hase; 1994 - Chris Benoit; 1995 - Chris Benoit; 1996 - Dean Malenko; 1997 - Dean Malenko; 1998 - Kiyoshi Tamura; 1999 - Shinjiro Otani; 2000 - Chris Benoit; 2001 - Minoru Tanaka; 2002 - Kurt Angle; 2003 - Chris Benoit; 2004 - Chris Benoit; 2005 - Bryan Danielson; 2006 - Bryan Danielson; 2007 - Bryan Danielson; 2008 - Bryan Danielson; 2009 - Bryan Danielson; 2010 - Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson); 2011 - Daniel Bryan; 2012 - Daniel Bryan; 2013 - Daniel Bryan; 2014 - Zack Sabre Jr.; 2015 - Zack Sabre Jr.

BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD
(BEST BRAWLER)
1. TOMOHIRO ISHII (410) 3,044

Ishii probably deserves it again.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Bruiser Brody; 1981 - Bruiser Brody; 1982 - Bruiser Brody; 1983 - Bruiser Brody; 1984 - Bruiser Brody; 1985 - Sta n Hansen; 1986 - Terry Gordy; 1987 - Bruiser Brody; 1988 - Bruiser Brody; 1989 - Terry Funk; 1990 - Stan Hansen; 1991 - Cactus Jack (Mick Foley); 1992 - Cactus Jack; 1993 - Cactus Jack; 1994 - Cactus Jack; 1995 - Cactus Jack; 1996 - Mankind (Mick Foley); 1997 - Mankind; 1998 - Mankind; 1999 - Mick Foley; 2000 - Mick Foley; 2001 - Steve Austin; 2002 - Yoshihiro Takayama; 2003 - Brock Lesnar; 2004 - Chris Benoit; 2005 - Samoa Joe; 2006 - Samoa Joe; 2007 - Takeshi Morishima; 2008 - Necro Butcher; 2009 - Necro Butcher; 2010 - Kevin Steen; 2011 - Kevin Steen; 2012 - Kevin Steen; 2013 - Katsuyori Shibata; 2014 - Tomohiro Ishii; 2015 - Tomohiro Ishii

BEST FLYING WRESTLER
1. WILL OSPREAY (741) 4,467

WWE has a bunch of contenders as does NJPW and Mexico. Pretty wide open.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1981 - Jimmy Snuka; 1982 - Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama); 1983 - Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama); 1984 - Dynamite Kid; 1985 - Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa); 1986 - Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa); 1987 - Owen Hart; 1988 - Owen Hart; 1989 - Jushin Liger; 1990 - Jushin Liger; 1991 - Jushin Liger; 1992 - Jushin Liger; 1993 - Jushin Liger; 1994 - Great Sasuke; 1995 - Rey Misterio Jr.; 1996 - Rey Misterio Jr.; 1997 - Rey Misterio Jr.; 1998 - Juventud Guerrera; 1999 - Juventud Guerrera; 2000 - Jeff Hardy; 2001 - Dragon Kid; 2002 - Rey Mysterio; 2003 - Rey Mysterio; 2004 - Rey Mysterio; 2005 - A.J. Styles; 2006 - Mistico; 2007 - Mistico; 2008 - Evan Bourne; 2009 - Kota Ibushi; 2010 - Kota Ibushi; 2011 - Ricochet; 2012 - Kota Ibushi; 2013 - Kota Ibushi; 2014 - Ricochet; 2015 - Ricochet

MOST OVERRATED
1. ROMAN REIGNS (242) 1,516

This is the "Most Overpushed" award, basically who a booker has an undeserved boner for. Jinder will win in a landslide. Diamante Azul deserves votes too.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker); 1981 - Pedro Morales; 1982 - Pedro Morales; 1983 - Bob Backlund; 1984 - John Studd; 1985 - Hulk Hogan; 1986 - Hulk Hogan; 1987 - Dusty Rhodes; 1988 - Dusty Rhodes; 1989 - Ultimate Warrior; 1990 - Ultimate Warrior; 1991 - Ultimate Warrior; 1992 - Erik Watts; 1993 - Sid Vicious; 1994 - Hulk Hogan; 1995 - Hulk Hogan; 1996 - Hulk Hogan; 1997 - Hulk Hogan; 1998 - Hulk Hogan; 1999 - Kevin Nash; 2000 - Kevin Nash; 2001 - The Undertaker; 2002 - HHH; 2003 - HHH; 2004 - HHH; 2005 - Jeff Jarrett; 2006 - Batista; 2007 - Great Khali; 2008 - Vladimir Kozlov; 2009 - HHH; 2010 - Kane; 2011 - Crimson; 2012 - Ryback; 2013 - Randy Orton; 2014 - Kane; 2015 - Kane

MOST UNDERRATED
1. CESARO (217) 1,571

If everyone hasn't turned on Bayley I'm guessing she'd be the frontrunner. Basically it's the most underpushed wrestler, someone really good who doesn't get a fair chance.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Iron Sheik; 1981 - Buzz Sawyer; 1982 - Adrian Adonis; 1983 - Dynamite Kid; 1984 - Brian Blair; 1985 - Bobby Eaton; 1986 - Bobby Eaton; 1987 - Brad Armstrong; 1988 - Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa); 1989 - Dan Kroffat (Phil LaFon); 1990 - Bobby Eaton; 1991 - Terry Taylor; 1992 - Terry Taylor; 1993 - Bobby Eaton; 1994 - Brian Pillman; 1995 - Skip (Chris Candito); 1996 - Leif Cassidy (Al Snow); 1997 - Flash Funk (Too Cold Scorpio); 1998 - Chris Benoit; 1999 - Chris Jericho; 2000 - Chris Jericho; 2001 - Lance Storm; 2002 - Booker T; 2003 - Ultimo Dragon; 2004 - Paul London; 2005 - Shelton Benjamin; 2006 - Shelton Benjamin; 2007 - Shelton Benjamin; 2008 - MVP; 2009 - Evan Bourne; 2010 - Kaval (Low Ki); 2011 - Dolph Ziggler; 2012 - Tyson Kidd; 2013- Antonio Cesaro; 2014 - Cesaro; 2015 - Cesaro

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
1. NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING (618) 4,215

This incorporates drawing and overall quality.

PREVIOUS WINNERS - 1983 - Jim Crockett Promotions; 1984 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1985 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1986 - UWF (Mid South Wrestling); 1987 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1988 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1989 - Universal Wrestling Federation Japan; 1990 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1991 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1992 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1993 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1994 - AAA; 1995 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1996 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1997 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1998 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 1999 - World Wrestling Federation; 2000 - World Wrestling Federation; 2001 - Pride Fighting Championships; 2002 - Pride Fighting Championships; 2003 - Pride Fighting Championships; 2004 - Pro Wrestling NOAH; 2005 - Pro Wrestling NOAH; 2006 - Ultimate Fighting Championships; 2007 - Ultimate Fighting Championships; 2008 - Ultimate Fighting Championships; 2009 - Ultimate Fighting Championships; 2010 - Ultimate Fighting Championships; 2011 - Ultimate Fighting Championships; 2012 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 2013 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 2014 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 2015 - New Japan Pro Wrestling

BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW
1. NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING (198) 2,070

Regular TV shows, so Lucha Underground counts, but the Mae Young Classic does not.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1983 - New Japan World Pro Wrestling; 1984 - New Japan World Pro Wrestling; 1985 - Mid South Wrestling; 1986 - Universal Wrestling Federation (Mid South Wrestling): 1987 - CWA 90 Minute Memphis live show; 1988 - New Japan World Pro Wrestling; 1989 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1990 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1991 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1992 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1993 - All Japan Pro Wrestling; 1994 - Extreme Championship Wrestling; 1995 - Extreme Championship Wrestling; 1996 - Extreme Championship Wrestling; 1997 - New Japan World Pro Wrestling; 1998 - WWF Raw is War; 1999 - WWF Raw is War; 2000 - WWF Raw is War; 2001 - New Japan World Pro Wrestling; 2002 - WWE Smackdown; 2003 - Pro Wrestling NOAH; 2004 - WWE Raw; 2005 - UFC Ultimate Fighter; 2006 - UFC Ultimate Fighter; 2007 - UFC Ultimate Fighter; 2008 - UFC Ultimate Fighter; 2009 - WWE Smackdown; 2010 - Ring of Honor; 2011 - WWE Smackdown; 2012 - TNA Impact; 2013 WWE NXT; 2014 - WWE NXT; 2015 - WWE NXT

PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR
1. HIROSHI TANAHASHI VS. KAZUCHIKA OKADA 1/4 TOKYO (363)
2,568

Pretty self explanatory, unless NJPW splits the vote an Omega/Okada match is the favorite. If it does maybe a WWE match like the Summerslam main event or the UK Title match from that Takeover sneak in.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1980 - Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera 5/19 New York Madison Square Garden; 1981 - Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter 4/21 New York Madison Square Garden; 1982 - Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) vs. Dynamite Kid 8/5 Tokyo; 1983 - Ric Flair vs. Harley Race 11/24 Greensboro; 1984 - Freebirds vs. Von Erichs 7/4 Fort Worth; 1985 - Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi 6/12 Tokyo; 1986 - Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham 2/14 Orlando; 1987 - Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage 3/29 Pontiac; 1988 - Ric Flair vs. Sting 3/27 Greensboro; 1989 - Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat 4/2 New Orleans; 1990 - Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (Takuma Sano) 1/31 Osaka; 1991 - Rick & Scott Steiner vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki 3/21 Tokyo; 1992 - Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 5/25 Sendai; 1993 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki 4/21 Osaka; 1994 - Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) 3/20 New York Madison Square Garden; 1995 - Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue 5/7 Tokyo; 1996 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Steve Williams & Johnny Ace 6/7 Tokyo; 1997 - Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin 3/23 Chicago; 1998 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi 10/31 Tokyo; 1999 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi 6/11 Tokyo; 2000 - Atlantis vs. Villano III 3/17 Mexico City; 2001 - Keiji Muto vs. Genichiro Tenryu 6/8 Tokyo; 2002 - Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle vs. Edge & Rey Mysterio 10/20 Little Rock; 2003 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi 3/1 Tokyo; 2004 - Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama 7/10 Tokyo Dome; 2005 - Kenta Kobashi vs. Samoa Joe 10/1 New York; 2006 - Dragon Kid & Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi vs. Cima & Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino 3/31 Chicago; 2007 - Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima 8/25 New York; 2008 - Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho 10/5 Portland, OR; 2009 - Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels 4/5 Houston; 2010 - Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels 3/28 Phoenix; 2011 - John Cena vs. C.M. Punk 7/17 Chicago; 2012 - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki 10/8 Tokyo; 2013 - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada 4/7 Tokyo; 2014 - A.J. Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki 8/1 Tokyo; 2015 - Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi 1/4 Tokyo



ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1. MATT RIDDLE (924) 4,773

This is a pretty weak year for rookies. I believe the rule is starting your full time career no earlier than September of the previous year. Vote for MICRO MAN! He debuted this year on Kid's Day in Mexico and they sold out. He had the most hyped match on the card and it was really fun.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1981 - Brad Armstrong and Brad Rheingans (tied); 1982 - Steve Williams; 1983 - Road Warriors; 1984 - Tom Zenk and Keiichi Yamada (Jushin Liger) (tied); 1985 - Jack Victory; 1986 - Bam Bam Bigelow; 1987 - Brian Pillman; 1988 - Gary Albright; 1989 - Dustin Rhodes; 1990 - Steve Austin; 1991 - Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero); 1992 - Rey Misterio Jr.;1993 - Jun Akiyama; 1994 - Mikey Whipwreck; 1995 - Perro Aguayo Jr.; 1996 - The Giant (Paul "Big Show" Wight); 1997 - Mr. Aguila; 1998 - Bill Goldberg; 1999 - Blitzkrieg; 2000 - Sean O'Haire; 2001 - El Hombre sin Nombre (Rayman); 2002 - Bob Sapp; 2003 - Chris Sabin; 2004 - Petey Williams; 2005 - Shingo Takagi; 2006 - Atsushi Aoki; 2007 - Erick Stevens; 2008 - Kai; 2009 - Frightmare; 2010 - Adam Cole; 2011 - Daichi Hashimoto; 2012 - Dinastia; 2013 - Yohei Komatsu; 2014 - Dragon Lee; 2015 - Chad Gable


BEST NON-WRESTLER
1. DARIO CUETO (231) 1,656

I'm voting for Kemonito. I'm not sure who the favorite is this year. Heyman will always get votes, Cueto probably won't get as many. Maybe the ATT guy will get some from TNA weirdos? Daryl?

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1999 - Vince McMahon; 2000 - Vince McMahon; 2001 - Paul Heyman; 2002 - Paul Heyman; 2003 - Steve Austin; 2004 - Paul Heyman; 2005 - Eric Bischoff; 2006 - Jim Cornette; 2007 - Larry Sweeney; 2008 - Larry Sweeney; 2009 - Vickie Guerrero; 2010 - Vickie Guerrero; 2011 - Ricardo Rodriguez; 2012 - Paul Heyman; 2013 - Paul Heyman; 2014 - Paul Heyman; 2015 - Dario Cueto


BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
1. MAURO RANALLO (279) 2,199

Uh, who cares.


PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1981 - Gordon Solie; 1982 - Gordon Solie; 1983 - Gordon Solie; 1984 - Lance Russell; 1985 - Lance Russell; 1986 - Lance Russell; 1987 - Lance Russell; 1988 - Jim Ross; 1989 - Jim Ross; 1990 - Jim Ross; 1991 - Jim Ross; 1992 - Jim Ross; 1993 - Jim Ross; 1994 - Joey Styles; 1995 - Joey Styles; 1996 - Joey Styles; 1997 - Mike Tenay; 1998 - Jim Ross; 1999 - Jim Ross; 2000 - Jim Ross; 2001 - Jim Ross; 2002 - Mike Tenay; 2003 - Mike Tenay; 2004 - Mike Tenay; 2005 - Mike Tenay; 2006 - Jim Ross; 2007 - Jim Ross; 2008 - Matt Striker; 2009 - Jim Ross; 2010 - Joe Rogan; 2011 - Joe Rogan; 2012 - Jim Ross; 2013 - William Regal; 2014 - William Regal; 2015 - Mauro Ranallo

WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
1. DAVID OTUNGA (260) 2,018

PREVIOUS WINNERS - 1984 - Angelo Mosca; 1985 - Gorilla Monsoon; 1986 - David Crockett; 1987 - David Crockett; 1988 - David Crockett; 1989 - Ed Whalen; 1990 - Herb Abrams; 1991 - Gorilla Monsoon; 1992 - Gorilla Monsoon 1993 - Gorilla Monsoon; 1994 - Gorilla Monsoon; 1995 - Gorilla Monsoon; 1996 - Steve McMichael 1997 - Dusty Rhodes; 1998 - Lee Marshall; 1999 - Tony Schiavone; 2000 - Tony Schiavone; 2001 - Michael Cole; 2002 - Jerry Lawler; 2003 - Jonathan Coachman; 2004 - Todd Grisham; 2005 - Jonathan Coachman; 2006 - Todd Grisham; 2007 - Don West; 2008 - Mike Adamle; 2009 - Michael Cole; 2010 - Michael Cole; 2011 - Michael Cole; 2012 - Michael Cole; 2013 - Taz; 2014 - John Layfield; 2015 - John Layfield

BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
1. NEW JAPAN WRESTLE KINGDOM 9 1/4 TOKYO (709) 4,001

NJPW could split this but I'm not sure what WWE show would really pick up votes. UFC 217 might end up sneaking in.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1989 - WCW Great American Bash 7/23 Baltimore; 1990 - WWF/New Japan/All Japan U.S. and Japan Wrestling Summit 4/11 Tokyo; 1991 - WCW Wrestle War 2/24 Phoenix; 1992 - All Japan Women Wrestlemarinpiad 4/25 Yokohama; 1993 - All Japan Women Dream Slam I 4/2 Yokohama; 1994 - New Japan Super J Cup 4/16 Tokyo; 1995 - Weekly Pro Wrestling Multi-Promotional show 4/2 Tokyo; 1996 - WAR Super J Cup Second Stage 12/13/95 Tokyo; 1997 - WWF Canadian Stampede 7/16 Calgary; 1998 - ECW Heat Wave 8/2 Dayton; 1999 - ECW Anarchy Rulz 9/19 Chicago; 2000 - EMLL first PPV 3/17 Arena Mexico; 2001 - WWF WrestleMania X-7 4/1 Houston Astrodome; 2002 - WWE SummerSlam 8/25 New York Nassau Coliseum; 2003 - Pride Final Elimination 11/9 Tokyo Dome; 2004 - Pro Wrestling NOAH 7/10 Tokyo Dome; 2005 - Pro Wrestling NOAH Destiny 7/18 Tokyo Dome; 2006 - Ring of Honor Glory By Honor V 9/16 Manhattan Center; 2007 - ROH Man Up 9/15 Chicago; 2008 - WWE WrestleMania 25 3/30 Orlando; 2009 - Dragon Gate USA Open the Historical Gate 7/25 Philadelphia; 2010 - UFC 116 7/3 Las Vegas; 2011 - WWE Money in the Bank 7/17 Chicago; 2012 - New Japan Kings of Pro Wrestling 10/8 Tokyo; 2013 - New Japan G-1 Climax tournament 8/4 Osaka; 2014 - New Japan G-1 Climax tournament 8/1 Tokyo; 2015- New Japan Wrestle Kingdom 9 1/4 Tokyo

"CATEGORY B" AWARDS - WINNER

DETERMINED BY FIRST PLACE VOTES You only get one vote on these.

WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
1. WRESTLEMANIA 32 4/3 DALLAS 274

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1989 - WrestleMania V 4/2 Atlantic City; 1990 - WCW Clash XII 11/20 Jacksonville; 1991 - WCW Great American Bash 7/14 Baltimore; 1992 - WCW Halloween Havoc 10/25 Philadelphia; 1993 - WCW Fall Brawl 9/19 Houston; 1994 - UWF Blackjack Brawl 9/25 Las Vegas; 1995 - WCW Uncensored 3/29 Tupelo; 1996 - WCW Uncensored 3/24 Tupelo; 1997 - WCW/NWO Souled Out 1/25 Cedar Rapids; 1998 - WCW Fall Brawl 9/13 Winston-Salem; 1999 - Heroes of Wrestling 10/10 Bay St. Louis; 2000 - WCW Halloween Havoc 10/29 Las Vegas; 2001 - WCW Unleashed 2/14 Los Angeles; 2002 - WWE King of the Ring 6/23 Columbus, OH; 2003 - WWE Backlash 4/27 Worcester; 2004 - WWE Great American Bash 7/27 Norfolk; 2005 - WWE Great American Bash 7/24 Buffalo; 2006 - UFC 61 7/8 Las Vegas; 2007 - WWE ECW December to Dismember 12/3/06 Augusta; 2008 - WWE Survivor Series 11/23 Boston; 2009 - TNA Victory Road 7/19 Orlando; 2010 - TNA Hardcore Justice 8/8 Orlando; 2011 - TNA Victory Road 3/13 Orlando; 2012 - UFC 149 7/21 Calgary; 2013 - WWE Battleground 10/6 Buffalo; 2014 - WWE Battleground 7/20 Tampa; 2015 - AAA TripleMania 8/9 Mexico City

BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER
1. KENNY OMEGA ONE WINGED ANGEL 189

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1981 - Jimmy Snuka Superfly splash; 1982 - Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) superplex; 1983 - Jimmy Snuka Superfly splash; 1984 - Davey Boy Smith power clean in combination with Dynamite Kid dropkick off the top rope; 1985 - Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) tope con giro; 1986 - Chavo Guerrero Sr. moonsault block; 1987 - Jushin Liger shooting star press; 1988 - Jushin Liger shooting star press; 1989 - Scott Steiner Frankensteiner; 1990 - Scott Steiner Frankensteiner; 1991 - Masao Orihara moonsault off top rope to floor; 1992 - Too Cold Scorpio 450 splash; 1993 - Vader moonsault; 1994 - Great Sasuke Sasuke special; 1995 - Rey Misterio Jr. flip dive into Frankensteiner on floor; 1996 - Ultimo Dragon running Liger bomb; 1997 - Diamond Dallas Page diamond cutter; 1998 - Kenta Kobashi burning hammer; 1999 - Dragon Kid dragonrana; 2000 - Dragon Kid dragonrana; 2001 - Keiji Muto shining wizard; 2002 - Brock Lesnar F-5; 2003 - A.J. Styles clash; 2004 - Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer; 2005 - Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer; 2006 - KENTA Go 2 Sleep; 2007 - KENTA Go 2 Sleep; 2008 - Evan Bourne shooting star press; 2009 - Young Bucks More Bang for Your Buck; 2010 - Ricochet double rotation moonsault; 2011- Ricochet double rotation moonsault; 2012 - Kazuchika Okada rainmaker; 2013 - Kazuchika Okada rainmaker; 2014 - Young Bucks Meltzer Driver; 2015 - A.J. Styles Styles Clash

MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC
1. BELLATOR KIMBO VS. DADA 500 FIGHT 198

This is the worst thing a promotion did all year. WWE's would have to be The Warrior stuff. AAA has Sexy Star, TNA has a bunch of nominees too.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1981 - LeBelle promotions usage of The Monster claiming he was built in a laboratory; 1982 - Bob Backlund as WWF champion; 1983 - WWF pretending Eddie Gilbert had re-broken his neck after original legit injury in an auto accident; 1984 - Blackjack Mulligan fake heart attack by Championship Wrestling from Florida; 1985 - Usage of Mike Von Erich's near fatal illness to sell Cotton Bowl tickets by World Class; 1986 - Equating an angle of Chris Adams' blindness with the real death of Gino Hernandez; 1987 - World Class' handling of the death of Mike Von Erich; 1988 - Fritz Von Erich's fake brush with death; 1989 - Jose Gonzalez's babyface push by WWC; 1990 - Atsushi Onita stabbing angle with Jose Gonzalez; 1991 - WWF exploiting the Persian Gulf war; 1992 - WCW push of Erik Watts; 1993 - WCW Cactus Jack amnesia angle; 1994 - WCW retiring Ric Flair; 1995 - WCW Gene Okerlund 900 line come-ons and lies; 1996 - WWF teases and usage of fake Razor Ramon, Diesel and Double J; 1997 - WWF Melanie Pillman interview on Raw the day after Brian's death; 1998 - WCW exploiting Scott Hall's drinking problems for angles; 1999 - WWF continuing Over the Edge PPV after the death of Owen Hart; 2000 - WCW making David Arquette world champion; 2001 - Stephanie McMahon interview on 9/13 TV equating the bombing of the World Trade Center to her father's steroid trial; 2002 - WWE Katie Vick necrophilia angle; 2003 - McMahon family all over television; 2004 - Kane/Lita pregnancy/wedding/miscarriage angle; 2005 - WWE not editing off the show its terrorists angle the day of bombing in England; 2006 - WWE exploiting the death of Eddy Guerrero; 2007 - TNA signing Pacman Jones and having him do the Making it Rain on television when his doing that at a strip club led to the paralysis of a wrestler; 2008 - WWE teasing a Jeff Hardy drug overdose on the Internet to try and garner late interest in a PPV show; 2009 - WWE Piggy James angle making fun of Mickie James’ weight; 2010 - Stand up for WWE campaign; 2011 - WWE Anti-bullying message when they preach on television exactly what they don’t practice on television; 2012 - WWE presentation of C.M. Punk and Paul Heyman exploiting Jerry Lawler’s heart attack, as well as airing clips of him being worked on and playing up footage of him near death; 2013 - WWE exploiting the death of Bill Moody; 2014 - WWE insulting the fans who purchase their full-priced PPV shows; 2015 - WWE using Reid Fleihr’s death in an angle



WORST TELEVISION SHOW
1. WWE RAW 308

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1984 - WWF All-Star Wrestling; 1985 - Championship Wrestling from Florida; 1986 - California Championship Wrestling; 1987 - World Class Championship Wrestling; 1988 - AWA on ESPN; 1989 - ICW Wrestling; 1990 - AWA on ESPN; 1991 - Herb Abrams' UWF; 1992 - Global Wrestling Federation on ESPN; 1993 - Global Wrestling Federation on ESPN; 1994 - WCW Saturday Night; 1995 - WCW Saturday Night; 1996 - AWF Warriors of Wrestling; 1997 - USWA; 1998 - WCW Nitro; 1999 - WCW Thunder; 2000 - WCW Thunder; 2001 - WWF Excess; 2002 - WWE Raw; 2003 - WWE Raw; 2004 - WWE Smackdown; 2005 - WWE Smackdown; 2006 - WWE Raw; 2007 - TNA Impact; 2008 - TNA Impact; 2009 - TNA Impact; 2010 - TNA Impact; 2011 - TNA Impact; 2012 - WWE Raw; 2013 - TNA Impact; 2014 - WWE Raw; 2015 - WWE Raw



WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR
1. SHELLY MARTINEZ VS. REBEL 3/17 ORLANDO 436

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1984 - Fabulous Moolah vs. Wendi Richter 7/23 New York Madison Square Garden; 1985 - Fred Blassie vs. Lou Albano Nassau Coliseum; 1986 - Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T 4/2 Nassau Coliseum; 1987 - Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant 3/29 Pontiac; 1988 - Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tom Magee 4/21 Kawasaki; 1989 - Andre the Giant vs. Ultimate Warrior 10/31 Topeka; 1990 - Sid Vicious vs. Night Stalker (Bryan Clark) 11/20 Jacksonville; 1991 - P.N. News & Bobby Eaton vs. Terry Taylor & Steve Austin scaffold match 7/14 - Baltimore; 1992 - Rick Rude vs. Masahiro Chono 10/25 Philadelphia; 1993 - Four Doinks (Bushwhackers & Men on a Mission) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Head Shrinkers & Bastion Booger (Mike Shaw); 1994 - Jerry Lawler & Queasy & Sleazy & Cheesy vs. Doink the Clown & Dink & Wink & Pink 11/23 San Antonio; 1995 - Sting vs. Tony Palmore 1/4 Tokyo Dome; 1996 - Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson & Meng & Barbarian & Kevin Sullivan & Ze Gangsta (Tiny Lister) & Ultimate Solution (Jeep Swenson) & Lex Luger 3/24 Tupelo; 1997 - Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper 10/26 Las Vegas; 1998 - Hulk Hogan vs. Warrior 10/24 Las Vegas; 1999 - Al Snow vs. Big Bossman Kennel from Hell 9/26 Charlotte; 2000 - Pat Patterson vs. Gerald Brisco evening gown match 6/25 Boston; 2001 - Undertaker & Kane vs. Kronik (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark) 9/23 Pittsburgh; 2002 - Bradshaw & Trish Stratus vs. Christopher Nowinski & Jackie Gayda 7/8 Philadelphia; 2003 - HHH vs. Scott Steiner 1/19 Boston; 2004 - Steven Richards vs. Tyson Tomko 9/12 Portland; 2005 - Eric Bischoff vs. Teddy Long 11/27 Detroit; 2006 - TNA Reverse Battle Royal 10/24 Orlando; 2007 - Chris Harris vs. James Storm 4/15 St. Charles, MO blindfold match; 2008 - HHH vs. Edge vs. Vladimir Kozlov 11/23 Boston; 2009 - Sharmell vs. Jenna Morasca 7/19 Orlando; 2010 - Kaitlyn vs. Maxine 10/19 Edmonton; 2011 - Sting vs. Jeff Hardy 3/13 Orlando; 2012 - John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis 5/20 Raleigh; 2013 - Natalya & Naomi & Cameron & Bella Twins & Jo Jo & Eva Marie vs. Alicia Fox & Aksana & A.J. Lee & Tamina Snuka & Rosa Mendes & Kaitlyn & Summer Rae 11/24 Boston; 2014 - John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt 5/4 East Rutherford, NJ; 2015 - Psycho Circus vs. Los Villanos 8/9 Mexico City

WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR
1. TITUS O’NEIL VS. DARREN YOUNG 322


PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1984 - Andre the Giant vs. John Studd; 1985 - Sgt. Slaughter vs. Boris Zhukov; 1986 - Machines (Andre the Giant & Bill Eadie) vs. King Kong Bundy & John Studd; 1987 - George Steele vs. Danny Davis; 1988 - Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) vs. Tully Blanchard; 1989 - Andre the Giant vs. Ultimate Warrior; 1990 - Ric Flair vs. Junkyard Dog; 1991 - Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter; 1992 - Ultimate Warrior vs. Papa Shango; 1993 - Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez; 1994 - Jerry Lawler vs. Doink the Clown; 1995 - Hulk Hogan vs. Dungeon of Doom; 1996 - Big Bossman vs. John Tenta; 1997 - DOA vs. Los Boricuas; 1998 - Hulk Hogan vs. Warrior; 1999 - Big Bossman vs. Big Show; 2000 - Hulk Hogan vs. Billy Kidman; 2001 - WWF vs. The Alliance; 2002 - HHH vs. Kane; 2003 - Shane McMahon vs. Kane; 2004 - Kane vs. Lita & Matt Hardy; 2005 - McMahon Family vs. Jim Ross; 2006 - DX vs. McMahons; 2007 - Kane vs. Big Daddy V; 2008 - Rey Mysterio vs. Kane; 2009 - Chavo Guerrero vs. Hornswoggle; 2010 - Edge vs. Kane; 2011 - HHH vs. Kevin Nash; 2012 - John Cena vs. Kane; 2013 - Big Show vs. The Authority; 2014 - Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella; 2015 - Team PCB vs. Team Bad vs. Team Bella

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
1. TNA IMPACT WRESTLING 412

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1986 - AWA; 1987 - World Class Championship Wrestling; 1988 - AWA; 1989 - AWA; 1990 - AWA; 1991 - Herb Abrams UWF; 1992 - Global Wrestling Federation; 1993 - WCW; 1994 - WCW; 1995 - WCW; 1996 - AWF; 1997 - USWA; 1998 - WCW; 1999 - WCW; 2000 - WCW; 2001 - WCW; 2002 - XPW; 2003 - World Japan; 2004 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 2005 - New Japan Pro Wrestling; 2006 - World Wrestling Entertainment; 2007 - Total Nonstop Action; 2008 - Total Nonstop Action; 2009 - Total Nonstop Action; 2010 - Total Nonstop Action; 2011 - Total Nonstop Action; 2012 - Total Nonstop Action; 2013 - Total Nonstop Action; 2014 - Total Nonstop Action/Impact Wrestling; 2015 Total Nonstop Action/Impact Wrestling

BEST BOOKER
1. GEDO 851

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1986 - Dusty Rhodes; 1987 - Vince McMahon; 1988 - Eddie Gilbert; 1989 - Shohei Baba; 1990 - Shohei Baba; 1991 - Shohei Baba; 1992 - Riki Choshu; 1993 - Jim Cornette; 1994 - Paul Heyman; 1995 - Paul Heyman; 1996 - Paul Heyman; 1997 - Paul Heyman; 1998 - Vince McMahon; 1999 - Vince McMahon; 2000 - Vince McMahon; 2001 - Jim Cornette; 2002 - Paul Heyman; 2003 - Jim Cornette; 2004 - Gabe Sapolsky; 2005 - Gabe Sapolsky; 2006 - Gabe Sapolsky; 2007 - Gabe Sapolsky; 2008 - Joe Silva; 2009 - Joe Silva; 2010 - Joe Silva; 2011 - Gedo & Jado; 2012 - Gedo & Jado; 2013 - Gedo & Jado; 2014 - Gedo & Jado; 2015 - Paul Levesque & Ryan Ward

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
1. DANA WHITE 610

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1988 - Vince McMahon; 1989 - Akira Maeda; 1990 - Shohei Baba; 1991 - Shohei Baba; 1992 - Shohei Baba; 1993 - Shohei Baba; 1994 - Shohei Baba; 1995 - Riki Choshu; 1996 - Riki Choshu; 1997 - Riki Choshu; 1998 - Vince McMahon; 1999 - Vince McMahon; 2000 - Vince McMahon; 2001 - Antonio Inoki; 2002 - Kazuyoshi Ishii; 2003 - Nobuyuki Sakakibara; 2004 - Nobuyuki Sakakibara; 2005 - Dana White; 2006 - Dana White; 2007 - Dana White; 2008 - Dana White; 2009 - Dana White; 2010 - Dana White; 2011 - Dana White; 2012 - Dana White; 2013 - Dana White; 2014 - Takaaki Kidani; 2015 - Dana White

BEST GIMMICK
1. BROKEN MATT HARDY 483

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1986 - Exotic Adrian Street; 1987 - Ted DiBiase Million Dollar Man; 1988 - Rick Steiner Varsity Club; 1989 - Jushin Liger; 1990 - The Undertaker; 1991 - The Undertaker; 1992 - The Undertaker; 1993 - The Undertaker; 1994 - The Undertaker; 1995 - Disco Inferno; 1996 - NWO; 1997 - Stone Cold Steve Austin; 1998 - Stone Cold Steve Austin; 1999 - The Rock; 2000 - Kurt Angle; 2001 - Hurricane; 2002 - Mattitude; 2003 - John Cena as a rapper; 2004 - JBL; 2005 - Mr. Kennedy; 2006 - Latin American Exchange; 2007 - Santino Marella; 2008 - Santino Marella; 2009 - C.M. Punk Straight Edge Society; 2010 - Alberto Del Rio; 2011 - C.M. Punk; 2012 - Joseph Park; 2013 - The Wyatt Family; 2014 - Rusev & Lana; 2015 - New Day

WORST GIMMICK
1. BONE SOLDIER 105

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1986 - Adorable Adrian Adonis; 1987 - Adorable Adrian Adonis; 1988 - Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes); 1989 - Ding Dongs; 1990 - Gobbledy Gooker; 1991 - Oz (Kevin Nash); 1992 - Papa Shango; 1993 - Shock Master (Fred Ottman); 1994 - Dave Sullivan; 1995 - Goldust; 1996 - New Razor Ramon, New Diesel and New Double J; 1997 - New Goldust; 1998 - Oddities; 1999 - Powers that Be; 2000 - Mike Awesome That 70s Guy; 2001 - Diamond Dallas Page Bob Patterson gimmick; 2002 - Richard & Rod Johnson as giant penises; 2003 - Rico; 2004 - Mordecai; 2005 - Jillian Hall as Mole Girl; 2006 - Vito as the toughest guy in a dress; 2007 - Black Reign; 2008 - Great Khali kiss cam; 2009 - Hornswoggle; 2010 - Orlando Jordan; 2011 - Michael Cole heel announcer; 2012 - Aces and 8s; 2013 - Aces and 8s; 2014 - Adam Rose ; 2015 - Stardust

BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK
1. ALI VS. INOKI BY JOSH GROSS 151

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2005 - Death of WCW by Bryan Alvarez and R.D. Reynolds; 2006 - Tangled Ropes by Superstar Billy Graham and Keith Greenberg; 2007 - Hitman by Bret Hart and Marcy Engelstein; 2008 - Gorgeous George by John Capouya; 2009 - Midnight Express 25th Anniversary Scrapbook by Jim Cornette; 2010 - Countdown to Lockdown by Mick Foley; 2011 - Undisputed by Chris Jericho; 2012 - Shooters by Jonathan Snowden; 2013 - Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screwjobs by Patric Laprade and Bertrand Hebert ; 2014 - Death of WCW Revised edition by Bryan Alvarez and R.D. Reynolds; 2015 - Yes! By Daniel Bryan and Craig Tello

BEST PRO WRESTLING DVD
1. SETH ROLLINS REDESIGN REBUILT RECLAIM 136

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2005 - Rise and Fall of ECW; 2006 - The Bret Hart Story; 2007 - Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen; 2008 - Ric Flair Definitive Collection; 2009 - Macho Madness; 2010 - Chris Jericho Breaking the Code; 2011 - Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels; 2012 - C.M. Punk Best in the World; 2013 - Jim Crockett Promotions the Good Old Days; 2014 - Ladies and Gentleman, My Name is Paul Heyman; 2015 - Daniel Bryan Yes! Yes! Yes

So who the gently caress are you voting for?

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MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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abraham linksys posted:

So is this just pre-voting discussion?

Patrick Clark/Velveteen Dream is a really obvious vote for Most Improved, but I'll admit that I'm really only drawing on one ~two month feud for that. I assume Most Improved is specifically about working and not booking, otherwise I'd say Cien could be a contender.

Here's a ballot if anyone wants to use it to plan their votes (though I assume instead of posting your filled out ballot here, you should wait for votes to open!):

No this is the official vote if you post anyone's name in here Dave counts it as a vote.

Just discuss stuff here, if there are official PSP awards someone will make a thread. Post your ballot, do whatever have fun.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Feels Villeneuve posted:

I haven't watched much Lucha this year but does anything there beat the House of Horrors for Worst Worked Match

There's a couple Puebla openers and a few things from Triplemania but my vote would be for the Aerial Assault from CZW's Once in a Lifetime. Just an absolute hilarious trainwreck of a match with a botched finish.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Aphrodite posted:

It sounds like that's meant to be performance based though?

The match was horribly written but Bayley and Alexa performed as well as can be expected. It wasn't either of their faults.

I've never heard a qualification on it. Some stuff like the TNA Reverse Battle Royal was mainly on the booking of the match being atrocious and making it possible to work something resembling a match.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Big Coffin Hunter posted:

ok i don't watch lucha or Lucha Underground someone explain what the disgusting LU angle with Sexy Star is and the bad AAA match

Pagano vs Mesias and Sexy Star vs Lady Shani vs Hamada vs Rosemary from Triplemania are the matches. I wouldn't nominate her for disgusting tactic based on LU, but based on AAA booking her knowing her reputation and her shoot armbarring Rosemary during the match (with the Jarretts then trying to play it up on social media for heat before getting fired.)

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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I wish Worst Major Show was a Category A so I could vote for both Triplemania and the 11/13 Arena Puebla show. Alas, Triplemania it is.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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drrockso20 posted:

I'm going to need more info about 2002's worst gimmick winner, cause that is just maximum WUT

TNA had a tag team called the Johnsons which were managed by Mortimer Plumbtree, a generic nancy boy type manager. The idea was they bullied him in college so as revenge he dressed them up as dicks and made them wrestle. They were on the first couple TNA shows and then the idea was dropped.

Edit: That wasn't even TNA's worst gimmick of 2002, the Rainbow Express was much worse.

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MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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I have absolutely no problem with people not voting for CMLL in most categories even if they watch it. They had a great year but didn't have that one real emotional climax that would give them a shot at MOTY, didn't really push their biggest and best for their biggest matches and so the stand out performances were kind of mixed in between half a dozen guys.

I do think Micro Man is a very legitimate candidate for Rookie of the Year, Diamante Azul vs Pierroth is a candidate for Worst Feud and Soberano Jr is in the running for most improved.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Benne posted:

Would you stump for CMLL Friday Night as best weekly show? I think NJPW on AXS will win (source: me watching that instead of CMLL every week) but heard nothing but great things about the CMLL shows.

For the first half of the year I would go for Puebla but Fridays have been better lately, especially when they started ramping up for the Grand Prix. Puebla has a lot of fun silly stuff like Police Man and Metalico entrances, but the booking is a bit more frustrating. Fridays have better matches but a bit less roster variety (which is a good thing given Puebla openers.)

My tastes are weird but it'd be a realistic thing to stump for that Dave would probably even agree with and could maybe get some serious momentum. But instead MICRO MAN FOR ROY!

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Benne posted:

Most of that sounds really fun, and when I do get the time CMLL Friday is always a blast. Just can't watch it enough to vote it No.1.

Does CMLL have a serious argument for Best Promotion, or is it NJPW, ROH and everyone else fighting for third place?

CMLL had a very good year business wise and was really good in ring too. Partially frustrating given some of the weird pushes, but they were also without Atlantis which probably changed some plans. That actually makes the second half of the year more impressive.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Thauros posted:

Nuevo Generacion Dinamitas (Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero) is gonna be number #1 on my Tag Team ballot and deserve some attention but otherwise agreed.

NGD are great and part of the reason I want to know if Trios are actually eligible. I legitimately only pay attention to the Observer Awards in years I want to promote a truly deserving candidate.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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exploded mummy posted:

Diamante Azul vs Pierroth

If were really being petty, the CMLL Legends show from a few weeks ago had a spectacularly terrible main event, but the combined age in the ring was probably over 300.

Their actual apuestas match wasn't that bad, the feud itself sucked though.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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exploded mummy posted:

It wasnt what it was for the effort thwy put into it.

Also when does the WON ballot cutoff again. I can't remember if the legends match would meet it for 2017.

November 30th.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Suplex Liberace posted:

Please tell me more about these lucha technicians.

I'd have to think about who the standout younger guys are but historically guys like Black Terry and Negro Casas are amazing. Casas has lost a step this year but even a couple years ago would be a good pick in best technical. Black Terry might still be. He's had some great matches this year.

Edit: I know he's not the best but the first name that came to mind is The Panther. I love him.

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MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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After seeing the EVOLVE business chart and how well Timothy Thatcher's reign did (comparatively speaking) I feel even sillier for not mentioning Stokely Hathaway as a candidate for Best Non Wrestler. Obviously that reign was prior to this year but that act was over and Big Stoke is great in his role.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Not that anyone really cares about best book but I started reading the Pillman book and it's great. The author clearly (and admittedly) was a fan but doesn't hide the bad or even the weird details that might not make Pillman look good. I was originally going to read it over Christmas but it'll be finished long before then.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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In case you were thinking of voting for anyone other than Micro Man for Rookie of the Year here's some clips from his first match ever, which sold out Arena Mexico on Kid's Day.

https://twitter.com/mongo_ebooks/st...322136466378752

(If you think I'm bullshitting they promoted this match for a full month.)

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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ChrisBTY posted:

Ok, how can a wrestler who has never wrestled before sell out an arena?

First, they promoted the match for a month.

Second, it was a match that fans had begged to see for years. Fans have wanted to see the mascots wrestle for a long time, but Kemonito is physically incapable of wrestling. So when his son Micro Man debuted, it was a big deal. They pushed it as a big deal too, hyping up the reveal pretty big.

Third, they promoted it for a month straight, TV appearances, hype videos on their shows, etc.

Finally it was on Kids Day where kids get in cheap and kids love the mascots most of all.

That's your recipe for drawing 16,000 people.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Prokhor Zakharov posted:

Who the gently caress is Bone Soldier?

Val Venis' name in TNA.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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My final appeal for your Rookie of the Year votes. Please watch and with the sound on.

https://twitter.com/mongo_ebooks/st...531899323232256

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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If anyone wants to post ballots here's my Observer ballot they are due tonight vote Micro Man

CATEGORY A" AWARDS. PICK A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FINISHER IN EACH CATEGORY. POINTS WILL BE AWARDED ON A 5-3-2 BASIS. THE WINNER OF THE AWARD IS DETERMINED BY TOTAL POINTS.



1. LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD -

Kazuchika Okada

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Caristico

2. MMA MOST VALUABLE FIGHTER:

Jon Jones

Georges St. Pierre

Cyborg

3. MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER:

Kazuchika Okada

Kushida

Caristico

4. MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER:

Demetrious Johnson

Rose Namajunas

Jon Jones


5. TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR -

Nuevo Generacion Dinamita

Sky Team

Young Bucks

6. BEST ON INTERVIEWS -

Jon Jones

El Perico Zacarias

Rush


7. PROMOTION OF THE YEAR -

CMLL

NJPW

Game Changer Wrestling

8. BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW -

CMLL Arena Puebla Lunes

CMLL Super Viernes Arena Mexico

9. PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR -

NJPW Okada vs Omega (Dominion)

CMLL Grand Prix 9/1/17

NJPW Okada vs Shibata (Sakura Genesis)

10. MMA MATCH OF THE YEAR -

Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier

Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje

Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira




"CATEGORY B" AWARDS. PICK ONE IN EACH CATEGORY. WINNER CHOSEN ON THE BASIS OF FIRST PLACE VOTES.



1. BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW -

Georges St Pierre

2. FEUD OF THE YEAR -

Sam Adonis vs Mexico

3. MOST IMPROVED -

Juice Robinson

4. MOST CHARISMATIC -

Rush

5. BRYAN DANIELSON BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER AWARD -

Kushida

6. BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL BEST BRAWLER AWARD -

LA Park

7. BEST FLYING WRESTLER -

Dragon Lee

8. MOST OVERRATED -

Diamante Azul

9. MOST UNDERRATED -

Police Man

10. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR -

Micro Man

11. BEST NON-WRESTLER PERFORMER -

Kemonito

12. BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER -

Shimpei Nogami.

13. WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER -

Josh Barnett

24. BEST MAJOR SHOW -

Wrestle Kingdom

25. WORST MAJOR SHOW OF THE YEAR -

AAA Triplemania

26. BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER -

La Mistica

27. MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC -

WWE's Lionizing The Ultimate Warrior

28. WORST TELEVISION SHOW -

AAA

29. WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR -

Aerial Assault from CZW Once in a Lifetime

30. WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR -

Diamante Azul vs Pierroth

31. WORST PROMOTION -

AAA

32. BEST BOOKER -

Gedo

33. PROMOTER OF THE YEAR -

Paco Alonso

34. BEST GIMMICK -

Micro Man

35. WORST GIMMICK -

Diamante Azul

36. BEST WRESTLING BOOK - Crazy Like a Fox

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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SLUM KING posted:

I abstained for voting in the worst categories cuz I couldn’t remember the poo poo I actually hated but now I regret that cuz holy poo poo that match was awful.

I did my part and voted for Micro Man and Nick Gage and LA Park though.

Thank you, friend.

I ended up voting for that because I couldn't remember which match off Triplemania I hated most.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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Omega vs Okada 2 was better than Lesnar vs Orton (But Good)

Both were in my top 3.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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MICRO loving MAN!!!!!

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

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KungFu Grip posted:

They've toured india before and didn't have to cancel all but one of their shows because they presented a cowardly badguy as the face of India.

All but one? They were going to run two. If you think people rejected the product because of Jinder, that's stupid. They haven't toured India in ages because talent hates it and it isn't that profitable or easy to draw. If it was they would go there more often. The Jinder push flopped but he wasn't the reason they had to cancel a show. The company isn't that popular in India and that's why they don't go there and that's why they couldn't run two successful shows. They didn't even send the Smackdown brand, they sent their A talent!

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

Fundamentals as sound as the WNBA


Benne posted:

Am I the only surprised that Bryan won Non-Wrestler by such a wide margin? Did Dave throw out all the Daryl votes?

He's one of the most popular wrestlers in the world.

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MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

Fundamentals as sound as the WNBA


ChrisBTY posted:

So they pushed a gross vein elemental to the moon to appeal to a market that has minimal interest in them, they never tour in and whom gets their PPVs for free apparently.
Why?

To increase network subscriptions!

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