2017 Rookie Tracking

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2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by Joe Lanza » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:38 pm

As we do every year, we'll organize rookies here, as per WON Awards standards ("full time major league" debuts from 9/1/16 onward).

This post will be edited as names are added.

Feel free to suggest names and debate eligibility in this thread as the year moves along.
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*Questionable candidacies in italics

NJPW
Katsuya Kitamura (3/13/17 "Dark Amateur Exhibition" 2/25/16)
Tomoyuki Oka (1/3/17 "Dark Amateur Exhibition" 2/25/16)
Tetsuhiro Yagi (5/9/17)
Ren Narita (7/4/17)
Shota Umino (4/13/17)
Leo Tonga (11/12/16)
Henare (Has match records that go back to 2012, NJPW debut 9/1/2016)

U.S. Indies
Austin Theory (debut 5/5/16, WWN (FIP) debut 8/12/16, Style Battle debut 1/1/17, EVOLVE debut 2/24/17)
Myron Reed (debut 3/23/16)
Cain Justice (*records show one match in 2014, full time CWF-MA beginning 10/1/16)
Anthony Gutierrez (NWL - ??/??/??)
Dominic Garrini (debut March 2016)

CHIKARA
Travis Huckabee (12/15/16)
Merlok (12/29/16)
The Whisper (2/4/17)

TNA/Impact/GFW
DeAngelo Williams (7/2/17)
Stephan Bonnar (11/5/17)

DDT
Takato Nakano (4/29/17)
Yuki Ueno (10/17/16)
Naomi Yoshimura (12/4/16)

WWE
Lacey Evans (10/26/16)
Bianca Bel Air (9/26/16)
Xia Le (7/13/17)
Kavita Devi (WWE debut 7/13/17, wrestled for several years in India previous to that)
Demitrius Bronson (3/3/17)
Reina Gonzalez (1/20/17 - unclear records back to 2014)
Taynara Conti (5/13/17)
Zeda (5/13/17)

BJW
Yuya Aoki (1/17/17)

NOAH
Junta Miyawaki (2/14/17)

Dragon Gate
Katsumi Takashima (12/1/6)
Yuki Yoshiaki (10/29/16)

AJPW
Yosuke Okada (1/9/17)

Stardom
Natsuko Tora (10/30/16)
Tam Nakano (AJPW debut 11/13/16, Stardom regular after that, three small indie matches July/August 2016)
Yuaka (11/20/16)

HEAT UP
Tetsuya Ido (10/31/16)

Wrestle-1
Ganseki Tanaka (??/??/??)
Takanori Ito (9/18/16)

PROGRESS
Candyfloss (11/14/16)

OTT
Scotty Davis (??/??/??)
Nathan Martin (??/??/??)
LJ Cleary (??/??/??)

CMLL
Microman (2017-04-30)
Zacarias el Perico (first match for CMLL 2017-04-30, had been around for years as second)
Gallito (first match for CMLL 2017/04/30, had been around as for years in Guadalajara as a second)
Retro (full time with CMLL 03/11/2017, debuted in 2014?)
Sonic (first match with ELITE 11/18/2016, full time w/CMLL 06/24/2017, debuted in 2013)
Fiero (full time with CMLL 04/23/2017, debuted in 2013)
Yago (full time with CMLL 04/08/2017, debuted in 2010)
Maquiavelo (full time with CMLL 11/04/2017, debuted in 2010)
La Metálica (first match with CMLL 09/16/2016, debuted in 2009)
Universo 2000 Jr. (first match with CMLL 05/27/2017, debuted in 2008?)
Templario (full time with CMLL 04/15/2017, debuted in 2007)

AAA
Solaris (first match with ELITE 09/23/2016, w/AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2016)
Tiger Boy (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2016?)
Pardux (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2016)
The Tiger (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2014 or earlier )
Dragón Solar (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2014)
Villano III Jr. (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2013)
Hijo Del Vikingo (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2012)
Hahastary (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2011)
Ángel Mortal Jr. (first match with AAA on 08/26/2017, debuted in 2011)
Bronco González Jr. (first match with AAA on 08/26/2017, debuted in 2010)
Ashley (first match with AAA on 08/26/2017, debuted in 2010)
Dalton Bragg (first match with AAA 03/31/2017, debuted in 2009)
Fetiche Jr. (first match with AAA 08/26/2017, debuted in 2000)
Angelikal (first match with AAA on 08/26/2017, debuted in 1997 or 1998 around age of 6)

The AAA starts dates (except for Bragg) are debatable - they all the new people were wrestled at least one tryout match, then officially started on 08/26. All the tryouts were in 2017.

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by Joe Lanza » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:39 pm

Yuya Aoki of Big Japan? No cagematch profile, I don't recall seeing him last year.

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by Statoke » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:44 pm

Yuya Aoki (BJW) - debuted 17/01/17
Tetsuya Ido (HEAT UP) - debuted 31/10/16
Junta Miyawaki (Noah) - debuted 14/02/17
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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by michaelrspears » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:46 pm

Yuki Yoshioka (DG) - 10/29/2016
Katsumi Takashima (DG) - 12/1/2016

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by mrjoshdude » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:50 pm

Tiger Mask W debuted in October of last year I believe, hasn't wrestled much since but he's been very impressive in every showing. If he decides to focus more on the ring than on his TV show for the rest of the year he could be a real candidate.

Tomoyuki Oka and Henare both qualify I think, although I don't remember exactly when Henare debuted. Both seem very good so far, neither are front runners as of now but both have plenty of time left this year to make their case.

I think Yuki Yoshioka and Hyo Watanabe from Dragon Gate debuted past that point too but I'm not entirely sure.

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by michaelrspears » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:56 pm

mrjoshdude wrote: I think Yuki Yoshioka and Hyo Watanabe from Dragon Gate debuted past that point too but I'm not entirely sure.
THE BIG CAT debuted on 8/14, which sadly is 18 days too early for 2017 so he was 2016.

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by PKThree » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:57 pm

Henare debuted in 2012. He ain't no rookie.

Yusuke Okada should be on the list for tracking. All Japan's newest rookie. He doesn't have a cagematch profile yet but he debuted on January 9 2017

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by mrjoshdude » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:59 pm

PKThree wrote:Henare debuted in 2012. He ain't no rookie.
Completely forgot he was wrestling before he became a young lion

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by dylanjstx » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:00 pm

Yusuke Okada (All Japan) - January 9th, 2017

Yuaka (Stardom) - November 20th, 2016

Natsuko Tora (Stardom) - October 30th, 2016

Junta Miyawaki (NOAH) - February 14th, 2017

Yuki Ueno (DDT) - October 17th, 2016

Naomi Yoshimura (DDT) - December 4th, 2016
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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by dylanjstx » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:01 pm

PKThree wrote:Henare debuted in 2012. He ain't no rookie.
Started working for a major company in 2016, so he counts as a rookie.

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by Joe Lanza » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:03 pm

Henare is an interesting one. Here is what I noted last year:

Henare - NJPW debut 9/1/16, but also wrestled as "Anthony Henry" in New Zealand for an indeterminate amount of time. 9/1/16 debut would technically qualify him for 2017 Rookie of the Year balloting as well

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I'll note him the "questionable" bucket. Obviously he's been wrestling for a while in New Zealand but that's where things are always sketchy with this in terms of what "counts".

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by PKThree » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:04 pm

dylanjstx wrote: Started working for a major company in 2016, so he counts as a rookie.
We have different views on what classifies as a rookie then.

For me someone is a rookie during their first year in the business. Not their first year in a major company.

Which was why I didn't buy Matt Riddle as rooke of the year in 2016. Because he spent most of 2015 wrestling in the monster factory promotion.

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by dylanjstx » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:06 pm

PKThree wrote:
dylanjstx wrote: Started working for a major company in 2016, so he counts as a rookie.
We have different views on what classifies as a rookie then.
It's not about what I think, that's the Observer criteria.

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Re: 2017 Rookie Tracking

Post by ChutiyaHogaTeraBaap » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:06 am

Naomi Yoshimura (DDT)- 5/12/2016

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