2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards: Fan Ballots

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2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards: Fan Ballots

Post by cesaroXnaitoXdunne » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:47 pm

It's that time of year again folks. 2018 is winding down to a close. Cast your custom fan ballot for winners of each category. From WWE to NJPW to ROH to CMLL, you know the deal.

Here's my picks.

Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (Wrestler of the Year): Kenny Omega
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Seth Rollins
Best Box Office Draw: Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks
Feud of the Year: Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano
Tag Team of the Year: Undisputed Era
Most Improved: Ronda Rousey
Best on Interviews: The Miz
Most Charismatic: Becky Lynch
Bryan Danielson Award (Best Technical Wrestler): Daniel Bryan (Now that he's returned)
Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler): Braun Strowman
Best Flying Wrestler: Ricochet
Most Overrated: Baron Corbin
Most Underrated: Finn Bálor
Promotion of the Year: NJPW
Best Weekly TV Show: WWE NXT
Pro Wrestling Match of the Year: Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa NXT Takeover New Orleans April 7, 2018
Rookie of the Year: Lars Sullivan
Best Non-Wrestler: Paige
Best Television Announcer: Mauro Ranallo
Worst Television Announcer: Jonathan Coachman
Best Major Wrestling Show: NXT Takeover: New Orleans April 7, 2018
Worst Major Wrestling Show: WWE Crown Jewel November 2, 2018
Best Wrestling Maneuver: Curb Stomp by Seth Rollins
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: WWE exploiting Roman Reign's real life leukemia despite their numerous cancer campaigns
Worst Television Show: WWE Raw
Worst Match of the Year: D-X vs Brothers of Destruction November 2, 2018
Worst Feud of the Year: WWE vs Integrity
Worst Promotion of the Year: WWE
Best Booker: Ryan Ward
Promoter of the Year: Paul Levesque
Best Gimmick: Becky Lynch: "The Man"; No-nonsense rebel
Worst Gimmick: Kazuchika Okada: Mid-life crisis
Best Pro Wrestling Book: Abstain
Best Pro Wrestling DVD: WWE Chronicle: Dean Ambrose; WWE Network

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Post by armsofsleep » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:58 pm

Just my top number one since I'm lazy:

Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (Wrestler of the Year): Masashi Takeda
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Kento Miyahara
Best Box Office Draw: LA Park
Feud of the Year: Joey Janela vs David Starr in Beyond
Tag Team of the Year: LAX/EYFBO
Most Improved: MAO
Best on Interviews: Becky Lynch
Most Charismatic: Becky Lynch
Bryan Danielson Award (Best Technical Wrestler): Timothy Thatcher
Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler): Masashi Takeda
Best Flying Wrestler: Fenix
Most Overrated: Kenny Omega
Most Underrated: Oney Lorcan
Promotion of the Year: DDT
Best Weekly TV Show: DDT Maji Manji
Pro Wrestling Match of the Year: Minoru Suzuki vs Hirooki Goto 01/04
Rookie of the Year: Yuki Ino
Best Non-Wrestler: Stokely Hathaway
Best Television Announcer: Who could possibly care
Worst Television Announcer: Jonathan Coachman
Best Major Wrestling Show: AJPW Royal Road Tournament Night 3 09/17
Worst Major Wrestling Show: WWE Backlash 2018
Best Wrestling Maneuver: Barbaro Cavernario Turnbuckle Dive
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: Crown Jewel
Worst Television Show: WWE Raw
Worst Match of the Year: that Carmella vs Charlotte match
Worst Feud of the Year: Bullet Club split
Worst Promotion of the Year: WWE
Best Booker: Jun Akiyama
Promoter of the Year: Sanshiro Takagi
Best Gimmick: "The Man" Becky Lynch
Worst Gimmick: Broken Okada
Best Pro Wrestling Book: i will never read a wrestling book
Best Pro Wrestling DVD: it's 2018 who watches DVDs

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Post by Angry216 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:41 pm

Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (Wrestler of the Year): Kenny Omega
Most Outstanding Wrestler: WALTER
Best Box Office Draw: The Elite
Feud of the Year: LAX Vs OGz
Tag Team of the Year: Undisputed Era
Most Improved: Buddy Murphy
Best on Interviews: Becky Lynch
Most Charismatic: Becky Lynch
Bryan Danielson Award (Best Technical Wrestler): Zack Sabre Jr
Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler): WALTER
Best Flying Wrestler: Bandido
Most Overrated: Baron Corbin
Most Underrated: Almas
Promotion of the Year: NJPW
Best Weekly TV Show: WWE 205 Live
Pro Wrestling Match of the Year: Omega Vs Okada Dominion 2018
Rookie of the Year: Ronda Rousey
Best Non-Wrestler: Salina de la Renta
Best Television Announcer: Mauro Ranallo
Worst Television Announcer: Jonathan Coachman
Best Major Wrestling Show: Dominion 2018
Worst Major Wrestling Show: WWE Backlash
Best Wrestling Maneuver: Storm Breaker- Will Ospreay
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: WWE running Crown Jewel despite push back
Worst Television Show: WWE Raw
Worst Match of the Year: D-X vs Brothers of Destruction
Worst Feud of the Year: Asuka Vs Carmella
Worst Promotion of the Year: WWE
Best Booker: Gedo
Promoter of the Year: Sanshiro Takagi
Best Gimmick: Becky Lynch
Worst Gimmick: Su Yung

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Post by IIDXias » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:00 pm

I will break this unfortunate streak and post my full ballot with my top 3s:

Category A

Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award
1. Masashi Takeda
2. Takashi Sugiura
3. Miyu Yamashita

Most Outstanding Wrestler
1. Hiromu Takahashi
2. Momo Watanabe
3. Masashi Takeda

Tag Team of the Year
1. Moonlight Express (MAO & Mike Bailey)
2. Violent Giants (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
3. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)

Promotion of the Year
1. Dramatic Dream Team
2. Pro Wrestling NOAH
3. New Japan Pro Wrestling

Best Weekly TV Show
1. DDT Maji Manji
2. New Japan World Pro Wrestling
3. Abstain

Pro Wrestling Match of the Year
1. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori, NJPW 6/4 Korakuen Hall
2. Masashi Takeda vs. Isami Kodaka, BJW 6/20 Korakuen Hall
3. Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi, NJPW 8/4 EDION Arena Osaka

Category B

United States/Canada Pro Wrestling MVP: Becky Lynch
Japan MVP: Masashi Takeda
Mexico MVP: LA Park
European MVP: Abstain
Non-Heavyweight MVP: Hiromu Takahashi
Woman Wrestling MVP: Momo Watanabe
Best Box Office Draw: Kazuchika Okada
Feud of the Year: Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado
Most Improved: Hazuki
Most Charismatic: Tetsuya Naito
Bryan Danielson Best Technical Wrestler Award: Hideki Suzuki
Bruiser Brody Memorial Best Brawler Award: Masashi Takeda
Best Flying Wrestler: Dragon Lee
Most Overrated: Baron Corbin
Most Underrated: Tetsuya Naito
Rookie of the Year: Utami Hayashishita
Best Non-Wrestling Performer: Abstain
Best Television Announcer: Abstain
Worst Television Announcer: Corey Graves
Best Major Show: DDT Peter Pan 10/21 Sumo Hall
Worst Major Show: WWE Backlash 5/6 Prudential Center
Best Wrestling Manuever: Hideki Suzuki’s double arm suplex
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: WWE still holding Crown Jewel after murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Worst Television Show: WWE RAW
Worst Match of the Year: Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella, WWE 5/6 Prudential Center
Worst Feud of the Year: BULLET CLUB Elite vs. BULLET CLUB OGs
Worst Promotion: WWE
Best Booker: Sanshiro Takagi
Promoter of the Year: Sanshiro Takagi
Best Gimmick: Los Ingobernables de Japon
Worst Gimmick: The Elite
Best Wrestling Book: VOW NJPW Year in Review
Best Pro Wrestling DVD/Streaming Documentary: Abstain

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Post by Joe Lanza » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:11 am

I'm curious how people will interpret the new MVP categories. I think I see them as mini Flair/Thesz awards. Maybe dave will clarify (lol).

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Post by Goat » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:45 pm

"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.

LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD
1. LA PARK
2. CIMA
3. Kenny Omega
MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER
1. Will Ospreay
2. Kazuchika Okada
3. Tomohiro Ishii
TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
1. Violent Giants
2. Golden Lovers
3. Young Bucks
BEST ON INTERVIEWS
1. Zack Sabre Jr
2. Jay White
3. Juice Robinson
PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
1. NJPW
2. OTT
3. Revolution Pro
BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW
1. NJPW World Pro Wrestling
2. Battlemen on Samurai TV
3. MLW Fusion
PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR
1. Okada vs Omega – Dominion 6/9 Osaka Japan
2. Tanahashi vs Ibushi – G1 Final 8/12 Tokyo, Japan
3. Tanahashi vs Okada – G1 Climax 8/10 Tokyo, Japan

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

1. UNITED STATES/CANADA PRO WRESTLING MVP – Ronda Rousey
2. JAPAN MVP - CIMA
3. MEXICO MVP – LA PARK
4. EUROPEAN MVP – WALTER
5. NON-HEAVYWEIGHT MVP – Hiromu Takahashi
6. WOMAN WRESTLING MVP – Ronda Rousey
8. BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW – The Elite
9. FEUD OF THE YEAR - Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor
10. MOST IMPROVED – Jay White
11. MOST CHARISMATIC – Hiromu Takahashi
12. BRYAN DANIELSON BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER AWARD – Zack Sabre Jr
13. BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL BEST BRAWLER AWARD – Masashi Takeda
14. BEST FLYING WRESTLER – Will Ospreay
15. MOST OVERRATED – Baron Corbin
16. MOST UNDERRATED - Rusev
17. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Ronda Rousey
18. BEST NON-WRESTLER PERFORMER – Stokely Hathaway
19. BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER – Kevin Kelly
20. WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER – Jim Ross
21. BEST MAJOR SHOW - Dominion 6.9 in Osaka Jo Hall Osaka,Japan 6/9
22. WORST MAJOR SHOW OF THE YEAR – Crown Jewel WWE 11/2 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
23. BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER – Stormbreaker (Will Ospreay)
24. MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC - WWE’s Saudi relationship
25. WORST TELEVISION SHOW - Raw
26. WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR – Undertaker/Kane vs HHH/Shawn Michaels WWE Crown Jewel 11/2 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
27. WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR - The Elite vs Bullet Club OG
28. WORST PROMOTION – Dragon Gate
29. BEST BOOKER - Gedo
30. PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Stephanie McMahon
31. BEST GIMMICK - LIJ
32. WORST GIMMICK – New Day
33. BEST WRESTLING BOOK - Nitro: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Fall of Ted Turner’s WCW by Guy Evans
34. BEST PRO WRESTLING DVD/STREAMING DOCUMENTARY - Katsuyori Shibata California Dreamin’

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