Better late than never. Dave Meltzer’s “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” is the undisputed king of wrestling dirt sheets. What once was just a place to list what’s going on in wrestling has turned into something with a near life of its own, including a dedicated fanbase who vote on their end of the year awards. It’s a bit late in the year but we now know the latest winners.
Definitely my Match of the Year.
Wrestler of the Year – Kazuchika Okada
Most Outstanding Wrestler – Kazuchika Okada
Tag Team of the Year – The Young Bucks
Best on Interviews – Conor McGregor
Promotion of the Year – New Japan
Best Weekly TV Show – New Japan on AXS
Match of the Year – Okada vs. Omega – Wrestle Kingdom
Feud of the Year – Okada vs. Omega
Most Charismatic – Tetsuya Naito
Best Technical Wrestler – Zach Sabre Jr.
Best Brawler – Tomohiro Ishii
Best Flying Wrestler – Will Ospreay
Most Overrated – Jinder Mahal
Most Underrated – Rusev
Rookie of the Year – Ketsuya Kitamura
Best Non-Wrestler – Daniel Bryan
Best TV Announcer – Mauro Ranallo
Worst TV Announcer – Booker T.
Best Major Wrestling Show – Wrestle Kingdom XI
Worst Major Wrestling Show – Battleground
Best Wrestling Move – One Winged Angel
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic – WWE Promoting Jimmy Snuka As A Hero
Worst TV Show – Monday Night Raw
Worst Match of the Year – Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton – Wrestlemania XXXIII
Worst Feud of the Year – Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Worst Promotion – Impact Wrestling
Best Booker – Gedo – New Japan
Promoter of the Year – Takaai Kidani – New Japan
Best Gimmick – Los Ingobernables de Japon
Worst Gimmick – Bray Wyatt and Sister Abigail
Best Pro-Wrestling Book – Crazy Like a Fox: The Brian Pillman Story
Best Documentary – Ric Flair: 30 For 30
Opinion: Most of these aren’t the biggest surprise. New Japan had an amazing year and Okada was the crown jewel of the promotion. You would expect WWE to get a few more awards here and there (“Monday Night Raw” as the worst weekly show is questionable at best) but the New Japan dominance isn’t surprising.
This deserved some more attention.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 26 wrestling books. His latest book is the History of the WWE Championship.
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