It’s that time of the year again. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has released its annual list of award winners for the year 2019. There are awards for both the best and worst in multiple categories. These are awards that are voted on by the fans.
Chris Jericho has topped the list as the Wrestler of the Year for 2019. He also received several other awards, including the ‘best interviewer’.
Highlights from the awards are as follows:
Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (Wrestler of the Year) – Chris Jericho
MMA MVP – Jorge Masdival
Most Oustanding Wrestler – Will Ospreay
Most Oustanding Fighter – Israel Adesanya
Tag Team of the Year – Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix
Best on Interviews – Chris Jericho
Promotion of the Year – New Japan Pro Wrestling
Best Weekly TV Show – AEW Dynamite
Wrestling Match of the Year – Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi, 6/5, Tokyo
MMA Match of the Year – Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum, 4/13, Atlanta
Non-Heavyweight MVP – Will Ospreay
Women’s MVP – Becky Lynch
Feud of the Year – Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano
Most Improved – Lance Archer
Bryan Danielson Award (Best Technical Wrestler) – Zack Sabre Jr.
Most Underrated – Shorty G
Rookie of the Year – Jungle Boy
Best Non-Wrestler – Paul Heyman
Best Television Announcer – Kevin Kelly
Best Major Wrestling Show – AEW Double or Nothing
Best Wrestling Maneuver – Stormbreaker (Will Ospreay)
Promoter of the Year – Tony Khan
Gimmick of the Year – “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Most Overrated – King Corbin
Worst Television Announcer – Corey Graves
Worst Major Wrestling Show – Super Showdown, 6/7
Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic – WWE Continuing to do Business in Saudi Arabia
Worst Television Show – WWE Raw
Worst Match of the Year – The Fiend Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins, 10/6 (Hell in a Cell)
Worst Feud of the Year – Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend Bray Wyatt
Worst Promotion of the Year – WWE
Worst Gimmick – Shorty G
I have no words. Some of this stuff I completely agree with, and some of this stuff is absolutely ludicrous. Pro wrestling fans think that they have it all figured out, but they have no idea what goes on backstage. I don’t either, and will never claim to. Can we just enjoy the product, please??
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