AEW has earned a few. We are barely two weeks into the new year and that means we are getting to look back at the previous year’s good and bad. Granted the former might not be the longest list in the world but there are certainly a few things to pick over on there. That is going to be the case for a wrestling promotion which did have one of the better showings of the year.

Despite not being around all that long by comparison, AEW has come quite a long way. They are easily the second biggest wrestling promotion in the United States and one of the biggest in the world, meaning they have made quite the impact right out of the gate. That includes 2020 as their first full year, and such an occasion means that they should be having a nice retrospective.

AEW has announced the first ever AEW Dynamite Awards, which will be similar to the company’s edition of the Slammys or year end awards for 2020. The awards will be streamed live on Bleacher Report on Wednesday January 27at 7pm EST. Fans will be allowed to vote on the awards at AEWAwards.com with eleven wards being presented. Here are the categories and nominees:

Best Moment on the Mic:
• MJF “We Deserve Better” Speech
• Cody Rhodes accepts Dog Collar Match
• Jon Moxley accepts Inner Circle Invitation
• Brandi Rhodes confronts Jade Cargill
• Orange Cassidy Debates Chris Jericho

Biggest Surprise:
• Matt Hardy’s Debut
• Jake the Snake Roberts confronts Cody
• Brodie Lee arrives as The Exalted One
• Sting’s AEW Debut
• Miro revealed as Best Man

Breakout Star – Male:
• Orange Cassidy
• Darby Allin
• Eddie Kingston
• John Silver

Breakout Star – Female:
• Hikaru Shida
• Anna Jay
• Tay Conti
• Big Swole
• Penelope Ford

Biggest Beatdown:
• Inner Circle jumps Orange Cassidy
• Dark Order attacks Nightmare Family
• Nyla Rose puts Riho + Shida through tables
• Brian Cage sneak attacks Jon Moxley
• The Nightmare Family and Inner Circle brawl

High Flyer Award:
• Rey Fenix
• Marq Quen
• Nick Jackson
• PAC

Hardest Moment to Clean Up After:
• Orange Cassidy drops orange juice on The Inner Circle • The Parking Lot Brawl
• The Bunkhouse Match
• Big Swole dumps garbage on Dr. Britt Baker

Biggest WTF Moment
• Cody Rhodes steel cage moonsault
• Sammy Guevara hit by golf cart
• Kenny Omega wins AEW World Championship and walks out of AEW • Bloody Dr. Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida
• Young Bucks frog splash off the stadium railing

LOL Award
• Jericho + MJF: Le Dinner Debonair
• Britt Baker waxes Tony Schiavone
• Young Bucks kick MJF into a pool
• Inner Circle Vegas Trip

Best Twitter Follow
• MJF
• Orange Cassidy
• Dr. Britt Baker
• Nyla Rose

Bleacher Report PPV Moment of the Year
• Stadium Stampede
• Moxley wins AEW Championship
• Shida wins AEW Women’s Championship
• Omega + Page defeat The Young Bucks
• Darby Allin wins TNT Title from Cody
• The Young Bucks win AEW Tag Team title

Opinion: This is the kind of thing that is always good for some fun but at the same time it can lead to some angles. There are a few different ways to present something like this and hopefully AEW takes advantage of some of their options. If nothing else, have someone fight over some of the awards because they deserve them more than the winner. Either way, the presentation should be fun and that’s what matters most.

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 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!

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