Friday, January 6, 2023

The 2022 Enuffa.com Pro Wrestling Year-End Awards

Welcome to the 9th Annual Pro Wrestling Year-End Awards, here at Enuffa.com, where I celebrate the highs (and lows) of the year that was, inside the squared circle!


What a wild year 2022 was.  Like, pretty batshit crazy when you think about it all.  

The biggest story of the year was of course WWE kingpin Vince McMahon stepping down from his duties as Chairman amid a rash of sex scandals and payoffs.  In his place running the big picture stuff, are his daughter Stephanie (who only weeks before assuming this role had announced her intention to take time away from the business) and Nick Khan, while all-but-ousted protege Triple H was made the new head of Creative.  WWE's business thrived through the second half of the year as curiosity over the Vince situation and later Triple H's new direction drove up ratings for a while, and improvements in overall programming quality kept people lining up to buy tickets.  While I personally still find WWE's product very stilted and pretty unexciting, there's no denying that the company is doing very well right now, and Vince's legal woes have so far been a blessing in disguise.

UPDATE: Turns out Vince installed himself back on the Board of Directors so he can sell the company.  What a shit show.

On the other side of the fence, AEW experienced its first real growing pains in 2022, most of it stemming from the year's second-biggest story, the Brawl Out fiasco (but also due an unprecedented rash of talent injuries).  The scene was Chicago, just after their highly successful All Out PPV wherein hometown hero CM Punk had just defeated Jon Moxley to regain the AEW Title.  But then Punk proceeded to publicly bury the company and its Executive VPs over rumors that he'd gotten former friend Colt Cabana reassigned to Ring of Honor (more on them in a bit), which led to the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega going to Punk's dressing room to confront him.  What followed was all Hell breaking loose over the next several minutes, as Punk made the confrontation physical and half a dozen people had to step in and break up the melee.  Numerous details have been bandied about by both sides, but what an independent investigation confirmed was a) Punk threw the first punch at Matt Jackson, b) Punk's friend Ace Steel threw a chair at Nick Jackson, and c) Steel also bit Kenny Omega.  All parties involved were immediately suspended pending the investigation, and Steel was fired.  The months-long controversy surrounding the incident led many to believe Punk would never be seen on AEW television again and also seemed to hurt AEW's attendance (TV ratings were up and down over the rest of the year). 

However AEW does seem to have renewed their focus on pushing younger, homegrown talent and in recent weeks it feels like they've won back much of the goodwill Brawl Out lost them.  They also managed to draw five separate million-dollar live gates in 2022, including the Grand Slam episode of Dynamite.  No other wrestling company aside from WWE has ever done this, least of all for a weekly television episode (though to be fair a few of WCW's big gates do break a million when adjusted for inflation).

In AEW-adjacent news, Tony Khan also dropped the bombshell in 2022 that he'd purchased Ring of Honor and planned to create a new weekly show while also running new PPV events.  The first two ROH PPVs completely under Tony's banner were rousing successes for the company, drawing some of their best attendance figures and buyrates.  As for the new weekly show, it will be streamed on the relaunched Honor Club streaming service, which will also include the ROH library and new PPV events 90 days after they take place.  With a massive talent roster under his umbrella TK has more than enough stars to populate the stalwart promotion.

Across the Pacific, New Japan Pro Wrestling, once an annual lock for Best Promotion of the Year, again struggled to maintain the quality they'd so long been known for.  For the first time in nearly a decade their flagship PPV WrestleKingdom was a rather underwhelming affair, and the company's attendance, though slowly improving from pandemic numbers, was still not back to normal.  But help did arrive in the form of AEW, as the joint AEW-NJPW PPV Forbidden Door shattered expectations, selling out Chicago's United Center in minutes and drawing a highly respectable 125,000 buys.  More than enough to justify making the crossover an annual event.  Between their expanded collaboration with AEW and Japan's loosening of attendance and noise restrictions, 2023 should see NJPW regain their mojo, at least somewhat.

All four companies should be interesting to watch in 2023 on one level or another, and that's something I haven't said in a long time.  With WWE I'm intrigued to see how Triple H oversees WrestleMania season (if a potential company sale doesn't fuck it all up that is).  With AEW I'm excited to see which young stars truly rise to the top and become crossover sensations.  With ROH I'm hopeful they'll become more profitable than ever before.  And with NJPW I'm eager to see them get back to where they were pre-pandemic

But enough with all that, let's hand out some fake awards.....
 


Promotion of the Year

If this award were about which company does the most business, WWE would run away with it every year.  But a sixty-year-old institution drawing the biggest numbers ain't what this award is about.  For me the best promotion of the year is the one that consistently delivers quality and keeps me emotionally invested enough to see what's coming next.  And one company in 2022 did that far better than any other, even despite seemingly half its roster being out with injuries at one time or another.  From consistently great PPV events to an absurd number of ****+ matches throughout the year, Tony Khan's upstart promotion produced the best action, the best stories, and the most compelling television.

For the third straight year, the winner is: AEW






Major Show of the Year

Most fans seemed to pick Forbidden Door as the best major show of 2022, and while I don't begrudge anyone for choosing it - it was a stellar PPV full of excellent wrestling - it wasn't my favorite.  The inherent drawback of crossover shows is that they tend to be more a showcase of stars rather than a can't-miss culmination of stories and feuds.  And for my money the best PPV to accomplish the latter took place a few months earlier.  From the opening Chris Jericho-Eddie Kingston fight to the wild three-way Tag Title match to the action-packed Casino Ladder Match, to the brutal, blood-soaked CM Punk-MJF Dog Collar match, to the hard-hitting Bryan Danielson-Jon Moxley war, to the epic Adam vs. Adam World Title main event, AEW's Revolution pushed the limits of how much wrestling a one-night PPV could hold.  Hell, even the pre-show six-man tag involving the House of Black was incredible.  Revolution 2022 was among the best PPV events of the last five-plus years.

The winner is: AEW Revolution






Most Disappointing Show

Ah the Royal Rumble.  Once a WWE calendar highlight, a veritable All-Star game to kick off the Road to WrestleMania, now little more than a formulaic formality designed around underwhelming surprises, entrance pops, and highlight reel moments.  Remember when we used to get excited to see who WON the Royal Rumble?  Remember when there were five or six participants who could conceivably win the Royal Rumble?  Remember when winning the Royal Rumble meant a guaranteed spot in the main event of WrestleMania and everyone would do ANYTHING to get there?  Well the concept is so watered down after years of dual champions, Rumble winners losing their spots, Rumble winners OPENING WrestleMania, and a lack of long-term stories playing out in the Rumble match and the 'Mania build, that all anyone responds to these days are the surprises and the entrances.  And Christ, if that's all you watch a Royal Rumble match for, what's the point of the match itself?  Just turn the whole show into an entrance pageant.  

Side note: WWE needs to retire the phrase "WrestleMania moment."  No one should in storyline be striving for a "moment" at the biggest show of the year, they should be striving to win championships there.  NFL players don't dream of having a "SuperBowl moment," they dream of winning the fucking SuperBowl.

The 2022 Royal Rumble matches both encapsulated basically everything that's wrong and tired about the annual tradition, with little of note happening in either the men's or women's Rumble until one of the few big names left in the company showed up.  The women's match actually had a handful of potential winners and Bianca Belair got to duplicate her 2021 effort of staying in the longest, but the worst-kept secret of the year, Ronda Rousey's return to action, made all of it moot.  Everyone knew the former UFC star would be waltzing in and taking the 'Mania spot, and what's worse, Ronda looked rusty and awkward for the ten minutes she was in the match.  Couple that with her coming up short in her title bid at WrestleMania, and this all felt pretty pointless.  Worse though was the men's Rumble, during which virtually nothing of note happened between the ropes, two non-wrestling celebrities plus Shane McMahon were featured, and just-dethroned WWE Champion Brock Lesnar stole the number 30 spot to win the whole thing.  Because if anyone needed a second Rumble win added to his resume it's Brock....  As for the rest of the show, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins had a decent Universal Title match, and the aforementioned Brock title defense against Bobby Lashley was another disappointing two-move bout, proving once again that I don't need to see another Brock Lesnar match as long as I live, as they're literally all the same match.

This show pretty much stunk. 

The winner is: WWE Royal Rumble 2022






Feud of the Year

This category has numerous quality contenders.  CM Punk vs. MJF boasted some of the best face-to-face promos I've ever seen, and both matches were pretty great to boot (sadly the Brawl Out scenario plus Punk's second injury in AEW prevented the planned rubber match).  MJF vs. Wardlow may have only yielded one bout, but the build was among the best slow-burn babyface turns of all time.  The Elite vs. Death Triangle (which isn't yet over) was purely an in-ring feud but every match has been stellar.  Kevin Owens did a yeoman's job of singlehandedly carrying the entire build to his WrestleMania match with Steve Austin.  The epic Jericho Appreciation Society vs. Blackpool Combat Club spanned most of 2022 and produced loads of great matches (though it continued well beyond the point it should have).  But one feud, based solely around who was the best tag team in the world, bore one of the all-time great wrestling trilogies, belonging in the same conversation as Flair-Steamboat '89 or Okada-Omega 2017.  A standard tag match, followed by a 2 out of 3 falls epic, followed by a bloody, all-out Dog Collar war.  You could pick any of the three as the best match and you'd be right.  This was legendary. 

The winner is: FTR vs. The Briscoe Brothers






Match of the Year

2022 may have been the most difficult year from which to pick a single best match.  AEW was churning out four-star matches and better on an almost weekly basis, while NJPW still managed a number of classic despite not producing the quality/quantity of their 2017-2019 run.  Hell, WWE even managed to garner a pair of five-star ratings from Dave Meltzer in 2022.  Is this real life??  In terms of my favorite examples of my favorite type of match - epic singles main events - I think Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay from WrestleKingdom 16 and Hangman Page vs. Bryan Danielson from the inaugural TBS Dynamite were my top two picks of 2022.  But if we're going with the best presentation and execution of any match type throughout the year, it's gotta be the gore- and violence-filled Dog Collar match between FTR and the Briscoes at ROH Final Battle.  This was one of the most violent matches in years and it capped off one of the all-time best wrestling trilogies.  If I were to pick my favorite bout of the three it would be the 2 out of 3 Falls match at Death Before Dishonor.  But the match at Final Battle was simply the best match of its type ever produced.  Just breathtaking violence for violence's sake.

The winner is: FTR vs. The Briscoes, Final Battle 2022







Woman of the Year

2022 was a helluva strong year for women's wrestling, with stars made and stars returning.  Ronda Rousey came back to WWE at the Royal Rumble (with very mixed results as I said earlier) and was in the Smackdown Women's Title picture all year.  Liv Morgan got a solid mid-year push by winning Money in the Bank and cashing in on Ronda the same night (I really like Liv as an underdog babyface champion and I hope this wasn't her only shot).  In AEW, Thunder Rosa finally dethroned Britt Baker and seemed poised for a long title run but was sidelined with a back injury.  In her stead new AEW signee Toni Storm picked up the slack and then some, with a slew of excellent title defenses.  Meanwhile Britt's erstwhile sidekick Jamie Hayter became an unlikely crowd favorite and managed to unseat Toni at Full Gear for the title, becoming a new breakout star.  Then there's TBS Champion Jade Cargill, who won the inaugural title on the first Dynamite of the year and has yet to lose a match, though her match quality still isn't where it needs to be.  But one woman dominated her division from WrestleMania through the end of the year and shows no signs of slowing down, and that is RAW Women's Champion Bianca Belair.  Bianca had another star-worthy performance at 'Mania, defeating Becky Lynch for the strap, and turning back challenges from Becky, Asuka, Carmella, and Bayley, among others.  Bianca has proven herself a true women's division centerpiece who delivers big bell-to-bell, and is one of the most likable babyfaces in the business.

The winner is: Bianca Belair







Tag Team of the Year

This is another pretty competitive category.  On one hand you have The Usos, who broke the longevity record for a WWE Tag Team Championship.  On another you have The Acclaimed, who quickly became one of the hottest acts in the entire industry on their way to winning the AEW Tag Titles.  And then above everyone else there was FTR.  Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler simultaneously held the ROH, AAA and IWGP Tag Team Titles in 2022, but more importantly they had a career's worth of MOTY candidates in a single year.  The duo's future is uncertain in light of their current AEW deal expiring in April, but whatever their next move, this team has already punched their ticket to the All-Timers' Club.  They call themselves 7-Star FTR with good reason; right now they're the best damn tag team on the planet.

The winner is: FTR







Wrestler of the Year

There are really only two viable options in this category, and interestingly they used to be best friends.

One of the two big North American companies had a constant at the top of its food chain.  That constant worked a reduced schedule and his output was quite frankly middling in my opinion.  An underwhelming, paint-by-numbers WrestleMania main event, a couple of entertaining summer title defenses, a shockingly good fall title defense against a YouTube star, and a fun WarGames match made more intriguing by the storyline surrounding it.  Roman Reigns is certainly a dependable heel champion and there's no question he's a box office draw.  But for me that isn't enough earn him a Wrestler of the Year trophy, particularly when compared to his chief competitor in this category. 

Imagine a locker room leader so integral to the company that despite starting the year in rehab, he led his faction to one of the most compelling rivalries of the year, then canceled his summer vacation because the company's top championship had to be vacated due to injury and he was asked to carry the title (and the company) on his back.  And when the same title had to be vacated AGAIN due to injury/suspension this guy had to repeat that performance.  And during it all he churned out great match after great match, working his ass off like an 80s Intercontinental Champion.  So impressive was his "interim" run that the company shuffled plans around to make him the undisputed champion before taking the title off him.  When AEW's roster was plagued by injuries over the summer, he was there to hold down the fort.  When controversy and toxic backstage politics threatened to derail the train, he was there to steer it back on track.  Maybe the best compliment I can give this guy is that his 2022 performance was truly a Bret Hart-esque endeavor.  A harder working MVP I cannot recall in pro wrestling; this dude is better than we all deserve.

The winner is: Jon Moxley





Thanks for joining us for yet another wrestling awards "ceremony" here at Enuffa.com.  Before you go though, check out my unofficial awards history dating back to 1987, the first full calendar year for which I was a fan.....




1987

Wrestler of the Year - Ric Flair
Tag Team of the Year - Hart Foundation
Woman of the Year - Sherri Martel
Match of the Year - Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (3.29.87)
Feud of the Year - Four Horsemen vs. SuperPowers/Road Warriors
Major Show of the Year - WWF WrestleMania III
Most Disappointing Show - WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #10 (Savage vs. Steele, Battle Royal)
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1988

Wrestler of the Year - Randy Savage
Tag Team of the Year - Road Warriors
Woman of the Year - Elizabeth
Match of the Year - Team Powers of Pain vs. Team Demolition (11.24.88)
Feud of the Year - Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger
Major Show of the Year - WWF Survivor Series
Most Disappointing Show - WWF WrestleMania IV
Promotion of the Year - NWA


1989

Wrestler of the Year - Ric Flair
Tag Team of the Year - Demolition
Woman of the Year - Sherri Martel
Match of the Year - Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair (5.7.89)
Feud of the Year - Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk
Major Show of the Year - NWA Great American Bash
Most Disappointing Show - WWF Royal Rumble
Promotion of the Year - NWA


1990

Wrestler of the Year - Ultimate Warrior
Tag Team of the Year - Hart Foundation
Woman of the Year - Sherri Martel
Match of the Year - Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk vs. Midnight Express (5.19.90)
Feud of the Year - Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger
Major Show of the Year - NWA Capitol Combat
Most Disappointing Show - WWF Survivor Series
Promotion of the Year - NWA


1991

Wrestler of the Year - Ric Flair
Tag Team of the Year - Legion of Doom
Woman of the Year - Sherri Martel
Match of the Year - Rockers vs. Orient Express (1.19.91)
Feud of the Year - Undertaker vs. Ultimate Warrior
Major Show of the Year - WCW/New Japan SuperShow
Most Disappointing Show - WWF Survivor Series
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1992

Wrestler of the Year - Randy Savage
Tag Team of the Year - Steiners
Woman of the Year - Elizabeth
Match of the Year - Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (8.29.92)
Feud of the Year - Sting vs. Vader
Major Show of the Year - WWF SummerSlam
Most Disappointing Show - WCW Halloween Havoc
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1993

Wrestler of the Year - Vader
Tag Team of the Year - Steiners
Woman of the Year - Alundra Blayze
Match of the Year - Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (6.13.93)
Feud of the Year - Sting vs. Vader
Major Show of the Year - WWF Royal Rumble
Most Disappointing Show - WWF WrestleMania IX
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1994

Wrestler of the Year - Bret Hart
Tag Team of the Year - Headshrinkers
Woman of the Year - Alundra Blayze
Match of the Year - Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (3.20.94)
Feud of the Year - Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
Major Show of the Year - WWF WrestleMania X
Most Disappointing Show - WWF SummerSlam
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1995

Wrestler of the Year - Diesel
Tag Team of the Year - Owen Hart & Yokozuna
Woman of the Year - Alundra Blayze
Match of the Year - Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (12.18.95)
Feud of the Year - Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero
Major Show of the Year - WWF Survivor Series
Most Disappointing Show - WWF King of the Ring
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1996

Wrestler of the Year - Shawn Michaels
Tag Team of the Year - Harlem Heat
Woman of the Year - Sunny
Match of the Year - Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (9.22.96)
Feud of the Year - Undertaker vs. Mankind
Major Show of the Year - WWF King of the Ring
Most Disappointing Show - WWF SummerSlam
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1997

Wrestler of the Year - Steve Austin
Tag Team of the Year - The Outsiders
Woman of the Year - Chyna
Match of the Year - Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker (10.5.97)
Feud of the Year - USA vs. Canada
Major Show of the Year - WWF SummerSlam
Most Disappointing Show - WCW Starrcade
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1998

Wrestler of the Year - Steve Austin
Tag Team of the Year - New Age Outlaws
Woman of the Year - Sable
Match of the Year - Undertaker vs. Mankind (6.28.98)
Feud of the Year - Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon
Major Show of the Year - WWF SummerSlam
Most Disappointing Show - WWF Survivor Series
Promotion of the Year - WWF


1999

Wrestler of the Year - Steve Austin
Tag Team of the Year - Kane & X-Pac
Woman of the Year - Chyna
Match of the Year - Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boyz (10.17.99)
Feud of the Year - Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon
Major Show of the Year - WWF Backlash
Most Disappointing Show - WWF WrestleMania XV
Promotion of the Year - WWF


2000

Wrestler of the Year - The Rock
Tag Team of the Year - Edge & Christian
Woman of the Year - Stephanie McMahon
Match of the Year - Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (2.27.00)
Feud of the Year - Triple H vs. The Rock
Major Show of the Year - WWF Fully Loaded
Most Disappointing Show - WWF King of the Ring
Promotion of the Year - WWF


2001

Wrestler of the Year - Steve Austin
Tag Team of the Year - Dudley Boyz
Woman of the Year - Lita
Match of the Year - Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon (6.21.01)
Feud of the Year - Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit
Major Show of the Year - WWF WrestleMania X-7
Most Disappointing Show - WWF Invasion
Promotion of the Year - WWF


2002

Wrestler of the Year - Kurt Angle
Tag Team of the Year - Los Guerreros
Woman of the Year - Trish Stratus
Match of the Year - Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit vs. Edge & Rey Mysterio (10.20.02)
Feud of the Year - RAW vs. Smackdown
Major Show of the Year - WWE SummerSlam
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Survivor Series
Promotion of the Year - WWE


2003

Wrestler of the Year - Brock Lesnar
Tag Team of the Year - World's Greatest Tag Team
Woman of the Year - Trish Stratus
Match of the Year - Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit (1.19.03)
Feud of the Year - Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
Major Show of the Year - WWE WrestleMania XIX
Most Disappointing Show - WWE SummerSlam
Promotion of the Year - WWE


2004

Wrestler of the Year - Chris Benoit
Tag Team of the Year - America's Most Wanted
Woman of the Year - Victoria
Match of the Year - Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (3.14.04)
Feud of the Year - Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley
Major Show of the Year - WWE WrestleMania XX
Most Disappointing Show - WWE SummerSlam
Promotion of the Year - WWE


2005

Wrestler of the Year - AJ Styles
Tag Team of the Year - MNM
Woman of the Year - Trish Stratus
Match of the Year - AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (12.11.05)
Feud of the Year - AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels
Major Show of the Year - WWE Vengeance
Most Disappointing Show - ECW One Night Stand
Promotion of the Year - TNA


2006

Wrestler of the Year - John Cena
Tag Team of the Year - AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels
Woman of the Year - Mickie James
Match of the Year - Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness (8.12.06)
Feud of the Year - John Cena vs. Edge
Major Show of the Year - WWE No Way Out
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Survivor Series
Promotion of the Year - Ring of Honor


2007

Wrestler of the Year - John Cena
Tag Team of the Year - Briscoe Brothers
Woman of the Year - Gail Kim
Match of the Year - Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness (6.7.07)
Feud of the Year - Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima
Major Show of the Year - ROH Driven
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Night of Champions
Promotion of the Year - Ring of Honor


2008

Wrestler of the Year - Samoa Joe
Tag Team of the Year - Beer Money Inc.
Woman of the Year - Awesome Kong
Match of the Year - Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (3.30.08)
Feud of the Year - Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
Major Show of the Year - ROH Take No Prisoners
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Survivor Series
Promotion of the Year - Ring of Honor


2009

Wrestler of the Year - Randy Orton
Tag Team of the Year - JeriShow
Woman of the Year - Maryse
Match of the Year - Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (4.5.09)
Feud of the Year - CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy
Major Show of the Year - TNA Turning Point
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Royal Rumble
Promotion of the Year - WWE


2010

Wrestler of the Year - Randy Orton
Tag Team of the Year - Hart Dynasty
Woman of the Year - Natalya
Match of the Year - Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (3.28.10)
Feud of the Year - Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
Major Show of the Year - NJPW WrestleKingdom IV
Most Disappointing Show - WWE SummerSlam
Promotion of the Year - WWE


2011

Wrestler of the Year - CM Punk
Tag Team of the Year - Beer Money Inc.
Woman of the Year - Beth Phoenix
Match of the Year - John Cena vs. CM Punk (7.17.11)
Feud of the Year - John Cena vs. CM Punk
Major Show of the Year - WWE Money in the Bank
Most Disappointing Show - WWE WrestleMania XXVII
Promotion of the Year - WWE


2012

Wrestler of the Year - CM Punk
Tag Team of the Year - Team Hell No
Woman of the Year - AJ Lee
Match of the Year - CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (5.20.12)
Feud of the Year - CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Major Show of the Year - NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling
Most Disappointing Show - WWE SummerSlam
Promotion of the Year - WWE


2013

Wrestler of the Year - Daniel Bryan
Tag Team of the Year - The Shield
Woman of the Year - AJ Lee
Match of the Year - John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan (8.18.13)
Feud of the Year - Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority
Major Show of the Year - WWE SummerSlam
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Battleground
Promotion of the Year - NJPW


2014

Wrestler of the Year - Seth Rollins
Tag Team of the Year - The Usos
Woman of the Year - Paige
Match of the Year - Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan (4.6.14)
Feud of the Year - Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority
Major Show of the Year - G1 Climax 24 Day 7
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Royal Rumble
Promotion of the Year - NJPW


2015

Wrestler of the Year - Seth Rollins
Tag Team of the Year - The New Day
Woman of the Year - Sasha Banks
Match of the Year - Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi (1.4.15)
Feud of the Year - Kazuchika Okada vs. AJ Styles
Major Show of the Year - NJPW WrestleKingdom 9
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Royal Rumble
Promotion of the Year - NJPW


2016

Wrestler of the Year - AJ Styles
Tag Team of the Year - The Revival
Woman of the Year - Charlotte Flair
Match of the Year - Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles (1.4.16)
Feud of the Year - Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
Major Show of the Year - NJPW WrestleKingdom 10
Most Disappointing Show - WWE SummerSlam
Promotion of the Year - NJPW


2017

Wrestler of the Year - Kazuchika Okada
Tag Team of the Year - The Young Bucks
Woman of the Year - Asuka
Match of the Year - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (1.4.17)
Feud of the Year - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
Major Show of the Year - NJPW WrestleKingdom 11
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Payback
Promotion of the Year - NJPW


2018

Wrestler of the Year - Kenny Omega
Tag Team of the Year - The Young Bucks
Woman of the Year - Ronda Rousey
Match of the Year - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (6.9.18)
Feud of the Year - Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa
Major Show of the Year - NJPW Dominion
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Backlash
Promotion of the Year - NJPW


2019

Wrestler of the Year - Adam Cole
Tag Team of the Year - The Young Bucks
Woman of the Year - Becky Lynch
Match of the Year - Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (1.4.19)
Feud of the Year - Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano
Major Show of the Year - NXT TakeOver: New York
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Hell in a Cell
Promotion of the Year - NJPW


2020

Wrestler of the Year - Jon Moxley
Tag Team of the Year - FTR
Woman of the Year - Bayley
Match of the Year - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (1.4.20)
Feud of the Year - Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston
Major Show of the Year - G1 Climax 30, Night 13
Most Disappointing Show - WWE WrestleMania 36
Promotion of the Year - AEW


2021

Wrestler of the Year - Kenny Omega
Tag Team of the Year - Young Bucks
Woman of the Year - Dr. Britt Baker
Match of the Year - Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White (1.5.21)
Feud of the Year - The Inner Circle vs. The Pinnacle
Major Show of the Year - AEW Full Gear
Most Disappointing Show - WWE Elimination Chamber
Promotion of the Year - AEW


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