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Wow is this going to be easier to do thanks to the online copy.

Similar disclaimers as before:
-The timeframe covers December to November. (Justin can probably confirm the dates.)
-Some of the overall awards are available to both wrestling and MMA organizations.

LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR)

1. CHRIS JERICHO
2. Edge
3. Shawn Michaels

MMA MOST VALUABLE
1. BROCK LESNAR
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. Randy Couture

MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER
1. BRYAN DANIELSON
2. Shawn Michaels
3. Nigel McGuinness

MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
1. GEORGES ST. PIERRE
2. Anderson Silva
3. B.J. Penn

BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW
1. BROCK LESNAR
2. Mistico
3. John Cena

FEUD OF THE YEAR
1. CHRIS JERICHO VS. SHAWN MICHAELS
2. Undertaker vs. Edge
3. New Japan vs. Zero-One Max

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
1. JOHN MORRISON & THE MIZ
2. Kevin Steen & El Generico
3. Robert Roode & James Storm

MOST IMPROVED
1. THE MIZ
2. Tyler Black
3. John Morrison

BEST ON INTERVIEWS
1. CHRIS JERICHO
2. Santino Marella
3. Edge

MOST CHARISMATIC
1. JOHN CENA
2. Brock Lesnar
3. Edge

BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER
1. BRYAN DANIELSON
2. Nigel McGuinness
3. Kurt Angle

BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER)
1. NECRO BUTCHER
2. Samoa Joe
3. Takeshi Morishima

BEST FLYING WRESTLER
1. EVAN BOURNE
2. Kota Ibushi
3. Mistico

MOST OVERRATED
1. VLADIMIR KOZLOV
2. HHH
3. Great Khali

MOST UNDERRATED
1. MVP
2. Scotty Goldman
3. Jamie Noble
(Of note: Shelton Benjamin went from winning three years in a row to not placing in the top 15.)

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
1. ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
2. World Wrestling Entertainment
3. Ring of Honor

BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW
1. THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER
2. WWE Raw
3. WWE ECW

WORKED MATCH OF THE YEAR
1. SHAWN MICHAELS VS. CHRIS JERICHO 10/5 PORTLAND
2. Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels 3/30 Orlando
3. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe 4/13 Lowell

SHOOT MATCH OF THE YEAR
1. FORREST GRIFFIN VS. QUINTON JACKSON 7/5 LAS VEGAS
2. Roger Huerta vs. Clay Guida 12/8/07 Las Vegas
3. Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver 6/1 Sacramento

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1. KAI
2. Amasis
3. Ryota Hama
(Of note: I have no idea who any of these are.)

BEST NON-WRESTLER
1. LARRY SWEENEY
2. Vickie Guerrero
3. Jim Cornette

BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
1. MATT STRIKER
2. Jim Ross
3. Joe Rogan

WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
1. MIKE ADAMLE
2. Don West
3. Michael Cole

BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
1. WWE WRESTLEMANIA 3/30 ORLANDO
2. UFC 91 11/15 Las Vegas
3. WEC 6/1 Sacramento

WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
1. WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 11/23 BOSTON
2. TNA Sacrifice 5/11 Orlando
3. YAMMA Pitfighting 4/11 Atlantic City

BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER
1. EVAN BOURNE SHOOTING STAR PRESS
2. Tyler Black God's Last Gift
3. Undertaker gogoplata

MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC
1. WWE JEFF HARDY TEASED OVERDOSE TO GET HITS
2. TNA Using Jill Jarretts death in Angle vs. Jeff storyline
3. WWE having the set collapse on Vince McMahon just days after a TNA crew member was killed in similar fashion

WORST TELEVISION SHOW
1. TNA IMPACT
2. Hulk Hogans Celebrity Championship Wrestling
3. WWE ECW

WORST MATCH(/FIGHT) OF THE YEAR
1. HHH VS. KOZLOV VS. EDGE 11/23 BOSTON
2. Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen 11/5 Hollywood, FL
3. Santino Marella vs. Honky Tonk Man 10/26 Phoenix

WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR
1. REY MYSTERIO VS. KANE
2. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal
3. Main Event Mafia vs. Front Line

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
1. TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION
2. Elite XC
3. All Japan Pro

BEST BOOKER
1. JOE SILVA
2. Gabe Sapolsky
3. Gedo & Jado

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
1. DANA WHITE
2. Vince McMahon
3. Cary Silkin

BEST GIMMICK
1. SANTINO MARELLA
2. Beautiful People
3. Rhett Titus

WORST GIMMICK
1. KHALI KISS CAM
2. Whiny world champion Samoa Joe
3. Super Eric

BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK
1. GORGEOUS GEORGE/JOHN CAPOUYA
2. Ring of Hell/Matt Randazzo
3. Wrestlecrap Book of Lists/Randy Baer

BEST PRO WRESTLING DVD
1. RIC FLAIR DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
2. Ric Flair High Spots Shoot
3. Mr. Perfect

Edit: Might as well throw in a cheap plug for my WWE- and UFC-centric, N/A-heavy ballot.

(edited by hansen9j on 21.1.09 1506)


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Hey, just for fun, let's compare to the r.s.p-w Awards (where applicable)!

    Originally posted by hansen9j

    LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR)

    1. CHRIS JERICHO
    2. Edge
    3. Shawn Michaels

    r.s.p-w: BEST WRESTLER
    1. Jericho
    2. Michaels
    3. Edge

    FEUD OF THE YEAR
    1. CHRIS JERICHO VS. SHAWN MICHAELS
    2. Undertaker vs. Edge
    3. New Japan vs. Zero-One Max

    r.s.p-w: BEST FEUD
    1. Michaels vs. Jericho
    2. Undertaker vs. Edge
    3. Michaels vs. Flair

    TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
    1. JOHN MORRISON & THE MIZ
    2. Kevin Steen & El Generico
    3. Robert Roode & James Storm

    r.s.p-w: BEST TAG TEAM
    1. Morrison & Miz
    2. Shelley & Sabin
    3. Homicide & Hernandez

    MOST IMPROVED
    1. THE MIZ
    2. Tyler Black
    3. John Morrison

    r.s.p-w: MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER
    1. Miz
    2. Morrison
    3. Marella

    BEST ON INTERVIEWS
    1. CHRIS JERICHO
    2. Santino Marella
    3. Edge

    r.s.p-w: BEST INTERVIEWEE
    1. Jericho
    2. Marella
    3. Flair

    MOST CHARISMATIC
    1. JOHN CENA
    2. Brock Lesnar
    3. Edge

    r.s.p-w: BEST BABYFACE
    1. Jeff Hardy
    2. Michaels
    3. Punk
    (4. Cena)

    BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER
    1. BRYAN DANIELSON
    2. Nigel McGuinness
    3. Kurt Angle

    r.s.p-w: BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER
    1. Angle
    2. Danielson
    3. Jericho

    BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER)
    1. NECRO BUTCHER
    2. Samoa Joe
    3. Takeshi Morishima

    r.s.p-w: BEST BRAWLER
    1. Awesome Kong
    2. Undertaker
    3. Finlay

    BEST FLYING WRESTLER
    1. EVAN BOURNE
    2. Kota Ibushi
    3. Mistico

    r.s.p-w: BEST FLYER
    1. Bourne
    2. Mysterio
    3. Jack Evans / John Morrison / Jeff Hardy (tie)

    MOST OVERRATED
    1. VLADIMIR KOZLOV
    2. HHH
    3. Great Khali

    r.s.p-w: MOST OVERRATED WRESTLER
    1. JBL
    2. HHH
    3. Batista

    MOST UNDERRATED
    1. MVP
    2. Scotty Goldman
    3. Jamie Noble
    (Of note: Shelton Benjamin went from winning three years in a row to not placing in the top 15.)

    r.s.p-w: MOST UNDERRATED WRESTLER
    1. Benjamin (take THAT, Observer!)
    2. Morrison
    3. Miz

    PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
    1. ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
    2. World Wrestling Entertainment
    3. Ring of Honor

    r.s.p-w: BEST ORGANIZATION
    1. WWE
    2. ROH
    3. TNA

    BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW
    1. THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER
    2. WWE Raw
    3. WWE ECW

    r.s.p-w: BEST TV SHOW
    1. RAW
    2. Smackdown
    3. ECW

    WORKED MATCH OF THE YEAR
    1. SHAWN MICHAELS VS. CHRIS JERICHO 10/5 PORTLAND
    2. Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels 3/30 Orlando
    3. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe 4/13 Lowell

    r.s.p-w: BEST MATCH
    1. Flair v. Michaels 3/30
    2. Jericho v. Michaels 10/5
    3. Undertaker v. Edge 8/17

    BEST NON-WRESTLER
    1. LARRY SWEENEY
    2. Vickie Guerrero
    3. Jim Cornette

    r.s.p-w: BEST SECOND
    1. Marella
    2. Vickie Guerrero
    3. Larry Sweeney

    BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
    1. MATT STRIKER
    2. Jim Ross
    3. Joe Rogan

    r.s.p-w: BEST ANNOUNCER
    1. Ross
    2. Styles
    3. Tenay

    r.s.p-w: BEST COLOUR COMMENTATOR
    1. Striker
    2. Foley
    3. JBL

    WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
    1. MIKE ADAMLE
    2. Don West
    3. Michael Cole

    r.s.p-w: WORST ANNOUNCER
    1. Adamle
    2. Cole
    3. Tenay

    r.s.p-w: WORST COLOUR COMMENTATOR
    1. West
    2. Coachman
    3. Lawler

    BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
    1. WWE WRESTLEMANIA 3/30 ORLANDO
    2. UFC 91 11/15 Las Vegas
    3. WEC 6/1 Sacramento

    r.s.p-w: BEST MAJOR SHOW
    1. WrestleMania
    2. Royal Rumble
    3. ROH Take No Prisoners

    WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
    1. WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 11/23 BOSTON
    2. TNA Sacrifice 5/11 Orlando
    3. YAMMA Pitfighting 4/11 Atlantic City

    r.s.p-w: WORST MAJOR SHOW
    1. Night of Champions / TNA Sacrifice (tie)
    3. Cyber Sunday

    BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER
    1. EVAN BOURNE SHOOTING STAR PRESS
    2. Tyler Black God�s Last Gift
    3. Undertaker gogoplata

    r.s.p-w: BEST WRESTLING MOVE
    1. Bourne's shooting star press
    2. Morrison's corkscrew flip
    3. Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer

    MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC
    1. WWE JEFF HARDY TEASED OVERDOSE TO GET HITS
    2. TNA Using Jill Jarrett�s death in Angle vs. Jeff storyline
    3. WWE having the set collapse on Vince McMahon just days after a TNA crew member was killed in similar fashion

    r.s.p-w: WORST PROMOTIONAL MOVE
    1. WWE hires Adamle
    2. TNA pushes old farts instead of X Divison
    3. McMahon's Million Dollar Mania

    WORST TELEVISION SHOW
    1. TNA IMPACT
    2. Hulk Hogan�s Celebrity Championship Wrestling
    3. WWE ECW

    r.s.p-w: WORST TV SHOW
    1. Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling
    2. Impact
    3. ECW

    WORST MATCH(/FIGHT) OF THE YEAR
    1. HHH VS. KOZLOV VS. EDGE 11/23 BOSTON
    2. Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen 11/5 Hollywood, FL
    3. Santino Marella vs. Honky Tonk Man 10/26 Phoenix

    r.s.p-w: WORST MATCH
    1. Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane, 3/30
    2. Big Show vs. Great Khali, 4/27
    3. Minis Rumble, 1/14

    WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR
    1. REY MYSTERIO VS. KANE
    2. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal
    3. Main Event Mafia vs. Front Line

    r.s.p-w: WORST FEUD
    1. Mysterio vs. Kane
    2. Finlay & Hornswoggle vs. Mr. McMahon
    3. Dreamer vs. Delaney

    WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
    1. TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION
    2. Elite XC
    3. All Japan Pro

    r.s.p-w: WORST ORGANIZATION
    1. TNA
    2. Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling
    3. Juggalo Championship Wrestling

    BEST GIMMICK
    1. SANTINO MARELLA
    2. Beautiful People
    3. Rhett Titus

    r.s.p-w: BEST WRESTLING GIMMICK
    1. Santino Marella
    2. Chris Jericho as the last honest man
    3. Charlie Haas

    WORST GIMMICK
    1. KHALI KISS CAM
    2. Whiny world champion Samoa Joe
    3. Super Eric

    r.s.p-w: WORST WRESTLING GIMMICK
    1. Hornswoggle
    2. Big Daddy V
    3. Stone Cold Shark Boy
Not too bad, actually.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.35
I'm surprised how close a lot of them were.

How many vote in the Observer Awards? Subscribers?
hansen9j
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.37
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    I'm surprised how close a lot of them were.

    How many vote in the Observer Awards? Subscribers?


All subscribers can vote. A quick testing of a few categories gave me a peak amount of first place votes as 824, so it's still probably a pretty low percentage compared to total subscribers.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.05
    Originally posted by hansen9j
    WORST TELEVISION SHOW
    1. TNA IMPACT
    2. Hulk Hogans Celebrity Championship Wrestling

You'll have to forgive me if I consider this part to result in an immediate disqualification of the WO awards.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.85
According to RSPW, Tenay is no. 3 in Best AND Worst Announcer.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.32

People who were members of the WO/F4W website were eligible to vote this year, however that may or may not skew the results.

FYI, Amasis is from CHIKARA. He is one-half of the tag champs.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.90
    Originally posted by Lexus
    According to RSPW, Tenay is no. 3 in Best AND Worst Announcer.


Yes, and the Observer thinks that WWE ECW is the third best AND worst TV show. How does that logic work?



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.37
    Originally posted by used2bcool
      Originally posted by Lexus
      According to RSPW, Tenay is no. 3 in Best AND Worst Announcer.


    Yes, and the Observer thinks that WWE ECW is the third best AND worst TV show. How does that logic work?


I'm going to guess that those are different voters.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.26
Probably a division between people who only want the old ECW back, and people who recognize that it's the best wrestling show on television.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.58
No female category? I would have dropped Maryse in the most improved group.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.32
    Originally posted by djp
    No female category? I would have dropped Maryse in the most improved group.


Female wrestlers are eligible for the awards. Manami Toyota almost won wrestler of the year in the mid 1990s.



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Well, even if I wasn't too wild about her, Let's give the Diva award to Sable. Other than that, there's no need for me (for the moment) to watch the award show since Owen won't be there to get his rightful statuettes. Ringmistress
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