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-The timeframe covers December to November.
-Some of the overall awards are available to both wrestling and MMA organizations.



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

1. HIROSHI TANAHASHI

2. C.M. Punk

3. John Cena

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MOST VALUABLE

1. GEORGES ST. PIERRE

2. Jon Jones

3. Anderson Silva

MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER

1. DAVEY RICHARDS

2. Hiroshi Tanahashi

3. Daniel Bryan

MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

1. JON JONES

2. Anderson Silva

3. Junior Dos Santos

BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW

1. THE ROCK

2. Georges St. Pierre

3. John Cena

FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. JOHN CENA VS. C.M. PUNK

2. Randy Orton vs. Christian

3. Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR

1. GIANT BERNARD & KARL ANDERSON

2. Mark & Jay Briscoe

3. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi

Top TNA:
8. Bobby Roode & James Storm

Top WWE:
9. Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne

MOST IMPROVED

1. DOLPH ZIGGLER

2. Mark Henry

3. Ricochet

BEST ON INTERVIEWS

1. C.M. PUNK

2. The Rock

3. Chael Sonnen

MOST CHARISMATIC

1. THE ROCK

2. John Cena

3. C.M. Punk

BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER

1. DANIEL BRYAN

2. Davey Richards

3. Prince Devitt

BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER)

1. KEVIN STEEN

2. Togi Makabe

3. Mark & Jay Briscoe

TOP WWE:
4. Sheamus (50) 545

TOP TNA:
5. Bully Ray (45) 517

BEST FLYING WRESTLER

1. RICOCHET

2. Kota Ibushi

3. Pac

TOP WWE:
4. Evan Bourne

MOST OVERRATED

1. CRIMSON

2. Mason Ryan

3. Kevin Nash

MOST UNDERRATED

1. DOLPH ZIGGLER

2. Daniel Bryan

3. Alex Shelley

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

2. New Japan Pro Wrestling

3. Dragon Gate

4. Ring of Honor

5. World Wrestling Entertainment

TNA did not place in the top 12 listed.

BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW

1. WWE SMACKDOWN

2. Ring of Honor

3. Dragon Gate Infinity

WORKED MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. JOHN CENA VS. C.M. PUNK 7/17 CHICAGO

2. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards 6/26 New York

3. HHH vs. Undertaker 4/3 Atlanta

No TNA match finished in the top 9 listed.

SHOOT MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. DAN HENDERSON VS. SHOGUN RUA

2. Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida

3. Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. DAICHI HASHIMOTO

2. Uhaa Nation

3. Takumi "Sho" Soya

BEST NON-WRESTLER

1. RICARDO RODRIGUEZ

2. Vickie Guerrero

3. Jim Cornette

BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. JOE ROGAN

2. Kevin Kelly

3. Michael Schiavello

WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. MICHAEL COLE

2. Booker T

3. Jerry Lawler

BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW

1. WWE MONEY IN THE BANK 7/17 CHICAGO (Punk vs Cena)

2. UFC 139 11/19 San Jose (Rua vs Henderson)

3. ROH Best in the World 6/26 New York (Edwards vs Richards)

WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW

1. TNA VICTORY ROAD 3/13 (Sting vs Jeff Hardy vs Drugs)

2. TNA Turning Point 11/13 Orlando (Bobby Roode vs AJ Styles)

3. WWE Capitol Punishment 6/19 Washington, DC (John Cena vs. R-Truth)

BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER

1. RICOCHET DOUBLE ROTATION MOONSAULT

2. Daniel Bryan LeBell lock

3. Randy Orton RKO

MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC

1. WWE BULLYING/BE A STAR/JIM ROSS

2. TNA sending Jeff Hardy out when he was loaded on PPV

3. Perro Aguayo Jr. faking cancer

WORST TELEVISION SHOW

1. TNA IMPACT

2. WWE Raw

3. WWE NXT

WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. STING VS. JEFF HARDY 3/13 ORLANDO

2. Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole 4/3 Atlanta

3. Kevin Nash vs. Ricky Morton 10/15 Fisherville, VA

WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. HHH VS. KEVIN NASH

2. Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler

3. Michael Cole vs. Jim Ross

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. TNA

2. WWE

3. AWE

BEST BOOKER

1. GEDO & JADO (New Japan)

2. Joe Silva (UFC)

3. Mike Quackenbush (Chikara)

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

1. DANA WHITE

2. Mike Quackenbush

3. Vince McMahon

BEST GIMMICK

1. C.M. PUNK

2. Archibald Peck

3. Zack Ryder

WORST GIMMICK

1. MICHAEL COLE

2. Zack Ryder

3. Eric Young

BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK

1. CHRIS JERICHO "UNDISPUTED"

2. Stan Hansen "Last Outlaw"

3. John McCarthy "Let's Get It On"

BEST PRO WRESTLING DVD

1. BRET HART VS. SHAWN MICHAELS

2. Wrestling Road Diaries

3. Memphis Heat





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Since: 19.2.10
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.46
Zack Ryder has one of the best and worst gimmicks? What? I would have gone with sending Hardy out as the worst promotion move over the bullying of Ross. I would have gone with Lawler-Cole as the worst worked match of the year over Hardy-Sting which was a one move match so while the decision to send him out there drunk and or high was retarded I can't call it the worst worked match of the year because it never had a chance to be terribly worked. Bully Ray should have been up there as most improved as he lost a ton of weight and has had a very strong singles run. Cody Rhodes would be up there as th most improved list too. Impact has improved over the last 4-5 months, but yeah it was pretty bad for most of the calender year. SurprisedSorm isn't somewhere up there in the best promos list. I also think Beer Money should be higher in the tag team ranking, but then again the tag division was pretty dead for most of the year in TNA. Agree with Shelley being on the underrated list. Can't disagree with the worst PPV and best ppv picks.







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Moss
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Since: 23.9.10
From: Calgary, AB

Since last post: 8 days
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.44
My Smarky Sense was tingling so bad I started vibrating.



Shut up, Josh!
Dionysus
Boerewors








Since: 10.7.11

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.96
I am excited that A-Train is being paid his proper respect. I loved his Smackdown run years ago. Him becoming some sort of god in Japan works for me.

Its weird thinking back to the John Cena/R-Truth feud. Ultimately it was forgotten once the Punk era started, but it was great while it lasted. Hobo-Truth forever.
lotjx
Scrapple








Since: 5.9.08

Since last post: 2 days
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.08
Oh Wrestling Observer, at least you decided to break up the MMMA/Wrestling awards. You might have done so before, but I am noticing it now. Now, if you would just get over your hard on for Japan, we would be fine. Raw was not worse than NXT. I also think Punk vs. Cena should be Punk vs. WWE Corporate. I would also like to vote Tough Enough for one of the best shows out there. Cole/Lawler killed Mania for me in a lot of ways mainly for the wrong guy going over. At least TNA wasn't brain dead enough to let Hardy beat Sting.

Yet, for all the yelling, you can't disagree with Punk being wrestler of the year and Money in the bank being PPV of the year as well as feud. Nice to see Rock get some love, too. I have seen worse from this group.



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Cerebus
Knackwurst








Since: 17.11.02

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.92
I liked Cole/Lawler and I LOVED that Cole went over. I'm a Coleminer till the end.

Was that a typo or did I really read some dude faked cancer?

These awards mean nothing to me because I haven't even heard of most of these people and I couldn't even pronounce the names correctly, I'd bet.

I do agree 100% with the worst match and worst major show categories. I still can't understand how they allowed that to be put on television.

CM Punk is not the best interviewer. He just says the same shit over and over again. His one, single put down to his opponents is that he calls them women. It got old the 3rd time he did it, he's on his 50th time now. Get some new material, geesh.



Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
Matt Tracker
Scrapple








Since: 8.5.03
From: North Carolina

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.25
ZIGGLER.

If he had a different name, I really think he'd be the dominant heel in the WWE.



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thecubsfan
Scrapple
Moderator








Since: 10.12.01
From: Aurora, IL

Since last post: 1 day
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.64
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Was that a typo or did I really read some dude faked cancer?


He was hospitalized, put the word out that it was cancer, showed a scar and medical papers proving he had a golf ball sized tumor removed, and then was back in the ring a month later as if nothing had happened. He's never admitted to faking cancer and no one's proven it, but his behavior and his quick return point to it being something else (a stabbing? a rehab stint?)



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JustinShapiro
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Since: 12.12.01
From: Pittsburgh, PA

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.77
Like I say every year, I haven't bothered to vote in the Observees since 2005, but

    Originally posted by graves9
    Cody Rhodes would be up there as th most improved list too.


As a matter of fact he was #4.

    Originally posted by lotjx
    Now, if you would just get over your hard on for Japan, we would be fine.


Are there even that many Japanese wrestlers on this list? The WON awards have actually become a lot more U.S.-dominated than 5-10 years ago as wrestling has gotten a lot weaker in Japan and its sanctified place in the hardcores' heart has been replaced by some combination of MMA and indies.

But Japan has wrestlers too, they wrestled in front of billions of industrious Asians. I didn't watch them but that doesn't mean they didn't exist.

    Originally posted by lotjx
    Raw was not worse than NXT.


I don't think it's out of the question to ask if you've seen a minute of NXT in 2011, lotjx.

    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    ZIGGLER.

    If he had a different name, I really think he'd be the dominant heel in the WWE.


I think he will be a world champion heel in WWE in 2012. Possible WMMITBsman, oh there's another thread right there brb
Scottyflamingo
Bratwurst








Since: 23.6.10
From: Auburn, AL

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.90
Don't see how Ziggler is most underrated since the IWC has been blowing him since summer.
Mr. Boffo
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Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.95
    Originally posted by hansen9j

    TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR


    1. GIANT BERNARD & KARL ANDERSON




Wow, Albert is in the tag team of the year? I don't think anyone would have predicted that when it was Scotty 2 Hotty and the Hip Hop Hippo.
LostInUbe
Linguica








Since: 19.11.02
From: Ube, Japan

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Bernard and Anderson were the IWGP and GHC (Noah) tag champs and set the records for longest IWGP tag reign and title defenses. It took the reuniting of the one of the most well-known tag teams in Japan to take the IWGP titles away from them.
Tanahashi set the same records for the IWGP title in 2011.



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Since: 2.1.02
From: MD, USA

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.04

In the last few years, some people, presumably disgruntled with the way voting went, have complained that the influx of voters after the Observer's online merger with F4W, "skewed" the voting, especially amongst the European fan base that votes for puro stuff.

Which is silly, since the Observer Awards have always been puro friendly. The Awards have almost always been tangential to the amount of coverage Dave gives something and/or what Dave likes and doesn't like.

My lack of interest in the awards in recent years has come with the blurring of the wrestling and MMA categories.



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