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Since: 7.11.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.59
Standard caveats:
-The timeframe covers December to November.
-Some of the overall awards are available to both wrestling and MMA organizations. (Sometimes this makes sense, sometimes this doesn't.)
-I didn't vote. Maybe someone else here did.

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

1. HIROSHI TANAHASHI

2. C.M. Punk

3. Kazuchika Okada


MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MOST VALUABLE

1. ANDERSON SILVA

2. Jon Jones

3. Ronda Rousey

MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER

1. HIROSHI TANAHASHI

2. Kazuchika Okada

3. Daniel Bryan

MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

1. ANDERSON SILVA

2. Jon Jones

3. Ronda Rousey

BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW

1. THE ROCK

2. John Cena

3. Brock Lesnar

FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. HIROSHI TANAHASHI VS. KAZUCHIKA OKADA

2. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

3. The Rock vs. John Cena

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR

1. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & KAZARIAN

2. Kane & Daniel Bryan

3. Young Bucks

MOST IMPROVED

1. KAZUCHIKA OKADA

2. Michael Elgin

3. Rush

Top WWE: 4. Damien Sandow

Top TNA: 5. Bully Ray

BEST ON INTERVIEWS

1. C.M. PUNK

2. Chael Sonnen

3. The Rock

MOST CHARISMATIC

1. THE ROCK

2. Hiroshi Tanahashi

3. John Cena

BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER

1. DANIEL BRYAN

2. Prince Devitt

3. Davey Richards

BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER)

1. KEVIN STEEN

2. Togi Makabe

3. Bully Ray

Top WWE: 4. Sheamus

BEST FLYING WRESTLER

1. KOTA IBUSHI

2. Ricochet

3. Pac (88)

Top TNA: 11. AJ Styles

Top WWE: 12. Sin Cara

MOST OVERRATED

1. RYBACK

2. The Miz

3. Garett Bischoff

MOST UNDERRATED

1. TYSON KIDD

2. Dolph Ziggler

3. Daniel Bryan

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING

2. Ultimate Fighting Championships

3. World Wrestling Entertainment

6. Total Nonstop Action

BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW

1. TNA IMPACT

2. Ring of Honor

3. WWE NXT

4. WWE Monday Night Raw

TNA Impact previously won the past five worst weekly TV show awards.

PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. TANAHASHI VS. SUZUKI 10/8 TOKYO

2. John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar 4/29 Chicago

3. Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin 3/31 Ft. Lauderdale

11. A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian 6/10 Arlington, TX

MMA MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. CHAN SUNG JUNG VS. DUSTIN POIRIER 5/15 FAIRFAX

2. Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 2/26 Saitama

3. Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit 11/17 Montreal

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. DINASTIA

2. Mr. Touchdown

3. Eita Kobayashi

No WWE or TNA wrestlers listed.

BEST NON-WRESTLER

1. PAUL HEYMAN

2. Ricardo Rodriguez

3. Vickie Guerrero

BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. JIM ROSS

2. Nigel McGuinness

3. William Regal

WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. MICHAEL COLE

2. Taz

3. Booker T

BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW

1. NEW JAPAN KINGS OF PRO WRESTLING 10/8 TOKYO

2. WWE Extreme Rules 4/29 Chicago

3. WWE WrestleMania 4/1 Miami

WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW

1. UFC 149 7/21 CALGARY

2. Extreme Reunion 4/28 Philadelphia

3. WWE No Way Out 5/20 East Rutherford, NJ

BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER

1. KAZUCHIKA OKADA RAINMAKER

2. Antonio Cesaro Neutralizer

3. Daniel Bryan Yes/No/LeBell lock

MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC

1. WWE’S PRESENTATION OF PAUL HEYMAN AND C.M. PUNK COMING IN DURING JERRY LAWLER’S RETURN, AIRING CLIPS OF HIM WHILE HE WAS DEAD AND BEING REVIVED, AND THE FAKE HEART ATTACK PROMO

2. Extreme Rising using Sabu’s overdose/passing out while advertising his return to the promotion

3. UFC’s handling of Jeremy Stephens’ arrest, trying to bail him out and still have him fight on the show while he was stuck in jail that afternoon

WORST TELEVISION SHOW

1. WWE RAW

2. TNA Impact

3. Ultimate Fighter: Nelson vs. Carwin

WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. JOHN CENA VS. JOHN LAURINAITIS 5/20 RALEIGH

2. Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 6/17 E Rutherford

3. Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard 6/22 Atlantic City

WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. JOHN CENA VS. KANE

2. TNA vs. Aces and 8s

3. John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis

NOTABLE PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2002 - HHH vs. Kane; 2003 - Shane McMahon vs. Kane; 2004 - Kane vs. Lita & Matt Hardy; 2007 - Kane vs. Big Daddy V; 2008 - Rey Mysterio vs. Kane; 2010 - Edge vs. Kane

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION

2. Ring of Honor

3. World Wrestling Entertainment

BEST BOOKER

1. GEDO & JADO

2. Joe Silva

3. Mike Quackenbush

4. Vince McMahon

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

1. DANA WHITE

2. Takaaki Kidani

3. Vince McMahon

BEST GIMMICK

1. JOSEPH PARK

2. Damien Sandow Savior of the Masses

3. Daniel Bryan Yes/No

WORST GIMMICK

1. ACES AND 8S

2. Tensai

3. Natalya farting

BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK

1. SHOOTERS BY JONATHAN SNOWDEN

2. Heroes and Icons by Oliver/Johnson/Mooneyham

3. From Prison to Promise by Booker T

BEST PRO WRESTLING DVD

1. C.M. PUNK BEST IN THE WORLD

2. Last of McGuinness

3. Such Great Heights: The Jon Fitch Story



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.84
I highly recommend that Elgin vs. Richards match. I just saw it this week because Elgin really impressed me at the PWG show a couple weeks ago and I wanted to see more of his stuff.

The Young Bucks also really won me over at that show. Nice to see them place so high among tag teams of the year.



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JustinShapiro
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Since: 12.12.01
From: Pittsburgh, PA

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.75
(I didn't vote.)


    BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW
    1. TNA IMPACT


I was ready to declare the awards dead until he pointed out that it won in part because WWE split the vote between its five different flawed shows. Congrats to our posters who follow Impact and talk about it like it's real.

I don't have a problem with Raw winning worst, either. It's just a drain on everything -- this was a year where so many talented, well-liked acts ended up in better positions, and a year of improved PPV business where they really didn't have one "bad" show, but as a week-to-week TV product it just can't be satisfying even though I like so much of the big picture direction.

Had I voted, I would've gone with Main Event; it's kind of the perfect show. Not just a 25 minute long match between pushed guys every week, but one hyped with preamble and follow-up. Imagine how great life would be if Raw was Smackdown and Smackdown was Main Event.
thecubsfan
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Since: 10.12.01
From: Aurora, IL

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.29
I don't vote but I did make a YouTube playlist of Dinastia matches for the purpose of getting him attention for his award. (I dunno that it actually mattered, but they were fun matches.)

I don't mean this against anyone who enjoys TNA IMPACT, but it feels less like they had a good year than everyone else fell on their face enough to give them their win. RAW is or at least was the default choice for voters (like Danielson is for technical), but 3 hours RAWs mean it's not cool to vote for RAW anymore. Main Event is good, but it's not as good as SmackDown was felt to be in the early 2000s and treated as B show. ROH had a bad year, so it couldn't be the protest vote indies usually get, and no other big name indy has popular TV. Ultimate Fighter might have won if they had a good year, but they didn't either. TNA made some positive changes and had some fun acts. There's still plenty of bad - Aces and 8s? - but apparently not as much as everyone else.



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Since: 2.1.02
From: MD, USA

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.74

I think this may be first time in 20+ years I didn't vote.

Amazing to see a number of Chikara alumni finishing so high in some categories. Rick O'Shea finishing second in a category I would not have ever expected.





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BigDaddyLoco
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Since: 2.1.02

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.38
How many voters were there?

TNA had a great stretch in the summer, it was just the stench that surronded it before and especially now that makes this a curious choice.


    MOST UNDERRATED

    1. TYSON KIDD

    2. Dolph Ziggler

    3. Daniel Bryan


If anything I think Ziggler and Bryan are properly rated. They both have prime spots on the biggest show in the land and we all fall all over ourselves about them. Tyson Kidd is a fine choice


    BEST GIMMICK

    1. JOSEPH PARK

    2. Damien Sandow Savior of the Masses

    3. Daniel Bryan Yes/No


There were some pretty good gimmicks this year. Joseph Park was fine, but hardly the best.

graves9
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Since: 19.2.10
From: Brooklyn NY

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
I would have gone with Extreme Rising as the worst promotion, but whatever. I thought Impact improved by leaps and bounds in 2012, but I dunno if it was the best show. Raw was hideous most of the year though. Shocked that Daniels and Kaz won the tag team of the year not that they don't deserve it, but I figured He'll No was a lock. Daniels and Kaz had a unbelievable year and are my fav act in wrestling. Daniels has had an incredible career revival and Kaz finally has shown personality. Nice to see Bully Ray get his due credit, he had the best year of his career and was a amazing heel
Kudos to Park for reinventing himself as he went from the stale Abyss gimmick to the really funny Joseph Park character.

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JustinShapiro
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Since: 12.12.01
From: Pittsburgh, PA

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.75
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    How many voters were there?


~900
lotjx
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.12
I just ignore the Japanese stuff for the sake of my sanity. I have zero problem with Impact winning. Their entire BFG run was more amazing than the run towards Mania for the WWE. They didn't point to signs, they actually had matches that were damn good. They put Aries, Bully and a bunch of others last year while WWE is still not even close to pulling the trigger on Ziggler while burying Ryder, the divas and refusing to put their clearly over world champ in main event spots.

I also have no idea how Brock/Cena got that many votes and Taker/HHH couldn't crack the top four.



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Since: 12.12.01
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.75
    Originally posted by lotjx
    I just ignore the Japanese stuff for the sake of my sanity.


Don't get me wrong, I ignore NJPW too, but like ... Japan is a real country, 50 thousand people bought their biggest PPV (20 thousand bought Bound For Glory), the PPVs are available in the U.S., and WWE tried to sign the guy who was just voted company MVP.


    They put Aries, Bully and a bunch of others last year while WWE is still not even close to pulling the trigger on Ziggler while burying Ryder, the divas and refusing to put their clearly over world champ in main event spots.


Sure thing, brother jx. CM Punk was champion for the entire year, Daniel Bryan was in 7 straight PPV world title matches, Dolph Ziggler went from jobbing to Brodus Clay to world-champ-in-waiting and headlining with Cena, the three top prospects were called up and immediately started beating down main eventers, and Antonio Cesaro went from developmental to 50/50 matches with Sheamus and Orton in 8 months.

But none of that counted because there wasn't enough women's wrestling.
Big Bad
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Since: 4.1.02
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
Have to laugh at Impact winning "Best Show" while TNA as a whole is named "Worst Promotion." Also, not sure GSP/Condit got so many votes for fight of the year...it wasn't anything special. (Zombie vs. Poirier was a fine top choice, however.)



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Have to laugh at Impact winning "Best Show" while TNA as a whole is named "Worst Promotion." Also, not sure GSP/Condit got so many votes for fight of the year...it wasn't anything special. (Zombie vs. Poirier was a fine top choice, however.)
yeah it makes no damn sense. TNA has the best show, best tag team, best new character, one of the best brawlers and one of the most improved and still have the worst promotion? Isn't ROH a better choice with their drop in quality of talent and shows? Also they had all kinds of issues with their ipppvs. How bout Extreme Rising with wrestlers overdosing and being way past their prime and having Shane Douglas Main Eventing and having Stevie Richards as the champ?

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thecubsfan
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Since: 10.12.01
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.29
The deal with worst promotion is enough people have to care enough about your promotion to bother to vote for it. Anyone can be bad but you have to be super relevant to be worst.



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Since: 7.4.02

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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.02
    Originally posted by lotjx
    I just ignore the Japanese stuff for the sake of my sanity.


I'm not sure why that bothers you so much. The wrestling outside of the US is just as legitimate.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.12
    Originally posted by CruelAngel777
      Originally posted by lotjx
      I just ignore the Japanese stuff for the sake of my sanity.


    I'm not sure why that bothers you so much. The wrestling outside of the US is just as legitimate.


Sorta kinda not really. Yes, its wrestling, but how many times do we see Lucha stuff in these things. Metzler's awards tend to slant towards Puro for some reason. I think it may have to do with him not wanting to give WWE all the awards when WCW and ECW went down, but it could be his fanbase is very Puro.

Punk wasn't even main eventing Raws, let alone the PPVs. Bryan got jobbed out at Mania and only became a star due to the backlash. Ziggler was fighting for the world title at the Rumble and still is not champ, a year later. He is using Vickie and AJ to get heat. Cena took over all the storylines even storylines that had nothing to do with him like Ryder and Laurantis. Raw also suffered from pointing to the Wrestlemania sign for three months without doing anything. They even jobbed Brock out to Cena. Raw and WWE in general has been terrible minus a few moments here and there most of them being Rock, Punk and Hell No.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.77
    Originally posted by lotjx
    I just ignore the Japanese stuff for the sake of my sanity.


I'm not putting it in there, but we're all thinking it.



hansen9j
Andouille








Since: 7.11.02
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.59
    Originally posted by lotjx
    Sorta kinda not really. Yes, its wrestling, but how many times do we see Lucha stuff in these things.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.44
Ryback when from having a near career threatening injury, to being an over face. And they did it the old fashioned way; a parade of local jobbers being led to the slaughter, then feeding him jobbers to the stars. I wouldn't call him overrated at all.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.19
These awards are complete and utter tripe. TNA Impact cannot be both the best, and second-worst, weekly television show! RAW can't be the worst and fourth-best.

Owing primarily to the format, which lends itself to such mind-boggling inconsistencies, the Wrestling Observer Awards are "about as legitimate as a three-legged donkey... which, of course, is illegitimate, because as we all know, donkeys have four legs."



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.61
Hasn't Glen Jacobs earned the right to have worst feud of the year at least called the Kane award in the Lou Thesz/Ric Flair tradition? A decade of consistency should be rewarded.
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