Wrestle Views Awards 2016 – Final Nomination List

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December 13, 2016 by Everett Barilla

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Back in April I decided to have my own end of the year kind of awards, like the Slammy’s in WWE, or like the Wrestling Observer just for fun and to share my views and opinions in different categories. As 2016 is coming to a halt  I felt it best to review/share what the Wrestling View Awards categories will look like and who the top front runners are for each award at this point in time. Again there will be 5 nominees for each of the awards, if you read the blog and have suggestions on people I may have missed or overlooked, or categories to include be sure to let me know. Unfortunately these awards will go to WWE, NJPW, ROH, TNA, as well as Lucha Underground (not much knowledge but just enough to include) due to the availability of the programs, so sadly no Triple-A from mexico. Here are the Final Nominations…

Male Wrestler of the Year: 

  • AJ Styles (NJPW/ROH/WWE)
  • Matt Hardy (TNA)
  • Kenny Omega (NJPW/ROH)
  • Ricochet (NJPW/Lucha Underground)
  • Shinsuke Nakamura (NJPW/WWE)

Female Wrestler of the Year:

  • Gail Kim (TNA)
  • Sasha Banks (WWE)
  • Asuka (WWE)
  • Alexa Bliss (WWE)
  • Charlotte (WWE)

Tag Team of the Year:

  • Motor City Machine Guns (NJPW/ROH)
  • The Briscoes (NJPW/ROH)
  • Enzo and Cass (WWE)
  • The Young Bucks (NJPW/ROH)
  • Anderson & Gallows (NJPW/ROH/WWE)

Stable of the Year: (3+ members)

  • Bullet Club (NJPW/ROH)
  • The New Day (WWE)
  • The Club (WWE)
  • Los Ingobernables (NJPW/ROH)
  • The Elite (NJPW/ROH)

Most Overrated Wrestler of the Year:

  • Will Ospreay (NJPW/ROH)
  • Roman Reigns (WWE)
  • Mike Bennett (ROH/TNA)
  • The Miz (WWE)
  • Triple H (WWE)

Most Underrated Wrestler of Year:

  • Cesaro (WWE)
  • Tetsuya Naito (NJPW)
  • Dalton Castle (ROH)
  • Adam Cole (ROH)
  • Kevin Owens (WWE)

Breakout Star of the Year:

  • Kenny Omega (NJPW/ROH)
  • Sasha Banks (WWE)
  • Dalton Castle (ROH)
  • Sami Zayn (WWE)
  • Alexa Bliss (WWE)

Promotion of the Year:

  • WWE
  • NJPW
  • ROH
  • TNA
  • Lucha Underground

Match of the Year:

  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs AJ Styles – Wrestle Kingdom 10
  • The Revival vs DIY – NXT TakeOver Toronto
  • The Addiction vs Motor City Machine Guns vs Young Bucks – All-Star Extravaganza 8
  • Hirooki Goto vs Kenny Omega – G1 Climax Final
  • AJ Styles vs John Cena – Summer Slam

Broadcaster of the Year:

  • Mauro Ranallo (WWE)
  • Vampiro (Lucha Underground)
  • Kevin Kelly (ROH)
  • Jim Ross (Axis-English for NJPW)
  • D’Angelo Dinero (TNA)

Best on the Mic: The best wreslter or valet/manager on the mic during the year

  • Paul Heyman (WWE)
  • Kevin Owens (WWE)
  • Adam Cole (ROH/NJPW)
  • Kenny Omega (NJPW/ROH)
  • Chris Jericho (WWE)

Best Promo of the Year:

  • Miz calling Daniel Bryan a coward on Talking Smack (WWE)
  • Story Time with Adam Cole Final Battle Opening (ROH)
  • Broken Matt Hardy/Jeff Hardy Slammaversery Contract Signing (TNA)
  • AJ Styles Shoots on Cena Burrying Talent (WWE)
  • Kenny Omega Post G1 Victory Promo (NJPW)

Most Improved Wrestler of the Year:

  • Baron Corbin (WWE)
  • Michael Elgin (NJPW/ROH)
  • Dalton Castle (ROH)
  • Alexa Bliss (WWE)
  • Moose (ROH/TNA)

Retire Already: a current active wrestler that should retire

  • Big Show (WWE)
  • Kane (WWE)
  • Mark Henry (WWE)
  • Eva Marie (WWE)
  • Chavo Guerrero Jr. (Lucha Underground)

Manager/Valet of the Year:

  • Paul Heyman (WWE)
  • Lana (WWE)
  • Taeler Hendrix (ROH)
  • Veda Scott (ROH)
  • Ric Flair (WWE)

Come Back/Return of the Year:

  • Sami Zayn returns from injury in the Royal Rumble match (WWE)
  • Motor City Machine Guns return as a tag team after 4 years (ROH)
  • Shane McMahon returns to WWE since 2009 (WWE)
  • Cesaro returns from injury (WWE)
  • Goldberg returns after 13 years (WWE)

Shocking Moment of the Year:

  • Shane McMahon jumps off the cell – WrestleMania 32
  • Adam Cole joins Bullet Club – Global Wars 2016
  • Tomohiro Ishii wins ROH Television Title – Honor Rising 2016
  • Goldberg squashes Brock Lesnar in under 90 seconds – Survivor Series 2016
  • Kenny Omega becomes the first gaijin  to win G1 tournament– G1 Climax Final

Move of the Year: Signature or finishing move used in the year

  • Styles Clash – AJ Styles (NPJW/ROH/WWE)
  • One-Winged Angel – Kenny Omega (NJPW)
  • Jay Driller – Jay Briscoe (NJPW/ROH)
  • Panama Sunrise/Destroyer – Adam Cole (ROH)
  • Suicide Dive Tornado DDT – Sami Zayn (WWE)

Feud of the Year:

  • Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens (WWE)
  • AJ Styles vs John Cena (WWE)
  • Matt Hardy vs Jeff Hardy (TNA)
  • Kyle O’Reilly vs Adam Cole (ROH)
  • Bullet Club vs The World (NJPW/ROH)

Quote/Saying or Chant of the Year:

  • “Beat Up John Cena” – The Club (WWE)
  • “Delete” – Matt Hardy (TNA)
  • “Too Sweet” – Various (NJPW/ROH/WWE)
  • “You Just Made The List”- Chris Jericho (WWE)
  • “Spell It Out For You … S-W-A-F-T Swaft”- Enzo and Cass (WWE)

Best Entrance Music:

  • Glorious – Bobby Roode (WWE)
  • High Energy – Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW)
  • Phenomenal – AJ Styles (WWE)
  • Something For You – Adam Cole (NJPW/ROH)
  • Shot’Em – Bullet Club (NJPW/ROH)

Wrestling Event of the Year: PPV or special event

  • Wrestle Kingdom 10 (NJPW)
  • Death Before Dishonor 2016 (ROH)
  • NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II (WWE)
  • Survivor Series 2016 (WWE)
  • The New Beginning in Niigata (NJPW)

Champion of the Year: Any championship reigns in 2016

  • Jay Lethal – ROH World Champion – June 19, 2015 – August 19, 2016 (ROH)
  • Kazuchika Okada  – IWGP World Heavyweight Champion – July 5, 2015 – April 10, 2016; June 19, 2016 – Current (NJPW)
  • The New Day – WWE Tag Team Champions – since August 23, 2015 (WWE)
  • Charlotte – Womens/Divas Champion – September 20, 2015 – July 25, 2016; August 21, 2016 – October 3, 2016; October 30,2016 – November 28, 2016;  December 18, 2016 – Present(WWE)
  • Bayley – NXT Womens Championship – Aug 22, 2015 – April 1, 2016 (WWE)

One More Match Award: Living retired wrestlers fans wish would have one more match

  • Sting
  • Edge
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin

Let me know your thoughts and who you would pick for each award either by commenting on the article or via twitter @_wrestlingviews or @CBKAPodcast I want as many opinions as possible

Winners will be announced on the first Chewing Bubblegum and Kicking Ass Podcast and Stinger Splash of the new year and on here shortly after the podcast

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