wrestling observer newsletter awards 2011(for the people who never read the results)

The awards are based on the time frame from December 1, 2010 through November 30, 2011.

“CATEGORY A” AWARDS – WINNERS

DETERMINED BY POINTS ON A 5-3-2 BASIS.

FIRST PLACE VOTES Is number 1.

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

1. HIROSHI TANAHASHI (417) 2,718 (new japan pro wrestling)

2. C.M. Punk (248) 2,102 (wwe)

3. John Cena (68) 946

4. Masaaki Mochizuki (9) 493

5. Randy Orton (2) 388

6. L.A. Park (51) 326 (cmll)

7. Mark Henry (8) 269

8. Averno (9) 191

9. The Rock (9) 188

10. Davey Richards (14) 185

MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER

1. DAVEY RICHARDS (201) 1,511

2. Hiroshi Tanahashi (165) 1,112

3. Daniel Bryan (104) 948

4. Prince Devitt (5) 785

5. El Generico (67) 598

6. C.M. Punk (43) 452

7. Akira Tozawa (19) 363

8. Averno (49) 359

9. Eddie Edwards (22) 353

10. Dolph Ziggler (14) 351

BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW

1. THE ROCK (319) 2,222

2. Georges St. Pierre (244) 2,035

3. John Cena (53) 1,244

4. C.M. Punk (2) 273

5. Anderson Silva (10) 211

6. Jon Jones (11) 146

7. Cain Velasquez 51

8. L.A. Park 40

FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. JOHN CENA VS. C.M. PUNK (190) 1,551

2. Randy Orton vs. Christian (74) 747

3. Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards (61) 701

4. Blood Warriors vs. Junction Three (75) 673

5. Kevin Steen vs. ROH (56) 485

6. Michael Bisping vs. Jason Miller (45) 458

7. Briscoes vs. All Night Express (8) 352

8. Sanada & Soya vs. Sekimoto & Okabayashi (16) 344

9. Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck (41) 295

10. Mark Henry vs. Big Show (17) 145

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR

1. GIANT BERNARD & KARL ANDERSON (233) 1,678 (new japan pro wrestling)

2. Mark & Jay Briscoe (174) 1,632

3. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (87) 894

4. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin (104) 674

5. Young Bucks (41) 425

6. Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi (19) 362

7. Cima & Ricochet (13) 311

8. Bobby Roode & James Storm (29) 295

9. Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne (23) 215

10. Manabu Soya & Seiya Sanada (2) 116

MOST IMPROVED

1. DOLPH ZIGGLER (224) 1,478

2. Mark Henry (86) 828

3. Ricochet (79) 527

4. Cody Rhodes (24) 419

5. Zack Ryder (9) 314

6. Tetsuya Naito (28) 295

7. Wade Barrett (10) 236

8. Seiya Sanada (6) 196

9. Tama Tonga (19) 191

10. Kyle O’Reilly (2) 161

BEST ON INTERVIEWS

1. C.M. PUNK (338) 2,594

2. The Rock (178) 1,381

3. Chael Sonnen (137) 1,360

4. Kevin Steen (23) 490

5. Mark & Jay Briscoe (3) 361

6. Steve Austin (29) 228

7. The Miz (7) 161

8. Mark Henry (3) 112

9. Bully Ray (2) 106

10. Nick Diaz 92

MOST CHARISMATIC

1. THE ROCK (315) 1,906

2. John Cena (53) 1,151

3. C.M. Punk (81) 978

4. Hiroshi Tanahashi (51) 863

5. Georges St. Pierre (19) 359

6. Kevin Steen (26) 271

7. Chael Sonnen (26) 231

8. L.A. Park (15) 145

9. Clay Guida (2) 128

10. Zack Ryder (3) 126

BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER

1. DANIEL BRYAN (263) 1,829

2. Davey Richards (247) 1,655

3. Prince Devitt (30) 910

4. Yuji Nagata (29) 590

5. Eddie Edwards (13) 568

6. Zack Sabre Jr. (37) 254

7. Dolph Ziggler (3) 166

8. Kurt Angle (6) 154

9. Mike Quackenbush 106

10. C.M. Punk (4) 89

BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER)

1. KEVIN STEEN (161) 1,082 (pro wrestling unplugged)

2. Togi Makabe (89) 718

3. Mark & Jay Briscoe (63) 626

4. Sheamus (50) 545

5. Bully Ray (45) 517

6. L.A. Park (94) 499

7. Sami Callihan (49) 487

8. Masato Tanaka (25) 461

9. Mark Henry (59) 452

10. Randy Orton (32) 186

BEST FLYING WRESTLER

1. RICOCHET (116) 1,473 (cmll)

2. Kota Ibushi (131) 1,092

3. Pac (125) 992

4. Evan Bourne (59) 600

5. Prince Devitt (38) 472

6. El Generico (42) 393

7. Sin Cara (35) 383

8. Rey Mysterio (23) 224

9. Mascara Dorada (2) 221

10. La Sombra (17) 197

MOST OVERRATED

1. CRIMSON (127) 1,011 (tna)

2. Mason Ryan (54) 756

3. Kevin Nash (97) 735

4. Mr. Anderson (83) 727

5. Jeff Hardy (34) 477

6. HHH (32) 369

7. Sin Cara (39) 328

8. Matt Morgan (6) 174

9. C.M. Punk (14) 114

10. Randy Orton (5) 112

MOST UNDERRATED

1. DOLPH ZIGGLER (119) 942

2. Daniel Bryan (112) 840

3. Alex Shelley (82) 741

4. Tyson Kidd (31) 622

5. Drew McIntyre (35) 376

6. Yoshi Tatsu (15) 277

7. Jack Swagger (6) 237

8. Christian (24) 217

9. John Morrison (2) 157

10. Chris Masters (27) 153

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (313) 2,049

2. New Japan Pro Wrestling (275) 1,935

3. Dragon Gate (44) 914

4. Ring of Honor (61) 846

5. World Wrestling Entertainment (15) 659

6. CHIKARA Pro (41) 584

7. PWG (18) 580

8. Bellator (1) 239

9. All Japan (2) 110

10. CMLL (5) 108

BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW

1. WWE SMACKDOWN (188) 1,790

2. Ring of Honor (214) 1,603

3. Dragon Gate Infinity (108) 1,092

4. Ultimate Fighter (64) 838

5. Bellator Fighting Championships (43) 648

6. WWE Tough Enough (45) 404

7. WWE Raw (12) 360

8. CMLL (9) 197

9. WWE Superstars (15) 196

10. TNA Impact (2) 145

MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. JOHN CENA VS. C.M. PUNK 7/17 CHICAGO (333) 2,292

2. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards 6/26 New York (112) 1,362

3. HHH vs. Undertaker 4/3 Atlanta (51) 890

4. Jun Akiyama vs. Suwama 10/23 Tokyo (75) 808

5. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata 4/3 Tokyo (39) 538

6. Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi 6/10 Tokyo (15) 343

7. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito 10/10 Tokyo (6) 305

8. Kevin Steen vs. El Generico 12/18/10 New York (14) 183

9. Averno vs. La Sombra 9/16 Mexico City 107

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. DAICHI HASHIMOTO (552) 3,018

2. Uhaa Nation (23) 650

3. Takumi “Sho” Soya (24) 509

4. Obariyan (17) 315

5. Archibald Peck (15) 242

6. Fenix (3) 235

7. Dragon Lee (11) 185

8. Tommaso Ciampa (15) 111

9. Mike Dalton (2) 78

10. Dark Dragon 72

BEST NON-WRESTLER

1. RICARDO RODRIGUEZ (335) 2,357

2. Vickie Guerrero (191) 1,910

3. Jim Cornette (44) 532

4. Karen Jarrett (31) 430

5. Barrister R.D. Evans (6) 269

6. John Laurinaitis (14) 227

7. Truth Martini (8) 185

8. Michael Cole (11) 126

9. Ric Flair (7) 120

10. Teddy Long (6) 117

BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. JOE ROGAN (214) 1,386

2. Kevin Kelly (77) 1,058

3. Michael Schiavello (113) 983

4. Jim Ross (112) 952

5. William Regal (65) 733

6. Mike Goldberg (22) 355

7. Scott Stanford (7) 344

8. Jimmy Smith (16) 242

9. Josh Matthews (6) 219

10. Nigel McGuinness (5) 188

WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. MICHAEL COLE (568) 3,133

2. Booker T (37) 1,201

3. Jerry Lawler (27) 861

4. Taz (8) 334

5. Mike Tenay (7) 159

6. Josh Matthews (12) 124

7. Matt Striker (1) 92

8. Mauro Ranallo (2) 85

9. Gus Johnson 54

10. Todd Grisham 37

BEST MAJOR WRESTLING/MMA SHOW

1. WWE MONEY IN THE BANK 7/17 CHICAGO (374) 2,391

2. UFC 139 11/19 San Jose (40) 700

3. ROH Best in the World 6/26 New York (32) 542

4. ROH Final Battle 12/18/10 New York (15) 483

5. PWG DDT 4 3/4 Reseda (24) 378

6. UFC 129 4/30 Toronto (19) 274

7. WWE WrestleMania 4/3 Atlanta (12) 197

8. K-1 World Grand Prix 12/11 Tokyo (29) 188

9. New Japan G-1 Finals 8/14 Tokyo (4) 180

10. CHIKARA High Noon 11/13 Philadelphia (11) 129

“CATEGORY B” AWARDS – WINNER

DETERMINED BY FIRST PLACE VOTES

WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW

1. TNA VICTORY ROAD 3/13 ORLANDO 405

2. TNA Turning Point 11/13 Orlando 55

3. WWE Capitol Punishment 6/19 Washington, DC 20

4. TNA No Surrender 9/11 Orlando 19

5. WWE Night of Champions 9/18 Buffalo 18

6. WWE Vengeance 10/23 San Antonio 14

7. TNA Against All Odds 2/13 Orlando 12

8. AWE Night of Legends 10/15 Fisherville, VA 10

BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER

1. RICOCHET DOUBLE ROTATION MOONSAULT 174

2. Daniel Bryan LeBell lock 127

3. Randy Orton RKO 55

4. Daisuke Sekimoto German suplex 35

5. Prince Devitt Bloody Sunday DDT 31

6. Akira Tozawa delayed German suplex 29

7. Evan Bourne shooting star press 27

8. Kota Ibushi double moonsault 19

9. Pac 360 shooting star press 18

10. AR Fox Lo Mein Pain 18

MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC

1. WWE ANTI BULLING CAMPAIGN AND MISTREATMENT OF JIM ROSS 183(FIRST TIME THIS AWARD GOT A TIE IN THE RESULTS)

2. TNA sending Jeff Hardy out while under the influence on PPV 178

3. Perro Aguayo Jr. faking cancer 140 (AAA promotion)

4. WWE never letting up on twitter during Raw 43

5. matt hardy teasing suicide video on youtube 25

6. Jarrett/Angle feud putting up custody of kids in match 22

7. Michael Cole burying talent in commentary 15

WORST TELEVISION SHOW

1. TNA IMPACT 430

2. WWE Raw 197

3. WWE NXT 88

4. Hogan’s Micro Championship Wrestling 15

WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. STING VS. JEFF HARDY 3/13 ORLANDO 317

2. Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole 4/3 Atlanta 199

3. Kevin Nash vs. Ricky Morton 10/15 Fisherville, VA 35

4. john cena vs the miz 4/3 atlanta 9

WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. HHH VS. KEVIN NASH 151

2. Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler 94

3. Michael Cole vs. Jim Ross 81

4. Sin Cara Azul vs. Sin Cara Negro 48

5. Winter & Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky 32

6. Crimson vs. Matt Morgan 29

Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff vs. Dixie Carter 29

8. Samoa Joe vs. Pope 19

9. Edge vs. Kane 16

10. Sting vs. Immortal 15

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. TNA 564

2. WWE 67

3. AWE 14

4. Strikeforce 13

CZW 13

6. Urban Wrestling Federation 12

BEST BOOKER

1. GEDO & JADO 287

2. Joe Silva 223

3. Mike Quackenbush 128

4. Hunter Johnston 109

5. Gabe Sapolsky 26

6. Konnan 20

7. Vince McMahon 10

BEST GIMMICK

1. C.M. PUNK (anti corporate wrestler)160

2. Archibald Peck 107

3. Zack Ryder (long island ice z)83

4. Briscoes 51

5. Kevin Steen 35

6. Alberto Del Rio 33

7. R-Truth 31

8. Sin Cara 19

9. Mark Henry 16

10. Fake Sin Cara 12

WORST GIMMICK

1. MICHAEL COLE (heel commentator) 298

2. Zack Ryder(long island iced z/internet sensation) 52

3. Eric Young 49

4. Cody Rhodes (the mask gimmick) 31

5. Johnny Curtis 25

6. John Laurinaitis 19 and chrismon 19

8. Hunico 18

9. Fake Sin Cara 10

BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK

1. CHRIS JERICHO “UNDISPUTED” 345

2. Stan Hansen “Last Outlaw” 154

3. John McCarthy “Let’s Get It On” 51

4. Jerry Jarrett “The Best of Times” 28

5. Joe Laurinaitis “The Road Warriors” 18

6. Brock Lesnar “Death Clutch” 10

BEST PRO WRESTLING DVD

1. BRET HART VS. SHAWN MICHAELS 335

2. Wrestling Road Diaries 143

3. Memphis Heat 128

4. History of WrestleMania 22

5. Steve Austin Bottom Line 13