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Here's the list of winners and runners-up for the 2010 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards.


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. JOHN CENA
2. Takashi Sugiura
3. Masato Yoshino

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MOST VALUABLE

1. BROCK LESNAR
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. Cain Velasquez

MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER

1. DANIEL BRYAN
2. Davey Richards
3. Prince Devitt
(Of note: the winner of the previous four years was someone named "Bryan Danielson".)

MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

1. GEORGE ST. PIERRE
2. Jose Aldo Jr.
3. Cain Velasquez

BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW

1. BROCK LESNAR
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. John Cena

FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. KEVIN STEEN VS. EL GENERICO
2. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
3. Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR

1. CHRIS HERO & CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI
2. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley
3. Robert Roode & James Storm

MOST IMPROVED

1. SHEAMUS
2. The Miz
3. Dolph Ziggler
(Of note: The Miz almost won his third straight most improved.)

BEST ON INTERVIEWS

1. CHAEL SONNEN
2. The Miz
3. C.M. Punk

MOST CHARISMATIC

1. JOHN CENA
2. Brock Lesnar
3. The Miz

BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER

1. DANIEL BRYAN
2. Davey Richards
3. Prince Devitt

BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER)

1. KEVIN STEEN
2. Jon Moxley
3. Togi Makabe

BEST FLYING WRESTLER

1. KOTA IBUSHI
2. Ricochet
3. Pac

MOST OVERRATED

1. KANE
2. Randy Orton
3. Abyss

MOST UNDERRATED

1. KAVAL
2. Christian
3. Evan Bourne

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
2. Dragon Gate
3. New Japan Pro Wrestling

BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW

1. RING OF HONOR
2. UFC Ultimate Fighter
3. WWE Monday Night Raw

WORKED MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. UNDERTAKER VS. SHAWN MICHAELS 3/28 PHOENIX
2. Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards 6/19 Toronto
3. Bryan Danielson vs. Shingo Takagi

SHOOT MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. LEONARD GARCIA VS. CHAN SUNG JUNG 4/24 SACRAMENTO (WEC)
2. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 8/7 Oakland (UFC)
3. Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (UFC)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. ADAM COLE
2. Green Ant
3. Rich Swann

BEST NON-WRESTLER

1. VICKIE GUERRERO
2. Jim Cornette
3. Ricardo Rodriguez

BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. JOE ROGAN
2. Michael Schiavello
3. C.M. Punk

WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER

1. MICHAEL COLE
2. Matt Striker
3. Todd Grisham

BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW

1. UFC 116 7/3 LAS VEGAS
2. ROH Death Before Dishonor 6/19 Toronto
3. WWE WrestleMania 3/28 Phoenix

WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW

1. TNA HARDCORE JUSTICE 8/8 ORLANDO
2. TNA Turning Point 11/7 Orlando
3. WWE Bragging Rights 10/24 Minneapolis

BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER

1. RICOCHET DOUBLE ROTATION MOONSAULT
2. Daniel Bryan LeBell lock
3. Justin Gabriel 450 splash

MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC

1. STAND UP FOR WWE CAMPAIGN
2. Rob Terry chair shot
3. Tommy Dreamer bloodbath in front of his young daughters

WORST TELEVISION SHOW

1. TNA IMPACT
2. WWE NXT
3. WWE Smackdown

WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR

1. KAITLYN VS. MAXINE 10/19 EDMONTON
2. Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart 3/28 Phoenix
3. Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia 4/10 Abu Dhabi
(Of note: I get the MMA/wrestling crossover for most applicable categories, but this is dumb. Silva got second last year, too. Granted, both fights SUCKED.)

WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR

1. EDGE VS. KANE
2. Undertaker vs. Kane
3. Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff vs. Dixie Carter

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. TNA
(Of note: landslide. Not worth listing the other two.)

BEST BOOKER

1. JOE SILVA (UFC)
2. Gedo & Jado (New Japan) (right? I think so...)
3. Mike Quackenbush (Chikara)

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

1. DANA WHITE
(Of note: landslide. Not worth listing the other two.)

BEST GIMMICK

1. ALBERTO DEL RIO
2. Nexus
3. C.M. Punk Straight Edge Society

WORST GIMMICK

1. ORLANDO JORDAN
2. Mystery General Manager
3. Eric Young concussion angle

BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK

1. COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN BY MICK FOLEY
(Of note: landslide. Not worth listing the other two.)

BEST PRO WRESTLING DVD

1. CHRIS JERICHO BREAKING THE CODE
2. Ricky Steamboat Life Story of the Dragon
3. Hart Family Anthology
 

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I dont know, RAW had some decent moments this year,

Cant really say I disagree with any of those categories. Love the way TNA swept several awards.
 

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Pretty much spot on. It's quite funny that Yoshino wasn't even in the PWI500 and WON have him at #3.

It's a shame Bragging Rights got panned. It had my personal MOTY on it.
 

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These awards are a joke with putting MMA guys and wrestlers in the same categories.
I know! I hate that. And I've never even heard of the person who they said had the best mic skills, CM Punk should have won that. I agree on the feud of the year but that's pretty much it
 

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Good list. A few comments.

Aldo should have won Best Fighter.

Even if I dislike Sonnen, he was a great talker.

Good work, Kevin Steen and Moxley.

Abyss should have won most overrated, no questions asked. He was overrated by the one thing that matters: management and Hogan.

Rogan? I can deal with the other two, but Rogan? Really? Bad year for commentary, and the worse column should explain why, if you switch Todd with Taz.

Push out Wrestlemania (and push down Death Before Dishonor) with UFC 117 for best PPV.

Switch out Tommy Dreamer with Lockbox Challenge in the Disgusting category.

No getting around those three worst match candidates, no matter what Rob Terry does. Kaitlyn should have NEVER been in a ring. And poor Maxine paid the price for that atrocity.

*Paul Bearer voice* KAAAAAAANE!!!!

Damn right, it's TNA for worst promotion. All the potential in the world, nothing important to show for it. StrikeForce could also be there, for fun.

Finally, Dos Caras Jr.'s 'E career would have been distinctively less awesome without this gimmick. Why? See Alberto Banderas (FCW gimmick) for proof.
 

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This is probably one of the best WOA I have seen. There is only a few things I don't agree with, but they make sense.
 

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Pretty much spot on. It's quite funny that Yoshino wasn't even in the PWI500 and WON have him at #3.

It's a shame Bragging Rights got panned. It had my personal MOTY on it.
Bryan/Ziggler was good (or even great), but after that the card was total shit. I remember buying the event and feeling afterward like I'd bought a TNA event - majorly ripped off, so I'd agree with Bragging Rights getting third worst.

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

1. TNA
(Of note: landslide. Not worth listing the other two.)


Common sense.
 

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John Cena wrestler of the year? really? Bull Fuckin Shit
The Wrestler of the Year award always goes to the guy who puts on the most great matches for the company and makes the most positive impact on the show compared to everyone else. Cena easily wins that catagory, but it can be argued that it was only because WWE focused many of their biggest feuds on Cena.

Love how Edge vs Kane got the award for worst feud. By far the worst feud of the year.

And congrads to TNA on winning the worst promotion award for the fourth straight year.
 

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I anticipate the list to see what people think and it allways has some bull on it, it kinda feels like pwi when i was kid. More anti TNA bias. Still don't understand why MMA and wrestling are put together and people actually vote on who's a box office draw (something that is more factual than opinionated).

Okay so
1. Why is Eric Bischoff/Hogan vs Dixie fued up there when shes been off tv so the fued has only produced the barring Hogan from TNA and thats about it?
2. Why is John Cena winning a "Lou Thez and Ric Flair Award"? It should be titled the Hulk Hogan award.
3. How does a 450 splash ( a move we have seen for over a decade) even get on the list?
4. How did Daniel Bryan win most outstanding wrestler?
5. How is Randy Orton overrated?
6. How is Michael Cole the worst announcer?
7. How is impact not a better show than one with green rookies?
 
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