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2017 PW Awards: Best Gimmick

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Winner: Velveteen Dream

Patrick Clark’s ‘Velveteen Dream’ was one of the greatest revelations for me in 2017. The MCW trainee wasn’t exactly a fan favorite on WWE’s last incarnation of Tough Enough. He came off as a brash, cocky young man who seemed to actually know about professional wrestling, unlike a lot of the other competitors on the show. Fast forward two years and Patrick is riding high with the Prince inspired Velveteen Dream gimmick, proving that his raw talent and love for the business are so much more than what the cameras captured on a reality show that surrounded him with eventual failures. Clark’s character work in his feud with Aleister Black was some of the best of 2017 in my humble opinion. This is clearly a man who gets it, and he has it too. Character psychology has unfortunately become a lost art form at the WWE level over recent years. That art form has not been lost on Patrick Clark.

Runner Up: Marty Scurll

Joining Bullet Club in 2017 earned the already wildly popular Scurll a ton of money and a ton of new fans to boot. The former 2-time Progress World Champion, ROH TV Champion, BOLA and Thunderbastard winner also added the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to his collection to close out the year. He’ll defend that title at the Tokyo Dome show to kick off 2018 in a 4-way with Will Ospreay, Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA that many believe could be the match of the show.

Scurll’s dastardly ‘Villain’ gimmick is one that he has carefully crafted to stand out in a profession that is full of performers trying to create the next big personality. It’s natural for him, he has that unteachable charisma that makes you fall in love with him as a person but he can still somehow manage to get boo’s in the ring by doing unspeakable things to his opponents. Scurll aligning himself with Bullet Club this year was one of the more brilliant moves of 2017. It’s paid major dividends for all parties involved and it’s made for some beyond entertaining ‘Being The Elite’ episodes. Marty Scurll was made for this business. ‘Long Live the Villain’.

Honorable Mentions:
Drew Gulak, Rusev, Nick Gage, Dalton Castle

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.

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