The Most Valuable Player award is given out each year to the worker who deemed most valuable to his/her promotion. Last year’s vote was a landslide for Impact Wrestling’s ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy. As a matter of fact, for the first time since Daniel Bryan won ‘Wrestler of the Year’ in 2013, not one vote was cast for anybody else in the category. This year was a lot closer.
Winner: AJ Styles (WWE)
“For the second straight year, the face that runs the place on SmackDown Live gave fans who were looking for great pro wrestling some positive continuity on Tuesday nights. Whether it was Brock Lesnar or John Cena, AJ continues to be the guy who can get already established superstars to that next level in terms of match quality. He saved the day at TLC when Bray Wyatt fell ill, putting on one of the best WWE matches of the year with Finn Balor in a battle of former Bullet Club leaders. He was so good, that WWE could no longer deny putting the world title on the best wrestler in their promotion despite having plans to keep it on Jinder Mahal until WrestleMania. AJ Styles is without a doubt the top weekly attraction on WWE programming. Having him representing the company as their World Champion this April in New Orleans is a testament to his hard work and overall value to the company as a fan favorite who both the hardcores and fringe fans can agree to love.” – Dave Reno
Runner Up: Kenny Omega (NJPW)
“I’m not sure what I could possibly say about Kenny Omega that I haven’t said before on here or on social media (cheap plug—follow us @FightBoothPW). I’ll make it short and sweet. Omega is the most exciting and most important performer in professional wrestling today. He sees it through a different lens than most. The world of professional wrestling would be lucky to have him on the creative side of things after he finally decides to hang up his boots. Hopefully that’s not for a while.” – DR
Third Place: Cody (ROH)
“Once Cody captured the ROH Championship and made ROH his home promotion, Cody took ROH to its single best year in company history. While the Bullet Club is a big reason for this as a whole, Cody really brought them to new heights this year. I think he is having some of the best matches of his career, and his promos are really top-notch. Add in the build to the eventual Final Battle match with Dalton Castle, and you have a complete year. He also gets to kick off 2018 with a massive matchup against Kota Ibushi at WK12… he may keep this going well into 2018 as well.” – Chris Langevin
Honorable Mentions: Pete Dunne (PROGRESS), Kazuchika Okada (NJPW), Kento Miyahara (AJPW), Trevor Lee (CWF Mid Atlantic), Roman Reigns (WWE)