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Fight Booth PW 2018 Awards

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The 6th annual Fight Booth PW awards are here and ready for you to digest as we put a bow on what was another historic year in professional wrestling.

With some help from all of our readers that took the time out of their day (thank you) to vote over @FightBoothPW@dw_reno, @bemccooley, @johndeathman, @fightfanaticpod and @firstavenger83 have all completed their ballots. Here are the results.

Tag Team of the Year: The Young Bucks

After coming close year after year, the Bucks can finally add Fight Booth PW Tag Team of the Year to their infinite list of accolades. And while Matt and Nick will certainly be top contenders for tag team of the decade after this year comes to a close, 2019 itself will be the most interesting year of their career with the inception of All Elite Wrestling. Bring it on.

Runners Up: Golden Lovers

Face of the Year: Seth Rollins (Fan Vote)

Runner Up: Kairi Sane

Heel of the Year: Tommaso Ciampa (Fan Vote) 

This one wasn’t even close. Ciampa closed out 2018 as the NXT World Champion and as the man with the blackest heart in the business to boot. 

Runner Up: Switchblade Jay White

Most Improved Wrestler: Switchblade Jay White

Best Television Announcer: Mauro Ranallo

Best Mic Worker: Becky Lynch

Runners Up: Chris Jericho / Tommaso Ciampa

Best Non-Wrestler: Jim Smallman

He’s quick-witted, funny as hell and he gets it. For our money, he’s the best ring announcer in the business. Also, the one rule of PROGRESS, “Don’t be a dick,” should become a requirement for fans of all wrestling promotions around the world. 

Runners Up: Paul Heyman / Conrad Thompson

Faction of the Year: The Undisputed Era (Fan Vote)

Runners Up: The Elite

Best Gimmick: Elias

Runner Up: Becky ‘The Man’ Lynch

Best Technical Wrestler: Zack Sabre Jr.

Read what Rob and Dave had to say about Zack back in March here. This was Zack Sabre Jr. all year long. And as far as his technical work goes, ZSJ is the gold standard for which future wrestlers will look to duplicate and elevate for years to come. 

Runner Up: Jonathan Gresham

Best High Flyer: Will Ospreay

Runner Up: Ricochet

Event of the Year: All In

Runners Up: NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV / NJPW Dominion 6.9

Moment of the Year: Kenny Omega wins the IWGP Heavyweight Champion at Dominion

Was the chase better than the catch? Not exactly. Omega chased Okada all the way to Osaka-jo Hall on June 9th where he would end his record-breaking 720 day reign and finally realize of his dream of becoming IWGP Heavyweight Champion. There was no better and more important moment in pro wrestling better than this one in 2018. 

Runner Up: ‘The Man’ stands tall; Becky and company invade RAW 

Promotion of the Year: NJPW 

Runner Up: NXT

Most Valuable Player: Becky Lynch (WWE)

Runner Up: Takashi Sugiura (NOAH)

Feud of the Year: Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (NXT)

Runner Up: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (WWE)

Match of the Year: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega IV (Dominion 6.9)

Runner Up: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi (G1 Climax Final)

Male Wrestler of the Year: Kenny Omega

The Best Bout Machine continued his historic run as a Heavyweight in New Japan with another unforgettable calendar year. From his work alongside Kota Ibushi as the reunited Golden Lovers to his 7 star classic with Okada in Osaka and beyond, this may have been Kenny’s best year yet — and that’s saying a lot. Here’s to many, many more. 

Runner Up: Kazuchika Okada

Female Wrestler of the Year: Becky Lynch

If you would’ve told us that Becky Lynch would’ve claimed this award even just months ago we would’ve called you crazy. That said, Becky’s run during the final quarter of 2018 was more than enough to earn her this spot. Not since Daniel Bryan’s road to WrestleMania in 2014 have fans gotten behind a wrestler like they did with Becky to close out last year. And the support for “The Man” is only going to get stronger as we head toward WrestleMania 35 and beyond in 2019. 

Runner Up: Charlotte Flair

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