Hi and welcome to the Rear View Reviews wrestling awards for 2018. Here are the voters and their Twitter handles;
Ian Hamilton (@theianhamilton), Rob Reid (@britwresround), Mike Kilby (@mikekilby), Manu Romero (@manuromerograps), Alex (@trinidadchainz), Chris Boyle (@boyleybugs), Mark Ashford (@iloikewrestling), Mort (@brothermort), Joao (@thekingofboom), Amanda Why (@manda_why), Aqeel (@aqeelkhalid) and myself @arnoldfurious
Last year Promotion of the Year was an easy pick. NJPW won by some distance and probably would have by more if more of the voters watched New Japan. A couple of interesting points. Progress came in second for Promotion of the Year last year and didn’t register at all this. Likewise Fight Club: Pro and Dragon Gate and AAW. The implosion of the US Indies saw a few of them drop clean off too. No votes for AAW or Beyond this year.
Promotion of the Year
- NJPW 17
- OTT 11
- wXw 9
- Rev Pro 7
- NOAH 6
- Wrestle-1 3
- WWE 3
- GCW 3
- PWG 1
It’s testament to OTT that they ran New Japan this close. They’ve had a great year from a booking perspective and it helps that they’ve gained a mass of new blood from local sources. Compare that to 2017 where a major criticism of OTT was a lack of domestic talent. Their new youth movement has completely changed the promotion from the ground up.
As for New Japan, a lot of people looked at this as a down year. Okada’s weird gimmick change, Omega’s flat title run, Taichi in the NEVER title picture, Jericho, the usual mediocrity in the tag divisions. However G1 was magnificent. Best of the Super Juniors killed it this year. New Japan Cup was good. Most of their major shows crushed it. Wrestle Kingdom, Dominion, Sakura Genesis etc. The vast majority of my favourite matches from 2018 were in New Japan.