Rear View Reviews Awards 2018: Best Commentator

Rear View Reviews Awards 2018: Best Commentator

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 Mauro Ranallo ran away with best commentator but also found himself in the unique position of also doing quite well (or badly) in worst commentator. Being demoted to NXT in 2018 has seen Mauro get less attention on him all round. He’ll miss out on a podium finish this year, falling fourth in the voting.


Best Commentator

  1. Kevin Kelly 22
  2. Corey Graves 7
  3. Matt Richards 6
  4. Mauro Ranallo 5
  5. Excalibur 4
  6. Ian Riccaboni 4
  7. Haruo Murata 3
  8. Renee Young 3
  9. Colt Cabana 2
  10. Sebastian Hollmichael 2
  11. Rocky Romero 2
  12. Alan 4L 2
  13. Nigel McGuinness 1
  14. Virgile Defour 1
  15. Tom Phillips 1
  16. Jeremy Graves 1


Landslide victory for Kevin Kelly this year. He found a series of excellent tag team partners on commentary for New Japan. Don Callis with his witticisms and a toned down crudeness. Rocky Romero during G1. Chris Charlton adding new depth on top of translations. Kevin Kelly has been the rock at the centre of it all. Taking the move from ROH to New Japan in his stride and loving every minute of it. New Japan have needed a central commentator with poise and talent for the longest time and in Kevin Kelly they have it.


I’d like to give a shout out to Matt Richards as well. I’ve tweeted about how good I think he is as a commentator and how much he’s improved during 2018. It’s all about being confident but not obnoxious and he’s walked a fine line. He knows his shit and he uses the information perfectly.

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