Rear View Reviews Awards 2018: Most Improved

Rear View Reviews Awards 2018: Most Improved

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 most improved was won by Braun Strowman, which was an exceptionally easy pick. 15 different wrestlers received votes but this year the field is even deeper. Check out this list of names!


Most Improved

  1. Juice Robinson 7
  2. Buddy Murphy 6
  3. Chuck Mambo 5
  4. Rhea Ripley 5
  5. Kyle Fletcher 5
  6. Lucky Kid 4
  7. Jeff Cobb 4
  8. Jordan Devlin 3
  9. Jay Skillet 3
  10. Francis Kaspin 3
  11. Darby Allin 3
  12. Martina 3
  13. Scotty Davis 3
  14. Killer Kelly 2
  15. Jay White 2
  16. Shayna Baszler 2
  17. Carlos Romo 2
  18. Momo Watanabe 2
  19. El Phantasmo 1
  20. Cody 1
  21. The Great O-Kharn 1
  22. Veit Muller 1
  23. Maki Itoh 1


Juice Robinson takes home the honours. Juice has had a very strong year in New Japan. 2017 saw Juice slowly move up the ranks and have a stand-out bout against Kenny Omega in September but 2018 saw him step up into those higher ranks permanently. This was evident back in March at the New Japan Cup where he progressed to the semi-finals and pushed Hiroshi Tanahashi to his limits in a 30 minute contest. He also caught the eye challenging for the NEVER Openweight title against Hirooki Goto before defeating Jay White to claim his first singles title in NJPW; the US title, in July. He had a high profile run in the G1 and is exuding confidence after a few great years for NJPW.


Buddy Murphy is also a very strong pick in this award. Buddy went from being a nobody, having good matches on the Largo Loop, to one of the defining stars of a re-tooled 205 Live. Killing it, week in, week out, on one of the best TV shows of 2018. He solidified his position in the company to such a degree that he won the Cruiserweight title and is considered to be one of the best juniors in the world. Quite the improvement over tagging with Wesley Blake in NXT.

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