Rear View Reviews Year End Awards 2018: Feud of the Year

Rear View Reviews Year End Awards 2018: Feud of the Year

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

The panel took a look at Feud of the Year. This isn’t an easy one to remember come December. Some feuds have had longevity, others merely a coupe of memorable interactions. Last year’s best feud was WALTER vs. David Starr and it was still fresh enough in some people’s minds to get a minor shout-out this year too. Also Omega vs. Okada, last year’s #3 feud, carried on and garnered some love from the panel in 2018

 

Feud of the Year

  1. Jordan Devlin vs. WALTER (OTT) 14
  2. Mark Andrews vs. Eddie Dennis (Progress) 6
  3. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (WWE) 5
  4. BSS vs. Undisputed Era (NXT) 4
  5. Joey Janela vs. David Starr (Beyond) 3
  6. Strong Hearts vs. Wrestle-1 3
  7. Gargano vs. Black (NXT) 3
  8. Okada vs. Omega (NJPW) 3
  9. Nothing to Prove vs. Anti Fun Police (Attack) 3
  10. David Starr vs. Andy Quildan (Rev Pro) 2
  11. Miz vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE) 2
  12. Dragunov vs. Absolute Andy (wXw) 2
  13. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (WWE) 2
  14. Aussie Open vs. Suzuki-gun (Rev Pro) 1
  15. Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Rev Pro/NJPW) 1
  16. LAX vs. OGZ (Impact) 1
  17. Buddy Murphy vs. Mustafa Ali (WWE) 1
  18. WALTER vs. Starr (OTT/FCP) 1
  19. Gargano vs. Ciampa 1
  20. Tam Nakano vs. Oedo Tai (Stardom) 1

 

The winning feud was Devlin vs. WALTER and if you’ve seen much OTT this year then you’ll know why. A masterful piece of storytelling. Gradually building WALTER up as this monster, this Final Boss, that Devlin couldn’t overcome as the incumbent ace.

This is one of the all-time great hype videos for a match, ever. Just a magnificent piece of work from all concerned. The Frank Bruno/Mike Tyson comparison is incredible. OTT also did a grand job of building around them incorporating Tim Thatcher, David Starr and Sean Guinness into the story. The Starr interactions in particular were so great, with Starr being so desperate to beat WALTER that he couldn’t let Jordan do it first!

 

Mark Andrews vs. Eddie Dennis was a masterful piece of storytelling, especially from an injured Dennis. His turn on Andrews and subsequent year long trail of verbal abuse led to the biggest show of the year at Wembley and they shit the bed unfortunately. A strong table and poor ideas derailed what looked to be the best feud of 2018.

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