RVR Year End Awards: Best Flier

RVR Year End Awards: Best Flier

Hello and welcome to the Rear View Reviews 2017 Year End Awards spectacular. Before we get to handing stuff out here are a list of contributors:


Arnold Furious. Director of Content. Reviewer of the matches. @ArnoldFurious

Amanda Why. Interviewer Extraordinaire. Watcher of NXT. @manda_why

Ian Hamilton. Has seen more wrestling than you this year. @theianhamilton

Aqeel Khalid. Podcaster. Spewer of Lovely Takes. @AqeelKhalid

Chris Boyle. Website Organiser. Editor in Chief. @boyleybugs

VK. Your Pal. Progressive. @vilinskikonjic

Jack Stevenson. Dragon Gate Guy. Rad as heck. @stevensonj95

Mark Ashford. Likes Live Shows. Sorry, “loikes”. @iloikewrestling


Not everyone contributed to every award, nor submitted a “top 3”. Points are given thusly; 3 points for first place on a ballot. 2 points for second. 1 point for third. I present a list of total points and everyone who got votes…


Best Flier:

  1. Will Ospreay 11
  2. Ricochet 6
  3. Masato Yoshino 5
  4. Mark Andrews 5
  5. Dragon Lee 4
  6. Rey Fenix 3
  7. Hiromu Takahashi 3
  8. Kota Ibushi 2


Again, the hybrid style of wrestling means that the bulk of wrestling’s high fliers are also capable grounded wrestlers who can also strike. When it comes to spectacular aerial feats it’s tough to out-do Will Ospreay. He surpassed Ricochet as the top flier in the world last year and in 2017 he cemented that position. He’s had a tremendous series of matches for NJPW, the WCPW World Cup was booked solely around his capacity to have great matches with everybody and as a face or a heel he’s developed his game to another level. The match with Zack Sabre Jr at Global Wars UK proved he didn’t need to fly to have great matches but when he does he’s the very best at flipz. Ricochet is by no means a slouch in this department. He’s headed to WWE in the New Year and is currently enjoying a final run of awesome matches on the Indies, including a BOLA victory. Masato Yoshino is one of the fastest people on the planet. He scares people with his speed. He’s one of the cornerstones of Dragon Gate’s success over the years and one of the most exciting wrestlers in a promotion packed with them. Mark Andrews has had an excellent year, on the sly. Because he’s so consistently good he almost sneaks under the radar come awards time.

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