RVR Year End Awards: Best Major Wrestling Show

RVR Year End Awards: Best Major Wrestling Show

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 Major Wrestling Show:

  1. NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 7
  2. NXT Takeover Chicago 5
  3. Fight Club Pro: DTTI Night Three 3
  4. FCP Infinity 3
  5. Dragon Gate Dangerous Gate 3
  6. Progress Chapter 46 3
  7. Progress Chapter 51 3
  8. wXw 16 Carat Day Three 2
  9. AAW United We Stand 2
  10. NJPW Dominion 2
  11. NXT Takeover War Games 1
  12. Chikara King of Trios Night One 1
  13. ROH Supercard of Honor 1


It’s hard to argue with Wrestle Kingdom as show of the year any year. It’s always loaded and this year was no exception. The top four matches were all awesome. Okada-Omega got the heaviest plaudits from journalists but Tanahashi-Naito, Shibata-Goto and KUSHIDA-Hiromu are delivered huge. NXT was consistently good at delivering on the big shows this year. Takeover Chicago was arguably their best entrant. Highlighted by a sublime Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate match the show was consistently good. Third place is a little trickier. Progress’ votes were split by two great shows; chapter’s 46 and 51. “I Like to Chill Out Here and Shoot Dinosaurs” featured Riddle vs. WALTER, Dunne vs. Andrews, BSS vs. Hunters, Havoc vs. Ospreay in a ‘fans bring the weapons’ match that saw Ospreay booted out of Progress. Chapter 51: Screaming for PROGRESS saw three terrific matches; BSS vs. CCK, WALTER vs. Riddle (again) and War Machine vs. London Riots. It’s arguably Progress’ best show, ever. FCP votes were also split between the consistent DTTI Night three and year-ender Infinity.

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