RVR Year End Awards: Best Non-Wrestler

RVR Year End Awards: Best Non-Wrestler

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 Non-Wrestler:

  1. Paul Heyman 9
  2. Stokely Hathaway 6
  3. Zelina Vega 6
  4. Inflatable Kid Lykos 3
  5. Daryl Takahashi 3
  6. Joel Allen 3
  7. Daniel Bryan 3
  8. Paul Ellering 1
  9. Chris Roberts 1


There was some serious ‘thinking outside the box’ going on here with votes for referees, fluffy toys and a sex doll. With all the wackiness taking place it was left to Paul Heyman to slide into the winners circle. Heyman has been a respected manager, mouthpiece and advocate for many years and continues to do wonders for feuds and matches that would otherwise be of little to no consequence. Nobody hypes us up for a big Brock Lesnar match than Paul Heyman. It’s all part of the package with Brock. The rarity of his appearances, the big match vibe his PPV bouts deliver and Heyman is the pitch man for all that. Coming in second was Big Stoke and Zelina Vega. Hathaway has proven that managers can get work in the Indies. The position had become virtually non-existent but Hathaway is making managers relevant again. Vega meanwhile has transformed the fortunes of Andrade “Cien” Almas. When she was paired up with Almas his fortunes were so badly on the down that there was speculation he wouldn’t last the year under WWE contract. Instead he’s rebounded, big time, and finds himself wearing the NXT title. Every NXT champion finds their way onto the main roster, usually with a big push (apart from Bo Dallas) so the future is bright for Almas and that’s all down to Vega transforming his act and giving it focus. It’s been compared to Essa Rios and Lita. The essential mouthpiece who can also take bumps and hit spots.

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