RVR Year End Awards: Most Underrated

RVR Year End Awards: Most Underrated

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…


  1. Luke Harper 5
  2. Tyler Breeze 4
  3. Charlie Morgan 3
  4. DJ Z 3
  5. Wild Boar 3
  6. Kotoka 3
  7. Kagetora 3
  8. Dan Moloney 3
  9. Spike Trivet 2
  10. Jon Gresham 2
  11. Jack Starz 2
  12. Juice Robinson 2
  13. Masato Yoshino 2
  14. Mustafa Ali 1
  15. Chad Gable 1
  16. Keith Lee 1
  18. KUSHIDA 1
  19. Oney Lorcan 1


This was an intriguing category as the sheer range of wrestlers getting votes gave us 19 nominees, the most of any category. Nobody was a stand-out either, which means lots of guys are being under-used in wrestling. To the point where our pre-awards podcast talked a lot about Dean Allmark and he ended up getting no votes at all. There are a lot of underused guys out there. WWE are usually the biggest culprits and that’s true again here. You could make a case for any number of WWE wrestlers as being underused, depending on where you think they belong. You could argue the case for Cesaro being underused in a tag team when you feel he should be WWE Champion but at least he’s getting a push. Luke Harper has been shafted by WWE his entire career, despite delivering whenever he’s asked to in the ring. His reward for a pivotal part in the Wyatt-Orton storyline heading into Wrestlemania? Months in obscurity off TV. Eventually pairing up with another forgotten man, Erik Rowan, as the Bludgeon Brothers…whatever that means. Tyler Breeze is another interesting candidate. He was a terrific little wrestler in NXT but found himself lost in the mix on the main roster until hitting it off with Fandango in a tag team, who’ve found huge success in skits and backstage packages. One small problem with this; he hardly ever wrestles and isn’t taken seriously when he does. Considering his skill-set that must be a little disappointing for him. A mass of dudes got three points here including DJ Z, several Dragon Gate workers and UK Indie guys. There is a lot of talent available to promoters in 2017 and sometimes you can’t use them all.


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