RVR Year End Awards: Promotion of the Year

RVR Year End Awards: Promotion of the Year

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…


Promotion of the Year:

  1. New Japan 12
  2. Progress 7
  3. wXw 6
  4. FCP 6
  5. Dragon Gate 5
  6. AAW 3
  7. NXT 2
  8. Attack 2
  9. GCW 1
  10. Beyond 1


There’s perhaps evidence of our collective watching bias here. Only ten promotions made the shortlist and only two of those are from Japan, none from Mexico. Meanwhile four European promotions made the cut. While Eurograps is doing better than usual our regional bias, as a British Wrestling website, is in evidence. Of the European promotions Progress came out top, having ran more shows than ever before and planning expansion in 2018 as well. They’re running bigger venues and more shows. The success of Progress has been almost overwhelming. Keeping on top of booking, as well as managing a larger roster and more shows must be tricky. Especially with American tours and growing crowds. It’s been an ambitious year and the love is a reflection of that. wXw weren’t far behind, nor were Fight Club Pro. It’s been a solid year for both. FCP moving from the tiny Fixxion to the Starworks warehouse and quadrupling attendances in the process. wXw gained more international interest than ever before for the 16 Carat Gold tournament, drawing in punters from the UK in droves. 2018 promises to see another increase in International audiences plus running a lot of shows across Germany. Top of the pile is NJPW and it’s an easy pick. NJPW have had a host of MOTYC, way more than any other promotion, and have consistently delivered excellent top end during 2017. It shouldn’t be a surprise at this point. They’ve been the best promotion in the world for the past five years.

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