RVR Year End Awards: Rookie of the Year

RVR Year End Awards: Rookie 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. @boyleybug

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…


Rookie of the Year:

  1. Millie McKenzie 10
  2. Katsuya Kitamura 6
  3. Spike Trivet 3
  4. Dominic Garrini 3
  5. Takehiro Yamamura 3
  6. Taynara Conti 2
  7. Shota Umino 2
  8. AJ Gray 2
  9. Takanoti Ito 2
  10. Myron Reed 2*
  11. Candyfloss 1 *
  12. Hirai Kawato 1*
  13. Kyle Fletcher 1
  14. Tomoyuki Oka 1


*Technically not rookies but received votes anyway.


Rookie of the Year is a tricky category to vote on because research is required. As part of the prep for the awards we were scrolling through careers on Cagematch.net to see who qualified and who did not. It’s been a fine year for rookies with NJPW contributing a few excellent new names (Kitamura, Oka and Umino got votes). The sheer number of wrestlers from NJPW looks to have split the vote. With the traditional Japanese vote so split the path to the top was clear for Fight Club Pro’s Millie McKenzie. Millie debuted midway through the year but is already one of the top women’s wrestlers in the UK. Every promotion that takes their women’s wrestling seriously is looking at her as a top tier star. Her style is hugely influenced by trainer Travis Banks and she’s more than capable of stepping up and wrestling men in an even setting. At only 17 years old she’s a huge prospect and is destined to dominate the UK’s women’s wrestling scene for years to come.


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