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It’s that time of year again. The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter contains their annual awards for the year 2018. They are based on the time frame from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 and are voted upon by the readers.

Here are the various categories, along with the winners:

LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR) : Kenny Omega

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MOST VALUABLE: Conor McGregor

MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Kenny Omega

MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Daniel Cormier

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR: Young Bucks

BEST ON INTERVIEWS: Daniel Bryan

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR: New Japan Pro Wrestling

BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW: NXT

PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR: Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada, Dominion 6.9, June 9, Osaka

MMA MATCH OF THE YEAR: Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier, April 14

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UNITED STATES/CANADA MVP: AJ Styles

JAPANESE MVP: Kenny Omega

MEXICO MVP: L.A. Park

EUROPE MVP: Walter

NON-HEAVYWEIGHT MVP: Will Ospreay

WOMEN’S WRESTLING MVP: Becky Lynch

WOMEN’S MMA MVP: Amanda Nunes

BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW: Conor McGregor

FEUD OF THE YEAR: Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa

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MOST IMPROVED: Adam Page

MOST CHARISMATIC: Tetsuya Naito

BRYAN DANIELSON AWARD (Best Technical Wrestler): Zack Sabre Jr.

BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER): Tomohiro Ishii

BEST FLYING WRESTLER: Will Osperay

MOST OVERRATED: Baron Corbin

MOST UNDERRATED: Finn Balor

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Ronda Rousey

BEST NON-WRESTLER: Paul Heyman

BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER: Kevin Kelly

WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER: Jonathan Coachman

BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW: New Japan Dominion 6.9

WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW: WWE Crown Jewel

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BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER: Kenny Omega, “One-Winged Angel”

MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC: WWE business ties with Saudi Arabia

WORST TELEVISION SHOW: WWE Raw

WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR: Undertaker/Kane vs. Shawn Michaels/Triple H, Crown Jewel

WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley

WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR: WWE

BEST BOOKER: Gedo

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR: Takaaki Kidani

BEST GIMMICK: Velveteen Dream

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WORST GIMMICK: Constable Corbin

BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK: Pro Wrestling in the Tokyo Dome by Chris Charlton

BEST PRO WRESTLING DOCUMENTARY: Andre The Giant, HBO

Editor’s Opinion:

Wow, Kenny Omega cleaned house, along with New Japan Pro Wrestling. I really need to find a way to watch more of that.

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