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This is the second of three posts of the awards results.

Worst Wrestler of The Year
--------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the name athlete who was the worst overall wrestler
in the past year. Minimal technical ability, lousy interviews,
non-existent workrate, and the charisma of a rock should describe
this person.

Previous Winners:
1990: Junkyard Dog
1991: Andre The Giant
1992: Nailz

This Year's Winner: Giant Gonzalez

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 70 (= 350 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 68 (= 204 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 62 (= 62 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

24 5 9 144 Giant Gonzalez
9 10 2 77 Bastion Booger
5 9 10 62 Equalizer
9 4 5 62 Hulk Hogan
4 9 7 54 Shockmaster
5 2 2 33 Erik Watts
2 7 1 32 Yokozuna
1 3 6 20 Virgil
2 2 3 19 Sid Vicious
0 3 4 13 Adam Bomb
2 1 0 13 Brutus Beefcake
2 0 0 10 Charlie Norris
0 2 1 7 Mr. Hughes
1 0 2 7 Lex Luger
1 0 1 6 Johnny B. Badd
1 0 1 6 Jim Duggan
0 2 0 6 Diesel (Vinnie Vegas)
0 2 0 6 Bob Backlund
1 0 0 5 Rick Rude
1 0 0 5 Frank Stilleto
0 1 1 4 Ric Flair
0 1 1 4 Maxx Payne
0 1 1 4 The Undertaker
0 1 0 3 Crush
0 1 0 3 Sting
0 1 0 3 Cactus Jack
0 1 0 3 The Golden Eagle
0 0 1 1 Earthquake John Tenta
0 0 1 1 Ice Train
0 0 1 1 Paul Roma
0 0 1 1 Steve Regal
0 0 1 1 Rick Steiner

There are too many stiffs to count! From a wrestling standpoint, the
worst, IMO, are Giant Gonzalez, The Undertaker, and The Equalizer, in
that order.

RICK SCAIA: Giant Gonzalez should be shot. End of story.

Worst Tag Team of The Year
--------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the name tag team who were the worst overall wrestlers
in the past year. Minimal technical ability, lousy interviews,
non-existent workrate, the charisma of a rock, and lousy team moves
should describe this pair.

Previous Winners:
1990: Rhythm & Blues: Greg Valentine & Honky Tonk Man
1991: The Patriots: Todd Champion & Firebreaker Chip
1992: Bushwhackers: Luke Williams & Butch Miller

This Year's Winner: The Colossal Kongs: Awesome Kong & King Kong

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 69 (= 345 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 66 (= 198 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 63 (= 63 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

15 13 4 118 The Colossal Kongs: Awesome Kong & King Kong
14 7 9 100 The Mega Maniacs: Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake
13 8 5 94 The Bushwhackers: Butch Miller & Luke Williams
4 8 6 50 Men On a Mission: Mabel & Mo
3 7 5 41 Harlem Heat: Kane & Kole
5 3 5 39 The Cole Twins: Keith & Kent
3 4 2 29 The Nasty Boys: Brian Knobbs & Jerry Saggs
3 3 1 25 The Jurassic Powers: Scott Norton & Hercules
3 1 0 18 Well Dunn: Timothy Well & Steven Dunn
1 2 6 17 The Smoking Gunns: Billy & Bart Gunn
1 1 3 11 Tito Santana & Virgil
2 0 0 10 The Quebecers: Jacques Rougeau & Pierre Oullette
0 1 5 8 Ice Train & Ron Simmons
0 2 0 6 The Superpowers: Sting & Davey Boy Smith
0 0 5 5 The Horsemen: Arn Anderson & Paul Roma
1 0 0 5 Tommy Ferrera & Billy Blaze
1 0 0 5 The Headshrinkers: Samu & Fatu
0 1 1 4 The Beverly Brothers: Beau & Blake
0 1 0 3 Tex Slazenger & Shanghi Pierce
0 1 0 3 Barry Horowitz & 1-2-3 Kid
0 1 0 3 High Energy
0 1 0 3 The Heavenly Bodies: Tom Prichard & Jimmy del Ray
0 1 0 3 Tony Halme & Bobby Eaton
0 0 1 1 Adam Bomb & Bam Bam Bigelow
0 0 1 1 Thunder & Lightning
0 0 1 1 The Bruise Brothers: Ron & Don Harris
0 0 1 1 The Hell Raisers: Kensue Sasaki & Hawk
0 0 1 1 Money, Inc.: Ted DiBiase & I.R.S.
0 0 1 1 PG-13

Once again, lots of choices are available for this award. I picked the
Jurassic Powers (Scott Norton & Hercules) first. When New Japan gave them
the IWGP Tag Titles, I just about had a stroke. The Bushwhackers are the
perennial favourites for this award and they easily get second, followed
closely this year by the Colossal Kongs. Harlem Heat also ranked highly
here, as did Men on a Mission - contenders for next year?

RICK SCAIA: The Bushwhackers are an embarrassment. The Kongs are a joke.
And the Coles are little more than bargain basement jobber material.

Worst Heel of The Year
----------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the person whose casting as a bad guy just didn't
work well. Maybe there was just no heel heat drawn or maybe the fans
actually cheered this person, but for whatever reason the heel image
just didn't get over.

Previous Winners:
1990: Rick Martel
1991: The Mountie Jacques Rougeau
1992: Razor Ramon

This Year's Winner: Giant Gonzalez

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 66 (= 330 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 64 (= 192 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 60 (= 60 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

20 8 7 131 Giant Gonzalez
8 8 6 70 Equalizer
7 7 5 61 Lex Luger
7 1 1 39 Doink
3 6 5 38 Yokozuna
3 5 5 35 Ludvig Borga
4 3 3 32 Lord Steven Regal
1 7 4 30 Erik Watts
3 2 3 24 Bastion Booger
1 4 4 21 Mr. Hughes
3 1 1 19 Sid Vicious
1 2 0 11 Diesel
1 1 0 8 Yoshi Kwan
0 2 1 7 Nailz
1 0 2 7 Brian Pillman
0 1 3 6 Rick Martel
0 1 3 6 Tex Slazenger
1 0 0 5 Ted DiBiase
1 0 0 5 Quebecer Jacques Rougeau
1 0 0 5 Colonel Robert Parker
0 1 1 4 Razor Ramon
0 1 0 3 Well Dunn: Timothy Well & Steven Dunn
0 1 0 3 Harlem Heat: Kane & Kole
0 1 0 3 Adam Bomb
0 1 0 3 Repo Man
0 0 1 1 Jimmy del Ray
0 0 1 1 Bam Bam Bigelow
0 0 1 1 Maxx Payne
0 0 1 1 Damien Demento
0 0 1 1 Big Sky
0 0 1 1 Rick Rude

There are heels that people are indifferent towards and then there are
heels that they absolutely don't care about. I think the three heels
that got me to care the least were Giant Gonzalez, Equalizer and Lex
Luger, so they get my votes in that order.

Worst Babyface of The Year
--------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the person whose casting as a good guy just didn't
work well. Maybe there was just no face heat drawn or maybe the fans
actually booed this person, but for whatever reason the face image
just didn't get over.

Previous Winners:
1990: Dusty Rhodes
1991: P.N. News
1992: Sid Justice

This Year's Winner: Lex Luger

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 68 (= 340 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 62 (= 186 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 57 (= 57 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

7 8 7 66 Lex Luger
9 5 4 64 Erik Watts
8 6 5 63 Shockmaster
8 5 3 58 Doink
8 4 5 57 Hulk Hogan
4 8 2 46 Kamala
5 4 1 38 Brutus Beefcake
3 3 5 29 Charlie Norris
4 2 1 27 Giant Gonzalez
1 3 3 17 The Undertaker
1 3 3 17 Curt Hennig
1 2 5 16 Razor Ramon
2 2 0 16 Ric Flair
2 1 2 15 Jim Duggan
1 1 1 9 Sting
1 1 0 8 Sid Vicious
1 0 2 7 Friar Ferguson
1 0 0 5 1-2-3 Kid
1 0 0 5 The Horsemen
0 1 2 5 Tatanka
0 1 1 4 Arn Anderson
0 1 0 3 Ice Train
0 1 0 3 Cactus Jack
0 0 1 1 The Cole Twins: Keith & Kent Cole
0 0 1 1 Rick Steiner
0 0 1 1 Giant Baba
0 0 1 1 Johnny B. Badd
0 0 1 1 Paul Roma

Kamala as a babyface was terrible. The whole missionary angle with Slick
was tasteless and the "roll your opponent over" stuff exposed the business.
I went with him first. Lex Luger was an unconvincing heel, so what would
make anybody think he could be a convincing face? Nobody cares about him
and nobody reacts to him. I went with him second. Finally, Doink as a
face annoys me, so he gets third.

Worst Worker
------------

Award Description:
To be given to the name wrestler whose workrate is so low it's barely
measureable.

Previous Winners:
1990: Junkyard Dog
1991: Andre The Giant
1992: Nailz

This Year's Winner: Giant Gonzalez

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 69 (= 345 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 66 (= 198 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 62 (= 62 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

24 11 8 161 Giant Gonzalez
10 5 8 73 Hulk Hogan
6 3 5 44 Equalizer
2 7 3 34 Nailz
4 2 8 34 Shockmaster
3 5 1 31 Yokozuna
1 6 2 25 The Undertaker
2 4 2 24 Sid Vicious
4 1 1 24 Jim Duggan
1 4 1 18 Ice Train
1 3 3 17 Erik Watts
2 1 1 14 Lex Luger
1 2 3 14 Charlie Norris
1 2 2 13 Ludvig Borga (Tony Halme)
1 2 0 11 Crush
1 2 0 11 Bastion Booger
1 0 2 7 Maxx Payne
1 0 0 5 Sting
1 0 0 5 Paul Roma
1 0 0 5 Van Hammer
1 0 0 5 Hercules
0 0 5 5 Kamala
0 1 1 4 Rick Rude
0 1 1 4 Jerry Lawler
0 1 0 3 Harlem Heat: Kane & Kole
0 1 0 3 Big Boss Man
0 1 0 3 Earthquake John Tenta
0 1 0 3 Hawk
0 0 2 2 Diesel (Vinnie Vegas)
0 0 1 1 Adam Bomb
0 0 1 1 Dustin Rhodes
0 0 1 1 Johnny B. Badd

There are a lot of lousy workers, but the worst, IMO, are Giant Gonzalez,
the Undertaker, and the Equalizer, in that order.

Least Favourite Wrestler
------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the wrestler you like the least, regardless of the reason.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: Hulk Hogan
1992: Hulk Hogan

This Year's Winner: Hulk Hogan

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 69 (= 345 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 65 (= 195 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 58 (= 58 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

14 7 3 94 Hulk Hogan
8 9 6 73 Giant Gonzalez
6 4 2 44 Erik Watts
4 5 5 40 Equalizer
2 7 4 35 Charlie Norris
4 2 2 28 Shockmaster
3 3 2 26 Brutus Beefcake
4 1 0 23 Doink
2 4 1 23 Johnny B. Badd
2 3 0 19 Sid Vicious
1 3 4 18 Dustin Rhodes
2 1 4 17 Crush
1 4 0 17 Adam Bomb
2 1 1 14 Ric Flair
2 0 3 13 Bastion Booger
2 0 2 12 Jerry Lawler
2 0 1 11 Tatanka
0 3 1 10 Lex Luger
2 0 0 10 Sting
1 1 1 9 Lord Steven Regal
1 1 1 9 The Undertaker
1 1 1 9 Ice Train
1 0 2 7 Diesel
0 2 0 6 Big Van Vader
1 0 0 5 Billy Blaze
1 0 0 5 Jim Duggan
0 1 1 4 Yokozuna
0 1 0 3 Razor Ramon
0 1 0 3 Bob Backlund
0 0 2 2 Mr. Hughes
0 0 2 2 Maxx Payne
0 0 1 1 Bret Hart
0 0 1 1 El Vampiro Canadiense
0 0 1 1 Virgil
0 0 1 1 Ludvig Borga
0 0 1 1 Randy Savage
0 0 1 1 The Nasty Boys: Jerry Saggs & Brian Knobbs
0 0 1 1 Manami Toyota

Not surprisingly, my least favourite wrestlers agree exactly with my
list of worst workers. Giant Gonzalez, the Undertaker, and the Equalizer
get the awards again.

Most Deteriorated Wrestler
---------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the person whose skill has deteriorated the most over
the past year. This person should be a shadow of his/her former self.

Previous Winners:
1990: Dusty Rhodes
1991: Hulk Hogan
1992: Hulk Hogan

This Year's Winner: Hulk Hogan

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 70 (= 350 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 65 (= 195 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 60 (= 60 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

12 6 4 82 Hulk Hogan
13 4 3 80 Ric Flair
6 8 5 59 Randy Savage
5 7 8 54 Bob Backlund
8 1 4 47 Rick Rude
3 6 5 38 Tito Santana
2 5 5 30 Lex Luger
3 3 3 27 Bobby Eaton
3 4 0 27 Brutus Beefcake
3 2 3 24 Bastion Booger
1 4 3 20 Rick Steamboat
1 3 2 16 Jake Roberts
2 0 1 11 Giant Baba
2 0 0 10 Hawk
1 1 1 9 Riki Choshu
1 1 1 9 Giant Gonzalez
0 2 1 7 Arn Anderson
0 2 0 6 Jimmy Snuka
1 0 1 6 Bret Hart
0 2 0 6 Sting
1 0 0 5 Tommy Rich
1 0 0 5 Greg Valentine
1 0 0 5 Kamala
0 1 1 4 Shawn Michaels
0 1 0 3 Genichiro Tenryu
0 0 3 3 Curt Hennig
0 1 0 3 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
0 1 0 3 Ron Simmons
0 0 1 1 Jerry Lawler
0 0 1 1 I.R.S.
0 0 1 1 Andre The Giant
0 0 1 1 Rick Martel
0 0 1 1 Marty Janetty
0 0 1 1 Jim Duggan

Perhaps it's unfair to consider wrestlers who have deteriorated because
of injury rather than other reasons like motivation, etc. But if an
injured wrestler continues to work, I feel that he should still be
considered. That makes first place easy: Rick Rude. His biggest plus
was his ability to take spectacular bumps and with his injury late in
1992, he seems to have lost it. He's still great on the microphone
but he's only had dog matches all year and last year he had so many
very good matches. Second place goes to Riki Choshu, who is really
only a shadow of what he used to be in the mid 80s. I don't know that
the deterioration occurred this year, but it struck me this year.
Third goes to Lex Luger. He's become nothing more than a punch and
kick wrestler. He was never really that much more than that, but
his back injury made him lose whatever little ability he had above
that.

RICK DUGGAN: As to Most Deteriorated, it was a bad year for guys named Richard.
Sorry to say, it was just plain hard watching any of those three [Flair, Rude,
& Steamboat] most of the time this past year. On occassion, each one had a
good match; for the most part, though, their work was extremely disappointing.
I imagine I'm spoiled now with a regular diet of AJ, NJ, and AJW, but the
classic NWA stuff (even Flair/Steamboat from 1989) and SMW fare much better
against the AJ/NJ/AJW stuff than does recent work from 3 of WCW's top stars.

Most Underrated Wrestler
-------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the person whose ability merits a far greater push than
the person receives. There may be many such people, but the winner
of this award should have the most ability with least push.

Previous Winners:
1990: Terry Taylor
1991: Cactus Jack
1992: Owen Hart

This Year's Winner: Chris Benoit

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 71 (= 355 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 65 (= 195 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 62 (= 62 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

16 4 6 98 Chris Benoit
9 16 4 97 Owen Hart
13 5 7 87 1-2-3 Kid (Lightning Kid)
10 6 7 75 Barry Horowitz
3 1 5 23 Bobby Eaton
3 2 0 21 Steve Austin
1 2 5 16 Marty Janetty
1 3 1 15 Sting
1 2 1 12 Sid Vicious
2 0 0 10 Brian Pillman
0 2 3 9 Arn Anderson
1 1 1 9 Yoshi Kwan
1 1 0 8 Terry Taylor
1 1 0 8 Steve Regal
0 2 1 7 Smoking Gunns: Billy & Bart Gunn
0 2 1 7 Paul Diamond
0 2 1 7 Brad Armstrong
1 0 1 6 Sabu
1 0 1 6 Razor Ramon
0 2 0 6 Shawn Michaels
1 0 1 6 Bam Bam Bigelow
1 0 0 5 Adam Bomb
1 0 0 5 Gary Albright
1 0 0 5 Paul Orndorff
1 0 0 5 Doink
1 0 0 5 Shane Douglas
1 0 0 5 Kuniaki Kobayashi
0 1 1 4 Kenta Kobashi
0 1 0 3 The Undertaker
0 1 0 3 Jushin Liger
0 1 0 3 2 Cold Scorpio
0 1 0 3 Jerry Lawler
0 1 0 3 Shinjiro Otani
0 1 0 3 Thunder & Lightning
0 1 0 3 Headshrinkers
0 1 0 3 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
0 1 0 3 Maxx Payne
0 1 0 3 Manami Toyota
0 0 2 2 Jerry Lynn
0 0 1 1 Toshiyo Yamada
0 0 1 1 Bastion Booger
0 0 1 1 Virgil
0 0 1 1 Well Dunn: Timothy Well & Steven Dunn
0 0 1 1 Brian Lee
0 0 1 1 Johnny B. Badd
0 0 1 1 Mr. Hughes
0 0 1 1 I.R.S.
0 0 1 1 Jim Powers
0 0 1 1 Rick Steamboat
0 0 1 1 Dustin Rhodes
0 0 1 1 Randy Savage
0 0 1 1 Rick Martel

So many guys deserved to be pushed and aren't while talentless stiffs
get pushed down our throats. The worst offence is WCW's use (or lack
of use, to be precise) of Chris Benoit. Anybody that has seen Benoit
in New Japan or even Calgary had to have hopes when he appeared in WCW,
but outside of a couple of excellent matches (vs. 2 Cold Scorpio, and
tagged with Bobby Eaton vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson), they haven't
let him do anything and they certainly haven't booked him into somebody
the fans should appreciate. Second goes to Owen Hart. He's the best
of the Hart clan by far, and yet he's relegated to glorifed jobber
status. That will change in 1994 and it's about time. Third place
goes to "Dynamic" Jerry Lynn. Sure, size is the reason that he doesn't
get picked up, but he's really a super performer and could be a major
star if either of the big two every introduce a lightheavyweight
division again.

OTTO HEUER: It's damn hard to leave people like Owen Hart and Sabu off
my list, but there are so many people that just don't get pushes that
really *should*.

RICK SCAIA: I can't be the only one who thinks that the Smoking Gunns
have incredible potential, can I? They're already one of the better teams
in the country, IMO, and they're only going to get better with time.

Worst Wrestling Gimmick
-----------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the wrestler who had the worst character gimmick
in the past year.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: Mike Rotundo as Irwin R. Shyster
1992: Papa Shango's voodoo

This Year's Winner: Doink

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 66 (= 330 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 63 (= 189 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 62 (= 62 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

14 7 4 95 Doink
14 6 6 94 Shockmaster
6 5 8 53 Lex Luger
3 7 4 40 Macho Midget
2 7 9 40 Kamala
4 4 1 33 Equalizer
2 4 1 23 Bastion Booger
3 1 1 19 The Undertaker
1 3 1 15 Ice Train
2 1 2 15 1-2-3 Kid
2 1 1 14 Cactus Jack's amnesia
1 3 0 14 Johnny B. Badd
2 1 1 14 I.R.S.
1 2 2 13 Friar Ferguson
1 2 1 12 Giant Gonzalez
2 0 1 11 Four Horsemen
1 0 6 11 Tatanka
1 1 2 10 Adam Bomb
1 1 1 9 Yokozuna
1 1 1 9 Bongo the Caveman
0 2 1 7 Yoshi Kwan
1 0 1 6 Razor Ramon
1 0 0 5 Big Van Vader
0 1 0 3 Masters of The Power Bomb: Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious
0 1 0 3 The MVP
0 1 0 3 Lord Steven Regal
0 1 0 3 The Jurassic Powers: Scott Norton & Hercules
0 0 1 1 Vince McMahon
0 0 1 1 Virgil
0 0 1 1 A Flair for the Gold
0 0 1 1 Los Turtullosos
0 0 1 1 Papa Shango
0 0 1 1 The Predator
0 0 1 1 The Mega Maniacs: Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake

The worst wrestling gimmicks are the ones that either affect the wrestling
too much or are so tasteless that they are offensive. I considered Kamala
briefly, but he really wasn't around as long as the guys that I did vote
for, so that knocked him out of the top three. First has to the Undertaker.
Yeah, he's over, but his matches are consistently in the negative stars
and his "wrestling" is so dominated by his gimmick that it's impossible
to explain why I'm a wrestling fan when he's on the TV screen. And it's
only gonna get worse in 1994. Second goes to Bastion Booger. For sheer
tastelessness, Booger wins out. Again, it's very difficult to explain
why I'm a fan of pro-wrestling when this guy is on the screen. Poor Mike
Shaw has finally humiliated himself completely for a few dollars. Third
place goes to the Equalizer for even trying to imitate Bruiser Brody.

Worst Wrestling Move
--------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the move that is the worst thing you've seen this year.
This shouldn't be given to a move that was flubbed by a wrestler
- the move was performed correctly, but was just too stupid for words.
This move should probably be a "finishing" move or something that was
meant to be spectacular.

Previous Winners:
1990: Hulk Hogan's leg-drop
1991: Hulk Hogan's leg-drop
1992: Crush's Compactor head-vise

This Year's Winner: Crush's Compactor head-vise

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 65 (= 325 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 59 (= 177 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 56 (= 56 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

13 8 7 96 Crush's Compactor head-vise
12 8 4 88 Kamala having to roll his opponents over to pin them
4 8 13 57 Lex Luger's forearm to the jaw
3 7 4 40 Hulk Hogan's leg drop
3 4 7 34 Bastion Booger's crotch drop
3 2 6 27 The Undertaker's zombie sit-up
2 3 1 20 Charlie Norris' double-chop to the throat
2 2 3 19 Johnny B Badd's punch
2 2 0 16 Doink's stump puller
2 2 0 16 Shockmaster's bearhug into splash
2 1 0 13 Charlie Norris' boot to the face
2 1 0 13 1-2-3 Kid's leg drop to the back of the head
2 1 0 13 Yokozuna's butt drop
2 1 0 13 Hulk Hogan's boot to the face
1 2 0 11 Steve Austin's Stun Gun
2 0 1 11 Steve Williams' handspring elbow
2 0 0 10 Ric Flair's face-first flop
1 1 1 9 Diesel's Punch
0 2 1 7 Big Van Vader's splash
1 0 1 6 Jim Duggan's football clothesline
1 0 0 5 Sid Vicious' power bomb
1 0 0 5 Doink's butt-drop
1 0 0 5 Giant Gonzalez' chokehold
1 0 0 5 Ice Train's power slam
0 1 0 3 Ric Flair's flip into the turnbuckles
0 1 0 3 Crush's claw
0 1 0 3 Brian Lee's cancellation
0 1 0 3 Giant Gonzalez' chair shots
0 0 1 1 Bret Hart's Sharpshooter
0 0 1 1 The Smoking Gunns' backdrop into piledriver
0 0 1 1 Marty Janetty's fist from the top rope
0 0 1 1 Giant Gonzalez' punches
0 0 1 1 Maxx Payne's Wakigatamae (Fujiwara arm-bar submission)
0 0 1 1 Equalizer's throat slam
0 0 1 1 Shawn Michaels' superkick

IMO, the worst wrestling moves are the ones that completely expose the
business every time you see them. I don't get as bothered by stupid moves
if they are at least somewhat believable. But things that are far removed
from reality really upset me. With that in mind, the worst move that we
saw frequently this year, IMO, was the Undertaker's zombie sit-up. How
does anybody explain this? "He's dead and impervious to pain, just like
Frankenstein..." When he did the sit-up after Paul Bearer had reclaimed
the urn, which contains the mystical energies that fuel the Undertaker (!),
I was embarrassed to be a wrestling fan for weeks. Next comes Kamala
having to roll his opponents over to pin them. Yet another thing that's
impossible to explain. How many years does he have to be around before
he knows which way to have his opponents lie? If only James Harris and
Jerry Lawler had never met. Third place goes to Giant Gonzalez' punches.
Giant Gonzalez can draw some heat from the crowd and some curiousity
because of his size, but as soon as he throws one punch in the ring
that kills everything. And considering that punches and a choke are
his only two "moves," this is a big problem.

OTTO HEUER: I hate to leave out my votes from previous years (Crush's
Compactor and Hulk Hogan's leg drop) but there are so many NEW stupid
"moves" that I had to leave these two out of my votes.

Worst Match of The Year
-----------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the worst wrestling match you've seen this year, either
live, on TV, PPV, or in an arena, or on tape. If it took place in the
past year, it is eligible.

Previous Winners:
1990: 06/13/90: Ric Flair vs. Junkyard Dog (CoC XI)
1991: 05/19/91: El Gigante vs. Sid Vicious (SuperBrawl)
1992: 01/18/92: Beverly Brothers vs. Bushwhackers (Royal Rumble)

This Year's Winner: 04/04/93: Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania IX)

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 59 (= 295 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 51 (= 153 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 50 (= 50 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

19 7 7 123 04/04/93: Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania IX)
7 10 6 71 04/04/93: The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez
(WrestleMania IX)
6 3 1 40 11/25/92: The Undertaker vs. Kamala
(coffin match, Survivor Series)
4 4 2 34 05/23/93: Sting vs. Nailz (Slamboree)
2 5 5 30 11/18/92: Madusa vs. Paul E. Dangerously (CoC XXI)
2 5 0 25 06/13/93: Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (King of the Ring)
4 1 1 24 02/??/93: Yokozuna vs. Jim Duggan
2 1 7 20 08/30/93: The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez (S.Slam)
3 1 0 18 05/23/93: Thunderbolt Patterson & Brad Armstrong
vs. Baron von Raschke & Ivan Koloff
(Slamboree)
1 2 1 12 11/25/92: Virgil vs. Yokozuna (Survivor Series)
1 1 1 9 10/24/93: Shockmaster & Ice Train & Charlie Norris
vs. Harlem Heat & Equalizer (H.Havoc)
1 1 0 8 04/04/93: Doink vs. Crush (WrestleMania IX)
0 2 2 8 09/19/93: War Games (Fall Brawl)
0 2 0 6 07/18/93: Johnny B. Badd vs. Maxx Payne (Beach Blast)
1 0 1 6 08/30/93: Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna (Summer Slam)
1 0 0 5 ??/??/??: Bushwhackers & Macho Midget
vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Beau Beverly
& Lord LittleBrook
1 0 0 5 04/21/93: Rusher Kimura & Mitsou Momota & Giant Baba
vs. Joel Deaton & Haruka Eigen
& Ryuma Izumida (05/02/93 TV)
1 0 0 5 06/21/93: Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid (RAW TV)
0 1 2 5 09/19/93: Ice Train vs. Shanghai Pierce (Fall Brawl)
1 0 0 5 10/24/93: The Nasty Boys vs. The Horsemen (H.Havoc)
1 0 0 5 anything with Equalizer
1 0 0 5 anything with Shockmaster
0 1 0 3 ??/??/??: Equalizer vs. Charlie Norris
0 1 0 3 02/21/93: Sid Vicious vs. Van Hammer (SuperBrawl III)
0 1 0 3 07/18/93: Dustin Rhodes vs. Rick Rude (Beach Blast)
0 1 0 3 09/19/93: Charlie Norris vs. Big Sky (Fall Brawl)
0 1 0 3 09/19/93: Ric Flair vs. Rick Rude (Fall Brawl)
0 0 2 2 06/13/93: Smoking Gunns & The Steiners
vs. Money, Inc. & The Headshrinkers
(King of The Ring)
0 0 2 2 08/10/93: Dustin Rhodes vs. Rick Rude
0 0 2 2 08/18/93: Johnny B. Badd vs. Maxx Payne (CoC XXIV)
0 0 1 1 ??/??/??: Big Van Vader vs. Joe Thurman
0 0 1 1 ??/??/??: The Steiners vs. Money Inc. (cage)
0 0 1 1 11/25/92: Big Boss Man vs. Nailz (Survivor Series)
0 0 1 1 01/24/93: Royal Rumble (Royal Rumble)
0 0 1 1 04/04/93: Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs. Money, Inc.
0 0 1 1 06/13/93: Jim Duggan vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (King of Ring)
0 0 1 1 06/13/93: Mr. Hughes vs. Curt Henning (King of the Ring)
0 0 1 1 09/13/93: The Quebecers vs. The Steiners (WWF RAW TV)

My three votes for worst match of the year give the Undertaker a sweep.
First comes Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez from WrestleMania, then
Undertaker vs. Kamala from Survivor Series, and then Undertaker vs. Gonzalez
again from SummerSlam. All of these were negative stars and showcased
on PPVs.

RICk SCAIA: Not only was the 5/23 Sting vs. Nailz match a pathetic last
second replacement... it was also one of the most God-awful worst displays
of wrestling I'd ever seen. Not to mention the fact that it was a stupid
way to waste the "WCW Franchise" on a PPV. That said, I still thought there
were two worse matches during the year. :)

Worst Feud of The Year
----------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the feud that nobody cared about at all this year.
When they were pushing the feud on TV, you'd go to the fridge for a snack.

Previous Winners:
1990: Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake
1991: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter
1992: Ultimate Warrior vs. Papa Shango

This Year's Winner: The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 64 (= 320 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 59 (= 177 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 58 (= 58 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

11 9 7 89 The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez
11 7 9 85 Dusty Rhodes vs. Masked Assassin
11 4 5 72 Crush vs. Doink
7 7 2 58 Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna
5 3 6 40 Johnny B Badd vs Maxx Payne
5 0 3 28 Cole Twins vs. Tex Slazenger & Shanghi Pierce
0 7 2 23 The Undertaker vs. Mr. Hughes
2 3 3 22 Vinnie Vegas vs. Van Hammer
3 1 4 22 Dustin Rhodes vs. Rick Rude
1 3 3 17 The Undertaker vs. Nailz
1 3 2 16 The Undertaker vs. Kamala
2 1 2 15 Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler
1 1 0 8 Barry Windham vs. Ric Flair
0 2 1 7 The MegaManiacs vs. Money, Inc.
0 1 3 6 Van Hammer vs. Colonel Robert Parker
1 0 0 5 USA vs. foreigners in WWF
1 0 0 5 Virgil vs. WWF Magazine
1 0 0 5 Doink vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
1 0 0 5 Yokozuna vs. Jim Duggan
0 1 1 4 Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious vs. Davey Boy Smith & Sting
0 1 1 4 Razor Ramon vs. I.R.S.
0 1 0 3 Crush vs. Randy Savage
0 1 0 3 1-2-3 Kid vs. Razor Ramon
0 1 0 3 Kamala vs. Kim Chee
0 1 0 3 Yokozuna vs. Lex Luger
0 1 0 3 Lex Luger vs. Ludvig Borga
0 0 2 2 Paul Orndorff vs. Dustin Rhodes
0 0 1 1 Tatanka vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
0 0 1 1 The Beverly Brothers vs. The Steiners

Is there any doubt? Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez has to take first place.
Two PPV matches that were complete dogs fueled by a terrible angle at
the Royal Rumble. These two lumbering non-wrestling oafs are terrible
to watch in the ring with anybody, but with each other... Second place
goes to the stupid Dusty Rhodes vs. Masked Assassin feud, jelly bean.
What was the point of all this bad-mouthing, etc.? To bring the Assassin
in as a manager? What a waste of time. Even with no real matches coming
out of this feud, it still rates highly here. It didn't help that nobody
could keep a straight face whenever this character of ultimate evil, the
Assassin, appeared on camera, especially when he could only get three
of his chins into his mask. Third place goes to Johnny B. Badd vs.
Maxx Payne. It wasn't badly conceived or anything, but the matches were
so lousy.

RICK SCAIA: They haven't got in the ring yet... but the merest suggestion
of the feud between the Masked Assassin and Dusty Rhoades makes me retch.
If WCW is smart (doubtful) they'll kill this thing now, before it gets my vote
for 1994's worst feud, as well.

Most Disappointing News Item of The Year
----------------------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the wrestling news item that most disappointed
you when heard of it. When you first learned of this news story,
you couldn't believe that it was true, and when you learned that it was,
you were bummed out for a while.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: Scott Steiner gets injured
1992: Legion of Doom: Hawk & Animal split up

This Year's Winner: WWF brings Hulk Hogan back and gives him the title

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 63 (= 315 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 62 (= 186 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 57 (= 57 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

13 9 10 102 WWF brings Hulk Hogan back and gives him the title
12 5 3 78 Andre the Giant, Dino Bravo, and Kerry Von Erich,
etc., all die
3 5 5 35 WWF pushes Lex Luger over Bret Hart
2 6 1 29 WCW and New Japan dissolve their talent trading deal
3 3 5 29 WCW tapes 13 weeks of TV at one time in Orlando, Fla.
3 3 4 28 WWF loses Ric Flair
3 3 2 26 WCW brings Paul Roma in as a Horseman
1 5 4 24 WCW gives Eric Bischoff, Ole Anderson & Dusty Rhodes
power
3 3 0 24 WCW doesn't push Chris Benoit
4 1 0 23 Arn Anderson & Sid Vicious stabbing incident in England
3 0 2 17 WCW can't negotiate a deal with Terry Funk as booker
1 2 3 14 WCW doesn't bring back Lightheavyweight division
2 0 3 13 Randy Savage & Elizabeth get divorced
1 2 0 11 NWA breakup and resulting confusion in WCW
0 3 2 11 WCW fails to sign Tully Blanchard as fourth Horseman
1 1 2 10 WWF gives Yokozuna the title from Bret Hart
1 0 1 6 Vince not getting arrested for the many things
he gets charged with and not getting the death
penalty when he finally does
1 0 1 6 GWF gets dropped by ESPN
1 0 0 5 WCW loses Jim Ross
1 0 0 5 The Undertaker doesn't win the WWF Title
1 0 0 5 WWF fires Paul Diamond
1 0 0 5 Akira Hokuto completely injured and retiring end of 1993
1 0 0 5 PWA loses Lightning Kid to the WWF
1 0 0 5 Jushin Liger's broken foot
0 1 0 3 World Wrestling Network's failure to get off the ground
0 1 0 3 WCW signs Sid Vicious
0 1 0 3 WCW gives Ric Flair the NWA Title
0 1 0 3 WCW won't have Ric Flair wrestle immediately
0 1 0 3 Giant Gonzalez returns from Argentina after all
0 1 0 3 Esther Moreno's broken leg
0 1 0 3 Hulk Hogan makes a deal with New Japan
0 1 0 3 Jerry Lawler gets indicted for sexual misconduct
0 1 0 3 Brian Pillman injures ankle
0 1 0 3 WCW & WWF increase the number of screw job finishes
on major shows
0 1 0 3 WCW brings in Fred Ottman as Shockmaster
0 0 2 2 Jumbo Tsuruta's health troubles
0 0 1 1 Debbie Malenko's broken leg
0 0 1 1 WWF loses Ted DiBiase
0 0 1 1 Barry Windham blows out knee
0 0 1 1 Jurassic Powers win IWGP Tag Titles
0 0 1 1 WWF books a draw between Tatanka & Lex Luger at King
of the Ring
0 0 1 1 Hulk Hogan makes another movie
0 0 1 1 WWF books USA vs. the world

For me, the most disappointing news item of the year was that Akira Hokuto
was continuing to wrestle with a broken bone in her neck, an injured
shoulder and persisting knee trouble (still having **** matches, mind you)
and that she would retire at the end of 1993. She has easily been one of
my most favourite wrestlers since I first saw her years ago and I'm really
gonna miss her if she does retire. Second goes to so many wrestlers,
young and old, dying. It was a really sad year that way. Third place
goes to Jumbo Tsuruta's health problems. I bever realized that I really
liked Jumbo Tsuruta until he disappeared from All Japan.

OTTO HEUER: Honorable mention to "Cornette sells out and goes to the Whiff."

Most Obnoxious Personality
--------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the person who just rubs you the wrong way. This could
be anybody involved in the wrestling biz.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: Dusty Rhodes
1992: Vince McMahon

This Year's Winner: Vince McMahon

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 65 (= 325 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 62 (= 186 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 58 (= 58 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

21 7 11 137 Vince McMahon
6 3 3 42 Hulk Hogan
6 2 4 40 Harvey Wippleman
2 7 3 34 Randy Savage
5 1 2 30 Jerry Lawler
4 2 2 28 Bastion Booger
2 3 1 20 Bobby Heenan
2 3 0 19 Eric Bischoff
2 2 1 17 Gene Okerlund
1 3 2 16 Bill Watts
0 3 5 14 Lex Luger
2 1 0 13 Larry Zbyszko
2 1 0 13 Brandon Baxter
2 0 2 12 Sid Vicious
1 2 1 12 Gorilla Monsoon
2 0 1 11 Sebastian
0 3 1 10 Dusty Rhodes
0 2 3 9 Johnny B. Badd
0 2 3 9 Johnny Polo
1 1 1 9 Jim Cornette
0 2 2 8 Todd Pettengill
1 1 0 8 Ric Flair
1 1 0 8 Reo Rodgers
0 1 2 5 Michael Hayes
1 0 0 5 I.R.S.
1 0 0 5 Alfred Hayes
0 0 4 4 Thunderbolt Patterson
0 1 0 3 Razor Ramon
0 1 0 3 Tony Schiavone
0 1 0 3 Rob Bartlett
0 1 0 3 Ludvig Borga
0 1 0 3 Gordon Solie
0 1 0 3 Erik Watts
0 1 0 3 Egyptian Prince's manager in SMW
0 1 0 3 Ice Train
0 1 0 3 Missy Hyatt
0 0 1 1 Lord Steven Regal
0 0 1 1 Ole Anderson
0 0 1 1 Colonel Rob Parker
0 0 1 1 Chris Candido

The most obnoxious is Vince McMahon. It's doesn't even matter if he's
promoting his product or talking about real-life things, he's incredibly
annoying. Second place goes to Eric Bischoff and third goes to Thunderbolt
Patterson. Patterson actually makes me hit the mute button every time he
talks.

OTTO HEUER: Even as I type this I can't believe I found two people more
obnoxious than Vince McMuffin.

RICK SCAIA: Todd Pettingill is one of the most annoying people alive.
Brandon Baxter even more so. And Chris Candido plays the whiny heel role
so well that it even gets on my nerves... plus he's attached to Tammy Fytch,
which makes him even more obnoxious in my book.

Best Manager of The Year
------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the manager who outperformed his peers at ringside
and behind the microphone in interviews.

Previous Winners:
1990: Jim Cornette
1991: Bobby Heenan
1992: Curt Hennig

This Year's Winner: Jim Cornette

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 66 (= 330 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 45 (= 135 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 39 (= 39 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

56 5 0 295 Jim Cornette
3 7 5 41 Harley Race
0 9 5 32 Tammy Fytch
1 4 5 22 Missy Hyatt
1 3 5 19 Johnny Polo
0 4 4 16 Mr. Fuji
2 2 0 16 Paul Bearer
0 4 0 12 Ron Wright
1 1 3 11 Harvey Wippleman
0 2 1 7 Skandor Akbar
1 0 0 5 Sadistic Doctor Sam Siegel
1 0 0 5 Oscar
0 1 2 5 Colonel Rob Parker
0 0 4 4 Toni Adams
0 1 0 3 Jimmy Hart
0 1 0 3 Paul E. Dangerously
0 1 0 3 Richard Lee
0 0 2 2 Bobby Heenan
0 0 1 1 Luna Vachon
0 0 1 1 Teddy Long
0 0 1 1 Afa

Gee, who's the best manager of the year? Jim Cornette is in a class by
himself and handily gets first place. I put Tammy Fytch second. Harley
Race gets third for taking those picture-perfect bumps all year.

B.J.HUGHES: Cornette's the only one worthy of my vote.

Best Announcer
--------------

Award Description:
To be given to the commentator/announcer who makes the most insightful
and entertaining comments while pushing his product. As of 1992, the
difference between this and colour commentator will be enforced.

Previous Winners:
1990: Jesse Ventura
1991: Jesse Ventura
1992: Jim Ross

This Year's Winner: Jim Ross

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 63 (= 315 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 53 (= 159 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 44 (= 44 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

28 15 6 191 Jim Ross
10 13 11 100 Tony Schiavone
9 7 3 69 Gorilla Monsoon
6 6 8 56 Gordon Solie
4 2 5 31 Bob Caudle
2 2 0 16 Akira Fukuzawa (All Japan)
0 4 1 13 Vince McMahon
1 1 3 11 Dave Brown
1 1 0 8 Dr. Alphonse Morales
1 0 2 7 Gene Okerlund
1 0 1 6 Doyle King
0 1 1 4 Lance Russell
0 1 0 3 Ramon Castillo (Lucha Libre)
0 0 1 1 Chris Cruise
0 0 1 1 Raymond Rougeau
0 0 1 1 Slick Mick

Maybe my first place vote is unfair, but nobody's commentary excites me
like All Japan's Akira Fukuzawa. I don't understand most of what he says
- I can pick out move names and wrestler names. But he reminds me of
Jim Ross when Ross worked in Bill Watts' UWF a few years back. His
excitement just rubs off on me and makes watching the TV shows a great
experience. I went with Bob Caudle second and Jim Ross third. Ross
is the best when his product is good. Unfortunately, his product has
a lot of bad points these days. His debut at WrestleMania for the
worst PPV show perhaps of all time only documented his inability to
convince us that garbage isn't garbage.

Best Colour Commentator
-----------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the colour commentator who provides the most insightful
and entertaining comments.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: Bobby Heenan
1992: Bobby Heenan

This Year's Winner: Jesse Ventura

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 67 (= 335 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 56 (= 168 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 49 (= 49 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

30 16 12 210 Jesse Ventura
26 17 6 187 Bobby Heenan
4 10 12 62 Jerry Lawler
3 5 6 36 Dutch Mantell
2 2 4 20 Larry Zbyszko
0 3 5 14 Gorilla Monsoon (All-American Wrestling)
1 0 2 7 Randy Savage
1 0 0 5 Cory Macklin
0 1 0 3 Dr. Arturro Rivera
0 1 0 3 Alfred Hayes
0 1 0 3 Curt Hennig
0 0 1 1 Terry Taylor
0 0 1 1 Gene Pelc

Jesse Ventura is in a class by himself. A great colour commentator
should give some insight into the holds and matches. In recent years,
so many colour commentators have tried to get away with just being
funny to make you forget that you aren't seeing anything worthwhile
in the ring. Jesse is funny and informative. Second place goes to Dutch
Mantell. Third place goes to Larry Zbyszko, who for some strange reason
I'm starting to enjoy.

ERIC PATTON: I feel bad voting for Heenan and Lawler as two of the best color
commentators, because neither really is a color commentator. Rather, they're
guys who tell jokes to keep the audience amused and unaware of the fact that
zero is happening wrestling-wise. But who else was there to vote for?
Admittedly, they are both funny and can talk. But to call them color
commentators is a misnomer. But Jesse _is_ great.

OTTO HEUER: Jesse seems to be the ONLY one of the CCs that don't make me
reach for the mute/fast-forward. A pity, since Heenan used to be so great.

Best Interviewee
----------------

Award Description:
To be given to the person who gives the best interview in the biz.
This could be a wrestler or a manager.

Previous Winners:
1990: Ric Flair
1991: Ric Flair
1992: Ric Flair

This Year's Winner: Ric Flair

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 68 (= 340 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 63 (= 189 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 58 (= 58 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

14 12 7 113 Ric Flair
11 8 6 85 The Hollywood Blonds: Brian Pillman & Steve Austin
14 3 4 83 Jim Cornette
8 7 4 65 Cactus Jack
5 5 6 46 Jerry Lawler
2 7 4 35 Shawn Michaels
3 2 6 27 Arn Anderson
2 3 1 20 The Undertaker
2 2 2 18 Razor Ramon
1 2 4 15 Rick Rude
0 3 0 9 The Quebecers with Johnny Polo
1 1 0 8 Ludvig Borga
1 1 0 8 Hawk
1 0 2 7 Big Van Vader
0 2 1 7 Ted DiBiase
0 2 0 6 Brian Christopher
1 0 1 6 Sting
1 0 0 5 The Dead Ringers
1 0 0 5 Sid Vicious
0 1 1 4 The Heavenly Bodies: Tom Prichard & Jimmy del Ray
0 1 0 3 Paul Orndorff
0 0 3 3 Maxx Payne
0 1 0 3 Bob Armstrong
0 0 1 1 Curt Hennig
0 0 1 1 Bret Hart
0 0 1 1 Doink
0 0 1 1 Randy Gusto (PWA) after Hell Raisers destroyed him
0 0 1 1 Steve Regal
0 0 1 1 Jeff Jarrett

I think the best this year was Jim Cornette. He was great in SMW and
great in the WWF. The Hollywood Blonds get second and Ric Flair gets
third.

OTTO HEUER: I was really torn between Ric Flair and Jim Cornette for third
place. I almost had to flip a coin. :-)

Best Angle of The Year
----------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the best angle you've seen in the sport this year.

Previous Winners:
1990: Horsemen turn heel
1991: "Real World Champion" Ric Flair challenges Hulk Hogan
1992: Ric Flair "knew Elizabeth first"

This Year's Winner: WWF brings in Sean Waltman as 1-2-3 Kid

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 60 (= 300 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 50 (= 150 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 44 (= 44 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

18 12 8 134 WWF brings in Sean Waltman as 1-2-3 Kid
17 5 2 102 WCW's Big Van Vader puts out Cactus Jack
14 7 5 96 WWF's Bret Hart - Jerry Lawler - Doink SummerSlam
storyline
0 7 1 22 WCW had both Road Warriors appear at CoC on 08/18/93
1 4 5 22 SMW's Bob Armstrong will refund money unless he puts
Jim Cornette in the hospital
1 2 2 13 AJW Tag Titles are won by a team from another promotion
2 0 2 12 Multiple Doinks
0 2 0 6 Jim Cornette becomes SMW's Commissioner
1 0 1 6 Toshiaki Kawada switching sides in All Japan
1 0 0 5 WCW brings back Ric Flair
1 0 0 5 Maxx Payne shoots Johnny B. Badd in the face
1 0 0 5 WCW's Big Van Vader destroys so many babyfaces
1 0 0 5 AAA's Art Barr, Eddie Guerrero, Blue Panther,
Hijo Del Santo & Octagon
1 0 0 5 Doink injures Crush with "fake arm"
1 0 0 5 Hulk Hogan got pinned and nobody really cared...
0 1 1 4 SMW's Tammy Fytch's man hunt
0 1 1 4 Jim Cornette comes to WWF (with Heavenly Bodies)
0 1 0 3 WCW's The Hollywood Blonds feud with the Horsemen
0 1 0 3 The Heavenly Bodies' popcorn incident in SMW (03/93)
0 1 0 3 WCW brings back Cactus Jack, dropping the search angle
0 1 0 3 WCW brings back The Horsemen
0 1 0 3 Randy Savage out-Doinks Doink with a midget
0 1 0 3 Crush's heel turn
0 1 0 3 Dustin Rhodes starts "Paula" chants for Paul Orndorff
0 0 3 3 Marty Janetty wins IC Title as Shawn Michaels'
surprise opponent
0 1 0 3 Rick Rude kisses Fifi and destroys Ric Flair
0 1 0 3 Sherri Martel jumps from Shawn Michaels to Marty Janetty
0 0 1 1 WWF's King of Ring sets up Jerry Lawler vs. Bret Hart
0 0 1 1 SMW's Dirty White Boy Tony Anthony hangs Tim Horner
0 0 1 1 SMW's Dirty White Boy Tony Anthony turns face
0 0 1 1 "A Flair For The Old"; Hollywood Blonds mock Horsemen
0 0 1 1 WWF has Ric Flair lose a "loser leaves WWF" match
0 0 1 1 Big Van Vader vs. Cactus Jack "Spin the Wheel..."
0 0 1 1 The Hollywood Blonds' "Brush with Greatness Tour"
0 0 1 1 Ric Flair vs. Curt Hennig "Loser Leaves WWF" match
0 0 1 1 Shockmaster debuts as team Sting's mystery partner
for Wargames
0 0 1 1 Masters of The Power Bomb: Sid Vicious & Big Van Vader
0 0 1 1 Lex Luger body slams Yokozuna
0 0 1 1 WCW's Cactus Jack turns face, attacking Big Van Vader
with a shovel
0 0 1 1 Missy Hyatt having something she needs to tell Flair

The best angle this year was the two match series between Cactus Jack
and Big Van Vader, ending with Vader power bombing Jack on the floor and
Jack getting stretchered out. The realism of the show where Jack got
destroyed was something we haven't seen in a long time. The second
best angle was All Japan Women having JWP's Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki
win the AJW Tag Titles at Dream Slam II. This added a lot of heat to
the feud between the promotions and helped make the challenges believable.
Imagine if the WWF had allowed the Heavenly Bodies to win the WWF Tag
Titles. The third best angle of the year was All Japan having Toshiaki
Kawada switch sides. Although it left Akira Taue without the only opponent
that he can have good matches with, it created so much interest in other
pairings.

RICK SCAIA: Do I even need to go into what a great angle I thought the
"Hart Saga" at SummerSlam was?? I didn't think so... Last time I did,
it turned into a gruesome display of verbosity between me and Herb...

ROBERT McMULLEN: Kawada joining Taue/Tsuruta's team. There simply are no
other "best angles" in a year when something like this can be pulled off
so successfully.

Best Organization
-----------------

Award Description:
To be given to the organization/promotion that has the best product.
This is the organization whose TV and house shows you just can't miss.

Previous Winners:
1990: NWA
1991: WWF
1992: WCW

This Year's Winner: SMW

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 66 (= 330 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 55 (= 165 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 47 (= 47 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

17 10 12 127 SMW
18 11 3 126 WWF
11 9 10 92 WCW
9 6 5 68 All Japan
4 5 4 39 All Japan Women
1 4 4 21 New Japan
1 3 4 18 USWA
1 1 2 10 AAA
1 1 2 10 NWA/WWA
1 1 1 9 PWA
1 0 0 5 Cleveland All Pro Wrestling
1 0 0 5 New England Wrestling Alliance
0 1 0 3 WFWA
0 1 0 3 GWF
0 1 0 3 Ken Patera's league
0 1 0 3 UWFi

The best organization, IMO, is All Japan Women. After the landmark
Dream Slam cards, there's little left to argue. All Japan gets second
easily. New Japan doesn't place this year since their product is easily
the worst it's been in recent years. Third place goes to Smoky Mountain
for having the most entertaining product and putting on great wrestling
matches consistently.

ERIC PATTON: I have never been fortunate enough to see a match from any of the
three promotions I voted as the three best of 1993. :-( If I had a VCR, I'd
be buying tapes from someone, but I'm too poor right now for that. But I
could not in good conscience vote for either of the big two North American
promotions as being the best, because they simply can't be. Vince couldn't
care less about hardcores, and WCW's moronic three (Bischoff, Rhodes, Anderson)
seem like they're doing their best to turn the organization into a WWF-copycat.
I've been reading RSPW for about four years now (although this is the first
time I've voted in this), and from what I've read, I've made a guess as to
which promotions I'd like the most. But I admit I haven't seen them, so you
have every right to refuse to count my vote in that category if you want.

Best Wrestling Show
-------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the best wrestling show you saw this year. This could
be a Pay-Per-View, any regular television event (Clash of Champions,
Saturday Night's Main Event, or even a syndicated show), or even an arena
event you attended.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: WCW & New Japan Supershow, Tokyo, 03/21/91 (aired on tape)
1992: WWF Royal Rumble, 01/18/92

This Year's Winner: WWF Monday Night RAW weekly TV

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 64 (= 320 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 54 (= 162 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 52 (= 52 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

23 9 9 151 WWF Monday Night RAW weekly TV
4 9 4 51 WCW Saturday Night weekly TV
5 7 1 47 WWF King of the Ring, 06/13/93
4 4 2 34 SMW weekly TV
4 1 5 28 WCW SuperBrawl III, 02/21/93
2 4 2 24 WCW Clash of Champions XXIV, 08/18/93
4 1 1 24 All Japan weekly TV
3 2 2 23 All Japan Women's & other's Dream Slam I, 04/02/93
2 3 2 21 All Japan Women's & other's Dream Slam II, 04/11/93
1 3 5 19 WWF Summer Slam, 08/30/93
3 0 1 16 WCW Halloween Havoc, 10/25/93
2 1 1 14 AAA weekly TV
2 0 0 10 WCW Japan Supershow, 03/93 PPV
(New Japan "Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome," 01/04/93)
0 2 4 10 WWF Prime Time Wrestling (11/16/92, Curt Hennig turns)
1 1 1 9 UWFi PPV, 10/05/93
0 2 1 7 WCW World Wide weekly TV
0 1 4 7 WWF Superstars weekly TV
1 0 1 6 WCW Starrcade, 12/28/92
1 0 0 5 WWF Royal Rumble, 01/24/93
1 0 0 5 USWA TV, 02/21/93
1 0 0 5 SMW Bluegrass Brawl
0 1 0 3 WWF WrestleMania, 04/04/93
0 1 0 3 WCW Fall Brawl, 09/19/93
0 1 0 3 PWA on cable access
0 1 0 3 WWF Mania weekly TV
0 0 2 2 WCW Power Hour weekly TV
0 0 1 1 WWF Survivor Series, 11/25/92
0 0 1 1 USWA 90 minutes show
0 0 1 1 WCW Slamboree, 05/23/93
0 0 1 1 WWF Wrestling Challenge weekly TV

Is there any doubt that the best two shows of the year are the two Dream
Slam cards? Dream Slam I had 11 matches of which 8 were easily **** or
better and lasted some 6.5 hours. Dream Slam II was shorter with only
9 matches of which 6 were **** or better. The only question is how to
order the two shows. I put Dream Slam I first and Dream Slam II second.
Third place goes to WCW's Super Brawl III, IMO the best PPV we've ever
seen in North America.

Some more netter-suggested awards:

"Never learned about something called video editing" award :
Vince McMahon claiming there were 16 Doinks because they all appeared on the
video wall at once.

The Worst Reversal in the action
1. Hulk Hogan's roid up
2. The Undertaker's sit up.

Most Deteriorated Non-wrestler
1. Bobby Heenen

Most Improved Non-wrestler
1. Bob Caudle

Comeback Of The Year
1. Gen'Ichiro Tenryu
2. Paul Orndorff
3. Terry Funk

ROBERT McMULLEN: Tenryu, without question. As the feuds between his WAR group,
New Japan, Raging Staff and Skinheads got cranking up, New Japan's popularity
soared. In fact, IMHO his upcoming Egg-o Dome-o match with Inoki is his
paycheck for helping New Japan have such a successful 1993.

Least Improved
1. Ric Flair
2. Rick Rude
3. Sid Vicious

ROBERT McMULLEN: Next time Ric Flair leaves WCW (if that ever happens), I don't
imagine we'll see nearly as much clamoring for him to return.

Most Embarrassing Wrestler
1. Bastion Booger
2. Shockmaster (primarily his introduction to WCW...)
3. Awesome Kongs

ROBERT McMULLEN: This category in the Observer awards is described as, "The
wrestler, manager, etc., who makes you most embarassed to be a wrestling fan
when non-fans are in the room" (paraphrase). Booger is so embarassing, even
I leave the room.

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