The 1990 Usenet Year-End Pro-Wrestling Achievement Awards (Re-post)

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Herb Kunze

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Jan 27, 1991, 9:21:21 PM1/27/91
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I received a half-dozen notes over the weekend asking me about the 1990
wrestling awards survey I ran at the end of last year. I did post the
attached results at the end of the year, but I gather from these notes
that something may have gone wrong with the distribution. I figure
that there are probably others who missed the post, so I've re-posted
it below.
Herb...
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The Usenet Pro-Wrestling Year-End Achievement Awards 1990

The results in this note are based on votes obtained from you, the readers
of Rec.sport.pro-wrestling, over the past three weeks. I received a total
of 41 notes with full or partial votes. In the awards list presented
below, the number of valid votes received for a category appears in
brackets next to the category. The difference between this number and
41 is the number of disallowed/null votes received for that category.
I'll list the top 3 runner-ups (if they have more than a single vote)
and the winner for each category as well as their respective number of
votes in brackets, so you can see who really swept the field.

Without further ado, here we go with the awards in some sort of climactic
order:

Worst Manager of The Year (39)
3. Sapphire (2.5)
2. Jimmy Hart (2)
1. Slick (6.5)
Winner: Mr. Fuji (14.5)

Worst Announcer of The Year (36)
3. Gene Okerlund / Jim Ross (3)
2. Gorilla Monsoon (4)
1. Roddy Piper (5)
Winner: Vince McMahon (7)

Worst Interviewee of The Year (38)
2. Trucker Norm / Scott Steiner / Kerry von Erich
Junkfood Dog / El Gigante (tie: 2)
1. Sting (3)
Winner: Ultimate Warrior (12)

Worst Angle of The Year (36)
3. Norman's multiple identities (1.5)
2. Twin Stings @ HH / Saba Simba / Jose Gonzales stabbing angle
with one of the Japanese promotions (tie: 2)
1. Sgt. Slaughter & General Adnon / Nikolai Volkoff's Americanization /
Dudes with Attitudes feud with Horsemen / Big Boss Man's mother
jokes (tie: 3)
Winner: Earthquake breaking Hogan's ribs & get well card drive /
Black Scorpion (tie: 5)

Worst Organization of The Year (33)
2. CNWA / All organizations (tie: 2)
1. NWA (3)
Winner: WWF / AWA (tie: 10)

Best Manager of The Year (39)
2. Teddy Long (3)
1. Bobby Heenan (14)
Winner: Jim Cornette (16)

Best Announcer of The Year (41)
3. Bobby Heenan (2)
2. Dirty Dutch Mantell / Jim Ross (tie: 3.5)
1. Roddy Piper (7)
Winner: Jesse Ventura (18)

Best Interviewee of The Year (40)
3. Hulk Hogan / Roddy Piper / Stan Hansen (tie: 2)
2. Road Warriors (4)
1. Randy Savage (6)
Winner: Ric Flair (9)

Best Angle of The Year (34)
2. Big Boss Man's mother jokes / Big Boss Man face turn (tie: 2)
1. Black Scorpion vs. Sting (6)
Winner: Horesmen turn heel (7)

Best Organization of The Year (36)
3. USWA (3)
2. No such animal (5)
1. WWF (11.5)
Winner: NWA (13.5)

Worst Feud of The Year (38)
2. Nikolai Volkoff vs. Sgt. Slaughter / Big Boss Man vs. Heenan/Rude
Hogan/Tugboat vs. Bravo/Earthquake / Flair vs. Junkfood Dog (tie: 2)
1. Dusty Rhodes vs. Randy Savage /Black Scorpion vs. Sting (tie: 2)
Winner: Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake (4)

Worst Match of The Year (29)
2. Junkfood Dog vs. Moondog @ HH /
Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior @ WM (tie: 2)
1. Dusty & Sapphire vs Savage & Sherri @ WM (3)
Winner: Ric Flair vs. Junkfood Dog @ CoC (5)

Worst Move in Wrestling of the Year (41)
3. Honky Tonk Man's "Shake, Rattle & Roll" /
Any tag-team off-the-top-rope finisher (tie: 2)
2. Earthquake's sit (6)
1. Sgt. Slaughter's Atomic Noogie (7)
Winner: Hulk Hogan's Leg Drop (12)

Most Underrated Wrestler of The Year (41)
3. Jim Powers / Koko B. Ware / Mike Rotunda / Scott Steiner /
Ultimate Warrior (tie: 2)
2. Tito Santana / Paul Roma / Brad Armstrong (tie: 3)
1. Cactus Jack Manson (4)
Winner: Terry Taylor (4.5)

Most Deteriorated Wrestler of The Year (38)
3. Greg Valentine / Akeem (tie: 2)
2. Ultimate Warrior (3)
1. Junkfood Dog / Andre The Giant (tie: 4)
Winner: Dusty Rhodes (7)

Worst Worker of The Year (36)
3. Andre The Giant / Dusty Rhodes / Sgt. Slaughter (tie: 2)
2. Earthquake (4)
1. Ultimate Warrior (6)
Winner: Junkfood Dog (15)

Worst Face of The Year (37)
3. El Gigante / Junkfood Dog / Koko B. Ware / Norman /
Tugboat (tie: 2)
2. Sting (3)
1. Ultimate Warrior (5)
Winner: Dusty Rhodes (6)

Worst Heel of The Year (40)
3. Akeem / Black Scorpion / Honky Tonk Man (tie: 2)
2. Dino Bravo / Sgt. Slaughter (tie: 3)
1. Earthquake (7)
Winner: Rick Martel (8)

Worst Tag Team of The Year (41)
3. Andre The Giant & Haku / Earthquake & Dino Bravo /
Junkfood Dog & El Gigante / Orient Express (tie: 2)
2. Master Blasters (3)
1. Bushwhackers (7)
Winner: Rhythm & Blues (17)

Worst Wrestler of The Year (39)
3. Ultimate Warrior (3)
2. El Gigante (4)
1. Dusty Rhodes (7)
Winner: Junkfood Dog (12)

Best Jobber of The Year (39)
2. Playboy Buddy Rose / Brooklyn Brawler (tie: 3)
1. Iron Mike Sharpe / Jim Powers (tie: 4)
Winner: Barry Horowitz (15)

Best Feud of The Year (36)
3. Dusty Rhodes vs. Randy Savage / Ric Flair vs. Sting /
LOD vs. Demolition / Midnight Express vs. Southern Boys (tie: 2)
2. Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger (3)
1. Steiners vs. Doom (4)
Winner: Doom vs. Horsemen (6)

Best Match of The Year (33)
2. Steiners vs. Nasty Boys @ HH (2)
1. Southern Boys vs. Midnight Express @ Bash /
Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior @ WM /
Curt Hennig vs. Tito Santana @ SNME in August (tie: 3)
Winner: Hart Foundation vs. Rockers @ SNME (6)

Best Move in Wrestling of The Year (40)
3. Randy Savage's flying elbow / Jake Robert's DDT (tie: 2)
2. Steiners top-rope DDT (3.5)
1. Power & Glory's superplex & splash (8)
Winner: Scott Steiner's Frankensteiner (18.5)

Most Overrated Wrestler of The Year (41)
3. Dusty Rhodes / Ric Flair / Sting (tie: 2)
2. Earthquake (3.5)
1. Junkfood Dog (5)
Winner: Hulk Hogan (7)

Most Improved Wrestler of The Year (38)
2. Sid Vicious (2)
1. Big Boss Man / Paul Roma / Scott Steiner (tie: 6)
Winner: Lex Luger (9)

Best Worker of The Year (39)
2. Bret Hart (2.5)
1. Curt Hennig (9.5)
Winner: Ric Flair / Randy Savage (tie: 10)

Best Face of The Year (37)
3. Jeff Jarrett / Kerry von Erich / Rick Steiner / Sting (tie: 2)
2. Lex Luger (3)
1. Scott Steiner (5)
Winner: Hulk Hogan (11)

Best Heel of The Year (41)
3. Curt Hennig / Earthquake (tie: 3)
2. Randy Savage / Ric Flair (tie: 4)
1. Sid Vicious (5)
Winner: Ted DiBiase (9)

Best Tag Team of The Year (41)
3. Doom / Midnight Express (tie: 4)
2. Hart Foundation (5)
1. LOD, Road Warriors (9)
Winner: Steiners (14)

Best Wrestler of The Year (39)
3. Bret Hart / Hulk Hogan / Lex Luger / Stan Hansen (tie: 2)
2. Scott Steiner (3)
1. Ric Flair (10)
Winner: Curt Hennig (13)

That's All!

Thanks to everyone who participated.
Herb...

William D Sands

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Jan 28, 1991, 6:50:42 PM1/28/91
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In article <1991Jan28....@watmath.waterloo.edu> hek...@watmsg.uwaterloo.ca (Herb Kunze) writes:
>
>Best Jobber of The Year (39)
> 2. Playboy Buddy Rose / Brooklyn Brawler (tie: 3)
> 1. Iron Mike Sharpe / Jim Powers (tie: 4)
> Winner: Barry Horowitz (15)
>
>Best Wrestler of The Year (39)
> 3. Bret Hart / Hulk Hogan / Lex Luger / Stan Hansen (tie: 2)
> 2. Scott Steiner (3)
> 1. Ric Flair (10)
> Winner: Curt Hennig (13)
>
First of all, thanks to Herb for assembling all that mush
into something coherent; I would also like to thank all the
fans for doing a particularly good job on the above
categories. In the vein of the first category, does anyone
remember a guy from 5 or 6 years ago named Salvatore Balomo?
Has to be the best jobber of wrestling eternity. Anyone know
if he still wrestles anywhere? I remember that his parents
were from the old country, and they would always show them in
the audience as being very upset when he lost. The "french
veteran" Rene Goulet wasn't bad either.

-buckethead

Joe Shippert

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Jan 29, 1991, 1:35:49 AM1/29/91
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In article <84...@unix.cis.pitt.edu> wds...@unix.cis.pitt.edu (William D Sands) writes:

[stuff deleted]

> In the vein of the first category, does anyone
>remember a guy from 5 or 6 years ago named Salvatore Balomo?
>Has to be the best jobber of wrestling eternity. Anyone know
>if he still wrestles anywhere? I remember that his parents
>were from the old country, and they would always show them in
>the audience as being very upset when he lost. The "french
>veteran" Rene Goulet wasn't bad either.
>

Who could forget Salvatore Balomo (sp?)!? I remember when my brother and I
first started watching the WWF and we noted that he was always REALLY
happy when he came into the ring and the crowd always seemed to like him
but he NEVER won. He would do a few cartwheels, danse around a bit and get
his ass kicked. When I fist heard that wrestlers who lose all the time are
sometimes called a "fish", I thought immediately of good, old Salvatore.

Amazingly enough (and I have my brother to back me up on this one - he saw
it too) I actually saw Salvatore win a match against and even bigger fish.
Boy, was he happy! The finishing move had been a Mule-Kick after about
10-15 minutes of mediocre wrestling. What a match! I don't remember seeing
him much after that. Perhaps Vince did a reversal of the usual phase out:
he let a jobber win before he left.

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don't bother knockin'!"

ku...@josef.enet.dec.com

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Jan 29, 1991, 11:52:31 AM1/29/91
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Piper was voted 1st runner-up as the Worst Announcer,
and 1st runner-up as the Best Announcer.

Hogan / Warrior was voted 2nd runner-up as the Worst Match,
and 1st runner-up
as the Best Match.

I'm sure there are others, if you examine the results in more detail.

Herb Kunze

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Jan 29, 1991, 1:35:50 PM1/29/91
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As the results came in, I noticed that there were two groups of voters
for some categories. Not surprisingly, the ardent WWF supporters in
the group voted one way on some categories, while those that hate the
sports entertainment atmosphere voted another.
Most surprising to me was that there was only one vote in one category
for a Japanese wrestler, which of course did not place him.
Herb...

Nicholas J. Simicich;?

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Jan 30, 1991, 2:26:36 AM1/30/91
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I think that this is like when, a number of years ago, on one
particular survey, Howard Cosell was picked as the best announcer and
the worst announcer. In fact, Howard was the only announcer that most
people surveyed could remember.

Perhaps this is a similar situation. At least people remembered Piper
as an announcer, and hogan/warrior as a match. How many matches do
you remember at the end of a year?

--
Nick Simicich - uunet!bywater!scifi!njs - n...@ibm.com
SSI #AOWI 3958, HSA 318

Totally Token

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Jan 30, 1991, 11:17:58 AM1/30/91
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In article <11796.2...@amherst.bitnet> acb...@amherst.bitnet writes:
>
>Well, I for one certainly remember Salvatore Bellomo, the Italian Stalian, as
>well as Rene (the Claw) Goulet. Other fave WWF jobbers of mine in the past
>decade would have to include Tony Garea and Max/Jose Luis Rivera.

I agree...Tony Garea is a favorite of mine too. I also liked Chief
Jay Strongbow...he put on a good show. Anyone out there remember Frankie
Williams? He had to be the ultimate hard-working-but-always-loses guy.

>Which reminds me...how many out there remember the MSG fight in which Don
>Muraco won the IC from Pedro Morales. Easily one of my favorites of all time,
>up there w/Eddie Gilbert v. Tiger Mask and Backlund v. Snuka (cage).

I remember a time in early 1980's when Vince still did charity events.
They held a wrestling event at the high school in my hometown to
benefit the volunteer firefighters. The big match was Snuka vs.
Pedro Morales. This was when Snuka was still a bad guy. We cheered
for him anyway. :)

--Liz

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acb...@amherst.bitnet

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Jan 29, 1991, 10:01:10 AM1/29/91
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>>
> First of all, thanks to Herb for assembling all that mush
> into something coherent; I would also like to thank all the
> fans for doing a particularly good job on the above
> categories. In the vein of the first category, does anyone
> remember a guy from 5 or 6 years ago named Salvatore Balomo?
> Has to be the best jobber of wrestling eternity. Anyone know
> if he still wrestles anywhere? I remember that his parents
> were from the old country, and they would always show them in
> the audience as being very upset when he lost. The "french
> veteran" Rene Goulet wasn't bad either.
>
> -buckethead

Well, I for one certainly remember Salvatore Bellomo, the Italian Stalian, as


well as Rene (the Claw) Goulet. Other fave WWF jobbers of mine in the past
decade would have to include Tony Garea and Max/Jose Luis Rivera.

Which reminds me...how many out there remember the MSG fight in which Don


Muraco won the IC from Pedro Morales. Easily one of my favorites of all time,
up there w/Eddie Gilbert v. Tiger Mask and Backlund v. Snuka (cage).

-:Adam Bonin

Larry Scheurich

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Jan 30, 1991, 3:47:08 PM1/30/91
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In article <1991Jan30.1...@wpi.WPI.EDU> l...@wpi.WPI.EDU (Totally Token) writes:
>In article <11796.2...@amherst.bitnet> acb...@amherst.bitnet writes:
>>
>Jay Strongbow...he put on a good show. Anyone out there remember Frankie
>Williams? He had to be the ultimate hard-working-but-always-loses guy.

Frankie had to be one of my favorite "losers" of all time. I even remember
the time when Piper had him on Piper's Pit, and beat him up there too!
The guy had a lot of guts for someone who was definitely not going anywhere.

--
Larry Scheurich uunet!sequent!larrys
Sequent Computer Systems (503)-526-4240
Beaverton, OR

"Smile, it makes people wonder what you're up to"

Robert Schneider

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Jan 30, 1991, 4:29:31 PM1/30/91
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In article <1991Jan30.1...@wpi.WPI.EDU> l...@wpi.WPI.EDU (Totally Token) writes:


How can you even speak of jobbers without mentioning
.
.
.
The "Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz. Yessir, the Rodster lived up to his
monicker, attacking opponents on the runway, during the introduction,
or sometimes, not at all.

Future jobber hall of fame member: Izzy Slapowitz - making his debut
on The Weasel and Gorilla show this week. Where does Wince get
these guys from?

Speaking of 'Prime Time', what church does Brother Love represent? I'd
like to join it. What a miracle! Perhaps along with bodybuilding,
Vince could start up some kind of faith healing traveling show. He could
start collecting un-needed wheelchairs, canes, crutches, etc. Maybe
even a line of WWF Healing buddies?

Nicholas J. Simicich;?

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Feb 2, 1991, 9:11:18 PM2/2/91
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In article <1991Jan30.2...@informix.com> ro...@informix.com (Robert Schneider) writes:

>How can you even speak of jobbers without mentioning
>.
>.
>.
>The "Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz. Yessir, the Rodster lived up to his
>monicker, attacking opponents on the runway, during the introduction,
>or sometimes, not at all.

He seems to be running a wrestling school in Brooklyn these days. I
saw a show he put on about a year or a year and a half ago.

Sean P. Ryan, Hardcore Alaskan

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Feb 3, 1991, 5:49:40 AM2/3/91
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In article <1991Jan29.1...@watmath.waterloo.edu>, hek...@watmsg.uwaterloo.ca (Herb Kunze) writes...

Not surprising to me. The majority of this group seems content to
ignore Japan (and anything outside WWF/NWA for that matter). The lack
of depth in the results shown above does seem to confirm that.

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In article <1991Jan30.2...@informix.com>, ro...@informix.com (Robert Schneider) writes...

>
>Future jobber hall of fame member: Izzy Slapowitz - making his debut
>on The Weasel and Gorilla show this week. Where does Wince get
>these guys from?

Izzy Slapowitz was a jobber in the AWA and for the Tunneys in Toronto
during the late 70's and early 80's. He also worked for Angelo Poffo's
ICW as a manager around 1981 or 82, managing the "Devil's Duo"
(perennial jobbers Doug Vines and Jeff Sword). He has been away from
wrestling since 1983 or 84; the Apter magazines once claimed that his
absence from the ring was due to his being in Israel on a kibbutz.

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