1994 r.s.p-w Year-End Achievement Awards Results - [3/4]

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Worst Wrestling Gimmick
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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
1993: Doink the Clown

This Year's Winner: Doink the Clown

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 55 (= 275 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 51 (= 153 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 44 (= 88 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

12 4 5 82 Doink the Clown
5 11 4 66 Duke "The Dumpster" Droese
6 7 2 55 Bastion Booger
7 2 6 53 Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz
6 2 2 40 Dink
6 1 0 33 Undertaker
3 5 0 30 Hulk Hogan
2 3 3 25 Bob "Spark Plug" Holly (Thurman "Sparky" Plugg)
3 0 3 21 Honky Tonk Man
0 3 3 15 Guardian Angel
1 1 2 12 Dave Sullivan
1 1 0 8 Adam Bomb
0 2 0 6 Jeff Jarrett
0 0 3 6 I.R.S.
1 0 0 5 Razor Ramon
0 1 1 5 Prince Kharis
1 0 0 5 Kwang
1 0 0 5 Johnny B. Badd
0 1 1 5 Jim Duggan
0 0 2 4 Yokozuna
0 0 2 4 1-2-3 Kid
0 1 0 3 Stars & Stripes: Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Patriot
0 1 0 3 Smoking Gunns: Billy & Bart Gunn
0 1 0 3 Meng
0 1 0 3 King Kong Bundy
0 1 0 3 Jerry Lawler
0 1 0 3 Gangstas
0 1 0 3 Avalanche
0 0 1 2 Lex Luger
0 0 1 2 Dusty Rhodes
0 0 1 2 Butcher
0 0 1 2 Bunkhouse Buck
0 0 1 2 Bob Backlund
0 0 0 0 Warlord
0 0 0 0 Public Enemy
0 0 0 0 PG-13
0 0 0 0 Maxx Payne
0 0 0 0 Big Slammer

PANKAJ DOSHI: 1) Doink. Sorry, but a clown in wrestling is just sick and
wrong. 2) Duke "The Dumpster" Droese. The WWF's "occupational" gimmicks
are really bad, and this was one of the worst. At least Bob Holly "is
taking his gimmick seriously," (from the back page of the 5/30 WON). Are
the fans really supposed to believe that an ordinary garbage man would be
skilled enough to become a professional wrestler?
3) Irwin R. Schyster. Another bad "occupational" gimmick.
Like this one, I voted all WWF for most of the "worst" categories.
The WWF has been gradually improving since they began pushing Michaels,
the Harts, Waltman, et al. based on workrate, but it's still pretty bad.

TREVOR BARRIE: Same story as with worst heel, but more so ... the WWF
churns out so many stupid gimmicks that picking three is almost impossible.
[1:Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz, 2:Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, 3:Bob
"Sparkplug" Holly]

OTTO HEUER: Gawd it's hard not to include characters like Doink the Clown,
but with the gems that Unca Vinnie came up with this year (The Dumpster,
Abe Schwartz, Bastion Booger), Doink didn't even make my list!

HERB KUNZE: For me, this goes to gimmicks which hurt the wrestling.
That means Undertaker gets first and Doink gets second. Third goes
to Prince Kharis. At least in the third case, SMW realized that the
gimmick was not working and got rid of it quickly. Still, while it
was around the TV show was terrible whenever Kharis appeared.

WOJO: (Dink, Meng, Caning matches) Dink and Meng are obvious wastes.
The ECW promoting these lame matches is a joke.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Whew, something stinks. Oh wait, that's Duke
Droese's gimmick.

Worst Wrestling Move
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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
1993: Crush's Compactor head-vise

This Year's Winner: Hulk Hogan's leg drop

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 53 (= 265 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 44 (= 132 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 41 (= 82 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

24 8 5 154 Hulk Hogan's leg drop
4 12 7 70 Jim Duggan's three-point-stance clothesline
4 4 6 44 Crush's Compactor head-vise
3 1 5 28 Lex Luger's forearm
3 2 1 23 Duke Droese's high spinning elbow
0 5 2 19 Dusty Rhodes' bionic elbow
2 2 1 18 Bob Backlund's cross face chicken wing
2 1 1 15 Undertaker's choke
2 0 2 14 Undertaker's zombie sit-up
1 1 1 10 Honky Tonk Man's Shake, Rattle, & Roll neck breaker
1 0 2 9 Doink's butt drop
0 2 0 6 Bret Hart's Sharpshooter
0 1 1 5 Yokozuna's butt drop
1 0 0 5 Tatanka's chops
0 1 1 5 Perro Aguayo's foot stomp on stomach
1 0 0 5 Perro Aguayo's butt drop dive off the apron
1 0 0 5 Dave Sullivan's leg-drop
1 0 0 5 Crush's heart punch
1 0 0 5 Bunkhouse Buck's punch
1 0 0 5 Anything Mabel does (inadmissable?)
1 0 0 5 Antonio Inoki's choke sleeper
0 1 0 3 Razor Ramon's cover
0 1 0 3 Duke Droese's tilt-a-whirl side slam
0 1 0 3 Diesel's foot to the face
0 1 0 3 Bushwhacker's battering ram
0 0 1 2 Undertaker's tombstone piledriver
0 0 1 2 Steve Austin's "That's A Wrap" standing figure
four leg lock
0 0 1 2 Lex Luger's Rebel Rack backbreaker
0 0 1 2 Hulk Hogan's double noggin knocker
0 0 1 2 Anything Jerry Lawler does
0 0 1 2 Adam Bomb's Atom Smasher
0 0 0 0 Bruiser Bedlam's stomach claw

PAUL HERZOG: I remember when Backlund's chicken-wing cross-face looked
painful. Crush's compactor head-vise is ridiculous, and Hogan's leg drop
is one of the all-time classic examples of truly pathetic.

HERB KUNZE: Every time Undertaker does a zombie sit-up, if other people
are in the room I've got to try to explain it and if nobody's around
I check to make sure I got off lucky. It's absolutely the worst spot
to explain since it insults the intelligence of anybody with half a
brain. UT's choke gets second. Third goes to Backlund's "New Generation"
chicken wing. When he last used it, at least it seemed legit and probably
unbreakable. Now it looks stupid.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Who would have thought Crush would augment his
award-winning head vice with an even more inane heart punch? Bravo,
Crush, you get Number 1 *and* 2!

Worst Match
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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)
1993: 04/04/93: Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania IX)

This Year's Winner: 09/18/94: Jim Duggan vs. Steve Austin, Fall Brawl

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 50 (= 250 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 43 (= 129 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 32 (= 64 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

17 6 3 109 09/18/94: Jim Duggan vs. Steve Austin, Fall Brawl
4 9 3 53 11/24/93: Bam Bam Bigelow & Bastion Booger
& Headshrinkers vs. 4 Doinks, Survivor Series
4 4 4 40 08/29/94: Undertaker vs. Undertaker, SummerSlam
7 1 0 38 01/22/94: Yokozuna vs. Undertaker, Royal Rumble
3 1 5 28 05/ /94: Earthquake vs. Yokozuna (sumo rules),
Monday Night Raw TV
2 4 0 22 06/19/94: Roddy Piper vs. Jerry Lawler, King of the Ring
4 0 0 20 10/23/94: Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair, Halloween Havoc
2 1 1 15 08/24/94: Steve Regal vs. Antonio Inoki, Clash XXVIII
1 1 3 14 11/10/93: Hawk vs. Rick Rude, Clash XXV
2 1 0 13 11/ /93: Doink vs. Bastion Booger, Survivor Showdown
1 2 1 13 03/20/94: Men on a Mission vs. The Quebecers,
WrestleMania
1 2 0 11 ?? : Typhoon vs. Yokozuna
1 1 1 10 08/24/94: Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair, Clash XXVIII
0 3 0 9 07/17/94: Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair, Bash at the Beach
1 0 0 5 07/17/94: Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan
vs. Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma,
Bash at the Beach
0 1 1 5 06/19/94: I.R.S. vs. Mabel, King of The Ring
0 1 0 3 09/02/94: Michael Hayes vs. Black Bart
0 1 0 3 08/24/94: Dustin Rhodes & Dusty Rhodes
vs. Bunkhouse Buck & Terry Funk, Clash XXVIII
0 1 0 3 04/04/94: Shinya Hashimoto vs. Tatsumi Fujinami,
04/16/94 TV
0 1 0 3 03/20/94: Earthquake vs. Adam Bomb, WrestleMania
0 1 0 3 03/20/94: Doink & Dink vs. Luna Vachon & Bam Bam Bigelow
0 1 0 3 02/20/94: Steve Regal vs. Arn Anderson, SuperBrawl
0 0 1 2 11/20/93: Dustin Rhodes & King Kong
vs. Equalizer & Awesome Kong, BattleBowl
0 0 1 2 10/23/94: Nasty Boys vs. Terry Funk & Bunkhouse Buck
0 0 1 2 10/23/94: Kevin Sullivan vs. Dave Sullivan,
Halloween Havoc
0 0 1 2 08/29/94: Headshrinkers vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & I.R.S.,
SummerSlam
0 0 1 2 06/19/94: Bret Hart vs. Diesel, King of the Ring
0 0 1 2 06/03/94: Yokozuna vs. Mabel, Revenge Tour, Milan, Italy
0 0 1 2 06/ /94: Crush vs. Tatanka (lumberjack),
Monday Night Raw
0 0 1 2 05/22/94: Larry Zbyszko vs. Steve Regal, Slamboree
0 0 1 2 03/20/94: Yokozuna vs. Lex Luger, WrestleMania
0 0 1 2 03/20/94: Yokozuna vs. Bret Hart, WrestleMania
0 0 0 0 ?? : Konnan vs. El Vampiro Canadiense
0 0 0 0 05/22/94: Dustin Rhodes vs. Bunkhouse Buck, Slamboree

TREVOR BARRIE: I saw a lot of bad matches this year, but nothing came
close to the crap that was Undertaker-Undertaker. Even the Undertaker
fans I know agree that this match sucked.

PAUL HERZOG: Duggan taking the U.S. title at Fall Brawl was one of the
biggest insults I've ever seen, and a slap in the face to Steve Austin,
one of the few talents that WCW has left. The other two involve a gimmick
that has long worn its welcome: the Undertaker. Undertaker v. Yokozuna
was an insult to anyone over the age of 10 or IQ of 50. Undertaker v.
Undertaker, was, well, the same thing.

OTTO HEUER: Gawd... there were just too many to choose from this year!
That's a really baaaaad sign. Any reason this category wasn't split into
North American and non-North American?

HERB KUNZE: First is easy: Undertaker vs. Yokozuna at the Rumble. Watching
UT get killed and float away with Vince yelling "He's levitating!" while
we could all see the cables was a little too much. I'm sure that the
double UT match would get second had I seen it, but the Rumble was enough
for me to swear off WWF PPVs. Second goes to the 4 Doinks fiasco at
Survivor Series. That was also unpardonable. Third goes to the
BattleBowl match that had Dustin & one Kong vs. Equalizer & another
Kong. This was the worst WCW match of the year with practically
every spot blown by the three non-wrestlers of the four.

GIANLUCA MILANDRI: The Yoko vs. Mabel match was a very very stupid one,
because it went for over 15 minutes with the two fat guys using only
their belly to manhandle their opponent down! It was an easy -*** match

WOJO: I almost fell asleep watching Regal and Inoki doing wrestling moves
for 5 minutes. Dusty was awful, and Duggan winning the title is a a last
minute schedling was terrible.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Duggan/Austin in 4? seconds was the Hogan/Yokozuna
of '94, but it probably won't win, although it deserves to.

Worst Feud
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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
1993: The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez

This Year's Winner: Doink vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 52 (= 260 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 41 (= 123 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 42 (= 84 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

10 6 4 76 Doink vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
5 6 11 65 Undertaker vs. Undertaker
6 5 2 49 Jim Duggan vs. Steve Austin
6 2 3 42 Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair
3 6 3 39 Jerry Lawler vs. Duke Droese
5 2 1 33 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
2 2 2 20 Jerry Lawler vs. Doink
2 2 2 20 Jeff Jarrett vs. Mabel
1 2 2 15 Typhoon vs. Yokozuna
2 0 0 10 Yokozuna vs. Earthquake
2 0 0 10 Roddy Piper vs. Jerry Lawler
1 1 1 10 Marcus Bagwell & Patriot vs. Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma
1 0 2 9 Lex Luger vs. Crush
1 1 0 8 Undertaker vs. Yokozuna
1 1 0 8 Johnny B. Badd vs. Steve Regal
0 1 1 5 Vader vs. Guardian Angel
1 0 0 5 Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna
0 1 1 5 Lex Luger vs. Ted DiBiase & co.
1 0 0 5 Lex Luger vs. Curt Hennig
1 0 0 5 Kevin Sullivan vs. Dave Sullivan
1 0 0 5 Johnny B. Badd vs. Honky Tonk Man
0 1 1 5 Hulk Hogan & co. vs. Three Faces of Fear: Butcher,
Avalanche, Kevin Sullivan
0 1 0 3 Razor Ramon vs. I.R.S.
0 1 0 3 Dusty Rhodes vs. The Assassin
0 0 1 2 Undertaker vs. I.R.S.
0 0 1 2 Sting vs. Rick Rude
0 0 1 2 Shane Douglas vs. Ric Flair (inadmissable?
no matches.)
0 0 1 2 Ric Flair vs. Rick Steamboat
0 0 1 2 Larry Zbyszko vs. Steve Regal
0 0 1 2 Jeff Jarrett vs. Doink

DON DEL GRANDE: After the Perfect screwjob on Luger at WrestleMania, did
Luger and Perfect ever wrestle each other before Perfect left?

PAUL HERZOG: Doink v. Bam Bam Bigelow was the worst: yeah, let's have
Bigelow, one of the great talents in this business, be afraid of a
midget with a bucket of water. Yeah, whatever. Undertaker v. Undertaker
was executed wrong in every regard and drawn out about 3 months too long
to attempt to coincide with some Domino's promotion. And Jerry Lawler
having to apologize for hitting Duke Droese with a trashcan. Hey, fuck you.

HERB KUNZE: Undertaker vs. Yokozuna gets first place. The build up was
unbelievable and terrible and the match they delivered stunk. Second
goes to UT vs. UT. I didn't see the match, but the build was all
screwed up. Third goes to Lawler vs. Doink, which I can't believe
anybody over 5 wanted to see.

SCOTT KEITH: Waaaaaaay back when, there was info leaked from
WCW that one of the matches at a PPV would be the new team of Stars and
Stripes challenging the new WCW tag team champs, Pretty Wonderful.
About 90% of the net commented that this was typical WCW, shoving a
meaningless feud down our throats with no backgroud preparation or
reasonable dislike between the parties involved. Herb immediately
jumped in and defended WCW, saying that for all we knew they could come
up with a whiz-bang angle to beat all angles and make this the hottest
feud of the year, or words to that effect. Well, they didn't and Herb
was wrong. Nothing personal, but it had to be said. We have now had
about a million matches between the two teams, featuring some awful
matches and two title changes that were totally meaningless, and I still
don't get it. Why is WCW pushing this feud when a) the fans don't care,
b) the teams involved don't care and c) anyone other than a or b isn't
going to be brought into the "feud" with the total lack of storyline
present. After two PPV's, four matches on WCW TV and a couple of
Clashes, ENOUGH ALREADY! This whole stupid series of matches summarizes
WCW's attitude recently: Think of a stupid feud and shove it down our
throats whether we like it or not. And if you couldn't tell already, I
voted this masterpiece of mediocrity as among the worst Angle and Feud
of the year. Congrats, WCW, you've done it again.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: All three of my picks produced NO watchable matches,
so you can probably figure out what they were...or can you?

Most Disappointing News item
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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
1993: WWF brings Hulk Hogan back and gives him the title

This Year's Winner: WCW signs Hulk Hogan and makes him World champion

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 59 (= 295 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 50 (= 150 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 44 (= 88 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

23 9 6 154 WCW signs Hulk Hogan and makes him World champion
10 6 4 76 WCW's Ric Flair will retire this year; how it was done
5 3 5 44 New Japan's Jushin Liger breaks his leg
2 7 4 39 WCW brings in Jim Duggan and pushes him to US Title
2 4 2 26 WCW's Rick Steamboat suffers potentially
career-ending injury
2 2 4 24 WCW can't get Hulk Hogan to job for Ric Flair at Clash
of Champions XXVIII
2 3 1 21 WCW loses Cactus Jack
3 1 0 18 All Japan's TV drops to 30 minutes
0 2 5 16 WCW brings in Honky Tonk Man
0 2 4 14 WCW will extend Hulk Hogan's contract
1 1 1 10 WCW brings Dusty Rhodes out of retirement
1 1 1 10 Vince McMahon doesn't get convicted of steroid crimes
1 1 0 8 WWF loses the Steiner brothers
1 1 0 8 WWF loses Jim Ross
1 0 1 7 WWF's Joey Marella dies
0 2 0 6 WWF announces Undertaker vs. Undertaker before
two UTs had appeared
1 0 0 5 WWF's Jacques Rougeau retires
1 0 0 5 WWF doesn't sign Rick Rude
1 0 0 5 WCW lets Hulk Hogan control his scenarios
1 0 0 5 WCW becoming WWF of the 1980s
0 1 1 5 SMW's Heavenly Bodies leave to go to the WWF
1 0 0 5 AAA Galavision time drops to 2 hours
0 1 0 3 WWF's Undertaker taking a vacation
0 1 0 3 WWF hires Charlie Minn
0 1 0 3 ECW not on local TV
0 1 0 3 All Japan Women doesn't bring in Tonya Harding
0 0 1 2 WWF resurrects Undertaker
0 0 1 2 WCW keeps Eric Bischoff in charge
0 0 1 2 WCW doesn't push Jungle Jim Steele
0 0 1 2 Jim Ross suffers health problems
0 0 1 2 Hulk Hogan not implicated in steroid trial
0 0 0 0 WWF brings Nikolai Volkoff out of retirement
0 0 0 0 GWF fires Michael Hayes as booker

OTTO HEUER: The whole year was one big disappointment. A lot of the
disappointing news revolved around two men: Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan.

HERB KUNZE: Injuries and talent movement dominate this category for me.
Liger getting injured wins first place, although in the end the injury
was nowhere near what was first announced. Steamboat's injury gets
second. Third goes to the news that the Bodies would be going to the
WWF, where they've been lost ever since.

WOJO: (Steiners leave WWF, Bodies leave SMW, Marella dies) The WWF lost
their tag team promotion when they left. The SMW needed the heavenly
bodies. And a death of a regular referee is always sad news.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Duggan gets a belt, Hogan gets a parade, WCW gets
the Honky Tonk Man, I get sick.

Most Obnoxious Personality
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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
1993: Vince McMahon

This Year's Winner: Hulk Hogan

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 56 (= 280 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 48 (= 144 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 46 (= 92 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

13 7 4 94 Hulk Hogan
7 12 2 75 Eric Bischoff
8 2 9 64 Vince McMahon
5 4 4 45 Todd Pettingill
3 3 4 32 Gene Okerlund
2 3 2 23 Jim Duggan
2 3 0 19 Dusty Rhodes
1 3 2 18 Dink
3 0 1 17 Jim Cornette
1 3 0 14 Randy Savage
1 1 1 10 Lex Luger
1 0 2 9 Jerry Lawler
1 1 0 8 Johnny Polo
1 1 0 8 Bobby Heenan
1 0 1 7 Shane Douglas
1 0 1 7 Paul Bearer
0 1 2 7 Bret Hart
0 0 3 6 Mr. T
1 0 0 5 Ric Flair
1 0 0 5 Joey Styles
0 1 1 5 Honky Tonk Man
1 0 0 5 Gorilla Monsoon
1 0 0 5 Doink
1 0 0 5 Burt Reynolds (inadmissable?)
0 0 2 4 Tatanka
0 1 0 3 Sting
0 1 0 3 Michael Buffer
0 1 0 3 Charlie Minn
0 0 1 2 Tony Schiavone
0 0 1 2 Ted DiBiase
0 0 1 2 Owen Hart
0 0 1 2 Oscar
0 0 1 2 Matty in the House
0 0 0 0 Nikolai Volokoff

OTTO HEUER: Isn't it amazing that The Huckster hasn't won this one yet?

HERB KUNZE: There sure are a lot! WCW, WWF and ECW could each fill my three
votes with ease. That said, I'll pick one offender from each promotion.
Joey Styles takes first. Gene Okerlund takes second. Ever since his
days in the AWA he's had this annoying habit of pulling the microphone
away from the wrestler he was interviewing to interrupt the finish of
the interview with some inane comment, thus stealing whatever heat the
wrestler had managed to muster. It pisses me off. Third goes to Vince
McMahon just for being Vince.

WOJO: Flair does Woooo and Duggan does Hooo. Lawlers obnoxious by saying
anything.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Eric Bischoff and Gene Okerlund are interchangable,
and make Vince McMahon look like the Pope.

Best Manager
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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
1993: Jim Cornette

This Year's Winner: Jim Cornette

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 57 (= 285 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 50 (= 150 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 45 (= 90 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

23 19 5 182 Jim Cornette
11 13 7 108 Paul E. Dangerously
4 5 5 45 Ted DiBiase
3 2 10 41 Tammy Fytch
2 4 2 26 Sherri Martel
4 0 3 26 Shawn Michaels
2 3 3 25 Johnny Polo
3 1 1 20 Harley Race
1 1 3 14 Paul Bearer
2 0 0 10 Skandor Akbar
1 0 2 9 Woman
1 0 0 5 Lou Albano
0 1 0 3 Mr. Fuji
0 1 0 3 Brandon Baxter
0 0 1 2 Phantasia
0 0 1 2 Jason, the sexiest man on Earth
0 0 1 2 Diamond Doll
0 0 1 2 Colonel Robert Parker
0 0 0 0 Bert Prentice

HERB KUNZE: Jim Cornette is in a class by himself. Sherri Martel earned
second place, often working harder than most of the wrestlers on the
show. Third goes to Paul E.

ANDY PATRIZIO: I had to stretch to come up with three for this one.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Bring back Johnny Polo!

Best Announcer
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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
1993: Jim Ross

This Year's Winner: Jim Ross

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 54 (= 270 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 36 (= 108 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 30 (= 60 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

27 7 4 164 Jim Ross
9 5 4 68 Gordon Solie
5 2 1 33 Akira Fukuzawa (All Japan)
3 0 5 25 Vince McMahon
1 5 2 24 Lance Russell
1 6 0 23 Tony Schiavone
1 3 4 22 Gorilla Monsoon
3 0 3 21 Joey Styles
0 5 3 21 Chris Cruise
1 2 0 11 Arturo Rivera
1 1 0 8 Raymond Rougeau
1 0 0 5 Todd Pettingill
1 0 0 5 Les Thatcher
0 0 2 4 Alfonso Morales
0 0 1 2 Joe Pedicion
0 0 1 2 Eric Bischoff

DON DEL GRANDE: Not much to choose from...

HERB KUNZE: At SMW Fanweek, Ross did the commentary for the big Legends
show. A few days before that show aired, a bunch of the Fanweek crew
got to see the show in advance. Everybody in the room made a comment
about Ross' commentary being fantastic and that it was good to hear
him calling "realistic" pro-wrestling again. Commentators are a bad
crew these days and Ross was lost in the WWF, but still good. He gets
first. I want to vote fo Akira Fukuzawa from All Japan for second
since he calls moves clearly, although I understand nothing but the
move names and the wrestler names. Chris Cruise was very good at the
AAA show and better in that one performance than anybody else was all
year.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Bring back Jim Ross!

Best Colour Commentator
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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
1993: Jesse Ventura

This Year's Winner: Bobby Heenan

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 55 (= 275 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 46 (= 138 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 39 (= 78 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

18 12 9 144 Bobby Heenan
18 12 6 138 Jesse Ventura
5 6 5 53 Jerry Lawler
1 5 3 26 Jim Ross
2 1 4 21 Larry Zbyszko
2 2 0 16 Gorilla Monsoon
1 1 3 14 Johnny Polo
2 1 0 13 Ramon Castillo
2 0 0 10 Mike Tenay
1 0 2 9 Skandor Akbar
1 1 0 8 Jim Cornette
1 1 0 8 Dutch Mantell
0 1 2 7 Terry Taylor
0 1 2 7 Ted DiBiase
1 0 0 5 Les Thatcher
0 0 2 4 Randy Savage
0 1 0 3 Bob Caudle
0 1 0 3 Bastion Booger
0 0 1 2 Dusty Rhodes
0 0 0 0 Steve Regal (UK TV)

HERB KUNZE: There are very few that are good here, too, since joke-cracking
has replaced talking about the match. Jesse takes first, and Mantell
takes second. I'll give third to Larry Zbyszko, since there's no other
realistic competition.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Monsoon is even better as a colour commentator,
to those of us who like him. Bastion Booger was the best guest
commentator RAW ever had. Believe it or not, I didn't put Johnny Polo
in here. I couldn't stand the sound effects generator.

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
1993: Ric Flair

This Year's Winner: Ric Flair

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 63 (= 315 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 40 (= 120 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 43 (= 86 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

23 4 1 129 Ric Flair
4 5 4 43 Jim Cornette
5 3 3 40 Shawn Michaels
4 3 2 33 Cactus Jack
3 3 4 32 Terry Funk
2 4 3 28 Bob Backlund
3 1 2 22 Arn Anderson
0 3 4 17 Shane Douglas
0 3 4 17 Paul E. Dangerously
2 1 1 15 Vader
3 0 0 15 New Jack
1 2 1 13 Quebecers
1 1 2 12 Bret Hart
2 0 0 10 Ted DiBiase
1 1 1 10 Steve Austin
2 0 0 10 Jake Roberts
1 0 1 7 Public Enemy
0 1 2 7 Curt Hennig
0 1 1 5 Skandor Akbar
1 0 0 5 Rick Rude
1 0 0 5 Mikey Whipreck
1 0 0 5 Johnny B. Badd
1 0 0 5 Jim Duggan
1 0 0 5 Jerry Lawler
1 0 0 5 Hulk Hogan
0 0 2 4 Undertaker
0 0 2 4 Steve Regal
0 1 0 3 Shawn Michaels & Diesel
0 1 0 3 Razor Ramon
0 1 0 3 Johnny Polo
0 1 0 3 Dusty Rhodes
0 0 1 2 Owen Hart
0 0 1 2 Nasty Boys
0 0 1 2 Jungle Jim Steele
0 0 0 0 Road Warrior Hawk
0 0 0 0 Diesel

HERB KUNZE: From the Vader program, to Steamboat, to Hogan, Flair was the
best this year. Jim Cornette gets second. Those two are in a class
by themselves. Cactus is good, Paul E. is good, Shane is good. In the
end, I went with the newcomer New Jack for third. I stop to listen
to every one of his interviews. The line at the Legends show was
great: "You silenced Martin Luther King, you silenced Medgar Evers,
and now you've silenced Arsenio Hall!"

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Backlund is the only guy I bothered to transcribe
for r.s.p-w. Nuff said.

Best Angle
----------

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"
1993: WWF brings in Sean Waltman as 1-2-3 Kid

This Year's Winner: Shane Douglas forfeits NWA title moments after winning it

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 49 (= 245 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 43 (= 129 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 35 (= 70 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

8 1 4 51 Shane Douglas forfeits NWA title moments after
winning it
5 4 2 41 Tatanka turns heel on Lex Luger
4 3 3 35 Owen Hart and Bret Hart have family feud
5 0 3 31 Jeff Jarrett dresses as Doink and destroys Dink
3 4 0 27 Los Gringos Locos dress as Los Payasos and destroy
Perro Aguayo
3 2 2 25 Cactus Jack & Mikey Whipreck win ECW tag titles
1 5 2 24 Jerry Lawler interviews "Rowdy Roddy Piper" on Raw
3 3 0 24 Bob Backlund snaps and claims he's still the WWF
champion
4 0 1 22 Mikey Whipreck wins TV Title and "defends" it
0 1 6 15 I.R.S. destroys Tatanka's headdress
1 3 0 14 Steve Regal insults Larry Zbyszko during an interview
2 1 0 13 Bob Armstrong resigns as commissioner after Jim Cornette
bloodies him
1 1 2 12 Gangstas destroy Rick Morton of the Rock'n'Roll Express
1 2 0 11 Arn Anderson turns on Dustin Rhodes
1 1 0 8 Two Royal Rumble winners leads to double main event
at WrestleMania
1 1 0 8 Sherri Martel pretends to side with Sting, then
costs him the title
1 0 1 7 Vader vs. Ric Flair build-up for Starrcade
0 1 2 7 Vader defeats Takada at UWFi tournament
1 0 1 7 Masked man injures Hulk Hogan's knee; unveiled
as Brutus Beefcake
1 0 1 7 Heavenly Bodies vs. Rock'n'Roll Express loser leaves
town
0 2 0 6 Sabu & Paul E. Dangerously turn on Shane Douglas
1 0 0 5 Jim Neidhart turns on Bret Hart
1 0 0 5 Cactus Jack trashes WCW Tag Team belts in an ECW
interview
1 0 0 5 Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan team up
0 0 2 4 Dusty Rhodes asks his son if he can be his tag partner
0 1 0 3 Ted DiBiase unveils the "real" Undertaker
0 1 0 3 Sandman's career ending eye injury
0 1 0 3 Sandman turns heel
0 1 0 3 Public Enemy spray paint Terry Funk's barn
0 1 0 3 Jerry Lawler demoralizes Dink
0 1 0 3 Freebirds turn heel in GWF
0 1 0 3 Bob Backlund puts Lou Gionnfrido in the chicken wing
0 1 0 3 911 throat slamming everyone in sight
(probably inadmissable)
0 0 1 2 Undertaker "dies" at the Royal Rumble
0 0 1 2 Terry Funk gives the ECW Title to Shane Douglas
0 0 1 2 Ric Flair turns (sort of) on Rick Steamboat

IRON FOOT: There seems to be a lot of creativity outside of the Big Two. Say
what you will about ECW but they do run angles quite well and the
wrestling (and definitely the brawling) are first-rate. It's a very
creative promotion - both in and out of the ring. I see the same thing
over in All Japan with the big push for Williams and then for Kawada;
I'm happy to see Misawa on the periphery for now.
Even the WWF has done some nice things. The Diesel, Michaels, Ramon,
123Kid grouping has done some nice things, and the Hart v. Hart feud has
produced some nice things. And for what it's worth, I've always like Bob
Backlund and for whatever reason, I do like the heel turn. I can't
forgive them for the Royal Rumble though.

HERB KUNZE: The SMW storyline where R'n'R faced the Bodies with the loser
having to leave was fantastic and gave us the best 10 minutes of TV
this year. The Bodies leaving wins here. Bob Armstrong resigning
as commissioner after getting pummelled by Cornette & co. was also
great. Mikey Whipreck's TV title reign was also great and takes
third.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: My top two demoralize Dink. I hope that doesn't
make me a heightist.

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
1993: SMW

This Year's Winner: ECW

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 54 (= 270 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 45 (= 135 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 37 (= 74 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

14 10 4 108 ECW
16 4 4 100 WWF
4 9 12 71 SMW
5 8 3 55 AAA
4 4 4 40 All Japan Women
3 5 1 32 WCW
4 2 1 28 All Japan
1 2 3 17 GWF
2 0 1 12 New Japan
0 1 2 7 USWA
1 0 0 5 PWA
0 0 1 2 Pancrase
0 0 1 2 GLWA (huh?)

OTTO HEUER: Amazing how WCW didn't even get NOMINATED this year! Also
amazing how no promotion has won this award twice (if we count NWA and
WCW as two different promotions).

HERB KUNZE: I never have to enter into the WCW vs. WWF battle since they
are both far removed from my top three. First goes to All Japan Women,
second to All Japan, and third to SMW. AAA probably deserves to be in
there, but I didn't see enough of it.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: The WWF is *the* best federation in the world.
Oh, you knew I'd say that. Rest in Peace, Global.

Best TV Show
------------

Award Description:
To be given to what is on average the best wrestling TV show.
In 1994, TV shows and major shows were given separate award
categories.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: WCW & New Japan Supershow, Tokyo, 03/21/91 (aired on tape)
1993: WWF Monday Night RAW weekly TV

This Year's Winner: WWF Monday Night Raw

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 54 (= 270 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 43 (= 129 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 39 (= 78 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

24 5 4 143 WWF Monday Night Raw
8 7 4 69 WCW Saturday Night
5 9 3 58 ECW TV
4 3 7 43 SMW TV
0 9 4 35 WWF Superstars
3 1 4 26 New Japan TV
3 3 1 26 AAA TV on Galavision
2 1 1 15 All Japan Women TV
2 1 1 15 All Japan TV
1 1 1 10 WCW World Wide
0 3 0 9 GWF TV
1 0 1 7 WCW Main Event
1 0 0 5 Prime Time Wrestling (which promotion?)
0 0 2 4 WWF Action Zone
0 0 2 4 WCW Pro Wrestling
0 0 1 2 WWF Wrestling Challenge
0 0 1 2 USWA TV
0 0 1 2 ESPN reruns (inadmissable?)
0 0 1 2 Champ Forum

HERB KUNZE: We finally get RAW on TV up here and I have to say it was
disappointing so far. I don't get what the fuss is about. ECW TV
is amateurishly produced and filled with repeated material all chopped
up. After watching 10 weeks of the TV show, you could learn all the
words to "Ruffneck." No, first goes to All Japan, which on a weekly
basis recognizes what quality matches are. New Japan is too inconsistent
to rate. AJW TV is great when it airs and takes second. SMW TV is
my favourite North American hour and takes third.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Monday Night Raw, while deteriorated, is still
the best hour on television. The Action Zone has given us some
quality matches, but we'll see how well it does after a year.

Best Major Show
---------------

Award Description:
To be given to the best major event. This could be a pay-per-view,
a TV special, or any big arena event. In 1994, TV shows and major
shows were given separate award categories.

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: 03/20/94: WWF WrestleMania X

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 52 (= 260 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 43 (= 129 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 37 (= 74 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

16 1 3 89 03/20/94: WWF WrestleMania X
11 3 2 68 04/17/94: WCW Spring Stampede
5 4 0 37 04/16/94: New Japan Super J Cup
3 3 6 36 03/05/94: WCW All Nighter
4 2 3 32 11/06/94: AAA's When Worlds Collide
0 8 3 30 05/22/94: WCW Slamboree
2 4 2 26 01/22/94: WWF Royal Rumble
3 3 0 24 12/10/93: All Japan Women's tag tourney final
3 1 1 20 06/24/94: ECW Hostile City Showdon
1 2 3 17 08/29/94: WWF SummerSlam
2 0 3 16 05/15/94: AAA Triplemania II-B
0 3 3 15 08/27/94: ECW's NWA Tournament
0 4 1 14 12/27/93: WCW Starrcade
1 1 2 12 06/23/94: WCW Clash of Champions XXVII
1 0 0 5 09/23/94: UWF Blackjack Brawl
0 1 1 5 06/19/94: WWF King of the Ring
0 0 2 4 08/05/94: SMW Night of the Legends
0 1 0 3 11/23/93: WWF Survivor Series
0 1 0 3 08/18/94: UWFi World Championship final
0 1 0 3 02/05/94: ECW Night The Line Was Crossed
0 0 1 2 10/23/94: WCW Halloween Havoc
0 0 1 2 08/24/94: All Japan Women

OTTO HEUER: I voted for the WCW all-Nighter. I wish they had run more
of these (it cost Turner next to nothing to churn out and brought in
VERY good ratings). My guess as to why they don't: it shows how
shitty wrestling is in the 1990s.

HERB KUNZE: The best major shows were the 12/10/93 AJW tag tourney final
and the New Japan Super J tourney. No match on either show was under
*** and most were over ****. A lot of people will vote for WrestleMania
because it had two match of the year candidates, forgetting or ignoring
that it had 2 other hours of crap. I was going to vote for Spring
Stampede third, but in all honesty the AJW show from 08/24/94 was far
better. I don't know if it's fair to call this a major show, but
I'm picking it third.

BRUCE McGEORGE: If it wouldn't have been for the AAA PPV at the last
minute, I would have only voted for 2 major shows (Spring Stampede,
ECW Hostile City Showdown). That's pretty sad.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: WrestleMania X probably won't be matched for
quite a while.

Best Promotional Move
---------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the best move made by a promotion this past year. This
could include giving somebody a push, demoting someone, firing someone
hiring someone, or anything of a promotional nature.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: WWF signs Ric Flair
1992: WCW signs Jake Roberts
1993: WWF works with SMW & USWA

This Year's Winner: WWF pushes Bret Hart as champion again

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 53 (= 265 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 44 (= 132 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 36 (= 72 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

6 1 3 39 WWF pushes Bret Hart as champion again
7 1 0 38 WCW brings in Hulk Hogan and boosts ratings
4 4 2 36 WWF pushes 1-2-3 Kid
5 3 1 36 WWF drops Hulk Hogan
4 3 2 33 ECW uses Cactus Jack
2 4 2 26 WWF teams Shawn Michaels & Diesel as tag champs
2 4 2 26 AAA runs a PPV
2 3 2 23 WWF pushes Owen Hart as a heel feuding with Bret
1 3 2 18 New Japan showcases outside Jr. Heavyweight talent
2 2 1 18 All Japan gives Steve Williams the Triple Crown
2 2 0 16 WWF turns Bob Backlund heel
0 3 1 11 WWF promotes "New Generation" to bash Hulk Hogan
1 1 1 10 ECW becomes Extreme Championship Wrestling
1 0 2 9 WWF re-hires Jim Ross as an announcer during Vince
McMahon's absence
1 0 2 9 WCW strikes a deal to help AAA run PPV
0 1 3 9 WCW fires Sid Vicious
1 0 1 7 GWF signs the Freebirds
0 2 0 6 SMW uses Terry Funk
1 0 0 5 WWF's Vince McMahon clears his name in steroid
trial
1 0 0 5 WWF sends wrestlers to USWA
1 0 0 5 WWF promotes special Jacques Rougeau retirement
show in Montreal
1 0 0 5 WCW signs Terry Funk
1 0 0 5 WCW fires Sid Vicious
1 0 0 5 WCW fires Greg Gagne
1 0 0 5 WCW books two hardcore style PPVs
1 0 0 5 WCW & ECW share talent
0 1 1 5 USWA brings in Sid Vicious
1 0 0 5 Tonya Harding accompanies Love Machine to the ring
in Oregon
1 0 0 5 SMW brings in Cactus Jack
1 0 0 5 ECW showcases independent talent
1 0 0 5 ECW promotes outside of its area
0 1 0 3 WWF gives Roddy Piper a video segment on All American
Wrestling
0 1 0 3 WWF gets more high flyers
0 1 0 3 WWF brings in Jim Neidhart & Davey Boy Smith to push
Hart family feud
0 1 0 3 WCW runs Slamboree
0 1 0 3 ECW turns Sandman heel
0 1 0 3 ECW books hardcore style shows
0 0 1 2 WWF runs a ladder match between Shawn Michaels
& Razor Ramon at WrestleMania
0 0 1 2 WWF renames Thurman "Sparky" Plugg to Bob "Spark
Plug" Holly
0 0 1 2 WWF dumps the second Undertaker
0 0 1 2 WWF brings in Bull Nakano
0 0 1 2 WCW re-signs Steve Austin
0 0 1 2 ECW shoots on NWA
0 0 1 2 ECW brings in Dean Malenko
0 0 1 2 AAA turns Konnan heel
0 0 0 0 WWN bring in recognizable talent and tries to get
off the ground
0 0 0 0 WWF airs "Memory Lane" matches on All American
0 0 0 0 Promoting wrestling video games
0 0 0 0 ECW uses 2 Cold Scorpio

HERB KUNZE: New Japan creating possible contenders for the IWGP Jr.
Title by showcasing other lighter talent was a very smart move.
It increased interest in the lighter guys to the point that the
fans become almost disinterested in the heavyweights! Hopefully,
New Japan will realize that there is an untapped interest there
again and re-push the Jr. feuds with Liger, Benoit, and Sasuke
amongst others headlining. All Japan giving Steve Williams the
title was smart since it created some interesting pairings.
The WWF finally pushing Owen hard was great and takes third.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: The Jacques Rougeau retirement was brilliant.
Too bad they restricted it to a local market, but it was the right
thing to do.

Worst Manager
-------------

Award Description:
To be given to the manager whose presence at ringside and during
interviews is really unnecessary. This person does little to enhance
the matches in which his/her wrestler(s) participates.

Previous Winners:
1990: Mr. Fuji
1991: Coach John Tolos
1992: Harvey Wippleman
1993: Harvey Wippleman

This Year's Winner: Harvey Wippleman

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 57 (= 285 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 48 (= 144 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 40 (= 80 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

10 7 6 83 Harvey Wippleman
7 12 5 81 Oscar
10 5 5 75 Jimmy Hart
8 7 3 67 Mr. Fuji
6 2 1 38 Paul Bearer
2 4 5 32 Sir William (Dundee)
5 1 0 28 Baboose & Billy James (Pat)
2 4 2 26 Colonel Robert Parker
1 1 0 8 Sherri Martel
1 1 0 8 Johnny Polo
1 1 0 8 Jim Cornette
0 1 2 7 Walter Payton
1 0 1 7 Harley Race
0 0 3 6 Ted DiBiase
1 0 0 5 Scott Bowden
1 0 0 5 Mr. Lotts (USWA)
1 0 0 5 Lou Albano
0 0 2 4 Teddy Long
0 1 0 3 T.R. Schott
0 1 0 3 Slick
0 0 1 2 Missy Hyatt
0 0 1 2 Masked Assassin
0 0 1 2 Luna Vachon
0 0 1 2 Jackie Goldman
0 0 1 2 Hunter Q. Robbins
0 0 0 0 Skandor Akbar

DON DEL GRANDE: (#3: Sir William) Needless to say, a quick check in
Whitaker's Almanack shows that nobody named William Dundee is currently
a Knight, any more than anybody named either Steve Regal or Alfred Hayes
has a peerage (lordship)

HERB KUNZE: Mr. Fuji is the worst since he serves no purpose. Every other
manager at least talks on a microphone. Of those talkers, the worst are
Harvey Wippleman and Jimmy Hart.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: What does Jimmy Hart do exactly?

Worst Announcer
---------------

This Year's Winner: Eric Bischoff

Previous Winners:
1990: Vince McMahon
1991: Vince McMahon
1992: Vince McMahon
1993: Vince McMahon

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 52 (= 260 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 44 (= 132 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 39 (= 78 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

13 8 8 105 Eric Bischoff
13 7 5 96 Vince McMahon
8 11 4 81 Todd Pettingill
5 4 3 43 Gene Okerlund
0 7 3 27 Tony Schiavone
2 1 5 23 Gorilla Monsoon
3 0 1 17 Joey Styles
2 0 3 16 Stan Lane
2 2 0 16 Gordon Solie
2 1 1 15 Lance Russell
1 1 0 8 Doyle King
0 1 1 5 Charlie Minn
1 0 0 5 Bob Caudle
0 1 0 3 Alfred Hayes
0 0 1 2 Willie Watts
0 0 1 2 Matty in the House
0 0 1 2 Jay Sulli
0 0 1 2 Dave Brown
0 0 1 2 Chris Cruise

OTTO HEUER: Gee. Vince has won four straight years. Care to make it
five? :-)

HERB KUNZE: Joey Styles takes my first place vote because he annoys me.
I know he pushes the product correctly for his audience, but I don't
things he very good outside of that. Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff
imitating Vince McMahon grate and take second and third. It's hard
to believe that somebody as bad as Gorilla Monsoon can avoid getting
my vote.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: Anyone who gave Vince McMahon first place hasn't
heard Eric Bischoff's faux McMahon.

Worst Colour Commentator
------------------------

Award Description:
To be given to the commentator/announcer who makes the dumbest comment
while pushing his product. This person probably gets you to turn down
the TV when he/she is announcing. As of 1992, the difference
between this and colour commentator will be enforced.

Previous Winners:
1990: N/A
1991: Dusty Rhodes
1992: Lord Alfred Hayes
1993: Randy Savage

This Year's Winner: Dusty Rhodes

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 49 (= 245 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 39 (= 117 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 27 (= 54 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

11 6 7 87 Dusty Rhodes
9 10 2 79 Randy Savage
8 6 2 62 Reo Rodgers
5 2 6 43 Stan Lane
4 3 2 33 Jerry Lawler
2 4 2 26 Ted DiBiase
3 3 1 26 Bobby Heenan
4 1 0 23 Cory Macklin
1 1 4 16 Terry Taylor
1 1 0 8 Art Donovan
1 0 0 5 Jesse Ventura
0 1 0 3 Dutch Mantell
0 1 0 3 Alfred Hayes
0 0 1 2 Tony Rumble

OTTO HEUER: It was a hard choice between Randy Savage and Bobby Heenen on
this one. Randy has that constipated voice, but occasionaly makes
reference to the match. Bobby tells old tired jokes with a non-grating
voice, but if you were in the next room listening you wouldn't even know
there was a match going on.

HERB KUNZE: Can we just say "everyone?" No, unfortunately. Heenan hasn't
been so bad this year and occasionally remembers to mention the match
these days. Dusty Rhodes is terrible. Bruce Prichard doing Dusty Rhodes
as Reo Rodgers was worse. Smilin' Stan Lane was really annoying.
Savage? Terrible. The choice is hard and interchangeable. Let's
go with Rodgers, Savage, and Rhodes.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: I wait a whole year to vote for Reo Rodgers, and
then I remember I need to put Art Donovan in first place. Did you
remember? I'll bet you wish you had.

Worst Interviewee
-----------------

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

Previous Winners:
1990: Ultimate Warrior
1991: El Gigante
1992: Ultimate Warrior
1993: Giant Gonzalez

This Year's Winner: Yokozuna

Participation Statistics:
Total 1st Place Voters = 53 (= 265 points)
Total 2nd Place Voters = 47 (= 141 points)
Total 3rd Place Voters = 42 (= 84 points)

Detailed Results:

1st 2nd 3rd Score

7 3 5 54 Yokozuna
4 7 5 51 Tatanka
6 3 0 39 1-2-3 Kid
5 2 1 33 Lex Luger
5 1 2 32 Hulk Hogan
4 2 2 30 Bunkhouse Buck
3 3 1 26 Crush
1 4 3 23 Owen Hart
3 0 3 21 Bob Backlund
2 2 2 20 Undertaker
2 3 0 19 Bret Hart
0 4 2 16 Jim Duggan
2 0 1 12 Honky Tonk Man
0 2 2 10 Dustin Rhodes
1 1 0 8 Steve Regal
1 1 0 8 Davey Boy Smith
1 0 1 7 Alex Wright
1 0 0 5 Ultimate Warrior
1 0 0 5 Shane Douglas
0 1 1 5 Rock 'n' Roll Express
1 0 0 5 Ric Flair
0 1 1 5 Mr. Hughes
1 0 0 5 Johnny B. Badd
1 0 0 5 Dory Funk Jr.
0 1 1 5 Diesel
0 1 1 5 Dean Malenko
1 0 0 5 Buchwhackers
0 1 0 3 Nikolai Volkoff
0 1 0 3 Meng
0 1 0 3 Marcus Alexander Bagwell
0 1 0 3 Doink
0 1 0 3 Dave Sullivan
0 0 1 2 Sting
0 0 1 2 Razor Ramon
0 0 1 2 Pretty Wonderful: Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma
0 0 1 2 Mabel
0 0 1 2 I.R.S.
0 0 1 2 Helen Hart
0 0 1 2 Dusty Rhodes
0 0 1 2 Adam Bomb
0 0 0 0 Jerry Lawler
0 0 0 0 Jeff Gaylord

TREVOR BARRIE: One of the saddest things I saw this year was the Heartbreak
Hotel segment with Lex Luger and Tatanka. When the interviewer is more
charismatic than both interviewees combined, it's not a good sign. IRS
also deserves mention; his schpiel is entertaining for a little while,
but there are only so many ways you can work tax references into a wrestling
interview. [1:Lex Luger, 2:Tatanka, 3:I.R.S.]

OTTO HEUER: Ultimate Warrior and El Gigante have been passing this one
back and forth. Since neither one has done much wrestling this year,
who will be the lucky winner?

HERB KUNZE: Lex Luger takes first because he sounds completely insincere.
Jim Duggan annoys me. That's not a very good reason, but I'm giving
him second anyhow. Third goes to Diesel who will improve under the
spotlight but is still terrible now. "Cross-faced Wing Chicken,"
indeed. (Yeah, yeah, I know that reference was outside of our
year-end).

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN: It bestows me to put Tatanka just ahead of the
1-2-3 Kid.

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