Coming Soon: The 2nd Annual Puroresu Representin’ Awards!
With August right around the corner that means it’s time for the site’s 2nd anniverary and the 2nd Annual Puroresu Representin’ Awards! These highly unofficial awards celebrate the best of the past year in puroresu, both in my eyes and in the eyes of the fans. For a brief overview of how it works, click below.
UPDATE: I’m going to begin compiling the list of nominees the week of 7/25. It’s not a final list though, it will be finalized after the 7/31 events.
The following categories will be featured, unless noted otherwise there are separate votes for men and women/girls in each:
Rookie Of The Year: Recognizing the top newcomer. Eligibility limited to wrestlers who debuted on or after July 1, 2010, are still active and have competed a minimum of 3 months or, especially for women, at least in 3-4 events. Note that wrestlers who debuted the prior year may be eligible if they missed a majority of their rookie year due to injuries. (This will apply to Soshun on the men’s side, as he missed the majority of his rookie campaign due to injuries, and to Mika Iida on the women’s side, who was inactive for a time due to NEO closing)
Most Improved/Breakout Wrestler-recognizing wrestlers who showed marked improvement and/or had an incredible year after a year (or more) of so-so or poor showings. Note that a wrestler doesn’t have to win/have won a title to be considered in this category.
Tag Team Of The Year-recognizing the top tag teams. Tag teams only, no trios.
Jr. Heavyweight Of The Year-recognizing the top Jr. Heavyweight wrestler of the past year. Only wrestlers who compete mainly as Jr. Heavyweights (<220 pounds/100 kg) are eligible. This category is for men only.
Heavyweight Of The Year-recognizing the top Heavyweight wrestler of the year. This category is primarily for wrestlers over 220 pounds/100 kg but Jr. Heavyweights who competed mainly against Heavyweights or held Heavyweight titles may be considered (I’m calling this the Takashi Sugiura rule). This category is for men only-there are only something like 3 women who could be considered Heavyweights (Kyoko Inoue, Aja Kong, maybe Kaoru Ito).
Comeback Of The Year-recognizing the best comeback by a wrestler returning from long layoffs due to injury or inactivity. This is one category combined for both men & women.
Promotion Of The Year-recognizing the overall best promotions.
Wrestler Of The Year-recognizing the overall best and/or most successful all-around wrestler. For men this will be a pound-for-pound poll, both Heavyweights & Jr. Heavyweights.
The eligibility period this year will be August 1, 2010-July 31, 2011. Note that although voting takes place during that time, performances/results from the annual New Japan G1 CLIMAX tournament WILL NOT be taken into account. Ditto for other events during that time. But if Kenta Kobashi’s comeback goes as planned it will fall during the eligibility period (one week before it ends) and his return WILL be taken into account-if it happens I intend to make him eligible for Comeback Of The Year. (Update-it happened so even if he doesn’t work any more NOAH events in the period Kobashi will be eligible)
For an idea of what to expect, take a look at last year’s results in this post:
I will consider nominations from fans/visitors for specific categories this year in addition to candidates I have in mind for each category. You can start nominating now by leaving a comment in this post, but remember to take into consideration matches and events that happen right up until the end of July (you can nominate again). Comments won’t be approved and won’t appear but the nominations will be recorded and taken into consideration nonetheless. Also note there will be no “Match Of The Year” category here. It’s impossible to see all the matches and thus it would be indescribably unfair. I plan to unveil my initial nominees for each category on/around June 28. I then will perhaps narrow it down a bit but also will, if appropriate, incorporate fan nominees into the final polls, which I plan to post in mid-July with voting until early August, this year I plan to go to at least the second week of August to allow for consideration of events right up until the cutoff (including events such as DDT’s major Ryogoku event on 7/24 & Dragon Gate’s annual summer blowout show on 7/17).