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The 2nd Annual Puroresu Representin’ Awards: The Nominees

07/24/2011

It’s time to unveil my full list of nominees for this year’s Puroresu Representin’ Awards in each category. Note however that this isn’t a final list yet-as noted before I will hold off on that until after the 7/31 events due to some major matches still to come (namely in All-Japan). But in the meantime here’s the initial list of nominees you’ll be voting among in each category.

7/31 UPDATE: The nominees you see will wind up being the final ballots. No changes based on 7/24-7/31 results.

Rookie Of The Year (Men):
Hiromu Takahashi (New Japan)
Takaaki Watanabe (New Japan)
Soshun (All-Japan)*
Daichi Hashimoto (ZERO1)
*-Soshun did not debut during the past year, but due to not completing half his rookie year and missing over a year due to injury and returning within this grading period, he is eligible.
I opted to leave Takumi Soya off as he only competed for a month or two but has been inactive since due to injury. He will be eligible next year if he returns. I also opted to exclude Tiger Mask 5 due to lack of recorded activity.

Rookie Of The Year (Women):
Moon Mizuki (JWP)
masu-me (JWP)
Manami Katsu (JWP)
Sari (Diana)
Mochi Miyagi (Ice Ribbon)
Maki Narumiya (Ice Ribbon)
Meari Naito (Ice Ribbon)
Neko Nitta (Ice Ribbon)
Dorami Nagano (Ice Ribbon)*
Yuzuki Aikawa (Stardom)
Yoko Bito (Stardom)
Mayu Iwatani (Stardom)
Eri Susa (Stardom)
Arisa Hoshiki (Stardom)
Yoshiko (Stardom)
Haruka (Stardom)
Saki Kashima (Stardom)
Mika Iida (Independent/Freelancer)
*-Nagano competed in a few months’ worth of exhibition matches as Remi Nagano before her official debut, but based on her participation before her official debut she would’ve been eligible anyway. I opted to leave Tamako (Ice Ribbon) off due to relative inactivity. Debated it with Naito too but she made enough appearances for me. But not by much, although some upcoming scheduled matches would’ve been enough for me to put/leave her in. Also excluded is Yuzupon Mask because she’s really Yuzuki Aikawa and also appeared just once.

Most Improved/Breakout Wrestler:
Men:
KUSHIDA (SMASH/New Japan)
Seiya Sanada (All-Japan)
Manabu Soya (All-Japan)
KAI (All-Japan)
Atsushi Aoki (NOAH)
Shuhei Taniguchi (NOAH)
Kotaro Suzuki (NOAH)
Pac (Dragon Gate)
Ricochet (Dragon Gate/Dragon Gate USA)
Yasushi Kanda (Dragon Gate)
Akira Tozawa (Dragon Gate)
Kuuga (Osaka Pro)
Yasu Urano (DDT)
Yuji Hino (K-DOJO)

Women:
Leon (JWP)
Kaori Yoneyama (JWP)
Hanako Nakamori (JWP)
Yumi Ohka (WAVE)
Kagetu (Sendai Girls)
Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon)
Chii Tomiya (Ice Ribbon)
Tsukushi (Ice Ribbon)
Yuzuki Aikawa (Stardom)
Yoko Bito (Stardom)

Tag Team Of The Year:
Men:
Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard (New Japan)
Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt (New Japan)
Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya (All-Japan)
Taiyo Kea & Akebono (All-Japan)
Takuma Sano & Yoshihiro Takayama (NOAH)
Masato Yoshino & Pac (Dragon Gate)
Kaijin Habu Otoko & Takuya Sugawara (ZERO1)
HIROKI & Kengo Mashimo (K-DOJO)
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (Big Japan)
Jun Kasai & Jaki Numazawa (Big Japan)
Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada (Osaka Pro)
Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega (DDT)
I opted to exclude KONO & Joe Doering (All-Japan) due mainly to KONO being suspended for his role in the TARU assault on Nobukazu Hirai (Super Hate).

Women:
Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki (JWP)
Chikayo Nagashima & Sonoko Kato (OZ Academy)
Manami Toyota & Carlos Amano (OZ Academy)
Yumi Ohka & Hiren (OZ Academy)*
Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon)
Emi Sakura & Ray (Ice Ribbon)
Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi (Ice Ribbon)
Mio & Io Shirai (Independent/Freelancers)
*-I debated between the various Black Dahlia pairings (Ohka, Hiren, Bambi, Misaki Ohata) but since I mostly see Ohka/Hiren I went with that but this is representative of the faction as a whole. Ditto for Mio & Io being representative of Triple Tails since Kana also teams with them.

Jr. Heavyweight Wrestler Of The Year (Men Only):
Prince Devitt (New Japan)
KAI (All-Japan)
Seiya Sanada (All-Japan)*
Kotaro Suzuki (NOAH)
Pac (Dragon Gate)
Ricochet (Dragon Gate/Dragon Gate USA)
Kota Ibushi (DDT)
Ikuto Hidaka (ZERO1)
*-Although he competes mainly against Heavyweights, Sanada technically is a Jr. Heavyweight. I opted to exclude Minoru due to his being suspended for his role in the TARU assault on Nobukazu Hirai (Super Hate).

Heavyweight Wrestler Of The Year (Men Only):
Hiroshi Tanahashi (New Japan)
Satoshi Kojima (New Japan)
Makabe (New Japan)
Yuji Nagata (New Japan)
Suwama (All-Japan)
Takashi Sugiura (NOAH)*
Masaaki Mochizuki (Dragon Gate)
Daisuke Sekimoto (Big Japan)
Yuji Hino (K-DOJO)
Ryuji Ito (Big Japan)
Dick Togo (DDT)
*-Although Sugiura is technically a Jr. Heavyweight he is considered here due to his holding a Heavyweight championship for almost the entire grading period.

Comeback Of The Year (Both Men & Women):
Soshun (All-Japan)
Keiji Muto (All-Japan)
Kenta Kobashi (NOAH)
Kzy (Dragon Gate)
Taku Iwasa (Dragon Gate)
Hamuko Hoshi (Ice Ribbon)
Mika Nagano (Stardom)
Shu Shibutani (WAVE)*
Although Shibutani will not officially return until late August, I decided to bend the rules just a bit and include her due to the timing.

Promotion Of The Year (Best Promotion Overall):
Men:
New Japan
All-Japan
NOAH
Dragon Gate
DDT
ZERO1
K-DOJO
Big Japan
Osaka Pro
Kensuke Office
IGF

Women:
JWP
OZ Academy
WAVE
Sendai Girls
Ice Ribbon
Stardom
Diana
REINA
I excluded Gakepro because it’s only run 2 events and has only been around a couple months. NEO was excluded due to closing during the first half of the grading period. Also excluded are independent wrestler-produced events & series (namely the Kana & Yuzuki Aikawa produced events).

Wrestler Of The Year (The Top Honor, P4P):
Men:
Hiroshi Tanahashi (New Japan)
Prince Devitt (New Japan)
Suwama (All-Japan)
Takashi Sugiura (NOAH)
Go Shiozaki (NOAH)
Masato Yoshino (Dragon Gate)
Masaaki Mochizuki (Dragon Gate)
Pac (Dragon Gate)
Shinjiro Otani (ZERO1)
Ryuji Ito (Big Japan)
Tigers Mask (Osaka Pro)

Women:
Kaori Yoneyama (JWP)
Leon (JWP)
KAORU (OZ Academy)
Aja Kong (OZ Academy)
Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon)
Nanae Takahashi (Stardom)
Yuzuki Aikawa (Stardom)
Ran Yu-Yu (Independent/Freelancer)
Kana (Independent/Freelancer)

Again, these are not the final ballots and will not be made official until next weekend’s events have concluded (there are still a semi-big NOAH event and a major All-Japan event). The key event really is All-Japan, if Seiya Sanada wins the Triple Crown from Suwama it’s going to shake up some categories. At the very least he will be added to Wrestler Of The Year if it happens. (7/26 Update: I fixed what I thought was one notable omission, adding Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega to Tag Team Of The Year) (7/31 Update: Sanada didn’t win on 7/31 so he will be excluded)

Final ballots will be posted and voting opened sometime between August 1-4 if all goes as planned.