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Nobody's started a thread like this yet so I thought I'd give it a shot.

What was the MOTY? What were Some MOTY contenders?

What was the promotion of the year?

What were the best promos, angles, and skits of the year?

What was the best weekly TV Show?

Who was the wrestler of the year?

What was the show of the year? 

 

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What was the MOTY? What were Some MOTY contenders?

Young Bucks vs Kenny Omega & Hangman Page (AEW Revolution)

Tons of MOTYC during the G1, since I don't keep notes I really can't name any.

What was the promotion of the year?

AEW

What were the best promos, angles, and skits of the year?

Kingston promos leading to the I Quit match (AEW) / Don Callis "See you on Tuesday" (AEW) / Wrestle House (IMPACT Wrestling)

What was the best weekly TV Show?

AEW Dynamite

Who was the wrestler of the year?

Tomohiro Ishii, for his G1 alone. 

What was the show of the year? 

Double or Nothing (AEW)

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MOTY for me was Walter vs Dragunov from NXT UK.

Promotion and Weekly TV Show both go to AEW.

Best Promo is probably something Eddie Kingston did, but I can't point to a specific one off the top of my head.

 

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This is about difficult as 2020 was the year when I watched the least wrestling in years, probably since I started watching wrestling in 2009 I just didn't care about anything even the promotions I actually like and would normally watch (AJPW, NOAH, BJW). I think I watched 3 matches from June to the end of the year. Those being the cc final, Kenoh Vs kiyomiya and shiozaki Vs nakajima from the same show. All three of which got a lot of praise both of which I thought were *shrug*. That is the same way I have thought about all wrestling apart from one match since march. That match being shiozaki Vs fujita from march, if you have watched that match you know if you don't know anything about it it really helps going in blind.

That was a very long and roundabout way of saying Moty: fujita Vs shiozaki for actually entertaining me despite the lack of crowd. They did something with it that would be impossible to do with a crowd.

There were some I remember with crowds, kiyomiya Vs shiozaki January and suwama Vs kento march I both remember being great but they feel like from a different world.

As for wrestler and promotion, I guess NOAH and go shiozaki pretty much by default.

 

Haven't watched anything this year yet, I honestly don't know if I will for a good while yet. I still read about wrestling but in terms of watching anything there is no drive for me to care to. Is anyone else in the same boat as me where they haven't watch much at all?

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4 hours ago, joeg said:

Nobody's started a thread like this yet so I thought I'd give it a shot.

What was the MOTY? What were Some MOTY contenders?

1) Okada vs. Naito 1/5

2) Okada vs. Ibushi 1/4

3) Villano III Jr. vs. Aereo 3/1

4 hours ago, joeg said:

What was the promotion of the year?

Dragon Gate -- no MOTYCs in my eyes, but good and sometimes great wrestling on every meaningful show, along with the best booking in the world this year make this an easy pick.  First time in a decade I won't vote NJPW, but Dragon Gate did a fantastic job setting the table for the next 5-10 years of the company between the rookies and their booking along with reintroducing Shun Skywalker at the top of the card.

4 hours ago, joeg said:

What were the best promos, angles, and skits of the year?

The Bayley & Sasha Banks team/split/feud.  They weren't just the only entertaining part of WWE TV for much of the year, they were actually great in all facets from promos to angles to matches on TV and PPV.  A shame it was rushed into a split this fall but that doesn't knock what they did all year.

4 hours ago, joeg said:

What was the best weekly TV Show?

AEW Dynamite

4 hours ago, joeg said:

Who was the wrestler of the year?

If we're talking "Most Outstanding" the top of my list would include Go Shiozaki, Kazuchika Okada, Kota Ibushi, Shingo Takagi and Minoru Suzki in some order.

4 hours ago, joeg said:

What was the show of the year? 

 

Wrestle Kingdom night 1

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MOTY

1. Okada vs Ibushi 1/4

2. Okada vs Naito 1/5

3. WALTER vs Ilja Dragunov 10/29

Promotion of the Year:

AEW has been fantastic this year, just going from strength-to-strength.

Promos/Angles/Skits:

The Moxley/Kingston promos leading up to their I Quit match were tremendous.

Weekly Show:

AEW Dynamite

WOTY:

Most Outstanding I'd go with Shingo Takagi. Overall I'd go with Jon Moxley.

Show of the Year:

Wrestle Kingdom Night 1

 

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I ended up re-watching everything I initially put on my MOTYC list all year long, and this is how my top-10 favorite matches list ended up looking:

1. Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak (WWE 05/11)
2. AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE 06/12)
3. Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak (WWE 03/08)
4. Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yuki Ishikawa (wXw 03/07)
5. Kota Ibushi vs. Taichi (NJPW 10/16)
6. Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher (WWE 05/27)
7. Daniel Bryan vs. The Fiend (WWE 01/26)
8. Jeff Cobb vs. Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW 10/10)
9. Keith Lee vs. Roderick Strong (WWE 01/22)
10. Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommaso Ciampa (WWE 12/06)

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MOTY:

Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito: Wrestle Kingdom 14 night 2
Adam Page & Kenny Omega vs. Young Bucks: AEW Revolution
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi: Wrestle Kingdom 14 night 1

Promotion of the Year:

AEW

Best Angles/Promos/Skits:

Jon Moxley-Eddie Kingston face-to-face
Taz attacking Cody
AEW/Impact cross-overs

Best Weekly TV Show:

Dynamite

Wrestler of the Year (Thesz/Flair):

Sasha Banks
Jon Moxley
Tetsuya Naito

Wrestler of the Year (Most Outstanding):

Tomohiro Ishii
Shingo Takagi
Hiromu Takahashi

I feel somewhat confident in that order, but's still razor thin.

Show of the Year:
G1 Climax night 13 10/10
Wrestle Kingdom night 2
Wrestle Kingdom night 1

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6 hours ago, joeg said:

What was the MOTY? What were Some MOTY contenders?

Yuki Ishikawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda from wXw AMBITION 12.

6 hours ago, joeg said:

What were Some MOTY contenders?

Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak from Elimination Chamber and WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov from NXT UK.

6 hours ago, joeg said:

What were the best promos, angles, and skits of the year?

Roman Reigns heel turn, Tribal Chief, Head of the Table angle.

7 hours ago, joeg said:

What was the best weekly TV Show?

SmackDown. It had some odd moments, but it produced some quality matches and angles such as the Intercontinental title tournament, the Roman Reigns heel turn and the Sasha Banks and Bayley run and feud.

7 hours ago, joeg said:

Who was the wrestler of the year?

Daniel Bryan. He was incredible in the first half of the year with great matches against Sami Zayn, Drew Gulak, AJ Styles and he was also involved in several good multiman matches. He returned later on in the year and he was involved in the really good series of matches against Jey Uso and also in many multiman matches.

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I asked the questions might as well answer-

 

Match of the Year-

Walter vs Dragunov

Strong Contenders-

Ibushi vs Okada at the Dome

Villano III Jr vs Aereo for the Masks

Young Bucks vs Omega/Page

 

Promotion of the Year-

New Japan with AEW being the runner up. New Japan consistently gets on base. For me, AEW either hits it out of the park or strikes out swinging for the fences, they are the Bryce Harper of wrestling.

 

Best Promo/angle-

Everything building to Kingston vs Moxley. 

 

Best Weekly TV Show-

NXT UK with Dynamite a close runner up. NXT UK was just more consistent in ring. 

 

Wrestler of the Year-

Daniel Bryan- so fucking good, he continues to shine every week in the face of bad booking and bad promotion.

Strong Contenders- 

Walter 

Villano III Jr - not a lot of his stuff made tape, but the little that did consisted of 4 1/2 star plus matches and rudo gaga that nearly caused a riot. 

Go Shiozaki-  his title reign if full of little seen gems

Kenny Omega- multiple 4 1/2 star matches and a great heel turn

 

Show of the Year-

Wrestle Kingdom Night 1, AEW Revolution a close second. 

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What was the MOTY? What were Some MOTY contenders? MOTY is  WALTER vs Dragunov. Contenders are the frist Gulak/Bryan match and the first Uso vs Roman Reigns match.

What was the promotion of the year? Any promotion that didn't run during a global pandemic.

What were the best promos, angles, and skits of the year? It's a toss up to me between Eddie Kingston and Roman Reigns. I gotta go with Roman.

What was the best weekly TV Show? NXT

Who was the wrestler of the year? Roman Reigns

What was the show of the year? NXT Takeover In your house

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1 hour ago, joeg said:

Villano III Jr - not a lot of his stuff made tape, but the little that did consisted of 4 1/2 star plus matches and rudo gaga that nearly caused a riot. 

 

What do I want to check out beyond the Aereo match?

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1 hour ago, WingedEagle said:

What do I want to check out beyond the Aereo match?

The stuff from Arena Lopez... especially the title match and 6 mans against Centalla Oriental, they are building to a mask match it looks like  

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Is that Villano III Jr. match the one that lasts 45+ minutes? I watched it on +Lucha when it dropped and oof, that was brutal to sit through. I mean, I get why folks loved it as they did a lot of crazy big spots and such, but it was and felt long.

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3 hours ago, Edwin said:

Is that Villano III Jr. match the one that lasts 45+ minutes? I watched it on +Lucha when it dropped and oof, that was brutal to sit through. I mean, I get why folks loved it as they did a lot of crazy big spots and such, but it was and felt long.

That's the one.  I was intimidated by the runtime when I saw it and barely felt like half that much by the end.

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