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LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR THE PWINSIDER.COM 2008 YEAR END AWARDS

By Buck Woodward on 2009-01-11 23:56:46


NOTE: VOTING ENDS THIS WEEK!

With 2008 officially in the books, it is time for one last look back at the year in wrestling with the annual PWInsider.com Year End Awards.  Nominations in 27 categories were accepted from PWInsiderElite.com subscribers, and the polls have now been opened up to the public.  You can see the various categories and nominees below, or you can head directly to the Poll Page and cast your votes!  Voting lasts until the end of the month. 

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WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

AJ Styles
Batista
Bryan Danielson
Chris Jericho
CM Punk
Edge
Go Shiozaki
Jeff Hardy
John Cena
Kurt Angle
Mark Henry 
Matt Hardy
Nigel McGuinness
Randy Orton
Ric Flair 
Samoa Joe
Shawn Michaels 
Sting
The Undertaker 
Triple H 
Someone not listed here.

MATCH OF THE YEAR

Austin Aries vs. Go Shiozaki - ROH 6th Anniversary Show
Austin Aries vs. Nigel McGuiness - ROH Supercard Of Honor III
Beth Phoenix vs. Melina - I Quit Match - WWE One Night Stand
Bryan Danielson vs CIMA - Pro Wrestling Guerrilla - January 6th
Dustin Diamond vs. Danny Bonaduce - Hardcore Match - Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Edge vs. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy - WWE Armageddon
Edge vs. Undertaker - Hell In A Cell - WWE Summerslam
Edge vs. Undertaker - TLC Match - WWE One Night Stand
Edge vs. Undertaker - WWE Wrestlemania 24
Jeff Hardy vs. Shawn Michaels - WWE Raw February 11th
John Cena vs. Batista - WWE Summerslam
John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Batista vs. Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Big Show - WWE Tribute to the Troops
Kurt Angle vs. Abyss - TNA Turning Point
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles - Last Man Standing Match - TNA Hard Justice
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe - TNA Lockdown
LAX vs. Kevin Steen and El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards and Chris Hero - ROH Return of the 187
Money In The Bank Ladder Match - WrestleMania 24
Nigel McGuiness vs. Tyler Black - ROH Take No Prisoners
Nigel McGuinness vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Tyler Black vs. Bryan Danielson - ROH Death Before Dishonor VI
Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels - WWE Wrestlemania 24
Royal Rumble - WWE Royal Rumble
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho - Ladder Match - WWE No Mercy
Triple H vs. John Cena - WWE Night of Champions
Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy - WWE Smackdown November 14th
A match not listed here.

SHOW OF THE YEAR

CCW - Dustin Diamond vs. Danny Bonaduce.
ROH Death Before Dishonor VI - August 2nd - Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Tyler Black.
ROH Glory by Honor VII - September 20th - Cage Match: Briscoes and Austin Aries vs. Age of the Fall and Necro Butcher.
ROH Return of the 187 - October 24th - LAX vs. Kevin Steen and El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards and Chris Hero 
ROH Supercard of Honor III - March 29th - Muscle Outlaws vs. Typhoon.
TNA Victory Road - July 13th - Samoa Joe vs. Booker T
WWE Armageddon - December 14th - Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H vs. Edge.
WWE Hall Of Fame - March 29th - Ric Flair.
WWE No Mercy - October 5th - Ladder Match: Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels.
WWE RAW - June 30th - CM Punk cashes in Money In The Bank, wins World Title. 
WWE RAW - March 31st - Ric Flair Farewell.
WWE Royal Rumble 
WWE Summerslam - August 17th - Hell In A Cell: Edge vs. Undertaker
WWE Tribute to the Troops.
WWE Wrestlemania 24 - March 30th - Edge vs. Undertaker.
A show not listed here.

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR

Age Of The Fall (Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black)
AJ Styles and Tomko
Beer Money Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm)
Cryme Time
John Morrison and The Miz
Kevin Steen and El Generico
LAX (Homicide and Hernandez)
Mark and Jay Briscoe
Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley)
Super Crazy and Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Team 3D
The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky)
The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
Togi Makabe and Toru Yano 
A team not listed here.

FLYER OF THE YEAR

AJ Styles
CIMA
Evan Bourne
Jay Lethal
Jeff Hardy
Kofi Kingston
Kota Ibushi
Mark Briscoe
Masato Yoshino
Rey Mysterio
Todd Bridges
A flyer not listed here.

TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR

Brent Albright
Bryan Danielson 
Chris Jericho
CM Punk
Kurt Angle
Matt Hardy
Naomichi Marufuji
Nigel McGuiness
Shawn Michaels
Triple H
William Regal
Someone not listed here.

BRAWLER OF THE YEAR

Abyss
Awesome Kong
Batista
Big Show
Chris Jericho
Finlay
Hornswoggle
James Storm
JBL
John Cena
Kane
Mark Henry
Matt Hardy
MVP
Necro Butcher
Nigel McGuinness
Takeshi Morishima
Togi Makabe
Tommy Dreamer
Triple H
Umaga
Undertaker
William Regal
A wrestler not listed here.

HEEL OF THE YEAR

Big Show
Chris Hero
Chris Jericho
Edge
Human Tornado
Jimmy Jacobs
Kurt Angle
Larry Sweeney
Mark Henry
Nigel McGuiness
Randy Orton
Santino Marella
Vickie Guerrero
A heel not listed here.

BABYFACE OF THE YEAR

AJ Styles
Batista
Bryan Danielson 
Charlie Haas
CM Punk
Curry Man
Eric Young
Evan Bourne
Jay Lethal
Jeff Hardy
John Cena
Matt Hardy
Mickie James
Rey Mysterio
Ric Flair
Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
The Undertaker
Tommy Dreamer
A wrestler not listed here.

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR

Celebrity Championship Wrestling
CHIKARA
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla 
Pro Wrestling Noah
Pro Wrestling Riot
Ring Of Honor
TNA
WWE
A promotion not listed here.

NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR

Floyd Mayweather appears at Wrestlemania.
Former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar becomes UFC Heavyweight champion.
Gabe Sapolsky is removed as booker of Ring Of Honor.
Gail Kim leaves TNA for WWE.
Hogan family dominates tabloid headlines.
Jeff Hardy's rise, fall, and rise again. 
Joey Styles knocks out JBL during Iraq tour.
Kurt Angle continues to claim he will go into MMA.
Mick Foley leaves WWE, signs with TNA.
Ric Flair's Retirement
Smackdown is cancelled by CW, moves to MyNetwork TV.
The movie "The Wrestler" receives critical acclaim.
Vince McMahon gives away millions of dollars on Raw.
WWE battles Dale Ganger over AWA name.
WWE pushes young talent.
WWE stock drops.
A story not listed here.

Concerning the "News Story" category, we have always made a conscious decision not to include the death of a wrestler in the News Story poll.  The reason is twofold.  One is out of respect to the family members of the deceased, and the other is simply because we feel it would be in poor taste to put someone's passing in a "competition" with other events that aren't nearly as serious or important. A person's passing should not be trivialized in a competition.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (if you've never seen him or her before, then they're new to you!)

Alicia Fox
Consequences Creed
DJ Gabriel
Dolph Ziggler
Evan Bourne
Ezekiel Jackson
Grizzly Redwood
Jack Swagger
Kofi Kingston
Kota Ibushi
Primo Colon
Ricky Ortiz
Ted Dibiase
Tyler Black
Vladimir Kozlov
Someone not listed here.

MOVE OF THE YEAR

Canadian Destroyer - Petey Williams
Cattle Mutilation - Bryan Danielson
Code Breaker - Chris Jericho
Go To Sleep - CM Punk
God's Last Gift Package Piledriver - Tyler Black
Hell's Gate - The Undertaker
Jumping Kick - Dolph Ziggler
Moonlight Drive - John Morrison
Pedigree - Triple H
Playmaker - MVP
Punt Kick - Randy Orton
RKO - Randy Orton
Shooting Star Press - Evan Bourne
Swanton Bomb - Jeff Hardy
Swee Chin Music - Shawn Michaels
A move not listed here.

MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Batista
Beth Phoenix
Big Show 
Brian Kendrick
Charlie Haas
Chris Jericho
Cody Rhodes
Dolph Ziggler
Jeff Hardy
John Morrison
Kelly Kelly
Kofi Kingston
Maria
Maryse
Mike Knox 
Miz
MVP 
Nigel McGuinness
Randy Orton
R-Truth
Santino Marella
Scott Lost 
Sonjay Dutt
Todd Bridges
Someone not listed here.

HOTTIE OF THE YEAR

Alicia Fox
Angelina Love
Bella Twins 
Beth Phoenix
Candice Michelle
Christy Hemme 
CM Punk
Daizee Haze
Eve Torres
Gail Kim
Joey Styles 
John Cena
Kelly Kelly
Layla
Lilian Garcia
Maria
Maryse
Melina
Michelle McCool
Mickie James
MVP
Randy Orton
Roxxi
Santino Marella
Taylor Wilde
Tiffany 
Trish Stratus
Velvet Sky
Victoria 
Someone not listed here.

ANGLE/STORYLINE OF THE YEAR

Age of Fall. 
Chris Jericho punches Shawn Michaels' wife.
Chris Jericho's heel turn.
CM Punk cashes in Money In The Bank.
Creation of the Main Event Mafia and the Frontline.
Edge and Vickie Guerrero love/hate relationship.
Edge's return at Survivor Series.
Floyd Mayweather punches out the Big Show.
Jeff Hardy's quest for the WWE Title.
John Cena’s surprise return at the Royal Rumble.
Melina turns face and feuds with Beth Phoenix.
MVP's losing streak.
Ric Flair's Retirement.
Santino Marella's Honk-A-Meter
An Angle/Storyline not mentioned here.

FEUD OF THE YEAR

Austin Aries vs. Jimmy Jacobs
Briscoes vs. Age of The Fall
Chris Hero vs. The Human Tornado 
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
Edge vs. Undertaker
Edge vs. Vickie
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton
Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H vs. Edge
Main Event Mafia vs. The Frontline
Matt Hardy vs. Mark Henry
Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens
Team 3D vs. The X Division
Undertaker vs. Big Show
A feud not listed here.

STUPIDEST THING IN WRESTLING IN 2008

Braden Walker
Celebrity Championship Wrestling
CM Punk loses the World Title without wrestling in the Championship Scramble.
JBL-HBK storyline
Jeff Hardy "attack" angle the night before Survivor Series.
Johnny Knoxville on Raw
Kane-Rey Mysterio feud.
Khali Kiss Cam
Kizarny vignettes.
Kurt Angle says he will kill Jeff Jarrett and make his children orphans.
Mae Young taking bumps in the ring
Main Event Mafia
McMahon's Million Dollar giveaway.
Mike Adamle
Ring Of Honor fires Gabe Sapolsky.
Stone Cold Shark Boy and The Prince Justice Brotherhood.
Ted Dibiase being taken off TV to make a movie shortly after his debut.
The Beautiful People bring "Sarah Palin" to TNA
The overscripting of WWE promos.
The return of the Boogyman.
TNA trying to turn Sting heel.
TNA uses Suicide as on screen character.
TNA's match stipulations.
Vince McMahon's injury during the MillIon Dollar giveaway.
Vince Russo still on TNA Creative.
WWE brings in Floyd Mayweather.
WWE gives away Cena vs. Batista with a three week build.
WWE interviewing fans about the Presidential election.
WWE ripping on UFC for the length of their fights.
WWE's overuse of handicap matches.
Something not listed here.

DVD OF THE YEAR

Edge: Decade Of Decadence
Hell in a Cell
History Of The Intercontinetal Title
Kurt Angle: Champion
Ric Flair Highspots Shoot Interview
ROH Return of the 187
ROH Supercard Of Honor III 
The Best of Dragon Gate Vol. 1
The Definitive Ric Flair Collection
The Life And Times Of Mr. Perfect
The Rock - The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment
TNA Knocked Out
Twist of Fate: The Matt and Jeff Hardy Story
Viva La Raza - The Legacy Of Eddie Guerrero
Wrestlemania 24
A DVD not listed here.

BOOK OF THE YEAR

A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex by Chris Jericho
Dungeon of Death by Scott Keith
Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad Boy Wrestler Who Created Pop Culture by John Capouya 
Hitman: My Real Life In the Cartoon World Of Wrestling by Bret Hart
Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo
Showdowns: The 20 Greatest Wrestling Rivalries Of The Last Two Decades by Jeremy Roberts
Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man by Ted DiBiase and Tom Caiazzo
True Lies And Alibis by Blackjack Mulligan
Wrestling With The Truth - Bruno Lauer
A book not listed here.

COUPLE OF THE YEAR

Austin Aries and Lacey
Booker T and Sharmell
Edge and Vickie Guerrero
John Cena and Mickie James
Kurt and Karen Angle
Santino Marella and Maria
Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix
A couple not listed here.

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR

Big Show
Charlie Haas
Chris Jericho
D'Lo Brown
Edge
Goldust
Hurricane Helms
Jeff Hardy
Jeff Jarrett
Jerry Lynn
John Bradshaw Layfield
John Cena
Mark Henry
Matt Hardy
Melina
Mercedes Martinez
Randy Orton
Rey Mysterio
R-Truth
Shane McMahon
Tony Atlas
William Regal 
A wrestler not listed here.

CHARACTER OF THE YEAR

Awesome Kong
Beth Phoenix
Bobby Dempsey
Charlie Haas
Chris Jericho
CM Punk
Edge
Eric Young
Festus
Glamarella
Jeff Hardy
Larry Sweeney
Mark Henry
Maryse
Miz and Morrison
MVP
Priceless
Randy Orton
R-Truth
Santino Marella
The Beautiful People
The Brian Kendrick
The Prince Justice Brotherhood
The Undertaker
A character not listed here.

CHANT OF THE YEAR

"BISCUITS! GRAVY!" - Jesse and Festus
"CCW! CCW!" - Celebrity Championship Wrestling 
"Fire Russo!" - TNA events
"He's a virgin!" - ROH in Nashville, TN 12/6
"Hire Russo!" - RAW, Manchester England 11/10
"Joey Styles!" - Armageddon during JBL’s promo
"Kiss Her!" - During Khali Kiss Cam segments
"Let's Go Cena/Cena Sucks!" - John Cena
"Make Him Wrestle!" chanted at Ata Johnson (The Rock's mom) at the WWE Hall of Fame.
"No more movies!" during The Rock's speech at the WWE Hall Of Fame.
"RKO!" - Randy Orton
"Santa! Santa!" - When Charlie Haas was dressed like Santa.
"Thank you Flair!" - Ric Flair
"This is Wrestling!" - Ring Of Honor
"TNA!" - During HHH-Kozlov at Survivor Series.
"We want Wrestling!" - TNA and WWE events
"WHAT?!" 
"Wooooooooo!" 
"You can't wrestle!" - Great Khali
"You Sold Out!" - Shawn Michaels
"Your gonna get your f***ing head kicked In" - Bryan Danielson opponents
A chant not listed here.

BEST INTERVIEWS OF THE YEAR

AJ Styles
Chris Jericho
Christian Cage
Edge 
John Cena
John Morrison & The Miz 
Larry Sweeney
Mark Henry
MVP 
Nigel McGuiness
Randy Orton
Santino Marella
Shawn Michaels
Vickie Guerrero 
A performer not listed here.

ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR

Bubba The Love Sponge
Dave Prazak
Excalibur
Jim Ross
Matt Striker
Michael Cole
Mike Adamle
Mike Tenay
Todd Grisham
An announcer not listed here. 

COLOR COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Dave Prazak
Don West
Jerry Lawler
Larry Sweeney
Lenny Leonard
Matt Striker
Tazz
A commentator not listed here.

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