After a few weeks break to recover from the epic evening that was ICW Fear and Loathing at the SSE Hydro, we are back to begin our countdown to 2017. Alot of good happened in wrestling over 2016, as well as a lot of bad. As a result, Suplex Retweet will profile the best and worst of this years wrestling, with our Best of 2016 awards. First off, we run down the contenders for WWE top wrestler of the year. This does not include stars from NXT, as there will be a separate category for this.
It’s safe to say that AJ has not had a bad match since he finally debuted with WWE at the Royal Rumble. With a clean win over John Cena under his belt, he’s defined critics by becoming WWE champion in his first year at the top table. He has even managed to make James Ellsworth look like a star.
Y2J has turned back the years with some of his best work in years, highlighted by his sensationally hilarious and top draw ‘best friendship’ with Kevin Owens. Additions to the List of Jericho are often ones of the high points of Monday Night RAW.
After doing little to nothing for nearly a year, The Miz had a career year, arguably better than his time as WWE champion. His work has seen him cement himself as the company’s chief on the mic, as well as producing some of his best in ring work against the likes Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro. His 188 day Intercontinental title reign was the high point of the summer on Smackdown.
In the space of a year, he has been both Intercontinental and Universal champion. Not much else can be said about the self proclaimed prize fighter. Had one of the feuds of the year against Sami Zayn, ending with a high octane collision at Battleground, arguably the companies straight best one-on-one match of the year.
A surprise inclusion to this list, as well as a surprise inclusion in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal in his Wrestlemania debut. He won the later, why can’t he win the former. Corbin’s work has improved every time he gets in the ring, resulting in very few losses on PPV. Together with Kalisto, they ended their year on a high with the best chairs match in WWE history to date.
Voting in the Suplex Retweet Best of 2016 awards will open later this month, with results being announced at the start of 2017. More details will follow later.
The founding father and ‘higher power’ of the ESSR army, Steven oversees the operation of the Suplex Retweet podcast series and is the show’s primary host. With a broad knowledge of the industry, Steven leads discussions on a wide range of subjects from stables to WCW.
For some reason, he thinks John Cena’s real name is Allen Jones and is madly in love with Becky Lynch.