April Awards: Race For Wrestler of the Year 2018

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Wrestler of the Month: Adam Cole +10, it was an insane month for wrestling but coming out of it I believe one person stands out. Adam Cole was the MVP of NXT Takeover NOLA which was the best PPV of the month, won a ***** ladder match for the North American Championship and led a faction to solidified glory this month. Adam Cole had consistently the best performance of the month

 

Match of the Month: Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa in an Unsanctioned Match for Johnny Gargano’s NXT Career +10, This match had been built for hundreds of days. Since NXT Takeover Chicago last may, this had been one of the hottest storylines in NXT even with Ciampa sidelined. When it finally picked up this feud was straight fire. They rightly main evented NXT Takeover NOLA and had a story-filled, work rate and extreme match for the ages. Everything someone can love about wrestling is found in this match. 

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Team of the Month: Undisputed ERA +8, Even with Bobby Fish injured the ERA was really successful and intriguing this month. Roderick Strong FINALLY turned heel in WWE and joined Undisputed, they retained the tag titles and had just an overall fantastic character showing. 

Feud of the Month: Tomasso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano +8, as previously stated, this match had been built for hundreds of days. When it finally picked up it was so satisfying. Tomasso Ciampa was an amazing despicable heel and Johnny Gargano is the best face in wrestling right now. It was a former team break up story as well which added so much heat to it. It was a feud made in heaven. 

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Most Improved: Shinsuke Nakamura +7, a disappointing outing at Wrestlemania 34 against AJ Styles turned into something great. Nakamura immediately turned heel at WM 34 and this creates a great character. The sarcastic “No Speak English” motto and the repeated low blows made a great heel. The new theme song is such a great decision too. 

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Woman of the Month: Ronda Rousey +8, an incredible debut at Wrestlemania 34 got her this spot. Think about this, in her debut match she had MOTN at a Wrestlemania. That means a lot for her career. Her career will take off if she is a full-time talent. 

Champions in April (Champions at the End of the Month Get Points)

WWE:

  • Universal +7: Brock Lesnar  394+ days
  • RAW Women’s +5: Alexa Bliss 223 days, Nia Jax 23+ days
  • Intercontinential +5: The Miz 76, Seth Rollins 23+ days
  • Cruiserweight +5: Cedric Alexander 23+
  • RAW Tag Team +3: The Bar 70 days, Braun Strowman and Nicholas 1 day, Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt 4+ days
  • WWE +7: AJ Styles 175+ days
  • SD Women’s +3: Charlotte 147 days, Carmella 21+ days
  • US +5: Randy Orton 28 days, Jinder Mahal 8 days, Jeff Hardy 15+ days
  • SD Tag Team +3: The Usos 182 days, Bludgeon Brothers 23+ days
  • NXT +5: Andrade Almas 140 days, Aleister Black 24+ days
  • NXT North American +3: Adam Cole 24+ days
  • NXT Women’s +3: Ember Moon 140 days, Shayna Baszler 24+ days
  • NXT Tag Team +3: The Undisputed ERA 153+ days
  • UK +3: Pete Dunne 346 days

NJPW: 

  • IWGP Heavyweight +7: Kazuchika Okada 680+ days
  • IWGP IC +5: Minoru Suzuki 92 days, Tetsuya Naito 1+ days
  • IWGP US +5: Jay White 92+ days
  • NEVER Openweight +5: Hirooki Gota 116+ days
  • IWGP Tag +3: Evil and Sanada 116+ days
  • IWGP Jr +6: Will Ospreay 116+ days
  • IWGP Jr Tag +3: Desperado and Kanemaru 55+ days
  • NEVER 6-man +3: The Tongans 115+ days

ROH:

  • ROH +7: Dalton Castle 134+ days
  • TV +3: Kenny King 56 days, Silas Young 21+ days
  • ROH 6-Man +3: So Cal Uncensored 50 days
  • WOH +3: Sumie Sakai 21+ days
  • Tag +3: The Briscoes 50+ days

4-Star and Above Ratings from April: 

  • Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurrl for the JR Title NJPW Sakura Genesis *****
  • Cody and Hangman Page vs. The Golden Lovers NJPW Sakura Genesis ****1/4
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs Kazuchika Okada for the Heavyweight Title NJPW Sakura Genesis *****
  • Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor RAW April 2nd ****
  • Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto 205 Live ****
  • Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet vs. Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan vs. EC3 Ladder Match for the North American Title NXT Takeover NOLA *****
  • Aleister Black vs. Andrade Almas for the NXT Title at Takeover NOLA ****3/4
  • Tomasso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano Takeover NOLA *****
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Hangman Page ROH Supercard XII ****1/4
  • Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali for the Cruiserweight Championship WM 34 ****
  • Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship WM 34 ****
  • Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie Mcmahon and Triple H WM 34 ****1/2
  • AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE title WM 34 ****
  • Flip Gordon and The Young Bucks vs. SoCal Uncensored Ladder Match for the 6man titles ROH Supercard XII ****1/2
  • Cody vs. Kenny Omega ROH Supercard XII ****1/2
  • Marty Scurrl vs. Dalton Castle for the ROH World Title Supercard XII ****
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Jay Lethal ROH Masters of the Craft ****
  • Jay White vs. Dave Finlay for the US Title NJPW Road to Dontaku ****
  • Cedric Alexander vs. Kalisto for the Cruiserweight Title GRR ****1/4
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IC Title NJPW Hi No ****
  • Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins for the IC Title Raw 4.30 ****

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