Race For Wrestler of the Year: June 2018

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Wrestler of June: Kenny Omega, the performance Omega had this month was historic. He opened it by having an amazing “7-star” clash between himself and Kazuchika Okada at NJPW Dominion. Omega picked up the title after the 700+ days Okada held the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Omega after the match reformed with The Bucks and created the Golden Elite. Omega again will dominate the race to the wrestler of the year for 2018. 

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Match of the Month: Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada at NJPW Dominion in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship: In my personal opinion, this is the best match I’ve ever seen. These two went for 70 minutes and managed to keep me invested the whole time. The spots to the storytelling to the work rate to the Kenny Omega win everything was done perfectly. The match felt HUGE and maybe had the biggest “big fight feel” of any match ever. NJPW knows how to book matches and this might be their best ever. 

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Feud of the Month: Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa, Man was this month for wrestling amazing. This match would’ve been the best match in any other month but got topped by Okada v Kenny just barely but the storytelling here was a tad bit better. The former tag team members put each other through hell and Johnny Wrestling continued to push how much the feud has changed his life. Ciampa was a dastardly heel and now, in my opinion, is now the best heel in wrestling going. The face vs heel dynamic works wonders here and grabs this feud it’s second Wrestlegrade feud of the month award. 

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Team of the Month: Undisputed ERA, and another repeat award for NXT. The Undisputed ERA again shined better than any other team in the world. They boast in-ring skill, crowd heat and character like no other tag team (other than the Young Bucks). The ERA has grown so much since Roderick Strong joined and this month they did amazing, having amazing matches with Burch and Lorcan, Moustache Mountain and British Strong Style. The Undisputed ERA continues to be WWE’s best current faction going and maybe in the whole world of wrestling. 

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Women’s Wrestler of the Month: Alexa Bliss, even though she is very overpushed she did amazing this month. Winning the MITB, cashing in the same night and pushing the heel champion agenda led to her standing out this month. Her performance at Money in the Bank will go down as one of the best for women in recent memory. Even though other women were more deserving Bliss did very well in this role. 

 

Most Improved: Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan, going from jobbers to excellence in a month really sums up what this award is for. Burch and Lorcan were weird choices for challengers to Undisputed Era at Takeover Chicago but they shined in that match and now will be heavy contenders in the NXT Tag Team scene. 

Champions in June (Points are Given to who holds the title at the end of the month)

WWE:

  • Universal: Brock Lesnar 453+ Days
  • RAW Women’s: Nia Jax 70 Days, Alexa Bliss 13+ Days
  • IC: Seth Rollins 71 Days, Dolph Ziggler 12+ Days 
  • Cruiserweight: Cedric Alexander 82+ Days
  • RAW Tag: Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt 63+ Days
  • WWE: AJ Styles 234+ Days
  • SD Women’s: Carmella 80+ Days
  • US: Jeff Hardy 74+ Days
  • SD Tag: Bludgeon Brothers 84+ Days

NXT:

  • NXT: Aleister Black 85+ Days
  • North American: Adam Cole 85+ Days
  • Womens: Shayna Baszler 85+ Days
  • NXT Tag: Undisputed ERA 202 Days, Moustache Mountain 2 Days, the Undisputed ERA 7+ Days
  • UK: Pete Dunne 405+ Days 

NJPW:

  • IWGP Heavyweight: Kazuchika Okada 720 Days, Kenny Omega 21+ Days
  • IWGP US: Jay White 151+ Days
  • IWGP IC: Tetsuya Naito 41 Days, Chris Jericho 21+ Days
  • Never Openweight: Hirooki Goto 156 Days, Michael Elgin 8 Days, Hirooki Goto 11+ Days
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team: Evil and Sanada 156 Days, The Young Bucks 21+ Days
  • IWGP JR: Will Ospreay 156 Days, Hiromu Takahashi 21+ Days
  • IWGP JR Tag: Desperado and Kanemaru 115+ Days
  • Never 6-Man: Marty Scurrl and The Young Bucks 56+ Days

ROH:

  • World: Dalton Castle 197 Days, Jay Lethal 1+ Days
  • ROH TV: Silas Young 70 Days, Punishment Martinez 14+ Days
  • Tag: The Briscoes 114+ Days
  • WOH: Sumie Sakai 85+ Days 

Matches over 4-Stars

  • Dragon Lee vs. Desperado NJPW BOSJ XXV ****
  • Flip Gordon vs. Will Ospreay NJPW BOSJ XXV ****1/4
  • Michael Elgin vs. Hirooki Goto vs. Tai-Chi NJPW Dominion Never Openweight Title ****
  • The Young Bucks vs. Evil and Sanada NJPW Dominion IWGP Tag Titles ****1/2
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Will Ospreay NJPW Dominion IWGP JR Title ****3/4
  • Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito NJPW Dominion IWGP IC Title ****1/4
  • Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Title 2 out of 3 Falls *****
  • Undisputed ERA vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan NXT Tag Titles Takeover Chicago ****
  • Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet NXT Takeover Chicago ****3/4
  • Tomasso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano NXT Takeover Chicago Street Fight *****
  • Elias vs. Seth Rollins WWE MITB IC Title ****
  • Women’s MITB (Bliss, Moon, Natalya, Lynch, Naomi, Charlotte, Banks, Lana) ****1/2
  • AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura MITB WWE Title Last Man Standing ****1/4
  • Men’s MITB (Owens, Roode, Miz, Balor, Strowman, Rusev, Joe, Kofi) ****
  • Michael Elgin vs. Hirooki Goto Never Openweight Title NJPW Kizuna Road ****
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Desperado IWGP Jr Title NJPW Kizuna Road ****
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. YOH NJPW BOSJ XXV ****
  • SHO vs. Marty Scurrl NJPW BOSJ XXV ****
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Kushida NJPW BOSJ XXV ****1/2
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. Hiromu Takahashi NJPW BOSJ XXV Final ****3/4
  • Zack Gibson vs. Jack Gallagher WWE UK Tournament ****
  • British Strong Style vs. Undisputed ERA WWE UK Tournament ****1/2
  • Zack Gibson vs. Travis Banks WWE UK Tournament Finals ****1/2
  • Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler WWE RAW IC Title ****
  • Moustache Mountain vs. Undisputed ERA NXT Tag Titles WWE UK Tournament ****1/2
  • EC3 and Velveteen Dream vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet WWE UK Tournament ****
  • Zack Gibson vs. Pete Dunne UK Title WWE UK Tournament ****1/4
  • Jay Lethal vs. Kushida ROH BITW ****1/4
  • The Briscoes vs. The Young Bucks ROH Tag Titles BITW ****3/4

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After June, the winner of the Race….. Kazuchika Okada (still) 

  1. -Kazuchika Okada 144 Points
  2. -Kenny Omega 143 Points
  3. -The Young Bucks 118 Points
  4. ↑Hiromu Takahashi 116 Points
  5. ↓ Will Ospreay 105 Points
  6. ↑ Johnny Gargano 96 points
  7. ↓ Kota Ibushi 89 points
  8. Zack Sabre Jr. 77 points
  9. AJ Styles ↑Tomasso Ciampa 62 points
  10. ↓ Marty Scurrl 61 points
  11. Seth Rollins- Strong and O’Reilly(ERA) 60 points
  12. Adam Cole 58 points
  13. Alexa Bliss 55 points
  14. Hiroshi Tanahashi 53 points
  15. Hangman Page 51 points
  16. Andrade Almas -Dalton Castle 50 pointss
  17. Cody 47 points
  18. Sanada -Jay White 46 points
  19. Brock Lesnar 42 points
  20. Cedric Alexander -Kushida -Hirooki Goto 40 points
  21.  Pete Dunne 38 points
  22. Minoru Suzuki -The Miz -The Briscoes 35 points
  23. Bobby Fish 31 points
  24. Evil -Flip Gordon -Tetsuya Naito -Jay Lethal -Aleister Black -Braun Strowman -Zack Gibson 30 points
  25. El Desperado -Dragon Lee 28 points
  26. Shinsuke Nakamura 27 points
  27. So Cal Uncensored -Finn Balor -Chris Jericho 25 points
  28. Charlotte -Matt Taven 22 points
  29. Ronda Rousey -Jonathan Gresham -Killian Dain -Kalisto -Ember Moon -Jeff Hardy       -Michael Elgin –Velveteen Dream -Ricochet -Taiji Ishimori 20 points
  30. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan -Chris Sabin 17 points
  31. Asuka -Usos -John Cena -Tomohiro Ishii -The Bar -Mustafa Ali -The Tongans -Buddy Murphy -Silas Young -Roppongi 3k -Bobby Roode -EC3 -Dolph Ziggler 15 points
  32. Nia Jax -Kingdom -Yoshinobu Kanemaru -Bludgeon Brothers -Becky Lynch 13 points
  33. sAnitY -Drew Gulak -Kenny King -Juice Robinson -Dave Finlay -Lars Sullivan -Carmella -Matt and Bray -Sumie Sakai -ACH -Shayna Baszler -Jack Gallagher -Kofi Kingston -Sasha Banks -Punishment Martinez -Kevin Owens -Moustache Mountain 
  34. Ruby Riott -Alex Shelley 8 points
  35. New Day -Hideo Itami -Chase Owens -Beer City Bruiser -Trent Barretta -Shane Taylor -Togi Makabe -Yoshi-HASHI -Sami Zayn -Baron Corbin -TJP -Akira Tozawa -Kurt Angle -HHH -Rysuke Taguchi -Rusev -Samoa Joe -Lana -Travis Banks -Naomi -Elias 
  36. Mandy Leon -Tenille Dashwood -Peyton Royce -Gallows and Anderson 

Monthly Wrap Up: June 2018 may have been the greatest month for wrestling ever. Including, NJPW Dominion one of the best PPV’s of all time, NXT Takeover Chicago which hosted Ciampa vs. Gargano in an amazing match topping anything else WWE has done this year. The WWE hosted a UK tournament which saw some amazing matches and highlighted Zack Gibson and the commencement of a new NXT UK brand. NJPW finished up the Best Of the Super Juniors and had Omega vs Okada in the same month. Way to go professional wrestling! 

 

 

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