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2nd Annual Marshall Wrestling Awards – FINAL NOMINATIONS

And now, the list of final nominees. Thanks to those of you who submitted additional nominations, especially because in more than a few instances I kicked myself for not even thinking of them.

THE NOMINEES:


BEST GIMMICK
Given to the best gimmick of 2006
Nominees:
– Jimmy Jacobs’s unrequited emo crush on Lacey (ROH)
– Alex Shelley’s “Paparazzi Productions” (TNA)
– Eric Young’s paranoid about being fired (TNA)
– Montel Vontavious Porter demands “high-priced contract” before signing with Smackdown (WWE Smackdown)
– The Boogeyman (WWE Smackdown)
– Booker T wins King of the Ring, declares himself to be true royalty as “King Booker” complete with Shakesperean dialect (WWE Smackdown)
– LAX, as militant Latinos, play up the immigration debate for heel heat (TNA)
– Jimmy Wang Yang (WWE Smackdown – happy, Jill?)

VON ERICH AWARD
Given to the best face (“hero”) in wrestling; doesn’t necessarily reflect workrate.
Nominees:
– John Cena (WWE RAW)
– Colt Cabana (ROH)
– AJ Styles (TNA)
– Batista (WWE Smackdown)
– Rob Van Dam (WWE ECW)
– Shawn Michaels (WWE RAW)

RIC FLAIR AWARD
Given to the best heel (“villain”) in wrestling; doesn’t necessarily reflect workrate.
Nominees:
– Chris Hero (ROH/CZW)
– Edge (WWE RAW)
– Bryan Danielson (ROH)
– Christian Cage (TNA)
– Booker T/”King Booker” (WWE Smackdown)
– Ken Kennedy (WWE Smackdown)

NEXT BIG THING
To the wrestler for whom 2007 could be their year.
Nominees:
– C.M. Punk (WWE/ECW brand)
– Nigel McGuinness (ROH)
– Claudio Castagnoli (WWE – no brand assigned)
– Elijah Burke (WWE/ECW brand)
– Ken Kennedy (WWE Smackdown)
– Kenny (WWE RAW)
– Daniel Rodimer (WWE – no brand assigned, expected RAW)

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
Given to the wrestler(s) who had the best career comeback in 2006.
Nominees:
– Fit Finlay (WWE Smackdown)
– Jay & Mark Briscoe (ROH)
– Chris Benoit (WWE Smackdown)
– Jeff Hardy (WWE RAW)

MOST IMPROVED
Given to the wrestler who improved the most in 2006
Nominees:
– Delirious (ROH)
– Umaga (WWE RAW)
– Edge (WWE RAW)
– Kevin Thorn (WWE ECW)
– Chris Sabin (TNA)

SID EUDY AWARD
Awarded for incredible stupidity in the face of all decency and/or common sense.
Nominees:
– Kurt Angle gets full release from WWE contract; claims he “faked” addiction so he could jump to TNA
– Rob Van Dam gets busted driving for DUI and possession; loses title and push
– Justin Credible no-shows ECW house shows and tapings; gets fired
– Kevin Nash fakes injury to avoid working a pay-per-view and loses a TNA contract that requires him to do next to nothing; TNA brings him back a few short months later
– WWE invokes Eddy Guerrero’s memory to put heat on Chavo Guerrero for his heel turn and subsequent push
– The “Kane Clone” (WWE RAW)
– TNA paying Sting a ton of money for doing next to nothing
– TNA brings in Vince Russo as head of creative resulting in some truly abysmal television right off the bat
– WWE horribly botches the ECW relaunch
– WWE throwing Carlito into “relationship” storylines that don’t play to his character’s strengths…at all (WWE RAW)
– Bobby Lashley given the ECW title and pushed as a face despite being everything that ECW was originally against (WWE)

MOST UNDERUTILIZED WRESTLER
Given to a wrestler in 2006 whom the promotion either didn’t utilize as well as they should have and/or with whom they completely dropped the ball.
Nominees:
– Senshi a.k.a. Low Ki (TNA)
– Jamie Knoble (WWE Smackdown)
– Shelton Benjamin (WWE RAW)
– Alex Shelley (TNA)
– Brent Albright (former WWE Smackdown)
– Charlie Haas (WWE RAW)
– Ron “the Truth” Killings (TNA)
– The Gymini (a.k.a. The Shane Twins) (WWE Smackdown)
– Trevor Murdoch (WWE RAW)

MOST UNDERRATED
Given to the wrestler most underrated by fans and others.
Nominees:
– Ricky Reyes (ROH)
– Jimmy Rave (ROH)
– Jamie Knoble (WWE Smackdown)
– (Sean) Daivari (WWE Smackdown/ECW)
– Gregory Helms (WWE Smackdown)
– Delirious (ROH)
– Trevor Murdoch (WWE RAW)

MOST OVERRATED
Given to the wrestler most overrated by fans and others.
Nominees:
– Austin Aries (ROH)
– Christopher Daniels (ROH/TNA)
– Naomichi Marufuji (Pro Wrestling NOAH) Maybe it’s just me?
– Randy Orton (WWE RAW)
– Batista (WWE Smackdown)
– Rob Van Dam (WWE ECW)

F.O.A.D. AWARD
Given to the wrestler whose presence was the most unwelcome for 2006.
Nominees:
– Randy Orton (WWE RAW)
– Sonjay Dutt (TNA)
– The Great Khali (WWE Smackdown/ECW)
– Jeff Jarett (TNA)
– Kevin Federline hatin’ on John Cena (WWE RAW)
– Sting (TNA)
– Vince Russo (TNA)
– Kip James & B.G. James, the Voodoo Kin Mafia (TNA)

“ENOUGH ALREADY” AWARD
Given to the angle/feud/wrestler that really overstayed its/his/her welcome.
Nominees:
– DX feuds with the McMahons (WWE RAW)
– DX, period (WWE RAW)
– Vince McMahon (WWE RAW)
– Matt Hardy WILL NOT DIE (WWE Smackdown)
– Diva Search 2006 (WWE RAW/Smackdown)
– Edge and Cena feud, like, forever (WWE RAW)
– Mike “The Miz” Mizanin (WWE Smackdown)
– Sharmell repeatedly yelling “all hail King Booker” during Booker T’s entrance (WWE Smackdown)
– Eddy Guerrero’s death still being used in storylines (WWE)
– The former New Age Outlaws become “The Voodoo Kin Mafia” in TNA to call out DX; end up doing awful skits and pathetic call-outs

BEST MANAGER
Nominees:
– Prince Nana (ROH)
– Armando Alejandro Estrada (WWE RAW)
– Lacey (ROH)
– Daivari (WWE Smackdown)
– Lita (WWE RAW)
– James Mitchell (TNA)

HOGAN-ORNDORF AWARD
Given to the best booked feud in 2006.
Nominees:
– CZW vs. ROH (ROH)
– John Cena vs. Edge (WWE RAW)
– Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James (WWE RAW)
– Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH)
– Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA)
– Homicide vs. Colt Cabana (ROH)

PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
Nominees:
– Ring of Honor
– TNA
– WWE (RAW/Smackdown/ECW)
– Pro Wrestling NOAH
– Pro Wrestling Guerrilla

BEST FLYER
Given to the best high-flyer.
Nominees:
– Rey Mysterio (WWE Smackdown)
– Mistico (CMLL)
– A.J. Styles (TNA)
– Jack Evans (ROH)
– Matt Sydal (ROH)
– Scorpio Sky (PWG)
– Brian Kendrick (WWE Smackdown)

BEST TECHNICIAN
Given to the best “technical wrestler”.
Nominees:
– Chris Benoit (WWE Smackdown)
– Bryan Danielson (ROH)
– Kurt Angle (WWE/TNA)
– Christopher Daniels (TNA)

BEST BRAWLER
Given to the best “brawler”. Duh.
Nominees:
– Necro Butcher (ROH/CZW/IWA-MS)
– SUWA (Pro Wrestling NOAH)
– Samoa Joe (TNA)
– Fit Finlay (WWE Smackdown)
– Umaga (WWE RAW)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Given to the wrestler who was most valuable to his promotion in 2006.
Nominees:
– Samoa Joe (TNA)
– Bryan Danielson (ROH)
– Edge (WWE RAW)
– Batista (WWE Smackdown)
– Rob Van Dam (WWE ECW)
– Homicide (ROH)

BEST MATCH
Nominees:
– Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels – X-Division Title match (TNA “Against All Odds” 2/12)
– Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle (WWE “No Mercy” 2/19)
– Blood Generation (Masato Yoshino, Naruki Doi, & CIMA) vs. Do Fixer (Genki Horiguchi, Ryo Saito, & Dragon Kid) (ROH Supercard of Honor 3/31)
– Low Ki vs. Necro Butcher (IWA-MS 4/1)
– Chris Benoit vs. Fit Finlay (WWE “Judgment Day” 5/21)
– Roderick Strong vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH “Death Before Dishonor” 7/15)
– Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH “Unified” 8/12)
– Edge vs. John Cena TLC Match (WWE “Unforgiven” 9/17)
– Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA (ROH “Glory By Honor V Night 2” 9/16)
– Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. KENTA for the GHC Heavyweight Title (Pro Wrestling NOAH 10/29)
– Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle (TNA “Turning Point” 12/10)
– Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Dave Taylor & William Regal vs. MNM (Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro) vs. Matt & Jeff Hardy – Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship (WWE “Armageddon” 12/17)

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
Nominees:
– The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe; ROH)
– LAX (Homicide & Hotstuff Hernandez; TNA)
– Paul London & Brian Kendrick (WWE Smackdown)
– Austin Aries & Roderick Strong (ROH)
– The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli; ROH/CZW/Chikara Pro)
– A.J. Styles & Christopher Daniels (TNA)

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
Nominees:
– Samoa Joe (TNA)
– Bryan Danielson (ROH)
– Edge (WWE RAW)

If you want to get votes in, do so by replying, e-mail, IM, etcetera.

SCHEDULE:
* Part 1 – Auxiliary Awards 12/28/06
* Part 2 – Best Gimmick, Von Erich Award, Rich Flair Award, Next Big Thing, Comeback of the Year, Most Improved, Sid Eudy Award, Most Underutilized, Most Underrated, Most Overrated, F.O.A.D. Award, “Enough Already” Award 12/29/06
* Part 3 – Best Manager, Hogan-Orndorff Award, Promotion of the Year, Best Flyer, Best Technician, Best Brawler, Most Valuable Player, Best Match, Tag Team of the Year, Wrestler of the Year 12/30/06

More later…

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