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WON Preview (March 18, 2019): 2018 Observer Newsletter Awards

March 18, 2019 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2018 Observer Newsletter Awards

One of the two biggest issues of the year, the awards issue, is out right now.

The awards issue contains not only the award winners, but also top placeholders in every category and an all-time history of award winners dating back to 1980.

These are this year's categories:

  • Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award for Wrestler of the Year
  • MMA MVP
  • Most Outstanding Wrestler
  • Most Outstanding MMA Fighter
  • Tag Team of the Year
  • Best on Interviews
  • Promotion of the Year
  • Best Weekly TV show
  • Pro Wrestling match of the year
  • MMA fight of the year
  • U.S./Canada MVP
  • Japan MVP
  • Mexico MVP
  • Europe MVP
  • Non-Heavyweight MVP
  • Women's MVP
  • Women's MMA MVP
  • Best Box Office Draw
  • Feud of the Year
  • Most Improved
  • Most Charismatic
  • Bryan Danielson Best Technical Wrestler Award
  • Bruiser Brody Best Brawler Award
  • Best Flying Wrestler
  • Most Overrated
  • Most Underrated
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Best Non-Wrestler
  • Best TV announcer
  • Worst TV announcer
  • Best major show
  • Worst major show
  • Best move
  • Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic
  • Worst TV show
  • Worst match of the year
  • Worst feud of the year
  • Worst promotion of the year
  • Best booker
  • Promoter of the Year
  • Best gimmick
  • Worst gimmick
  • Best pro wrestling book
  • Best pro wrestling documentary

Have a look at the career and life of Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer, from football to college wrestling to TV stardom in Japan to teaching school. It's really an amazing story of one of the first Americans to become a TV celebrity in Japan and the greatest American masked wrestler of all-time.

Read about his legendary matches and life in Japan.

Read full coverage of the road to WrestleMania with most of the card as well as full coverage of Fastlane with a match-by-match rundown with star ratings, poll results and business notes.

Look at SummerSlam tickets, WWE creative, Bruce Prichard, Jeff Jarrett, AEW vs. WWE, Takeover Brooklyn's complete card, newcomers to WWE this week, Dwayne Johnson award, Harlem Heat Hall of Fame notes, WrestleMania 2020 week updates, new WWE hire, WWE ticket sales, WWE stock price, most watched shows of the past week no the WWE Network plus notes from all the weekend house shows with results, angles and business.

This issue has updated coverage of the New Japan Cup, with this week's shows, a rundown of every match so far in the tournament and an updated look at the brackets.

Read a feature on Wally Yamaguchi and his role in Japanese wrestling, and his character in WWE.

Run down the ratings of all the major TV shows, along with detailed demo info for the WWE shows.

As always, find the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week right here. 


Also in this issue:

  • A look at CMLL's major show this week
  • L.A. Park returns to CMLL
  • A look at the last two weeks of Dragon Gate big shows
  • A look at Dragon Gate's next major show
  • All Japan Champion Carnival notes
  • Notes on the new ownership of NOAH
  • NOAH having a live show this week on YouTube
  • A look at NOAH's big show this past week
  • More news on New Japan in MSG, Dallas and London
  • Long-term New Japan plans
  • New matches over WrestleMania week
  • Notes on the upcoming NCAA wrestling tournament
  • Notes on the Cauliflower Alley Club honorees this year
  • Debut of Jun Akiyama in the U.S.
  • Notes on Bruno Sammartino movie
  • Full details on 16 Carat Gold tournament
  • Lots of notes on Germany shows
  • Update on Jim Cornette MLW status
  • New MLW plans
  • Update on ROH PPV and TV tapings this week
  • More on Madison Rayne leaving ROH
  • Notes on Impact
  • Endeavor pulls out of Saudi Arabia
  • Conor McGregor pulls out of next fight
  • McGregor arrest news
  • UFC's handling of Turinabol
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • A look at this week's UFC show
  • Notes on the retirement of Mirko Cro Cop and his career
  • Why Frank Mir is furious about USADA and Jon Jones
  • More notes on Bellator's major show in San Jose
  • ONE latest moves
  • PFL's plans for 2019

Click here for the most requested Wrestling Observer back issues.

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