Views From The Turnbuckle: 2013 Wrestling Award Show Spectacular Part 2!
It is time for Day 2 of The Viewies®. You can read the first half of the awards by clicking here:
Match of the Year: Kota Ibushi vs Shinsuke Nakamura-G1 Climax-Day 4
New Japan had a hell of a year, and in the process had several Match of the Year candidates. Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi at both Invasion Attack and King of Pro Wrestling will receive more acclaim, but for my money, Ibushi vs Nakamura was just as good as those higher profile matches. The match follows classic wrestling logic, with the cocky heel Nakamura keeping the fan-friendly face Ibushi down for most of the match. Nakamura's psychology and overall charisma are the real selling points of the match. He is the smooth and confident heel that we all wish that Curtis Axel would be. Ibushi is, as always, phenomenal as an athlete and has the moment of the match when he kicks out at one after a seemingly endless flurry of offense by Nakamura. The G1 Climax as a whole was excellent, but the match of the tournament, and the match of the year, was Ibushi vs Nakamura.
Honorable Mention: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada-King of Pro Wrestling, CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar-Summerslam, Kyle O'Reilly vs Trent Barreta-Battle of Los Angeles-Day 1, Daniel Bryan vs John Cena-Summerslam, Sami Zayn vs Antonio Cesaro-NXT
Event of the Year: Invasion Attack
A lot of strong contenders, but from top to bottom, Invasion Attack was the best. In addition to the tremendous Okada/Tanahashi bout, Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA vs Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi, Shinsuke Nakamura vs Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Masato Tanaka and Yujiro Takahashi vs Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma were all great contests. There really was not a bad match on the card, which separates it from a lot of other shows. Summerslam had two Match of the Year candidates, but the undercard was nowhere near as strong as Invasion Attack's was.
Honorable Mention: Summerslam, Battle of Los Angeles, King of Pro Wrestling, Dominion
Woman of the Year: AJ Lee
A WWE Diva is a lot different from the idea of a regular female wrestler. Most Diva's sacrifice wrestling talent for botox and cheap implants. AJ Lee, however, has been a breakthrough female talent for WWE, and this award really couldn't go to anybody else. Not only is AJ a solid wrestler, but from a character perspective, I can't think of any other female wrestler that has been as dramatic as AJ has been. The success of Total Diva's has turned the women's wrestling division in WWE to something different, but make no mistake about it, AJ is still the heart and soul of women's wrestling in WWE. She has had several storylines built around her in 2013, in addition to being probably the most marketable female wrestler in the history of the business.
Honorable Mention: Gail Kim, Cheerleader Melissa, Candice Lerae, Arisa Nakajima
Best Wrestling Maneuver: The Rainmaker-Kazuchika Okada
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