WRESTLING OBSERVER 2013 AWARDS: Japanese wrestling dominates 2013 awards
Posted on 1/24/114 by Purolove
Japanese wrestling scene dominated WON Awards 2013 (by Sternness on the 23.01.2014)
The Wrestling Observer published its annual awards for the 34th time. The prizes, which are determined by vote of the readership, are among the most important unofficial awards each year and selects winners in 37 different categories.
The Japanese wrestling scene was strongly represented in the year 2013. Hiroshi Tanahashi won the main award for the third time in a row, and by a wide margin, the Lou Thész/Ric Flair Award (wrestler of the year)! Most recently to manage this was Kenta Kobashi from 2003-2005. The only other wrestler who won at least 3 years in a row was Ric Flair, who won it 5 times was between 1982 and 1986. In addition to those mentioned, only Harley Race and Chris Jericho triumphed in consecutive years.
Tanahashi's great rival of 2013 finished in 2nd place: Kazuchika Okada. KENTA at sixth and Shinsuke Nakamura in seventh place two more Japanese wrestlers finish with 7 top.
With a huge lead, Tanahashi won the most as in the previous year outstanding Wrestler award! In the top 10 followed by Tomohiro Ishii (#10), Okada (#3), Nakamura (#6), Katsuyori Shibata (#8) and Prince Devitt (#9).
After Tanahashi was victorious in these two categories as in the previous year, it is no surprise more, that he has won also the feud of the year award again. As in 2012, the matches between Tanahashi and Okada inspired most readers of the WON. Hirooki Goto vs. Shibata followed as the only other Japanese pairing in the top 10 in third place.
The award at the prestigious match of the year was also logical. Tanahashi vs. Okada of the 07.04.2013 won by a large margin before Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii of the 04.08 (G1 climax). 2012, Tanahashi won this category for his match against Minoru Suzuki.
In total, 7 of the top 10 matches came 2013 from Japan! Tanahashi vs. Ishii of the 02.08. (#6), Nakamura vs. Kota Richard by the 04.08 (#7), Tanahashi vs. Okada of the 04.01. (#8) and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki goto of the 22nd (#9) could be also among the 10 best matches of the year place.
7 of the best 10 is also the yield at the award ceremony of the best major show. New Japan on the 04.08 (#1) and 04.01. (#2) fought a tight race at the top, new Japan followed the 07.04. and June 22 on #4 and #6 while the courts 8 gate on the 21.07, as well as new Japan were allocated to 10 of Dragon on the 14 and 11.08.. New Japan also won this award the second year in a row.
Best wrestling maneuver is (like 2012) 2013 to Okada for his dreaded Rainmaker! Ranked 5 to 9 follow: Shinsuke Nakamura (BOMA ye), Katsuyori Shibata (corner Dropkick), Daisuke Sekimoto (dead German Suplex lift), Yujiro Takahashi (Tokyo pimps) and Hiroshi Tanahashi (high fly flow).
One of the hardest to win for a Japanese wrestler may be the most charismatic (wrestler) award. Since the introduction of the price in 1980 only one Japanese won the prize: Atsushi Onita (1994). With a narrow lead over The Rock must now Tanahashi as second in this list register! Nakamura made it on 5 and Minoru Suzuki on 8th place also in the top 10.
There is no prize for the tag team of the year. This discarded Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr. on fourth place, Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov on 5th Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka on 9th place.
In the most improved wrestler, the eternal midcarder Tomohiro Ishii achieved second place after his great win in the G1 climax. Lance Archer again charted at number 4.
For 9 years, there is only one best best technical wrestler for the readers of the WON: Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan. Tanahashi was second this year. This is followed by Okada (#6), Nakamura (#7), Devitt (#8) and KENTA (#10).
The Bruiser Brody Memorial Award for the best brawler was 2013 by a clear margin to Katsuyori Shibata. Tomohiro Ishii (#2), Togi Makabe (#4), Minoru Suzuki (#7) and Masato Tanaka (#10) are also in the top 10.
For the fourth time in his career and the second time in a row, Kota Richard won the award for the best flying wrestler. Richard with the legendary Jushin Thunder liger would catch up with one another triumph. With 6 successes, Rey Mysterio has yet the record in this category.
A few successes in the ring but great crowd support. The readers of the WON believe that Tomohiro Ishii include (#3) and (#8) Tomoaki Honma underrated wrestlers of the year 2013 the most.