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WON Readers Name WWE ‘Worst Promotion Of The Year’




WWE Awarded Worst Promotion Of The Year

The WWE has been named worst promotion of the year according to the 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards. For over thirty yers, Wrestling Observer Newsletter has published their annual awards.

This is the first time since 2006 the company has been named “Worst Promotion Of The Year”. Since 2007, Impact Wrestling has been the winner of this unfortunate title. Impact was rated number 3 according to the latest awards results.


1. WWE 612

2. AAA 156

3. Impact 141

4. Lucha Underground 62

5. UFC 57

6. ROH 26

7. Five Star Wrestling 22

8. Insane Championship Wrestling 14

9. World of Sport 12

10. Golden Boy MMA 11

HONORABLE MENTION: Ring Warriors 10, PFL 9

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 1986 – AWA; 1987 – World Class Championship Wrestling; 1988 – AWA; 1989 – AWA; 1990 – AWA; 1991 – Herb Abrams UWF; 1992 – Global Wrestling Federation; 1993 – WCW; 1994 – WCW; 1995 – WCW; 1996 – AWF; 1997 – USWA; 1998 – WCW; 1999 – WCW; 2000 – WCW; 2001 – WCW; 2002 – XPW; 2003 – World Japan; 2004 – New Japan Pro Wrestling; 2005 – New Japan Pro Wrestling; 2006 – World Wrestling Entertainment; 2007 – Total Nonstop Action; 2008 – Total Nonstop Action; 2009 – Total Nonstop Action; 2010 – Total Nonstop Action; 2011 – Total Nonstop Action; 2012 – Total Nonstop Action; 2013 – Total Nonstop Action; 2014 – Total Nonstop Action/Impact Wrestling; 2015 Total Nonstop Action/Impact Wrestling; 2016 – Total Nonstop Action/Impact Wrestling; 2017 – Impact Wrestling

The Wrestling Observer readership also gave the WWE the following awards for 2018.

  • Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic – WWE Business Ties With Saudi Arabia
  • Worst Major Wrestling Show – Crown Jewel – Saudi Arabia
  • Best Weekly TV Show – WWE NXT

The Wrestling Observer Awards are based on the time frame from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

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Katsuyori Shibata Looking To Get Medically Cleared To Return To The Ring




Image Credit: New Japan Pro Wrestling

Katsuyori Shibata is looking to get cleared to step into a ring once again.

According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Shibata is looking to get medically cleared following his recent appearance on the final night of the G1 Climax tournament.

“Katsuyori Shibata, he hasn’t been cleared, but he will be attempting to get cleared,” Meltzer stated. “He trains with his students, but the issue in question is whether it can ever be healthy for him to take head shots, and if he were to return as Katsuyori Shibata, can they work around that issue within the New Japan style.”

In 2017, Shibata collapsed backstage after a match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis. The injury was caused by Shibata’s use of a headbutt, which he had been doing regularly since the prior year. Following his collapse, he was rushed to hopsital, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, which required emergency surgery. This caused Shibata to experience paralysis on one half of his body, and many to believe he would never wrestle again.

Following his recovery, Shibata was appointed head coach of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s dojo in Los Angeles, CA.

Shibata made a surprise appearance at the finals of the G1 Climax tournament earlier this month. Although he was not medically cleared to compete, he was involved in an angle with The Bullet Club, where he was beatdown.


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Backstage News On When AEW Was Aware Of Jon Moxley’s MRSA Diagnosis




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Jon Moxley announced Friday that he would no longer be competing at All Elite Wrestling’s All Out event due to a MRSA diagnosis. All Elite Wrestling was quick to announce PAC as his replacement to face Kenny Omega at the pay-per-view on 8/31.

According to Fightful Select, specific people in the company were made aware of Moxley’s diagnosis this past Wednesday (8/21).

“AEW sent word on a need to know basis on Wednesday that Moxley would be out of All Out” – Fightful Select

Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that AEW already had plans for PAC to be at the event. The company was able to shift his surprise appearance into a wrestling role due to Moxley not being able to compete.

Jon Moxley is also out of Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport event on 9/14. He is expected to be out of action for 4 weeks. The company is hopeful he will be cleared for the TNT debut on 10/2.


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