Wrestling Observer Awards: 2020

Yes, it’s that time of the year when Big Dave drops the announcements!  Let’s look at the winners (and, in some cases, losers):

Thesz/Flair Wrestler of the Year: Jon Moxley (1st victory)

Outstanding Wrestler: Kenny Omega (2nd victory)

Outstanding MMA Fighter: Israel Adesanya (2nd victory, consecutive)

Tag Team of the Year: Young Bucks (6th victory)

Best Interview: Eddie Kingston (1st victory)

Top Wrestling Promotion: AEW (1st victory, snapping NJPW’s 8-year run)

Weekly Show of the Year: Dynamite (2nd victory, consecutive)

Match Of The Year: Kenny Omega (3rd victory) and Adam Page (1st victory) vs. Young Bucks (1st victory), AEW Revolution 2/29/20

Regional/Specialty MVPs:

  • USA/Canada: Jon Moxley (1st)
  • Japan: Tetsuya Naito (1st)
  • Mexico: Rey Fenix (2nd, consecutive)
  • Europe: WALTER (3rd, consecutive)
  • Cruiserweight: Hiromu Takahashi (1st, snapping Will Ospreay’s 2-year run)
  • Women’s: Bayley (1st, snapping Becky Lynch’s 2-year run)

Feud of the Year: Jon Moxley (1st victory) vs Eddie Kingston (1st victory) — this ends Johnny Gargano’s 2-year run

Most Improved: Dr. Britt Baker, DMD

Most Charismatic: Maxwell Jacob Friedman (1st victory)

Bryan Danielson Technique Award: Zack Sabre Jr. (7th victory, all consecutive)

Bruiser Brody Memorial Brawler Award: Jon Moxley (1st victory, snapping Tomohiro Ishii’s 6-year run)

Best High Flyer: Rey Fenix (1st victory, ending Will Ospreay’s 4-year run)

Most Overrated: Bray Wyatt (1st victory, ending Baron Corbin’s 2-year run)

Most Underrated: Ricochet (1st victory)

Rookie of the Year: Pat McAfee

Best Non-Wrestler: Taz (1st victory, ending Paul Heyman’s 2-year run)

Best TV Announcer: Excalibur (1st victory, ending Kevin Kelly’s 2-year run)

Worst TV Announcer: Michael Cole (6th victory)

Major Show of the Year: AEW Revolution 2020 (AEW has won 2 straight)

Worst Major Show: WWE Super ShowDown (2nd consecutive victory of the series, 5th consecutive for WWE)

Move of the Year: One-Winged Angel by Kenny Omega (5th victory)

Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic: WWE’s mass layoffs

Worst Weekly TV Show: Raw (10th victory, 7th consecutive)

Worst (Worked) Match of the Year: Braun Strowman (1st victory) vs. Bray Wyatt (4th victory, 2nd consecutive), Swamp Fight

Worst Feud of the Year: Braun Strowman (1st victory) vs. Bray Wyatt (3rd victory, 2nd consecutive)

Worst Promotion: WWE (4th victory, 3rd consecutive)

Best Booker: Tony Khan (1st victory, breaking Gedo’s 4-year run)

Best Promoter: Tony Khan (2nd victory, consecutive)

Best Gimmick of the Year: Orange Cassidy (1st victory)

Worst Gimmick of the Year: Bray Wyatt (2nd victory, but he has also won twice for Best Gimmick)

Book of the Year: Killing the Business by Matt and Nick Jackson

Documentary of the Year: “Owen Hart”, Dark Side of the Ring


Congratulations to… well, most of the winners. Not the ones who got “worst”.