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Pages: 43. Chapters: Bryan Alvarez, Dave Meltzer, List of Wrestling
Observer Newsletter awards, Live Audio Wrestling, Wrestling
Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. Excerpt: This is a list of both
active and inactive Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards created by
professional wrestling journalist, Dave Meltzer. The first fourteen
awards were created in 1980 as an informal poll between Meltzer and
his friends and others he corresponded with on the subject of
professional wrestling at the time. After starting the Wrestling
Observer in 1983, the awards took on a greater life, with an
increasing number of awards given out every year. The awards were
created to recognize the individual achievements of a select few
wrestlers who exemplified in a specified criterion. The awards are
given on a yearly basis in various categories such as Best Overall
Wrestler, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Tag Team, Most Improved,
Match of the Year, etc.; there are also a handful of awards to
recognize the dubious distinctions in the business during that year
such as Most Overrated and Worst Worked Match. Currently, there are
thirty-seven categories that are actively assessed every year and
ten that are no longer active. The awards are voted for by the
readership of the newsletter, which includes various insiders of
the industry, such as promoters, agents, and performers, as well as
journalists, historians, and fans. The awards are organized into
two classes. For class A awards, voters indicate their top three
choices. First choices are awarded five points, second places three
points, and third places two points. The choice with the most
points overall wins. For class B awards, voters simply indicate
their top choice. Over the years, various institutions of mixed
martial arts have become eligible to win some awards that seemed as
though they were more deserving than the conventional wrestler.
This led to, in 1997, the creation of Shootfighter of the Year and
Fight of the Year to recognize MMA achievement specifically, but
some awards remained intact for MMA to win, due to the similar
business aspect between both sports (i.e. Best Box Office Draw,
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