2016 Can’t Pause This Wrestling Award Winners.
2016 has been a spectacular year in the world of professional wrestling and arguably the biggest year in the modern age, where we’ve been able to access a plethora of matches, talent, feuds, and characters that are actually outside of the WWE.
The winners of 2016 Can’t Pause This Wrestling Awards are:
Special Mention of 2016
Triple H for NXT
There is no one in the WWE in the past 10 years who has taken creative reigns of WWE’s product and completely revolutionised it. Since taking creative of NXT Triple H has taken an average Tough Enough style brand and turned into a product that not only rivals but sometimes beats the main show in quality.
Granted NXT have had some better rosters in the past years in comparison, but 2016 was the year of NXT. It produced better matches than the main brand, better shows than the main brand, and did something that I’m sure Vince himself would of been fuming over, it made WrestleMania 32 strictly average in comparison to NXT TakeOver:Dallas, which was one of the best PPV events in recent memory.
It is a show that is based upon pure wrestling.
Also important to note, it is Triple H’s guys who are shining most in the WWE’s main brand, Rollins, Reigns, Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Enzo and Cass, and more.
So Can’t Pause This is taking the time to pay tribute to Triple H’s outstanding work.
Winner: The Miz
Both Charlotte and Matt Hardy have had some fantastic moments this year and have improved dramatically, Alexa Bliss is now Smackdown Women’s Champion and put in a hell of a performance against Becky Lynch, and Roman Reigns has, despite criticism, put in some great performances over 2016.
The winner though is The Miz. Since going to Smackdown and reviving a long standing feud with Daniel Bryan, his work has been incredible.
It all started the Raw after WrestleMania when The Miz beat Zack Ryder for the Intercontinental Championship and held it until losing to Dolph Ziggler at No Mercy in October but quickly won it back a month later on Smackdown.
The addition of Maryse to his side has added a really good dimension to his character and the fact they’re husband and wive creates a natural chemistry. It has given his character an ego to some degree, an arrogance that has made him so damn good this year.
He has also put in some outrageously good performances the last year, mostly notably with Dolph Ziggler who he’s been often paired with, and as mentioned before it’s been his on air feud with Daniel Bryan on Smackdown and Talking Smack that has really seen him take the brass.
Underrated Talent Award
Winner: Cody Rhodes
I wont get into how angry I was at the treatment of Damien Sandow in the WWE, he was so over and royally screwed then promptly fired, and now tottering along in TNA, one thinks he should of gone the route of Cody Rhodes as become an independent.
This leads me to Sandow’s former partner and winner of this award Mr. Cody Rhodes.
An absolutely underrated talent in the WWE. There’s something in the WWE that Vince just can’t push anyone who’s a member of the Rhodes family. Dusty, Goldust, and himself even. It got to a point this year, after Sandow’s release in fact (was it because of his release, he quit we wont know.) that Cody quit the WWE and went alone.
Now lets get the easiest thing go on record, Cody is one of the best, most natural and athletic performers in the world of wrestling. Now going alone Cody is selling arenas out on the Indie scene and putting in some amazing performances in ROH and various other brands across the globe. He is easily in the top 5 best wrestlers in the world today.
I will predict this Cody will fight Kenny Omega in 2017 and it will be one of the greatest matches of all time.
Most Overrated Award
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Alberto Del Rio
No one, I repeat no one, has been so exhaustingly boring this year than Brock Lesnar.
Before Lesnar was a monster, a PPV item that people would tune in to see the absolute destruction that he would cause taking people to Suplex City. But it has become such a bore that Brock is no longer a spectacle in the wrestling ring.
I don’t doubt Lesnar has had a good year, he has. He’s made his return to UFC, but promptly banned after substance failures, and since then has had his undefeated streak ended in a 2 minute squash match by the returning Goldberg.
Lesnar had some good matches early on, and has great chemistry wrestling Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins but lately it’s just not been the same and seems just lazy, is he over it once again?
I hope he returns in 2017 and has a better more even year, and has some excellent matches like he did in his very first run. I also hold out hope that Kurt Angle returns and they put on yet another classic like they did so many years ago.
Best Match of The Year (Lariat Award)
Winner: Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito
Ricochet vs Will Ospray
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn
The Revival vs American Alpha
Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte
Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito
The match of the year would of gone to Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn at NXT TakeOver:Dallas, BUT then came Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito at NJPW’s G1 Climax 26 event.
It is 40 minutes of pure wrestling.
I’m not going to say much about it other than please just watch it. It has absolutely everything you’d ever want to see in a professional wrestling match, I don’t think I have seen a better match since Austin vs Bret at WrestleMania 13.
Best Mic Work (The Woo Award)
Winner: Enzo Amore
Big Van Vader
The winner of the best Mic work this year has been Enzo Amore, “how you doin?”. Since his debut early in the year, I haven’t seen a more natural talker on the mic since The Rock.
Time and time again he has had some golden promos over the year and has recently entered a really good program with Rusev and has had some really funny moments. “And you can’t teach that!”
Best Tag Team of the Year (The Freebird Award)
Winner: The Revival
The New Day
2016 has been the year of the Tag-Team. The wrestling world is currently bless with some of the best tag teams that have ever graced the squared circle. From the indies to the WWE there have been some brilliant tag matches over the past year. Not with standing seeing The New Day break tradition and over take Demolition as the longest “WWE World Tag Team Champions”.
Whilst New Day have been great, the rest of the nominees have be just better. It is one thing to nominate but to chose who has been the best tag team has been the hardest choice out of the entire thing.
We at CPT have gone with The Revival.
They may not be everybody’s cup of tea but you absolutely cannot knock them as a world class tag team. Their ring style is old school but they put in 110% into every match, whether it’s a taped event or a live tour or a TakeOver event, The Revival have been phenomenal.
Their match with American Alpha at TakeOver:Dallas this year was one of the best tag matches I have ever seen. Whilst sure The Briscoes and Young Buck would be just behind them, and even though American Alpha have just won the Tag Team Championship on Smackdown, The Revival’s work ethic in and out of the ring has given them this award.
I look forward to seeing them more in 2017 and I certainly look forward to seeing them continue their feud with DIY on NXT.
Best Female Wrestler of The Year (The Mae Young Award)
Charlotte was a strong favourite for this award, but Asuka steals it away at the last minute.
Asuka has been an absolute revolution in the women’s division on NXT. Putting in an insanely good matches with Bayley at both TakeOver:Dallas and TakeOver:Brooklyn and firmly stamping her place as one of the best wrestlers in the world of either gender.
There’s a modest feeling to her when she wrestles. There’s no arrogance, like she should be the top dog, she just is because she holds and drives the match over and over again. Her work in Japan prior to joining NXT was phenomenal, and since her debut she has become the strongest female athlete on any roster, I would be scared for any women that cross her path when she gets the call up. I honestly cannot see anyone legitimately beating her.
Paige held the championship for 308 days being the longest reigning NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka is currently on 264+ days. My prediction is she will hold the title until TakeOver:Orlando and break Paige’s record and become the longest reigning champion.
If you haven’t see her work you really really need to get on that now.
Best Male Wrestler of The Year (The Eddie Guerrero Award)
Winner: Kenny Omega
One of the hardest groups for nominees, but the easiest pick. Shinsuke Naramura has been brilliant, and given a dimension to NXT that wasn’t previously there, Will Ospray has set the world alight with his brilliant performances and his feud with Vader over the past year has been gloriously entertaining, Matt Hardy has rejuvenated himself into “Broken” Matt Hardy, a parody of his former self that has just randomly worked (honestly, I don’t know if people are being ironic when they praised some this stuff, but I must admit it has taken the wrestling world by storm), finally Chris Jericho has been producing some of the best work he has ever done in his career.
Head and shoulders above the rest has been Kenny Omega.
Kenny Omega to put simply, is the best wrestler in the world at the moment.
His matches have been the best, his work ethic has be outrageous, and since joining The Bullet Club taking AJ Style’s place as leader, he has gone above and beyond to become the best wrestler he possibly can be. There has been rumours that he has also turned down WWE three times over 2016, which adds more to his personality than anything else. Loyal to the indies.
Every match he has had this year hasn’t been below a 4 star rating on many many sites, and his performances in the ring have been spectacular. Particularly his match with Naito and also his match with Hirooki Goto at G1 Climax 26.
I am looking forward to seeing Omega wrestle in 2017 and I will tune into every NJPW event just to see him perform.
Best of 2016 (Can’t Pause This Award)
Chris Jericho has won the Can’t Pause This Award for Best of 2016.
He has worked his socks off in 2016 starting with lasting over 50 minutes in the Royal Rumble match before being eliminated by Dean Ambrose, and has personally built himself to be the biggest meme in sports entertainment through his various catchphrases and personas.
At present Jericho is working a program with Rollins and Owens which has been amazing despite all the false finishes but it just highlights even further just how good Jericho is. His whining and cheap tricks during matches are what makes him such a great heel. It’s hard not to love Jericho as a heel, much like Edge and Eddie were, Jericho is just able to commit to his role and be the biggest piece of shit he can, but the crowds love it and he’s been getting some of the biggest pops in his career even eclipsing Kevin Owens who has such a big response from the crowd since joining the WWE. His partnership with Owens also highlights his position in the company as someone who wants to help develop talent and Owens will benefit no end to one of the best since Ric Flair.
So “Take it in the Gift of Jericho mannnnnnnnnmmn or you will go on the list you stupid idiot!”