Since I began Wrestling Express I have had some annual ideas that have remained consistent over the last couple of years and one of them is the year end awards. These awards are designed to capture the moments from the previous year and honor the best of the best. I do know that a lot of other websites do this but I'd think my site is different as I only do a select number of awards every year.
The awards I will be giving out this year will be the Wrestler, Feud, Tag Team, and Match of the Year. Every major company will be accounted for and represented in some form with some companies gaining extra representation due to having more than one deserving talent. With that being said we will kick it off with the Wrestler of the Year and the voting will open tonight on my twitter. Who do you think is the Wrestler of the Year? Check out who is up for the award below:
Wrestler of the Year
As always wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
Recently, I saw the name Brent Albright which is the name of one talent that I always really wondered why he never accomplished more on the bigger scale. Albright would sign with the WWE in 2004 after competing as local star on many occasions. The company would send Brent to Ohio Valley Wrestling to begin his training and was among the talent brought in following the mass call up of 2002. While down in OVW he would become the first star to gain the "OVW Triple Crown while in the company.
To just give glimpse of how highly the company thought of Brent when he did come up there was talk of placing him with Chris Benoit as sort of a mentor/protégé relationship. But as we all know things didn't go the way it was initially laid out and within a few months of his call up Albright was off television again. However, very quickly after his departure from WWE he would move onto ROH and actually a little push by the company but receive the most success once he joined the NWA.
Overall, I do think that Albright was plenty capable in the ring but never really was able to show enough charisma on the microphone. I do think that the lack of charisma may have played a part in his lack of success in the E, but much like a Malenko or Benoit he could've accomplished more if given a shot. Don't get me wrong with the WWE giving him a name like Gunner Scott it didn't really help his case and may have never really allowed his career to start right.
The big series for the year continues as we move onto week two of the series. This series has become by far one of my favorite series to do and that is why even though the normal time for it has come and gone I still had to make sure I did the series this year. But now it's time to get back to Polling the Crowd.
Question 2: In your opinion has social media had a positive or negative effect on the entertainment industry?
Through the Ropes PW: In your opinion has social media had a positive or negative effect on the entertainment industry? "Negative for sure. There is no way that anything good has come from it. It has just turned fans into critics and want-to-be bookers....There is a good reason as to why there are followers and leaders in life."
Tom: Deciding whether or not this is a positive or negative change can be debated. On one hand, it gives viewers and fans power because ultimately, they are the consumer who is purchasing a sport’s product. On the other hand, it can create a difficult task for Network’s to try to please everyone. This leads to a lot of political correctness and that can water down the product big time, ultimately changing it from what it used to be in its purest form.
KM Podcast: Probably a bit of both.
Bryan: There has been a multitude of positive and negative effects stemming from social media's expansion into entertainment. Its added a new faucet to market and gain viewers from which is a plus. But can also be an easy way to spoil surprises or make things so viral that such thing gets annoying.
Gabrielle: I'd say positive. You get pertinent information on new movies, TV shows, special announcements, release dates, new TV series, etc. You can get all of that by watching TV of course, but if you’re someone who spend more time on the internet than on TV, social media is an additional tool to get all the information that you need. And in that sense, it’s cool for the industry.