2016 End of the Year Awards: Rookie of the Year.

This years Rookie of the Year was basically a unanimous decision. (Mark kind of through a wrench in that but he’s forgiven). Every person mentioned is going to go on to bigger and better things in 2017 but in 2016, they made splash.

Matthew:

Matt Riddle:
Matt Riddle has 18 months experience and carries himself with the confidence and poise of someone with a decades experience. Riddle is a pro wrestling prodigy. He has arguably become the most sought after indie star. His ring work is top notch and he has the charisma and star power that make it a sure thing that he will be a huge star for a major company in years to come.

Runner ups:

Lio Rush

Tyler Bate

Jay White

Braun Strowman

Mark:

Matt Riddle/Chihiro Hashimoto:

I’ll probably be the only one doing this, like at all, but I have to go with a tie on this one. Matt Riddle has had an absolutely stellar year in 2016 (as you can see he’s my rookie of the year AND in the running for wrestler of the year), the guy hasn’t had a bad match and continues to just get better. I’ve been saying it all year, Riddle is the best crossover talent since Kurt Angle. On the other side of the world, we have Sendai Girls’ super rookie, Chihiro Hashimoto. Hashi is an incredible 25 year old talent with a background in amateur wrestling, she’s always wanted to be a professional wrestler and now with her dreams finally achieved she will not be stopped. To sum up what an incredible year Hashi has had, she’s already won the Sendai Girls World Champion in her rookie year. Professional wrestling is blessed to have outstanding rookies like these two.

Runner ups:

Jungle Kyona

Ben-K

Lio Rush

Rachael Ellering 

Heather:

Matthew Riddle:

Matthew Riddle is a phenom. He broke into wrestling this year cementing himself as someone everyone should be paying attention to. He’s had great matches with just about everyone he’s been put in the ring with and continues to excel. He quickly cemented himself as a force to reckoned with in Evolve. 2017 is the year Evolve is Bro a I am super excited for this.

Runner ups:

Jay White

Lio Rush

Tracer X

Zachary Wentz

I’m small, talkative and either thinking about wrestling or music. I make a lot of jokes so take what I say with a grain of salt. Ring of Honor & Evolve are my faves. I live at Florida wrestling shows on the weekends.