2014 IPR Official Voter Awards: Wrestler of the Year

2014 IPR Official Voter Awards: Wrestler of the Year

While the 2014 IPR 100 is a collection of 100 independent wrestlers based on their previous rankings throughout the year of 2014, the “Official Voter Awards” are 100% a ballot among the official voters of the Indy Power Rankings who gave a final year-end ballot where they each gave their Top 10 for the year. Their ballots are 100% based on the same criteria we used for Indy Power Rankings this year, namely the 3 major criteria that we use to rank wrestlers on a weekly basis:

1. Win-loss record for the week & overall
2. Strength of opponents for the week
3. Overall public perception of the wrestler in question (i.e. Chris Hero has a stronger following than a regional independent wrestler who most people have never heard of)

These awards are not meant to undermine the IPR 100 in any way, but many of the voters felt that some of the rankings at the end of the year were a bit inflated (or deflated as the case may be) and this was their chance to give their opinion on the year, in general.

We will release the Tag Team of the Year Award shortly.

1. Ricochet/Prince Puma-Cleary when it came to #1 in the IPR 100, there was absolutely no discrepancy among the official voters. He swept absolutely every official voter’s ballot at #1 in their Top 10 for the year and proved that he was clearly the true “Wrestler of the Year” on the indies. #1 in the IPR 100 and #1 in the official voters’ year-end ballots. What an impressive year for the “Future of Flight.” In 2014, he won the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title, the HOG Heavyweight Title, the Lucha Underground Title, the NJPW Best of the Super Junior Tournament, and PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles…as well as a tag team title in the UK for a couple of days at least, no one could compare to him. It was indisputably the year of “King Ricochet.” Congratulations on a fantastic 2014 to one of the best wrestlers on the indies.

2. Michael Elgin

3. AJ Styles

4. Adam Cole

5. Kongo Kong

6. Kyle O’Reilly

7. Jay Briscoe

8. Uhaa Nation

9. Matt Cage

10. Johnny Gargano

Others receiving votes:
Drew Galloway
Chris Hero
Caleb Konley
Ivelisse
Drew Gulak
Jake Crist
Chase Owens
Melvin Maximus
Biff Busick
AR Fox
LuFisto
Tommaso Ciampa
Shane Hollister

As we did last year, we announced the 2014 LIVE on Weekly Wrestling Podcast. This year, we announced the Tag Team Top 50 LIVE on Filling the Void Radio Network with HUGE guests coming on to get their rankings and talk about their 2014 & 2015 coming up. Rather than have us explain every ranking to you, it’s best to listen to the shows! You can also find the entire 2014 IPR 100 here: http://wp.me/p4kQ6t-1am

Guests on the shows:

12/29-Tessa Blanchard, Lee Byford, Jesse Amato, Hudson Envy, Benjamin Kimera, Jake Dirden, Ruby Raze, Shane Mercer, Corey Hollis, Adam Page, Lince Dorado, Benjamin Kimera, Ron Mathis, Gary Jay

12/30 (Tag Team Top 50)-Devin Cutter of The Hooligans, f1rst Generation (James Anthony & Victor Andrews), Country Jacked (Corey Hollis & Adam Page), Dave & Jake Crist of OI4K, The Soul Shooters (Appollo Starr & Dru Skillz), Nick Iggy of Team IOU, The Viking War Party (Alex Rudolph & Jake Parnell), Marc Hauss of #MOTN Lions, Joseph Schwartz of HammerStein, Alex Castle of Helter Skelter, Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend), Los Ben Dejos/Team Lucha (Eddie Rios & Jay Cruz), Devastation Corporation (McMassive & Smashmaster)

12/30 (IPR 100)-Chase Owens, Chase Matthews, Heidi Lovelace, James Anthony, Aaron Williams, Ron Mathis, Arik Royal, Shane Strickland, Joey Janela, Mickie Knuckles, Hy Zaya

12/31-Josef Von Schmidt, David Starr, John Wayne Murdoch, Jason Kincaid, Kongo Kong/Osyris with Rodney Rush, Caleb Konley, Matt Cage

Here are the IPR 100 Links:

Night 1 (12/29 from 9 PM to 11 PM EST): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2014/12/30/ipr100-2014–night-1-ft-jesse-amato-ron-mathis-hudson-envy-more

Night 2 (12/30 from 9 PM to 11 PM EST):
htt…p://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2014/12/31/ipr100-2014–night-2-ft-tessa-blanchard-heidi-lovelace-chase-owens-more

Night 3 (12/31 from 9 PM to 11 PM EST):
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/01/01/ipr100-2014–night-3-ft-caleb-konley-matt-cage-shane-hollister-more

Here is the Tag Team Top 50 link:
12/30 from 3 PM to 5 PM EST:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2014/12/31/indy-power-rankings-weekly-reveal

Big shout out to Puro Gear who helped sponsor all of the big shows. Give them a follow on Twitter @purowear and buy their shirts at teespring.com/purolaunch
Our Website (where YOU can participate in the weekly online poll voting): https://indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/IndyPowerRankings
Also search “Indy Power Rankings” for our open Facebook group where anyone on the indies can promote their various merchandise, fan pages, and upcoming events
Our Twitter: @IndyPowerRankin
Our Instagram where we SPOIL the Indy Power Rankings/Tag Team Top 5 every week!

 

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