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WDKW100 2016 Honorable Mentions Part 1

First year ever for the WDKW100! Are you excited? You probably should be because a fabulous countdown is about to unfold. Earlier this year I talked to my We Don’t Know Wrestling co-host at the time, Tanner, about what was going to be happening here. We were saying how it would be cool if we could do something that was like the WKO100, a list I loved watching unfold for years, but make it a bit more inclusive while still maintaining some sort of barrier to entry. The idea being that we cared more about people putting some sort of effort into their list rather than a bunch of people listing some of their favorite wrestlers of the year real quick. I stuck with the idea and had the backing of Trask and Al to get a forum set up for this project (we should be having a 2017 section going up soon to help kick that off but we are likely being attacked by evil bots).

Let’s get down to what this is, the WDKW100 is a fan voted list of the best in-ring pro wrestling performers of 2016. Your ability to gab doesn’t mean much in these parts. Each ballot consisted of 100 pro wrestlers. We used the Pat LaPrade weighted voting system which works as follows:

1- 125 pts
2- 115 pts
3- 110
4- 105
5- 102
6- 99
7- 96
8- 94
9- 92
10- 90
11- 89
12- 88
13- 87
All the way to
98- 2
99- 1
100- 0

Now let me introduce those that submitted ballots (33 BALLOTS!) because they are awesome individuals even if I assume 35% came from people that say Fray’s RTs:

Heikki Oinonen @NastyYaffa
Steven Graham @StevenGrahamTWS
Dylan Justin @DylanJx4
Mark @WeAllFaulter
Dylan Harris @DylanZero0615
Quentin Moody @qt_moody
Charles M. Humphreys @TheFrayMovement
Cam Donahue @Avgwhiteguy_
Matt Rogers @thefourmanband
VilinskiKonjic @VilinskiKonjic
Tom Ray @TheLunaticGinge
Skylar @twwitterdotcom
Another Spammer @anotherspammer
Timothy Robert Buechner @luchaundead
Chad Campbell @bigboysplaywcw
John L. Pingel III @JPThrice
Dan Rice @Dan_Rice88
Brock Jahnke @NotBrockJahnke
Mike W
Tanner @Tanner1495
Mayafacetico
Andrew Shillinglaw @JustShillinglaw
SLL @SLLCoolJ
Ed Mills @WrestlingClique
Gagne West
Scott C @tapemachines
Devon Hales @kingmotivatorh
GOTNW @futenisokiguess
Charles Dulaney @cdulaney85
Tim Evans @timmy8271
Francis Adu @francisadujr
Dylan Hales @dylanwaco
Sam DiMascio @concrete1992

The more points you scored the better you ranked. Ties were broken by who received the most votes and then who ranked highest on an individual ballot. In any other case there was a tie.

We start with the honorable mentions of 475-403. I took blurbs from the forums but that’s about what you will find here. This week begins the roll-out. As we get closer to the WDKW100 expect these to become more involved. Also, use #WDKW100 when talking about for shameless RTs. 

  1. Ben-K (1 ballot, 1 point)

High Voter: Dylan Justin (100)

  1. Effy Gibbes (1 ballot, 1 point)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (100)

  1. Gringo Loco (1 ballot, 1 point)

High Voter: Dan Rice (100)

“Should probably be on the table for discussion. Developed a real cult following in 2016 due to his work in AIW, which is funny because I used to watch him work in IWRG several years back and those two places feel worlds apart. Anyhow he’s a guy who is a ball of energy and action packed for his frame, but can also work a more intense brawling style when called on to do so. I actually prefer his work in GALLI lucha to be honest where he was fun in trios all year, and had a very fun hair v. hair match with DJ Z which is on YouTube.”

“Was sure I saw him die in the first AIW lucha tag. The Chicago Lucha seen is weird in that no one ever talks about it, but everything I’ve seen from it is at bare minimum fun. And, this guy is one of the best parts of that scene. Every single one of his matches are worth seeing.”

  1. Jim Neidhart (1 ballot, 1 point)

High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (100)

  1. Kazunari Murakami (1 ballot, 1 point)

High Voter: GOTNW (100)

  1. Dylan Hales (1 ballot, 1 point)

High Voter: Tim Evans (100)

“Worked EVOLVE over Wrestlemania weekend. He sold very well. Kickstarted the angle that heated up Evolve. Directly responsible for Gargano signing and getting Kota over in the U.S. Also, he was paid in Gargano merch so you can’t argue he wasn’t a professional. A strong possibility for a spot in the late 90s if you just run out of guys to add to your ballot.”

“Not sure where he will end up on my list, I’m thinking around the 75-80 range but a strong candidate to make my list.”

“1. His pops sells more merchandise.

2. He got up too quickly after being pinned.

3. Twitter popped at his debut.The live crowd was lukewarm at best. Though he did get a better reaction than the Mania main event.

4. Then shook everyone’s hand in ring like he worked a 5* classic.”

  1. Davey Richards (1 ballot, 2 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (99)

  1. Matt Cage (1 ballot, 2 points)

High Voter: Matt Rogers (99)

“This is a transition year for Cage as he left the two promotions that were getting him the most buzz, AAW and Dreamwave. I can’t stress enough that Cage might be the most over person in Dreamwave and it effected his work in a very positive manner there. His matches with Stephen Wolf and Mustafa Ali were both great right before he left. His best work this year has been in Funky Munky where he and Bucky Collins had a trio of great matches for the big yellow Funky Munky title (which are all on youtube). I haven’t seen all of his IWA stuff, but the JJ Garrett match from a couple months ago was very good. Cage has a very good oppurtunity to round the year out well with his Dreamwave return vs Christian Rose next weekend which I’m incredibly excited for, a Funky Munky title match with Vic Capri this weekend, more IWA work, and a Freelance push incoming.”

Cage had barn burners vs. Jon Gresham to boot. He’s had a tremendous under the radar year. Will for sure make my list. No doubt about it. Still have to watch the Dreamwave matches as well as the JJ match.”

  1. Mikey Whiplash (1 ballot, 2 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (99)

  1. Relampago (1 ballot, 2 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (99)

  1. Hiro Tonai (1 ballot, 2 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (99)

  1. Deonna Purrazzo (1 ballot, 2 points)

High Voter: Steven Graham (99)

  1. Flip Gordon (1 ballot, 3 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (98)

  1. Hi69 (1 ballot, 3 points)

High Voter: Mark (98)

  1. Qefka the Quiet (1 ballot, 3 points)

High Voter: Dan Rice (98)

“A heel mime from Dojo Wars, who manages to make that gimmick work extremely well, and has vastly better matches than you would expect based on that gimmick. Very fun worker, who makes his schtick somehow non-Chikara-y and even convincingly violent. A contender for my 100 vanity spot.”

“Assumed I would hate him at first glance, but he was the best part of Dojo Wars in 2016.”

  1. Kyu Mogami (1 ballot, 3 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (98)

  1. Pirata Morgan Sr. (1 ballot, 3 points)

High Voter: Tim Evans (98)

  1. Bubblegum (1 ballot, 4 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (97)

  1. Bull James (1 ballot, 4 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (97)

  1. Eddie Denis (1 ballot, 4 points)

High Voter: Mark (97)

  1. Stokely Hathaway (1 ballot, 4 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (97)

  1. TAKA Michinoku (1 ballot, 4 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (97)

  1. Kamikazi Kid (1 ballot, 4 points)

High Voter: Francis Adu (97)

“His feud with Nick Richards might be my favorite thing in CWF all year, including the Trevor Lee title run and the Arik Royal heel turn which is really saying something. Total freakshow guy who will shock with lunatic bumps, crazy suplex variations, et. that almost feel impossible for a guy with his build. Richards to me comes across like a better version of Drake Younger, and Kazi is sort of the Southern Fried version of Super Dragon which is a high compliment. Not sure I can rate a guy off of four matches against the same opponent in a year this loaded, but it feels weird not thinking about him if nothing else.”

  1. Joe Hendry (1 ballot, 4 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (97)

  1. Cheeseburger (3 ballot, 4 points) [LOWEST RANKED 3 BALLOT WRESTLER]

High Voter: Dylan Hales (99)

“He’s the only reason I even wanted to watch ROH this year. That alone makes me think he could be a Top 100 candidate.”

“Fun gimmick, hasn’t really done much on the shows this year. No chance of my top 100.”

“True story: When I started my spreadsheets for the year, Cheeseburger was the baseline for making my list. If you were as good or better than Cheeseburger, you made the list. If you weren’t, well you fucking suck.”

  1. “All Good” Anthony Greene (1 ballot, 5 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (96)

  1. Bad Bones (1 ballot, 5 points)

High Voter: Mark (96)

  1. Pastor’ William Eaver (1 ballot, 5 points)

High Voter: Tom Ray (96)

  1. Shunma Katsumata (1 ballot, 6 points)

High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (95)

  1. Brick Mastone (1 ballot, 6 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (95)

  1. Louis Lyndon (1 ballot, 6 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (95)

  1. Togi Makabe (1 ballot, 6 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (95)

  1. Solar (1 ballot, 6 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (95)

  1. Felino (1 ballot, 6 points)

High Voter: Tim Evans (95)

  1. Toby Farley (1 ballot, 6 points)

High Voter: Sam DiMascio (95)

  1. Azumi (1 ballot, 7 points)

High Voter: Mark (94)

  1. Jake Dirden (1 ballot, 7 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (94)

  1. Johnny Cockstrong (1 ballot, 7 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (94)

  1. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (1 ballot, 7 points)

High Voter: Dylan Justin (94)

  1. Blue Panther (1 ballot, 7 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (94)

  1. Mia Yim (1 ballot, 7 points)

High Voter: Tim Evans (94)

  1. Fire Ant (1 ballot, 8 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (93)

  1. Mason Cutter (1 ballot, 8 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (93)

  1. Beer City Bruiser (1 ballot, 9 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (92)

  1. Devin Cutter (1 ballot, 9 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (92)

  1. Josh Bodom (1 ballot, 9 points)

High Voter: Heikki Oinonen (92)

“Didn’t think he’d make my list but thinking back he’s had a sneaky good year. Quality matches with Ishii and Hero, a fantastic sprint with Donovan Dijack, great match with Jay White, and a great hard hitting brawl with Joe Coffey. Next year should be big for him, but he’s done more than enough to make my list.”

“It’s a shame that the relationship between him and RPW seemed to get a bit complicated until they needed him last month. I think his attitude will always be a roadblock for him (blacklisted from Progress, gone a while without much love in RevPro, consistent name in Fight Nation but not advertised as of yet for their New York debut…

In terms of match quality though, he’s definitely in with a shout of making a top 100. The Dijak match at Epic Encounter was just a lovely brawl, though I never saw their first one. The Hero and Ishii matches were alright, but by the standard that Hero and Ishii matches have been at for me this year, I’m not so sure it does too much for him personally. The Mike Bailey and Jay White matches however, those I really liked. The Coffey match in ICW I’ll agree was strong as well.

I don’t think this year’s been as good for Bodom as 2015, though admittedly I’ve not seen much at all of his work outside of RevPro. I really hope 2017 can be the year he gets his head into gear and starts to really deliver. Right now he’s in the hunt, but I don’t think his resume is strong enough for me.”

  1. Rickey Shane Page (1 ballot, 9 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (92)

  1. Shinobu (1 ballot, 9 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (92)

  1. Sam Adonis (1 ballot, 9 points)

High Voter: Sam DiMascio (92)

  1. Owen Knight (2 ballots, 9 points) [LOWEST RANKED 2 BALLOT WRESTLER]

High Voter: Dylan Hales (96)

“Probably one of the most underrated wrestlers on the planet even by obsessives like me. He gets lost and overshadowed some in AWE by the fact that he’s by far the most hated babyface in the company with the rudo fan section, but he’s such a hard worker and so good as an underneath babyface that I can’t ignore it. Amazingly he’s just as good as a sniveling heel shit which is a role he takes on outside of AWE from time to time. Would be in contention for one of my bottom ten spots at this point largely on the basis of his ability to work such a broad range of roles at such a young age, but it’s not charity – the guy has had some great matches this year.”
  1. Charlie Garrett (1 ballot, 10 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (91)

“Has had a good run with Joel Redman in RevPro, capped off with a real good match with Hunter Brothers followed by a star-making effort against BUSHI and EVIL in which he was quite comfortably the standout performer in the match. He’s also been a solid fixture in OTT, and I’ve heard good things about his PCW outings as well. Not to mention he managed to have a great match with Wolfgang on a recent ICW tour show; anyone who’s been following ICW this year should know that this isn’t exactly the easiest of tasks by a long shot. He won’t be a high placer in my list, but for a top 100 there’s a good chance he’ll find his way in. If I manage to clear up the gaps in my OTT viewing, he could make it a bit higher.”

“His matches in OTT vs Banks and especially his debut against Smile was really good but since his heel turn he’s been more of a character heel than a working heel, he did also have a very fun match with Damo in Limerick but that wasn’t taped sadly.”

  1. Jake Parnell (1 ballot, 10 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (91)

  1. Yuko Miyamoto (1 ballot, 10 points)

High Voter: Mayafacetico (91)

  1. Ray Kandrack (1 ballot, 10 points)

High Voter: Sam DiMascio (91)

“Another CWF guy who feels like he at least merits consideration. Great believable badass, his match v. Darius Lockhart was one of the most intense and fun asskicker v. upstart matches of 2016. I believe he’s finished up wrestling at this point, but every time he showed up in 2016 he looked really good, including a some truly excellent tag matches alongside Royal v. Everett/Adler, Everett/Lee and the Sandwich Squad.”

  1. Axel Dieter JR (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: John L. Pingel III (90)

  1. Billie Kay (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: Steven Graham (90)

“Maybe the top new women in NXT. She has a presence in the ring that few of the Australian women have. When she has had the chances to shine, she has like the match on Take Over against Amber Moon.”

  1. Davey Vega (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (90)

  1. Kagetsu (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: Mark (90)

  1. Yuki Ishikawa (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (90)

“Having included Ikeda, I couldn’t left him out and he had like two matches that I liked this year, so that’s enough.”

  1. Jack Swagger (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: Devon Hales (90)

  1. Ripper (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: Tim Evans (90)

  1. James Ellsworth (1 ballot, 11 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (90)

  1. Peter Kaasa (2 ballots, 11 points)

High Voter: Dylan Justin (93)

“Can’t believe this man hasn’t been mentioned here. While he certainly has room to grow (his match with Tony Nese at Evolve 67 was a stinker), he is a solid young performer who I think has incredible potential. I realize his sample size is small, but some of the things he has done in DG have been awesome.”

  1. El Hijo del Diablo (1 ballot, 12 points)

High Voter: Gagne West (89)

“Six years late, he got hair matches against two of Los Terrible Cerebros. The match with Cerebro Negro was somewhat disappointing — both guys were willing to bleed but the overbooking got ridiculous. The Black Terry hair match, while not Terry’s best apuestas of the year, still reached the baseline level of violence you’d expect from these two. It was overbooked as well of course (thanks IWRG.) Elsewhere, there’s the usual parade of six-mans where he’s often outdone for flash, not least by his more technically skilled son, but I appreciate his willingness to cheapshot a guy in a Ninja Turtle suit just when things are starting to get a bit too silly.”

  1. Kota Umeda (1 ballot, 12 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (89)

“I watched one match of his and it wasn’t really good but his kicks were pretty.”

  1. Tripp Cassidy (2 ballots, 12 points)

High Voter: Fray (92)

“Another guy to consider based on AWE. He works a strike heavy, strong stylish deal, kind of like a BJW heavy. Has had some holy shit level matches at AWE v Gary Jay, Connor Claxton and others.”

  1. Abyss (1 ballot, 13 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (88)

  1. Anthony Gangone (1 ballot, 13 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (88)

  1. Mascarita Sagrada (1 ballot, 13 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (88)

  1. Scotty O’Shea (1 ballot, 13 points)

High Voter: Steven Graham (88)

“Can’t believe he’s not nominated, but I guess people don’t watch too much Smash.

I’ve seen him in great brawls with Brent Banks (including an incredible “Fan’s Bring the Keyboards” match) to great spot fests and everything in between. He’s making the lower end of my list for sure.”

  1. Yosuke♥Santa Maria (1 ballot, 13 points)

High Voter: Mark (88)

  1. Fujita Hayato (1 ballot, 13 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (88)

“Scariest motherfucker in all of wrestling. Probably just a vanity pick for me because I like him too much to not put him on my ballot. Great match with Manjimaru in June and a super fun six-man tag at Fortune Dream 3.”

  1. Kane (1 ballot, 13 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (88)

  1. Kraneo (2 ballots, 13 points)

High Voter: Tim Evans (89)

“A pure monster in lucha libre ala Big Daddy V in ECW. I don’t see why he doesn’t get more love.”

  1. Famous B. (1 ballot, 14 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (87)

  1. Jesse Adler (1 ballot, 14 points)

High Voter: Mark (87)

  1. Fandango (1 ballot, 14 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (87)

  1. KAI (2 ballots, 14 points)

High Voter: Skylar (89)

“The ace of Wrestle-1 has some pretty cool matches on his resumé when put in position to in his title matches against Hino, Ashino, and Inaba, and a nifty run with the rather strange Ken Ohka. Worth consideration on the back end of your list. Plus at the same token he’s just an incredibly fun and endearing wrestler and someone I’ll go out of my way to make room for on my ballot.

*does the KAI bounce*”

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