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WDKW100 Honorable Mentions Part 2

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

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 move on to 400-351. You will see blurbs and picks and since someone put them down, match recommendations. In future posts you will see more of that. Please use #WDKW100 when talking about the list for shameless RTs.

  1. Hanson (1 ballots, 15 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (86)

  1. Kendo Kashin (1 ballots, 15 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (86)

“Let’s not forget the legendary DDT Extreme Championship run Kendo Kashin had in early 2016, with matches against the likes of Super Sasadango Machine & Yoshihiko. And that time he made the semi-final of the Royal Road tournament. Not to mention the legendary match he had with the Panda at Shinkiba.” This is likely sarcasm but it is what we have to work with.

  1. Ray Gonzalez Sr (1 ballots, 15 points)

High Voter: Tim Evans (86)

  1. Texano Jr. (1 ballots, 16 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (85)

  1. Billy Buck (2 ballots, 16 points)

High Voter: Devon Hales (89)

“Billy Buck is a fiery veteran that shocked me during SCI having different, great matches, even standing toe to toe with Anthony Henry. Some of his other work is available as well, but he may even get a very low on the list nod for my live experiences with him on top of a few other match deep dives. It depends how I go about this list, as I’m unsure if he could really make it; but I’d have no problem with Buck being someone’s low-end shoe-in pick because he would deserve a mention.”

  1. Vanessa Kraven (1 ballots, 17 points)

High Voter: SLL (84)

“The best of Su Yung’s dance partners, and the first really good hoss to come out of the Banks/Lovelace generation of American women wrestlers. Dead Horse, Alaska may be the best wrestling hometown since Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.”

  1. Mike Mendoza (1 ballots, 17 points)

High Voter: Tim Evans (84)

  1. Joe Gacy (1 ballots, 17 points)

High Voter: Sam DiMascio (84)

  1. Matt Cross (2 ballots, 17 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (88)

  1. Jonah Rock (1 ballots, 18 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (83)

  1. Ken Broadway (1 ballots, 18 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (83)

  1. Lance Archer (1 ballots, 18 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (83)

  1. Rob Lynch (1 ballots, 18 points)

High Voter: John L. Pingel III (83)

  1. Andy Dalton (1 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (82)

“Andy Dalton is a pro’s pro. Where the old timers would say is a night off. He just gets his gimmick over. His matches flow through his character work. When he’s a heel works as a dirty heel. Nothing admirable about him. Plus he knows his role on the card. When he’s in the opener he knows his job is to have a good match to start the show, not the epic match. When put in the role of jobber, he did everything in his power to get Lee and Taylor over in their ROH tryout. He made them look like a million bucks.”

  1. Angel Ortiz (1 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (82)

  1. James Davis (1 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: John L. Pingel III (82)

  1. Jimmy Havoc (1 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: Tom Ray (82)

  1. Sonjay Dutt (1 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: Dan Rice (82)

“Has had a very solid year as a guy who makes the most out of his opportunities, and is in a giving back stage as a smart vet guiding up and coming guys. He was sort of the lead face of Nova Pro for the bulk of the year, and carried the top feud in the company, was very fun when he popped up in AIW, looked outstanding when I saw him live at Wrestlecade (he might have been the best guy in a match filled with top tier flippy guys), and had a hell of a good match with John Skyler that is up on YouTube. I’ve actually grown to appreciate Dutt more and more over the last few years, but I think his 2016 was especially impressive and he merits consideration.”

  1. Wolfgang (1 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (82)

  1. Alabama Doink (2 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (84)

  1. Goldberg (3 ballots, 19 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (91)

“Got a legit MOTYC out of Lesnar. High candidate for my top 50.”

“Might be my #100. Worked the best shoot inspired bout of the year. Something to be said for that.

Plus his son ripped his shirt off in joy for his father’s victory. Also something to be said about that.”

  1. Mike Draztik (1 ballots, 20 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (81)

  1. Angelico (2 ballots, 20 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (84)

  1. David Finlay (2 ballots, 20 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (87)

  1. Sexy Star (1 ballots, 21 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (80)

  1. Homicide (1 ballots, 21 points)

High Voter: Sam DiMascio (80)

  1. JR Kratos (1 ballots, 22 points)

High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (79)

“Very good, scary as fuck, California indie guy. Works strong and almost bearish. Can grapple with the best of them, but also work a more explosive variant of strong style, or slow down the pace and do almost TNish stuff built entirely around headlocks and stalling. His work in Premier is great, but I pretty much like him everywhere. Hope to see him live soon.”

  1. Toni Storm (2 ballots, 22 points)

High Voter: Mark (85)

  1. Noam Dar (1 ballots, 23 points)

High Voter: Tom Ray (78)

  1. Tony Deppen (1 ballots, 23 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (78)

  1. Heath Slater (1 ballots, 23 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (78)

  1. Naomi (1 ballots, 24 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (77)

  1. Unbreakable Andy Harner (1 ballots, 24 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (77)

  1. Masato Tanaka (1 ballots, 24 points)

High Voter: GOTNW (77)

“An obvious pick for my list. He’ll be in somewhere. One of the best intergender matches of the year vs. Naenae Takahashi, constantly great in whatever the hell he’s doing in ZERO1, plus TOKYO GURENTAI and Lucha World Cup.”

“I thought his match vs. Hideki Suzuki from 1/1 was good. Also enjoyed his tag match with Ohtani vs. Sekimoto/Sato from 3/6. Other than that, not much else out there.”

  1. Rhyno (1 ballots, 24 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (77)

  1. Chris Dickinson (1 ballots, 25 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (76)

  1. Evie (1 ballots, 25 points)

High Voter: Mark (76)

  1. Chris Brookes (2 ballots, 25 points)

High Voter: VilinskiKonjic (82)

  1. Kurt Angle (2 ballots, 25 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (81)

  1. Alex Daniels (1 ballots, 26 points)

High Voter: Dan Rice (75)

“I’ve been impressed with him a lot on recent watches. I know promos don’t matter, but I buy what he sells. Kind of a holy shit level flyer who no one talks about that way. I rather enjoy him being the smoothest luchador in AIW even when they routinely bring in luchadors.”
“If Tracy Williams wasn’t the MVP of 2016 AIW it’d be this guy. More than held his own the a three-way vs Flamita and DJ Z. Consistently stands out it in random four and six-way matches. Plus, had great single matches against Michael Elgin and Joey Janela. Has shined in the chances he’s got outside AIW in promotions like A1 and AAW. I think he’s also the guy with the most potential to shoot up my list next year.”
  1. Tyler Bateman (1 ballots, 26 points)

High Voter: Timothy Robert Buechner (75)

  1. Valiente (4 ballots, 26 points) [LOWEST RANKED 4 BALLOT WRESTLER]

High Voter: Dan Rice (91)

“Did people just forget about him or do they hate him because he is built like Buff Bagwell? Either way the can is awesome and will make my list.”

  1. Sonny Kiss (1 ballots, 27 points)

High Voter: SLL (74)

Recommended Matches:
vs. Jamie Senegal (NYWC, 9/18)
vs. Caleb Konley vs. Dezmond Xavier vs. Zachary Wentz (Tier 1, 12/11)
vs. Rude Boy Riley (Tier 1, 12/11)

“My perfect 10.”

  1. Mat Fitchett (2 ballots, 27 points)

High Voter: Another Spammer (84)

“Mat Fitchett is one of the only local or regional guys I feel AAW has used well this year (another is Dezmond Xavior as he had some great perfoemnces lately in the 6 man and in his match with Ricochet) As AAW has gone more towards putting big stars in more important roles in the company and going more towards a super indie style while leaving more local guys behind and get more of them out of the company (Matt Cage, Shane Hollister, and Louis Lyndon come to mind) Mat Fitchett has stood out among the few guys that get a shot in the company. His matches with Drew Gulak from March and Chris Hero from JLM Night 2 are two of my favorite matches AAW put on all year, on top of his Heritage title match with AR Fox was great and his tag matches with Davey Vega have all been highlights and my favorite parts in the company. He also has great work around the St Louis area like him winning the St Louis Anarchy Championship from Gary Jay in a 2 out of 3 falls match in February and other matches I need to see like TJ Perkins from June and his work with lesser known guys in SLA plus his work in PWCS. Mat Fitchett I am aiming to put him around the 50 range if not higher.”

“Not a big fan of the Besties tag team but that more resides in Vega. When Fitchett has been give the opportunity to have more singles oriented matches like vs. Gulak from March, they have been well done. I am not sure he will place overall for me.”

  1. Iceberg (2 ballots, 27 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (79)

  1. Atlantis (2 ballots, 27 points)

High Voter: Dan Rice (78)

“Just because he didn’t have a major Anniversario mask match, doesn’t mean he’s still not awesome.”

  1. Stuka Jr. (2 ballots, 27 points)

High Voter: Cam Donahue (77)

“I am not sure why I love Stuka Jr., but I really do. He’s got a bizarre mask where he looks like a Transformers cop. However his dives always impress and he seems really solid all the times I see him.”

  1. Jungle Kyona (1 ballots, 28 points)

High Voter: Mark (73)

  1. Mike Bennett (1 ballots, 28 points)

High Voter: Charles Dulaney (73)

  1. Daisuke Ikeda (2 ballots, 28 points)

High Voter: Mike W (83)

“He had some matches this year, I think. Yeah I’m pretty sure I saw him in Tokyo Gurentai. On the list.”

  1. Jaka (1 ballots, 29 points)

High Voter: Andrew Shillinglaw (72)

  1. Stevie Fierce (1 ballots, 29 points)

High Voter: Matt Rogers (72)

“Absolutely amazing heel in the Freelance based Beauty and The Beast tag team who is just going the singles route. So good with basic heel shit stirring and psychology in an era where that is basically dead. Once agreed with me that he should be scrubbing Kaz Hayashi’s balls. Probably won’t vote for him without seeing a couple of singles matches first but it’s not impossible.”

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