Thursday, May 20, 2010

Coach's Corner "First 120 Days of 2010" by Brian Tramel

----Wrestler – This really has to be the hardest year to pick so far. I can only think of a few guys that “stand out”. This award is not always the best worker, but mainly goes to the guy that is making the biggest impact. Matt Riviera is that man this year. His work with TCW and RCW has made him one of the guys I like to watch this year. I think he is THE stand out. Austin Lane might be a second place vote for the ASWF/RCW switcheroo and his name being on the lips of everyone. I would pick a guy like Christian Jacobs or Jon Michael Worthington in third just for the “potential” of what they are going to do this year.

----MVP Performer – This has nothing to do with impact or drawing power – just what worker performs the best night after night. I have a long list of guys here and that is a good thing. This category is cluttered this year and it makes me proud that guys are trying to learn their craft. Pokerface, Christian Jacobs, Derrick King, Eric Wayne, Austin Lane, Greg Anthony, Stan Lee, Jon Michael Worthington, Seth Knight and Alan Steele I will have to go with Pokerface, Alan Steele and Eric Wayne as my favorites to watch this year with all the others VERY close behind.

----Tag Team – “Midnight Gold” [Greg Anthony/Bobby Eaton] have probably been featured in more angles, matches and such this year than last year. Since they seem to be a favorite, then I would put them as one of the top three. “Asylum” [Psycho/Pappy] should always been mentioned here and really deserve to win it once. “LSD” [Cody Only/Idol Bane/Deadly Dale] are probably my favorite team to watch right now. They are just totally different than anything else in the area. “Premiere Brutality” [Kid Nikels/Eric Wayne] should also been considered in the top class here.

----MVP Tag Team – Hardest working team?? “Gold” won this award last year primarily due to the fact that they were consider a “mvp” team in the sense of helping draw a crowd. I would give this to the three teams that are the hardest working. Four teams come to mind – “Devils Reject/East Coast Bad Boys”, Kid/Wayne, “High Stakes” [Chris O’Neal/Stan Lee] [if they tag all year they will be hard to beat] and Dell Tucker/Rockin Randy.

----Promotion – Another hard one to pick this year. Hub City Wrestling [aka Memphis Wrestling stars on some shows] and CWA have had the best crowds. RCW and NEW are my two favorite promotions and would get a nod. NBW is also fun and draws good crowds at big shows. I would go with RCW, NBW and NEW if I had to pick three promotions.

----Other awards….

*Most Improved: Justin Smart, Jeremy Moore and Pappy
*Most Underrated: Chris Rocker [probably the most underrated worker in the area that has good matches week after week. Also in the “Alan Steele” mode of not winning an award yet from RRO.]
*Rookie: Dan Matthews, Kevin Charles and Blaine Devine [even though he got a nomination last year, he probably fits more here]. Dan Matthews – hands down!!
*Best Booker: Crowds it would have to be Rodney Grimes. Creativity – Brian Thompson.
*Best Announcer: Brian Thompson, John Steele and Terrance Ward
*Best Manager: Rashard Devon, Athena Eclipse and Hollywood Jimmy
*Arena Report Match of the Year: Derrick King vs Christian Jacobs 2.27.10 Ripley, TN [****], Stan Lee vs Greg Anthony Trumann, AR 4.02.10 [***3/4], Tasha Simone/”Asylum” [Psycho/Pappy] vs Worm/Suicide/Adrian Banks 3.20.10 [***3/4] and Austin Lane vs Mike Antony 4.03.10 Tuckerman, AR
*TV Match of the Year: Seth Knight vs Christian Jacobs [RCW], Seth Knight vs Justin Smart [RCW] and Seth Knight vs Rodney Mack [RCW]. Knight is a real good TV wrestler. Others: Kid Nikels vs Alan Steele [NEW] [Kid takes a chair] and Bishop vs Carnage Antwone [IWA].
*Best Wrestling Web Site: Wrestling News Center – Tia and D-Rock are two of my favorite wrestling peeps!!
*Columnist: Pokerface, TGB and Eric Wayne
*Best Ref: Downtown Bruno, Chuck Poe and Tom Simon
*Best Gimmick: “LSD”, “Asylum” and Matt Riviera
*Horizon Award: Matt Riviera, Christian Jacobs, Pokerface, Seth Knight
*Spot Moondog Brawler of the Year: Bishop, Pappy, Deadly Dale


----It is funny that after four years, you still have guys like Austin Lane, Derrick King, Rashard Devon,Greg Anthony, Stan Lee, Hollywood Jimmy and the “Asylum” are all placing in the same categories. I think the top categories - Wrestler & Tag Team [cover shots] – are just totally wide open this year and if voted on right now – it would be a major toss up! I will be back in September with “240 Days of 2010.” Since this is also one of those controversial articles of the site, I would appreciate feedback by going to the new RRO Forum boards [CLICK HERE] and letting me know how you thought about the picks??