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2000 R.S.P-W Awards

Most Favourite Wrestler

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Most Favourite Wrestler                 

Award Description:

To be given to the wrestler you like the most, regardless of the reason.

Previous Winners:

  1991: Ric Flair
  1992: Ric Flair
  1993: Ric Flair
  1994: Ric Flair
  1995: Shawn Michaels
  1996: Stone Cold Steve Austin
  1997: Stone Cold Steve Austin
  1998: Mankind (Cactus Jack / Dude Love / Mick Foley)
  1999: Chris Jericho

**2000**: Triple H

570 first place votes
562 second place votes
560 third place votes

126 55 44  883   Triple H
 83 83 42  748   Chris Benoit
 54 65 44  553   Chris Jericho
 56 62 38  542   Kurt Angle
 24 18 21  216   Rock
 26 14 20  212   Mick Foley
 19 14 27  191   Yoshihiro Tajiri
 20 21 10  183   Steve Austin
  7 17 26  138   Eddie Guerrero
 12 12 15  126   Edge
  8  9 21  109   Ric Flair
  4  9 22   91   William Regal
  1 15 19   88   Lance Storm
  7  6 16   85   Jeff Hardy
  6 11  9   81   Christian
  3  8 10   59   Tazz
  7  4  4   55   Undertaker
  1 10  7   49   Jeff Jarrett
  5  6  2   47   Cima
  6  4  2   46   Dean Malenko
  4  4  6   44   Toshiaki Kawada
  4  4  4   40   Hardcore Holly
  3  3  7   38   Steve Blackman
  2  5  5   35   Christopher Daniels
  0  4 11   34   Crash
  3  3  4   32   Kane
  0  3 11   31   Rob Van Dam
  4  2  2   30   Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
  2  4  4   30   Goldberg
  4  1  2   27   D'Lo Brown
  2  2  5   26   Raven
  2  3  3   25   Scott Steiner
  3  2  1   23   Bokujin Ken
  1  3  4   22   Booker T.
  3  0  3   21   Jerry Lynn
  2  3  0   19   Matt Hardy
  1  2  4   19   Buh Buh Ray Dudley
  0  5  2   19   Cactus Jack
  2  2  1   18   Bret Hart
  2  1  2   17   Lita
  1  2  3   17   Kid Kash
  2  2  0   16   Onryo
  3  0  0   15   Shawn Michaels
  1  2  2   15   Survival Tobita
  1  2  1   13   Sting
  1  2  1   13   Crowbar
  1  0  4   13   Tomoaki Honma
  2  0  1   12   X-Pac
  2  0  1   12   Mariko Yoshida
  2  0  1   12   Al Snow
  2  0  1   12   Aja Kong
  1  0  3   11   Essa Rios
  1  1  1   10   Ryuji Yamakawa
  0  2  2   10   Steve Corino
  1  0  2    9   Tommy Dreamer
  1  1  0    8   Vader
  1  1  0    8   Shinjiro Ohtani
  1  1  0    8   Norman Smiley
  1  1  0    8   Mitsuharu Misawa
  1  1  0    8   Magnum Tokyo
  1  1  0    8   Hayabusa
  1  1  0    8   Candy Okutsu
  1  1  0    8   Bradshaw
  0  2  1    8   Yumi Fukawa
  1  0  1    7   Taka Michinoku
  1  0  1    7   Mike Sanders
  0  1  2    7   Mike Awesome
  0  2  0    6   Kenta Kobashi
  0  2  0    6   Alexander Otsuka
  0  0  3    6   Hulk Hogan
  1  0  0    5   Vampiro
  1  0  0    5   Trent Acid
  1  0  0    5   Tiger Ali Singh
  1  0  0    5   Shane Douglas
  1  0  0    5   Ricky Marvin
  1  0  0    5   Rhino
  1  0  0    5   Meng
  1  0  0    5   Meiko Satomura
  1  0  0    5   Manami Toyota
  1  0  0    5   Lenny Lane
  1  0  0    5   La Parka
  1  0  0    5   Jerry Lawler
  1  0  0    5   Faarooq
  1  0  0    5   El Samurai
  1  0  0    5   Cat
  1  0  0    5   British Bulldog
  1  0  0    5   Bob Holly
  1  0  0    5   Ai Fujita
  0  1  1    5   Suwa
  0  1  1    5   Steven Richards
  0  1  1    5   Roadkill
  0  1  1    5   K-Krush
  0  1  1    5   Jushin Liger
  0  1  1    5   Chyna
  0  1  1    5   Alex Wright
  0  0  2    4   Perry Saturn
  0  1  0    3   Tiger Mask IV
  0  1  0    3   Terry Funk
  0  1  0    3   Simon Diamond
  0  1  0    3   Sabu
  0  1  0    3   Rikishi
  0  1  0    3   Ricky Fuji
  0  1  0    3   Michael Modest
  0  1  0    3   Mayumi Ozaki
  0  1  0    3   Kyoko Inoue
  0  1  0    3   Koji Kanemoto
  0  1  0    3   Kaoru
  0  1  0    3   H (Eiji Eizaki)
  0  1  0    3   Gangrel
  0  1  0    3   Funaki
  0  1  0    3   Dick Togo
  0  1  0    3   Chris Harris
  0  1  0    3   Chris Hammrick
  0  1  0    3   Billy Gunn
  0  1  0    3   Big Show
  0  1  0    3   Ayako Hamada
  0  1  0    3   Alex Porteau
  0  1  0    3   Albert
  0  0  1    2   Test
  0  0  1    2   Stoker Ichikawa
  0  0  1    2   Shane McMahon
  0  0  1    2   Scott Hall
  0  0  1    2   Sandman
  0  0  1    2   Rey Mysterio Jr.
  0  0  1    2   Randy Savaga
  0  0  1    2   Nova
  0  0  1    2   Mr. Gannosuke
  0  0  1    2   Minoru Tanaka
  0  0  1    2   Men's Teioh
  0  0  1    2   Masked Angel Rosetta (Hiromi Yaginuma)
  0  0  1    2   M.I. Smooth
  0  0  1    2   Lodi (Idol / Rave)
  0  0  1    2   Kintaro Kanemura
  0  0  1    2   Justin Credible
  0  0  1    2   Jun Akiyama
  0  0  1    2   Joey Abs
  0  0  1    2   Hijo del Santo
  0  0  1    2   Great Sasuke
  0  0  1    2   Elix Skipper
  0  0  1    2   Curt Hennig
  0  0  1    2   Chuck Palumbo
  0  0  1    2   Chris Kanyon
  0  0  1    2   Chris Daniels
  0  0  1    2   Arn Anderson

REJECTED

  1  1  5        "Tie" votes
  0  2  2        Edge & Christian
  0  0  4        Hardy Boyz
  1  0  0        Acolytes
  0  2  2        Duplicate votes
  0  1  1        Dudley Boyz

HIRO: Jericho is the complete package. He has the workrate and also the
charisma. Benoit is again self-explanatory. Mick Foley is the fan
favorite, and when he did that South East Asian tour, he really came off
like the nice guy that he really is, even though I didn't actually get to
meet him.

BRUNO PULVER: Scott Steiner is true loose cannon, what you see is what he
really is

MICHAEL BANKER: Ric Flair, HHH, and Mick Foley all were very close; it was
very, very difficult to choose which one was to be rated above the others.

JASON BOUGGER: I voted for Christian, but Hell, I also voted for Harry
Browne (Lib) for pres.

MATTHEW HEMING: It doesn't matter what he does now, ever since he carried
that picture of Stanko Malenko to the ring, I'll always be a Jericho mark,
no matter how many weak punches he throws.

J3R CR0WE: Christian has always been my perennial favorite over Edge...
maybe it's the goofy sunglasses?

ROBERT STRUPP: Jericho had held the top spot as my favourite wrestler ever
since his "Arm Bar" interview. But, Benoit's work in the WWF and his
improved interviews put him on top this year. Kane is, in my opinion, one
of the more underrated wrestlers right now. The less he talks, the better
usually, but he alwys entertains me, and I generally look forward to his
matches.

DUDICALY2K: MOST FAVOURITE WRESTLER: The SPWC tape featuring the epic
battles of KEN~ and Survival has become a cult classic. Wrestling is
supposed to be fun above all else-- and there is nothing more fun, albeit
in a surreal way, than SPWC. I like "class clown" Jericho a lot, because
he's also got that fun quality about him.

SCOTT W.: Foley is GOD!!!! He will always be my favorite.  Any guy who
puts his body on the line, jobs, cuts killer a promo, and makes his
opponent look good is my favorite.  Foley is all that.  Angle is #2 no
questions asked.  Will be #1 when the vote for next year comes up.  
Tajirir is a 3rd, but not distant.  The guy guy puts my ass in the seat.

DONNIE VOMIT: How nobody nominated La Parka for Favorite Wrestler is
beyond me.  Tazz and Roadkill aren't getting appropriate pushes, but I
still meck oot for them.

MARCUS SPARKS: Purely subjective.  I've always enjoyed Bob Holly's
ringwork, but the Big Shot personality made him tops on my list.  I love
Tajiri's facial expression and those KICKS!  Steve Blackman's always been
a guilty pleasure of mine, and now that he's found a niche that works for
him it's even better.  10. MARCUS SPARKS: William Regal, while not really
improving himself in the ring, did everything he needed outside the ring
to clean up his act and get back into the biz.  I applaud him for this,
and hope he wins this "award" in recognition of his efforts.  Kid Kash
went from jerking curtains to main-eventing while stepping up his extreme
style.  Guido Maritato's gone from boring FBI stooge to a credible mat
killer.

JOHN C.: As far as I'm concerned, Eddy Guerrero is a wrestling God.
Although I despised his angle involving Chyna, I was happy to see his true
colours come out when he turned heel during the summer. Hopefully the WWF
can realize his greatness so that he can capture the glory he never
received in WCW. Booker T. has been a favourite of mine for a long time so
I was very happy to see him be the number one guy this year. I have always
liked Chris Benoit but this year I got a chance to see a lot more of him
in a role that suited him well (as a badass heel) which is why he cracked
my list. Jericho falls out of the list because his character grew too
stale for my tastes although I'm sure he'll bounce back if he turns heel
or develops a serious side like Austin or Rock.

TONY LING: ROCKY ROCKY ROCKY AUSTIN AUSTIN AUSTIN and Jericho

JEB LUND: These three are consistently a pure joy to watch. No matter how
fantastically retarded their angles get (and it seems that these guys have
a real history of being involved in mind-numbingly stupid plot-lines), the
wrestling display they give the viewer is consistently incredible. I put
Jericho over the others because his solid work on the stick shows a lot
more presence, magnetism, and attitude... although Iím thrilled to see
Benoit get better at cutting heel promos. Guerrero, on the other hand, can
stand with eyebrows raised, arms out and palms upturned (kind of like a
benificient pontiff) and have everyone hiss, curse and revile him.
Awesome.

ANDY P. GOSS: Well, Most Favo(u)rite is subjective, so not much to say
here, other than I like Eddie, Jeff, and Sanders.  They're all pretty much
the total package (technical skill, crowd heat, mic skill, etc.).

MARKUS: HHH has just been the F*cking Man this year, ever time this guy's
on TV, I find myself enjoying it. Same with Benoit & Eddie, though these
two tend to wow me a bit more with their ring work than HHH does.

STEVE GUM: Blackman and Jericho could almost be a tie, because I love it
when Blackman says, "It's party time"

EDDIE BURKETT: Triple H is THE GAME!!! 'nuff said.

JAMES HOWARD: You know what the best thing about my favorite wrestler's
boots are? It says "Edge" on them. :)

JUST JEFF: Why is Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley included here and not Lita?  
Come to think of it, why isn't Shane on the ballot as well?  He's a better
wrestler than Stephanie.

GEORGE JOHNSON: Am I the only person that thinks Dean Malenko absolutely
reeks of personality without even having to say a word? I seriously mark
out every time I see this guy.

JEREMY SORIA: Like I say every year - Do I have to choose just three
wrestlers?

TROY OLSON: Benoit worked his way into my heart this year.  I love
watching him work.  Can't wait to get some of his old tapes.

NATHAN LONEY: I'm a Tajiri mark, through and through.  I find the guy
amazing to watch in the ring, and even more fun before he had his face
turn.  Watching him egg on the crowd and taunt his opponent made me smile,
watching him kick his opponent makes me gasp, and watching him level his
opponent with a brainbuster automatically makes me count to three.  Steve
Austin has always made me mark like a girl at an 'N Sync concert, with
less screaming.  I just find him extremely entertaining.  Chris Benoit is
another guy who I love cheering for, even if the people around me are
booing their asses off.  I love the wolverine persona, the badass that
makes threats and backs them up.

BILL LEHECKA: I just wish they'd push Benoit harder.  It's nice to see
that he's wrestling the upper echelon, but it'd be nice if he was given
the WWF Championship belt for longer than 3 minutes.

NATE PATRIN: The Rock at least *was* my favorite when he was an underdog
fighting for the belt against a heel HHH.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit are easily my favourite
wrestlers right now. They're pretty much neck and neck, so I might as well
flip a coin to decide between 'em. :) I prefer Benoit's gimmick slightly,
and he's certainly the better worker, so I'll give it to him. I'd point
out, in Y2J's defense, that his WWF title "victory" was my single biggest
markout moment of the year. Triple H gets a close third. He just
positively rules. Honourable mentions to Edge, Christian and the Hardy
Boyz, my favourite tag wrestlers. I just love seeing all of them work. If
I'd been able to choose just one of em, he might have knocked Triple H off
this list.

KEVIN SMITH: Essa Rios: someone teach the man some damn english!!

THE TALBOTS: D'Lo Brown has the charisma, talent, and raw mic skills to
make it in the WWF. His moves are always crisp and his style is constantly
improving. He just needs that extra little "push" to get there.

ERIC STRAGAND: Flair still makes me pay attention, regardless of the
story. Benoit is one of the few characters who make me proud to be a
wrestling fan. The Dudleyz and APA tied for my third favorite. They just
seem like they're having fun in their jobs.

OCTAVIAN: It's not accident that my choices for Best Worker and Most
Favorite differed only in the order of their names.

LAWRENCE BENEDETTO: Somebody please push Jericho again!

TANVIR RAQUIB: Tiger Ali Singh became my hero IMMEDIATELY after I saw him
a few years ago. The Kuwaiti Cup (?) winner represented South Asia quite
poorly, but he repped nonetheless.

COLIN MacKINNON: Ricky Marvin is going to be something big someday.  Mark
my words. Barring a major knee injury, he could be (I don't want to jinx
him and say he will be) the next Rey Misterio Jr.; actually, out of all
the young luchadors in Mexico, Marvin probably has the best chance.  And
even though she wasn't on the ballot for some reason that I can't
understand, Yumi Fukawa still gets my second vote.  It's a shame she has
to retire so soon, but ever since I got into joshi puroresu, she's been
one of my favorites.  And she'll still continue to be one of them.

NICK RANGEL: Benoit is the true ruler of the world.  That the WWF seems
intent on making him into an Austin-style badass bodes well for his
future.

JEFF "FRO" WAHLMAN: Kurt Angle is just amazing and will probably get a lot
better. Everyone loves Foley as a wrestler when he's being serious and
puts himself on the line.  Jericho is kinda blah now but he still has his
moments.

JBELL55146: Again how one wrestler can go from my least favorite to my
most favorite in 3 years time, I have no clue, but Triple H did it. Kurt
Angle is just so old school heel he is awesome. It's true, It's true. And
I am and always will be the biggest Steve Austin mark on the planet.

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