Male wrestler of the year: Daniel Bryan Danielson - Mania main event, one of the most hyped debuts ever in AEW, 30 min with Omega and 60 with Hangman. Plus work rate and dream matches like Suzuki.
Runner ups: Omega, Shingo, Nick Gage (rise of GCW, getting to TNT), Minoru Suzuki American Fighting Vacation
Female wrestler of the year: Bianca Belair and Britt Baker. Both reached new heights of their careers and realized their main event potential.
Runner ups: Tay Conti Admittedly dont catch Stardom
Tag Team of the year: Lucha Brothers finally realized Norther American main stream championship status
Runner ups: dangerous Tekkers - giving ZSJ his due here and also admitting I was very wrong about Taichi for years where I dogged him.
Match of the year: Kenny Omega v Bryan Danielson which being there live was electric and exceeded insane hype
Runner ups: Bucks Lucha Bros, Eddie Punk Bryan Hangman and Hangman Kenny Bianca Sasha all honorable mentions Special shout out to Gage and Cardona which I think elevated GCW to a new height and was as memorable as anything I remember in 2021
Show of the year: AEW All Out (also was there live)
Promotion of the year: AEW
Runner ups: GCW for its ascending the wrestling promotion ranks in terms of noterietay and ability to do business
Moment of the Year: the double debut of Cole and Bryan
Runner up: Punk and the First Dance I favor the surprise slightly
Promo of the Year: Bryan after debuting at All Out. Declaring he was a professional wrestler.
Runner ups: MJF and Punks battle. Punks debut.
Disappointments of the year: G1 Climax for me on a personal note it was the first year I didn’t watch a single match….WWE stock (as a non investor) to see it barely do positive gain for the year despite record profits and a huge bull market where the S&P was up over 25% is really really shocking and disappointing.
Honorable mention: talent cuts keep happening (not as disappointing as now they are expected) and NXT finally rebooting which also felt inevitable ever since the UsA debut in 2019