WrestleTalk Half Year Awards 2020

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Breakout Star of the Year – Angel Garza

When you consider that Angel Garza’s main roster call-up was a last-minute decision to replace Andrade, he has more than taken advantage of his opportunity. In his five months on the main roster, Garza has people saying he has surpassed Andrade as the star of their faction.

Vince McMahon has been impressed, with reports saying he believes Garza could be the next Eddie Guerrero.  Those are lofty expectations, but given his ability and charisma, the sky is the limit for Garza.

Tag Team of the Year – Hangman Page & Kenny Omega

You wouldn’t have thought the make-shift team of Kenny Omega and Hangman Page would be the best tag team in wrestling at the halfway point but here we are. While established teams like the Lucha Bros and the Young Bucks have taken a bit of a back seat this year, Page and Omega have become the top team in AEW.

They appear to have worked through their disfunction and have had virtually all of the best tag matches of the year. The Young Bucks, Lucha Bros., and SCU have all had fantastic matches with the new team and all of them have failed to defeat them. With the emergence of FTR in AEW, it will be interesting to see if Omega and Page can hang onto this top spot by the year’s end.

Women’s Wrestler of the Year – Charlotte Flair

It won’t be a popular decision but Charlotte Flair has been your women’s wrestler of the year. We will be the first to say that the booking of Charlotte has been horrendous and has resulted in Rhea Ripley losing all of the momentum she had gained at the end of 2019. With that in mind, she has consistently been involved in good matches and she has won many of them.

From beginning 2020 by winning the Royal Rumble to defeating Ripley at WrestleMania, Charlotte has been WWE’s hardest pushed women’s wrestler. Having recently taken time off, she may not hold on to this spot with stars like Hikaru Shida and Bayley hot on her tail.

Male Wrestler of the Year – Drew McIntyre

There was debate over this one as no one star really stands out as a clear winner. Had New Japan Pro Wrestling not paused operations, Will Ospreay, Tetsuya Naito, or Kazuchika Okada could have been candidates but as it stands now, your wrestler of the year is the WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre.

That is not to say McIntyre is not a great choice for the top spot because he is. Winning the Royal Rumble was the biggest moment of his career to that point before he went on to defeat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. It is a shame McIntyre’s coronation couldn’t be in front of a capacity crowd but he has been a valiant champion since.

Since winning the title he has had excellent title defences against Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley. He has also been heavily protected and pushed as the biggest star most of the time. It has been a good year for McIntyre and he is in a good position to be 2020’s definitive wrestler of the year if things continue at their current pace.

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