2021 American Wrestling Awards Nominees


Last year, I started a tradition of recognizing who I feel has been the most impactful performers on the American pro wrestling scene. So this year, I am back but I am doing things a little differently. I am going to announce a list of nominees, and I want to hear from YOU who your picks are.

All nominees will come from All Elite Wrestling (AEW), WWE, Impact Wrestling, Major League Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and NWA. There will be a specific category for guest appearances in other promotions (the Forbidden Door Award), that will include performers from New Japan Pro Wrestling.

I'll announce my picks later on in December. But here are my nominees:

Best Babyface—Men's

  • Big E, WWE
  • Drew McIntyre, WWE
  • Edge, WWE
  • Hangman Adam Page, All Elite Wrestling
  • Jon Moxley, All Elite Wrestling

Best Heel—Men's

  • Bobby Lashley, WWE
  • Kenny Omega, All Elite Wrestling
  • Maxwell Jacob Friedman, All Elite Wrestling
  • Moose, Impact Wrestling
  • Roman Reigns, WWE

Best Babyface—Women's

  • Bianca Belair, WWE
  • Hikaru Shida, All Elite Wrestling
  • Jordynne Grace, Impact Wrestling
  • Rosemary, Impact Wrestling
  • Thunder Rosa, All Elite Wrestling

Best Heel—Women's

  • Britt Baker, All Elite Wrestling
  • Charlotte Flair, WWE
  • Deonna Purazzo, Impact Wrestling
  • Kamille Brickhouse, NWA
  • Mandy Rose, WWE

Best Men's Singles Champion

  • Bobby Lashley, WWE Champion
  • Kenny Omega, AEW World Champion, AAA Megacampion, Impact Wrestling World Champion
  • Darby Allin, AEW TNT Champion
  • Jonathan Gresham, Ring of Honor Pure Champion
  • Josh Alexander, Impact Wrestling X-Division Champion
  • Miro, AEW TNT Champion
  • Roman Reigns, WWE Universal Champion
  • Jacob Fatu, MLW World Champion
  • Alexander Hammerstone, MLW National Champion & MLW World Champion
  • WALTER, WWE NXT United Kingdom Champion

Best Women's Singles Champion

  • Bianca Belair, WWE Smackdown Women's Champion
  • Britt Baker, AEW Women's Champion
  • Charlotte Flair, WWE Raw Women's Champion
  • Deonna Purazzo, Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion, AAA Reina de Reinas Champion
  • Raquel Gonzalez, NXT Women's Champion
  • Sasha Banks, WWE Smackdown Women's Champion

Best Babyface Tag Team

  • Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus), All Elite Wrestling
  • RKBro (Randy Orton & Matt Ridde), WWE
  • The Lucha Bros (Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero), All Elite Wrestling
  • The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods), WWE
  • MSK (Wes Lee and Nash Carter), WWE

Best Heel Tag Team

  • FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood), All Elite Wrestling
  • The Acclaimed (Max Caster and Anthony Bowens), All Elite Wrestling
  • The Good Brothers (Anderson and Gallows), Impact Wrestling
  • The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso), WWE
  • The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), All Elite Wrestling

Best Babyface Stable (active only)

  • Dark Order (Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alan Angels, Preston Vance, Anna Jay, Colt Cabana, Alex Reynolds, John Silver, -1), All Elite Wrestling
  • Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Christian Cage, Marko Stunt), All Elite Wrestling
  • Best Friends (Orange Cassidy, Trent, Chuck Taylor, Wheeler Yuta, Kris Statlander), All Elite Wrestling
  • The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager), All Elite Wrestling
  • Death Triangle (Pac, Rey Fenix, Penta El Zero), All Elite Wrestling

Best Heel Stable (active only)

  • Imperium (WALTER, Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner), WWE
  • The Bloodline (Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Paul Heyman), WWE
  • The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Adam Cole, Brandon Cutler), All Elite Wrestling
  • Toxic Attraction (Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, Jacy Jayne), WWE
  • Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner, Joe Doering), Impact Wrestling
Best Supercard Show
  • 2021 All Out, All Elite Wrestling
  • 2021 Full Gear, All Elite Wrestling
  • Wrestlemania 37, WWE
  • 2021 Royal Rumble, WWE
  • 2021 Money In The Bank, WWE
Forbidden Door Award
  • Christian Cage, All Elite Wrestling (Impact Wrestling)
  • Minoru Suzuki, New Japan Pro Wrestling (AEW, Impact Wrestling)
  • Jon Moxley, All Elite Wrestling (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
  • Kenny Omega, All Elite Wrestling (Impact Wrestling)
  • The Good Brothers (Ken Anderson & Luke Gallows), Impact Wrestling (AEW)
Feud of the Year
  • Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks, WWE
  • Britt Baker vs Thunder Rosa, All Elite Wrestling
  • Kenny Omega vs Hangman Adam Page, All Elite Wrestling
  • Seth Rollins vs Edge, WWE
  • The Elite vs Jurassic Express, All Elite Wrestling
United States Men's Match of the Year—Non-Tag Team
  • Hangman Adam Page vs Kenny Omega AEW World Championship Match, WWE Full Gear 2021
  • Edge vs. Roman Reigns vs. Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) WWE Universal Championship Match, WWE Wrestlemania 37
  • Bryan Danielson vs Kenny Omega, AEW Dynamite Grand Slam
  • Rey Fenix vs Kenny Omega AEW World Championship Match, AEW Dynamite New Year's Smash
  • Ilja Dragunov vs. Walter NXT United Kingdom Championship Match, WWE NXT TakeOver 36
United States Women's Match of the Year
  • Leyla Hirsch vs. Kamille Brickhouse NWA Women's Championship Match, NWA Empowerr
  • Sasha Banks vs Bianca Belair WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Match, WWE Wrestlemania 37
  • Serena Deeb vs Hikaru Shida I, AEW Dynamite
  • Thunder Rosa vs Britt Baker Lights Out Match, AEW Dynamite St. Patrick's Day Slam
  • Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair WWE Raw Women's Championship Match, WWE Money In the Bank
United States Tag Team Match of the Year
  • The Super Elite vs Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage, and Jurassic Express, AEW Dynamite
  • The Young Bucks vs The Lucha Brothers, AEW All Out 2021
  • The Young Bucks vs Death Triangle (Rey Fenix & Pac), AEW Dynamite
  • The Young Bucks vs Eddie Kingston & Jon Moxley, AEW Double or Nothing 2021
  • The Superkliq (The Young Bucks & Adam Cole) vs Jurassic Express & Christian Cage, AEW Full Gear 2021
*Correction made due to Bucks/Omega/Hangman match being from 2020. I simply wrote down the wrong match.

United States Men's Wrestler of the Year
  • Bryan Danielson, All Elite Wrestling/WWE
  • Hangman Adam Page, All Elite Wrestling
  • Jonathan Gresham, Ring of Honor
  • Kenny Omega, All Elite Wrestling
  • Roman Reigns, WWE
United States Women's Wrestler of the Year
  • Bianca Belair, WWE
  • Britt Baker, All Elite Wrestling
  • Charlotte Flair, WWE
  • Deonna Purazzo, Impact Wrestling/AAA
  • Thunder Rosa, All Elite Wrestling

Best Commentary Team
  • Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, and Jim Ross, AEW Dynamite
  • Excalibur and Tazz, AEW Dark; AEW Rampage
  • Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman, Ring of Honor Wrestling
  • Michael Cole and Pat McAfee, WWE Smackdown
  • Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, WWE Raw
Best Weekly Television Show
  • AEW Dynamite
  • WWE Smackdown
  • WWE Raw
  • Impact Wrestling
Best Booker of the Year
  • Billy Corgan, NWA
  • Court Bauer, Major League Wrestling
  • Scott D'Amore, Impact Wrestling
  • Tony Khan, All Elite Wrestling
  • Vince McMahon, WWE
Promotion of the Year
  • All Elite Wrestling
  • Impact Wrestling
  • NWA
  • Ring of Honor
  • WWE
Who & what are your picks? Let me know below!

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