It has been a landmark few months for New Japan Pro Wrestling. From the Bushi Road buyout, to the highly demanded and highly successful launch of international live ippv, to a large number of 4 and even 5 star matches the promotion has put on. It goes without saying that it has never been easier, nor a better time to be a fan of good old Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling. This remarkable evolution and global expansion was perhaps best reflected by the 2012 Wrestling Observer awards, where NJPW pretty much dominated.
NJPW Ranked #1 in the following.
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Hiroshi Tanahashi (Second year in a row)
~ Kazuchika Okada came in at #3, behind CM Punk.
MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Hiroshi Tanahashi
~ Kazuchika Okada #2
FEUD OF THE YEAR: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
MOST IMPROVED: Kazuchika Okada
BEST FLYING WRESTLER: Kota Ibushi
PROMOTION OF THE YEAR: New Japan Pro Wrestling
~ Ending UFC’s 6 year streak
PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW: NJPW Kings Of Pro Wrestling
BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER: Kazuchika Okada’s Rainmaker
BEST BOOKER: Jado & Gedo (Second year in a row)
And NJPW came #2 in the following.
MOST CHARISMATIC: Hiroshi Tanahashi
~ Behind The Rock
BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER: Prince Devitt
~ Behind Daniel Bryan
BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD (BEST BRAWLER): Togi Makabe
~ Behind Kevin Steen
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR: Takaaki Kidani
~ Behind Dana White