In 2019, the Voices of Wrestling Match of the Year poll was bigger and broader than ever. 136 voters picked matches from all over the world in 69 different promotions (if you’re counting WWE, NXT, and NXT:UK all together). Last year, I was surprised to learn there was a company called Lucha Memes. This year, I’m left wondering what in the world a Clandestine Society is. That’s the beauty of the Voices of Wrestling poll!

Like last year, I wanted to do a breakdown of some interesting stats and factoids about the wrestlers and promotions that make up the poll. This time, I’ve got some graphs at my disposal. Let’s dive in first to the wrestlers!

Wrestler Stats Breakdown

Top 20 Wrestlers by Total Points

This year, there were 410 wrestlers in the poll. That’s actually down from last year’s 426. However, this year 56 wrestlers made their way onto 10 ballots or more, up from last year’s 52. A whopping 74 wrestlers, though, received a first-place vote!

The Battle for Poll Supremacy

The runaway match of the year this year was Will Ospreay vs Shingo Takagi from NJPW. What was interesting was that they also appeared to battle for supremacy in the poll, as well. Both of them more than doubled the point totals of the next closest wrestler behind them (David Starr, if you were curious). This was largely due to their match being such a runaway smash at #1. When you look at raw point totals, Will Ospreay topped the field with 1626 points. Last year, we saw Kenny Omega, ahem, clean up the competition at number one, but his impressive 2018 resulted in… 1616 points. Ospreay managed to beat Omega’s outstanding run last year. Shingo came in second behind Ospreay with a still very impressive 1413 points.

Will had the most total votes out of any wrester, as well, with 212. Second behind him again, Takagi had 164 total votes. The real runaway for Ospreay came from number of matches and promotions. Shingo had mammoth highs in 2019, whereas Ospreay just had a bounty of great matches. In the voting, Will had 16 matches receive votes across 4 different promotions. Shingo had 6 matches, all from New Japan.

Shingo got his licks in, as well, though. When it comes to ballots, Shingo appeared on 102 different ballots, while Ospreay appeared on 99. Shingo also had 1 more first place vote than Ospreay, with 50. Needless to say, these men had incredible 2019s.

Will Ospreay/Shingo Takagi Comparison

Hey Ladies

Of the 410 wrestlers that had matches receive votes, 82 of them were women, repeating the 20% ratio from last year. They garnered 1462 points from 306 total votes. Women also received 21 first place votes, and 5 made the top 50 in total points: Nanae Takahashi, Arisa Nakajima, Sareee, Arisa Hoshiki, and Momo Watanabe.

2019 MOTY - Female Wrestlers

All the female wrestlers with matches in the 2019 MOTY poll.
Wrestler Matches Points first_place Total Votes Ballots
Nanae Takahashi 3 100 4 11 9
Arisa Nakajima 1 90 4 9 9
Sareee 5 89 1 19 14
Arisa Hoshiki 5 87 1 18 15
Momo Watanabe 7 74 1 18 14
Tam Nakano 3 61 1 10 10
Jungle Kyona 3 56 1 14 13
Meiko Satomura 2 51 1 9 9
Mercedes Martinez 4 46 0 10 7
Chihiro Hashimoto 3 37 0 9 9
Riho 5 37 1 6 5
Candice LeRae 2 36 0 10 10
Io Shirai 2 36 0 10 10
Dakota Kai 2 29 0 7 7
Tegan Nox 2 29 0 7 7
Rhea Ripley 2 27 0 7 6
Shayna Baszler 2 27 0 7 6
Yuka Sakazaki 2 27 1 3 3
Bianca Belair 1 25 0 6 6
Kay Lee Ray 1 25 0 6 6
Tessa Blanchard 2 25 0 4 3
Kris Statlander 2 24 0 6 5
Takumi Iroha 3 24 1 3 2
Shoko Nakajima 1 21 1 2 2
Giulia 2 20 0 3 2
Utami Hayashishita 2 20 0 6 6
Big Mami 1 17 0 6 6
Lady Maravilla 1 17 0 6 6
Mei Suruga 4 17 0 4 3
Miyu Yamashita 1 16 1 2 2
Allie Kat 1 14 1 1 1
Lulu Pencil 2 14 0 2 2
Mio Momono 1 14 1 1 1
Becky Lynch 2 12 0 4 4
Hazuki 1 12 0 3 3
Kagetsu 2 12 0 2 2
Sasha Banks 2 12 0 4 3
Yuna Mizumori 2 11 0 2 2
Emi Sakura 3 9 0 3 2
Nyla Rose 2 9 0 2 2
DASH Chisako 2 8 0 2 2
Kylie Rae 1 8 0 1 1
Jamie Hayter 1 7 0 1 1
Martina 1 7 0 1 1
Mizuki 1 7 0 1 1
Sadik Maiden 1 7 0 1 1
Sadika 1 7 0 1 1
Saki Kashima 1 7 0 1 1
Yuna Manase 1 7 0 1 1
Ashley Vox 1 6 0 1 1
Bea Priestley 1 5 0 1 1
Leyla Hirsch 1 5 0 1 1
LuFisto 1 5 0 1 1
MAO 1 5 0 1 1
Asuka 1 4 0 1 1
Charli Evans 1 4 0 1 1
Kairi Sane 1 4 0 1 1
Mitsuru Konno 1 4 0 1 1
Natsuko Tora 1 4 0 1 1
Sayaka Obihiro 1 4 0 1 1
Hikaru Shida 1 3 0 1 1
Hiroyo Matsumoto 1 3 0 1 1
Jordynne Grace 1 3 0 1 1
Mayumi Ozaki 1 3 0 1 1
Rina Yamashita 1 3 0 2 2
Shanna 1 3 0 1 1
An Chamu 1 2 0 1 1
Jetta 1 2 0 1 1
Rhia O'Reilly 1 2 0 1 1
Taya Valkyrie 1 2 0 1 1
Bayley 1 1 0 1 1
Billie Kay 1 1 0 1 1
Carmella 1 1 0 1 1
Konami 1 1 0 1 1
Liv Morgan 1 1 0 1 1
Mandy Rose 1 1 0 1 1
Naomi 1 1 0 1 1
Nia Jax 1 1 0 1 1
Peyton Royce 1 1 0 1 1
Sarah Logan 1 1 0 1 1
Sonya Deville 1 1 0 1 1
Tamina 1 1 0 1 1

Last year, there was a lot of hype around the WWE women’s division and the breakthrough of Becky Lynch. We saw in our poll that she and Charlotte Flair were a lot closer than people may have thought when you compared their years. However, when it comes to 2019, both are virtually absent. Charlotte is completely, not having a single match make anyone’s top ten. Becky appeared on only 4 ballots, with 2 matches that combined for 12 points. The dismal state of the WWE’s Raw and Smackdown women’s rosters bore themselves out in our poll.

The big success story was Arisa Nakajima and Nanae Takahashi’s SEAdLINNNG match that made the top 20. It’s what propelled them to the top of the women’s ranks with Sareee and Arisa Hoshiki not far behind.

Top 10 Women by Total Points

One Match Wonders

Six wrestlers in the top 50 managed to earn their standing on the strength of one match and one match alone. Dustin Rhodes was this year’s Taiji Ishimori, leading that field naturally (no pun intended) due to his third place classic with Cody. Dr. Wagner Jr. also hit the top 10 on one match. Tyler Bate came oh so very close at eleventh.

Rounding out our six are Arisa Nakajima, Takuya Nomura, and the Warmaster, Josh Barnett. His battle at Bloodsport with Minoru Suzuki was everything we’d hoped it would be. I will not be surprised if he has a similar story in 2020 with the long awaited Jon Moxley match on April 2.

2019 One Match Wonders

The wrestlers in the 2019 MOTY poll who only had one match.
Wrestler Points first_place Total Votes Ballots
Dustin Rhodes 387 6 55 55
Dr Wagner Jr 170 7 19 18
Tyler Bate 160 1 27 27
Arisa Nakajima 90 4 9 9
Takuya Nomura 81 3 12 12
Josh Barnett 79 1 16 16
Puma King 53 1 9 9
Rey Horus 53 1 9 9
Metalico 51 0 8 8
Rocky Romero 44 1 8 8
Robbie Eagles 39 1 5 5
Erik 37 0 7 7
Ivar 37 0 7 7
Yuji Hino 31 0 6 6
SHO 30 0 6 6
A-Kid 27 0 6 6
Bianca Belair 25 0 6 6
Kay Lee Ray 25 0 6 6
Sami Callihan 23 0 3 3
Shoko Nakajima 21 1 2 2
Boomer Hatfield 20 1 2 2
Dylan James 20 0 4 4
Joshua Bishop 20 0 3 3
Jimmy Lloyd 19 0 6 6
Akito 17 0 4 4
ASUKA (Japan) 17 0 4 4
Big Mami 17 0 6 6
Lady Maravilla 17 0 6 6
Gringo Loco 16 0 3 3
KTB 16 0 3 3
Miyu Yamashita 16 1 2 2
Ophidian 16 0 3 3
Hirooki Goto 15 0 2 2
Allie Kat 14 1 1 1
Brett Ison 14 1 1 1
Finn Balor 14 0 3 3
Fugaz 14 1 1 1
Mio Momono 14 1 1 1
Valiente 14 1 1 1
Hana Kimura 13 0 2 2
Bryce Remsburg 12 0 4 4
Caveman Ugg 12 0 3 3
Hazuki 12 0 3 3
Invisible Man 12 0 4 4
Invisible Stan 12 0 4 4
KUSHIDA 12 0 3 3
Eita 11 0 4 3
Kaito Ishida 11 0 4 3
Naruki Doi 11 0 2 2
Naurki Doi 11 0 4 3
Toshiyuki Sakuda 11 0 3 3
YAMATO 11 0 4 3
Kaito Kiyomiya 10 0 4 4
Kyle Fletcher 10 0 2 2
Mark Davis 10 0 2 2
Mick Moretti 10 0 2 2
Paul Robinson 10 0 2 2
Takashi Sugiura 10 0 4 4
Alex Colon 9 0 2 2
Cain Justice 9 0 1 1
Gino Gambino 9 0 2 2
Johnny Blackcraft 9 0 1 1
Lance Archer 9 0 2 2
Matthew Justice 9 0 1 1
Michael Oku 9 0 1 1
Slex 9 0 2 2
Trevor Lee 9 0 1 1
Artemis Spencer 8 0 1 1
Bobby Gunns 8 0 3 3
Brandon Van Danielson 8 0 1 1
Brody King 8 0 1 1
Cabana Man Dan 8 0 2 2
Jeff Hardy 8 0 1 1
Kylie Rae 8 0 1 1
Logan Stunt 8 0 1 1
Michael Richard Blais 8 0 1 1
PCO 8 0 1 1
Randy Orton 8 0 1 1
Samoa Joe 8 0 1 1
Thomas Shire 8 0 2 2
Yuji Nagata 8 0 2 2
Andras Miyagi 7 0 1 1
Caifan 7 0 2 2
Chris Brookes 7 0 1 1
Command Bolshoi 7 0 1 1
Davis Storm 7 0 1 1
Gota Ihashi 7 0 1 1
Jamie Hayter 7 0 1 1
Jungle Boy 7 0 3 3
Kazuki Hirata 7 0 1 1
Kevin Owens 7 0 2 2
Leon 7 0 1 1
Martina 7 0 1 1
Michael Morleone 7 0 1 1
Michael Nakazawa 7 0 1 1
Mizuki 7 0 1 1
Mizuki Watase 7 0 1 1
Ricky Marvin 7 0 1 1
Sadik Maiden 7 0 1 1
Sadika 7 0 1 1
Saki Kashima 7 0 1 1
Soberano Jr 7 0 1 1
Ultimo Guerrero 7 0 2 2
Yuna Manase 7 0 1 1
Advertencia 6 0 1 1
Alex Cuevas 6 0 1 1
Ashley Vox 6 0 1 1
Colton Kelly 6 0 1 1
Darren Kearney 6 0 1 1
Evan Adams 6 0 1 1
Jay Lethal 6 0 1 1
Kazuyuki Fujita 6 0 2 2
LJ Cleary 6 0 1 1
Lunatik Extreme 6 0 1 1
Marty Scurll 6 0 1 1
Matt Taven 6 0 1 1
Memo Romero 6 0 1 1
Nathan Martin 6 0 1 1
OJMO 6 0 1 1
Omari 6 0 1 1
Ovett 6 0 1 1
Sheik Shabazz 6 0 1 1
Shere Khan 6 0 1 1
Shuhei Taniguchi 6 0 2 2
Terremoto 6 0 1 1
Yuki Ino 6 0 1 1
Andrade 5 0 2 2
Bea Priestley 5 0 1 1
Chuck Mambo 5 0 1 1
Electrico 5 0 1 1
Leyla Hirsch 5 0 1 1
LuFisto 5 0 1 1
MAO 5 0 1 1
Rey Mysterio Jr 5 0 2 2
Sanshiro Takagi 5 0 1 1
Tama Tonga 5 0 1 1
Tanga Loa 5 0 1 1
TK Cooper 5 0 1 1
Yumehito Imanari 5 0 1 1
Abyss 4 0 1 1
Angelo Dawkins 4 0 2 2
Asuka 4 0 1 1
Big Twan Tucker 4 0 2 2
Charli Evans 4 0 1 1
Charlie Morgan 4 0 1 1
Danny Burch 4 0 2 2
Eric Ryan 4 0 1 1
EVIL 4 0 2 2
Hangman Page 4 0 1 1
Kairi Sane 4 0 1 1
Lio Rush 4 0 1 1
Manders 4 0 2 2
Mecha Mercenary 4 0 1 1
Mike Bird 4 0 1 1
Mitsura Konno 4 0 1 1
Montez Ford 4 0 2 2
Natsuko Tora 4 0 1 1
Orin Veidt 4 0 1 1
Sayaka Obihiro 4 0 1 1
Steve Cutler 4 0 2 2
Tony Deppen 4 0 1 1
Wesley Blake 4 0 2 2
Amazing Red 3 0 1 1
Angel de Oro 3 0 1 1
Bestia del Ring 3 0 1 1
Effy 3 0 1 1
El Cuatrero 3 0 1 1
El Soberano Jr 3 0 1 1
Forastero 3 0 1 1
GUNSO 3 0 2 2
Hijo de LA Park 3 0 1 1
Hikaru Shida 3 0 1 1
Hiroyo Matsumoto 3 0 1 1
Jordynne Grace 3 0 1 1
Kenji Fukimoto 3 0 2 2
Kohei Sato 3 0 1 1
LA Park Jr 3 0 1 1
Mayumi Ozaki 3 0 1 1
Nick Gage 3 0 1 1
Niebla Roja 3 0 1 1
Ricky Morton 3 0 1 1
Rina Yamashita 3 0 2 2
Robert Gibson 3 0 1 1
Rush 3 0 1 1
Shanna 3 0 1 1
Shinya Aoki 3 0 1 1
Spike Trivet 3 0 1 1
Akiyori Takizawa 2 0 1 1
An Chamu 2 0 1 1
Aramis 2 0 1 1
Atsushi Aoki 2 0 1 1
El Lindaman 2 0 1 1
Erick Stevens 2 0 1 1
Ilja Dragunov 2 0 1 1
Jacob Fatu 2 0 1 1
Jetta 2 0 1 1
Katsuhiko Nakajima 2 0 1 1
La Mascara 2 0 1 1
Maximo 2 0 1 1
Naoki Tanizaki 2 0 1 1
Rhia O'Reilly 2 0 1 1
Shinjiro Otani 2 0 1 1
Taya Valkyrie 2 0 1 1
Toru Yano 2 0 1 1
Akira Tozawa 1 0 1 1
Andruew Tang 1 0 1 1
Ariya Daivari 1 0 1 1
Asuka (WWE) 1 0 1 1
Atomic Star 1 0 1 1
AZM 1 0 1 1
Bayley 1 0 1 1
Billie Kay 1 0 1 1
Blake Christian 1 0 1 1
Bray Wyatt 1 0 1 1
Brian Cage 1 0 1 1
Carmella 1 0 1 1
Chamuel 1 0 1 1
Chris Dickinson 1 0 1 1
Chuck O'Neil 1 0 1 1
Da Butcherman 1 0 1 1
Dragon Kid 1 0 1 1
Drew Gulak 1 0 1 1
Humberto Carrillo 1 0 1 1
Isaiah Scott 1 0 1 1
Jack Gallagher 1 0 1 1
Jaka 1 0 1 1
Kastigador 1 0 1 1
Konami 1 0 1 1
Latigo 1 0 1 1
Liv Morgan 1 0 1 1
Mandy Rose 1 0 1 1
Mark Angelosetti 1 0 1 1
Masato Yoshino 1 0 1 1
Michael Elgin 1 0 1 1
Microman 1 0 1 1
Mike Kanellis 1 0 1 1
Naomi 1 0 1 1
Nia Jax 1 0 1 1
Nick Aldis 1 0 1 1
Peyton Royce 1 0 1 1
Pinkie Sanchez 1 0 1 1
Ryuichi Sekine 1 0 1 1
Sarah Logan 1 0 1 1
Serpentico 1 0 1 1
Shaolin Monk 1 0 1 1
Sonya Deville 1 0 1 1
Super Shisa 1 0 1 1
Takatoshi Matsumoto 1 0 1 1
Takuya Sugawara 1 0 1 1
Tamina 1 0 1 1
Teddy Stigma 1 0 1 1
Terry Thatcher 1 0 1 1
Tim Storm 1 0 1 1
Tony Nese 1 0 1 1
Trexxus 1 0 1 1
Tsuyoshi Okada 1 0 1 1
Ultimo Dragon 1 0 1 1
Vengador 1 0 1 1
Yusuke Kodama 1 0 1 1
Zachary Wentz 1 0 1 1

Quantity of Quality

Last year, we had 5 wrestlers get 10 matches onto the poll. This year, that number is down to 4. David Starr (aka Max Barsky), Kazuchika Okada, and Tomohiro Ishii all had exactly 10. Will Ospreay had 16 make it for the second year in a row, with 2 of those 16 making the top 10.

They didn’t just have a lot of matches on the poll, either. Those matches all performed rather well, giving all 4 of them an average point per match that would land them in the top 10%.

Right on their heels were Tetsuya Naito and Kento Miyahara with 9 matches each.

10 Matches or More

Wrestlers in the MOTY Poll with 10 matches or more.
  Wrestler Matches Points Total Votes # of Promotions Ballots
1 Will Ospreay 16 1626 212 4 99
2 David Starr 10 760 107 4 71
3 Kazuchika Okada 10 491 100 1 71
4 Tomohiro Ishii 10 361 75 1 60

2019 Wrestlers by Total Ballots

MOTY 2019 - All Wrestlers

  Wrestler Points Matches Total Votes # of Promotions Ballots
1 Will Ospreay 1626 16 212 4 99
2 Shingo Takagi 1413 6 164 1 102
3 David Starr 760 10 107 4 71
4 Jordan Devlin 635 4 84 2 65
5 Hiroshi Tanahashi 497 5 71 1 64
6 Kazuchika Okada 491 10 100 1 71
7 Kenny Omega 473 7 71 5 61
8 Kota Ibushi 473 7 82 1 60
9 Cody 397 3 59 1 56
10 Dustin Rhodes 387 1 55 1 55
11 Tomohiro Ishii 361 10 75 1 60
12 WALTER 355 8 71 5 53
13 Johnny Gargano 344 5 52 1 43
14 Tetsuya Naito 331 9 59 1 41
15 Adam Cole 328 5 48 1 40
16 Jay White 254 5 42 1 38
17 Jon Moxley 223 5 46 2 39
18 Kento Miyahara 215 9 36 1 26
19 Daniel Bryan 203 2 38 1 37
20 Kofi Kingston 203 2 38 1 37
21 Blue Demon Jr 176 2 20 2 18
22 Naoya Nomura 175 4 27 1 23
23 Yuji Okabayashi 174 6 32 2 23
24 Dr Wagner Jr 170 1 19 1 18
25 Konosuke Takeshita 169 7 24 1 18
26 Tyler Bate 160 1 27 1 27
27 Dragon Lee 145 7 32 4 28
28 PAC 143 6 31 4 29
29 Minoru Suzuki 139 2 29 2 28
30 Fenix 128 7 31 5 28
31 Laredo Kid 124 3 21 3 14
32 Tetsuya Endo 110 2 15 1 14
33 Joey Janela 107 2 18 1 14
34 Pentagon Jr 106 5 25 4 23
35 Timothy Thatcher 103 7 19 3 13
36 Kzy 101 2 22 1 22
37 Nanae Takahashi 100 3 11 1 9
38 Matt Jackson 95 2 22 1 21
39 Nick Jackson 95 2 22 1 21
40 Arisa Nakajima 90 1 9 1 9
41 Sareee 89 5 19 2 14
42 Arisa Hoshiki 87 5 18 1 15
43 Takuya Nomura 81 1 12 1 12
44 Bandido 80 5 17 3 14
45 Josh Barnett 79 1 16 1 16
46 Momo Watanabe 74 7 18 1 14
47 Black Taurus 71 3 13 3 10
48 Daisuke Sekimoto 71 5 16 3 15
49 Ricochet 68 3 15 1 13
50 SANADA 66 2 16 1 15
51 Tam Nakano 61 3 10 1 10
52 Ben-K 59 5 11 1 10
53 Yuki Ishikawa 59 2 9 1 7
54 Flamita 58 2 10 1 9
55 El Hijo del Vikingo 57 2 10 1 9
56 Jungle Kyona 56 3 14 1 13
57 Virus 56 2 9 1 8
58 Chris Jericho 55 4 13 2 11
59 Masashi Takeda 55 5 16 3 13
60 Puma King 53 1 9 1 9
61 Rey Horus 53 1 9 1 9
62 Meiko Satomura 51 2 9 2 9
63 Metalico 51 1 8 1 8
64 HARASHIMA 49 2 6 1 6
65 El Phantasmo 48 2 9 1 9
66 SUWAMA 47 4 10 2 9
67 Mercedes Martinez 46 4 10 4 7
68 Aleister Black 45 2 9 1 9
69 Rocky Romero 44 1 8 1 8
70 Shuji Ishikawa 43 3 9 2 8
71 Robbie Eagles 39 1 5 1 5
72 Chihiro Hashimoto 37 3 9 2 9
73 Erik 37 1 7 1 7
74 Ivar 37 1 7 1 7
75 Jake Lee 37 3 9 1 9
76 Riho 37 5 6 3 5
77 Candice LeRae 36 2 10 1 10
78 Io Shirai 36 2 10 1 10
79 Masaaki Mochizuki 36 3 7 1 6
80 Daniel Makabe 34 2 6 1 5
81 T-Hawk 34 4 5 2 4
82 Titan 34 2 5 1 5
83 Dominic Garrini 33 4 7 4 4
84 Yuji Hino 31 1 6 1 6
85 Cara Noir 30 2 7 2 7
86 SHO 30 1 6 1 6
87 Barbaro Cavernario 29 2 5 1 5
88 Dakota Kai 29 2 7 1 7
89 Juice Robinson 29 2 5 1 5
90 KAI 29 3 7 2 6
91 Tegan Nox 29 2 7 1 7
92 A-Kid 27 1 6 1 6
93 Rhea Ripley 27 2 7 1 6
94 Shayna Baszler 27 2 7 1 6
95 Yuka Sakazaki 27 2 3 2 3
96 Antonio Honda 25 3 4 2 4
97 Arez 25 3 5 3 5
98 Bianca Belair 25 1 6 1 6
99 Jonathan Gresham 25 2 6 2 6
100 Kay Lee Ray 25 1 6 1 6
101 Pete Dunne 25 2 6 2 6
102 Tessa Blanchard 25 2 4 2 3
103 Kris Statlander 24 2 6 2 5
104 Shuji Kondo 24 2 3 2 3
105 Takumi Iroha 24 3 3 2 2
106 Sami Callihan 23 1 3 1 3
107 Jack Bonza 22 2 5 1 4
108 Dasher Hatfield 21 2 3 1 3
109 Shoko Nakajima 21 1 2 1 2
110 Yuma Aoyagi 21 2 4 1 4
111 Big R Shimizu 20 2 6 1 5
112 Boomer Hatfield 20 1 2 1 2
113 Brock Lesnar 20 2 4 1 4
114 Darby Allin 20 3 3 1 2
115 Dylan James 20 1 4 1 4
116 Giulia 20 2 3 2 2
117 Joshua Bishop 20 1 3 1 3
118 Star Jr 20 2 2 1 1
119 Utami Hayashishita 20 2 6 1 6
120 Jimmy Lloyd 19 1 6 1 6
121 KENTA 19 3 3 1 3
122 Mayu Iwatani 19 3 3 1 3
123 Akito 17 1 4 1 4
124 ASUKA (Japan) 17 1 4 1 4
125 Big Mami 17 1 6 1 6
126 Lady Maravilla 17 1 6 1 6
127 Mei Suruga 17 4 4 1 3
128 Mistico 17 2 2 1 2
129 Tsukasa Fujimoto 17 2 3 1 3
130 Gringo Loco 16 1 3 1 3
131 KTB 16 1 3 1 3
132 Marko Stunt 16 2 3 2 3
133 Miyu Yamashita 16 1 2 1 2
134 Ophidian 16 1 3 1 3
135 Hirooki Goto 15 1 2 1 2
136 Tommaso Ciampa 15 2 4 1 4
137 Allie Kat 14 1 1 1 1
138 Brett Ison 14 1 1 1 1
139 Finn Balor 14 1 3 1 3
140 Fugaz 14 1 1 1 1
141 Hideki Suzuki 14 2 3 2 3
142 Lulu Pencil 14 2 2 1 2
143 Mio Momono 14 1 1 1 1
144 Roderick Strong 14 3 4 1 4
145 Valiente 14 1 1 1 1
146 Hana Kimura 13 1 2 1 2
147 Jay Briscoe 13 2 2 1 2
148 Kevin Ku 13 3 4 3 2
149 Mark Briscoe 13 2 2 1 2
150 Maya Yukihi 13 2 2 1 1
151 Shunma Katsumata 13 2 2 1 2
152 AJ Styles 12 2 2 1 2
153 Becky Lynch 12 2 4 1 4
154 Bryce Remsburg 12 1 4 1 4
155 Caveman Ugg 12 1 3 1 3
156 Dominik Dijakovic 12 2 3 1 3
157 Hazuki 12 1 3 1 3
158 Invisible Man 12 1 4 1 4
159 Invisible Stan 12 1 4 1 4
160 Kagetsu 12 2 2 1 2
161 Keith Lee 12 2 3 1 3
162 KUSHIDA 12 1 3 1 3
163 Sasha Banks 12 2 4 1 3
164 Zack Sabre Jr 12 3 4 1 4
165 Bobby Fish 11 2 4 1 4
166 Eita 11 1 4 1 3
167 Kaito Ishida 11 1 4 1 3
168 Kyle O'Reilly 11 2 4 1 4
169 LA Park 11 3 3 3 3
170 Naruki Doi 11 1 2 1 2
171 Naurki Doi 11 1 4 1 3
172 Seth Rollins 11 3 3 1 3
173 Toshiyuki Sakuda 11 1 3 1 3
174 Velveteen Dream 11 2 3 1 2
175 YAMATO 11 1 4 1 3
176 Yuna Mizumori 11 2 2 1 2
177 Daisuke Sasaki 10 2 2 1 1
178 Eddie Kingston 10 2 4 2 2
179 Jake Atlas 10 2 4 1 4
180 Kaito Kiyomiya 10 1 4 1 4
181 Kyle Fletcher 10 1 2 1 2
182 Mark Davis 10 1 2 1 2
183 Mick Moretti 10 1 2 1 2
184 Oney Lorcan 10 3 4 3 3
185 Paul Robinson 10 1 2 1 2
186 Taiji Ishimori 10 2 2 1 2
187 Takashi Sugiura 10 1 4 1 4
188 U-T 10 2 3 1 2
189 Alex Colon 9 1 2 1 2
190 Cain Justice 9 1 1 1 1
191 Emi Sakura 9 3 3 1 2
192 Gino Gambino 9 1 2 1 2
193 Johnny Blackcraft 9 1 1 1 1
194 Lance Archer 9 1 2 1 2
195 Matthew Justice 9 1 1 1 1
196 Michael Oku 9 1 1 1 1
197 Nyla Rose 9 2 2 1 2
198 Ortiz 9 3 3 3 3
199 Sanson 9 2 2 1 1
200 Santana 9 3 3 3 3
201 Shotaro Ashino 9 2 2 1 2
202 Slex 9 1 2 1 2
203 Trevor Lee 9 1 1 1 1
204 Artemis Spencer 8 1 1 1 1
205 Bobby Gunns 8 1 3 1 3
206 Brandon Van Danielson 8 1 1 1 1
207 Brody King 8 1 1 1 1
208 Cabana Man Dan 8 1 2 1 2
209 DASH Chisako 8 2 2 2 2
210 Go Shiozaki 8 2 2 1 2
211 Jeff Hardy 8 1 1 1 1
212 Kylie Rae 8 1 1 1 1
213 Logan Stunt 8 1 1 1 1
214 Michael Richard Blais 8 1 1 1 1
215 PCO 8 1 1 1 1
216 Randy Orton 8 1 1 1 1
217 Samoa Joe 8 1 1 1 1
218 Thomas Shire 8 1 2 1 2
219 Yuji Nagata 8 1 2 1 2
220 Zeus 8 2 3 1 3
221 Andras Miyagi 7 1 1 1 1
222 Caifan 7 1 2 1 2
223 Chris Brookes 7 1 1 1 1
224 Command Bolshoi 7 1 1 1 1
225 Davis Storm 7 1 1 1 1
226 Gota Ihashi 7 1 1 1 1
227 Jamie Hayter 7 1 1 1 1
228 Joe Coffey 7 2 2 2 2
229 Jungle Boy 7 1 3 1 3
230 Kazuki Hirata 7 1 1 1 1
231 Kevin Owens 7 1 2 1 2
232 Leon 7 1 1 1 1
233 Martina 7 1 1 1 1
234 Michael Morleone 7 1 1 1 1
235 Michael Nakazawa 7 1 1 1 1
236 Mizuki 7 1 1 1 1
237 Mizuki Watase 7 1 1 1 1
238 Ricky Marvin 7 1 1 1 1
239 Sadik Maiden 7 1 1 1 1
240 Sadika 7 1 1 1 1
241 Saki Kashima 7 1 1 1 1
242 Shigehiro Irie 7 2 3 2 3
243 Soberano Jr 7 1 1 1 1
244 Ultimo Guerrero 7 1 2 1 2
245 Yuna Manase 7 1 1 1 1
246 Advertencia 6 1 1 1 1
247 Alex Cuevas 6 1 1 1 1
248 Ashley Vox 6 1 1 1 1
249 Colton Kelly 6 1 1 1 1
250 Darren Kearney 6 1 1 1 1
251 Evan Adams 6 1 1 1 1
252 Jay Lethal 6 1 1 1 1
253 JD Drake 6 2 3 2 3
254 Kazuyuki Fujita 6 1 2 1 2
255 LJ Cleary 6 1 1 1 1
256 Lunatik Extreme 6 1 1 1 1
257 Marty Scurll 6 1 1 1 1
258 Matt Taven 6 1 1 1 1
259 Memo Romero 6 1 1 1 1
260 Nathan Martin 6 1 1 1 1
261 OJMO 6 1 1 1 1
262 Omari 6 1 1 1 1
263 Ovett 6 1 1 1 1
264 Sheik Shabazz 6 1 1 1 1
265 Shere Khan 6 1 1 1 1
266 Shuhei Taniguchi 6 1 2 1 2
267 Terremoto 6 1 1 1 1
268 Yuki Ino 6 1 1 1 1
269 Alex Zayne 5 2 2 1 2
270 Andrade 5 1 2 1 2
271 Angel Garza 5 2 2 2 2
272 Anthony Henry 5 2 2 2 2
273 Bea Priestley 5 1 1 1 1
274 Chuck Mambo 5 1 1 1 1
275 Electrico 5 1 1 1 1
276 Leyla Hirsch 5 1 1 1 1
277 LuFisto 5 1 1 1 1
278 MAO 5 1 1 1 1
279 Matt Riddle 5 2 2 1 1
280 Rey Mysterio Jr 5 1 2 1 2
281 Sanshiro Takagi 5 1 1 1 1
282 Tama Tonga 5 1 1 1 1
283 Tanga Loa 5 1 1 1 1
284 TK Cooper 5 1 1 1 1
285 Yumehito Imanari 5 1 1 1 1
286 Abyss 4 1 1 1 1
287 Angelo Dawkins 4 1 2 1 2
288 Asuka 4 1 1 1 1
289 Big Twan Tucker 4 1 2 1 2
290 Charli Evans 4 1 1 1 1
291 Charlie Morgan 4 1 1 1 1
292 Danny Burch 4 1 2 1 2
293 Eric Ryan 4 1 1 1 1
294 EVIL 4 1 2 1 2
295 Hangman Page 4 1 1 1 1
296 Kairi Sane 4 1 1 1 1
297 Lio Rush 4 1 1 1 1
298 Manders 4 1 2 1 2
299 Mecha Mercenary 4 1 1 1 1
300 Mike Bird 4 1 1 1 1
301 Mitsuru Konno 4 1 1 1 1
302 Montez Ford 4 1 2 1 2
303 Natsuko Tora 4 1 1 1 1
304 Orin Veidt 4 1 1 1 1
305 Sayaka Obihiro 4 1 1 1 1
306 Shun Skywalker 4 2 2 1 1
307 Steve Cutler 4 1 2 1 2
308 Tony Deppen 4 1 1 1 1
309 Wesley Blake 4 1 2 1 2
310 Amazing Red 3 1 1 1 1
311 Angel de Oro 3 1 1 1 1
312 Bestia del Ring 3 1 1 1 1
313 CIMA 3 2 2 2 2
314 Effy 3 1 1 1 1
315 El Cuatrero 3 1 1 1 1
316 El Soberano Jr 3 1 1 1 1
317 Forastero 3 1 1 1 1
318 GUNSO 3 1 2 1 2
319 Hijo de LA Park 3 1 1 1 1
320 Hikaru Shida 3 1 1 1 1
321 Hiroyo Matsumoto 3 1 1 1 1
322 Jordynne Grace 3 1 1 1 1
323 Kenji Fukimoto 3 1 2 1 2
324 Kohei Sato 3 1 1 1 1
325 LA Park Jr 3 1 1 1 1
326 Mayumi Ozaki 3 1 1 1 1
327 Nick Gage 3 1 1 1 1
328 Niebla Roja 3 1 1 1 1
329 Ricky Morton 3 1 1 1 1
330 Rina Yamashita 3 1 2 1 2
331 Robert Gibson 3 1 1 1 1
332 Rush 3 1 1 1 1
333 Ryota Nakatsu 3 2 2 2 2
334 Shanna 3 1 1 1 1
335 Shinya Aoki 3 1 1 1 1
336 Spike Trivet 3 1 1 1 1
337 Taichi 3 2 2 1 1
338 Akiyori Takizawa 2 1 1 1 1
339 An Chamu 2 1 1 1 1
340 Aramis 2 1 1 1 1
341 Atsushi Aoki 2 1 1 1 1
342 El Lindaman 2 1 1 1 1
343 Erick Stevens 2 1 1 1 1
344 Ilja Dragunov 2 1 1 1 1
345 Jacob Fatu 2 1 1 1 1
346 Jetta 2 1 1 1 1
347 Katsuhiko Nakajima 2 1 1 1 1
348 La Mascara 2 1 1 1 1
349 Maximo 2 1 1 1 1
350 Naoki Tanizaki 2 1 1 1 1
351 Rhia O'Reilly 2 1 1 1 1
352 Shinjiro Otani 2 1 1 1 1
353 Taya Valkyrie 2 1 1 1 1
354 Toru Yano 2 1 1 1 1
355 Akira Tozawa 1 1 1 1 1
356 Andruew Tang 1 1 1 1 1
357 Ariya Daivari 1 1 1 1 1
358 Asuka (WWE) 1 1 1 1 1
359 Atomic Star 1 1 1 1 1
360 AZM 1 1 1 1 1
361 Bayley 1 1 1 1 1
362 Billie Kay 1 1 1 1 1
363 Blake Christian 1 1 1 1 1
364 Bray Wyatt 1 1 1 1 1
365 Brian Cage 1 1 1 1 1
366 Carmella 1 1 1 1 1
367 Chamuel 1 1 1 1 1
368 Chris Dickinson 1 1 1 1 1
369 Chuck O'Neil 1 1 1 1 1
370 Da Butcherman 1 1 1 1 1
371 Dragon Kid 1 1 1 1 1
372 Drew Gulak 1 1 1 1 1
373 Humberto Carrillo 1 1 1 1 1
374 Isaiah Scott 1 1 1 1 1
375 Jack Gallagher 1 1 1 1 1
376 Jaka 1 1 1 1 1
377 Kastigador 1 1 1 1 1
378 Konami 1 1 1 1 1
379 Latigo 1 1 1 1 1
380 Liv Morgan 1 1 1 1 1
381 Mandy Rose 1 1 1 1 1
382 Mark Angelosetti 1 1 1 1 1
383 Masato Yoshino 1 1 1 1 1
384 Michael Elgin 1 1 1 1 1
385 Microman 1 1 1 1 1
386 Mike Kanellis 1 1 1 1 1
387 Naomi 1 1 1 1 1
388 Nia Jax 1 1 1 1 1
389 Nick Aldis 1 1 1 1 1
390 Peyton Royce 1 1 1 1 1
391 Pinkie Sanchez 1 1 1 1 1
392 Ryuichi Sekine 1 1 1 1 1
393 Sarah Logan 1 1 1 1 1
394 Serpentico 1 1 1 1 1
395 Shaolin Monk 1 1 1 1 1
396 Sonya Deville 1 1 1 1 1
397 Super Shisa 1 1 1 1 1
398 Takatoshi Matsumoto 1 1 1 1 1
399 Takuya Sugawara 1 1 1 1 1
400 Tamina 1 1 1 1 1
401 Teddy Stigma 1 1 1 1 1
402 Terry Thatcher 1 1 1 1 1
403 Tim Storm 1 1 1 1 1
404 Tony Nese 1 1 1 1 1
405 Trexxus 1 1 1 1 1
406 Tsuyoshi Okada 1 1 1 1 1
407 Ultimo Dragon 1 1 1 1 1
408 Vengador 1 1 1 1 1
409 Yusuke Kodama 1 1 1 1 1
410 Zachary Wentz 1 1 1 1 1

Promotion Breakdown

Of the 69 promotions that made the poll, 20 of them (nearly 30%!) received first-place votes. 9 of those received only 1, and that list is varied and surprising. For instance, there are your fringe promotions like SUP (Southern Underground Pro) and your indie darlings like Chikara and GCW. There are also some heavy hitters like AJPW, Dragon Gate, and PWG that only managed to garner 1 first-place vote.

In every conceivable way, NJPW smashed the field when it comes to points, matches, and first-place votes. Their 3249 points is nearly four times second place WWE (combined) with 880. If you separate out NXT from WWE, second place goes to OTT with 683 points, which NJPW has nearly quintupled.

MOTY 2019 Points per Promotion

When it comes to matches, NJPW’s 51 soundly triumphs over everyone else. WWE combined for 30, with NXT supplying 17 of those. Those 17 matches, separated out would be good enough for second place all on their own.

MOTY 2019 Matches by Promotion

First-place votes are another bloodbath with NJPW having 67 and second place having only 19. In fact, if you combined every single promotion besides NJPW and compare them, they only barely squeak by NJPW with 69 first-place votes!

MOTY 2019 - Promotions by First Place Votes

  Promotion Matches Points Avg First Place
1 NJPW 51 3249 63.71 67
2 Non-NJPW 238 4768 20.03 69

With WWE, here’s how the matches and points broke down per brand.

WWE Matches by Sub-BrandWWE Points by Sub-brand

It was an incredible year for New Japan Pro Wrestling and an incredible year for wrestling in general. Hopefully the poll has turned you on to some matches and promotions you missed. I know I will be going back and watching Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr., as I’d not even heard that it was good until I started helping with the vote tabulation for the poll!

Stay tuned for next week when we’ll take a look at how the VoW voters stack up next to Big Dave and the user base of GRAPPL.

MOTY 2019 - Promotions

  Promotion Matches Points Avg First Place
1 NJPW 51 3249 63.71 67
2 WWE (All) 30 880 29.33 9
3 OTT 6 683 113.83 19
4 AEW 13 609 46.85 7
5 AAA 8 258 32.25 8
6 AJPW 13 258 19.85 1
7 DDT 12 229 19.08 4
8 Stardom 14 181 12.93 2
9 Dragon Gate 11 174 15.82 1
10 GCW 13 164 12.62 1
11 BJW 4 146 36.5 3
12 Beyond Wrestling 5 141 28.2 2
13 CMLL 10 119 11.9 2
14 wXw 8 108 13.5 0
15 SEAdLINNNG 3 100 33.33 4
16 Sendai Girls 4 78 19.5 1
17 PWG 4 68 17 1
18 3-2-1 Battle 2 34 17 0
19 Gatoh Move 7 33 4.71 0
20 RIPTIDE 2 32 16 0
21 Wrestle-1 3 32 10.67 1
22 Impact Wrestling 3 28 9.33 0
23 WWW 1 27 27 0
24 AIW 2 24 12 0
25 Ice Ribbon 3 24 8 0
26 NOAH 4 24 6 0
27 PWA Australia 2 22 11 0
28 SUP 2 22 11 1
29 CHIKARA 2 21 10.5 1
30 ROH 3 19 6.33 0
31 BLP/GCW 1 16 16 0
32 PROGRESS 2 15 7.5 0
33 Clandestine Society 2 14 7 0
34 Marvelous 1 14 14 1
35 Zona 23 2 13 6.5 0
36 Blackcraft 1 9 9 0
37 CWF Mid-Atlantic 1 9 9 0
38 MCW 1 9 9 0
39 Pro Wrestling:EVE 2 9 4.5 0
40 RevPro 1 9 9 0
41 Heavy Metal Wrestling 1 8 8 0
42 RISE 1 8 8 0
43 Wrestlecon 1 8 8 0
44 EPW 1 7 7 0
45 Lucha Memes 1 7 7 0
46 TJPW 1 7 7 0
47 XMW 1 7 7 0
48 IWRG 1 6 6 0
49 Limitless 1 6 6 0
50 ZERO1 2 5 2.5 0
51 BLP 1 4 4 0
52 GOOD Wrestling 1 4 4 0
53 MVW 1 4 4 0
54 SHIMMER 1 4 4 0
55 FREEDOMS 1 3 3 0
56 OZ Academy 1 3 3 0
57 The Summit 1 3 3 0
58 Wrestling Resurgence 1 3 3 0
59 EVOLVE 1 2 2 0
60 ICW 1 2 2 0
61 J-Stage 1 2 2 0
62 LEGEND 1 2 2 0
63 MLW 1 2 2 0
64 G21 1 1 1 0
65 HARD HIT 1 1 1 0
66 Invasion RCH 1 1 1 0
67 NWA 1 1 1 0
68 SPW 1 1 1 0
69 TPW 1 1 1 0