AEW Wins Big With 2020 Wrestling Observer Awards
It's hard to believe that All Elite Wrestling, or AEW, has already been on National television for a year and a half.
AEW launched Dynamite on TNT on October 2nd 2019 to compete with WWE's long time monopoly on nationally televised pro wrestling. The show was designed to showcase the established stars of AEW's new company, while growing new talent the company was acquiring.
Over their first year, the company has been able to regularly beat WWE's NXT programming in head-to-head competitions. This has helped to fuel plenty of speculation about which WWE stars would be willing to "jump ship" to join the new company. Which is something we've seen our fair share of over the first year.
Most recently we saw WWE Superstar The Big Show, or Paul White, jump over to the AEW brand. But there are actually been plenty of names that were 'built' by AEW and not WWE as well. Which has been made very clear during this year's Wrestling Observer Newsletter yearly awards.
There were some AEW wrestlers who won major awards, but had previously found success in WWE. Like Jon Moxley who won Wrestler of the Year, but he was previously known in WWE as Dean Ambrose, where he won the WWE Championship. But outside of that, there were plenty of AEW winners that never made a name in WWE. Here are the awards that pure AEW won during this year's awards:
MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER
Winner: Current AEW World Champion Kenny Omega
TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winners: Current AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks
BEST ON INTERVIEWS
Winner: Eddie Kingston
PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
BEST WEEKLY TV SHOW
Winner: AEW Dynamite
PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Young Bucks vs. Adam Page and Kenny Omega at AEW Revolution 2020
FEUD OF THE YEAR
Winners: Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston
Winner: Britt Baker
BEST FLYING WRESTLER
Winner: Rey Fenix
BEST TV ANNOUNCER
BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
Winner: AEW Revolution PPV on February 29 from Chicago
BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER
Winner: Kenny Omega’s One Winged Angel
Winner: Tony Khan
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Tony Khan
Winner: Orange Cassidy
BEST PRO WRESTLING BOOK
Winner: The Young Bucks: Killing the Business from the Backyards to the Big Leagues