IMPACT Releases Year End Award Nominees

IMPACT Wrestling issued the following press release announcing the year end award nominees.

TESSA BLANCHARD, SAMI CALLIHAN LEAD NOMINEES FOR IMPACT WRESTLING’S 2019 ‘IMPACT! YEAR END AWARDS’

Winners Will Be Revealed On Two Special Episodes of IMPACT! on AXS TV Premiering Saturday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 4

LOS ANGELES – Dec. 3, 2019 – The 2019 IMPACT! Year End Awards, IMPACT Wrestling’s annual fan-voted awards show honoring the best athletes and moments of the year, returns for its second consecutive year as the organization today announced this year’s nominees. Hosted by lead commentator Josh Mathews and Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore, the awards will be handed out on two special episodes of IMPACT! on AXS TV, airing Saturday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The 2019 IMPACT! Year End Awards will honor wrestlers in the following categories: Wrestler of the Year, Moment of the Year, Knockout of the Year, X-Division Star of the Year, Tag Team of the Year, Finishing Move of the Year, Match of the Year and One to Watch in 2020. Fans can vote on the Match of the Year here and the rest of the nominees here. Voting ends Sunday, Dec. 8.

Leading the pack, 2018 Knockout of the Year Tessa Blanchard enters the competition as the first-ever female nominee for IMPACT Wrestler of the Year. Blanchard is up against 2018 Wrestler of the Year and current IMPACT World Champion Sami Callihan, in a digital preview of their groundbreaking main event match at IMPACT: Hard To Kill Jan. 12.

Rounding out the top category are 2018 X Division Star of the Year and former World Champion Brian Cage, fan-favorite high-flyer Rob Van Dam, brutal brawler Eddie Edwards, strong-style standout Michael Elgin, former NFL star Moose, wrestling legend Rhino, rising star Rich Swann and former World Champion Johnny Impact.

The end-of-year IMPACT! episodes will also look back at this past year in IMPACT Wrestling with special clips, interviews and match highlights from 2019.

IMPACT! will return to its regular Tuesday primetime schedule Jan. 7 ahead of Hard To Kill Sunday, Jan. 12 live from the Bomb Factory in Dallas. Tickets for Hard To Kill are available here.

The complete list of nominees is as follows (subject to change):

Wrestler of the Year:
Brian Cage (2018 X Division Star of the Year)
Eddie Edwards
Michael Elgin
Moose
Rhino
Johnny IMPACT
Rich Swann
Rob Van Dam
Sami Callihan (2018 Winner in Category)
Tessa Blanchard (2018 Knockout of the Year)

Moment of the Year:
Johnny IMPACT betrays Brian Cage – IMPACT March 15, 2019
Allie dies in the Undead Realm – IMPACT Match 29, 2019
Ace Austin leaps off of Ultimate X – United We Stand
Petey Williams hits Jake Crist with a Super Canadian Destroyer – IMPACT April 5, 2019
Brian Cage wins the World Championship – Rebellion
Michael Elgin debuts – Rebellion
RVD makes his IMPACT return – IMPACT May 3, 2019
Great Muta competes at A Night You Can’t Mist
Brian Cage F5s Dr. Ariel – IMPACT June 28, 2019
Michael Elgin powerbombs Brian Cage through a table on the outside, destroys Don Callis – IMPACT June 28, 2019
Tenille Dashwood debuts in IMPACT – IMPACT August 30, 2019
Havok hangs Su Yung, Su returns as Suzie – IMPACT September 20, 2019
Sami Callihan hits Melissa Santos with a bottle – IMPACT September 27, 2019
Acey Romero crashes off a ladder through a table on the floor – Bound For Glory
Sami Callihan wins the IMPACT World Title on the AXS TV debut – IMPACT October 29, 2019
Joey Ryan flips Ken Shamrock – IMPACT November 5, 2019
Alisha Edwards finally gets revenge on Ace Austin, canes him in hotel – IMPACT November 5, 2019
Taya Valkyrie breaks the record for longest Knockouts Title reign

Knockout of the Year:
Alisha Edwards
Havok
Jordynne Grace
Kiera Hogan
Madison Rayne
Rosemary
Su Yung
Taya Valkyrie
Tenille Dashwood

X-Division Star of the Year:
Ace Austin
Daga
Jake Crist
Petey Williams
Rich Swann
TJP
Trey

Tag Team of the Year:
The North
The Deaners
The Rascalz
The Desi Hit Squad
Willie Mack and Rich Swann
oVe
LAX (2018 Winner in Category)
Madison Rayne and Kiera Hogan
TJP and Fallah Bahh

Finishing Move of the Year:
Brian Cage – Drill Claw
Moose – No Jackhammer Needed
Petey Williams – Canadian Destroyer
Michael Elgin – Elgin Bomb
Taya Valkyrie – Road to Valhalla
Sami Callihan – Cactus Driver 97
Rob Van Dam – 5 Star Frog Splash
Rhino – Gore
Tessa Blanchard – Magnum
The Rascalz – Hot Fire Flame

One to Watch in 2020:
Daga
Kiera Hogan
Trey
The Rascalz
Willie Mack
Desi Hit Squad
Fallah Bahh
Madman Fulton
The Deaners
Acey Romero

Match of the Year:
The Lucha Bros vs. Brian Cage and Johnny IMPACT – IMPACT January 3th, 2019
Rich Swann vs. Ethan Page vs. Jake Crist vs. Trey (Ultimate X) – Homecoming
LAX vs. The Lucha Bros – Homecoming
Johnny IMPACT vs. Brian Cage – Homecoming
LAX vs. The Lucha Bros – IMPACT February 8, 2019
Tessa Blanchard vs. Taya Valkyrie (Street Fight) – IMPACT Uncaged February 15, 2019
Team AAA vs. Team IMPACT (World Cup) – IMPACT Uncaged February 15, 2019
Jordynne Grace vs. Tessa Blanchard – IMPACT March 15, 2019
LAX and Brian Cage vs. The Lucha Bros and Johnny IMPACT – IMPACT April 26, 2019
Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan – Rebellion
Gail Kim vs. Tessa Blanchard – Rebellion
Brian Cage vs. Johnny IMPACT – Rebellion
LAX vs. The Lucha Bros (Full Metal Mayhem) – Rebellion
Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack, Rich Swann and Fallah Bahh vs. oVe (oVe Rules) – IMPACT May 10, 2019
Rich Swann vs. Michael Elgin – IMPACT May 17, 2019
The Rascalz vs. LAX – IMPACT June 7, 2019
The Rascalz vs. LAX and Laredo Kid – IMPACT June 28, 2019
Taya Valkyrie vs. Havok vs. Rosemary vs. Su Yung (Monster’s Ball) – Slammiversary
Rich Swann vs. Johnny IMPACT – Slammiversary
Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin – Slammiversary
Sami Callihan vs. Tessa Blanchard – Slammiversary
Jake Crist vs. Rich Swann – IMPACT July 26, 2019
Michael Elgin vs. Eddie Edwards – Unbreakable
The North vs. The Rascalz – IMPACT August 2, 2019
The North vs. LAX – IMPACT September 6, 2019
Michael Elgin vs. TJP – Victory Road
Rich Swann and Willie Mack vs. LAX – IMPACT September 20, 2019
Tenille Dashwood vs. Taya Valkyrie – Bound For Glory
The North vs. Willie Mack and Rich Swann vs. RVD and Rhino – Bound For Glory
Michael Elgin vs. Naomichi Marufuji – Bound For Glory
Ace Austin vs. Jake Crist vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Daga vs. Acey Romero (Ladder match) – Bound For Glory
Brian Cage vs. Sami Callihan – Bound For Glory
Ace Austin vs. Eddie Edwards (Street Fight) – IMPACT October 29, 2019
Brian Cage vs. Sami Callihan (Steel Cage) – IMPACT October 29, 2019
Michael Elgin vs. Fallah Bahh – IMPACT November 5, 2019
The North vs. Eddie Edwards and Naomichi Marufuji – IMPACT November 12, 2019
Elimination Challenge – IMPACT November 19, 2019

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