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For woman of the year, it was a close race, but Becky Lynch topped Ronda Rousey to be named PWI’s Woman of the Year. Asuka and Tessa Blanchard were runners up. Many may remember that in November of 2018, PWI named Rousey as their #1 wrestler in their annual PWI Woman’s 100. Many criticized the move at the time of the magazine’s release, however the cut off deadline for voting was from October 1st 2017 to September 30th, 2018. This time period would have been before the rise in popularity of Lynch.
AJ Styles brought home Wrestler of the Year honors, which is his third year in a row winning the award gaining 46% of the votes. Following Styles was Kenny Omega with 17% of the votes and Cody Rhodes with 8% of the votes.
Was there ever really any other option for Woman of the Year? Lynch has been on fire since October of last year. Her upcoming match with Asuka at Royal Rumble has potential to be an early 2019 Match of the Year candidate. I personally hope the feud with Ronda Rousey is rekindled, and we see the first ever woman’s main event at Wrestlemania.