PWI awards 2023: who are the male, female wrestlers of the year?

Fans eagerly await the release of the PWI Awards results for the year, an annual recognition of the best professional wrestler across all promotions. Recent announcements by PWI revealing the winners in various categories have sparked enthusiasm among wrestling fans.

WWE talent had an exceptional year, evident in the awards voted on by fans. Seth Rollins and Rhea Ripley secured the titles of Male and Female Wrestlers of the Year, respectively. Fans of both wrestlers are relishing these well-deserved accolades.

Who are PWI’s male, female wrestlers of the year?

Each year, viewers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated cast ballots for the PWI Awards, which the magazine officially presents. Fans of Seth Rollins are ecstatic to hear that their idol won Wrestler of the Year with a whopping 27% of the vote. Rollins and Punk’s animosity is about to heat up because of this accomplishment.

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Seth Rollins had an incredible 2023, capturing the World Championship in a thrilling match at the Night of Champions Premium Live Event against AJ Styles. His successful defenses of titles against famous opponents cemented his position. Aside from being named to Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Top 500 for September, Rollins also dethroned talents from AEW, NJPW, AAA, and IMPACT Wrestling to take first place.

Rhea Ripley was the clear winner among female candidates, receiving 50% of the vote. She stands out due to her outstanding play and impact in the women’s division, particularly after last year’s high-stakes matches. On RAW, Ripley maintains her title as Women’s World Champion and her loyal fan base continues to adore her.

Who are the winners in other categories?

The ranking included more than just the year’s best male and female wrestlers. Additionally, PWI Award 2023 distributed the list of the top performers in the various categories. Even though Rhodes had a fantastic year in 2023, American Nightmare fans probably weren’t thrilled about his being named wrestler of the year.

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Reassuringly, fans can dispel any concerns, as Cody Rhodes has been awarded the title of “Most Popular Wrestler of the Year.” Securing 37% of the votes, FTR outshone all other tag teams to clinch victory in their category. Undoubtedly, “The Judgement Day” boasts a substantial fan base, solidifying their position as the foremost faction on the list.

Here is the list of all winners announced by PWI Award 2023:

  • Wrestler of the Year: Seth Rollins
  • Woman of the Year: Rhea Ripley
  • Most Popular Wrestler of the Year: Cody Rhodes
  • Faction of the Year: The Judgment Day
  • Tag-Team of the Year: FTR
  • Match of the Year: Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair
  • Inspirational: Mark Briscoe
  • Comeback of the Year: Trinity
  • Most Improved: LA Knight
  • Rookie of the Year: Sol Ruca
  • Indie Wrestler of the Year: Matt Cardona
  • Feud of the Year: Sami Zayn vs. The Bloodline
  • Most Hated of the Year: Dominik Mysterio

Does the published list satisfy you, or do you think the top ten should be changed? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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