The Barbwire Blog has a great following over the years, and this year we have put this site on the map. Last year, we handed out our Barbwire Blog Awards for the first time, and that will continue. And with this year with the announcement of the Independent Woman of the Year determined by independent wrestling writers in the world, it is an honor to announce the creation of the BWB 50. The BWB 50 is the top 50 of wrestling’s names, independent or mainstream, whom the independent wrestling writers who believe to have had the most successful year, in terms of workrate and performance. This is partially inspired by Powerslam Magazine’s PS 50 as well as Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s PWI 500. The list will be split in four different sections: Male mainstream, Female mainstream, Male independent, and Female independent. The writers will list their top 20 wrestlers of the year; and yes, there will be a point system, with each #1 vote by one of the official voters is worth 20 points, #2 is 19, #3 is 18, and it goes on from there.
The lists will be conducted by the top wrestling columnists of wrestling journalism. And they are:
Ben Roberts, Ring Wars
Duncan Clarke, Ring Wars
Greg DeMarco, Host of The Greg DeMarco Show
Patrick O’Dowd, Co-Host of The Greg DeMarco Show
Ashley Matthew, Kayfabe Kickout
Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout
Anthony Cox, Kayfabe Kickout
Robert Krupar, Art of Wrestling (Slovakia)
Pierre-Alexandre Demers, Tribute To Incredible Female Wrestlers administrator
Michael Chichetti, Not Another Rasslin’ Blog!
Jay Alletto, Pro Wrestling Powerhouse
Bill Mitchell, The Bill Mitchell Show
Graham “GSM’ Matthews, WrestleRant Radio
Travis Desmond, Indy Power Rankings
Patrick Ketza, Co-Host of Hart Beat Radio
The lists will be given out in early November of this year.
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