UPDATE: Unfortunately there was a tech snafu almost immediately on our end as a result of an accidental Limesurvey mis-save, which was causing the survey to crash on the third page (it was trying to load data that was slightly different than what existed). We’ve fixed the problem by rebooting into a fresh survey, but those of you who had already begun your ballots have unfortunately lost your progress so far and will have to restart the essay (we have updated all links to the survey in this post to reflect the new survey). We apologize for the inconvenience.
This is the Call for Votes for the 2015 RSPW (Theszie) Awards. You can vote here.
The Theszies are the oldest fan awards in pro wrestling history, going back to 1990 (when Mr. Perfect quite appropriately won Best Wrestler and Junkyard Dog v. Ric Flair at Clash of the Champions XI won Worst Match). They offer a record of wrestling fan opinion lasting decades, and although we may not agree with some awards in retrospect, what matters is that they offer a snapshot of every year of wrestling as the fans loved it. We think that’s pretty cool.
As usual, following the nominations period, we have compiled all of the nominations into pulldown menus to make voting faster and easier (since the pulldown menus should include most, if not all, of the most popular candidates for each award), while still allowing for write-in votes for those who don’t see their favorite choices as nominees. We do this strictly to streamline the voting process; this should not be construed as favoritism towards any wrestler for being nominated, as we do not nominate wrestlers ourselves.
We have edited the nominations to remove some nominations that we thought were inappropriate, mistakes/errors, or unlikely to get enough votes to justify the nomination, as well as culling the nominations somewhat to make the ballot more manageable (we applied a max nominee count of 30 to most categories). Remember, though: if your candidate for an award isn’t nominated, you can always write him in.
We’ve also used TECHNOLOGY to let you save your ballot and return to it later, if need be. Finally, we’ve also given fans the opportunity to include their own commentary on their voting choices for each award or just The State of Wrestling in General in 2016.
Changes this year: No new categories! No deleted categories! For the first time in years, the category count is stable! Hooray!
There is one minor change, however: due to the Cruiserweight Classic as well as New Japan becoming much easier to stream, we have decided to treat televised/streamed multi-night tournaments lasting longer than three nights (such as the Classic or the G1 Climax) as “regular shows” rather than “major shows” for the sake of category classification. Individual nights within said tournaments (such as the Cruiserweight Classic Finale) still qualify as “major shows.”
The deadline for entering votes is February 10, 2017. Have fun!