Hello, and welcome to the Ace Awards for the 1999 year. Much has happened in the past year, the first year of the GCWA's existance. Some of you have been with us a long time. Others have arrived in time to start their careers before the new century begins (I still maintain that 2001 will be the new millenium, heh). This award "show" is basically to reward the long-standing competitors throughout the year who helped make the GCWA one of the long-running organizations on the Web. I couldn't keep doing this if I didn't feel a lot of people were working along with me. I'm very appreciative of all of my 'wrestlers', and I hope to continue the long streak of excellence of the GCWA through the year 2000 and beyond! Let us begin:
The GCWA Consistency Award: This award will be given from now on to the wrestler who has hung around the GCWA the most during the past year. This year, the award is going to none other than the Buff one, Shorty. The current DX'er has stayed with the GCWA for a long time, wrestling in its first week of existence in the Cruiserweight Battle Royale. He has fought 50 matches in the GCWA, more than any other wrestler. He also has appeared in nine of the ten PPVs. So now Short-Dogg has a new award to hang on his wall while pursuing other titles.
Runner-Up: It was a tough choice, since no one's really been as long running as Shorty. After a tough debate, it was decided that the runner-up would be X-Dog. Another DX member, X-Dog's been through many changes in his life in the GCWA, from X-Pac, a dark member of the Ministry of Darkness, to his current form of a 2-time World Champ. As far as I can remember, X-Dog only had a brief couple of weeks where he left the organization, returning shortly thereafter to try and regain the title he had vacated. He has 46 matches under his belt, with 23 of them being wins.
The Bobby Heenan Award: Who was the most deceitful of 1999? There were a lot of you. But the winner appeared relatively late, depending on how you look at it. Shannon Shag-Nasty proved himself to be very coniving throughout his GCWA career. He first tricked the wrestlers, especially Hellfire, by apparently running from Rage is Reality, his old 'enemies'. This was a farce, as Shag-Nasty helped them get the belts from Hellfire in the infamous Double Elimination match, truly forming the BOO. Later, Shag-Nasty used various methods to get through the IC tournament, then pulled the ultimate fast one, taking over the GCWA for a month after pulling the wool over the Accelerator. If anyone deserves to be honored by Heenan, it's Shag-Nasty.
Runner-Up: The runner-up to Shag is the man who's done everything, from driving a car (almost) over his opponent to setting up scams with wrestlers like Trasher and Jannetty. Dynamic Dynamite believed in using whatever it takes to win. His automobile attack on DMX at one PPV, and his trap set with the Rocker at the Bastards' Ball, only cement his nomination for the Brain's handout.
"The Living Legend" Zbysko Award: Once Heenan got his, Zbysko was pretty pissed off. And who's going to argue with a Legend? Heh. So a new category was created, to honor the man who has been the biggest 'legend' to come out of the GCWA. For this award, there was really only one choice: Phoenix. The man ruled the GCWA with an iron fist after his big upset victory over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the Rattlesnake Death match at the end of February. He basically controlled the organization with win after win at the PPVs, and it really shocked everyone when he suddenly lost the title, ending the streak. He earned his title as one of the GCWA's legends.
Runner-Up: After Phoenix, the area becomes muddled. Who else could deserve the title of Legend? DMX? Darkstarr? Austin? Maybe. But the one who came out above them on my list was Animal Thug. Here is a young man who was here the first day of the GCWA, transfering over from the HWF having been the partner of the Accelerator, a large honor, to be sure. With that behind him, he stayed close to the top for the next 11 months, with a few sabbaticals here and there. He is a 2-time HW champion, being the first to finally dethrone Phoenix. Throw in the rest of his titles, as well as the still-epic battle between him and Hawaiian Heat, and you have the second Legend of the GCWA.
The Prime Time Award: This one needs a little explaining. I created this award to celebrate the utility man, who could do his best in any division he found himself in. Like Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, many positions could be filled. X-Dog earned this award by his path throughout the division. His title file reads like this: two Heavyweight Titles, one European strap, one run as the tag-team champions w/Blade, once (quickly) as the Cruiserweight champion, one Internet belt, and once as a Hardcore type. If OG Thug hadn't been there, he might also have his coveted Circuit. Time will tell.
Runner-Up: When I checked through the records, this man's name immediately came up. Darkstarr, another veteran of the GCWA, pulled down a Heavyweight Title, 2 Intercontinental belts, a tag-team reign, and an early Cruiserweight run. He challenged in almost every other division as well, although the European area was more left to Phoenix. Darkstarr was one you could see running the circuit, if he had ever cared about it.
The "Mr. PPV" Award: Although Rob van Dam is one of the few guys to not travel through the GCWA (yet), the award still exists. In my research, I plunged through all 10 of the PPVs that the GCWA has had, to see which wrestlers really performed brilliantly in the big one. You know what? I was shocked. But the numbers don't lie. In his PPV appearances, he is 4-1-2. Who is it? Dynamic Dynamite. That's right, you heard me. In his time in the PPV scene, Dynamite has defeated Bad Ass Beefcake, Heavy P (for his first IC Title reign), DMX, and X-Dog. He also pulled two swerves with Trasher and Marty Jannetty, and his only loss, also to Jannetty, was a major battle between the two. It was a close call for me, but Dynamite gets the nod because of his two Draws.
Runner-Up: He hasn't been stopped in the big one yet. Titan 3, since he arrived, has been unbeatable in the big show, beating the Rock for the vacated Internet Title, 'winning' the BOO-turned Title-for-Title Handicap match, upseting 4 others to become the victor of the first Invitation Elimination match, and finally, at the end of the year, defeating Animal Thug to retain his title. With even one more appearance, he could have knocked Dynamite from the top spot. But he'll have to settle for holding the World Title into the new year instead.
The "Why Can't I Get A Break" Award: This is the opposite of the Mr. PPV Award, in that the winner has been the loser, shockingly, despite his record. In this case, that completely describes Animal Thug. Sorry, Thug. But with 5 losses against only one win, it hurts both of us. Although his victory over Hawaiian Heat is still thought of as one of the great ones, this is outweighed with losses from Austin, Phoenix, the 3-Way Heavyweight Title match, the Invitation Elimination bout, and finally falling to Titan 3 at Adrenaline Rush. When you look at his 20-12-2 record, this is just astonishing.
Runner-Up: 15-4-1? An undefeatable Cruiserweight? A future Hall of Famer? Yeah, yeah, all of those. But DMX wasn't known as a PPV performer, with two losses against only one victory. He fell to Darkstarr and Pagus (while teamed with Kidman), then lost to Dynamic Dynamite. His win over Shorty to defend the Cruiserweight Title was his saving grace from taking the WCIGAB award outright.
The Victory Award: Throughout the year, only a few men have exceeded the 20-win mark. Two men managed the most wins for the year. I used one criteria to choose which was better: one man did it in less matches: Blade. Despite not being here at the beginning, Blade has earned 24 wins in 36 matches. He has always found himself to be a winner, in every sense of the word, and has rarely, if ever, given the fans anything to boo about. His battles have always been monumental, and he's always been ready to fight with whatever he's got to get the win.
Runner-Up: Another man also has 24 wins in his career here. Darkstarr, a long-time fighter in the GCWA, It took him 43 matches, though, a slight difference, but an important one. But no one doubts that Darkstarr is a champion, in his heart, if not around his waist currently. He fought in singles and tag-team action, and held many belts throughout his career. He deserves the title of a Victor in the GCWA.
Best Match: Now we start into the "Best" Awards. No descriptions should be necessary. The winner of this one? No match has been more talked about throughout the year as the fight between Hawaiian Heat and Animal Thug at IYN: Heat Wave. The two fought for a recorded half-hour, beating on each other with their finishers and trying to break their opponent. There had to be a winner, and it turned out to be Animal Thug. The match stays the Best of the Year.
Runner-Up: The match was started by a new President, to build up to a good PPV. The Invitation Elimination match was built up for an entire month, as everyone watched the belt change hands multiple times during the month. We had intrigue, with Shag-Nasty's early elimination. We had five men willing to kill each other for the gold, in Ace, Animal Thug (the champ), Blade, Nightmare, and the eventual surprise winner, Titan 3. None of the five men lost easily.
Best Pay-Per-View: Things usually improve with age. In my mind, the best PPV of the year was the last one, GCWA Adrenaline Rush. We had two partners, men who had begun feuding months before, fighting for the Cruiserweight Title in a cage. The long-term feud between Nightmare and Ace had a new twist. We had a street fight, a Shattered Dreams match, an I Quit with Hardcore rules, a Boiler Room Brawl, and a great Ladder match. The great main event, Title for Title, topped it off well, unlike some PPVs I can think of. Three title changes in the night just added to the PPV's significance.
Runner-Up: One PPV has always stood as one of the best, due to it having the greatest match seen in the GCWA this year. In Your Neighborhood: Heat Wave burned the house down. We had Animal Thug winning the big one over Hawaiian Heat, winning the European belt. A young man saw his "Destiny" by upsetting the Rattlesnake. The tricks ended when Vice finally met the Internet Champ, Nash, in the cage, or rather, above it, where the title sat. Heavy P got his shot, but couldn't pull through over Phoenix. Three titles changed hands. Not a bad night. You should have seen the buy rate.
Best Stable: This is always tough, since so many stables have passed through the GCWA. But in my mind, only one has lasted most of the year as a very strong stable. The winner this year is Degeneration-X. When you look down its roster over the year, you'll see the great ones. X-Dog, Nightmare, Blade, Jannetty, Shorty, and others, men who have held the big belts. Of course, winning the Stable Trophy twice doesn't hurt.
Runner-Up: No one else shook up the GCWA like the Bastards of Oblivion. People turned on each other. Guys like Dynamite, Napalm, and Titan 3 joined with the original group of Shag-Nasty, Breaker, Dead Willie, and the others to torment the GCWA with their tricks. Still doubt their worthiness? Well, in the four months of their life (August-November), someone, at one point or another, held the Heavyweight, Intercontinental, European, Tag-Team, Cruiserweight, Internet, and Hardcore Titles. Does a Stable circuit count? You be the judge.
Best Internet Champion: Into the trenches. Usually the toughest things to decide, each division has been rated for the men who have held the belts, in the hopes of deciding who defended the most, for the longest, and with the greatest effect. In the Internet category, two great wrestlers weighed pretty evenly, so I made the tie-breaker. I decided that Blade would stay the the Best Internet Champion of the year. Although he did not have the most defenses (second, with 5), he basically created the Internet Title as what it is today, taking down Vice, in his last match, within seconds. Blade defended the belt for three months against anyone who wanted a chance. He brought the belt out of obscurity, then vacated the belt to go onto the World Heavyweight Title, leaving many greats to come in and fight for it.
Runner-Up: Adolf von Ayrian did something that very few other wrestlers have done: he changed his image while still a champion, becoming Andy Gilbreth and leaving behind his Nazi ways (for now). He defeated the two-time champion, Titan 3, and then kept going, tearing through anyone who got in his way. Many mid-carders tried their chances against Gilbreth and found that it wasn't their night. With six defenses so far, Gilbreth could soon seal the title against anyone else surpassing his record.
Best Hardcore Champion: This award was really decided a few weeks before the ceremony, when Nightmare set himself up as the first man to earn the Hardcore Title twice. Nightmare took over a dying division, as Mankind proved by really only defending at PPVs. After doubling Mankind's defense total, the most defenses in the division, Nightmare left the belt behind and went into the Heavyweight division. But after a two-title run there, Nightmare returned to his roots, and managed, with a little help from his nemesis, Ace, to regain the title that he never truly lost, carrying it into the new year.
Runner-Up: He dominated for over a month, fighting against every Hardcore person he could find. Richter nearly stole the top award from Nightmare in this one. He fought in multiple Handicap matches and came out on top in most of them. He faced some powerful contenders and knocked them out, usually with some form of weaponry. Richter helped keep the Hardcore Title at the heights that it's stayed for a while now.
Best Cruiserweight Champion: This category was the easiest. DMX, for such a long time, just controlled the Cruiserweight division. He defeated two men to get the belt, then refused to allow anyone else to hold it in May, June, July, and August. He is the only wrestler in any division to defend in double figures, 10. His vacating of both the Cruiserweight and European belts, and his departure from the wrestling world in such a rapid fashion, left the Cruiserweight division in an uproar, since, suddenly, everyone had a chance again. DMX easily earned the Best Cruiserweight Champion award.
Runner-Up: It was his proudest moment, managing to do something that DMX never did, finally stepping, at least partially, out of his shadow. "The Rocker" Marty Jannetty is the only man to hold the Cruiserweight Title in three different title reigns. He's been around so long, it was inevitable, especially when he dedicated himself to beating down DMX's records. He never quite managed it, but there's still plenty of time in the next year to continue the movement towards the top.
Best Tag-Team Champions: This division has had so many great teams, which is proved by the fact that no team has held the belts twice, and only a couple guys have found different partners to help them out. In the last two months, the ringMasters have been the best all-around, fighting the toughest teams that could be formed to face them. Although some of their wins haven't been 'completely' clean, it's still astonishing to note their wins over former champions, such as Hellfire and the Bone Busters. They have the most defenses, and they aren't done yet.
Runners-Up: This was nearly impossible without flipping a coin. Both Hellfire and the Punk Rawk Show deserved consideration. But at the end, I went with the Hit Squad, who did it both in singles and in tag-team action for a long while. Austin and Hawaiian Heat were the dream team, with so many title reigns inbetween them. Many really consider them the first champions, since the two 'teams' before them didn't really want the belts. The Hit Squad made them something to shoot for, and it was a sad day when Austin turned on Heat to join the Horsemen, breaking up the team before it could truly acheive the greatness it deserved.
Best European Champion: We're heading towards the top now. In this division, there was only one real choice: Napalm. He has the second-most defenses of anyone, 9, throughout two and a half months. In other words, he averaged 4 defenses a month. That's impressive. He even had to form a European Contenders tournament to show who really deserved a fight against him. He may have used a few tricks with Titan 3 to continue the streak, but that's just semantics. Napalm did it his way, and his way worked.
Runner-Up: Some might say that Phoenix deserves to be the runner-up, due to holding the title 3 times during the year. I almost agree, but I decided to lean towards the 6-time defender, Hawaiian Heat, one of the men who will always be remembered in the GCWA. In almost three months, Hawaiian Heat defended the belt against the biggest and the best. He defeated Phoenix for the title in a good match. He fought men as big as the Giant Milenko, and as skilled as Shawn Michaels (ending his wrestling career in the GCWA). Then he faced Animal Thug, the man who started the war that's been given the Best Match award. Heat burned up the division, and everyone from that time knows it, I guarantee it.
Best Intercontinental Champion: Darkstarr owned this division when he wanted to. He held the belt twice during the year, with a total of eight defenses. One of those runs contained 6 defenses in two months, an impressive run. He once defended twice in one night, against Shane Douglas and the Undertaker. He also came a baby's breath away from getting it a third time in the IC Title Tournament. No one else did as much in the division as Darkstarr did.
Runner-Up: He wasn't in the GCWA as long as Darkstarr, or many other wrestlers for that matter. But he did have the time to win the title three times in his career. Heavy P, the most complex wrestler around, continued to stay in the Intercontinental division. He had a great feud with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin for a long time, battling and retaining the IC Title. He vacated the first time, then returned to win it back when Destiny left. He lost it to Dynamic Dynamite, but proved it a fluke by coming back the next week and pulling back his title. Some might say that, if he had not been disgusted by the actions of the President in the Corporate Wolfpac scandal, he might be the five or six-time champion.
Best World Heavyweight Champion: This is usually the one that most people want to win. And there were a lot of choices, considering how many people have held the belt twice. But you have to stick with the Legend. Phoenix surpasses anyone else by being the champion for three months straight. Since his run, only two men have even held it for longer than a month. Phoenix also returned to the top later on, winning over Blade and Nightmare even after everyone else thought he had been eliminated due to an injury. With a total of 10 defenses, he, more than anyone else, stood at the top and deserved being there.
Runner-Up: After Phoenix, you just have to pick someone. I picked Nightmare. For the longest time, the belt was just going back and forth, with no one dominating. But when Nightmare got his chance, beating X-Dog in a Hardcore-type match, he decided to hang onto the belt. For the next couple of months, Nightmare was the man to beat. He held the belt twice in that time period, regaining it from Austin after the shocking upset. He defended seven times, and many still say he shouldn't have lost to Shag-Nasty. Maybe someday soon, Nightmare will get the chance to return to where he stood for the end of '99.
Now it's time for the special ceremonies. A while back, I made an announcement that a Hall of Fame would soon be opened, to give the ultimate goal for members of this organization. I also named several possible wrestlers to be the first to enter the hall, and recorded your responses. Well, I've made my picks. Two men are going to be the first in the GCWA Hall of Fame. Both have had tremendous careers, and both deserve the honor. Others also may still be enshrined without wrestling again. But for now, I determined to simply enter these two as the first members in the HOF. Their names? Glad you asked.
DMX - (15-4-1) in his career. Earned the Cruiserweight and European Titles. Defended the Cruiserweight Title more than any other individual, including other title defenses. Never 'lost' a title in his career. Gathered respect by his peers due to his ability to fight anyone who came out, whether Cruiserweight or Heavyweight. Earned the most 'votes' for entrance into the Hall.
Phoenix - (20-11-7) in his career. Held the Heavyweight Title twice, as well as the Intercontinental, European (3 times), and Tag-Team Titles. Most defenses of the Heavyweight Title thus far. Held European Title more times than anyone. Known as one of the best ever in the GCWA, helping to form the base and keep it alive through the early months. Known for his strength, as well as his immense courage and determination.
Those two are going to be enshrined as the first men in the Global Championship Wrestling Association's Hall of Fame. Other wrestlers' nominations will be accepted, with a vote soon following. There is no time limit to the HOF, other than that the wrestler cannot be current when considered for the honor. The Hall of Fame will be opened for viewing within the next couple of weeks, as the GCWA comes back from the break. I hope all of you have enjoyed this year's awards ceremony. All of the winners, and runner-ups, deserved the acclaim that they got. Others deserved the awards as well, but unfortunately, even I can't work enough angles to give trophies to each and every one of you who are worthy. Once again, thanks for all your efforts, both the ones who fought in the square circle, and the ones who helped me in the back. All of you have my undying gratitude. I'll expect to see you bright and early tommorrow morning, as we begin work on the next year. See you then!
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