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The Henries 2016: Part 1



We're a little late, but we're six months deep into 2016, so that means it's time for the Smark Henry annual tradition—the second annual Henry Awards!

What are the Henries, you ask? Simple: it's our official Smark Henry Midyear Awards, celebrating and recognizing those who did well enough in the first half of the year. It's almost the same set of awards as the SGP Year-End Awards, but these are determined by votation among the Smark Henry editorial staff.

Without further ado, let's begin with Part 1!

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Rookie of the Midyear


The Rookie of the Midyear is awarded to anyone who makes the jump from a smaller roster to a bigger one, and considering the major moves companies like WWE had made this year, a lot of surprising people are eligible to win this award.

Case in point, the 2016 Rookie of the Midyear:


This could have gone either way, really. AJ Styles is technically considered a rookie in the main WWE roster, but he stacks the odds against everyone in the category. And can you blame the fans? It didn't take very long for AJ to prove that he belonged in the upper echelon of the WWE main totem pole.

But if AJ weren't in the running for Rookie of the Midyear, the award should have rightfully gone to one Will Ospreay, who managed to go from virtual unknown to viral in the span of one much-maligned but much-retweeted sequence. New Japan Pro Wrestling doesn't usually get mainstream coverage, but Ospreay vs. Ricochet from this year's Best of the Super Juniors even managed to land on ESPN. ESPN. Thanks, Vader!

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Most Improved Wrestler of the Midyear


A couple of months ago, TNA moved to Pop TV—and when they still continued on their wayward path despite the new home (and a quickly-reduced timeslot) it seemed like 2016 really was gonna be their last year.

And then, this man went crazy and totally reinvented himself.



Technically, the Final Deletion happened after the midyear so it isn't eligible for a midyear award, but fortunately for Matt, #Broken Matt Hardy happened before that. All of a sudden, everyone's talking about TNA, and who knew all they had to do was completely embrace the other end of the storytelling spectrum? Matt's antics have given TNA all the momentum they need to stay alive, and now they have to find a way to harness the unexpectedly fun surrealism without drying the well up.

Honorable mentions for Most Improved go to Big Cass, who proved that he can hang by himself while Enzo Amore was down, and PWR's SANDATA, who managed to switch his style up and play to his strengths.

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#TheStruggle




Do we still have to explain this? If we do, have you not seen the 1,233,123,123 editions of Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin?

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Wrestler To Watch Out For



We named ZSJ as the Wrestler to Watch Out For because everyone knows about Kota Ibushi, Will Ospreay, and TJ Perkins; out of the three, Sabre is the most acquired of tastes, but we have a feeling a lot of fans will be acquiring this particular taste. (#Pause)

All we're gonna say is that if you haven't gone out of your way to watch a ZSJ match (and you really should, how about you start with this one?) prepare to be amazed at the CWC.

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Stay tuned for the next set of awards tomorrow, where we detail the biggest moments so far!

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