2019 NXT Year-End Awards Nominees & Predictions of Winners & Picks | Smark Out Moment

2019 NXT Year-End Awards Nominees & Predictions of Winners & Picks

Posted by Anthony Mango Wednesday, December 4, 2019
2019 NXT Year End Awards winners nominees
The nominees for the 2019 NXT Year-End Awards have been released and voting is now open for all categories.

Polls are open from now until 12am ET on Wednesday, December 18th. The winners will be announced on the January 1, 2020 edition of NXT and on the results page here.

The following are all the nominees as well as my predictions of what will win and my personal picks of what I'm voting for.

BREAKOUT STAR OF THE YEAR

Angel Garza
Candice LeRae
Damian Priest
Dominik Dijakovic
Joe Coffey
Keith Lee
Matt Riddle
Piper Niven
Rhea Ripley

PREDICTION: Keith Lee

PERSONAL PICK: As great as some of these choices can be, I think we can rule out some like Priest and Coffey right out of the gate. Candice wasn't just this year, either, really. To me, this is down to either Lee or Ripley and I'd lean more toward Lee.

FEMALE COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

Bianca Belair
Io Shirai
Kay Lee Ray
Rhea Ripley
Shayna Baszler
Toni Storm

PREDICTION: Shayna Baszler

PERSONAL PICK: It sure as hell shouldn't be Kay Lee Ray. I don't think Shirai or Storm deserve it. Frankly, Belair didn't have as stellar of a year as I had thought she would, and while Ripley has had a great month, she's not Baszler.

FUTURE STAR OF NXT

Bronson Reed
Cameron Grimes
Dakota Kai
Ilja Dragunov
Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
Kushida
Taynara
Tegan Nox
Xia Li

PREDICTION: Isaiah "Swerve" Scott

PERSONAL PICK: It's a little weird to put Dakota Kai on this list when she's been in NXT for a while now. I think I'd go with Nox, but Scott would be my #2.

MALE COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

Adam Cole
Johnny Gargano
Tommaso Ciampa
Tyler Bate
Velveteen Dream
WALTER

PREDICTION: Adam Cole

PERSONAL PICK: It can't be Bate. WALTER won't get more votes than the more popular names. Velveteen Dream has been injured enough for people to forget about how good he is. Gargano and Ciampa kind of split the year with injuries and the only consistent one has been Cole.

NXT MATCH OF THE YEAR

Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole (2-out-of-3 Falls NXT Championship Match, TakeOver: New York)

Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano (2-out-of-3 Falls NXT Championship Match, TakeOver: Toronto)

Tyler Bate vs. WALTER (WWE United Kingdom Championship Match, NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff)

Pete Dunne vs. Adam Cole (NXT Championship Match, Survivor Series)

Street Profits vs. Forgotten Sons vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs. Undisputed ERA (NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match, TakeOver: XXV)

Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijiakovic (NXT TV, Aug. 28)

Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai (TakeOver: Toronto)

Viking Raiders vs. Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong (NXT Tag Team Championship Match, TakeOver: Phoenix)

Io Shirai vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT Women's Title Cage Match, NXT TV, June 26)

Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster vs. Gallus (NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match, NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff)

Candice LeRae vs. Bianca Belair vs. Io Shirai vs. Mia Yim (NXT TV, Sept. 18)

Women's WarGames Match (TakeOver: WarGames)

PREDICTION: Women's WarGames Match

PERSONAL PICK: I wonder if the two Cole/Gargano matches are going to cancel each other out from people that can't remember the difference between the two. I'd probably pick one of those two or the women's WarGames match, but Viking Raiders against Undisputed ERA was awesome, too.

NXT TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR

Grizzled Young Veterans
South Wales Subculture
Street Profits
Undisputed ERA
Viking Raiders

PREDICTION: The Undisputed ERA

PERSONAL PICK: There's no way GYV or SWS wins. Street Profits were doing some good stuff, but they were rushed. Viking Raiders were also brought up to the main roster fast. This is an easy Undisputed ERA win.

NXT TAKEOVER OF THE YEAR

NXT TakeOver: Phoenix
NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool
NXT TakeOver: New York
NXT TakeOver XXV
NXT TakeOver: Toronto
NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff
NXT TakeOver: WarGames

PREDICTION: I'm not actually sure, but it's not going to be the UK ones.

PERSONAL PICK: This is tough for me to pick, too. XXV or New York maybe?

OVERALL COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

Adam Cole
Bianca Belair
Io Shirai
Johnny Gargano
Kay Lee Ray
Rhea Ripley
Shayna Baszler
Tommaso Ciampa
Toni Storm
Tyler Bate
Velveteen Dream
WALTER

PREDICTION: Adam Cole

PERSONAL PICK: Bay bay.

RIVALRY OF THE YEAR

British Strong Style vs. Imperium
The Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong
Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole
Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai
Rhea Ripley vs. Shayna Baszler

PREDICTION: Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole

PERSONAL PICK: Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole. Easily.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE WIN?
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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer, host of Smack Talk, and much more for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree including Fanboys Anonymous. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, media manager and more. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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