As the various round of nominations, votes and rankings all come to an end, we are now left with the final standings for the 6th Annual UKFF UK50. A huge thank you from me to everyone that took part again this year and contributing to what I believe is a fair, yet interesting, set of rankings for 2010.
As a reminder about what this project is all about, the UKFF UK50 is the largest annual attempt by fans, wrestlers, promoters and others that make up the UKFF community to establish and publish a yearly set of rankings for who we determine to be the top 50 in-ring performers in British wrestling.
The rankings are based on in-ring performances that UKFFers have seen, which took place between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010. The criteria upon which we were judging included:
- who is able to capture and maintain the audience's interest with their performance?
- whose performance is able to allow the audience to become emotionally invested in the match they are seeing and legitimately care about the outcome?
- who is able to tell the best in-ring story through their performance?
First, during Stage One, UKFFers made nominations for people they believed deserved to be ranking in the 2010 UKFF UK50. This wasn't necessarily who they thought was the absolute best but people they believe that, based on the above criteria and within the time period, deserved a place somewhere in the top 50. In this stage:
- 97 UKFF members submitted lists of nominations
- a total of 216 individual wrestlers received at least one nomination for inclusion in the UK50
48 wrestlers made it directly into the 2010 UKFF UK50 via the number of nominations they received. However, 5 wrestlers received a tied number of nominations for the last 2 places, so Stage Two saw UKFFers vote for which of these 5 "maybes" they most wanted to see make the cut.
With that, we had our list of 50 names for this year. In Stage Three, these 50 names were ranked into order by UKFF members submitting their own individual Top 15 rankings from the 50 nominated wrestlers. The votes have now been collated and finalised, and so the process is nearly complete for another year. In Stage Three:
- 85 UKFFers submitted their votes
- 25 individual wrestlers received at least a single "number 1" ranking in the individual sets of votes
Compiling the final list came down to pure mathematics: 15 points for each individual 1st place, 14 points for each individual 2nd place, 13 points for each individual 3rd place, etc all the way to 1 point for a 15th. Tied scores were then resolved by looking at who had received the most individual 1st place rankings, then 2nd places, then 3rd places etc until they could be separated.
All that's left to do is to reveal the rankings. As with previous years, this will be done gradually from 50th to 1st, with some background detail about the wrestlers, who they are and what they have done over the year. I'll also include some of the justifications and reasons that UKFF members submitted with their nominations and votes throughout the process to give a bit of understanding why people chose to rank them.
You may remember that part of Stage One this year also included, for the first time, the "negative nominations". These were a chance to name and shame the opposite to what the UKFF UK50 stands for, to identify the very worst in the UK as a sharp contrast to the elite ranked within the 50 itself. These nominations were also collated and the mini "shit list" will be revealed alongside the main 50.
And so, ladies and gentlement, it is left to me to present to you the 2010 UKFF UK50...............
No. 50 - Joseph Conners
Score: 39 points
Total 1st place rankings in 2010 votes: 0
2009 Ranking: Not Listed
2008 Ranking: Not Listed
2007 Ranking: Not Listed
2006 Ranking: Not Listed
2005 Ranking: Not Listed
Photo - Rob Brazier
Who is he?
Stixx-trained product of the Nottingham school, "Special Edition" Joseph Conners makes his first ever appearance in the UKFF UK50..... Conners has been a feature for promotions all across the East Midlands, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for a number of years now..... A mainstay of the SLAM Wrestling roster, Conners is currently part of heel faction LEGION with Devon Starr as well as his regular tag team partner Bam Bam Barton. He is also an ever-present at the monthly House of Pain Wrestling Academy student shows in Nottingham, having come through that system..... In the last 12 months, Joe has appeared on the Unsigned events for New FWA, which eventually morphed into the Adrenaline Pro Wrestling feeder group. He has also appeared for All Star Wrestling, including a bout with fellow Stixx-student Paul Malen in one of the promotions key regular national venues, the Victoria Hall in Hanley..... Just after the end of the 2010 eligibility period, Conners returned to GNP/NBW for the first time in over a year to main event and unsuccessfully challenge Cameron Kraze for the NBW strap.....
What did the UKFF think?
"Vastly improved on the mic, solid in the ring and gets his persona over really well. Has a big future, looks a bit like Martin Stone and with luck could be as good. Trained by Stixx and you can tell"
"Always liked this guy's work, last year seems to have stepped it up quite a lot. On the shows I get too see he's usually on them and is always able to get a great heel reaction. Very under rated and the few times I have seen Conners and Malen team it seems to be something that works."
"Hard-hitting and vocal. Not at all surprised Conners made it onto the UKFF50 this year. Carried Ghloom and Robbie Sincaide to good matches, and continues to impress on the mic, as witnessed at Adrenaline: Bringers of the Dawn and each of the House of Pain shows"
"Looks like a wrestler. Solid"
"Up and coming midlands worker. Good on the mic, good with the crowd, solid in the ring. Potential to be a star of British wrestling and beyond"
"Underrated guy in my opinion, really good promo skills, that we are starting to see more and more of. His and Malen's match for the tag belts in XWCA against Ego and Exposure was a great contest and their heel turn afterwards was pulled off perfectly. Hopefully big things will happen for him in the future"
Edited by Big Benny HG, 19 November 2010 - 01:23.