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The 2012 UKFF UK50 - STAGE ONE

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The Eighth Annual UKFF UK50




What is the UKFF UK50?

The UKFF UK50 is the yearly attempt to rank the top 50 wrestlers from the UK wrestling circuit, compiled by the members of the UK's biggest and most active pro wrestling messageboard, the UK Fan Forum. UKFFers come together to debate, discuss, nominate, vote and ultimately rank the best in the British wrestling scene. Previous winners have been Doug Williams (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), Bubblegum (2009), Martin Stone (2010) and El Ligero (2011). The past two years have seen the project include the contributions of over 100 individual forum members each time.



How does it work?

Every year we compile the list via a number of stages. First, UKFFers nominate who they believe is worthy of a place somewhere in that year's top 50. Then, once we have a list of 50 names, we begin to rank them into an order of merit by way of votes. The final ranked list is then revealed. All the way through, UKFFers are encouraged to discuss, debate and justify their selections, sharing reasons why they believe their decisions to be correct, sharing clips from matches, suggesting particular matches that they believe back up their selections and so forth.



Upon what criteria are the rankings based?

All the way through the process, nominations and votes should be made based on British wrestlers' in-ring performances you have seen on shows that took place between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012. The key points around which the rankings, nominations and votes are based include:

- whose in-ring performances are the most gripping, convincing and enthralling?

- who is consistently involved in great matches?

- who is able to tell the best "story" through their performance?

- whose performance is able to capture the crowd's interest and make them emotionally invested in the match?

- who actually makes pro wrestling enjoyable to watch with their performances?



Who is eligible to be included in the UKFF UK50?

To be eligible for inclusion, a wrestler must:

- be British or Irish

- have the majority of their appearances on UK shows, for UK promotions, in the UK wrestling scene.

Wrestlers can be either male or female.


Wade Barrett, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Mason Ryan, Douglas Williams, Brutus Magnus, Wade Barrett, Rob Terry, whatever-Brandon T-is-called-now-on-NXT and suchlike are NOT ELIGIBLE. They are all full-time contracted roster members for overseas-based promotions and the majority of their work is for those promotions in the US. Similarly, Prince Devitt and Pac are also NOT ELIGIBLE. Again, the majority of their appearances are overseas for overseas promotions.


Some of these people do indeed make appearances on UK shows between their overseas bookings (e.g. Pac, Williams, Magnus). However, when they do so, they are treated more as special attraction imports. Basically, if someone is not a "full time" member of the British wrestling circuit, they do not qualify. The UKFF UK50 is, as it always has been over the past 7 years, purely about British wrestling and the British wrestling scene. Mark Haskins, however, IS still eligible this year. Yes, he signed a TNA contract, but he's only made, like, 2 or 3 appearances over there and the majority of the time can still be seen in British rings as much as ever. Likewise, Zack Sabre Jr is still eligible. He's been touring extensively with Pro Wrestling NOAH, but the majority of the last 12 months he has still been a "full-timer" on British shores.


There's probably others I've forgotten to specifically mention above, but the same rules apply and it should be simple enough for you to determine whether someone is or isn't eligible under this criteria. If unsure, ask me either in this thread or in a PM.



Who is allowed to take part?

Anyone who has a UKFF account. Obviously, you must have actually seen the wrestlers you are nominating/voting for in a British match within the eligible period (e.g. live show, full matches on the internet, TV, DVD, etc).



I liked the SHIT LIST. Is there going to be another SHIT LIST this year?

We'll see. Maybe as a side attraction once this thing is wrapped up.



Where can I find out about the previous UKFF UK50 projects?

The 2005 UKFF UK50 threads have now been deleted and so can no longer be viewed. I'll post the full result list a little later on.


The 2006 and 2007 results threads were moved into the UKFF Gold forum and are still available for your nostalgic viewing pleasure.


The 2008 and 2009 threads were not moved into Gold, and so they have also unfortunately also expired. Again, I'll post the lists.


The 2010 (including 2010 SHIT LIST and all that drama) and 2011 threads are both available in UKFF Gold


With that out of the way, it's on to:




2012 UKFF UK50 - Stage One (Nominations)


As always, Stage One is the nomination stage. UKFFers nominate British wrestlers they feel deserve a place, any place, somewhere in the list. The 50 with the most nominations make it in, the rest don't.


As always, to take part in this Stage I need you to:



1) Send a PM to myself on the UKFF. E-mails/Facebook messages/etc will not be accepted. This is to prove that you are a UKFF member. This is a UKFF project, after all. Feel free to share your nominations in this thread if you so desire, for the purposes of generating discussion/debate, but I will only count lists that I receive in my PM Inbox.



2) Within the PM, please nominate up to 15 wrestlers that you feel, based on the criteria described above and matches that you have actually seen, deserve a place, any place, somewhere in this year's UKFF UK50. This doesn't of course, necessarily mean that it is your own personal 'top' 15, just 15 people you would like to see in the 50. All names are a single nomination, carrying equal value, so there is no need to rank your list of nominations in order of merit (i.e. the name at the top of your nominations will be treated equally with the name at the bottom of your list). You can nominate less than 15 if you like, but definitely no more. If possible, please also include your reasons for nominating these wrestlers for a place. This could be just a sentence to justify their selection or point out particular matches, promotions or shows upon which you have based your decision. As with previous years, I'll be using some of these comments in the eventual write-ups.



3) Make sure you get your PM in to me by 23:59 on Friday 20th July 2012. Any received after this deadline will not be considered....and there's always some spenk who tries!



Anyone suspected of using dual accounts or other unfair methods to weight the list or make mockery of the spirit of the project may be excluded at my discretion. There's always knobheads who try to get their Johnny Kickpadz mates in, but they are usually unsuccessful. There's also always Gilligan Gordon.


The 50 wrestlers with the most nominations after the deadline will make it into the 2011 UKFF UK50. The rest will not. If there are a tied number of nominations for the last few places in the 50 (there always is every year), we will have a mini-stage to determine which of them make it in.


Please feel free to now use this thread to discuss and debate who is worthy of nominations this year. Campaign for your choices. Try to convince others that you are correct. Provide evidence as to why you believe you are right.


So, finally (at last), to summarise what I need you to do:

- Send me a PM

- 15 Nominations

- By 23:59 on Friday 20 July 2012


Thanks in advance for your continued participation. As always, please feel free to ask any questions you may have, either in this thread or by PM.


Here we go...

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There's also always Gilligan Gordon.


Actually you have my apologies this year - buying a house and loads of other personal stuff going on which means my time is being wasted doing all things relating to that rather than productively spent working on my electoral campaign.


Maybe next year?


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I hope we get the shit list as well. I'm counting on it for my summer entertainment.


Seconded. Although as I said when the first one was done, it needs to be seperate.


Sent my list away which is more of an ICW list than anything since that dominated my viewing, but stuff in other promotions did sway me on a couple of guys.

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I hope we get the shit list as well. I'm counting on it for my summer entertainment.

I hope to fuck we get a Shit List too, but Benny's understandably nervous about the Old Bill knocking on his front door again this year.

Hmm. Maybe I should do it.

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I hope we get the shit list as well. I'm counting on it for my summer entertainment.

I hope to fuck we get a Shit List too, but Benny's understandably nervous about the Old Bill knocking on his front door again this year.

Hmm. Maybe I should do it.


Hoo baby.


You have to do it now. THE WORLD DEMANDS IT.

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Wicked first time for me taking part.

These thoughts will have a pretty southern slant.


Both Ldrs would be dead certs for me best tag team in the country. Zac is great I just like to watch him kick people.


M.K. Mkinnon totally blew me away with his match against Edwards on Friday probably my UK MOTY.


Mark Haskins Seen him have good matches and the Tozawa match was very good.. Seen a lot of him to.


Spud is usually one of the most entertaining on any show before he even takes a bump.


Ligero and Noam Dar have been absolutely great.


Dean Allmark, Dave Mastiff, Leon Britannico/Paul Robinson, Jimmy Havoc/Transexico

Burridge/Metallico, Jonny Storm, Roy and Zack Bevis, Trent Seven, RJ Singh, Brookside, Stixx, Nathan Cruz, Mikey Whiplash, have all stood out for me.

Probably others will think about it more before I compile a list of fifteen.


I'd also quite like to see Sweet Saraya in there saw her have a pretty terrible mzxatch not really her fault her opponent from I think Shimmer(Mercedes Marinez?) didn't turn up(visa or something so she ended up wrestling a male student(I'm guessing) in a wig and pink leotard. But she had an altercation with a fan at the Legends show in Croydon which is possibly my moment of the year. Jimmy Ocean was funny as fuck as well.


There should be a catergory for non wrestling people the ring announcer from Lucha Britannia along with his Luchadoras would get my vote.

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The first name in my mind was Andy Wild, who has been a revelation in the last 12 months for me. He's stole the show in at least three of the shows I've seen against different opponents.


James Scott was another one who went into my head quite quickly. As well as being a terrific wrestler, he gets all of the little things right. Also forgot how good his crowd interaction is no matter if he's heel or face.


Jimmy Havoc finally gets an airing for me as well, but I've gone for people I've voted for many times in the past like Johnny Moss, Lionheart, Kid Fite and the likes.

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Good response so far, less than 24 hours in. Looks like some strong support for a few guys that haven't managed to make it into the 50 in previous years.


I hope we get the shit list as well. I'm counting on it for my summer entertainment.

I hope to fuck we get a Shit List too, but Benny's understandably nervous about the Old Bill knocking on his front door again this year.

Hmm. Maybe I should do it.

Go for it if you wish, my man. I'm happy for you to take the lead on that one.


M.K. Mkinnon totally blew me away with his match against Edwards on Friday probably my UK MOTY.

Remember we're looking at in-ring performances from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, though...

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