We're at that time of year, or around that time, when pretty much anyone and anything involving wrestling journalism or news hands out its best and worst of the year awards. Of course, the PWI awards are generally viewed as being on a much higher order than others, possibly except for the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards. At any rate, here's Pro Wrestling Illustrated's best of the year: PWI Wrestler of the Year - AJ Styles 1st Runner Up - Kazuchika Okada 2nd Runner Up - Kenny Omega 3rd Runner Up - Cody PWI Tag Team of the Year - The Young Bucks 1st Runner Up - The New Day 2nd Runner Up - Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins 3rd Runner Up - The Usos PWI Match of the Year - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 11. PWI Feud of the Year - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega 1st Runner Up - Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman 2nd Runner Up - Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens 3rd Runner Up - Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year - AJ Styles 1st Runner Up - Shinsuke Nakamura 2nd Runner Up - Braun Strowman 3rd Runner Up - Kazuchika Okada PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year - Jinder Mahal 1st Runner Up - Kevin Owens 2nd Runner Up - Roman Reigns 3rd Runner Up - Sexy Star PWI Comeback of the Year - The Hardy Boyz 1st Runner Up - Finn Balor 2nd Runner Up - Mickie James 3rd Runner Up - Shelton Benjamin PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year - Jinder Mahal 1st Runner Up - Braun Strowman 2nd Runner Up - Eli Drake 3rd Runner Up - Naomi PWI Inspirational Wrestler of the Year - Christopher Daniels 1st Runner Up - John Cena 2nd Runner Up - Shane McMahon 3rd Runner Up - Mia Yim PWI Rookie of the Year - Otis Dozovic 1st Runner Up - Ray Gonzalez Jr. 2nd runner Up - Andy Williams 3rd Runner Up - Hirai Kawato PWI Woman of the Year - Asuka 1st Runner Up - Alexa Bliss 2nd Runner Up - Charlotte Flair 3rd Runner Up - Sienna PWI Stanley Weston Award - Jack Brisco A couple of surprises to this year's list for me and a few I vehemently disagree with. To me, the Young Bucks are overrated spot monkeys while New Day and the Usos absolutely killed it in 2017 with one fantastic match after the other. Jinder Mahal being the most improved wrestler of the year is sickening to think about. With that being said, it's easy to see how he got the votes as he literally went from lifetime jobber to winning the WWE Championship within the span of about 5 weeks. As for Rookie of the Year, Otis Dozovic winning while Velveteen Dream didn't even rank among one of the runners up is a goddamn Greek tragedy.