The Johnson Transcript Surging Star Award For 2012

by Daniel Johnson

Editor’s Note: Voting has been moved to take place between August 1 and August 31. The finalized list of those eligible for The Johnson Transcript for 2012 is below. The post has been updated to be current as of August, 2013. All the criteria remains the same. Voting can be done right here!

The following is a list of all the performers who have been verified as eligible for The Johnson Transcript Surging Star Award for 2012. This post was updated throughout the month of December 2012 with the finalized list posted on August 1, 2013. Performers have been added since December 1, 2012 based on their eligibility. The list was finalized on January 1, 2013. Included below the list is the criteria for The Johnson Transcript Surging Star Award.

ACH
Adam Cole
Allysin Kay
Angel Blue
Anton Deryabin
AR Fox
Athena
Bandido Jr
Big Van Walter
Bonnie
Cedric Alexander
Chip Day
Christina von Eerie
CJ Banks
Cody Hall
Daichi Hashimoto
Danny E
DASH Chisako
Drew Gulak
Frightmare
Jack Bonza
Jaki Numazawa
Jay Skillet
Jessie McKay
Joe Gacy
John Skyler
Johnny Gargano
Jonathan Gresham
Jojo Bravo
Jordan Jensen
JT Dunn
Kazuaki Mihara
Katsuhiko Nakajima
Kazuchika Okada
Kellie Skater
Ken Kerbis
Kyle Matthews
Kyle O’Reilly
Lars Only
Leslie Butterscotch
Lince Dorado
LT Falk
Makoto
Mark Angel
Mark Shurman
Matt Saigon
Mercedes KV
Mia Yim
Mike Cruz
Mr. 450
Nathan Cruz
Noam Dar
Player Dos
Player Uno
Portia Perez
Rich Swann
Ricochet
Robert Dreissker
Ryan Kidd
Sami Callihan
Santana Garrett
Seiya Sanada
Sendai Sachiko
Shayne Hawke
Su Yung
The White Leopard
Trent Adams
Twiggy
Uhaa Nation
Willie Mack
Zack Sabre Jr

*A performer must be 25-years-old or younger on December 31 of the year that the award has been designated for. For example, the performer who is given the award for 2012 must be born no later than December 30, 1986. If the age of a performer cannot be determined beyond a reasonable doubt by members of The Johnson Transcript staff then that performer is not eligible.

*The winner should have an outstanding performance in the year that the award has been designated for. Votes should be cast based on what a performer did in the year that the award has been designated for and should not be based on a performer’s overall contributions to the professional wrestling industry. The award is voted on by readers of The Johnson Transcript. Staff may also vote. Each person should only vote once and a thorough attempt will be made to limit each person to one vote. Votes are cast between January 1 and January 31 in the year following the year that the award has been designated for. Voting for the 2012 award was delayed so that voting is taking place between August 1 and August 31.

*The performer must have been featured at least once on The Johnson Transcript from January 1 to December 31 in the year that the award has been designated for. Being featured is defined as being mentioned or included in some form of media in a piece authored by a member of The Johnson Transcript staff. Readers are encouraged to nominate wrestlers who have not been featured and meet all other criteria. Provided that the nominee meets all other criteria they will receive a mention. All reader nominations must be made prior to December 31 in the year that the award has been designated for.

*The performer who wins this award must never have been under contract to a company commonly understood as one of the top two promotions in the United States in the year that the award has been designated for. If a company falls out of what are commonly understood as the top two spots then a signed performer of that company could be eligible for the award in subsequent years, but not in a year where the company was a top two company. For example, if one company becomes the number three company in 2012 then a performer signed to that company would not be eligible to earn an award for 2012. However, if the company stays at the number three spot throughout 2013 then a performer signed to that company who meets the other criteria would be eligible to win the award for 2013.



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