Pro Wrestling Illustrated need Roman Reigns the ‘Most Hated’ wrestler of the year for 2016, even though he was a babyface for the entire year. It’s historic as a babyface has never won ‘Most Hated.’ Here’s what they wrote about it:
“Here's a guy who fights honorably and abides by the rules. He has proven loyal and dedicated to family and friends. He always conducts himself as a gentleman, never ducks a challenge, and has managed to overcome the odds every time they seem stacked against him.
And the fans boo the crap out of him.
More than a quarter of our respondents cast their vote for Roman Reigns as the Most Hated Wrestler of the Year, marking the first time in the history of the PWI Achievement Awards that a so-called "fan favorite" has won this distinction.”
Other notable PWI Achievement Award winners were as follows: AJ Styles (Wrestler of the Year), AJ Styles vs. John Cena (Match of the Year), Nia Jax (Rookie), Bayley (Inspirational), The Miz (Most Improved), Goldberg (Comeback), Charlotte Flair (Woman), Charlotte-Sasha Banks (Feud), Shinsuke Nakamura (Most Popular), Roman Reigns (Most Hated) and The New Day (Tag Team).