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Won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year Award for 2006.
The First Runner-Up was Charles Evans, who would go on to hold titles in OVW, the WWC in Puerto Rico and Pro-Wrestling Zero-One. Second Runner-Up was American-born ex-Sumo wrestler turned pro wrestler/MMA fighter Akebono, who would hold titles in Pro-Wrestling Zero-One, All Japan Pro Wrestling and Dragon Gate. Third Runner-Up was Cody Runnels, better known as WWE's Cody Rhodes.