List of Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

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This is a list of both active and inactive Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards created by professional wrestling journalist, Dave Meltzer. The first fourteen awards were created in 1980 as an informal poll between Meltzer and his friends and others he corresponded with on the subject of professional wrestling at the time. After starting the Wrestling Observer in 1983, the awards took on a greater life, with an increasing number of awards given out every year.

The awards were created to recognize the individual achievements of a select few wrestlers who exemplified in a specified criterion. The awards are given on a yearly basis in various categories such as Best Overall Wrestler, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Tag Team, Most Improved, Match of the Year, etc.; there are also a handful of awards to recognize the dubious distinctions in the business during that year such as Most Overrated and Worst Worked Match. Currently, there are thirty-seven categories that are actively assessed every year and ten that are no longer active. The awards are voted for by the readership of the newsletter, which includes various insiders of the industry, such as promoters, agents, and performers, as well as journalists, historians, and fans.

The awards are organized into two classes. For class A awards, voters indicate their top three choices. First choices are awarded five points, second places three points, and third places two points. The choice with the most points overall wins. For class B awards, voters simply indicate their top choice.

Over the years, various institutions of mixed martial arts have become eligible to win some awards that seemed as though they were more deserving than the conventional wrestler. This led to, in 1997, the creation of Shootfighter of the Year and Fight of the Year to recognize MMA achievement specifically, but some awards remained intact for MMA to win, due to the similar business aspect between both sports (i.e. Best Box Office Draw, Promotion of the Year). In the December 3, 2007 edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was announced that from that year onwards, mixed martial artists are no longer eligible for the Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award, thus reserving it for professional wrestlers only. Shootfighter of the year was renamed to Most Outstanding Fighter to match a new award called MMA Most Valuable Fighter, which is similar to the Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award except it is for mixed martial artists.

Contents

Current awards[edit]

Class A awards[edit]

Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (Wrestler of the Year)[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Harley Race National Wrestling Alliance
1981 Harley Race National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Ric Flair National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Ric Flair National Wrestling Alliance
1984 Ric Flair National Wrestling Alliance
1985 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1986 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Riki Chōshū All Japan Pro Wrestling
1988 Akira Maeda Universal Wrestling Federation
1989 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1990 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1991 Jumbo Tsuruta All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Ric Flair World Wrestling Federation
1993 Vader World Championship Wrestling
1994 Toshiaki Kawada All Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
1996 Kenta Kobashi All Japan Pro Wrestling
1997 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1999 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Triple H World Wrestling Federation
2001 Keiji Mutoh New Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2004 Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2005 Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2006 Místico Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Chris Jericho World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Chris Jericho World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro Wrestling
2012 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Shinsuke Nakamura New Japan Pro Wrestling

MMA Most Valuable Fighter[edit]

Year Fighter Promotion(s)
2007 Randy Couture Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009 Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship
2010 Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 Georges St-Pierre Ultimate Fighting Championship
2012 Anderson Silva Ultimate Fighting Championship
2013 Georges St-Pierre Ultimate Fighting Championship
2014 Ronda Rousey Ultimate Fighting Championship

Most Outstanding Wrestler[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion
1986 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Tatsumi Fujinami New Japan Pro Wrestling
1989 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1990 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling
1992 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling
1993 Kenta Kobashi All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994 Kenta Kobashi All Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Manami Toyota All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
1996 Rey Misterio Jr. Extreme Championship Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling
1997 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Koji Kanemoto New Japan Pro Wrestling
1999 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Chris Benoit World Championship Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
2001 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Federation
2002 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Chris Benoit World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Samoa Joe Ring of Honor,
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2007 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2008 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2009 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2010 Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan World Wrestling Entertainment,
Evolve,
Dragon Gate USA
2011 Davey Richards Ring of Honor,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 A.J. Styles New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Ring of Honor

Best Box Office Draw[edit]

Year Performer Promotion(s)
1997 Hollywood Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1998 Stone Cold Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1999 Stone Cold Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
2000 The Rock World Wrestling Federation
2001 Kazushi Sakuraba Pride Fighting Championships
2002 Bob Sapp K-1,
Pride Fighting Championships
2003 Bob Sapp K-1,
Pride Fighting Championships
2004 Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2005 Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2006 Místico Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009 Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship
2010 Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 The Rock WWE
2012 The Rock WWE
2013 Georges St-Pierre Ultimate Fighting Championship
2014 Ronda Rousey Ultimate Fighting Championship

Feud of the Year[edit]

Year Feud Promotion(s)
1980 Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko World Wrestling Federation
1981 André the Giant vs. Killer Khan World Wrestling Federation
1982 Ted DiBiase vs. Junkyard Dog Mid South Wrestling
1983 The Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs World Class Championship Wrestling
1984 The Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs World Class Championship Wrestling,
National Wrestling Alliance
1985 Ted DiBiase vs. Jim Duggan Mid South Wrestling
1986 Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff World Wrestling Federation
1987 Austin Idol and Tommy Rich vs. Jerry Lawler Continental Wrestling Association
1988 The Fantastics vs. The Midnight Express Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk World Championship Wrestling
1990 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Mitsuharu Misawa and company vs. Jumbo Tsuruta and company All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Lawler vs. The Moondogs United States Wrestling Association
1993 Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler World Wrestling Federation
1994 Los Gringos Locos vs. Asistencia Asesoría y Administración Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1995 Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 New World Order vs. World Championship Wrestling World Championship Wrestling
1997 Steve Austin vs. The Hart Foundation World Wrestling Federation
1998 Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1999 Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2000 Mick Foley vs. Triple H World Wrestling Federation
2001 Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Wanderlei Silva Pride Fighting Championships
2002 Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock Ultimate Fighting Championship
2003 Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Batista vs. Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 Batista vs. The Undertaker World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 El Generico vs. Kevin Steen Ring of Honor
2011 John Cena vs. CM Punk WWE
2012 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Ultimate Fighting Championship

Tag Team of the Year[edit]

Year Tag team Promotion(s)
1980 The Fabulous Freebirds
(Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and
Buddy Roberts)
Mid South Wrestling,
Georgia Championship Wrestling
1981 Jimmy Snuka and Terry Gordy All Japan Pro Wrestling,
National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Stan Hansen and Ole Anderson National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood National Wrestling Alliance (Jim Crockett Promotions)
1984 The Road Warriors
(Hawk and Animal)
National Wrestling Alliance
1985 British Bulldogs
(Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith)
World Wrestling Federation,
Stampede Wrestling
1986 The Midnight Express
(Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton)
Mid South Wrestling
1987 The Midnight Express
(Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)
Mid South Wrestling,
Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 The Midnight Express
(Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)
Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 The Rockers
(Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)
World Wrestling Federation
1990 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
World Championship Wrestling
1991 Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Miracle Violence Connection
(Terry Gordy and Steve Williams)
All Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling
1993 The Hollywood Blonds
(Steve Austin and Brian Pillman)
World Championship Wrestling
1994 Los Gringos Locos
(Eddy Guerrero and Art Barr)
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1995 Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi All Japan Pro Wrestling
1996 Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama All Japan Pro Wrestling
1997 Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama All Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa New Japan Pro Wrestling
1999 Kenta Kobashi and Jun Akiyama All Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Edge and Christian World Wrestling Federation
2001 Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan New Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Los Guerreros
(Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero)
World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Kenta and Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling Noah
2004 Kenta and Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling Noah
2005 America's Most Wanted
(Chris Harris and James Storm)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 The Latin American Exchange
(Homicide and Hernandez)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2007 Briscoe Brothers
(Jay and Mark Briscoe)
Ring of Honor
2008 John Morrison and The Miz World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 The American Wolves
(Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards)
Ring of Honor
2010 The Kings of Wrestling
(Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli)
Ring of Honor
2011 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson)
New Japan Pro Wrestling
2012 Bad Influence
(Christopher Daniels and Kazarian)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2013 The Shield
(Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)
WWE
2014 The Young Bucks
(Matt and Nick Jackson)
New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla,
Ring of Honor

Most Improved[edit]

Year Name Promotion(s)
1980 Larry Zbyszko World Wrestling Federation
1981 Adrian Adonis American Wrestling Association
1982 Jim Duggan Mid South Wrestling
1983 Curt Hennig American Wrestling Association,
Pacific Northwest Wrestling
1984 The Cobra New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Stampede Wrestling
1985 Steve Williams Mid South Wrestling
1986 Rick Steiner Mid South Wrestling
1987 Big Bubba Rogers Universal Wrestling Federation
1988 Sting Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Lex Luger World Championship Wrestling
1990 Kenta Kobashi All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Dustin Rhodes World Championship Wrestling
1992 El Samurai New Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 Tracy Smothers Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1994 Diesel World Wrestling Federation
1995 Johnny B. Badd World Championship Wrestling
1996 Diamond Dallas Page World Championship Wrestling
1997 Tatsuhito Takaiwa New Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 The Rock World Wrestling Federation
1999 Vader All Japan Pro Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Federation
2001 Keiji Mutoh All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Brock Lesnar World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Brock Lesnar World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Randy Orton World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Roderick Strong Ring of Honor
2006 Takeshi Morishima Pro Wrestling Noah
2007 Montel Vontavious Porter World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 The Miz World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 The Miz World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Sheamus World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Dolph Ziggler WWE
2012 Kazuchika Okada New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 Roman Reigns WWE
2014 Rusev WWE

Best on Interviews[edit]

Year Performer Promotion(s)
1981 Lou Albano
Roddy Piper
World Wrestling Federation
National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Roddy Piper National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Roddy Piper National Wrestling Alliance
1984 Jimmy Hart Continental Wrestling Association
1985 Jim Cornette Mid South Wrestling
1986 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Terry Funk World Championship Wrestling
1990 Arn Anderson World Championship Wrestling
1991 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1992 Ric Flair World Wrestling Federation
1993 Jim Cornette Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1994 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1995 Cactus Jack Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1997 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1998 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1999 The Rock World Wrestling Federation
2000 The Rock World Wrestling Federation
2001 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
2002 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Chris Jericho World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Mick Foley World Wrestling Entertainment,
Hustle,
Ring of Honor
2005 Eddie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Mick Foley World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Chris Jericho World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Chris Jericho World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Chael Sonnen Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 CM Punk WWE
2012 CM Punk WWE
2013 Paul Heyman WWE
2014 Paul Heyman WWE

Most Charismatic[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Ric Flair National Wrestling Alliance
1981 Michael Hayes World Class Championship Wrestling
1982 Ric Flair
Dusty Rhodes
National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Ric Flair National Wrestling Alliance
1984 Ric Flair National Wrestling Alliance
1985 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1986 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1987 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1988 Sting World Championship Wrestling
1989 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1990 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1991 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1992 Sting World Championship Wrestling
1993 Ric Flair World Wrestling Federation,
World Championship Wrestling
1994 Atsushi Onita Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
1995 Shawn Michaels World Wrestling Federation
1996 Shawn Michaels World Wrestling Federation
1997 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1998 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1999 The Rock World Wrestling Federation
2000 The Rock World Wrestling Federation
2001 The Rock World Wrestling Federation
2002 The Rock World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Bob Sapp New Japan Pro Wrestling,
K-1
2004 Eddie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Eddie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 The Rock WWE
2012 The Rock WWE
2013 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Shinsuke Nakamura New Japan Pro Wrestling

Best Technical Wrestler[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Bob Backlund World Wrestling Federation
1981 Ted DiBiase Mid South Wrestling
1982 Tiger Mask New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
1983 Tiger Mask New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
1984 Dynamite Kid



Masa Saito
Stampede Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation;

American Wrestling Association,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1985 Tatsumi Fujinami New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
1986 Tatsumi Fujinami New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
1987 Nobuhiko Takada Universal Wrestling Federation
1988 Tatsumi Fujinami New Japan Pro Wrestling
1989 Jushin Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1990 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 Hiroshi Hase New Japan Pro Wrestling
1994 Chris Benoit Extreme Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Chris Benoit Extreme Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling
1996 Dean Malenko World Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1997 Dean Malenko World Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Kiyoshi Tamura Pride Fighting Championships
1999 Shinjiro Otani New Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Chris Benoit World Wrestling Federation,
World Championship Wrestling
2001 Minoru Tanaka New Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Chris Benoit World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Chris Benoit World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2006 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2007 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2008 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
2009 Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor
Dragon Gate USA
2010 Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan WWE,
Evolve,
Dragon Gate USA
2011 Daniel Bryan WWE
2012 Daniel Bryan WWE
2013 Daniel Bryan WWE
2014 Zack Sabre Jr. Pro Wrestling Noah

Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler)[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Bruiser Brody World Wrestling Council
1981 Bruiser Brody World Wrestling Council
1982 Bruiser Brody World Wrestling Council
1983 Bruiser Brody World Wrestling Council
1984 Bruiser Brody World Wrestling Council
All Japan Pro Wrestling
1985 Stan Hansen All Japan Pro Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
1986 Terry Gordy All Japan Pro Wrestling
Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Bruiser Brody World Wrestling Council
1988 Bruiser Brody World Wrestling Council
1989 Terry Funk World Championship Wrestling
1990 Stan Hansen All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Cactus Jack World Championship Wrestling
1992 Cactus Jack World Championship Wrestling
1993 Cactus Jack World Championship Wrestling,
Extreme Championship Wrestling
1994 Cactus Jack Extreme Championship Wrestling,
International Wrestling Association of Japan
1995 Cactus Jack Extreme Championship Wrestling,
International Wrestling Association of Japan
1996 Mankind World Wrestling Federation
1997 Mankind World Wrestling Federation
1998 Mankind World Wrestling Federation
1999 Mick Foley World Wrestling Federation
2000 Mick Foley World Wrestling Federation
2001 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
2002 Yoshihiro Takayama New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Pride Fighting Championships
2003 Brock Lesnar World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Chris Benoit World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Samoa Joe Ring of Honor,
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Samoa Joe Ring of Honor,
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2007 Takeshi Morishima Ring of Honor,
Pro Wrestling Noah
2008 Necro Butcher Ring of Honor,
Combat Zone Wrestling
2009 Necro Butcher Ring of Honor,
Combat Zone Wrestling
2010 Kevin Steen Ring of Honor,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2011 Kevin Steen Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012 Kevin Steen Ring of Honor,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2013 Katsuyori Shibata New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Tomohiro Ishii New Japan Pro Wrestling

Best Flying Wrestler[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1981 Jimmy Snuka World Wrestling Federation
1982 Tiger Mask New Japan Pro Wrestling,
National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation
1983 Tiger Mask New Japan Pro Wrestling,
National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation
1984 Dynamite Kid New Japan Pro Wrestling,
National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation
1985 Tiger Mask II All Japan Pro Wrestling
1986 Tiger Mask II All Japan Pro Wrestling
1987 Owen Hart New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
1988 Owen Hart New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
1989 Jushin Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1990 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1994 The Great Sasuke Michinoku Pro Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Rey Misterio Jr. Asistencia Asesoría y Administración,
Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 Rey Misterio Jr. Extreme Championship Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling
1997 Rey Misterio Jr. World Championship Wrestling
1998 Juventud Guerrera World Championship Wrestling,
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1999 Juventud Guerrera World Championship Wrestling,
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
2000 Jeff Hardy World Wrestling Federation
2001 Dragon Kid Toryumon
2002 Rey Mysterio World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Rey Mysterio World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Rey Mysterio World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 A.J. Styles Ring of Honor,
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Místico Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007 Místico Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2008 Evan Bourne World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team
2010 Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team
2011 Ricochet Dragon Gate,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012 Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team
2013 Kota Ibushi Dramatic Dream Team,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Ricochet Dragon Gate,
Lucha Underground

Most Overrated[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Mr. Wrestling II National Wrestling Alliance
1981 Pedro Morales World Wrestling Federation
1982 Pedro Morales World Wrestling Federation
1983 Bob Backlund World Wrestling Federation
1984 Big John Studd World Wrestling Federation
1985 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1986 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1987 Dusty Rhodes Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Dusty Rhodes Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 The Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1990 The Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1991 The Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1992 Erik Watts World Championship Wrestling
1993 Sid Vicious World Championship Wrestling
1994 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1995 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1996 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1997 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1998 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1999 Kevin Nash World Championship Wrestling
2000 Kevin Nash World Championship Wrestling
2001 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation
2002 Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Jeff Jarrett Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Batista World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 The Great Khali World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Vladimir Kozlov World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Kane World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Crimson Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2012 Ryback WWE
2013 Randy Orton WWE
2014 Kane WWE

Most Underrated[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Iron Sheik World Wrestling Federation
1981 Buzz Sawyer National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Adrian Adonis American Wrestling Association
1983 Dynamite Kid New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Stampede Wrestling
1984 B. Brian Blair World Wrestling Federation
1985 Bobby Eaton Jim Crockett Promotions
1986 Bobby Eaton Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Brad Armstrong Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Tiger Mask II All Japan Pro Wrestling
1989 Dan Kroffat All Japan Pro Wrestling
1990 Bobby Eaton World Championship Wrestling
1991 Terry Taylor World Championship Wrestling
1992 Terry Taylor World Championship Wrestling
1993 Bobby Eaton World Championship Wrestling
1994 Brian Pillman World Championship Wrestling
1995 Skip World Wrestling Federation
1996 Leif Cassidy World Wrestling Federation
1997 Flash Funk World Wrestling Federation
1998 Chris Benoit World Championship Wrestling
1999 Chris Jericho World Championship Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation
2000 Chris Jericho World Wrestling Federation
2001 Lance Storm World Wrestling Federation,
World Championship Wrestling
2002 Booker T World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Último Dragón World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Paul London World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Shelton Benjamin World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Shelton Benjamin World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Shelton Benjamin World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Montel Vontavious Porter World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Evan Bourne World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Kaval World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Dolph Ziggler WWE
2012 Tyson Kidd WWE
2013 Antonio Cesaro WWE
2014 Cesaro WWE

Promotion of the Year[edit]

Year Promotion
1983 Jim Crockett Promotions
1984 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1985 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1986 Mid South Wrestling
1987 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1988 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1989 Universal Wrestling Federation
1990 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994 Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1995 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1996 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1997 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1999 World Wrestling Federation
2000 World Wrestling Federation
2001 Pride Fighting Championships
2002 Pride Fighting Championships
2003 Pride Fighting Championships
2004 Pro Wrestling Noah
2005 Pro Wrestling Noah
2006 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2010 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2012 New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 New Japan Pro Wrestling

Best Weekly Television Show[edit]

Year Program
1983 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1984 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1985 Mid South Wrestling
1986 Universal Wrestling Federation
1987 CWA 90 Minute Memphis Live Wrestling
1988 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1989 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1990 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994 Extreme Championship Wrestling Hardcore TV
1995 Extreme Championship Wrestling Hardcore TV
1996 Extreme Championship Wrestling Hardcore TV
1997 New Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 World Wrestling Federation: Raw Is War
1999 World Wrestling Federation: Raw Is War
2000 World Wrestling Federation: Raw Is War
2001 New Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 World Wrestling Entertainment: SmackDown!
2003 Pro Wrestling Noah Power Hours
2004 World Wrestling Entertainment: Raw
2005 Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Ultimate Fighter
2006 Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Ultimate Fighter
2007 Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Ultimate Fighter
2008 Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Ultimate Fighter
2009 World Wrestling Entertainment: Friday Night SmackDown
2010 Ring of Honor Wrestling
2011 WWE: Friday Night SmackDown
2012 TNA Impact Wrestling
2013 WWE NXT
2014 WWE NXT

Most Outstanding Fighter (formerly Shootfighter of the Year)[edit]

Year Fighter Promotion(s)
1997 Maurice Smith Ultimate Fighting Championship
1998 Frank Shamrock Ultimate Fighting Championship
1999 Frank Shamrock Ultimate Fighting Championship
2000 Kazushi Sakuraba Pride Fighting Championships
2001 Wanderlei Silva Pride Fighting Championships
2002 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Pride Fighting Championships
2003 Randy Couture Ultimate Fighting Championship
2004 Wanderlei Silva Pride Fighting Championships
2005 Fedor Emelianenko Pride Fighting Championships
2006 Mirko Filipović Pride Fighting Championships,
Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 Quinton Jackson Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Georges St-Pierre Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009 Georges St-Pierre Ultimate Fighting Championship
2010 Georges St-Pierre Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 Jon Jones Ultimate Fighting Championship
2012 Anderson Silva Ultimate Fighting Championship
2013 Cain Velasquez Ultimate Fighting Championship
2014 Ronda Rousey Ultimate Fighting Championship

Match of the Year[edit]

Year Match Promotion Venue Information
1980 Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera
Texas Death Match
World Wrestling Federation New York, New York
May 19
1981 Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Alley Fight
World Wrestling Federation New York, New York
May 4
1982 Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid New Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
August 5
1983 Ric Flair vs. Harley Race
Steel Cage match
National Wrestling Alliance Starrcade
Greensboro, North Carolina
November 24
1984 The Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs
Anything Goes Match
World Class Championship Wrestling Fort Worth, Texas
July 4
1985 Tiger Mask II vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi All Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
June 21
1986 Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham Jim Crockett Promotions Battle of the Belts II
Orlando, Florida
February 14
1987 Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania III
Pontiac, Michigan
March 29
1988 Sting vs. Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions Clash of the Champions I
Greensboro, North Carolina
March 27
1989 Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair
Two out of Three Falls match
World Championship Wrestling Clash of the Champions VI
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 2
1990 Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Naoki Sano New Japan Pro Wrestling Osaka, Japan
January 31
1991 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki vs. Steiner Brothers New Japan Pro Wrestling WCW/New Japan Supershow
Tokyo, Japan
March 21
1992 Kenta Kobashi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat All Japan Pro Wrestling Sendai, Japan
May 25
1993 Manami Toyota and Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai and Mayumi Ozaki All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling Dream Slam II
Osaka, Japan
April 21
1994 Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
Ladder match
World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania X
New York, New York
March 20
1995 Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
May 7
1996 Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama vs. Steve Williams and Johnny Ace All Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
June 7
1997 Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin
Submission match
World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania 13
Rosemont, Illinois
March 23
1998 Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
October 31
1999 Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
June 11
2000 Atlantis vs. Villano III Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Mexico City, Mexico
March 17
2001 Keiji Mutoh vs. Genichiro Tenryu All Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
June 8
2002 Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs. Edge and Rey Mysterio World Wrestling Entertainment WWE No Mercy
North Little Rock, Arkansas
October 20
2003 Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa Pro Wrestling Noah Tokyo, Japan
March 1
2004 Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama Pro Wrestling Noah Tokyo, Japan
July 10
2005 Kenta Kobashi vs. Samoa Joe Ring of Honor ROH Joe vs. Kobashi
Manhattan, New York
October 1
2006 Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito and Genki Horiguchi vs. Cima, Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi Ring of Honor ROH Supercard of Honor
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
March 31
2007 Takeshi Morishima vs. Bryan Danielson Ring of Honor ROH Manhattan Mayhem II
Manhattan, New York
August 25
2008 Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
Ladder match
World Wrestling Entertainment WWE No Mercy
Portland, Oregon
October 5
2009 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels World Wrestling Entertainment WrestleMania XXV
Houston, Texas
April 5
2010 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels World Wrestling Entertainment WrestleMania XXVI
Glendale, Arizona
March 28
2011 CM Punk vs. John Cena WWE Money in the Bank 2011
Rosemont, Illinois
July 17
2012 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki New Japan Pro Wrestling King of Pro-Wrestling
Tokyo, Japan
October 8
2013 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada New Japan Pro Wrestling Invasion Attack
Tokyo, Japan
April 7
2014 A.J. Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 24
Tokyo, Japan
August 1

Fight of the Year[edit]

Year Fight Promotion Venue Information
1997 Maurice Smith vs. Mark Coleman Ultimate Fighting Championship Birmingham, Alabama
July 27
1998 Jerry Bohlander vs. Kevin Jackson Ultimate Fighting Championship New Orleans, Louisiana
March 13
1999 Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz Ultimate Fighting Championship Lake Charles, Louisiana
September 24
2000 Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie Pride Fighting Championships Tokyo Dome
May 1
2001 Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo Ultimate Fighting Championship Atlantic City, New Jersey
May 4
2002 Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama Pride Fighting Championships Saitama, Japan
June 23
2003 Wanderlei Silva vs. Hidehiko Yoshida Pride Fighting Championships Tokyo, Japan
November 9
2004 Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson Pride Fighting Championships Saitama, Japan
October 31
2005 Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar Ultimate Fighting Championship Las Vegas, Nevada
April 9
2006 Diego Sanchez vs. Karo Parisyan Ultimate Fighting Championship Las Vegas, Nevada
August 17
2007 Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia Ultimate Fighting Championship Columbus, Ohio
March 3
2008 Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson Ultimate Fighting Championship Las Vegas, Nevada
July 5
2009 Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida Ultimate Fighting Championship Las Vegas, Nevada
June 20
2010 Leonard Garcia vs. Chan-Sung Jung World Extreme Cagefighting Sacramento, California
April 24
2011 Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua Ultimate Fighting Championship San Jose, California
November 19
2012 Chan-Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier Ultimate Fighting Championship Fairfax, Virginia
May 15
2013 Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez Ultimate Fighting Championship Houston, Texas
October 19
2014 Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler Ultimate Fighting Championship Dallas, Texas
March 15

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Barry Windham National Wrestling Alliance
1981 Brad Armstrong and Brad Rheingans National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Steve Williams National Wrestling Alliance
1983 The Road Warriors National Wrestling Alliance
1984 Tom Zenk and Keiichi Yamada World Wrestling Federation,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1985 Jack Victory National Wrestling Alliance
1986 Bam Bam Bigelow World Wrestling Federation
1987 Brian Pillman Stampede Wrestling
1988 Gary Albright Stampede Wrestling
1989 Dustin Rhodes World Championship Wrestling
1990 Steve Austin World Championship Wrestling
1991 Johnny B. Badd World Championship Wrestling
1992 Rey Misterio Jr. Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1993 Jun Akiyama All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994 Mikey Whipwreck Extreme Championship Wrestling
1995 Perro Aguayo Jr. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
1996 The Giant World Championship Wrestling
1997 Mr. Águila Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1998 Goldberg World Championship Wrestling
1999 Blitzkrieg World Championship Wrestling
2000 Sean O'Haire World Championship Wrestling
2001 El Hombre Sin Nombre Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2002 Bob Sapp K-1
2003 Chris Sabin Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Ring of Honor,
Pro Wrestling Zero-One Max
2004 Petey Williams Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2005 Shingo Takagi Dragon Gate
2006 Atsushi Aoki Pro Wrestling Noah
2007 Erick Stevens Ring of Honor
2008 Kai All Japan Pro Wrestling
2009 Frightmare Chikara
2010 Adam Cole Ring of Honor,
Combat Zone Wrestling
2011 Daichi Hashimoto Pro Wrestling Zero1
2012 Dinastía Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
2013 Yohei Komatsu New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Dragon Lee II Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre

Best Non-Wrestler[edit]

Year Performer Promotion(s)
1999 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2000 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2001 Paul Heyman World Wrestling Federation
2002 Paul Heyman World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Steve Austin World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Paul Heyman World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Eric Bischoff World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Jim Cornette Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2007 Larry Sweeney Ring of Honor
2008 Larry Sweeney Ring of Honor
2009 Vickie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Vickie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Ricardo Rodriguez WWE
2012 Paul Heyman WWE
2013 Paul Heyman WWE
2014 Paul Heyman WWE

Best Television Announcer[edit]

Year Announcer Promotion(s)
1981 Gordon Solie National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Gordon Solie National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Gordon Solie National Wrestling Alliance
1984 Lance Russell Continental Wrestling Association
1985 Lance Russell Continental Wrestling Association
1986 Lance Russell Continental Wrestling Association
1987 Lance Russell Continental Wrestling Association
1988 Jim Ross World Championship Wrestling
1989 Jim Ross World Championship Wrestling
1990 Jim Ross World Championship Wrestling
1991 Jim Ross World Championship Wrestling
1992 Jim Ross World Championship Wrestling
1993 Jim Ross World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1994 Joey Styles Extreme Championship Wrestling
1995 Joey Styles Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 Joey Styles Extreme Championship Wrestling
1997 Mike Tenay World Championship Wrestling
1998 Jim Ross World Wrestling Federation
1999 Jim Ross World Wrestling Federation
2000 Jim Ross World Wrestling Federation
2001 Jim Ross World Wrestling Federation
2002 Mike Tenay Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2003 Mike Tenay Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2004 Mike Tenay Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2005 Mike Tenay Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Matt Striker World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Joe Rogan Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 Joe Rogan Ultimate Fighting Championship
2012 Jim Ross WWE
2013 William Regal WWE
2014 William Regal WWE

Worst Television Announcer[edit]

Year Announcer Promotion(s)
1984 Angelo Mosca World Wrestling Federation
1985 Gorilla Monsoon World Wrestling Federation
1986 David Crockett Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 David Crockett Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 David Crockett Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Ed Whalen Stampede Wrestling
1990 Herb Abrams Universal Wrestling Federation
1991 Gorilla Monsoon World Wrestling Federation
1992 Gorilla Monsoon World Wrestling Federation
1993 Gorilla Monsoon World Wrestling Federation
1994 Gorilla Monsoon World Wrestling Federation
1995 Gorilla Monsoon World Wrestling Federation
1996 Steve McMichael World Championship Wrestling
1997 Dusty Rhodes World Championship Wrestling
1998 Lee Marshall World Championship Wrestling
1999 Tony Schiavone World Championship Wrestling
2000 Tony Schiavone World Championship Wrestling
2001 Michael Cole World Wrestling Federation
2002 Jerry Lawler World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Jonathan Coachman World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Todd Grisham World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Jonathan Coachman World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Todd Grisham World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Don West Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Mike Adamle World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Michael Cole World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Michael Cole World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Michael Cole WWE
2012 Michael Cole WWE
2013 Taz Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2014 John Layfield WWE

Best Major Show[edit]

Year Program Promotion
1989 The Great American Bash World Championship Wrestling
1990 Wrestling Summit World Wrestling Federation-New Japan Pro Wrestling-All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 WrestleWar World Championship Wrestling
1992 Wrestlemarinpiad IV All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling
1993 Dream Slam I All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling
1994 Super J Cup New Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Multi-promotional show Weekly Pro Wrestling
1996 Super J Cup: Second Stage Wrestle Association R
1997 In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede World Wrestling Federation
1998 Heat Wave Extreme Championship Wrestling
1999 Anarchy Rulz Extreme Championship Wrestling
2000 Juicio Final (2000) Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2001 WrestleMania X-Seven World Wrestling Federation
2002 SummerSlam World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Final Conflict Pride Fighting Championships
2004 Departure Pro Wrestling Noah
2005 Destiny Pro Wrestling Noah
2006 Glory By Honor V: Night 2 Ring of Honor
2007 Man Up Ring of Honor
2008 WrestleMania XXIV World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Open the Historic Gate Dragon Gate USA
2010 UFC 116 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 Money in the Bank WWE
2012 King of Pro-Wrestling New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 G1 Climax 23: Day 4 New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 G1 Climax 24: Day 7 New Japan Pro Wrestling

Class B Awards[edit]

Worst Major Wrestling Show[edit]

Year Program Promotion
1989 WrestleMania V World Wrestling Federation
1990 Clash of the Champions XII World Championship Wrestling
1991 The Great American Bash World Championship Wrestling
1992 Halloween Havoc World Championship Wrestling
1993 Fall Brawl World Championship Wrestling
1994 Blackjack Brawl Universal Wrestling Federation
1995 Uncensored World Championship Wrestling
1996 Uncensored World Championship Wrestling
1997 nWo Souled Out World Championship Wrestling
1998 Fall Brawl World Championship Wrestling
1999 Heroes of Wrestling Fosstone Productions
2000 Halloween Havoc World Championship Wrestling
2001 Unleashed Women of Wrestling
2002 King of the Ring World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Backlash World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 The Great American Bash World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 The Great American Bash World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 UFC 61 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 December to Dismember World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Survivor Series World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Victory Road Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2010 Hardcore Justice Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2011 Victory Road Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2012 UFC 149 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2013 Battleground WWE
2014 Battleground WWE

Best Wrestling Maneuver[edit]

Year Wrestler Move Promotion(s)
1981 Jimmy Snuka Superfly splash World Wrestling Federation
1982 Super Destroyer Superplex National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Jimmy Snuka Superfly splash World Wrestling Federation
1984 British Bulldogs Military press followed by a missile dropkick World Wrestling Federation
1985 Tiger Mask II Tope con Giro All Japan Pro Wrestling
1986 Chavo Guerrero Moonsault block World Wrestling Alliance
1987 Jushin Liger Shooting star press New Japan Pro Wrestling,
All Star Promotions
1988 Jushin Liger Shooting star press New Japan Pro Wrestling,
All Star Promotions
1989 Scott Steiner Frankensteiner World Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1990 Scott Steiner Frankensteiner World Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Masao Orihara Moonsault to the outside of the ring New Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 2 Cold Scorpio 450° Splash World Championship Wrestling
1993 Vader Moonsault World Championship Wrestling
1994 The Great Sasuke Sasuke Special Michinoku Pro Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Rey Misterio Jr. Flip dive into a frankensteiner on the floor Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 Último Dragón Running Liger bomb World Championship Wrestling,
Wrestle Association R
1997 Diamond Dallas Page Diamond Cutter World Championship Wrestling
1998 Kenta Kobashi Burning Hammer All Japan Pro Wrestling
1999 Dragon Kid Dragonrana Toryumon
2000 Dragon Kid Dragonrana Toryumon
2001 Keiji Mutoh Shining Wizard All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Brock Lesnar F-5 World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 A.J. Styles Styles Clash Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2004 Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2005 Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Kenta Go 2 Sleep Pro Wrestling Noah,
Ring of Honor
2007 Kenta Go 2 Sleep Pro Wrestling Noah,
Ring of Honor
2008 Evan Bourne Shooting star press World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 The Young Bucks
(Matt and Nick Jackson)
More Bang for Your Buck Chikara,
Dragon Gate USA,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla,
Ring of Honor
2010 Ricochet Double rotation moonsault Dragon Gate USA,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2011 Ricochet Double rotation moonsault Dragon Gate USA,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012 Kazuchika Okada Rainmaker New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 Kazuchika Okada Rainmaker New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 The Young Bucks
(Matt and Nick Jackson)
Meltzer Driver New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla,
Ring of Honor

Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic[edit]

Year Storyline Promotion(s)
1981 Monster character (Tony Hernandez) LeBelle Promotions
1982 Bob Backlund as WWF Champion World Wrestling Federation
1983 Eddie Gilbert broken neck angle World Wrestling Federation
1984 Blackjack Mulligan fake heart attack Championship Wrestling From Florida
1985 Usage of Mike Von Erich's near death World Class Championship Wrestling
1986 Exploitation of the death of Gino Hernandez World Class Championship Wrestling
1987 Exploitation of the death of Mike Von Erich World Class Championship Wrestling
1988 Fritz Von Erich's fake heart attack World Class Championship Wrestling
1989 José González babyface push World Wrestling Council
1990 Atsushi Onita stabbing José González Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling
1991 Exploiting the Persian Gulf War (Sgt. Slaughter Iraqi sympathizer angle) World Wrestling Federation
1992 Pushing Erik Watts World Championship Wrestling
1993 Cactus Jack gets amnesia World Championship Wrestling
1994 Ric Flair retirement angle World Championship Wrestling
1995 Gene Okerlund's 900 hotline advertisements World Championship Wrestling
1996 Fake Diesel, Razor Ramon, and "The Real" Double J World Wrestling Federation
1997 Melanie Pillman interview days after Brian Pillman's death World Wrestling Federation
1998 Exploiting Scott Hall's alcoholism World Championship Wrestling
1999 Over the Edge pay-per-view continuing after the death of Owen Hart World Wrestling Federation
2000 David Arquette wins the WCW World Heavyweight Championship World Championship Wrestling
2001 Stephanie McMahon comparing her father's indictment to September 11 attacks World Wrestling Federation
2002 Triple H accusing Kane of murder and necrophilia (Katie Vick) World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 McMahons all over the product World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Kane impregnating Lita World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Terrorist angle on day of London bombings World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 WWE exploits the death of Eddie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Signing of Adam "Pacman" Jones and having him "Make It Rain" on television Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Jeff Hardy teased drug overdose World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Mickie James' "Piggy James" angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Stand Up For WWE campaign launched in coincidence with Linda McMahon's US Senate run World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 WWE blatantly mistreating Jim Ross despite their anti-bullying campaign WWE
2012 CM Punk and Paul Heyman mock Jerry Lawler's heart attack WWE
2013 WWE exploiting the death of Bill Moody (Paul Bearer) WWE
2014 WWE insulting fans who purchased PPVs WWE

Worst Television Show[edit]

Year Program
1984 World Wrestling Federation All-Star Wrestling
1985 Florida Championship Wrestling
1986 California Championship Wrestling
1987 World Class Championship Wrestling
1988 American Wrestling Association on ESPN
1989 ICW Wrestling
1990 American Wrestling Association on ESPN
1991 Universal Wrestling Federation Fury Hour
1992 Global Wrestling Federation on ESPN
1993 Global Wrestling Federation on ESPN
1994 World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night
1995 World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night
1996 American Wrestling Federation Warriors of Wrestling
1997 United States Wrestling Association
1998 World Championship Wrestling Monday Nitro
1999 World Championship Wrestling Thunder
2000 World Championship Wrestling Thunder
2001 World Wrestling Federation Excess
2002 World Wrestling Entertainment Raw
2003 World Wrestling Entertainment Raw
2004 World Wrestling Entertainment SmackDown!
2005 World Wrestling Entertainment Friday Night SmackDown!
2006 World Wrestling Entertainment Monday Night Raw
2007 TNA Impact!
2008 TNA Impact!
2009 TNA Impact!
2010 TNA Impact!
2011 Impact Wrestling
2012 WWE Raw
2013 TNA Impact Wrestling
2014 WWE Raw

Worst Worked Match of the Year[edit]

Year Match Promotion Venue Information
1984 Wendi Richter vs. The Fabulous Moolah World Wrestling Federation The Brawl to End it All
New York, New York
July 23
1985 Freddie Blassie vs. Lou Albano World Wrestling Federation Nassau Colosseum
1986 Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper
Boxing match
World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania 2
Uniondale, New York
April 7
1987 Hulk Hogan vs. André the Giant World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania III
Pontiac, Michigan
March 29
1988 Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tom Magee All Japan Pro Wrestling Kawasaki, Japan
April 21
1989 André the Giant vs. The Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation Topeka, Kansas
October 31
1990 Sid Vicious vs. The Nightstalker World Championship Wrestling Clash of the Champions XIII
Jacksonville, Florida
November 20
1991 Bobby Eaton and P.N. News vs. Terrance Taylor and Steve Austin
Scaffold match
World Championship Wrestling The Great American Bash
Baltimore, Maryland
July 14
1992 Rick Rude vs. Masahiro Chono World Championship Wrestling Halloween Havoc
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
October 25
1993 The Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger, and The Headshrinkers World Wrestling Federation Survivor Series
Boston, Massachusetts
November 24
1994 Jerry Lawler and Mini Lawlers vs. The Doinks World Wrestling Federation Survivor Series
San Antonio, Texas
November 23
1995 Sting vs. Tony Palmora New Japan Pro Wrestling Battle 7
Tokyo, Japan
January 4
1996 Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Meng, The Barbarian, Lex Luger, Kevin Sullivan, Z-Gangsta and The Ultimate Solution
Tower of Doom match
World Championship Wrestling Uncensored
Tupelo, Mississippi
March 24
1997 Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper World Championship Wrestling SuperBrawl
Daly City, California
February 23
1998 Hulk Hogan vs. The Warrior World Championship Wrestling Halloween Havoc
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 25
1999 Al Snow vs. The Big Boss Man
Kennel from Hell Match
World Wrestling Federation Unforgiven
Charlotte North Carolina
September 26
2000 Pat Patterson vs. Gerald Brisco
Evening Gown Match
World Wrestling Federation King of the Ring
Boston, Massachusetts
June 25
2001 The Brothers of Destruction vs. KroniK World Wrestling Federation Unforgiven
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
September 23
2002 Bradshaw and Trish Stratus vs. Christopher Nowinski and Jackie Gayda World Wrestling Entertainment Raw
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 7
2003 Triple H vs. Scott Steiner World Wrestling Entertainment Royal Rumble
Boston, Massachusetts
January 19
2004 Tyson Tomko vs. Stevie Richards World Wrestling Entertainment Unforgiven
Portland, Oregon
September 12
2005 Eric Bischoff vs. Theodore Long World Wrestling Entertainment Survivor Series
Detroit, Michigan
November 27
2006 Reverse Battle Royal Total Nonstop Action Wrestling TNA Impact!
Orlando, Florida
October 26
2007 James Storm vs. Chris Harris
Six Sides of Steel Blindfold match
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Lockdown
St. Louis, Missouri
April 21
2008 Edge vs. Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov World Wrestling Entertainment Survivor Series
Boston, Massachusetts
November 23
2009 Jenna Morasca vs. Sharmell Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Victory Road
Orlando, Florida
July 19
2010 Kaitlyn vs. Maxine World Wrestling Entertainment WWE NXT
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
October 19
2011 Sting vs. Jeff Hardy Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Victory Road
Orlando, Florida
March 13
2012 John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis
No Disqualification match
WWE Over the Limit
Raleigh, North Carolina
May 20
2013 Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, Eva Marie and JoJo vs. AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Aksana, Rosa Mendes and Summer Rae WWE Survivor Series
Boston, Massachusetts
November 24
2014 John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Steel Cage match
WWE Extreme Rules
East Rutherford, New Jersey
May 4

Worst Feud of the Year[edit]

Year Feud Promotion
1984 André the Giant vs. Big John Studd World Wrestling Federation
1985 Sgt. Slaughter vs. Boris Zhukov American Wrestling Association
1986 The Machines vs. King Kong Bundy and John Studd World Wrestling Federation
1987 George Steele vs. Danny Davis World Wrestling Federation
1988 The Midnight Rider vs. Tully Blanchard Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 André the Giant vs. The Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1990 Ric Flair vs. The Junkyard Dog World Championship Wrestling
1991 Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter World Wrestling Federation
1992 The Ultimate Warrior vs. Papa Shango World Wrestling Federation
1993 The Undertaker vs. Giant González World Wrestling Federation
1994 Jerry Lawler vs. Doink the Clown World Wrestling Federation
1995 Hulk Hogan vs. The Dungeon of Doom World Championship Wrestling
1996 Big Bubba vs. John Tenta World Championship Wrestling
1997 The D.O.A. vs. Los Boricuas World Wrestling Federation
1998 Hulk Hogan vs. The Warrior World Championship Wrestling
1999 Big Boss Man vs. Big Show World Wrestling Federation
2000 Hulk Hogan vs. Billy Kidman World Championship Wrestling
2001 WWF vs. The Alliance World Wrestling Federation
2002 Triple H vs. Kane World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Kane vs. Shane McMahon World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Kane vs. Matt Hardy and Lita World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 McMahon Family vs. Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 McMahon Family vs. D-Generation X World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Kane vs. Big Daddy V World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Kane vs. Rey Mysterio World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Edge vs. Kane World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Triple H vs. Kevin Nash WWE
2012 John Cena vs. Kane WWE
2013 Big Show vs. The Authority WWE

Worst Promotion of the Year[edit]

Year Promotion
1986 American Wrestling Association
1987 World Class Championship Wrestling
1988 American Wrestling Association
1989 American Wrestling Association
1990 American Wrestling Association
1991 Universal Wrestling Federation
1992 Global Wrestling Federation
1993 World Championship Wrestling
1994 World Championship Wrestling
1995 World Championship Wrestling
1996 American Wrestling Federation
1997 United States Wrestling Association
1998 World Championship Wrestling
1999 World Championship Wrestling
2000 World Championship Wrestling
2001 World Championship Wrestling
2002 Xtreme Pro Wrestling
2003 Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling
2004 New Japan Pro Wrestling
2005 New Japan Pro Wrestling
2006 World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2009 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2010 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2011 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2012 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2013 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2014 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Best Booker[edit]

Year Booker Promotion(s)
1986 Dusty Rhodes Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1988 Eddie Gilbert Continental Wrestling Federation
1989 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1990 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Riki Chōshū New Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 Jim Cornette Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1994 Paul Heyman Extreme Championship Wrestling
1995 Paul Heyman Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 Paul Heyman Extreme Championship Wrestling
1997 Paul Heyman Extreme Championship Wrestling
1998 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1999 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2000 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2001 Jim Cornette Ohio Valley Wrestling
2002 Paul Heyman World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Jim Cornette Ohio Valley Wrestling
2004 Gabe Sapolsky Ring of Honor
Full Impact Pro
2005 Gabe Sapolsky Ring of Honor
Full Impact Pro
2006 Gabe Sapolsky Ring of Honor
Full Impact Pro
2007 Gabe Sapolsky Ring of Honor
Full Impact Pro
2008 Joe Silva Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009 Joe Silva Ultimate Fighting Championship
2010 Joe Silva Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 Gedo and Jado New Japan Pro Wrestling
2012 Gedo and Jado New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 Gedo and Jado New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Gedo and Jado New Japan Pro Wrestling

Promoter of the Year[edit]

Year Booker Promotion(s)
1988 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1989 Akira Maeda Universal Wrestling Federation
1990 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Riki Chōshū New Japan Pro Wrestling
1996 Riki Chōshū New Japan Pro Wrestling
1997 Riki Chōshū New Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1999 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2000 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2001 Antonio Inoki New Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Kazuyoshi Ishii K-1
2003 Nobuyuki Sakakibara Pride Fighting Championships
2004 Nobuyuki Sakakibara Pride Fighting Championships
2005 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2006 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2010 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2012 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2013 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2014 Takāki Kidani New Japan Pro Wrestling

Best Gimmick[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s) Gimmick
1986 Adrian Street Continental Championship Wrestling Flamboyant wrestler
1987 Ted DiBiase World Wrestling Federation Corrupt millionaire
1988 Rick Steiner Jim Crockett Promotions Varsity amateur wrestling champion
1989 Jushin Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling Anime superhero
1990 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1991 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1992 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1993 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1994 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1995 Disco Inferno World Championship Wrestling Disco dancer
1996 nWo World Championship Wrestling Outside invaders
1997 Stone Cold Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation Surly redneck
1998 Stone Cold Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation Surly redneck
1999 The Rock World Wrestling Federation Comedian jock
2000 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Federation Olympic Hero
2001 The Hurricane World Wrestling Federation Superhero
2002 Matt Hardy World Wrestling Entertainment Self-help guru
2003 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment White rapper
2004 John "Bradshaw" Layfield World Wrestling Entertainment Stock broker millionaire
2005 Mr. Kennedy World Wrestling Entertainment Self-announced wrestler
2006 The Latin American X-change Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Ring of Honor
Latino revolutionaries
2007 Santino Marella World Wrestling Entertainment Italian stereotype
2008 Santino Marella World Wrestling Entertainment Italian stereotype
2009 CM Punk World Wrestling Entertainment Straight edge messiah
2010 Alberto Del Rio World Wrestling Entertainment Mexican aristocrat
2011 CM Punk WWE Anti-corporate rebel
2012 Joseph Park Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Lawyer brother of Abyss
2013 The Wyatt Family WWE Backwoods cult
2014 Rusev and Lana WWE Russian nationalists

Worst Gimmick[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s) Gimmick
1986 Adrian Adonis World Wrestling Federation Gay stylist
1987 Adrian Adonis World Wrestling Federation Gay stylist
1988 Midnight Rider Jim Crockett Promotions Mystery wrestler
1989 The Ding-Dongs World Championship Wrestling Comical idiots
1990 The Gobbledygooker World Wrestling Federation Anthropomorphic turkey
1991 Oz World Championship Wrestling Wizard of Oz character
1992 Papa Shango World Wrestling Federation Voodoo priest
1993 The Shockmaster World Championship Wrestling Intergalactic Klutz
1994 Evad Sullivan World Championship Wrestling Dyslexic brother of Kevin
1995 Goldust World Wrestling Federation Perverse Hollywood critic
1996 Fake Diesel
Fake Razor Ramon
The Real Double J
World Wrestling Federation Replacements for departed wrestlers
1997 The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust World Wrestling Federation Rundown Hollywood critic
1998 The Oddities World Wrestling Federation Outcasts
1999 Powers That Be World Championship Wrestling Company higher-ups
2000 Mike Awesome World Championship Wrestling 1970s flashback
2001 Diamond Dallas Page World Wrestling Federation Motivational speaker
2002 The Johnsons National Wrestling Alliance: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Penises
2003 Rico Constantino World Wrestling Entertainment Gay stylist/manager
2004 Mordecai World Wrestling Entertainment Religious Zealot
2005 Jillian Hall World Wrestling Entertainment Obstructive facial blemish
2006 Vito World Wrestling Entertainment Cross Dresser
2007 Black Reign Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Dual personality of Goldust
2008 The Great Khali World Wrestling Entertainment Punjabi playboy
2009 Hornswoggle World Wrestling Entertainment Irish leprechaun
2010 Orlando Jordan Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Bisexual wrestler
2011 Michael Cole WWE Heel announcer
2012 Aces & Eights Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Invading bikers
2013 Aces & Eights Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Invading bikers
2014 Adam Rose WWE Party animal

Best Pro Wrestling Book[edit]

Year Book Author(s)
2005 The Death of WCW Bryan Alvarez and R.D. Reynolds
2006 Tangled Ropes Superstar Billy Graham and Keith Elliot Greenberg
2007 Hitman Bret Hart
2008 Gorgeous George: The Bad Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture John Capouya
2009 Midnight Express 25th Anniversary Scrapbook Jim Cornette
2010 Countdown to Lockdown Mick Foley
2011 Undisputed Chris Jericho
2012 Shooters: The Toughest Men in Professional Wrestling Jonathan Snowden
2013 Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs Pat LaPrade and Bertrand Hébert
2014 The Death of WCW – 10th Anniversary Edition Bryan Alvarez and R.D. Reynolds

Best Pro Wrestling DVD[edit]

Year DVD Promotion
2005 The Rise and Fall of ECW World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Bret "Hit Man" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 "Nature Boy" Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Greatest Rivalries: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart WWE
2012 CM Punk: Best in the World WWE
2013 Jim Crockett Promotions: The Good Old Days EllBow Productions/Highspots.com
2014 Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman WWE

Defunct awards[edit]

Class A awards[edit]

Most Unimproved[edit]

The category was active until at least 1995. It's unknown when it was retired.[1]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984 Jimmy Snuka World Wrestling Federation
1985 Sgt. Slaughter American Wrestling Association
1986 Bob Orton World Wrestling Federation
1987 Butch Reed World Wrestling Federation
1988 Bam Bam Bigelow World Wrestling Federation
1989 Jim Duggan World Wrestling Federation
1990 Sting World Championship Wrestling
1991 Davey Boy Smith World Wrestling Federation
1992 Randy Savage World Wrestling Federation
1993 Rick Rude World Championship Wrestling
1994 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1995 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling

Most Obnoxious[edit]

The category was active until at least 1995. It's unknown when it was retired.[1]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1981 Gene LeBell National Wrestling Alliance
1982 David Crockett National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1984 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1985 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1986 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1987 David Crockett Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Dusty Rhodes Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Dusty Rhodes World Championship Wrestling
1990 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1991 Davey Boy Smith World Wrestling Federation
1992 Herb Abrams Universal Wrestling Federation
1993 Bill Watts World Championship Wrestling
1994 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1995 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling

Best Babyface[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Dusty Rhodes National Wrestling Alliance
1981 Tommy Rich National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Hulk Hogan American Wrestling Association
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1983 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1984 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1985 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1986 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1987 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1988 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1989 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1990 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1991 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1992 Sting World Championship Wrestling
1993 Atsushi Onita Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling
1994 Atsushi Onita Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling
1995 Perro Aguayo Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1996 Shawn Michaels World Wrestling Federation

Best Heel[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Larry Zbyszko World Wrestling Federation
1981 Don Muraco World Wrestling Federation
1982 Buzz Sawyer Georgia Championship Wrestling
1983 Michael Hayes World Class Championship Wrestling
1984 Roddy Piper World Wrestling Federation
1985 Roddy Piper World Wrestling Federation
1986 Michael Hayes World Class Championship Wrestling
1987 Ted DiBiase World Wrestling Federation
1988 Ted DiBiase World Wrestling Federation
1989 Terry Funk World Championship Wrestling
1990 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1991 Undertaker World Wrestling Federation
1992 Rick Rude World Championship Wrestling
1993 Vader World Championship Wrestling
1994 Art Barr Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1995 Masahiro Chono New Japan Pro Wrestling
1996 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation

Manager of the Year[edit]

Year Manager Promotion(s)
1983 Jimmy Hart Continental Wrestling Association
1984 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1985 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1986 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Jim Cornette Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Jim Cornette World Championship Wrestling
1990 Jim Cornette World Championship Wrestling
1991 Sherri Martel World Wrestling Federation
1992 Jim Cornette Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1993 Jim Cornette Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1994 Jim Cornette Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1995 Jim Cornette World Wrestling Federation
Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1996 Jim Cornette World Wrestling Federation
Smoky Mountain Wrestling

Class B Awards[edit]

Best Color Commentator[edit]

The category was active until at least 1995. It's unknown when it was retired.[1]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1986 Michael Hayes Universal Wrestling Federation (formerly Mid South)
1987 Jesse Ventura World Wrestling Federation
1988 Jesse Ventura World Wrestling Federation
1989 Jesse Ventura World Wrestling Federation
1990 Jesse Ventura World Wrestling Federation
1991 Paul E. Dangerously World Championship Wrestling
1992 Bobby Heenan World Wrestling Federation
1993 Bobby Heenan World Wrestling Federation
1994 Bobby Heenan World Championship Wrestling
1995 Jerry Lawler World Wrestling Federation

Readers' Favorite Wrestler[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1985 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1986 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1990 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1991 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1992 Ric Flair World Wrestling Federation
1993 Ric Flair World Wrestling Federation
World Championship Wrestling
1994 Sabu Extreme Championship Wrestling
Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling
1995 Manami Toyota All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling
1996 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1997 Chris Benoit World Championship Wrestling
1998 Shawn Michaels World Wrestling Federation
1999 Chris Jericho World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2000 Chris Benoit World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2001 Keiji Mutoh All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment

Readers' Least Favorite Wrestler[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984 Ivan Putski World Wrestling Federation
1985 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1986 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1987 Dusty Rhodes Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Dusty Rhodes Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1990 Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1991 Hulk Hogan World Wrestling Federation
1992 Erik Watts World Championship Wrestling
1993 Sid Vicious World Championship Wrestling
1994 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1995 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1996 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1997 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1998 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1999 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
2000 Kevin Nash World Championship Wrestling
2001 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation
2002 Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Triple H World Wrestling Entertainment

Worst Wrestler[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984 Ivan Putski World Wrestling Federation
1985 Uncle Elmer World Wrestling Federation
1986 Mike Von Erich World Class Championship Wrestling
1987 Junkyard Dog World Wrestling Federation
1988 Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1989 André the Giant World Wrestling Federation
1990 Junkyard Dog World Championship Wrestling
1991 André the Giant All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 André the Giant All Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 The Equalizer World Championship Wrestling
1994 Dave Sullivan World Championship Wrestling
1995 The Renegade World Championship Wrestling
1996 Loch Ness World Championship Wrestling
1997 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1998 Warrior World Championship Wrestling
1999 Kevin Nash World Championship Wrestling
2000 Kevin Nash World Championship Wrestling
2001 Big Show World Wrestling Federation
2002 Big Show World Wrestling Federation
2003 Nathan Jones World Wrestling Entertainment

Worst Tag Team[edit]

Year Tag team Promotion(s)
1984 The Crusher and Baron von Raschke American Wrestling Association
1985 Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior World Wrestling Federation
1986 George Steele and Junkyard Dog World Wrestling Federation
1987 Jimmy Valiant and Bugsy McGraw National Wrestling Alliance
1988 The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) World Wrestling Federation
1989 The Powers of Pain (The Barbarian and The Warlord) World Wrestling Federation
1990 Giant Baba and André the Giant All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Giant Baba and André the Giant All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 The Bushwhackers (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) World Wrestling Federation
1993 The Colossal Kongs (King Kong and Awesome Kong) World Championship Wrestling
1994 The Bushwhackers World Wrestling Federation
1995 Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck World Championship Wrestling
1996 The Godwinns (Henry Godwinn and Phineas Godwinn) World Wrestling Federation
1997 The Godwinns World Wrestling Federation
1998 The Oddities (Golga and Kurrgan) World Wrestling Federation
1999 Viscera and Mideon World Wrestling Federation
2000 KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark) World Championship Wrestling
2001 KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark) World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2002 3-Minute Warning (Rosey and Jamal) World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 La Résistance (René Duprée and Sylvain Grenier) World Wrestling Entertainment

Worst Manager[edit]

Year Manager Promotion(s)
1984 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1985 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1986 Paul Jones Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1988 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1989 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1990 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1991 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1992 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1993 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1994 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1995 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1996 Sonny Onoo World Championship Wrestling
1997 Sonny Onoo World Championship Wrestling
1998 Sonny Onoo World Championship Wrestling
1999 Sonny Onoo World Championship Wrestling

Worst on Interviews[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984 Jimmy Snuka World Wrestling Federation
1985 Thunderbolt Patterson National Wrestling Alliance
1986 Mike Von Erich World Class Championship Wrestling
1987 Bugsy McGraw Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Steve Williams Jim Crockett Promotions
1989 Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1990 Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1991 Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1992 Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1993 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1994 Dave Sullivan World Championship Wrestling
1995 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1996 Ahmed Johnson World Wrestling Federation
1997 Ahmed Johnson World Wrestling Federation
1998 Warrior World Championship Wrestling
1999 Sid Vicious World Championship Wrestling
2000 Vince Russo World Championship Wrestling
2001 Stephanie McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2002 Stephanie McMahon World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Stephanie McMahon World Wrestling Entertainment[2]

Most Embarrassing Wrestler[edit]

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1986 Adrian Adonis World Wrestling Federation
1987 George Steele World Wrestling Federation
1988 George Steele World Wrestling Federation
1989 Andre The Giant World Wrestling Federation
1990 Dusty Rhodes World Wrestling Federation
1991 Van Hammer World Championship Wrestling
1992 Papa Shango World Wrestling Federation
1993 Bastion Booger World Wrestling Federation
1994 Doink the Clown World Wrestling Federation
1995 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1996 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1997 Goldust World Wrestling Federation
1998 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1999 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
2000 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
2001 Buff Bagwell World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2002 The Big Show World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Nathan Jones World Wrestling Entertainment

Worst Non-Wrestling Personality[edit]

Year Personality Promotion
2000 Vince Russo World Championship Wrestling
2001 Stephanie McMahon World Wrestling Federation
2002 Stephanie McMahon World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Stephanie McMahon World Wrestling Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jan 22 1996 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Results of the 1995 Observer Newsletter Awards, 1995 Record Book, tons more". The Wrestling Observer. January 22, 1996. 
  2. ^ Wrestling Observer Awards (WON) 1980 – 2012 (and runner-ups), compiled by Chris Harrington