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This is a list of both active and inactive Pro Wrestling Illustrated awards. The awards are voted for by fans of the magazine every year from 1972 onwards, expanding to more categories in later years. Unlike the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, PWI is largely a magazine written within the fictional realm of professional wrestling, or kayfabe, and the awards recognise this.

Active awards[edit]

Wrestler of The Year[edit]

The PWI Wrestler of the Year Award recognizes the best professional wrestler of the year. Ric Flair has won the award a record 6 times.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Pedro Morales
1973 Jack Brisco
1974 Bruno Sammartino
1975 Mr. Wrestling II
1976 Terry Funk Bruno Sammartino Nick Bockwinkel Paul Jones
1977 Dusty Rhodes Billy Graham Bob Backlund Harley Race
1978 Bob Backlund Ricky Steamboat
1979 Harley Race Dusty Rhodes Jimmy Snuka Bob Backlund
1980 Bob Backlund Harley Race Verne Gagne The Iron Sheik
1981 Ric Flair Bob Backlund Tommy Rich Dusty Rhodes
1982 Bob Backlund Ric Flair Hulk Hogan Jimmy Snuka
1983 Harley Race Nick Bockwinkel André the Giant Bob Backlund
1984 Ric Flair Hulk Hogan Kerry Von Erich Rick Martel
1985 Rick Martel Sgt. Slaughter
1986 Randy Savage Nikita Koloff
1987 Hulk Hogan Ric Flair Steve Williams
1988 Randy Savage Jerry Lawler Lex Luger Ric Flair
1989 Ric Flair Hulk Hogan Ricky Steamboat
1990 Sting Ultimate Warrior Hulk Hogan Lex Luger
1991 Hulk Hogan Lex Luger Bret Hart Sting
1992 Ric Flair Ron Simmons Rick Rude Bret Hart
1993 Big Van Vader Bret Hart Shawn Michaels Yokozuna
1994 Hulk Hogan Razor Ramon Ric Flair
1995 Diesel Shawn Michaels Sting Hulk Hogan
1996 The Giant Ric Flair Ahmed Johnson
1997 Lex Luger Steve Austin The Undertaker Diamond Dallas Page
1998 Steve Austin Goldberg Diamond Dallas Page The Rock
1999 The Rock Sting Taz
2000 The Rock Triple H Booker T Kurt Angle
2001 Steve Austin Kurt Angle The Rock Rob Van Dam
2002 Brock Lesnar Rob Van Dam Triple H The Undertaker
2003 Kurt Angle Brock Lesnar AJ Styles
2004 Chris Benoit Randy Orton Eddie Guerrero
2005 Batista John Cena AJ Styles Samoa Joe
2006 John Cena Samoa Joe Rey Mysterio Edge
2007 Kurt Angle Batista Randy Orton
2008 Triple H Randy Orton Samoa Joe
2009 Randy Orton[1][2] John Cena Chris Jericho Kurt Angle
2010 Rob Van Dam[2] John Cena[2] Sheamus
2011 CM Punk John Cena Davey Richards Bobby Roode
2012 Sheamus Austin Aries John Cena
2013 Daniel Bryan[3][4] John Cena Bully Ray Randy Orton

Tag Team of the Year[edit]

The PWI Tag Team of the Year Award recognizes the best tag team of the year. The Road Warriors (Animal & Hawk) have won a record 4 times.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Dick the Bruiser and The Crusher
1973 Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens
1974 Jimmy and Johnny Valiant
1975 Gene and Ole Anderson
1976 The Executioners (#1 and #2) Gene and Ole Anderson Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf Jimmy and Johnny Valiant
1977 Gene and Ole Anderson Prof. Tanaka and Mr. Fuji Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell Ric Flair and Greg Valentine
1978 Ricky Steamboat and Paul Jones The Yukon Lumberjacks (Yukon Eric and Yukon Pierre) Mike Graham and Steve Keirn Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell
1979 Ivan Putski and Tito Santana Jerry and Johnny Valiant Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke The Spoiler and Mark Lewin
1980 Jimmy Snuka and Ray Stevens Mr. Wrestling and Mr. Wrestling II The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) Verne Gagne and Mad Dog Vachon
1981 The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy) Rick Martel and Tony Garea Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell
1982 Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts) Ole Anderson and Stan Hansen
1983 The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) Kerry, Kevin, David Von Erich and Mike Von Erich Jack and Jerry Brisco
1984 The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn) Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson)
1985 Ted DiBiase and Steve Williams Ivan and Nikita Koloff The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid)
1986 Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)
1987 The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson)
1988 The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) Demolition (Ax and Smash) The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard)
1989 The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) Demolition (Ax and Smash) The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin)
1990 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)
1991 The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko) The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) Jeff Jarrett and Robert Fuller
1992 Terry Gordy and Steve Williams The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes
1993 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) The Hollywood Blonds (Steve Austin and Brian Pillman) Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Stan Lane)
1994 The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu) The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock) Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson)
1995 Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart Gunn) Owen Hart and Yokozuna The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner)
1996 The Eliminators (Perry Saturn and John Kronus) The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustapha Saed)
1997 The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) Lex Luger and The Giant
1998 The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) Sabu and Rob Van Dam Mankind and Kane Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane)
1999 Kane and X-Pac The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray)
2000 The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) Edge and Christian KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark)
2001 The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) Brothers of Destruction (Undertaker and Kane) The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq)
2002 Billy and Chuck Booker T and Goldust 3 Minute Warning (Rosey and Jamal) Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit
2003 The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo Guerrero)
2004 America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) La Résistance (Sylvain Grenier and Robert Conway) Charlie Haas and Rico
2005 MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas) Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm)
2006 A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels Paul London and Brian Kendrick D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) The Big Show and Kane
2007 Paul London and Brian Kendrick Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe) Deuce 'n Domino
2008 Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm)[5] John Morrison and The Miz Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez)
2009 Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)[6] Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) Chris Jericho and The Big Show D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H)
2010 The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)[7] The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith)[7] Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero)[7] Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm)[7]
2011 Beer Money, Inc. (Bobby Roode and James Storm) Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) Air Boom (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston) Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero)
2012 Kofi Kingston and R-Truth Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) Samoa Joe and Magnus
2013 The Shield (Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)[8] Cody Rhodes and Goldust reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)

Match of the Year[edit]

The PWI Match of the Year Award recognizes the best match of the year. Shawn Michaels has won the award a record 11 times: Michaels had a 4-year win streak from 1993 to 1996 and then had a 7-year win streak from 2004 to 2010.

Year Date Match Championship Event Location Match Type
1972 January 14 Bruno Sammartino wins battle royal Battle Royal in Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Battle royal
1973 May 24 Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Harley Race NWA World Heavyweight
Championship
Kansas City, MO
1974 January 27 Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk, Jr. NWA World Heavyweight
Championship
Tokyo, Japan
1975 March 17 Bruno Sammartino vs. Spiros Arion WWWF Heavyweight
Championship
New York, NY
1976 April 26 Bruno Sammartino vs. Stan Hansen WWWF Heavyweight
Championship
New York, NY
1977 April 30 Bruno Sammartino vs. Billy Graham WWWF Heavyweight
Championship
Baltimore, MD
1978 February 20 Billy Graham vs. Bob Backlund WWWF Heavyweight
Championship
New York, NY
1979 August 21 Harley Race vs. Dusty Rhodes NWA World Heavyweight
Championship
Tampa, FL
1980 August 9 Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko Showdown at Shea Flushing, NY Steel Cage match
1981 May 2 André the Giant vs. Killer Khan Rochester, NY
1982 June 28 Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy Snuka WWF Heavyweight
Championship
New York, NY Steel Cage match
1983 June 10 Ric Flair vs. Harley Race NWA World Heavyweight
Championship
St. Louis, MO
1984 May 6 Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich NWA World Heavyweight
Championship
David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions Irving, TX
1985 March 31 Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs.
Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff
WrestleMania New York, NY
1986 July 26 Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes NWA World Heavyweight
Championship
The Great American Bash Greensboro, NC Steel Cage match
1987 March 29 Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat WWF Intercontinental
Championship
WrestleMania III Pontiac, MI
1988 February 5 Hulk Hogan vs. André the Giant WWF Championship The Main Event Indianapolis, IN
1989 May 7 Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair NWA World Heavyweight
Championship
WrestleWar Nashville, TN
1990 April 1 Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior WWF Championship and
WWF Intercontinental
Championship
WrestleMania VI Toronto, Ontario
1991 May 19 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and
Scott Steiner) vs. Sting and Lex Luger
WCW World Tag Team
Championship
SuperBrawl St. Petersburg, FL
1992 August 29 Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog WWF Intercontinental
Championship
SummerSlam London, England
1993 May 17 Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty WWF Intercontinental
Championship
Monday Night Raw New York, NY
1994 March 20 Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels WWF Intercontinental
Championship
WrestleMania X New York, NY Ladder match
1995 April 2 Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels WWF Championship WrestleMania XI Hartford, CT
1996 March 31 Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels WWF Championship WrestleMania XII Anaheim, CA Iron Man match
1997 March 23 Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin WrestleMania 13 Rosemont, IL No Disqualification Submission Match with Ken Shamrock as Special Guest Referee
1998 June 28 The Undertaker vs. Mankind King of the Ring Pittsburgh, PA Hell in a Cell match
1999 January 24 The Rock vs. Mankind WWF Championship Royal Rumble Anaheim, CA "I Quit" match
2000 April 2 Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz
vs. Edge and Christian
WWF Tag Team
Championship
WrestleMania 2000 Anaheim, CA Triangle Ladder match
2001 April 1 Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz
vs. Edge and Christian
WWF Tag Team
Championship
WrestleMania X-Seven Houston, TX TLC Match
2002 March 17 The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan WrestleMania X8 Toronto, Ontario
2003 September 16 Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar WWE Championship SmackDown Raleigh, NC 60-minute Iron Man match
2004 March 14 Triple H vs. Chris Benoit
vs. Shawn Michaels
World Heavyweight
Championship
WrestleMania XX New York, NY Triple Threat Match
2005 April 3 Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle WrestleMania 21 Los Angeles, CA
2006 April 2 Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon Wrestlemania 22 Rosemont, IL No Holds Barred Match
2007 April 23 John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels Raw London, England
2008 March 30 Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair[9] WrestleMania XXIV Orlando, FL
2009 April 5 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels[10] WrestleMania XXV Houston, TX
2010 March 28 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels WrestleMania XXVI Phoenix, AZ Streak vs Career Match
2011 July 17 CM Punk vs. John Cena WWE Championship Money in the Bank Rosemont, IL
2012 April 1 The Undertaker vs. Triple H [11] WrestleMania XXVIII Miami Gardens, FL Hell in a Cell Match with Shawn Michaels as the Special Guest Referee
2013 August 18 John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan[12] WWE Championship SummerSlam Los Angeles, CA With Triple H as the Special Guest Referee

Feud of the Year[edit]

The PWI Feud of the Year Award recognizes the best rivalry of the year, normally between two wrestlers but also between groups as well. Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger are tied with Vince McMahon vs. Steve Austin each winning twice. Ric Flair and Vince McMahon have won this award 4 times individually.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1986 Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes The Sheepherders (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) vs. The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson)
1987 Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Lex Luger) vs. The Super Powers (Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff) and The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat Jerry Lawler vs. Tommy Rich and Austin Idol Brian Adias vs. Kevin Von Erich
1988 Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger Rick Rude vs. Jake Roberts Kerry Von Erich vs. Jerry Lawler The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) vs. The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase and André the Giant)
1989 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage Skandor Akbar's Devastation Inc. vs. Eric Embry Roddy Piper vs. Rick Rude
1990 Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake The Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude Chris Adams vs. Steve Austin
1991 The Ultimate Warrior vs. The Undertaker Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter Sting vs. Cactus Jack and Abdullah the Butcher Lex Luger vs. Ron Simmons
1992 The Moondogs (Spot and Cujo) vs. Jerry Lawler and Jeff Jarrett Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage The Ultimate Warrior vs. Papa Shango Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat
1993 Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler Rick Rude vs. Dustin Rhodes Cactus Jack vs. Vader Tony Anthony vs. Tracy Smothers
1994 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan Randy Savage vs. Crush Sabu vs. Terry Funk
1995 Axl Rotten vs. Ian Rotten Harlem Heat (Stevie Ray and Booker T) vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) Jeff Jarrett vs. Razor Ramon Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage
1996 Eric Bischoff vs. Vince McMahon Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage The Undertaker vs. Mankind Jamie Dundee vs. Wolfie D
1997 Diamond Dallas Page vs. Randy Savage Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart Hollywood Hogan vs. Roddy Piper Sabu vs. Taz
1998 Vince McMahon vs. Steve Austin nWo Wolfpac vs. nWo Hollywood Ric Flair vs. Eric Bischoff The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock
1999 Triple H vs. The Rock Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
2000 Triple H vs. Kurt Angle Booker T vs. Jeff Jarrett Edge and Christian (Edge and Christian) vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy)
2001 Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon Booker T vs. The Rock Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle Edge vs. Christian
2002 Eric Bischoff vs. Stephanie McMahon Kurt Angle vs. Edge Triple H vs. Stephanie McMahon Trish Stratus vs. Molly Holly
2003 Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff Jeff Jarrett vs. Raven
2004 Triple H vs. Chris Benoit Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley Christian and Trish Stratus vs. Chris Jericho Matt Hardy vs. Kane
2005 Matt Hardy vs. Edge and Lita AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero Batista vs. Triple H
2006 John Cena vs. Edge D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. The McMahons (Shane and Vince McMahon) Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James
2007 Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe Batista vs. The Undertaker John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels John Cena vs. Randy Orton
2008 Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels[13] Kurt Angle vs. A.J. Styles The Undertaker vs. Edge Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) vs. The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez)
2009 Randy Orton vs. Triple H[14] CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy Main Event Mafia vs. TNA Frontline Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett
2010 Nexus vs. WWE[7] Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon[7] Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson[7] John Cena vs. Batista[7]
2011 CM Punk vs. John Cena Randy Orton vs. Christian Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe) vs. All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
2012 Aces & Eights vs. TNA [15] The Rock vs. John Cena CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan Adam Pearce vs. Colt Cabana
2013 Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority[16] CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton The Rock vs. John Cena

Most Popular Wrestler of the Year[edit]

The PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year Award recognizes the best face or heroic professional wrestler of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. Sting and John Cena have won this award a record 4 times. Rob Van Dam was the only wrestler ever to win the award as a heel.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Jack Brisco / Fred Curry
1973 Chief Jay Strongbow
1974 Billy Robinson
1975 Mil Máscaras
1976 Wahoo McDaniel Chief Jay Strongbow Mr. Wrestling II Ivan Putski
1977 André the Giant Dusty Rhodes Bob Backlund Mil Máscaras
1978 Dusty Rhodes André the Giant Ricky Steamboat Bob Backlund
1979 Ivan Putski Mr. Wrestling II
1980 Mr. Wrestling II Dusty Rhodes André the Giant Bruno Sammartino
1981 Tommy Rich Bob Backlund Dusty Rhodes
1982 André the Giant Tommy Rich Hulk Hogan
1983 Jimmy Snuka Dusty Rhodes David Von Erich The Junkyard Dog
1984 Kerry Von Erich Hulk Hogan Dusty Rhodes Sgt. Slaughter
1985 Hulk Hogan Magnum T.A. Kerry Von Erich Tito Santana
1986 Roddy Piper Hulk Hogan Ricky Morton Nikita Koloff
1987 Dusty Rhodes Randy Savage
1988 Randy Savage Sting Lex Luger
1989 Hulk Hogan Ric Flair The Ultimate Warrior
1990 Sting The Ultimate Warrior Lex Luger
1991 Sting Hulk Hogan Sid Justice The Steiner Brothers
(Rick and Scott Steiner)
1992 The Ultimate Warrior The Undertaker Ron Simmons
1993 Lex Luger Sting Bret Hart Dustin Rhodes
1994 Sting Bret Hart The Undertaker Hulk Hogan
1995 Shawn Michaels Sting Diesel
1996 Randy Savage Sycho Sid The Undertaker
1997 Sting Steve Austin Ric Flair Diamond Dallas Page
1998 Steve Austin Goldberg The Rock
1999 The Rock Steve Austin Goldberg Mankind
2000 Rob Van Dam Chris Jericho Goldberg
2001 Rob Van Dam The Rock Steve Austin Kurt Angle
2002 Hulk Hogan Booker T The Rock
2003 Kurt Angle Steve Austin Rob Van Dam Rey Mysterio
2004 John Cena Chris Benoit Eddie Guerrero Eugene
2005 Batista A.J. Styles Rey Mysterio
2006 Samoa Joe John Cena Rey Mysterio Sting
2007 John Cena The Undertaker Sting CM Punk
2008 Jeff Hardy[17][18] Shawn Michaels Samoa Joe The Undertaker
2009 John Cena Sting
2010 Randy Orton Rob Van Dam[7] Daniel Bryan[7]
2011 CM Punk Sting Randy Orton
2012 John Cena Sheamus Randy Orton Jeff Hardy
2013 Daniel Bryan[19] John Cena CM Punk Dolph Ziggler

Most Hated Wrestler of the Year[edit]

The PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Award recognizes the best heel or villainous professional wrestler of the year. Greg Valentine, Triple H and Randy Orton have won this award a record 3 times. In 2010, the award was given to a stable, The Nexus, for the first time.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 The Sheik
1973 "Superstar" Billy Graham
1974 The Great Mephisto
1975 Greg Valentine
1976 Stan Hansen Ox Baker Terry Funk The Spoiler
1977 Ken Patera Ric Flair Superstar Billy Graham Nick Bockwinkel
1978 Ric Flair Ken Patera Victor Rivera Bob Orton, Jr.
1979 Greg Valentine Terry Funk Ken Patera Ivan Koloff
1980 Larry Zbyszko Greg Valentine Ernie Ladd Hulk Hogan
1981 Ken Patera Don Muraco Nick Bockwinkel Roddy Piper
1982 Ted DiBiase Blackjack Mulligan Superstar Billy Graham Buzz Sawyer
1983 Greg Valentine Masked Superstar Kevin Sullivan Michael Hayes
1984 Roddy Piper Kevin Sullivan Tully Blanchard The Iron Sheik
1985 Chris Adams Ted DiBiase Big John Studd
1986 Paul Orndorff Ric Flair Col. DeBeers Rick Rude
1987 Ric Flair André the Giant The Honky Tonk Man Lex Luger
1988 André the Giant Barry Windham Eddie Gilbert Ted DiBiase
1989 Randy Savage Terry Funk Rick Rude Lex Luger
1990 Earthquake Ric Flair Eddie Gilbert
1991 Sgt. Slaughter The Undertaker Lex Luger Jake Roberts
1992 Rick Rude Ric Flair Jake Roberts The Moondogs
1993 Jerry Lawler Big Van Vader Yokozuna Shawn Michaels
1994 Bob Backlund Owen Hart Big Van Vader Jerry Lawler
1995 Jerry Lawler Kevin Sullivan The Gangstas Davey Boy Smith
1996 Hollywood Hogan Goldust Jerry Lawler The Giant
1997 Bret Hart Hollywood Hogan Owen Hart Curt Hennig
1998 Hollywood Hogan Vince McMahon Eric Bischoff Bret Hart
1999 Diamond Dallas Page Triple H The Undertaker The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
2000 Kurt Angle Steven Richards Jeff Jarrett
2001 Steve Austin Booker T Kurt Angle Shane McMahon
2002 Chris Jericho The Un-Americans (Christian, Lance Storm, and Test) Triple H
2003 Triple H Kane Vince McMahon Test
2004 John "Bradshaw" Layfield Kurt Angle Jeff Jarrett
2005 Edge Jeff Jarrett Muhammad Hassan
2006 Edge Jeff Jarrett Randy Orton King Booker
2007 Randy Orton Kurt Angle The Great Khali Robert Roode
2008 Chris Jericho[20] Edge Randy Orton Kurt Angle
2009 Randy Orton[21] CM Punk[7] Chris Jericho
2010 The Nexus[7] The Miz[7] Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff[7]
2011 The Miz Alberto Del Rio Christian Kurt Angle
2012 CM Punk[22] Bobby Roode Alberto Del Rio Kevin Steen
2013 The Authority[23] Randy Orton Bully Ray The Shield

Most Improved Wrestler of the Year[edit]

The PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year Award recognizes the most improved professional wrestler of the year. Currently, Candice Michelle is the only woman to ever win this award.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1978 Dino Bravo Bob Backlund Ricky Steamboat Tony Atlas
1979 Tommy Rich Eddy Mansfield Kevin Von Erich Ted DiBiase
1980 Tony Atlas Larry Zbyszko Ted DiBiase Kerry Von Erich
1981 Kevin Sullivan Sgt. Slaughter Charlie Cook Tito Santana
1982 Barry Windham Otto Wanz Buzz Sawyer Rick Martel
1983 Brett Wayne Sawyer Mike Rotundo Pez Whatley Brad Rheingans
1984 Billy Jack Haynes Magnum T.A. Rick Martel Ron Garvin
1985 Steve Williams Brian Adias Nikita Koloff Randy Savage
1986 Terry Gordy Scott Hall Sam Houston Wendell Cooley
1987 Curt Hennig Al Perez The Honky Tonk Man Sting
1988 Sting The Ultimate Warrior Iceman Parsons Jeff Jarrett
1989 Scott Steiner Brutus Beefcake Jeff Jarrett P.Y. Chu-Hi
1990 Paul Roma Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) Tugboat Cactus Jack
1991 Dustin Rhodes Ron Simmons The Undertaker Crush
1992 Razor Ramon Ron Simmons Virgil Brian Christopher
1993 Yokozuna The 1-2-3 Kid Brian Lee Tatanka
1994 Diesel Johnny B. Badd Sabu Owen Hart
1995 Diamond Dallas Page Tommy Dreamer Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) Savio Vega
1996 Ahmed Johnson Chris Benoit Stevie Richards Taz
1997 Ken Shamrock Steve McMichael The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) Alex Wright
1998 Booker T D'Lo Brown New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) Juventud Guerrera
1999 Jerry Lynn The Hardy Boyz Hardcore Holly Kanyon
2000 Steve Corino Lance Storm Scotty 2 Hotty Justin Credible
2001 Edge Test The Hurricane Kurt Angle
2002 Brock Lesnar Trish Stratus Jamie Noble A.J. Styles
2003 John Cena Matt Hardy Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) Victoria
2004 Randy Orton Shelton Benjamin Batista John "Bradshaw" Layfield
2005 Batista Carlito Monty Brown Chris Masters
2006 Bobby Lashley Johnny Nitro Chris Sabin Umaga
2007 Candice Michelle Jay Lethal Montel Vontavious Porter Cody Rhodes
2008 Cody Rhodes[24] The Miz Petey Williams Kofi Kingston
2009 John Morrison[25] Dolph Ziggler Eric Young The Miz
2010 D'Angelo Dinero[7] Wade Barrett[7] Sheamus[7] Jay Lethal[7]
2011 Mark Henry Kelly Kelly Eddie Edwards Zack Ryder
2012 Ryback [26] Brooke/Miss Tessmacher Michael Elgin Adam Cole
2013 Magnus[27] Curtis Axel Roman Reigns Big E Langston

Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year[edit]

The PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Award recognizes the most inspirational professional wrestler of the year as voted by readers of the Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine.[7] The award has been given yearly since 1972, and in this time, Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Lawler, and Eddie Guerrero are the only people to have won the award more than once, with all four winning twice. Generally, the award is meant to go to a wrestler who overcomes great odds to achieve success in the ring, although it has also been awarded to wrestlers who overcome real-life hardships and struggles.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Lord Alfred Hayes
1973 Johnny Valentine
1974 Dick Murdoch
1975 Mike McCord
1976 Bruno Sammartino Wahoo McDaniel Bob Roop Bob Armstrong
1977 Bob Backlund Don Muraco Bruno Sammartino Terry Funk
1978 Blackjack Mulligan Bruno Sammartino Mr. Wrestling II Jim Brunzell
1979 Chief Jay Strongbow Ric Flair Dusty Rhodes
1980 The Junkyard Dog Ricky Steamboat Verne Gagne Mr. Florida (Paul Jones)
1981 Bob Backlund Ted DiBiase Tito Santana Mr. Wrestling II
1982 Roddy Piper Jimmy Snuka Mil Máscaras Jimmy Valiant
1983 Hulk Hogan Roddy Piper Buzz Sawyer Buddy Rose
1984 Sgt. Slaughter Kerry Von Erich Kevin Von Erich Bob Backlund
1985 Mike Von Erich Paul Orndorff Jim Duggan Kevin Von Erich
1986 Chris Adams Magnum T.A. Kerry Von Erich Steve Williams
1987 Nikita Koloff Dynamite Kid Chris Adams "Superstar" Billy Graham
1988 Jerry Lawler Kerry Von Erich Road Warrior Animal Jake Roberts
1989 Eric Embry Nikita Koloff Billy Jack Haynes Ric Flair
1990 Sting Hulk Hogan Jerry Lawler Nikolai Volkoff
1991 The Patriot Jerry Lawler Sid Justice Bill Dundee
1992 Ron Simmons The Undertaker Ricky Steamboat Eric Embry
1993 Cactus Jack Lex Luger The 1-2-3 Kid Brutus Beefcake
1994 Bret Hart Terry Funk The Guardian Angel Dave Sullivan
1995 Barry Horowitz Sabu Antonio Inoki Dan Severn
1996 Jake Roberts Jushin Liger Ahmed Johnson Rey Misterio, Jr.
1997 Terry Funk Steve Austin Perry Saturn Roddy Piper
1998 Goldberg Mankind Shane Douglas
1999 Hulk Hogan Bret Hart X-Pac Jim Duggan
2000 Booker T Mick Foley Crash Holly Chyna
2001 Kurt Angle Chris Jericho Shane McMahon Spike Dudley
2002 Eddie Guerrero Hulk Hogan Shawn Michaels Chris Benoit
2003 Zach Gowen Kurt Angle A.J. Styles Rey Mysterio
2004 Eddie Guerrero Chris Benoit Eugene William Regal
2005 Chris Candido Matt Hardy Steve Williams Rey Mysterio
2006 Matt Cappotelli Rey Mysterio Hardcore Holly CM Punk
2007 Jeff Jarrett CM Punk John Cena Sting
2008 Ric Flair[28] Jeff Hardy
2009 Ricky Steamboat[29] Tommy Dreamer Sting John Cena
2010 Shawn Michaels[7] Kurt Angle[7] John Cena[7] Rob Van Dam[7]
2011 Rosita Gregory Iron Rob Fury CM Punk
2012 Jerry Lawler [30] Austin Aries Shawn Daivari John Cena
2013 Darren Young[31] Dallas Page Daniel Bryan

Rookie of the Year[edit]

The PWI Rookie of the Year Award recognizes the best professional wrestler of the year who, in that year, had their first year in the business. As it is a rookie award, wrestlers can qualify only once.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Mike Graham
1973 Bob Orton, Jr. / Tony Garea
1974 Larry Zbyszko
1975 Ric Flair
1976 Bob Backlund Chavo Guerrero Steve Keirn Johnny Rivera
1977 Ricky Steamboat Jimmy Snuka Big John Studd Skip Young
1978 Tommy Rich Jay Youngblood David Von Erich Tully Blanchard
1979 Sweet Brown Sugar Steve Travis Bryan St. John Eddie Gilbert
1980 Terry Taylor Barry Windham Rick McGraw Tom Prichard
1981 David Sammartino Brad Rheingans Curt Hennig Ron Richie
1982 Brad Armstrong Tiger Mask Mike Rotunda Kamala
1983 Angelo Mosca, Jr. King Kong Bundy Scott Armstrong Arn Anderson
1984 Mike Von Erich Nikita Koloff Krusher Khruschev Kevin Kelly
1985 Nord the Barbarian Kendall Windham Dan Spivey Sam Houston
1986 Lex Luger Bam Bam Bigelow Sting Tom Magee
1987 Owen Hart Big Bubba Rogers Shane Douglas Doug Furnas
1988 Madusa Miceli[32] Chris Benoit Maxx Payne Scott Steiner
1989 The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) Dustin Rhodes Scotty the Body Johnathan Holliday
1990 Steve Austin El Gigante Brad Anderson Chris Chavis
1991 Johnny B. Badd The Patriot Terri Power The Lightning Kid
1992 Erik Watts Diamond Dallas Page Vladimir Koloff Chaz Taylor
1993 Vampire Warrior Robbie Eagle Kent and Keith Cole The Headhunters
1994 911 Bob Holly Abbudah Singh Mikey Whipwreck
1995 Alex Wright Craig Pittman Lawrence Taylor Madd Maxxine
1996 The Giant Steve McMichael Rocky Maivia Joe Gomez
1997 Prince Iaukea Ernest Miller Chris Chetti Brakkus
1998 Goldberg Sable Droz Mark Henry
1999 Shane McMahon Evan Karagias Vince McMahon Lash LeRoux
2000 Kurt Angle Lita Mark Jindrak and Sean O'Haire Chuck Palumbo
2001 Randy Orton[33] Brock Lesnar K-Kwik The Prototype
2002 Maven Christopher Nowinski Nidia Taylor Matheny
2003 Zach Gowen Sylvain Grenier Trinity Matt Morgan
2004 Monty Brown Petey Williams Johnny Nitro Matt Cappotelli
2005 Bobby Lashley[34] Christy Hemme Mikey Batts Ken Doane
2006 The Boogeyman Charles Evans Akebono Cody Runnels
2007 Hornswoggle[35][36] Ted DiBiase, Jr.[35][36] Pelle Primeau[35][36] Mike DiBiase[35][36]
2008 Joe Hennig[37] Brett DiBiase Ricky Steamboat, Jr. Ryan McBride
2009 Mike Sydal[38] Jesse Neal Brittney Savage J.T. Flash
2010 David Otunga[39] Tamina[39] Percy Watson[39] Corey Hollis[39]
2011 Ace Hawkins Nick Madrid Leakee Briley Pierce
2012 Veda Scott [40] The Big O Jason Jordan Bambi Hall
2013 Tim Zbyszko[41] Cody Hall Lucipher Lords Matt King

Stanley Weston Award (Lifetime Achievement)[edit]

The PWI Stanley Weston Award recognizes lifetime achievement by a professional wrestling personality.[42] It has been given yearly since 1981 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated. The award was originally known as the PWI Editor's Award.[42] Beginning with the March 2003 year-end edition, the award was renamed in memory of PWI founder and longtime publisher Stanley Weston, who died in 2002.

† indicates a posthumous award.

Year Winner
1981 Bruno Sammartino
1982 Lou Thesz
1983 The Grand Wizard (Ernie Roth)
1984 David Von Erich (David Adkisson)
1985 Dan Shocket
1986 Verne Gagne
1987 Paul Boesch
1988 Bruiser Brody (Frank Goodish)
Adrian Adonis (Keith Franke)
1989 Gordon Solie (Francis Labiak)
1990 Buddy Rogers (Herman Rohde, Jr.)
1991 The Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison)[42]
1992 Stanley Weston
1993 André the Giant (André Rousimoff)
1994 Captain Lou Albano
1995 Ricky Steamboat (Richard Blood)
1996 Danny Hodge
1997 Arn Anderson (Martin Lunde)
1998 Bobo Brazil (Houston Harris)
1999 Owen Hart
2000 Fred Blassie
2001 Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski, Sr.)
2002 Jim Ross
2003 Bret Hart
2004 Pat Patterson (Pierre Clermont)
2005 Eddie Guerrero
2006 Harley Race
2007 Nick Bockwinkel
2008 Ric Flair[43]
2009 Vince McMahon
2010 Killer Kowalski
2011 Randy Savage
2012 Bobby Heenan[44]
2013 Dusty Rhodes[45]

Comeback of the Year[edit]

The PWI Comeback of the Year Award, given yearly since 1992 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the most impressive comeback by a professional wrestler during the year as voted by readers of the magazine. Hulk Hogan, Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy and Sting have won this award twice.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1992 The Ultimate Warrior Bob Backlund The Sheik The Junkyard Dog
1993 Lex Luger Brutus Beefcake Ric Flair Paul Roma
1994 Hulk Hogan Bob Backlund The Undertaker Alundra Blayze
1995 Randy Savage The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) Savio Vega The Ultimate Warrior
1996 Sycho Sid Jake Roberts Faarooq Road Warrior Animal
1997 Bret Hart Curt Hennig Brian Pillman Ric Flair
1998 X-Pac Sting Dean Malenko The Warrior
1999 Eddie Guerrero Buff Bagwell Curt Hennig Michael Hayes
2000 Rikishi Phatu Dusty Rhodes The Undertaker Vince McMahon
2001 Rob Van Dam Steve Austin Booker T Scott Hall
2002 Hulk Hogan Eddie Guerrero Chris Benoit Ron Killings
2003 Kurt Angle Goldberg Raven Último Dragón
2004 Edge Jeff Hardy William Regal Chavo Guerrero, Sr.
2005 Road Warrior Animal Matt Hardy Raven Hulk Hogan
2006 Sting Sabu Jeff Hardy Finlay
2007 Jeff Hardy Triple H Rey Mysterio The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott)
2008 Chris Jericho[46] Jeff Jarrett William Regal Sheik Abdul Bashir
2009 Jerry Lynn Ricky Steamboat The Undertaker Mick Foley
2010 Rob Van Dam[7] Kane[7] Edge[7] Jeff Hardy[7]
2011 Sting Mark Henry Austin Aries Montel Vontavious Porter
2012 Jeff Hardy [47] The Rock Brock Lesnar Layla
2013 Goldust[48] Chris Sabin Jerry Lawler The Bella Twins

Woman of the Year[edit]

The PWI Woman of the Year Award recognizes the best female professional wrestling personality of the year. Trish Stratus has won this award a record 4 times. Mickie James is the only wrestler to have won the award competing for two different organizations.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1999 Debra Sable Terri Runnels Jacqueline
2000 Stephanie McMahon Lita Chyna Major Gunns
2001 Lita Stephanie McMahon Stacy Keibler Torrie Wilson
2002 Trish Stratus
2003 Victoria
2004 Victoria Trish Stratus Stacy Keibler Molly Holly
2005 Trish Stratus[49][50] Christy Hemme Melina Lita[50]
2006 Dixie Carter[50] Mickie James[50]
2007 Candice Michelle[51] Beth Phoenix Gail Kim Karen Angle
2008 Awesome Kong[52] Mickie James Michelle McCool
2009 Mickie James Angelina Love[7] Tara
2010 Michelle McCool[7] Madison Rayne[7] Madison Eagles[7]
2011 Mickie James Kelly Kelly Beth Phoenix
2012 AJ Lee [53][54] Gail Kim Eve Torres Sara Del Rey
2013 Cheerleader Melissa Dixie Carter Kaitlyn

Defunct awards[edit]

Midget Wrestler of the Year[edit]

The PWI Midget Wrestler Of The Year Award, given yearly from 1972 through 1976 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the best midget wrestler of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. This award became defunct in 1976.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Little Bruiser
1973 Little Beaver
1974 Darlin` Dagmar
1975 Sky Low Low
1976 Lord Littlebrook Sky Low Low Cowboy Lang Diamond Lil

Manager of the Year[edit]

The PWI Manager of the Year Award recognizes the best manager of the year. Bobby Heenan has won a record 4 times. Lou Albano, James J. Dillon & Jim Cornette have each won 3 times.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Bobby Heenan
1973 The Grand Wizard
1974 Lou Albano
1975 George Cannon
1976 Bobby Heenan Lou Albano Fred Blassie Gary Hart
1977 The Grand Wizard Bobby Heenan Lou Albano Lord Alfred Hayes
1978 Arnold Skaaland The Grand Wizard Bobby Heenan Gary Hart
1979 Arnold Skaaland Lou Albano Buddy Rogers Oliver Humperdink
1980 Oliver Humperdink[55] Arnold Skaaland Lou Albano The Great Mephisto
1981 Lou Albano Arnold Skaaland Oliver Humperdink The Grand Wizard
1982 James J. Dillon Arnold Skaaland Sonny King Jimmy Hart
1983 James J. Dillon Adnan Al-Kaissie Lou Albano Paul Ellering
1984 Paul Ellering Jimmy Hart Jim Cornette James J. Dillon
1985 Jim Cornette Lou Albano Paul Ellering Bobby Heenan
1986 Lou Albano Paul Ellering Miss Elizabeth Jim Cornette
1987 Jimmy Hart James J. Dillon Jim Cornette Paul E. Dangerously
1988 James J. Dillon Miss Elizabeth Jim Cornette Paul E. Dangerously
1989 Bobby Heenan Gary Hart Teddy Long Skandor Akbar
1990 Teddy Long Bobby Heenan Ole Anderson Jim Cornette
1991 Bobby Heenan Harley Race Alexandra York Paul Bearer
1992 Paul E. Dangerously[56] Mr. Perfect Harley Race Jim Cornette
1993 Jim Cornette Harley Race Mr. Fuji Tammy Sytch
1994 Jimmy Hart Ted DiBiase Col. Robert Parker Paul E. Dangerously
1995 Jim Cornette Sherri Martel Col. Robert Parker Woman
1996 Sunny Jimmy Hart Jim Cornette Bill Alfonso
1997 Bill Alfonso Miss Jacquelyn Paul Heyman Ted DiBiase
1998 Paul Bearer Bill Alfonso Sunny Paul Ellering
1999 Debra Jimmy Hart Bill Alfonso Paul Bearer

Girl Wrestler of the Year[edit]

The PWI Girl Wrestler Of The Year Award recognizes the best girl wrestler of the year. This award became defunct in 1976.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 Marie LaVerne
1973 Joyce Grable
1974 Rachel Dubois
1975 Ann Casey
1976 Sue Green Kitty Adams Early Dawn Vicki Williams

Announcer of the Year[edit]

The PWI Announcer of the Year Award recognizes the best announcer of the year. This award was only given in 1977, it then became defunct.

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1977 Gordon Solie Vince McMahon Bill Carlisle Roger Kent

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