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 and mixed martial arts (MMA) 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 1982, the awards took on a greater life, with an increasing number of awards given out every year.

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The awards were created to recognize the individual achievements of a select few wrestlers who exemplified in a specified criterion. The awards are given every year in various categories such as Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Tag Team of the Year, Most Improved, Pro Wrestling 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 Match. There are currently forty-five categories that are actively assessed every year and twenty that are no longer active. The awards are voted for by the newsletter's readership, 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 categories. For "Category 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 "Category B" awards, voters simply indicate their top choice. For the "Category B" Shad Gaspard/Jon Huber Memorial Award, the recipients are chosen by a committee headed by Meltzer.

Over the years, various MMA promotions or individual mixed martial artists were deemed eligible to win some awards when it seemed as though they were more deserving to win than the conventional wrestler or wrestling promotion. This led to, in 1997, the creation of Shootfighter of the Year and Shoot Match of the Year to recognize MMA achievement specifically. Still, some primarily professional wrestling-focused awards remained intact for MMA promotions/fighters to win, due to the similar business aspect between both sports (i.e. Best Box Office Draw and 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 and Shoot Match of the Year was renamed to MMA Match of the Year to match a new award called Mixed Martial Arts Most Valuable, which is similar to the Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award except it is for mixed martial artists.

Current awards

"Category A" awards

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

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Ric Flair is an eight-time winner and co-namesake of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980 Harley Race National Wrestling Alliance
1981
1982 Ric Flair
1983
1984
1985 Jim Crockett Promotions
1986
1987 Riki Choshu New Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
1988 Akira Maeda Universal Wrestling Federation
1989Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1990
1991 Jumbo Tsuruta All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992Ric Flair World Wrestling Federation
1993 Big Van Vader World Championship Wrestling
1994 Toshiaki Kawada All Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Mitsuharu Misawa
1996 Kenta Kobashi
1997Mitsuharu Misawa
1998 Stone Cold Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1999Mitsuharu MisawaAll Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Triple H World Wrestling Federation
2001 Keiji Mutoh New Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Entertainment
2003Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2004
2005
2006 Místico Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Chris Jericho
2009
2010John Cena
2011 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2012
2013
2014 Shinsuke Nakamura
2015 A.J. Styles New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2016 WWE
2017 Kazuchika Okada New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018 Kenny Omega
2019 Chris Jericho All Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020 Jon Moxley

Mixed Martial Arts Most Valuable

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Georges St-Pierre and Brock Lesnar are three-time winners of the category
YearFighterPromotion(s)
2007 Randy Couture Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Brock Lesnar
2009
2010
2011 Georges St-Pierre
2012 Anderson Silva
2013Georges St-Pierre
2014 Ronda Rousey
2015
2016 Conor McGregor
2017Georges St-Pierre
2018Conor McGregor
2019 Jorge Masvidal
2020 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Most Outstanding Wrestler

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Manami Toyota is the only female winner of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion
1986Ric FlairJim Crockett Promotions
1987
1988 Tatsumi Fujinami New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1989Ric FlairWorld Championship Wrestling
1990 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1991New Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1992
1993Kenta KobashiAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1994
1995 Manami Toyota All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
1996 Rey Misterio Jr. Extreme Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1997Mitsuharu MisawaAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Koji Kanemoto New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1999Mitsuharu MisawaAll Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Chris Benoit World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2001Kurt AngleWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002
2003
2004Chris Benoit
2005 Samoa Joe Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan Ring of Honor
2007
2008
2009 Dragon Gate USA
Ring of Honor
2010 Chikara
Dragon Gate USA
Evolve
World Wrestling Entertainment
2011 Davey Richards Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Ring of Honor
2012Hiroshi TanahashiNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2013
2014A.J. StylesNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2015
2016WWE
2017Kazuchika OkadaNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018Kenny Omega
2019 Will Ospreay
2020Kenny OmegaAll Elite Wrestling
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide

Most Outstanding Fighter of the Year

Note: Was known as "Shootfighter of the Year" until 2008.

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Georges St-Pierre is a three-time winner of the category
YearFighterPromotion(s)
1997 Maurice Smith Ultimate Fighting Championship
1998 Frank Shamrock
1999
2000 Kazushi Sakuraba Pride Fighting Championships
2001 Wanderlei Silva
2002 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
2003Randy CoutureUltimate Fighting Championship
2004Wanderlei SilvaPride Fighting Championships
2005 Fedor Emelianenko
2006 Mirko Filipović
2007 Quinton Jackson Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008Georges St-Pierre
2009
2010
2011 Jon Jones
2012Anderson Silva
2013 Cain Velasquez
2014Ronda Rousey
2015Conor McGregor
2016
2017 Demetrious Johnson
2018 Daniel Cormier
2019 Israel Adesanya
2020

Tag Team of the Year

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The Young Bucks are six-time winners of the category
YearTag TeamPromotion(s)
1980 The Fabulous Freebirds
(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 Jim Crockett Promotions
1984 The Road Warriors
(Hawk and Animal)
American Wrestling Association
National Wrestling Alliance
1985 The British Bulldogs
(Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith)
World Wrestling Federation
All Japan Pro Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
1986 The Midnight Express
(Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton)
Universal Wrestling Federation
1987 The Midnight Express
(Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)
Universal Wrestling Federation
Jim Crockett Promotions
1988Jim 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
1991Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki KawadaAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 The 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
1995Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta KobashiAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1996Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama
1997
1998 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1999Kenta Kobashi and Jun AkiyamaAll Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Edge and Christian World Wrestling Federation
2001 Tencozy (Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan)New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2002 Los Guerreros
(Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero)
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2003 Kenta and Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling Noah
2004
2005 America's Most Wanted
(Chris Harris and James Storm)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 The Latin American Exchange
(Homicide and Hernandez)
2007 The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe 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)
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 Jackson and Nick Jackson)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Ring of Honor
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019 Lucha Brothers
(Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fénix)
All Elite Wrestling
Impact Wrestling
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
2020 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
All Elite Wrestling

Best on Interviews

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Jim Cornette is a five-time winner of the category
YearPerformerPromotion(s)
1981 Lou Albano World Wrestling Federation
Roddy Piper National Wrestling Alliance
1982Roddy PiperNational Wrestling Alliance
1983
1984 Jimmy Hart Continental Wrestling Association
1985 Jim Cornette Mid-South Wrestling
World Class Championship Wrestling
1986Jim Crockett Promotions
1987
1988
1989 Terry Funk World Championship Wrestling
1990 Arn Anderson
1991Ric Flair
1992World Wrestling Federation
1993Jim Cornette Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1994Ric FlairWorld Championship Wrestling
1995 Cactus Jack Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996Stone Cold Steve AustinWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
1997
1998
1999 The Rock
2000
2001Stone Cold Steve Austin
2002Kurt Angle
2003Chris Jericho
2004Mick FoleyWorld Wrestling Entertainment
Hustle
Ring of Honor
2005Eddie GuerreroWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2006Mick Foley
2007John Cena
2008Chris Jericho
2009
2010 Chael Sonnen Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011 CM Punk WWE
2012
2013 Paul Heyman
2014
2015Conor McGregorUltimate Fighting Championship
2016
2017
2018Daniel BryanWWE
2019Chris JerichoAll Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020 Eddie Kingston All Elite Wrestling

Promotion of the Year

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling, headquartered in the tower seen here, has received this award 16 times
YearPromotion
1983Jim Crockett Promotions
1984New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1985All Japan Pro Wrestling
1986Mid-South Wrestling/Universal Wrestling Federation
1987New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1988
1989 Universal Wrestling Federation
1990All Japan Pro Wrestling
1991
1992New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1993All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1995New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1996
1997
1998
1999World Wrestling Federation
2000
2001Pride Fighting Championships
2002
2003
2004Pro Wrestling Noah
2005
2006Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020All Elite Wrestling

Best Weekly TV Show

YearProgramPromotion
1983World Pro WrestlingNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1984
1985Mid-South WrestlingMid-South Wrestling
1986 Universal Wrestling Federation Universal Wrestling Federation
198790 Minute Memphis Live WrestlingContinental Wrestling Association
1988World Pro WrestlingNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1989All Japan Pro WrestlingAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994 Hardcore TV Extreme Championship Wrestling
1995
1996
1997World Pro WrestlingNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1998 Raw is War World Wrestling Federation
1999
2000
2001World Pro WrestlingNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2002 SmackDown! World Wrestling Entertainment
2003Power HoursPro Wrestling Noah
2004Monday Night RawWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2005 The Ultimate Fighter Ultimate Fighting Championship
2006
2007
2008
2009Friday Night SmackDownWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Ring of Honor Wrestling Ring of Honor
2011Friday Night SmackDownWWE
2012 Impact Wrestling Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2013 NXT WWE
2014
2015
2016New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2017
2018NXTWWE
2019 Dynamite All Elite Wrestling
2020

Pro Wrestling Match of the Year

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Kenta Kobashi is a six-time winner of the category
YearMatchPromotionVenue Information
1980 Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera
Texas Death Match
World Wrestling Federation WWF on MSG Network
New York, New York
May 19
1981 Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Alley Fight
WWF on MSG Network
New York, New York
May 4
1982 Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite KidNew Japan Pro-WrestlingSummer Fight Series II Night 19
Tokyo, Japan
August 5
1983Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood vs. Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle
Steel Cage match
Jim Crockett PromotionsThe Final Conflict
Greensboro, North Carolina
March 12
1984The Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs
Anything Goes Match
World Class Championship Wrestling Independence Day Star Wars
Fort Worth, Texas
July 4
1985 Tiger Mask II vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW Special Wars in Budokan
Tokyo, Japan
June 21
1986Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham Championship Wrestling from FloridaBattle of the Belts II
Orlando, Florida
February 14
1987Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania III
Pontiac, Michigan
March 29
1988 Sting vs. Ric FlairJim Crockett Promotions Clash of the Champions I
Greensboro, North Carolina
March 27
1989Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair
Two out of Three Falls match
World Championship Wrestling Clash of the Champions VI
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 2
1990Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Naoki Sano New Japan Pro-WrestlingNew Spring Gold Series
Osaka, Japan
January 31
1991 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki vs. Steiner BrothersNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
Starrcade in Tokyo Dome
Tokyo, Japan
March 21
1992Kenta Kobashi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat All Japan Pro WrestlingSuper Power Series Night 8
Sendai, Japan
May 25
1993Manami Toyota and Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai and Mayumi Ozaki All Japan Women's Pro-WrestlingDream Slam II
Osaka, Japan
April 11
1994 Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
Ladder match
World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania X
New York, New York
March 20
1995Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue All Japan Women's Pro-WrestlingG*Top 2nd
Tokyo, Japan
May 7
1996Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama vs. Steve Williams and Johnny Ace All Japan Pro WrestlingSuper Power Series Night 15
Tokyo, Japan
June 7
1997 Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Submission match
World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania 13
Rosemont, Illinois
March 23
1998Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu MisawaAll Japan Pro WrestlingOctober Giant Series Night 18
Tokyo, Japan
October 31
1999Super Power Series Night 14
Tokyo, Japan
June 11
2000 Atlantis vs. Villano III Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Juicio Final
Mexico City, Mexico
March 17
2001Keiji Mutoh vs. Genichiro Tenryu All Japan Pro WrestlingSuper Power in Budokan
Tokyo, Japan
June 8
2002Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs. Edge and Rey MysterioWorld Wrestling Entertainment No Mercy
North Little Rock, Arkansas
October 20
2003Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu MisawaPro Wrestling NoahNavigate for Evolution Night 9
Tokyo, Japan
March 1
2004Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama Departure
Tokyo, Japan
July 10
2005Kenta Kobashi vs. Samoa JoeRing of HonorJoe vs. Kobashi
Manhattan, New York
October 1
2006 Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito and Genki Horiguchi vs. Cima, Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi Supercard of Honor
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
March 31
2007 Takeshi Morishima vs. Bryan DanielsonManhattan Mayhem II
Manhattan, New York
August 25
2008Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
Ladder match
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE No Mercy
Portland, Oregon
October 5
2009 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels WrestleMania XXV
Houston, Texas
April 5
2010 WrestleMania XXVI
Glendale, Arizona
March 28
2011CM Punk vs. John Cena Money in the Bank
Rosemont, Illinois
July 17
2012Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki New Japan Pro-Wrestling King of Pro-Wrestling
Tokyo, Japan
October 8
2013Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada Invasion Attack
Tokyo, Japan
April 7
2014A.J. Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki G1 Climax 24 Night 7
Tokyo, Japan
August 1
2015Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi Wrestle Kingdom 9
Tokyo, Japan
January 4
2016Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi Wrestle Kingdom 10
Tokyo, Japan
January 4
2017Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega Wrestle Kingdom 11
Tokyo, Japan
January 4
2018Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada
Two out of three falls match
Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall
Osaka, Japan
June 9
2019Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi Best of the Super Juniors 26 Final
Tokyo, Japan
June 5
2020Kenny Omega and Adam Page vs. The Young Bucks All Elite Wrestling Revolution
Chicago, Illinois
February 29

MMA Match of the Year

Note: Was previously known as the "Shoot Match of the Year" and is sometimes referred to as "Fight of the Year".

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Robbie Lawler is a three-time winner of the category
YearFightPromotionVenue Information
1997Maurice Smith vs. Mark Coleman Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 14
Birmingham, Alabama
July 27
1998 Jerry Bohlander vs. Kevin Jackson UFC 16
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 13
1999Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz UFC 22
Lake Charles, Louisiana
September 24
2000Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie Pride Fighting Championships Grand Prix 2000 Finals
Tokyo Dome
May 1
2001Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 31
Atlantic City, New Jersey
May 4
2002 Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro TakayamaPride Fighting Championships Pride 21
Saitama, Japan
June 23
2003Wanderlei Silva vs. Hidehiko Yoshida Final Conflict
Tokyo, Japan
November 9
2004 Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson Pride 28
Saitama, Japan
October 31
2005 Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar Ultimate Fighting Championship The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 9
2006 Diego Sanchez vs. Karo Parisyan Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Parisyan
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 17
2007Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia UFC 68
Columbus, Ohio
March 3
2008Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson UFC 86
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 5
2009Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale
Las Vegas, Nevada
June 20
2010 Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung World Extreme Cagefighting WEC 48
Sacramento, California
April 24
2011 Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 139
San Jose, California
November 19
2012Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier
Fairfax, Virginia
May 15
2013 Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez UFC 166
Houston, Texas
October 19
2014 Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler UFC 171
Dallas, Texas
March 15
2015Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald UFC 189
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 11
2016Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit UFC 195
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 2
2017 Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi UFC 206
Toronto, Ontario
December 10, 2016
2018Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje
Glendale, Arizona
April 14
2019Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum UFC 236
Atlanta, Georgia
April 13
2020 Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk UFC 248
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 7

"Category B" awards

United States/Canada MVP

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
2018 AJ Styles WWE
2019 Chris Jericho All Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020 Jon Moxley

Japan MVP

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
2018 Kenny Omega New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2019 Kazuchika Okada
2020 Tetsuya Naito

Mexico MVP

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
2018 L.A. Park Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
2019 Rey Fénix All Elite Wrestling
Impact Wrestling
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
2020All Elite Wrestling
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide

Europe MVP

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
2018 Walter Over the Top Wrestling
Progress Wrestling
Westside Xtreme Wrestling
2019 WWE
2020

Non-Heavyweight MVP

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
2018 Will Ospreay New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Progress Wrestling
Revolution Pro Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2019
2020 Hiromu Takahashi New Japan Pro-Wrestling

Women's Wrestling MVP

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Becky Lynch a two time winner of the Women Wrestling MVP award
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
2018 Becky Lynch WWE
2019
2020 Bayley

Women's MMA MVP

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
2018 Amanda Nunes Ultimate Fighting Championship
2019
2020

Best Box Office Draw

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Conor McGregor is a four-time winner of the category
YearPerformerPromotion(s)
1997 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1998Stone Cold Steve AustinWorld Wrestling Federation
1999
2000The Rock
2001Kazushi SakurabaPride Fighting Championships
2002 Bob Sapp K-1
Pride Fighting Championships
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2003
2004Kenta KobashiPro Wrestling Noah
2005
2006MísticoConsejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007John CenaWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2008Brock LesnarUltimate Fighting Championship
2009
2010
2011The RockWWE
2012
2013Georges St-PierreUltimate Fighting Championship
2014Ronda Rousey
2015
2016Conor McGregor
2017
2018
2019Chris JerichoAll Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020Conor McGregorUltimate Fighting Championship

Feud of the Year

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Triple H, who along with Jerry Lawler, Steve Austin and Kazuchika Okada, is a three-time winner of the category
YearFeudPromotion(s)
1980 Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko World Wrestling Federation
1981 André the Giant vs. Killer Khan
1982 Ted DiBiase vs. Junkyard Dog Mid-South Wrestling
1983 The Freebirds vs. The Von ErichsWorld Class Championship Wrestling
1984World Class Championship Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
1985Ted DiBiase vs. Jim Duggan Mid-South Wrestling
1986Hulk 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 ExpressJim Crockett Promotions
1989Ric Flair vs. Terry FunkWorld Championship Wrestling
1990Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo TsurutaAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1991Mitsuharu Misawa and company vs. Jumbo Tsuruta and company
1992 Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Lawler vs. The Moondogs United States Wrestling Association
1993Bret Hart vs. Jerry LawlerWorld Wrestling Federation
1994 Los Gringos Locos vs. Asistencia Asesoría y AdministraciónAsistencia Asesoría y Administración
1995Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 New World Order vs. World Championship WrestlingWorld Championship Wrestling
1997Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Hart Foundation World Wrestling Federation
1998Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon
1999
2000Mick Foley vs. Triple H
2001Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Wanderlei SilvaPride Fighting Championships
2002Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock Ultimate Fighting Championship
2003Kurt Angle vs. Brock LesnarWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2004Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
2005 Batista vs. Triple H
2006Tito Ortiz vs. Ken ShamrockUltimate Fighting Championship
2007Batista vs. The UndertakerWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2008Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
2009 Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk
2010 El Generico vs. Kevin Steen Ring of Honor
2011John Cena vs. CM PunkWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2012Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika OkadaNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2013
2014Jon Jones vs. Daniel CormierUltimate Fighting Championship
2015 José Aldo vs. Conor McGregor
2016Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
2017Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny OmegaNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018 Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa WWE
2019 Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano
2020Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston All Elite Wrestling

Most Improved

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Bayley and Britt Baker are the only female winners of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980Larry ZbyszkoWorld Wrestling Federation
1981 Adrian Adonis American Wrestling Association
1982Jim DugganMid-South Wrestling
1983 Curt Hennig American Wrestling Association
Pacific Northwest Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1984 The Cobra New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
1985Steve WilliamsMid-South Wrestling
1986Rick Steiner
1987 Big Bubba Rogers Universal Wrestling Federation
1988StingJim Crockett Promotions
1989 Lex Luger World Championship Wrestling
1990Kenta KobashiAll 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
1997Tatsuhito TakaiwaNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1998The RockWorld Wrestling Federation
1999VaderAll Japan Pro Wrestling
2000Kurt AngleWorld Wrestling Federation
2001Keiji MutohNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002Brock LesnarWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2003
2004 Randy Orton
2005 Roderick Strong Ring of Honor
2006Takeshi MorishimaPro Wrestling Noah
2007 Montel Vontavious Porter World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2008 The Miz
2009
2010 Sheamus
2011 Dolph Ziggler
2012Kazuchika OkadaNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2013Roman ReignsWWE
2014 Rusev
2015 Bayley
2016 Matt Riddle Evolve
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2017 Braun Strowman WWE
2018 Adam Page New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2019 Lance Archer New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020 Britt Baker All Elite Wrestling

Most Charismatic

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Hulk Hogan and The Rock are six-time winners of the category
YearPerformerPromotion(s)
1980Ric FlairNational Wrestling Alliance
1981 Michael Hayes World Class Championship Wrestling
1982Ric FlairNational Wrestling Alliance
Dusty Rhodes
1983Ric Flair
1984
1985Hulk HoganWorld Wrestling Federation
1986
1987
1988StingWorld Championship Wrestling
1989Hulk HoganWorld Wrestling Federation
1990
1991
1992StingWorld Championship Wrestling
1993Ric FlairWorld Wrestling Federation
World Championship Wrestling
1994 Atsushi Onita Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
1995Shawn MichaelsWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
1996
1997Stone Cold Steve Austin
1998
1999The Rock
2000
2001
2002
2003Bob SappNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
K-1
2004Eddie GuerreroWorld Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2005
2006John Cena
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011The Rock
2012
2013Hiroshi TanahashiNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2014Shinsuke Nakamura
2015
2016Conor McGregorUltimate Fighting Championship
2017 Tetsuya Naito New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018
2019Chris JerichoAll Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020 MJF All Elite Wrestling

Bryan Danielson Award (Best Technical Wrestler)

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Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan is a nine-time winner and namesake of this category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980Bob BacklundWorld Wrestling Federation
1981Ted DiBiaseMid-South Wrestling
1982Tiger MaskNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1983
1984Dynamite KidStampede Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
Masa Saito American Wrestling Association
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1985Tatsumi FujinamiNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1986
1987 Nobuhiko Takada New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1988Tatsumi Fujinami
1989Jushin Liger/Jushin Thunder Liger
1990
1991New Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1992
1993Hiroshi HaseNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1994Chris BenoitExtreme Championship Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1995Extreme Championship Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1996Dean MalenkoNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1997
1998 Kiyoshi Tamura Fighting Network Rings
1999Shinjiro OtaniNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2000Chris BenoitWorld Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2001 Minoru Tanaka New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2002Kurt AngleWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2003Chris Benoit
2004
2005Bryan Danielson/Daniel BryanRing of Honor
2006
2007
2008
2009Dragon Gate USA
Ring of Honor
2010Chikara
Dragon Gate USA
Evolve
World Wrestling Entertainment
2011WWE
2012
2013
2014 Zack Sabre Jr. Progress Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Pro Wrestling Noah
Westside Xtreme Wrestling
2015
2016Progress Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Revolution Pro Wrestling
Westside Xtreme Wrestling
WWE
2017New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Progress Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Revolution Pro Wrestling
2018
2019New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Revolution Pro Wrestling
2020New Japan Pro-Wrestling

Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler)

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Bruiser Brody is the inaugural recipient, seven-time winner and namesake of the category
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Mick Foley is 10-time winner of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980 Bruiser Brody All Japan Pro Wrestling
World Wrestling Council/Capitol Sports Promotions
National Wrestling Association
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985Stan HansenAll Japan Pro Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
1986Terry GordyAll Japan Pro Wrestling
Universal Wrestling Federation
1987Bruiser BrodyWorld Wrestling Council
World Class Championship Wrestling
1988
1989Terry FunkWorld Championship Wrestling
1990Stan HansenAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1991Cactus Jack/Dude Love/Mankind/Mick FoleyWorld Championship Wrestling
1992
1993World Championship Wrestling
Extreme Championship Wrestling
1994Extreme Championship Wrestling
International Wrestling Association of Japan
1995
1996World Wrestling Federation
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001Stone Cold Steve Austin
2002 Yoshihiro Takayama Pro Wrestling Noah
2003Brock LesnarWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2004Chris Benoit
2005Samoa JoeRing of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006
2007Takeshi MorishimaRing of Honor
Pro Wrestling Noah
2008 Necro Butcher Ring of Honor
Combat Zone Wrestling
2009
2010Kevin SteenRing of Honor
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2011Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012Ring of Honor
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2013 Katsuyori Shibata New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2014 Tomohiro Ishii
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020Jon MoxleyAll Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling

Best Flying Wrestler

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Rey Mysterio (aka Rey Misterio Jr.) is a six-time winner of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1981Jimmy SnukaWorld Wrestling Federation
1982Tiger MaskNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation
1983
1984Dynamite Kid
1985Tiger Mask IIAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1986
1987 Owen Hart New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
1988
1989 Jushin Liger/Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1990
1991
1992New Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1993
1994 The Great Sasuke Michinoku Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1995 Rey Misterio Jr. Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996Extreme Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1997World Championship Wrestling
1998Juventud GuerreraWorld Championship Wrestling
AAA
1999
2000 Jeff Hardy World Wrestling Federation
2001Dragon Kid Toryumon Japan
2002 Rey Mysterio World Wrestling Entertainment
2003
2004
2005 A.J. Styles Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006MísticoConsejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007
2008 Evan Bourne World Wrestling Entertainment
2009Kota Ibushi DDT Pro-Wrestling
2010
2011 Ricochet Dragon Gate
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012Kota IbushiDDT Pro-Wrestling
2013DDT Pro-Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2014RicochetDragon Gate
Lucha Underground
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2015
2016Will OspreayProgress Wrestling
Revolution Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2017
2018
2019New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020Rey FénixAll Elite Wrestling
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide

Most Overrated

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Hulk Hogan is a seven-time winner of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980 Mr. Wrestling II National Wrestling Alliance
1981 Pedro Morales World Wrestling Federation
1982
1983Bob Backlund
1984 Big John Studd
1985Hulk Hogan
1986
1987Dusty RhodesJim Crockett Promotions
1988
1989 The Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation
1990
1991
1992 Erik Watts World Championship Wrestling
1993 Sid Vicious
1994Hulk Hogan
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999 Kevin Nash
2000
2001The UndertakerWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002Triple H
2003
2004
2005Jeff JarrettTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006BatistaWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2007 The Great Khali
2008 Vladimir Kozlov
2009Triple H
2010 Kane
2011 Crimson Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2012 Ryback WWE
2013Randy Orton
2014Kane
2015
2016Roman Reigns
2017 Jinder Mahal
2018 Baron Corbin/King Corbin
2019
2020 Bray Wyatt

Most Underrated

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Bobby Eaton and Cesaro are four-time winners each of the category, Cesaro consecutively
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980 Hossein Arab National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation
1981 Buzz Sawyer National Wrestling Alliance
1982Adrian AdonisAmerican Wrestling Association
1983Dynamite KidNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1984 B. Brian Blair World Wrestling Federation
1985Bobby EatonJim Crockett Promotions
1986
1987 Brad Armstrong
1988Tiger Mask IIAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1989Dan Kroffat
1990Bobby EatonWorld Championship Wrestling
1991 Terry Taylor
1992
1993Bobby Eaton
1994Brian Pillman
1995 Skip World Wrestling Federation
1996 Leif Cassidy
1997 Flash Funk
1998Chris BenoitWorld Championship Wrestling
1999Chris JerichoWorld Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2000World Wrestling Federation
2001 Lance Storm World Wrestling Federation
World Championship Wrestling
2002 Booker T World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2003 Último Dragón
2004 Paul London
2005 Shelton Benjamin
2006
2007
2008Montel Vontavious Porter
2009Evan Bourne
2010 Kaval
2011Dolph Ziggler
2012 Tyson Kidd
2013 (Antonio) Cesaro
2014
2015
2016
2017Rusev
2018 Finn Bálor
2019 Shorty G
2020 Ricochet

Rookie of the Year

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980Barry WindhamNational Wrestling Alliance
1981Brad Armstrong
Brad Rheingans
1982Steve Williams
1983The Road Warriors
1984 Tom Zenk World Wrestling Federation
Keiichi Yamada New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1985 Jack Victory National Wrestling Alliance
1986 Bam Bam Bigelow Continental Wrestling Association
1987Brian PillmanStampede Wrestling
1988 Gary Albright
1989Dustin RhodesWorld Championship Wrestling
1990Steve AustinUnited States Wrestling Association
1991Johnny B. BaddWorld Championship Wrestling
1992Rey Misterio Jr.Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1993Jun AkiyamaAll 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 Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
1998 Goldberg World Championship Wrestling
1999 Blitzkrieg
2000 Sean O'Haire
2001El Hombre Sin NombreConsejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2002Bob SappK-1
2003 Chris Sabin Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Ring of Honor
Pro Wrestling Zero-One Max
2004 Petey Williams Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2005Shingo TakagiDragon Gate
2006 Atsushi Aoki Pro Wrestling Noah
2007 Erick Stevens Ring of Honor
2008 Kai All Japan Pro Wrestling
2009 Frightmare Chikara
2010Adam ColeRing of Honor
Combat Zone Wrestling
2011 Daichi Hashimoto Pro Wrestling Zero1
2012 Dinastía Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
2013 Yohei Komatsu New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2014 Dragon Lee Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2015 Chad Gable WWE
2016Matt RiddleEvolve
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2017 Katsuya Kitamura New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018Ronda RouseyWWE
2019 Jungle Boy All Elite Wrestling
2020 Pat McAfee WWE

Best Non-Wrestler

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Paul Heyman is an eight-time winner of the category
YearPerformerPromotion(s)
1999Vince McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2000
2001Paul Heyman
2002
2003Stone Cold Steve Austin
2004Paul Heyman
2005 Eric Bischoff
2006Jim CornetteTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2007 Larry Sweeney Ring of Honor
2008
2009 Vickie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2010
2011 Ricardo Rodriguez
2012Paul Heyman
2013
2014
2015 Dario Cueto Lucha Underground
2016
2017Daniel BryanWWE
2018Paul Heyman
2019
2020 Taz All Elite Wrestling

Best Television Announcer

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Jim Ross is a 14-time winner of the category
YearAnnouncerPromotion(s)
1981 Gordon Solie National Wrestling Alliance
1982
1983
1984 Lance Russell Continental Wrestling Association
1985
1986
1987
1988 Jim Ross World Championship Wrestling
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1994 Joey Styles Extreme Championship Wrestling
1995
1996
1997 Mike Tenay World Championship Wrestling
1998Jim RossWorld Wrestling Federation
1999
2000
2001
2002Mike TenayTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
2003
2004
2005
2006Jim RossWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2007
2008 Matt Striker
2009Jim Ross
2010 Joe Rogan Ultimate Fighting Championship
2011
2012Jim RossWWE
2013 William Regal
2014
2015 Mauro Ranallo New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2016New Japan Pro-Wrestling
WWE
2017WWE
Bellator MMA
2018 Kevin Kelly New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2019
2020 Excalibur All Elite Wrestling

Worst Television Announcer

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Gorilla Monsoon (top) and Michael Cole (bottom) are six-time winners of the category
YearAnnouncerPromotion(s)
1984 Angelo Mosca World Wrestling Federation
1985 Gorilla Monsoon
1986 David Crockett Jim Crockett Promotions
1987
1988
1989 Ed Whalen Stampede Wrestling
1990 Herb Abrams Universal Wrestling Federation
1991Gorilla MonsoonWorld Wrestling Federation
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996 Steve McMichael World Championship Wrestling
1997Dusty Rhodes
1998 Lee Marshall
1999 Tony Schiavone
2000
2001 Michael Cole World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002Jerry Lawler
2003 Jonathan Coachman
2004 Todd Grisham
2005Jonathan Coachman
2006Todd Grisham
2007 Don West Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Mike Adamle World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2009Michael Cole
2010
2011
2012
2013 Taz Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2014 John "Bradshaw" Layfield WWE
2015
2016 David Otunga
2017Booker T
2018Jonathan Coachman
2019 Corey Graves
2020Michael Cole

Best Major Wrestling Show

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3 major wrestling shows from NJPW January 4 Tokyo Dome Show brand won in this category
YearShowPromotion
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
1992WrestlemarinpiadAll Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
1993Dream Slam I
1994 Super J-Cup New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1995 Bridge of Dreams [1] Weekly Pro Wrestling
1996 Super J-Cup: 2nd Stage Wrestle Association R
1997 In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede World Wrestling Federation
1998 Heat Wave Extreme Championship Wrestling
1999 Anarchy Rulz
2000 Juicio Final Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2001 WrestleMania X-Seven World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment
2002 SummerSlam
2003 Final Conflict Pride Fighting Championships
2004 Departure Pro Wrestling Noah
2005 Destiny
2006 Glory By Honor V: Night 2 Ring of Honor
2007 Man Up
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
2014 G1 Climax 24: Day 7
2015 Wrestle Kingdom 9
2016 Wrestle Kingdom 10
2017 Wrestle Kingdom 11
2018 Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall
2019 Double or Nothing All Elite Wrestling
2020 Revolution

Worst Major Wrestling Show

YearShowPromotion
1989 WrestleMania V World Wrestling Federation
1990 Clash of the Champions XII World Championship Wrestling
1991 The Great American Bash
1992 Halloween Havoc
1993 Fall Brawl
1994 Blackjack Brawl Universal Wrestling Federation
1995 Uncensored World Championship Wrestling
1996 Uncensored
1997 nWo Souled Out
1998 Fall Brawl
1999 Heroes of Wrestling Heroes of Wrestling
2000 Halloween Havoc World Championship Wrestling
2001 Unleashed Women of Wrestling
2002 King of the Ring World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Backlash
2004 The Great American Bash
2005 The Great American Bash
2006 UFC 61 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 December To Dismember World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Survivor Series
2009 Victory Road Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2010 Hardcore Justice
2011 Victory Road
2012 UFC 149 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2013 Battleground WWE
2014 Battleground
2015 Triplemanía XXIII Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
2016 WrestleMania 32 WWE
2017 Battleground
2018 Crown Jewel
2019 Super ShowDown
2020 Super ShowDown

Best Wrestling Maneuver

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Kenny Omega is a four-time winner of this category
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The Young Bucks are the only individuals to win this award with two different maneuvers
YearWrestlerManeuverPromotion(s)
1981Jimmy Snuka Superfly splash (Diving Splash) World Wrestling Federation
1982 Super Destroyer Superplex National Wrestling Alliance
1983Jimmy SnukaSuperfly splashWorld Wrestling Federation
1984British Bulldogs Military press followed by a missile dropkick
1985Tiger Mask II Tope con Giro All Japan Pro Wrestling
1986 Chavo Guerrero Moonsault block World Wrestling Association
1987Keiichi Yamada Shooting star press Stampede Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Star Promotions
1988
1989Scott Steiner Frankensteiner World Championship Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1990
1991 Masao Orihara Moonsault to the outside of the ringNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1992 2 Cold Scorpio 450° splash World Championship Wrestling
1993VaderMoonsault
1994The Great SasukeSasuke SpecialMichinoku Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1995Rey Misterio Jr. Flip dive into a frankensteiner on the floorExtreme Championship Wrestling
1996Último Dragón Running Liger bomb (Running Sitout Powerbomb) World Championship Wrestling
Wrestle Association R
1997Diamond Dallas Page Diamond Cutter (Jumping Cutter) World Championship Wrestling
1998Kenta Kobashi Burning Hammer (Inverted Death Valley Bomb) All Japan Pro Wrestling
1999Dragon Kid Dragonrana (Somersault Hurricanrana) Toryumon Japan
2000
2001Keiji Mutoh/The Great Muta Shining Wizard/Sensou Yojutsu New Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002Brock Lesnar F-5 (Fireman's Carry Facebuster) World Wrestling Entertainment
2003A.J. Styles Styles Clash (Belly-to-back inverted mat slam) Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2004Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer (Flip Piledriver) Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2005
2006Kenta Go 2 Sleep Pro Wrestling Noah
Ring of Honor
2007
2008Evan BourneShooting star pressWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2009The Young BucksMore Bang for Your Buck (Rolling Fireman's Carry slam followed by a 450° splash followed by a moonsault)Chikara
Dragon Gate USA
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action
2010Ricochet Double rotation moonsault Dragon Gate USA
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2011
2012Kazuchika Okada Rainmaker (Short-arm lariat) New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2013
2014The Young BucksMeltzer Driver (Springboard Somersault Senton Spike Kneeling Belly-to-belly piledriver)New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Ring of Honor
2015A.J. StylesStyles ClashNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2016Kenny Omega One-Winged Angel (One-handed Electric Chair Driver) New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2017
2018
2019Will OspreayStorm Breaker (Double Underhook Canadian Backbreaker Rack followed by a modified Corkscrew Neckbreaker)
2020Kenny OmegaOne Winged AngelAll Elite Wrestling
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide

Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic

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YearPromotional TacticPromotion(s)
1981Monster character (Tony Hernandez)LeBelle Promotions
1982 Bob Backlund as WWF ChampionWorld Wrestling Federation
1983 Eddie Gilbert re-breaking his neck in an angle after having done so legitimately
1984 Blackjack Mulligan fake heart attack Championship Wrestling from Florida
1985Usage of Mike Von Erich's near-death to sell ticketsWorld Class Championship Wrestling
1986Comparing Chris Adams' blindness angle with the death of Gino Hernandez
1987Exploitation of the death of Mike Von Erich
1988 Fritz Von Erich's fake heart attack
1989 José González babyface push one year after Bruiser Brody stabbing caseWorld Wrestling Council/Capitol Sports Promotions
1990Atsushi Onita stabbing José González two years after Bruiser Brody stabbing caseFrontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
1991Exploiting the Persian Gulf War (Sgt. Slaughter Iraqi sympathizer angle)World Wrestling Federation
1992Pushing Erik Watts World Championship Wrestling
1993 Cactus Jack gets amnesia
1994Ric Flair retirement angle
1995 Gene Okerlund's 900 hotline advertisements
1996 Fake Diesel and Razor Ramon World Wrestling Federation
1997 Melanie Pillman interview on Raw the day after Brian Pillman's death
1998Exploiting Scott Hall's alcoholism World Championship Wrestling
1999 Over the Edge pay-per-view continuing after the death of Owen HartWorld 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/World Wrestling Entertainment
2002Triple H accusing Kane of murder and necrophilia (Katie Vick)
2003 McMahons all over the product
2004Kane and Lita pregnancy/wedding/miscarriage angle
2005Not editing out a terrorist angle (Muhammed Hassan attacking The Undertaker) for air on day of London bombings
2006Exploitation of the death of Eddie Guerrero
2007Signing of Adam "Pacman" Jones and having him "Make It Rain" on television when his doing so in a strip club led to the paralysis of a wrestlerTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008Teasing a Jeff Hardy drug overdose to garner late interest in a PPV show World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2009 Mickie James' "Piggy James" angle making fun of her weight
2010Stand Up For WWE campaign launched in coincidence with Linda McMahon's US Senate run
2011Promoting an anti-bullying campaign despite blatant mistreatment of Jim Ross
2012CM Punk and Paul Heyman exploiting Jerry Lawler's real-life heart attack, playing footage of him near death
2013Exploitation of the death of Bill Moody (Paul Bearer)
2014Insulting fans who purchased PPVs
2015Using Reid Fliehr's death in an angle
2016 Kimbo vs. Dada 5000 fight Bellator MMA
2017Promoting Jimmy Snuka as a hero in death not long after his trial over the death of Nancy ArgentinoWWE
2018 Relationship with Saudi Arabia
2019
2020Firing people during a global pandemic in a year in which they were setting profit records

Worst Television Show

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WWE Raw is an eleven-time winner of the category
YearProgramPromotion
1984 All-Star Wrestling World Wrestling Federation
1985Championship Wrestling from FloridaChampionship Wrestling from Florida
1986California Championship WrestlingCalifornia Championship Wrestling
1987World Class Championship WrestlingWorld Class Championship Wrestling
1988 Championship Wrestling American Wrestling Association
1989 ICW Wrestling International Championship Wrestling
1990Championship WrestlingAmerican Wrestling Association
1991 Fury Hour Universal Wrestling Federation
1992 Global Wrestling Federation on ESPN Global Wrestling Federation
1993
1994 Saturday Night World Championship Wrestling
1995
1996 Warriors of Wrestling American Wrestling Federation
1997United States Wrestling AssociationUnited States Wrestling Association
1998 Monday Nitro World Championship Wrestling
1999 Thunder
2000
2001 Excess World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002Monday Night Raw
2003
2004Friday Night SmackDown!
2005
2006Monday Night Raw
2007 Impact!/Impact Wrestling Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012Monday Night RawWWE
2013Impact WrestlingTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
2014Monday Night RawWWE
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Worst Match of the Year

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Hulk Hogan (top) and Bray Wyatt (bottom) are four-time winners of the category

Note: Named "Worst Worked Match of the Year" until 2018.

YearMatchPromotionVenue 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
Steel cage match
WWF House Show
Uniondale, New York
September 20
1986 Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper
Boxing match
WrestleMania 2
Uniondale, New York
April 7
1987Hulk Hogan vs. André the Giant WrestleMania III
Pontiac, Michigan
March 29
1988 Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tom Magee All Japan Pro Wrestling Champion Carnival
Kawasaki, Japan
April 21
1989André the Giant vs. The Ultimate WarriorWorld Wrestling Federation Saturday Night's Main Event XXIV
Topeka, Kansas
October 31
1990Sid Vicious vs. The Nightstalker World Championship Wrestling Clash of the Champions XIII
Jacksonville, Florida
November 20
1991Bobby Eaton and P.N. News vs. Terrance Taylor and Steve Austin
Capture the Flag scaffold match
The Great American Bash
Baltimore, Maryland
July 14
1992 Rick Rude vs. Masahiro Chono 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
1994The Royal Court vs. Clowns R' Us Survivor Series
San Antonio, Texas
November 23
1995Sting vs. Tony PalmoraNew Japan Pro-Wrestling Battle 7
Tokyo, Japan
January 4
1996Hulk 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
1997Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper SuperBrawl
Daly City, California
February 23
1998Hulk Hogan vs. The Warrior Halloween Havoc
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 25
1999 Al Snow vs. The Big Boss Man
Kennel from Hell Match
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment Unforgiven
Charlotte, North Carolina
September 26
2000Pat Patterson vs. Gerald Brisco
Hardcore Evening Gown Match
King of the Ring
Boston, Massachusetts
June 25
2001 The Brothers of Destruction vs. KroniK Unforgiven
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
September 23
2002 Bradshaw and Trish Stratus vs. Christopher Nowinski and Jackie Gayda Monday Night Raw
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 7
2003Triple H vs. Scott Steiner Royal Rumble
Boston, Massachusetts
January 19
2004 Tyson Tomko vs. Stevie Richards Unforgiven
Portland, Oregon
September 12
2005Eric Bischoff vs. Theodore Long Survivor Series
Detroit, Michigan
November 27
2006 Reverse Battle Royal Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Impact!
Orlando, Florida
October 26
2007James Storm vs. Chris Harris
Six Sides of Steel Blindfold match
Lockdown
St. Louis, Missouri
April 15
2008Edge vs. Triple H vs. Vladimir KozlovWorld 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 EntertainmentNXT
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
October 19
2011Sting vs. Jeff HardyTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling Victory Road
Orlando, Florida
March 13
2012John 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 Survivor Series
Boston, Massachusetts
November 24
2014John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Steel Cage match
Extreme Rules
East Rutherford, New Jersey
May 4
2015 Los Psycho Circus (Monster Clown, Murder Clown and Psycho Clown) vs. Los Villanos (Villano III, Villano IV and Villano V)Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide Triplemanía XXIII
Mexico City, Mexico
August 9
2016 Shelly Martinez vs. Rebel Total Nonstop Action Wrestling One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown
Orlando, Florida
March 17
2017Bray Wyatt vs. Randy OrtonWWE WrestleMania 33
Orlando, Florida
April 2
2018 D-Generation X vs. Brothers of Destruction Crown Jewel
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
November 2
2019Seth Rollins vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
Hell in a Cell match
Hell in a Cell
Sacramento, California
October 6
2020 Braun Strowman vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
Wyatt Swamp Fight
The Horror Show at Extreme Rules
Orlando, Florida
July 19

Worst Feud of the Year

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Kane has been named individually in seven Worst Feuds of the Year, as well as being part of two factions involved in Worst Feuds of the Year (Team WWF and The Authority).
YearFeudPromotion
1984André the Giant vs. Big John StuddWorld Wrestling Federation
1985Sgt. Slaughter vs. Boris Zhukov American Wrestling Association
1986The Machines vs. King Kong Bundy and John StuddWorld Wrestling Federation
1987 George Steele vs. Danny Davis
1988 The Midnight Rider vs. Tully Blanchard Jim Crockett Promotions
1989André the Giant vs. The Ultimate WarriorWorld Wrestling Federation
1990Ric Flair vs. The Junkyard DogWorld Championship Wrestling
1991Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. SlaughterWorld Wrestling Federation
1992The Ultimate Warrior vs. Papa Shango
1993The Undertaker vs. Giant González
1994Jerry Lawler vs. Doink the Clown
1995Hulk Hogan vs. The Dungeon of Doom World Championship Wrestling
1996Big Bubba vs. John Tenta
1997 The D.O.A. vs. Los Boricuas World Wrestling Federation
1998Hulk Hogan vs. The WarriorWorld Championship Wrestling
1999Big Boss Man vs. Big ShowWorld Wrestling Federation
2000Hulk Hogan vs. Billy Kidman World Championship Wrestling
2001WWF vs. The Alliance
The Invasion storyline
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
2002Triple H vs. Kane
2003Kane vs. Shane McMahon
2004Kane vs. Matt Hardy and Lita
2005McMahon Family vs. Jim Ross
2006McMahon Family vs. D-Generation X
2007Kane vs. Big Daddy V
2008Kane vs. Rey Mysterio
2009 Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero
2010Edge vs. Kane
2011Triple H vs. Kevin Nash
2012John Cena vs. Kane
2013Big Show vs. The Authority
2014Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella
2015Team PCB vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella
2016 Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young
2017 Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
2018 Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
2019Seth Rollins vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
2020 Braun Strowman vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt

Worst Promotion of the Year

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Impact Wrestling, formerly known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, is an 11-time winner of the category, having won every year from 2007 to 2017
YearPromotion
1986American Wrestling Association
1987World Class Championship Wrestling
1988American Wrestling Association
1989
1990
1991 Universal Wrestling Federation
1992Global Wrestling Federation
1993World Championship Wrestling
1994
1995
1996American Wrestling Federation
1997United States Wrestling Association
1998World Championship Wrestling
1999
2000
2001
2002 Xtreme Pro Wrestling
2003 Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling
2004New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2005
2006World Wrestling Entertainment
2007Total Nonstop Action Wrestling/Impact Wrestling
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018WWE
2019
2020

Best Booker

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Gedo is an 8-time winner of the category
YearBookerPromotion(s)
1986Dusty RhodesJim Crockett Promotions
1987Vince McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation
1988Eddie Gilbert Continental Wrestling Federation
1989 Shohei Baba All Japan Pro Wrestling
1990
1991
1992Riki ChoshuNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1993Jim CornetteSmoky Mountain Wrestling
1994Paul HeymanExtreme Championship Wrestling
1995
1996
1997
1998Vince McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation
1999
2000
2001Jim Cornette Ohio Valley Wrestling
2002Paul HeymanWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2003Jim CornetteOhio Valley Wrestling
2004 Gabe Sapolsky Ring of Honor
Full Impact Pro
2005
2006
2007
2008Joe SilvaUltimate Fighting Championship
2009
2010
2011 Gedo and Jado New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2012
2013
2014
2015 Triple H and Ryan WardWWE
2016GedoNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
2017
2018
2019
2020 Tony Khan All Elite Wrestling

Promoter of the Year

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Dana White is an 11-time winner of the category
YearPromoterPromotion(s)
1988 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1989Akira Maeda Universal Wrestling Federation
1990Shohei BabaAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995Riki ChoshuNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1996
1997
1998 Vince McMahon World Wrestling Federation
1999
2000
2001 Antonio Inoki New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2002 Kazuyoshi Ishii K-1
2003 Nobuyuki Sakakibara Pride Fighting Championships
2004
2005 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 Takaaki Kidani New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2015 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2016
2017 Takaaki Kidani New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018
2019 Tony Khan All Elite Wrestling
2020

Best Gimmick

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The Undertaker is a five-time winner of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1986 Adrian Street Continental Championship Wrestling
1987Ted DiBiaseWorld Wrestling Federation
1988Rick SteinerJim Crockett Promotions
1989Jushin LigerNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1990The UndertakerWorld Wrestling Federation
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995 Disco Inferno World Championship Wrestling
1996 nWo
1997Stone Cold Steve AustinWorld Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment
1998
1999The Rock
2000Kurt Angle
2001 The Hurricane
2002Matt Hardy
2003John Cena
2004John "Bradshaw" Layfield
2005 Mr. Kennedy
2006 The Latin American Xchange Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2007 Santino Marella World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2008
2009CM Punk
2010 Alberto Del Rio
2011CM Punk
2012 Joseph Park Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2013 The Wyatt Family WWE
2014Rusev and Lana
2015 The New Day
2016"Broken" Matt HardyTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
2017 Los Ingobernables de Japon New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018 Velveteen Dream WWE
2019"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
2020 Orange Cassidy All Elite Wrestling

Worst Gimmick

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Dustin Runnels is a three-time winner of the category under three different gimmicks (Goldust, The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust and Black Reign)
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1986Adrian AdonisWorld Wrestling Federation
1987
1988Midnight RiderJim Crockett Promotions
1989 The Ding Dongs World Championship Wrestling
1990 The Gobbledy Gooker World Wrestling Federation
1991 Oz World Championship Wrestling
1992Papa ShangoWorld Wrestling Federation
1993 The Shockmaster World Championship Wrestling
1994 Dave Sullivan
1995 Goldust World Wrestling Federation
1996 Fake Diesel
Fake Razor Ramon
The Real Double J
1997The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust
1998 The Oddities
1999 The Powers That Be World Championship Wrestling
2000 Mike Awesome
2001 Diamond Dallas Page World Wrestling Federation
2002 The Johnsons NWA: Total Nonstop Action
2003 Rico Constantino World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Mordecai
2005 Jillian Hall
2006 Vito
2007 Black Reign Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008The Great KhaliWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2009Hornswoggle
2010 Orlando Jordan Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2011Michael ColeWWE
2012 Aces & Eights Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2013
2014 Adam Rose WWE
2015 Stardust
2016 Bone Soldier New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2017Bray Wyatt/Sister AbigailWWE
2018 Constable Corbin
2019 Shorty G
2020 "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt

Shad Gaspard/Jon Huber Memorial Award

Note: This award is given to participants in professional wrestling who make contributions outside the ring for the betterment of society.

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Shad Gaspard and Jon Huber are the co-namesakes of the category
YearRecipient(s)Contribution(s)
2020 Shad Gaspard Sacrificed himself to save his son's life after being swept out to sea
Big E Contributed to racial justice during the Black Lives Matter movement and following the murder of George Floyd
Sami Zayn Runs Sami for Syria, a medical relief organization assisting ill and injured people during the Syrian civil war
Tracy Smothers Assisted young independent wrestlers
Margaret StalveyAssisted the Huber family during Jon Huber's illness and after his death
Megha Parekh

Best Pro Wrestling Book

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Wrestling Observer Live host Bryan Alvarez has written three awarded books
YearBookAuthor(s)
2005 The Death of WCW Bryan Alvarez and R.D. Reynolds
2006Tangled Ropes Superstar Billy Graham and Keith Elliot Greenberg
2007 Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling Bret Hart
2008Gorgeous George: The Bad Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop CultureJohn Capouya
2009Midnight Express 25th Anniversary ScrapbookJim Cornette
2010Countdown to LockdownMick Foley
2011Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy StepsChris Jericho
2012Shooters: The Toughest Men in Professional WrestlingJonathan Snowden
2013 Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of How Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hébert
2014 The Death of WCW – 10th Anniversary Edition Bryan Alvarez and R.D. Reynolds
2015Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleManiaDaniel Bryan and Craig Tello
2016Ali vs. InokiJosh Gross
2017 Crazy Like a Fox: The Definitive Chronicle of Brian Pillman 20 Years Later Liam O'Rourke
2018Eggshells: Pro Wrestling in the Tokyo DomeChris Charlton
2019 100 Things a WWE Fan Should Know & Do Before They Die Bryan Alvarez
2020 Killing the Business The Young Bucks

Best Pro Wrestling DVD/Streaming Documentary

YearDVD/Streaming DocumentaryPublisher(s)
2005 The Rise and Fall of ECW World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
2006 Bret "Hit Man" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be
2007Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen
2008"Nature Boy" Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection
2009Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection
2010Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho
2011Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart: WWE's Greatest Rivalries
2012CM Punk: Best in the World
2013Jim Crockett Promotions: The Good Old DaysEllBow Productions
Highspots.com
2014Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name Is Paul HeymanWWE
2015Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!
2016 WWE 24: Seth Rollins (Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim)
2017 30 for 30: Nature BoyESPN
2018 André the Giant HBO
2019 Dark Side of the Ring Viceland
2020Dark Side of the Ring: Owen Hart

Defunct awards

Class A awards

Most Impressive Wrestler

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Dynamite Kid is a three-time winner of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980Ken PateraWorld Wrestling Federation
1981 Don Muraco
1982 Tiger Mask New Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre
1983Dynamite KidStampede Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
1984Stampede Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
1985World Wrestling Federation
All Japan Pro Wrestling

Most Washed Up Wrestler

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980 Baron Scicluna World Wrestling Federation
1981 Peter Maivia National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Superstar Billy Graham World Wrestling Federation
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1983 Chief Jay Strongbow World Wrestling Federation
1984Jimmy Snuka
1985Sgt. SlaughterAmerican Wrestling Association

Strongest Wrestler

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1981 Tony Atlas World Wrestling Federation
National Wrestling Alliance
1982Ken PateraWorld Wrestling Federation
1983Hulk HoganAmerican Wrestling Association
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1984 Butch Reed Mid-South Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
1985 Road Warrior Animal American Wrestling Association
National Wrestling Alliance
All Japan Pro Wrestling
1986
1987Steve WilliamsJim Crockett Promotions
Universal Wrestling Federation
1988Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling
1989
1990All Japan Pro Wrestling

Best Three-Man Team

YearTeamPromotion(s)
1983The Fabulous Freebirds
(Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts)
World Class Championship Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance

Most Unimproved

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1984Jimmy SnukaWorld Wrestling Federation
1985Sgt. SlaughterAmerican Wrestling Association
1986 Bob Orton World Wrestling Federation
1987Butch Reed
1988Bam Bam Bigelow
1989Jim Duggan
1990StingWorld Championship Wrestling
1991Davey Boy SmithWorld Wrestling Federation
1992Randy Savage
1993Rick RudeWorld Championship Wrestling
1994Hulk Hogan [2]
1995

Most Obnoxious

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Vince McMahon is a six-time winner of the category
YearPerformerPromotion(s)
1981 Gene LeBell National Wrestling Alliance
1982David Crockett
1983Vince McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation
1984
1985
1986
1987David CrockettJim Crockett Promotions
1988Dusty Rhodes
1989World Championship Wrestling
1990Vince McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation
1991Herb AbramsUniversal Wrestling Federation
1992 Bill Watts World Championship Wrestling
1993Vince McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation
1994Hulk HoganWorld Championship Wrestling
1995

Best Babyface

Note: "Best Babyface" and "Best Heel" were combined in 1997 to create "Best Box Office Draw"

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980Dusty RhodesNational Wrestling Alliance
1981 Tommy Rich
1982Hulk HoganAmerican Wrestling Association
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1983
1984World Wrestling Federation
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992StingWorld Championship Wrestling
1993Atsushi OnitaFrontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
1994
1995 Perro Aguayo Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
1996Shawn MichaelsWorld Wrestling Federation

Best Heel

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Ted DiBiase and Roddy Piper are two-time winners of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1980Larry ZbyszkoWorld Wrestling Federation
1981 Don Muraco
1982Buzz SawyerGeorgia Championship Wrestling
1983Michael HayesWorld Class Championship Wrestling
1984Roddy PiperWorld Wrestling Federation
1985
1986Michael HayesWorld Class Championship Wrestling
1987Ted DiBiaseWorld Wrestling Federation
1988
1989Terry FunkWorld Championship Wrestling
1990Ric Flair
1991The UndertakerWorld Wrestling Federation
1992Rick RudeWorld Championship Wrestling
1993Vader
1994Art BarrAsistencia Asesoría y Administración
1995Masahiro ChonoNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
1996Stone Cold Steve AustinWorld Wrestling Federation

Biggest Shock of the Year

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Harley Race has been named in two Biggest Shock of the Year
YearEvent
1981Tommy Rich winning the NWA World Championship from Harley Race
1982 Otto Wanz winning the AWA World Heavyweight Championship
1983Ric Flair losing the NWA Championship to Harley Race
1984The death of David Von Erich
1985WWF getting on network television
1986 Magnum TA's car accident
1987 Jim Crockett Jr. purchasing the Universal Wrestling Federation
1988The murder of Bruiser Brody
1989Dusty Rhodes joining the WWF

Hardest Worker

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1982Ric FlairNational Wrestling Alliance
1983Dynamite KidStampede Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
1984Ric FlairNational Wrestling Alliance
1985Jim Crockett Promotions
1986
1987
1988
1989Terry FunkWorld Championship Wrestling

Manager of the Year

YearManagerPromotion(s)
1983Jimmy HartContinental Wrestling Association
1984Jim CornetteMid-South Wrestling
World Class Championship Wrestling
1985Jim Crockett Promotions
1986
1987
1988
1989World Championship Wrestling
1990
1991 Sherri Martel World Wrestling Federation
1992Jim CornetteSmoky Mountain Wrestling
1993
1994
1995World Wrestling Federation
Smoky Mountain Wrestling
1996

Class B awards

Best Color Commentator

Note: The category was active until 1996. [3]

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Jesse Ventura is a four-time winner of the category
YearCommentatorPromotion(s)
1986Michael Hayes Universal Wrestling Federation
1987 Jesse Ventura World Wrestling Federation
1988
1989
1990
1991 Paul E. Dangerously World Championship Wrestling
1992 Bobby Heenan World Wrestling Federation
1993
1994World Championship Wrestling
1995Jerry LawlerWorld Wrestling Federation
1996

Readers' Favorite Wrestler

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1984Ric FlairJim Crockett Promotions
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989World Championship Wrestling
1990
1991World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
1992World Wrestling Federation
1993World Wrestling Federation
World Championship Wrestling
1994 Sabu Extreme Championship Wrestling
Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
1995Manami ToyotaAll Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
1996Ric FlairWorld Championship Wrestling
1997Chris Benoit
1998Mick FoleyWorld Wrestling Federation
1999Chris JerichoWorld Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2000Chris Benoit
2001Keiji MutohNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002Kurt AngleWorld Wrestling Entertainment
2003

Readers' Least Favorite Wrestler

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1984 Ivan Putski World Wrestling Federation
1985Hulk Hogan
1986
1987Dusty RhodesJim Crockett Promotions
1988
1989Ultimate WarriorWorld Wrestling Federation
1990
1991Hulk Hogan
1992Erik WattsWorld Championship Wrestling
1993Sid Vicious
1994Hulk Hogan
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000Kevin Nash
2001The UndertakerWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002Triple H
2003

Worst Wrestler

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André the Giant is a three-time winner of the category
YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1984Ivan PutskiWorld Wrestling Federation
1985 Uncle Elmer
1986Mike Von ErichWorld Class Championship Wrestling
1987Junkyard DogWorld Wrestling Federation
1988Ultimate Warrior
1989André the Giant
1990Junkyard DogWorld Championship Wrestling
1991André the GiantAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1992
1993 The Equalizer World Championship Wrestling
1994Dave Sullivan
1995 The Renegade
1996 Loch Ness
1997Hulk Hogan
1998Warrior
1999Kevin Nash
2000
2001Big ShowWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002
2003 Nathan Jones

Worst Tag Team

YearTag TeamPromotion(s)
1984 The Crusher and Baron von Raschke American Wrestling Association
1985The Hillbillies (Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior)World Wrestling Federation
1986George Steele and Junkyard Dog
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)
1990Giant Baba and André the GiantAll Japan Pro Wrestling
1991
1992The Bushwhackers (Luke Williams and Butch Miller)World Wrestling Federation
1993The Colossal Kongs (King Kong and Awesome Kong)World Championship Wrestling
1994The BushwhackersWorld Wrestling Federation
1995 Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck World Championship Wrestling
1996 The Godwinns (Henry Godwinn and Phineas Godwinn)World Wrestling Federation
1997
1998The Oddities (Golga and Kurrgan)
1999 The Corporate Ministry (Viscera and Mideon)
2000KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark)World Championship Wrestling
2001World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2002 3-Minute Warning (Rosey and Jamal)World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 La Résistance (René Duprée and Sylvain Grenier)

Worst Manager

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Mr. Fuji is an eleven-time winner of the category
YearManagerPromotion(s)
1984 Mr. Fuji World Wrestling Federation
1985
1986 Paul Jones Jim Crockett Promotions
1987Mr. FujiWorld Wrestling Federation
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996 Sonny Onoo World Championship Wrestling
1997
1998
1999

Worst on Interviews

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The Ultimate Warrior is a five-time winner of the category
YearPerformerPromotion(s)
1984Jimmy SnukaWorld Wrestling Federation
1985 Thunderbolt Patterson National Wrestling Alliance
1986Mike Von ErichWorld Class Championship Wrestling
1987Bugsy McGrawJim Crockett Promotions
1988Steve Williams
1989Ultimate WarriorWorld Wrestling Federation
1990
1991
1992
1993Mr. Fuji
1994Dave SullivanWorld Championship Wrestling
1995Hulk Hogan
1996 Ahmed Johnson World Wrestling Federation
1997
1998WarriorWorld Championship Wrestling
1999Sid Vicious
2000 Vince Russo
2001Stephanie McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002
2003

Most Embarrassing Wrestler

YearWrestlerPromotion(s)
1986Adrian AdonisWorld Wrestling Federation
1987George Steele
1988
1989André the Giant
1990Dusty Rhodes
1991 Van Hammer World Championship Wrestling
1992Papa ShangoWorld Wrestling Federation
1993Bastion Booger
1994Doink the Clown
1995Hulk HoganWorld Championship Wrestling
1996
1997 The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust World Wrestling Federation
1998WarriorWorld Championship Wrestling
1999Hulk Hogan
2000
2001 Buff Bagwell World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2002Big ShowWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2003Nathan Jones

Worst Non-Wrestling Personality

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Stephanie McMahon is a three-time winner of the category
YearPersonalityPromotion
2000Vince RussoWorld Championship Wrestling
2001Stephanie McMahonWorld Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002
2003

Wrestling Observer Decade Awards

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Kurt Angle, best wrestler of the 2000s
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Hiroshi Tanahashi, best wrestler of the 2010s

2000s

2010s

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