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

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 Currently, there are thirty-seven categories that are actively assessed every year and ten that are no longer active.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

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

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

Current awards

Class A awards

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

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980




1981


Harley Race


National Wrestling Alliance


1982



National Wrestling Alliance


1983


Ric Flair


National Wrestling Alliance


1984


Ric Flair


National Wrestling Alliance


1985


Ric Flair



1986


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1987




1988




1989


Ric Flair



1990


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1991



All Japan Pro Wrestling


1992


Ric Flair



1993



World Championship Wrestling


1994



All Japan Pro Wrestling


1995



All Japan Pro Wrestling


1996



All Japan Pro Wrestling


1997


Mitsuharu Misawa


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1998



World Wrestling Federation


1999


Mitsuharu Misawa


All Japan Pro Wrestling


2000



World Wrestling Federation


2001




2002




2003


Kenta Kobashi



2004


Kenta Kobashi


Pro Wrestling Noah


2005


Kenta Kobashi


Pro Wrestling Noah


2006




2007



World Wrestling Entertainment


2008



World Wrestling Entertainment


2009


Chris Jericho


World Wrestling Entertainment


2010


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


MMA Most Valuable Fighter

Year Fighter Promotion(s)
2007




2008



Ultimate Fighting Championship


2009


Brock Lesnar


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2010


Brock Lesnar


Ultimate Fighting Championship


Most Outstanding Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion
1986


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1987


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1988




1989


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1990



New Japan Pro Wrestling


1991


Jushin "Thunder" Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling


1992


Jushin "Thunder" Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling


1993


Kenta Kobashi


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1994


Kenta Kobashi


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1995




1996



Extreme Championship Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling


1997


Mitsuharu Misawa


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1998



New Japan Pro Wrestling


1999


Mitsuharu Misawa


All Japan Pro Wrestling


2000



World Championship Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation


2001


Kurt Angle


World Wrestling Federation


2002


Kurt Angle


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Kurt Angle


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004


Chris Benoit


World Wrestling Entertainment


2005




2006



Ring of Honor


2007


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2008


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2009


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2010



World Wrestling Entertainment


Best Box Office Draw

Year Performer Promotion(s)
1997



World Championship Wrestling


1998



World Wrestling Federation


1999


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


2000



World Wrestling Federation


2001




2002



K-1,
Pride Fighting Championships


2003


Bob Sapp


K-1,
Pride Fighting Championships


2004


Kenta Kobashi


Pro Wrestling Noah


2005


Kenta Kobashi


Pro Wrestling Noah


2006


Místico


Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre


2007


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


2008


Brock Lesnar


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2009


Brock Lesnar


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2010


Brock Lesnar


Ultimate Fighting Championship


Feud of the Year

Year Feud Promotion(s)
1980



World Wrestling Federation


1981



World Wrestling Federation


1982




1983




1984



World Class Championship Wrestling,
National Wrestling Alliance


1985


Ted DiBiase vs. Jim Duggan


Mid South Wrestling


1986


Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff


World Wrestling Federation


1987




1988



Jim Crockett Promotions


1989


Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk


World Championship Wrestling


1990


Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1991


Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1992


Jeff Jarrett & Jerry Lawler vs. The Moondogs



1993


Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler


World Wrestling Federation


1994




1995


Eddy Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko


Extreme Championship Wrestling


1996


New World Order vs. World Championship Wrestling


World Championship Wrestling


1997


Steve Austin vs. The Hart Foundation


World Wrestling Federation


1998


Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon


World Wrestling Federation


1999


Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon


World Wrestling Federation


2000



World Wrestling Federation


2001


Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Wanderlei Silva


Pride Fighting Championships


2002



Ultimate Fighting Championship


2003


Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004


Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


2005


Batista vs. Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


2006


Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2007


Batista vs. The Undertaker


World Wrestling Entertainment


2008


Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels


World Wrestling Entertainment


2009



World Wrestling Entertainment


2010




Tag Team of the Year

Year Tag team Promotion(s)
1980


The Fabulous Freebirds
(Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and
Buddy Roberts)


Mid South Wrestling,
Georgia Championship Wrestling


1981


Jimmy Snuka and Terry Gordy


All Japan Pro Wrestling,
National Wrestling Alliance


1982



National Wrestling Alliance


1983



National Wrestling Alliance (Jim Crockett Promotions)


1984



National Wrestling Alliance


1985



World Wrestling Federation,
Stampede Wrestling


1986



Mid South Wrestling


1987



Mid South Wrestling,
Jim Crockett Promotions


1988


The Midnight Express
(Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)


Jim Crockett Promotions


1989


The Rockers
(Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)


World Wrestling Federation


1990



World Championship Wrestling


1991


Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1992


Miracle Violence Connection
(Terry Gordy and Steve Williams)


All Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling


1993



World Championship Wrestling


1994


Los Gringos Locos
(Eddy Guerrero and Art Barr)


Asistencia Asesoría y Administración


1995


Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1996


Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1997


Mitsuharu Misawa and Jun Akiyama


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1998



New Japan Pro Wrestling


1999


Kenta Kobashi and Jun Akiyama


All Japan Pro Wrestling


2000



World Wrestling Federation


2001



New Japan Pro Wrestling


2002



World Wrestling Entertainment


2003



Pro Wrestling Noah


2004


KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji


Pro Wrestling Noah


2005



Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


2006



Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


2007



Ring of Honor


2008



World Wrestling Entertainment


2009



Ring of Honor


2010



Ring of Honor


Most Improved

Year Name Promotion(s)
1980



World Wrestling Federation


1981




1982




1983



American Wrestling Association,
Pacific Northwest Wrestling


1984



New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Stampede Wrestling


1985



Mid South Wrestling


1986



Mid South Wrestling


1987



Universal Wrestling Federation


1988



Jim Crockett Promotions


1989



World Championship Wrestling


1990



All Japan Pro Wrestling


1991



World Championship Wrestling


1992



New Japan Pro Wrestling


1993




1994



World Wrestling Federation


1995



World Championship Wrestling


1996



World Championship Wrestling


1997



New Japan Pro Wrestling


1998



World Wrestling Federation


1999



All Japan Pro Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling


2000



World Wrestling Federation


2001



All Japan Pro Wrestling


2002



World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Brock Lesnar


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004



World Wrestling Entertainment


2005



Ring of Honor


2006



Pro Wrestling Noah


2007



World Wrestling Entertainment


2008



World Wrestling Entertainment


2009


The Miz


World Wrestling Entertainment


2010



World Wrestling Entertainment


Best on Interviews

Year Performer Promotion(s)
1981



World Wrestling Federation
National Wrestling Alliance


1982


Roddy Piper


National Wrestling Alliance


1983


Roddy Piper


National Wrestling Alliance


1984




1985



Mid South Wrestling


1986


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1987


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1988


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1989


Terry Funk


World Championship Wrestling


1990



World Championship Wrestling


1991


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1992


Ric Flair


World Wrestling Federation


1993



Smoky Mountain Wrestling


1994


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1995


Cactus Jack


Extreme Championship Wrestling


1996


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


1997


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


1998


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


1999


The Rock


World Wrestling Federation


2000


The Rock


World Wrestling Federation


2001


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


2002


Kurt Angle


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Chris Jericho


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004


Mick Foley


World Wrestling Entertainment,
Hustle,
Ring of Honor


2005


Eddie Guerrero


World Wrestling Entertainment


2006


Mick Foley


World Wrestling Entertainment


2007


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


2008


Chris Jericho


World Wrestling Entertainment


2009


Chris Jericho


World Wrestling Entertainment


2010




Most Charismatic

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980


Ric Flair


National Wrestling Alliance


1981


Michael Hayes


World Class Championship Wrestling


1982


Ric Flair
Dusty Rhodes


National Wrestling Alliance


1983


Ric Flair


National Wrestling Alliance


1984


Ric Flair


National Wrestling Alliance


1985



World Wrestling Federation


1986


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1987


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1988


Sting


World Championship Wrestling


1989


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1990


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1991


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1992


Sting


World Championship Wrestling


1993


Ric Flair


World Wrestling Federation,
World Championship Wrestling


1994


Atsushi Onita



1995


Shawn Michaels


World Wrestling Federation


1996


Shawn Michaels


World Wrestling Federation


1997


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


1998


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


1999


The Rock


World Wrestling Federation


2000


The Rock


World Wrestling Federation


2001


Chris Jericho


World Wrestling Federation


2002


The Rock


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Bob Sapp


New Japan Pro Wrestling,
K-1


2004


Eddie Guerrero


World Wrestling Entertainment


2005


Eddie Guerrero


World Wrestling Entertainment


2006


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


2007


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


2008


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


2009


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


2010


John Cena


World Wrestling Entertainment


Best Technical Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980



World Wrestling Federation


1981


Ted DiBiase


Mid South Wrestling


1982



New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation


1983


Tiger Mask


New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation


1984


Dynamite Kid



Masa Saito


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

American Wrestling Association,
New Japan Pro Wrestling


1985


Tatsumi Fujinami


New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation


1986


Tatsumi Fujinami


New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Wrestling Federation


1987



Universal Wrestling Federation


1988


Tatsumi Fujinami


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1989


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1990


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1991


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1992


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1993



New Japan Pro Wrestling


1994


Chris Benoit


Extreme Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling


1995


Chris Benoit


Extreme Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling,
World Championship Wrestling


1996


Dean Malenko


World Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling


1997


Dean Malenko


World Championship Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling


1998



Pride Fighting Championships


1999


Shinjiro Otani


New Japan Pro Wrestling


2000


Chris Benoit


World Wrestling Federation,
World Championship Wrestling


2001



New Japan Pro Wrestling


2002


Kurt Angle


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Chris Benoit


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004


Chris Benoit


World Wrestling Entertainment


2005


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2006


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2007


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2008


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2009


Bryan Danielson


Ring of Honor


2010



World Wrestling Entertainment


Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler)

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980




1981


Bruiser Brody


World Wrestling Council


1982


Bruiser Brody


World Wrestling Council


1983


Bruiser Brody


World Wrestling Council


1984


Bruiser Brody


World Wrestling Council
All Japan Pro Wrestling


1985


Stan Hansen


All Japan Pro Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance


1986


Terry Gordy


All Japan Pro Wrestling
Jim Crockett Promotions


1987


Bruiser Brody


World Wrestling Council


1988


Bruiser Brody


World Wrestling Council


1989


Terry Funk


World Championship Wrestling


1990


Stan Hansen


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1991


Cactus Jack


World Championship Wrestling


1992


Cactus Jack


World Championship Wrestling


1993


Cactus Jack


World Championship Wrestling
Extreme Championship Wrestling


1994


Cactus Jack


Extreme Championship Wrestling
International Wrestling Association of Japan


1995


Cactus Jack


Extreme Championship Wrestling
International Wrestling Association of Japan


1996


Mankind


World Wrestling Federation


1997


Mankind


World Wrestling Federation


1998


Mankind


World Wrestling Federation


1999


Mick Foley


World Wrestling Federation


2000


Mick Foley


World Wrestling Federation


2001


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


2002



New Japan Pro Wrestling
Pride Fighting Championships


2003


Brock Lesnar


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004


Chris Benoit


World Wrestling Entertainment


2005


Samoa Joe


Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


2006


Samoa Joe


Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


2007


Takeshi Morishima


Ring of Honor
Pro Wrestling Noah


2008




2009


Necro Butcher


Ring of Honor


2010



Ring of Honor


Best Flying Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1981


Jimmy Snuka


World Wrestling Federation


1982


Tiger Mask


New Japan Pro Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation


1983


Tiger Mask


New Japan Pro Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation


1984


Dynamite Kid


New Japan Pro Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance
World Wrestling Federation


1985



All Japan Pro Wrestling


1986


Tiger Mask II


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1987



New Japan Pro Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


1988


Owen Hart


New Japan Pro Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


1989


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1990


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1991


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1992


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1993


Jushin Liger


New Japan Pro Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling


1994



Michinoku Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling


1995


Rey Mysterio


Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
Extreme Championship Wrestling


1996


Rey Mysterio


Extreme Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling


1997


Rey Mysterio


World Championship Wrestling


1998


Juventud Guerrera


World Championship Wrestling
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración


1999


Juventud Guerrera


World Championship Wrestling
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración


2000


Jeff Hardy


World Wrestling Federation


2001




2002


Rey Mysterio


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Rey Mysterio


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004


Rey Mysterio


World Wrestling Entertainment


2005



Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


2006


Místico


Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre


2007


Místico


Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre


2008



World Wrestling Entertainment


2009




2010


Kota Ibushi


Dramatic Dream Team


Most Overrated

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980



National Wrestling Alliance


1981



World Wrestling Federation


1982


Pedro Morales


World Wrestling Federation


1983


Bob Backlund


World Wrestling Federation


1984



World Wrestling Federation


1985


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1986


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1987


Dusty Rhodes


Jim Crockett Promotions


1988


Dusty Rhodes


Jim Crockett Promotions


1989



World Wrestling Federation


1990


The Ultimate Warrior


World Wrestling Federation


1991


The Ultimate Warrior


World Wrestling Federation


1992



World Championship Wrestling


1993



World Championship Wrestling


1994


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1995


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1996


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1997


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1998


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1999


Kevin Nash


World Championship Wrestling


2000


Kevin Nash


World Championship Wrestling


2001


The Undertaker


World Wrestling Federation


2002


Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


2004


Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


2005


Jeff Jarrett


Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


2006


Batista


World Wrestling Entertainment


2007



World Wrestling Entertainment


2008


Vladimir Kozlov


World Wrestling Entertainment


2009


Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


2010



World Wrestling Entertainment


Most Underrated

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980



World Wrestling Federation


1981



National Wrestling Alliance


1982


Adrian Adonis


American Wrestling Association


1983


Dynamite Kid


New Japan
Stampede Wrestling


1984



World Wrestling Federation


1985


Bobby Eaton


Jim Crockett Promotions


1986


Bobby Eaton


Jim Crockett Promotions


1987



Jim Crockett Promotions


1988


Tiger Mask II


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1989



All Japan Pro Wrestling


1990


Bobby Eaton


World Championship Wrestling


1991



World Championship Wrestling


1992


Terry Taylor


World Championship Wrestling


1993


Bobby Eaton


World Championship Wrestling


1994


Brian Pillman


World Championship Wrestling


1995



World Wrestling Federation


1996



World Wrestling Federation


1997



World Wrestling Federation


1998


Chris Benoit


World Championship Wrestling


1999


Chris Jericho


World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


2000


Chris Jericho


World Wrestling Federation


2001



World Wrestling Federation
World Championship Wrestling


2002



World Wrestling Entertainment


2003



World Wrestling Entertainment


2004



World Wrestling Entertainment


2005


Shelton Benjamin


World Wrestling Entertainment


2006


Shelton Benjamin


World Wrestling Entertainment


2007


Shelton Benjamin


World Wrestling Entertainment


2008


Montel Vontavious Porter


World Wrestling Entertainment


2009


Evan Bourne


World Wrestling Entertainment


2010



World Wrestling Entertainment


Promotion of the Year

Year Promotion
1983


Jim Crockett Promotions


1984


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1985


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1986


Mid South Wrestling


1987


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1988


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1989


Universal Wrestling Federation


1990


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1991


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1992


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1993


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1994


Asistencia Asesoría y Administración


1995


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1996


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1997


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1998


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1999


World Wrestling Federation


2000


World Wrestling Federation


2001


Pride Fighting Championships


2002


Pride Fighting Championships


2003


Pride Fighting Championships


2004


Pro Wrestling Noah


2005


Pro Wrestling Noah


2006


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2007


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2008


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2009


Ultimate Fighting Championship


2010


Ultimate Fighting Championship


Best Weekly Television Show

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

Most Outstanding Fighter (formerly Shootfighter of the Year)

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

Match of the Year

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

Fight of the Year

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

Rookie of the Year

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

Best Non-Wrestler

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

Best Television Announcer

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

Worst Television Announcer

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

Best Major Show

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

Class B Awards

Worst Major Wrestling Show

Year Program Promotion
1989 WrestleMania V World Wrestling Federation
1990 WCW Clash of the Champions XII World Championship Wrestling
1991

The Great American Bash

World Championship Wrestling
1992 Halloween Havoc World Championship Wrestling
1993 Fall Brawl World Championship Wrestling
1994 Blackjack Brawl Universal Wrestling Federation
1995 Uncensored World Championship Wrestling
1996 Uncensored World Championship Wrestling
1997 nWo Souled Out World Championship Wrestling
1998 Fall Brawl World Championship Wrestling
1999 Heroes of Wrestling Heroes of Wrestling
2000 Halloween Havoc World Championship Wrestling
2001 Unleashed Women of Wrestling
2002 King of the Ring World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Backlash World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 The Great American Bash World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 The Great American Bash World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 UFC 61 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 December to Dismember World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Survivor Series World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Victory Road Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2010 Hardcore Justice Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Best Wrestling Maneuver

Year Wrestler Move Promotion(s)
1981 Jimmy Snuka Superfly splash World Wrestling Federation
1982 Super Destroyer Superplex National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Jimmy Snuka Superfly splash World Wrestling Federation
1984 British Bulldogs Military press followed by a flying front dropkick World Wrestling Federation
1985 Tiger Mask II Tope con Giro All Japan Pro Wrestling
1986 Chavo Guerrero Moonsault World Wrestling Alliance
1987 Jushin Liger Shooting star press New Japan Pro Wrestling
All Star Promotions
1988 Jushin Liger Shooting star press New Japan Pro Wrestling
All Star Promotions
1989 Scott Steiner Frankensteiner World Championship Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1990 Scott Steiner Frankensteiner World Championship Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Masao Orihara Diving moonsault New Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 2 Cold Scorpio 450° Splash World Championship Wrestling
1993 Vader Diving moonsault World Championship Wrestling
1994 The Great Sasuke Sasuke Special Michinoku Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Rey Misterio, Jr. West Coast Pop Extreme Championship Wrestling
1996 Último Dragón Dragon Bomb World Championship Wrestling
Wrestle Association R
1997 Diamond Dallas Page Diamond Cutter World Championship Wrestling
1998 Kenta Kobashi Burning Hammer All Japan Pro Wrestling
1999 Dragon Kid Dragonrana Toryumon
2000 Dragon Kid Dragonrana Toryumon
2001 Keiji Mutoh Shining Wizard All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Brock Lesnar F-5 World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 A.J. Styles Styles Clash Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2004 Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2005 Petey Williams Canadian Destroyer Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 KENTA Go 2 Sleep Pro Wrestling Noah
Ring of Honor
2007 KENTA Go 2 Sleep Pro Wrestling Noah
Ring of Honor
2008 Evan Bourne Air Bourne (Shooting star press) World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 The Young Bucks
(Max and Jeremy Buck)
More Bang For Your Buck CHIKARA
Dragon Gate USA
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Ring of Honor
2010 Ricochet Double Rotation Moonsault Dragon Gate USA
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla

Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic

Year Storyline Promotion(s)
1981 Monster character (Tony Hernandez) LeBelle Promotions
1982 Bob Backlund as WWF Champion World Wrestling Federation
1983 Eddie Gilbert broken neck angle World Wrestling Federation
1984 Blackjack Mulligan fake heart attack Continental Wrestling Federation
1985 Usage of Mike Von Erich's near death World Class Championship Wrestling
1986 Exploitation of the death of Gino Hernandez World Class Championship Wrestling
1987 Exploitation of the death of Mike Von Erich World Class Championship Wrestling
1988 Fritz Von Erich's fake heart attack World Class Championship Wrestling
1989 José González babyface push World Wrestling Council
1990 Atsushi Onita stabbing Jose Gonzales Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling
1991 Exploiting the Persian Gulf War (Sgt. Slaughter Iraqi sympathizer angle) World Wrestling Federation
1992 Pushing Erik Watts World Championship Wrestling
1993 Cactus Jack gets amnesia World Championship Wrestling
1994 Ric Flair retirement angle World Championship Wrestling
1995 Gene Okerlund's 900 hotline advertisements World Championship Wrestling
1996 Fake Diesel, Razor Ramon, and "The Real" Double J World Wrestling Federation
1997 Melanie Pillman interview days after Brian Pillman's death World Wrestling Federation
1998 Exploiting Scott Hall's alcoholism World Championship Wrestling
1999 Over the Edge pay-per-view continuing after the death of Owen Hart World Wrestling Federation
2000 David Arquette as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion World Championship Wrestling
2001 Stephanie McMahon comparing her father's indictment to September 11 attacks World Wrestling Federation
2002 Triple H accusing Kane of murder and necrophilia (Katie Vick) World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 McMahons all over the product World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Kane impregnating Lita World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Terrorists angle on day of London bombings World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Exploiting the death of Eddie Guerrero World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Acquisition of Adam "Pacman" Jones Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Jeff Hardy stairwell attack World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Michelle McCool exploits Mickie James' alleged weight issues World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Stand Up For WWE campaign launched in coincidence with Linda McMahon's US Senate Run World Wrestling Entertainment

Worst Television Show

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

Worst Worked Match of the Year

Year Match Promotion Venue Information
1984 Wendi Richter vs. The Fabulous Moolah World Wrestling Federation The Brawl to End it All
New York, New York
July 23
1985 Freddie Blassie vs. Lou Albano World Wrestling Federation Nassau Colosseum
1986 Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania 2
Uniondale, New York
April 7
1987 Hulk Hogan vs. André the Giant World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania III
Pontiac, Michigan
March 29
1988 Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tom Magee All Japan Pro Wrestling Kawasaki, Japan
April 21
1989 André the Giant vs. The Ultimate Warrior World Wrestling Federation Topeka, Kansas
October 31
1990 Sid Vicious vs. the Night Stalker World Championship Wrestling Clash of the Champions XIII
Jacksonville, Florida
November 20
1991 Bobby Eaton & P.N. News vs. Terrance Taylor & Steve Austin World Championship Wrestling The Great American Bash
Baltimore, Maryland
July 14
1992 Rick Rude vs. Masahiro Chono World Championship Wrestling Halloween Havoc
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
October 25
1993 The Bushwhackers & Men on a Mission vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger, & The Headshrinkers World Wrestling Federation Survivor Series
Boston, Massachusetts
November 24
1994 Jerry Lawler & Mini Lawlers vs. The Doinks World Wrestling Federation Survivor Series
San Antonio, Texas
November 23
1995 Sting vs. Tony Palmate New Japan Pro Wrestling Battle 7
Tokyo, Japan
January 4
1996 Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Meng, The Barbarian, Lex Luger, Kevin Sullivan, Z-Gangsta and The Ultimate Solution
Tower of Doom match
World Championship Wrestling Uncensored
Tupelo, Mississippi
March 24
1997 Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper World Championship Wrestling SuperBrawl
Daly City, California
February 23
1998 Hulk Hogan vs. The Warrior World Championship Wrestling Halloween Havoc
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 25
1999 Al Snow vs. The Big Boss Man
Kennel from Hell Match
World Wrestling Federation Unforgiven
Charlotte North Carolina
September 26
2000 Pat Patterson vs. Gerald Brisco
Evening Gown Match
World Wrestling Federation King of the Ring
Boston, Massachusetts
June 25
2001 The Brothers of Destruction vs. KroniK World Wrestling Federation Unforgiven
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
September 23
2002 Bradshaw & Trish Stratus vs. Christopher Nowinski & Jackie Gayda World Wrestling Entertainment Raw
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 7
2003 Triple H vs. Scott Steiner World Wrestling Entertainment Royal Rumble
Boston, Massachusetts
January 19
2004 Tyson Tomko vs. Stevie Richards World Wrestling Entertainment Unforgiven
Portland, Oregon
September 12
2005 Eric Bischoff vs. Theodore Long World Wrestling Entertainment Survivor Series
Detroit, Michigan
November 27
2006 Reverse Battle Royal Total Nonstop Action Wrestling TNA Impact!
Orlando, Florida
October 26
2007 James Storm vs. Chris Harris
Six Sides of Steel Blindfold match
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Lockdown
St. Louis, Missouri
April 21
2008 Edge vs. Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov World Wrestling Entertainment Survivor Series
Boston, Massachusetts
November 23
2009 Jenna Morasca vs. Sharmell Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Victory Road
Orlando, Florida
July 19
2010 Kaitlyn vs. Maxine World Wrestling Entertainment WWE NXT
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
October 19

Worst Feud of the Year

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

Worst Promotion of the Year

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

Best Booker

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

Promoter of the Year

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

Best Gimmick

Year Wrestler Promotion(s) Gimmick
1986 Adrian Street Jim Crockett Promotions Effeminate athlete
1987 Ted DiBiase World Wrestling Federation Corrupt millionaire
1988 Rick Steiner Jim Crockett Promotions Varsity amateur wrestling champion
1989 Jushin Liger New Japan Pro Wrestling Anime superhero
1990 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1991 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1992 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1993 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1994 The Undertaker World Wrestling Federation Undead wrestler
1995 Disco Inferno World Championship Wrestling Disco dancer
1996 nWo World Championship Wrestling Outside invaders
1997 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation Surly redneck
1998 Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation Surly redneck
1999 The Rock World Wrestling Federation Comedian jock
2000 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Federation Smug Olympic champion
2001 The Hurricane World Wrestling Federation Superhero parody
2002 Matt Hardy World Wrestling Entertainment Lifestyle guru - "Mattitude"
2003 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment White rapper
2004 John "Bradshaw" Layfield World Wrestling Entertainment Rich, conservative businessman
2005 Mr. Kennedy World Wrestling Entertainment Self-announced wrestler
2006 The Latin American X-change Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Ring of Honor
Latino revolutionaries
2007 Santino Marella World Wrestling Entertainment Italian American stereotype
2008 Santino Marella World Wrestling Entertainment Italian American stereotype
2009 CM Punk World Wrestling Entertainment Straight edge Messiah
2010 Alberto Del Rio World Wrestling Entertainment Mexican aristocrat

Worst Gimmick

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

Best Pro Wrestling Book

Year Book Author(s)
2005 The Death of WCW Bryan Alvarez & R.D. Reynolds
2006 Tangled Ropes Billy Graham & Keith Greenberg
2007 Hitman Bret Hart
2008 Gorgeous George: The Bad Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture John Capouya
2009 Midnight Express 25th Anniversary Scrapbook Jim Cornette
2010 Countdown to Lockdown Mick Foley

Best Pro Wrestling DVD

Year DVD Promotion
2005 The Rise and Fall of ECW World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 Bret "Hit Man" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 "Nature Boy" Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho World Wrestling Entertainment

Defunct awards

Class A awards

Best Babyface

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980


Dusty Rhodes


National Wrestling Alliance


1981



National Wrestling Alliance


1982


Hulk Hogan


American Wrestling Association
New Japan Pro Wrestling


1983


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation
New Japan Pro Wrestling


1984


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1985


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1986


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1987


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1988


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1989


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1990


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1991


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1992


Sting


World Championship Wrestling


1993


Atsushi Onita


Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling


1994


Atsushi Onita


Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling


1995



Asistencia Asesoría y Administración


1996


Shawn Michaels


World Wrestling Federation


Best Heel

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980



World Wrestling Federation


1981



World Wrestling Federation


1982


Buzz Sawyer


World Wrestling Federation


1983


Michael Hayes


World Class Championship Wrestling


1984


Roddy Piper


World Wrestling Federation


1985


Roddy Piper


World Wrestling Federation


1986


Michael Hayes


World Class Championship Wrestling


1987


Ted DiBiase


World Wrestling Federation


1988


Ted DiBiase


World Wrestling Federation


1989


Terry Funk


World Championship Wrestling


1990


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1991


Undertaker


World Wrestling Federation


1992


Rick Rude


World Championship Wrestling


1993


Vader


World Championship Wrestling


1994


Art Barr


Asistencia Asesoría y Administración


1995


Masahiro Chono


New Japan Pro Wrestling


1996


Steve Austin


World Wrestling Federation


Manager of the Year

Year Manager Promotion(s)
1983


Jimmy Hart


World Wrestling Federation


1984


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1985


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1986


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1987


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1988


Jim Cornette


Jim Crockett Promotions


1989


Jim Cornette


World Championship Wrestling


1990


Jim Cornette


World Championship Wrestling


1991



World Wrestling Federation


1992


Jim Cornette


Smoky Mountain Wrestling


1993


Jim Cornette


Smoky Mountain Wrestling


1994


Jim Cornette


Smoky Mountain Wrestling


1995


Jim Cornette


World Wrestling Federation
Smoky Mountain Wrestling


1996


Jim Cornette


World Wrestling Federation
Smoky Mountain Wrestling


Class B Awards

Readers' Favorite Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1985


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1986


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1987


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1988


Ric Flair


Jim Crockett Promotions


1989


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1990


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1991


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


1992


Ric Flair


World Wrestling Federation


1993


Ric Flair


World Wrestling Federation
World Championship Wrestling


1994



Extreme Championship Wrestling
Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling


1995


Manami Toyota


All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling


1996


Ric Flair


World Championship Wrestling


1997


Chris Benoit


World Championship Wrestling


1998


Shawn Michaels


World Wrestling Federation


1999


Chris Jericho


World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


2000


Chris Benoit


World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


2001


Keiji Mutoh


All Japan Pro Wrestling


2002


Kurt Angle


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Kurt Angle


World Wrestling Entertainment


Readers' Least Favorite Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984


Ivan Putski


World Wrestling Federation


1985


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1986


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1987


Dusty Rhodes


Jim Crockett Promotions


1988


Dusty Rhodes


Jim Crockett Promotions


1989


Ultimate Warrior


World Wrestling Federation


1990


Ultimate Warrior


World Wrestling Federation


1991


Hulk Hogan


World Wrestling Federation


1992


Erik Watts


World Championship Wrestling


1993


Sid Vicious


World Championship Wrestling


1994


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1995


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1996


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1997


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1998


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1999


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


2000


Kevin Nash


World Championship Wrestling


2001


The Undertaker


World Wrestling Federation


2002


Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Triple H


World Wrestling Entertainment


Worst Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1984


Ivan Putski


World Wrestling Federation


1985



World Wrestling Federation


1986


Mike Von Erich


World Class Championship Wrestling


1987


Junkyard Dog


World Wrestling Federation


1988


Ultimate Warrior


World Wrestling Federation


1989


André the Giant


World Wrestling Federation


1990


Junkyard Dog


World Championship Wrestling


1991


André the Giant


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1992


André the Giant


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1993



World Championship Wrestling


1994


Dave Sullivan


World Championship Wrestling


1995



World Championship Wrestling


1996



World Championship Wrestling


1997


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1998


Warrior


World Championship Wrestling


1999


Kevin Nash


World Championship Wrestling


2000


Kevin Nash


World Championship Wrestling


2001


Big Show


World Wrestling Federation


2002


Big Show


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003



World Wrestling Entertainment


Worst Tag Team

Year Tag team Promotion(s)
1984



American Wrestling Alliance


1985


Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior


World Wrestling Federation


1986


George Steele and Junkyard Dog


World Wrestling Federation


1987



National Wrestling Alliance


1988



World Wrestling Federation


1989



World Wrestling Federation


1990


Giant Baba and André the Giant


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1991


Giant Baba and André the Giant


All Japan Pro Wrestling


1992



World Wrestling Federation


1993


The Colossal Kongs (King Kong and Awesome Kong)


World Championship Wrestling


1994


The Bushwhackers


World Wrestling Federation


1995



World Championship Wrestling


1996



World Wrestling Federation


1997


The Godwinns


World Wrestling Federation


1998


The Oddities (Golga and Kurrgan)


World Wrestling Federation


1999



World Wrestling Federation


2000



World Championship Wrestling


2001


KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark)
World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


2002



World Wrestling Entertainment


2003



World Wrestling Entertainment


Worst Manager

Year Manager Promotion(s)
1984



World Wrestling Federation


1985


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1986



Jim Crockett Promotions


1987


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1988


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1989


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1990


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1991


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1992


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1993


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1994


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1995


Mr. Fuji


World Wrestling Federation


1996



World Championship Wrestling


1997


Sonny Onoo


World Championship Wrestling


1998


Sonny Onoo


World Championship Wrestling


1999


Sonny Onoo


World Championship Wrestling


Most Embarrassing Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1986


Adrian Adonis


World Wrestling Federation


1987


George Steele


World Wrestling Federation


1988


George Steele


World Wrestling Federation


1989


Andre The Giant


World Wrestling Federation


1990


Dusty Rhodes


World Wrestling Federation


1991



World Championship Wrestling


1992


Papa Shango


World Wrestling Federation


1993



World Wrestling Federation


1994



World Wrestling Federation


1995


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1996


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1997


Goldust


World Wrestling Federation


1998


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


1999


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


2000


Hulk Hogan


World Championship Wrestling


2001



World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation


2002


The Big Show


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Nathan Jones


World Wrestling Entertainment


Worst Non-Wrestling Personality

Year Personality Promotion
2000



World Championship Wrestling


2001



World Wrestling Federation


2002


Stephanie McMahon


World Wrestling Entertainment


2003


Stephanie McMahon


World Wrestling Entertainment


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