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The PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year Award, given yearly since 1978 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the most improved professional wrestler of the year as voted by readers of the magazine.


Award winners and runners-up

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1978 Dino Bravo Bob Backlund Ricky Steamboat Tony Atlas
1979 Tommy Rich Eddy Mansfield Kevin Von Erich Ted DiBiase
1980 Tony Atlas Larry Zbyszko Ted DiBiase Kerry Von Erich
1981 Kevin Sullivan Sgt. Slaughter Charlie Cook Tito Santana
1982 Barry Windham Otto Wanz Buzz Sawyer Rick Martel
1983 Brett Wayne Sawyer Mike Rotundo Pez Whatley Brad Rheingans
1984 Billy Jack Haynes Magnum T.A. Rick Martel Ron Garvin
1985 Steve Williams Brian Adias Nikita Koloff Randy Savage
1986 Terry Gordy Scott Hall Sam Houston Wendell Cooley
1987 Curt Hennig Al Perez The Honky Tonk Man Sting
1988 Sting The Ultimate Warrior Iceman Parsons Jeff Jarrett
1989 Scott Steiner Brutus Beefcake Jeff Jarrett P.Y. Chu-Hi
1990 Paul Roma Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) Tugboat Cactus Jack
1991 Dustin Rhodes Ron Simmons The Undertaker Crush
1992 Razor Ramon Ron Simmons Virgil Brian Christopher
1993 Yokozuna The 1-2-3 Kid Brian Lee Tatanka
1994 Diesel Johnny B. Badd Sabu Owen Hart
1995 Diamond Dallas Page Tommy Dreamer Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) Savio Vega
1996 Ahmed Johnson Chris Benoit Stevie Richards Taz
1997 Ken Shamrock Steve McMichael The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) Alex Wright
1998 Booker T D'Lo Brown New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) Juventud Guerrera
1999 Jerry Lynn The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) Hardcore Holly Kanyon
2000 Steve Corino Lance Storm Scotty 2 Hotty Justin Credible
2001 Edge Test The Hurricane Kurt Angle
2002 Brock Lesnar Trish Stratus Jamie Noble A.J. Styles
2003 John Cena Matt Hardy Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) Victoria
2004 Randy Orton Shelton Benjamin Batista John "Bradshaw" Layfield
2005 Batista Carlito Monty Brown Chris Masters
2006 Bobby Lashley Johnny Nitro Chris Sabin Umaga
2007 Candice Michelle Jay Lethal Montel Vontavious Porter Cody Rhodes
2008 Cody Rhodes The Miz Petey Williams Kofi Kingston
2009 John Morrison Dolph Ziggler Eric Young The Miz
2010 D'Angelo Dinero [[Wade Barrett] Sheamus Jay Lethal
2011 Mark Henry Kelly Kelly Eddie Edwards Zack Ryder
2012 Ryback Brooke Adams Michael Elgin Adam Cole
2013 Magnus Curtis Axel Roman Reigns Big E Langston
2014 Rusev Ethan Carter III Luke Harper Eric Young
2015 Roman Reigns

See also


Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Current PWI Adwards
Wrestler of the Year Tag Team of the YearMatch of the YearFeud of the YearMost Popular Wrestler of the YearMost Hated Wrestler of the YearMost Improved Wrestler of the YearMost Inspirational Wrestler of the YearRookie of the YearStanley Weston AwardComeback of the YearWoman of the Year
Discontinued Awards
Manager of the YearMidget Wrestler of the YearAnnouncer of the Year

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