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The Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (also known as the WON Wrestler of the Year Award), given yearly since 1980 by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), recognizes the best professional wrestler of the year as decided by WON journalist, Dave Meltzer. The award is named after Lou Thesz and Ric Flair, the latter of which has been voted Wrestler of the Year a record eight times.

Award winners

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Flag of the United States
Harley Race
Nwalogobw National Wrestling Alliance
1981 Flag of the United States
Harley Race
Nwalogobw National Wrestling Alliance
1982 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
Nwalogobw National Wrestling Alliance
1983 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
Nwalogobw National Wrestling Alliance
1984 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
Nwalogobw National Wrestling Alliance
1985 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
Jcp Jim Crockett Promotions
1986 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
Jcp Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Flag of South Korea
Riki Chōshū
AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1988 Flag of Japan
Akira Maeda
UWF-Logo Universal Wrestling Federation
1989 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
WCW World Championship Wrestling
1990 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
WCW World Championship Wrestling
1991 Flag of Japan
Jumbo Tsuruta
AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Federation
1993 Flag of the United States
Vader
WCW World Championship Wrestling
1994 Flag of Japan
Toshiaki Kawada
AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Flag of Japan
Mitsuharu Misawa
AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1996 Flag of Japan
Kenta Kobashi
AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1997 Flag of Japan
Mitsuharu Misawa
AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Flag of the United States
Steve Austin
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Federation
1999 Flag of Japan
Mitsuharu Misawa
AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Flag of the United States
Triple H
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Federation
2001 Flag of Japan
Keiji Mutoh
NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Flag of the United States
Kurt Angle
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Flag of Japan
Kenta Kobashi
Pro Wrestling NOAH Pro Wrestling Noah
2004 Flag of Japan
Kenta Kobashi
Pro Wrestling NOAH Pro Wrestling Noah
2005 Flag of Japan
Kenta Kobashi
Pro Wrestling NOAH Pro Wrestling Noah
2006 Flag of Mexico
Místico
Cmll Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007 Flag of the United States
John Cena
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Flag of Canada
Chris Jericho
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Flag of Canada
Chris Jericho
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2010 Flag of the United States
John Cena
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment

Statistics

Most all-time individual winners

Rank Wrestler Awards
1 Flag of the United States
Ric Flair
8
2 Flag of Japan
Kenta Kobashi
4
3 Flag of Japan
Mitsuharu Misawa
3
4 Flag of the United States
Harley Race
2
Flag of Canada
Chris Jericho
Flag of the United States
John Cena

Most all-time promotion winners

Rank Nation Awards
1 WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment 8
2 AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling 7
3 Pro Wrestling NOAH Pro Wrestling Noah 3
WCW World Championship Wrestling
5 Jcp Jim Crockett Promotions 2
6 Cmll Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre 1
NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
UWF-Logo Universal Wrestling Federation

Most all-time nationality winners

Rank Nation Awards
1 Flag of the United States
United States of America
16
2 Flag of Japan
Japan
11
3 Flag of Canada
Canada
2
4 Flag of Mexico
Mexico
1
Flag of South Korea
South Korea

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