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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 Currently, there are thirty-seven categories that are actively assessed every year[1] and ten that are no longer active.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.[1]

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.[2]

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Current awards

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Class A awards

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

Ric Flair, eight-time Wrestler of the Year, as well as half of its namesake.
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

MMA Most Valuable Fighter

Brock Lesnar, 2008 and 2009's Most Valuable Fighter.
Year Fighter Promotion(s)
2007
2008
Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009
Brock Lesnar
Ultimate Fighting Championship

Most Outstanding Wrestler

Bryan Danielson, four-time winner of Most Outstanding Wrestler
Year Wrestler Promotion
1986
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

Best Box Office Draw

Místico, 2006's winner, and a huge draw in Mexico.
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[2]
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007
John Cena
World Wrestling Entertainment
2008
Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009
Brock Lesnar
Ultimate Fighting Championship

Feud of the Year

Shawn Michaels Sweet Chin Music Chile 08.jpg
Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho had a critically-acclaimed feud in 2008.

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Jeff Hardy and CM Punk had a critically-acclaimed feud in 2009.
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[2]
Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007
Batista vs. The Undertaker
World Wrestling Entertainment
2008
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
World Wrestling Entertainment
2009
World Wrestling Entertainment

Tag Team of the Year

John Morrison and The Miz as World Tag Team Champions, 2008 Tag Team of the Year.
Year Tag team Promotion(s)
1980
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
World Wrestling Federation
1990
World Championship Wrestling
1991
Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada
All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992
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
Los Guerreros
(Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero, Jr.)
World Wrestling Entertainment
2003
Pro Wrestling Noah
2004
Pro Wrestling Noah
2005
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2007
Ring of Honor
2008
World Wrestling Entertainment
2009
The American Wolves
(Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards)
Ring of Honor

Most Improved

Randy Orton, 2004's most improved wrestler, the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history.
Year Name Promotion(s)
1980
World Wrestling Federation
1981
1982
Jim Duggan
1983
American Wrestling Association,
Pacific Northwest Wrestling
1984
New Japan Pro Wrestling,
Stampede Wrestling
1985
Mid South Wrestling
1986
Rick Steiner
Mid South Wrestling
1987
Universal Wrestling Federation
1988
Jim Crockett Promotions
1989
World Championship Wrestling
1990
Kenta Kobashi
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
Tatsuhito Takaiwa
New Japan Pro Wrestling
1998
The Rock
World Wrestling Federation
1999
Vader
All Japan Pro Wrestling,
New Japan Pro Wrestling
2000
Kurt Angle
World Wrestling Federation
2001
Keiji Mutoh
All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002
Brock Lesnar
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

Best on Interviews

Jim Cornette, five-time winner of 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[2]
World Wrestling Entertainment
2007
John Cena
World Wrestling Entertainment
2008
Chris Jericho
World Wrestling Entertainment
2009
Chris Jericho
World Wrestling Entertainment

Most Charismatic

The Rock, considered by many as one of the best talkers in wrestling, and four time winner of Most Charismatic.
Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980
Ric Flair
National Wrestling Alliance
1981
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
Hulk Hogan
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
The Rock
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

Best Technical Wrestler

Chris Benoit performing the Crippler Crossface; he is a five-time winner of the award.
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[2]
Ring of Honor
2007
Bryan Danielson
Ring of Honor
2008
Bryan Danielson
Ring of Honor
2009
Bryan Danielson
Ring of Honor

Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler)

Mick Foley won the award for ten straight years under the aliases of Cactus Jack and Mankind as well as his real name
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[2]
Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2007
Takeshi Morishima
Ring of Honor
Pro Wrestling Noah
2008
Ring of Honor
Combat Zone Wrestling
2009
Necro Butcher
Ring of Honor

Best Flying Wrestler

Rey Mysterio performing the 619, Mysterio has won the award six times.
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
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[2]
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007
Místico
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2008
World Wrestling Entertainment
2009

Most Overrated

Hulk Hogan has won the dubious award a record 7 times including a record 5 times in a row.
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[2]
World Wrestling Entertainment
2007
World Wrestling Entertainment
2008
Vladimir Kozlov
World Wrestling Entertainment
2009
Triple H
World Wrestling Entertainment

Most Underrated

Shelton Benjamin has won the award three times.
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[2]
World Wrestling Entertainment
2007
Shelton Benjamin
World Wrestling Entertainment
2008
World Wrestling Entertainment
2009
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[2]
2007
Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008
Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009
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[2]
2007 Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Ultimate Fighter
2008 Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Ultimate Fighter
2009 World Wrestling Entertainment: Friday Night Smackdown

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[2] 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

Match of the Year

Kenta Kobashi has competed in six matches that won 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 Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan
June 12
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[2] 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

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[2] 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

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[2] Pro Wrestling Noah
2007 Erick Stevens Ring of Honor
2008 KAI All Japan Pro Wrestling
2009 Frightmare CHIKARA

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[2] 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

Best Television Announcer

Jim Ross (right) has won the Best Television Announcer award thirteen times.
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[2] World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Matt Striker World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment

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[2] World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Don West Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Mike Adamle World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 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[2] Ring of Honor
2007 Man Up Ring of Honor
2008 WrestleMania XXIV World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Open the Historic Gate Dragon Gate USA

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 61[2] Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 December to Dismember World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Survivor Series World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 Victory Road 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 Keiichi Yamada Shooting star press New Japan Pro Wrestling
All Star Promotions
1988 Keiichi Yamada 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[2] Go 2 Sleep Pro Wrestling Noah
Ring of Honor
2007 Kenta Go 2 Sleep Pro Wrestling Noah
Ring of Honor
2008 Evan Bourne Shooting Star Press World Wrestling Entertainment
2009 The Young Bucks
(Matt and Nick Jackson)
More Bang For Your Buck CHIKARA
Dragon Gate USA
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Ring of Honor

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 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[2] 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' supposed weight issues 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[2]
2007 TNA Impact
2008 TNA Impact
2009 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 Doinks 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[2] 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

Worst Feud of the Year

Kane has been a part of five Worst Feuds 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 & Lita World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 McMahon Family vs. Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 McMahon Family vs. D-Generation X[2] 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

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[2]
2007 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2009 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[2] 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

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[2] Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009 Dana White Ultimate Fighting Championship

Best Gimmick

The Undertaker won the Best Gimmick award five years in a row from 1990 to 1994.
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 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[2]
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

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 Mystical figure or ghost
1992 Papa Shango World Wrestling Federation Voodoo priest
1993 The Shockmaster World Championship Wrestling Intergalactic Klutz
1994 Dave 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 New 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
2004 Mordecai World Wrestling Entertainment Christian zealot
2005 Jillian Hall World Wrestling Entertainment Obstructive facial blemish
2006 Vito[2] 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 leprachaun

Best Pro Wrestling Book

Year Book Authors(s)
2005 The Death of WCW Bryan Alvarez & R.D. Reynolds
2006 Tangled Ropes[2] 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

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[2] 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

Defunct awards

Class A awards

Best Babyface

Hulk Hogan has won the award ten times in a row.
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
Larry Zbyszko
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
2010
CM Punk
World Wrestling Entertainment

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 Manager 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 Manager 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 Manager 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 Wrestling Federation
1991
André the Giant
All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992
André the Giant
All Japan Pro Wrestling
1993
The Equalizer
World Championship Wrestling
1994
Dave Sullivan
World Championship Wrestling
1995
World Championship Wrestling
1996
Loch Ness
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
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
World Wrestling Federation
1999
World Wrestling Federation
2000
World Championship Wrestling
2001
KroniK
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 Championship Wrestling
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

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Meltzer, Dave (2008-01-21), "2007 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–11, ISSN 10839593 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj Meltzer, Dave (2007-01-22), "2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–12, ISSN 10839593 
  3. ^ Krugman, Michael (2009). Andre the Giant: A Legendary Life. Simon and Schuster. p. 61. ISBN 1416541128. 

References

  • Meltzer, Dave (January 22, 2007), "2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–12, ISSN 10839593 
  • Meltzer, Dave (January 21, 2008), "2007 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–11, ISSN 10839593 

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