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This is a list of both active and inactive Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards created by professional wrestling journalist, Dave Meltzer, with the first fourteen awards being created in 1980 with an increasing number of awards given out every year; these 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 Currently, there are thirty-seven categories that are actively assessed every year and ten that are no longer active.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 in tact 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)


MMA Most Valuable Fighter

Brock Lesnar, 2008's Most Valuable Fighter.
Year Fighter Promotion(s)


Most Outstanding Wrestler

Kurt Angle, three-time winner of Most Outstanding Wrestler
Year Wrestler Promotion


Best Box Office Draw

Místico, 2006's winner, and a huge draw in Mexico.
Year Performer Promotion(s)


Feud of the Year

Year Feud Promotion(s)


Tag Team of the Year

Year Tag team Promotion(s)


Most Improved

Year Name Promotion(s)


Best on Interviews

Year Performer Promotion(s)


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)


Best Technical Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Bruiser Brody Memorial Award (Best Brawler)



Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Best Flying Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Most Overrated

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Most Underrated

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Promotion of the Year

Year Promotion


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


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


Match of the Year

Year Match Promotion Venue Information
1980 Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera
Texas Death Match
World Wrestling Federation New York, New Yorkmarker
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, Japanmarker
August 5
1983 Ric Flair vs. Harley Race
Steel cage match
National Wrestling Alliance Starrcade
Greensboro, North Carolinamarker
1984 The Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs
Anything Goes Match
World Class Championship Wrestling Fort Worth, Texasmarker
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
Orlando, Floridamarker
February 14

1987 Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage World Wrestling Federation WrestleMania III
Pontiac, Michiganmarker
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, Illinoismarker
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, Mexicomarker
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, Arkansasmarker
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 Yorkmarker
October 1
2006 Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi vs. Cima, Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi Ring of Honor ROH Supercard of Honor
Chicago Ridge, Illinoismarker
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, Oregonmarker
October 5



Fight of the Year

Year Fight Promotion Venue Information
1997 Maurice Smith vs. Mark Coleman Ultimate Fighting Championship Birmingham, Alabamamarker
July 27
1998 Jerry Bohlander vs. Kevin Jackson Ultimate Fighting Championship New Orleans, Louisianamarker
March 13
1999 Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz Ultimate Fighting Championship Lake Charles, Louisianamarker
September 23
2000 Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie Pride Fighting Championships Saitama, Japan
June 23
2001 Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo Ultimate Fighting Championship Atlantic City, New Jerseymarker
May 4
2002 Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama Pride Fighting Championships Tokyo, Japan
June 23
2003 Wanderlei Silva vs. Hidehiko Yoshida Pride Fighting Championships Tokyo, Japan
November 9
2004 Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva Pride Fighting Championships Saitama, Japan
October 31
2005 Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar Ultimate Fighting Championship Las Vegas, Nevadamarker
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, Ohiomarker
March 3
2008 Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson Ultimate Fighting Championship Las Vegas, Nevada
July 5


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


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


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 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Jim Ross World Wrestling Entertainment
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


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


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


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 Great American Bash World Wrestling Entertainment
2006 61 Ultimate Fighting Championship
2007 December to Dismember World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Survivor Series World Wrestling Entertainment


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 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


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 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 reading 900-word advertisements World Championship Wrestling
1996 Fake Diesel, Razor Ramon, and "The Real" Double J World Wrestling Federation
1997 Melanie Pillman interview 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 World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Acquisition of Adam "Pacman" Jones Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2008 Jeff Hardy stairwell attack 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!


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 Yorkmarker
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, Kansasmarker
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, Texasmarker
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, Mississippimarker
March 24

1997 Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper World Championship Wrestling SuperBrawl
Daly City, Californiamarker
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 No Way Out
Montreal, Quebecmarker
February 23

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



Worst Feud of the Year

Year Match 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 World Wrestling Entertainment
2007 Kane vs. Big Daddy V World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Kane vs. Rey Mysterio 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


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


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


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 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


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 World Wrestling Entertainment Cross Dresser
2007 Black Reign Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Dual personality of Goldust
2008 The Great Khali World Wrestling Entertainment Punjabimarker Playboy


Best Pro Wrestling Book

Year Book Authors(s)
2005 The Death of WCW Bryan Alvarez & RD 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


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


Defunct awards

Class A awards

Best Babyface

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Best Heel

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Manager of the Year

Year Manager Promotion(s)


Class B Awards

Readers' Favorite Wrestler

Year Manager Promotion(s)


Readers' Least Favorite Wrestler

Year Manager Promotion(s)


Worst Wrestler

Year Manager Promotion(s)


Worst Tag Team

Year Tag team Promotion(s)


Worst Manager

Year Manager Promotion(s)


Most Embarrassing Wrestler

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)


Worst Non-Wrestling Personality

Year Personality Promotion


Footnotes

References




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