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The PWI Match of the Year Award', given yearly since 1972 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the best match of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. Shawn Michaels has won the award a record 9 times; 4 in a row and has won the last five years in a row.

Award winners

Year Date Match Championship Event Location Match Type
1972 January 14 Bruno Sammartino wins battle royal Battle Royal in Los Angeles Los Angeles, CAmarker Battle royal
1973 May 24 Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Harley Race NWA World Heavyweight

Championship
Kansas City, MOmarker
1974 January 27 Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk, Jr. NWA World Heavyweight

Championship
Tokyo, Japanmarker
1975 March 17 Bruno Sammartino vs. Spiros Arion WWWF Heavyweight

Championship
New York, NYmarker
1976 April 26 Bruno Sammartino vs. Stan Hansen WWWF Heavyweight

Championship
New York, NY
1977 April 30 Bruno Sammartino vs. Billy Graham WWWF Heavyweight

Championship
Baltimore, MDmarker
1978 February 20 Billy Graham vs. Bob Backlund WWWF Heavyweight

Championship
New York, NY
1979 August 21 Harley Race vs. Dusty Rhodes NWA World Heavyweight

Championship
Tampa, FLmarker
1980 August 9 Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko Showdown at Shea Flushing, NY Steel Cage match
1981 May 2 André the Giant vs. Killer Khan Rochester, NYmarker
1982 June 28 Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy Snuka WWF Heavyweight

Championship
New York, NY Steel Cage match
1983 June 10 Ric Flair vs. Harley Race NWA World Heavyweight

Championship
St. Louis, MOmarker
1984 May 6 Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich NWA World Heavyweight

Championship
Parade of Champions 1 Irving, TXmarker
1985 March 31 Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs.

Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff
WrestleMania New York, NY
1986 July 26 Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes NWA World Heavyweight

Championship
The Great American Bash 1986 Greensboro, NCmarker Steel Cage match
1987 March 29 Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat WWF Intercontinental

Championship
WrestleMania III Pontiac, MImarker
1988 February 5 Hulk Hogan vs. André the Giant WWF Championship The Main Event Indianapolis, INmarker
1989 May 7 Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair NWA World Heavyweight

Championship
WrestleWar Nashville, TNmarker
1990 April 1 Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior WWF Championship and

WWF Intercontinental

Championship
WrestleMania VI Toronto, Ontariomarker
1991 May 19 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and

Scott Steiner) vs. Sting and Lex Luger
WCW World Tag Team

Championship
SuperBrawl St. Petersburg, FLmarker
1992 August 29 Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog WWF Intercontinental

Championship
SummerSlam 1992 London, Englandmarker
1993 May 17 Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty WWF Intercontinental

Championship
Monday Night Raw New York, NY
1994 March 20 Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels WWF Intercontinental

Championship
WrestleMania X New York, NY Ladder match
1995 April 2 Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels WWF Championship WrestleMania XI Hartford, CTmarker
1996 March 31 Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels WWF Championship WrestleMania XII Anaheim, CAmarker Iron Man match
1997 March 23 Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin WrestleMania 13 Rosemont, ILmarker No Disqualification Submission Match
1998 June 28 The Undertaker vs. Mankind King of the Ring 1998 Pittsburgh, PAmarker Hell in a Cell match
1999 January 24 Mankind vs. The Rock WWF Championship Royal Rumble 1999 Anaheim, CA "I Quit" match
2000 April 2 Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz

vs. Edge and Christian
WWF Tag Team

Championship
WrestleMania 2000 Anaheim, CA Triangle Ladder match
2001 April 1 Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz

vs. Edge and Christian
WWF Tag Team

Championship
WrestleMania X-Seven Houston, TXmarker TLC Match
2002 March 17 The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan WrestleMania X8 Toronto, Ontario
2003 September 16 Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar WWE Championship SmackDown! Raleigh, NCmarker 60-minute Iron Man match
2004 March 14 Triple H vs. Chris Benoit

vs. Shawn Michaels
World Heavyweight

Championship
WrestleMania XX New York, NY Triple Threat Match
2005 April 3 Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle WrestleMania 21 Los Angeles, CA
2006 April 2 Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon WrestleMania 22 Rosemont, IL No Holds Barred Match
2007 April 23 John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels Raw London, England
2008 March 30 Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels WrestleMania XXIV Orlando, FLmarker Career Threatening Match


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