AWARDS

PWI Achievement Awards

This is a complete listing of all PWI Achievement Award winners. We’ve also provided a comprehensive listing of runners-up (which were first reported in 1976) for all awards. Award winners were first presented annually in the pages of Pro Wrestling Illustrated effective with our March 1982 issue. Prior to that, awards appeared in Sports Review Wrestling (1980 awards in the March 1981 edition), Sports Review Wrestling Annual (1977-’79 awards in Spring 1978, ’79, and ’80 editions), and Victory Sports Series Wrestling Annual and Yearbook editions (1972-’76 awards in issues #4, 7, 11, 14, and 18).

OUR AWARDS CATEGORIES

Wrestler of the Year
Tag Team of the Year
Match of the Year
Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
Feud of the Year
Most Popular Wrestler of the Year
Most Hated Wrestler of the Year
Comeback of the Year
Inspirational Wrestler of the Year
Independent Wrestler of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Woman of the Year
Stanley Weston Editors’ Award

Wrestler of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Jon MoxleyBayleyChris JerichoSasha Banks
2019Adam ColeChris JerichoSeth RollinsKofi Kingston
2018AJ StylesKenny OmegaCody RhodesSeth Rollins
2017AJ StylesKazuchika OkadaKenny OmegaCody Rhodes
2016AJ StylesRoman ReignsKevin OwensDean Ambrose
2015Seth RollinsJay LethalRoman ReignsJohn Cena
2014Brock LesnarDaniel BryanAJ StylesJohn Cena
2013Daniel BryanJohn CenaBully RayRandy Orton
2012CM PunkSheamusAustin AriesJohn Cena
2011CM PunkJohn CenaDavey RichardsBobby Roode
2010Randy OrtonRob Van DamJohn CenaSheamus
2009Randy OrtonJohn CenaChris JerichoKurt Angle
2008Triple-HKurt AngleRandy OrtonSamoa Joe
2007John CenaKurt AngleBatistaRandy Orton
2006John CenaSamoa JoeRey Mysterio Jr.Edge
2005BatistaJohn CenaAJ StylesSamoa Joe
2004Chris BenoitRandy OrtonEddie GuerreroAJ Styles
2003Kurt AngleBrock LesnarTriple-HAJ Styles
2002Brock LesnarRob Van DamTriple-HThe Undertaker
2001Steve AustinKurt AngleThe RockRob Van Dam
2000The RockTriple-HBookerKurt Angle
1999Steve AustinThe RockStingTazz
1998Steve AustinBill GoldbergDallas PageRocky Maivia
1997Lex LugerSteve AustinThe UndertakerDallas Page
1996The GiantShawn MichaelsRic FlairAhmed Johnson
1995DieselShawn MichaelsStingHulk Hogan
1994Hulk HoganBret HartRazor RamonRic Flair
1993Big Van VaderBret HartShawn MichaelsYokozuna
1992Ric FlairRon SimmonsRick RudeBret Hart
1991Hulk HoganLex LugerBret HartSting
1990StingUltimate WarriorHulk HoganLex Luger
1989Ric FlairHulk HoganLex LugerRick Steamboat
1988Randy SavageJerry LawlerLex LugerRic Flair
1987Hulk HoganRic FlairRandy SavageSteve Williams
1986Ric FlairHulk HoganRandy SavageNikita Koloff
1985Ric FlairHulk HoganRick MartelSgt. Slaughter
1984Ric FlairHulk HoganKerry Von ErichRick Martel
1983Harley RaceNick BockwinkelAndre the GiantBob Backlund
1982Bob BacklundRic FlairHulk HoganJimmy Snuka
1981Ric FlairBob BacklundTommy RichDusty Rhodes
1980Bob BacklundHarley RaceVerne GagneThe Iron Sheik
1979Harley RaceDusty RhodesJimmy SnukaBob Backlund
1978Dusty RhodesBob BacklundRick SteamboatHarley Race
1977Dusty RhodesSuperstar GrahamBob BacklundHarley Race
1976Terry FunkBruno SammartinoNick BockwinkelPaul Jones
1975Mr. Wrestling II
1974Bruno Sammartino
1973Jack Brisco
1972Pedro Morales

Tag Team of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Bayley & Sasha BanksFTRKenny Omega & Adam PageStreet Profits
2019Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby FishYoung BucksLucha Bros.The New Day
2018Young BucksThe New DayKyle O’Reilly & Roderick StrongLAX
2017Young BucksCesaro & SheamusSeth Rollins & Dean AmbroseThe Usos
2016The New DayYoung BucksBig Cass & Enzo AmoreThe Revival
2015The New DayYoung BucksDavey Richards & Eddie EdwardsKyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish
2014The UsosKyle O’Reilly & Bobby FishDavey Richards & Eddie EdwardsGoldust & Stardust
2013Roman Reigns & Seth RollinsGoldust & Cody RhodesDaniel Bryan & KaneKyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish
2012Kofi Kingston & R-TruthChristopher Daniels & KazarianDaniel Bryan & KaneMagnus & Samoa Joe
2011Beer MoneyWrestling’s Greatest Tag TeamAir BoomKings of Wrestling
2010Motor City Machine GunsThe Hart DynastyKings of WrestlingBeer Money
2009Team 3DBeer MoneyJeriShowDegeneration-X
2008Beer MoneyMiz & MorrisonCody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr.LAX
2007Paul London & Brian KendrickTeam 3DThe BriscoesDeuce & Domino
2006AJ Styles & Christopher DanielsPaul London & Brian KendrickDegeneration-XBig Show & Kane
2005MNMThe NaturalsAnimal & HeidenreichAmerica’s Most Wanted
2004America’s Most WantedLa ResistanceDudley BoyzCharlie Haas & Rico
2003World’s Greatest Tag TeamAmerica’s Most WantedDudley BoyzLos Guerreros
2002Billy Gunn & Chuck PalumboBooker T & GoldustThree Minute WarningKurt Angle & Chris Benoit
2001Dudley BoyzBrothers of DestructionThe Hardy BoyzThe Acolytes
2000The Hardy BoyzEdge & ChristianDudley BoyzKronik
1999Kane & X-PacThe Hardy BoyzHarlem HeatDudley Boyz
1998New Age OutlawsRVD & SabuKane & MankindBrothers of Destruction
1997Scott Hall & Kevin NashThe Steiner BrothersRoad WarriorsLex Luger & The Giant
1996Harlem HeatThe EliminatorsThe Steiner BrothersThe Gangstas
1995Harlem HeatSmokin’ GunnsOwen Hart & YokozunaThe Steiner Brothers
1994The Nasty BoysThe HeadshrinkersPublic EnemyRock ‘n’ Roll Express
1993The Steiner BrothersHollywood BlondsMoney Inc.Heavenly Bodies
1992Terry Gordy & Steve WilliamsNatural DisastersThe Steiner BrothersBarry Windham & Dustin Rhodes
1991Larry Zbyskzko & Arn AndersonLegion of DoomThe Steiner BrothersRobert Fuller & Jeff Jarrett
1990The Steiner BrothersDemolitionDoomLegion of Doom
1989Tully Blanchard & Arn AndersonDemolitionRoad WarriorsRock ‘n’ Roll Express
1988Road WarriorsMidnight ExpressDemolitionJim Garvin & Michael Hayes
1987Midnight ExpressThe Hart FoundationRoad WarriorsRock ‘n’ Roll Express
1986Rock ‘n’ Roll ExpressRoad WarriorsBritish BulldogsMidnight Rockers
1985Road WarriorsTed DiBiase & Steve WilliamsIvan & Nikita KoloffBritish Bulldogs
1984Road WarriorsThe Von ErichsFabulous OnesRock ‘n’ Roll Express
1983Road WarriorsThe Von ErichsFabulous FreebirdsJack & Jerry Brisco
1982Greg Gagne & Jim BrunzellMr. Fuji & Mr. SaitoFabulous FreebirdsOle Anderson & Stan Hansen
1981Fabulous FreebirdsRick Martel & Tony GareaMr. Fuji & Mr. SaitoGreg Gagne & Jim Brunzell
1980Jimmy Snuka & Ray StevensMr. Wrestling & Mr. Wrestling IIThe SamoansVerne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon
1979Ivan Putski & Tito SantanaJerry & Johnny ValiantPaul Jones & Baron von RaschkeThe Spoiler & Mark Lewin
1978Rick Steamboat & Paul JonesYukon LumberjacksMike Graham & Steve KeirnGreg Gagne & Jim Brunzell
1977Gene & Ole AndersonMr. Fuji & Prof. TanakaGreg Gagne & Jim BrunzellRic Flair & Greg Valentine
1976The ExecutionersGene & Ole AndersonBilly White Wolf & Chief Jay StrongbowJimmy & Johnny Valiant
1975Gene & Ole Anderson
1974Jimmy & Johnny Valiant
1973Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens
1972Bruiser & Crusher

Match of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Kenny Omega & Adam Page vs. The Young Bucks (2/28)Edge vs. Randy Orton (6/14)Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley (3/25)WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov (10/29)
2019Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes (5/25)Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole (4/5)Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (8/11)Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan (4/7)
2018Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (6/9)Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple-H & Stephanie McMahon (4/8)Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho (1/4)Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (10/28)
2017Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (1/4)Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (6/11)Pete Dunne vs. Tyler BateBrock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman
2016AJ Styles vs. John Cena (8/21)Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami ZaynCharlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky LynchAJ Styles vs. John Cena (6/19)
2015Bayley vs. Sasha BanksBayley vs. Sasha BanksBrock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth RollinsKevin Owens vs. John Cena
2014John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt The Shield vs. The WyattsSami Zayn vs. CesaroThe Wolves vs. The Hardys vs. Team 3-D
2013Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena John Cena vs. CM PunkUndertaker vs. CM PunkKazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
2012The Undertaker vs. Triple HCM Punk vs. Daniel BryanAustin Aries vs. Bobby RoodeThe Rock vs. John Cena
2011CM Punk vs. John CenaThe Undertaker vs. Triple HDavey Richards vs. Eddie EdwardsAustin Aries vs. Zema Ion vs. Jack Evans vs. Low Ki
2010The Undertaker vs. Shawn MichaelsBeer Money Inc. vs. Motor City Machine GunsKurt Angle vs. Mr. AndersonTyler Black vs. Davey Richards
2009The Undertaker vs. Shawn MichaelsCM Punk vs. Jeff HardyJohn Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple HTeam 3D vs. Beer Money Inc
2008Ric Flair vs. Shawn MichaelsKurt Angle vs. Samoa JoeEdge vs. The UndertakerErick Stevens vs. Roderick Strong
2007John Cena vs. Shawn MichaelsKurt Angle vs. Samoa JoeJohn Cena vs. Shawn MichaelsNigel McGuinness vs. Takeshi Morishima
2006Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahonKurt Angle vs. The Undertaker Kurt Angle vs. Samoa JoeEdge vs. Mick Foley
2005Kurt Angle vs. Shawn MichaelsAJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher DanielsHulk Hogan vs. Shawn MichaelsJohn Cena vs. JBL
2004Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris BenoitChris Benoit vs. Randy OrtonRandy Orton vs. Cactus JackEddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle
2003Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle Kurt Angle vs. Chris BenoitBrock Lesnar vs. Kurt AngleShawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
2002Hulk Hogan vs. The RockTriple H vs. Shawn MichaelsEddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van DamKurt Angle & Chris Benoit vs. Edge & Rey Mysterio Jr.
2001 Christian & Edge vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley BoyzSteve Austin vs. Triple HThe Rock vs. Chris JerichoJeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam
2000Christian & Edge vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley BoyzChris Jericho vs. Triple HChristian & Edge vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley BoyzSuper Crazy vs. Tajiri
1999The Rock vs. MankindRob Van Dam vs. Jerry LynnSteve Austin vs. Vince McMahonThe Rock vs. Steve Austin
1998The Undertaker vs. MankindShawn Michaels vs. Steve AustinBill Goldberg vs. Hollywood HoganTaz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
1997Bret Hart vs. Steve AustinEddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.Shawn Michaels vs. The UndertakerTerry Funk vs. The Sandman vs. Stevie Richards
1996Shawn Michaels vs. Bret HartShawn Michaels vs. MankindSabu vs. Rob Van DamWarGames
1995Diesel vs. Shawn MichaelsJeff Jarrett vs. Shawn MichaelsHarlem Heat vs. The Nasty BoysRey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psicosis
1994Shawn Michaels vs. Razor RamonThe Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack & Maxx PayneRic Flair vs. Hulk HoganAlundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano
1993Shawn Michaels vs. Marty JannettyRick & Scott Steiner vs. The Heavenly BodiesRick Rude vs. Dustin RhodesCactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader
1992Davey Boy Smith vs. Bret HartBrian Pillman vs. Jushin LigerRoyal RumbleRick Steamboat vs. Rick Rude
1991The Steiners vs. Sting & Lex LugerBret Hart vs. Curt HennigLex Luger vs. Ron SimmonsCactus Jack vs. Eddie Gilbert
1990Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate WarriorSting vs. Ric FlairHulk Hogan vs. EarthquakeRonnie Garvin vs. Ric Flair
1989Ric Flair vs. Ricky SteamboatHulk Hogan vs. Randy SavageRic Flair vs. Ricky SteamboatEric Embry vs. P.Y. Chu-Hi
1988Andre The Giant vs. Hulk HoganSting vs. Ric FlairJerry Lawler vs. Curt HennigUltimate Warrior vs. Honky Tonk Man
1987Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy SavageWarGamesHulk Hogan vs. Andre The GiantRock ‘n’ Roll Express
1986Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric FlairThe British Bulldogs vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus BeefcakeThe Road Warriors vs. Ronnie Garvin & Magnum T.A.Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff
1985Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul OrndorffThe Road Warriors vs. Ivan & Nikita KoloffRic Flair vs. Nikita KoloffRick Martel vs. Bob Backlund
1984Kerry Von Erich vs. Ric FlairRick Martel vs. Jumbo TsurutaHulk Hogan vs. The Iron SheikRic Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat
1983Harley Race vs. Ric FlairRick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Sgt. Slaughter & Don KernodleDon Muraco vs. Pedro MoralesTommy Rich vs. Buzz Sawyer
1982Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy SnukaBob Backlund vs. Ric FlairNick Bockwinkel vs. Otto WanzNick Bockwinkel vs. Otto Wanz
1981Andre The Giant vs. Killer KhanRic Flair vs. Dusty RhodesBob Backlund vs. Don MuracoMichael Hayes vs. Terry Gordy
1980Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry ZbyszkoAndre The Giant vs. Hulk HoganVerne Gagne vs. Nick BockwinkelDusty Rhodes vs. Bob Backlund
1979Dusty Rhodes vs. Harley RaceBob Backlund vs. Pat PattersonNick Bockwinkel vs. Pat PattersonMr. Wrestling II vs. Ernie Ladd
1978Bob Backlund vs. Superstar GrahamBlackjack Mulligan vs. Superstar GrahamDusty Rhodes vs. Superstar GrahamRicky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair
1977Superstar Graham vs. Bruno SammartinoDusty Rhodes vs. Superstar GrahamAndre the Giant vs. Ric FlairGreg Gagne vs. Bob Backlund
1976Bruno Sammartino vs. Stan HansenTerry Funk vs. Rocky JohnsonNick Bockwinkel vs. Baron Von RaschkeAndre the Giant vs. Abdullah the Butcher
1975Bruno Sammartino vs. Spiros Arion
1974Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jack Brisco
1973Harley Race vs. Dory Funk Jr.
1972Bruno Sammartino wins 22-man Los Angeles battle royal

Most Improved Wrestler of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Drew McIntyreRicky StarksOtisJey Uso
2019Brian CageJay WhiteBuddy MurphyShorty G
2018Velveteen DreamB-TeamNia JaxHangman Page
2017Jinder MahalBraun StrowmanEli DrakeNaomi
2016The MizTJ PerkinsKenny OmegaDalton Castle
2015Roman ReignsNikki BellaSasha BanksBayley
2014RusevEthan Carter IIILuke HarperEric Young
2013MagnusCurtis AxelRoman ReignsBig E
2012RybackBrooke TessmacherMichael ElginAdam Cole
2011Mark HenryKelly KellyEddie EdwardsZack Ryder
2010D’Angelo DineroWade BarrettSheamusJay Lethal
2009John MorrisonDolph ZigglerEric YoungThe Miz
2008Cody RhodesThe MizPetey WilliamsKofi Kingston
2007Candice MichelleJay LethalMVPCody Rhodes
2006Bobby LashleyJohnny NitroChris SabinUmaga
2005BatistaCarlitoMonty BrownChris Masters
2004Randy OrtonShelton BenjaminBatistaWilliam Regal
2003John CenaMatt HardyShelton Benjamin & Charlie HaasVictoria
2002Brock LesnarTrish StratusJamie NobleAJ Styles
2001EdgeTestThe HurricaneKurt Angle
2000Steve CorinoLance StormScotty Too HottyJustin Credible
1999Jerry LynnThe Hardy BoyzBob HollyKanyon
1998Booker TD’Lo BrownNew Age OutlawsJuventud Guerrera
1997Ken ShamrockSteve McMichaelThe HeadbangersAlex Wright
1996Ahmed JohnsonChris BenoitStevie RichardsTaz
1995Dallas PageTommy DreamerHarlem HeatSavio Vega
1994DieselJohnny B. BaddSabuOwen Hart
1993YokozunaThe KidBrian LeeTatanka
1992Razor RamonRon SimmonsVirgilBrian Christopher
1991Dustin RhodesRon SimmonsThe UndertakerCrush
1990Paul RomaDoomTugboatCactus Jack
1989Scott SteinerBrutus BeefcakeJeff JarrettP.Y. Chu-Hi
1988StingUltimate WarriorIceman {arsonsJeff Jarrett
1987Curt HennigAl PerezHonky Tonk ManSting
1986Terry GordyScott HallSam HoustonWendell Cooley
1985Steve WilliamsBrian AdiasNikita KoloffRandy Savage
1984Billy Jack HaynesMagnum T.A.Rick MartelRonnie Garvin
1983Brett Wayne SawyerMike RotondoPez WhatleyBrad Rheingans
1982Barry WindhamOtto WanzBuzz SawyerRick Martel
1981Kevin SullivanSgt. SlaughterCharlie CookTito Santana
1980Tony AtlasLarry ZbyszkoTed DiBiaseKerry Von Erich
1979Tommy RichEddy MansfieldKevin Von ErichTed DiBiase
1978Dino BravoBob BacklundRicky SteamboatTony Atlas

Feud of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Sasha Banks vs. BayleyEdge vs. Randy OrtonChris Jericho vs. Orange CassidyMJF vs. Cody Rhodes
2019Johnny Gargano vs. Adam ColeKenny Omega vs. Jon MoxleyBecky Lynch vs. Charlotte FlairRonda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch
2018Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso CiampaAJ Styles vs. Samoa JoeThe Miz vs. Daniel BryanBrock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
2017Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega Roman Reigns vs. Braun StrowmanChris Jericho vs. Kevin OwensBrock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
2016Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha BanksJohn Cena vs. AJ StylesSami Zayn vs. Kevin OwensAJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose
2015Brock Lesnar vs. The UndertakerJohn Cena vs. Kevin OwensSeth Rollins vs. John CenaKazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
2014Seth Rollins vs. Dean AmbroseWyatt Family vs. The ShieldBrock Lesnar vs. John CenaBully Ray vs. Dixie Carter
2013Daniel Bryan vs. The AuthorityCm Punk vs. Paul HeymanDaniel Bryan vs. Randy OrtonJohn Cena vs. The Rock
2012Aces & Eights vs. TNAJohn Cena vs. The RockCM Punk vs. Daniel BryanAdam Pearce vs. Colt Cabana
2011CM Punk vs. John CenaRandy Orton vs. ChristianKurt Angle vs. Jeff JarrettBriscoes vs. All-Night Express
2010The Nexus vs. WWEBret Hart vs. Vince McMahonKurt Angle vs. Mr. AndersonJohn Cena vs. Batista
2009Randy Orton vs. Triple HCM Punk vs. Jeff HardyMain Event Mafia vs. FrontlineKurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett
2008Shawn Michaels vs. Chris JerichoKurt Angle vs. AJ StylesEdge vs. UndertakerLAX vs. Beer Money Inc.
2007Samoa Joe vs. Kurt AngleBatista vs. The UndertakerJohn Cena vs. Shawn MichaelsJohn Cena vs. Randy Orton
2006John Cena vs. EdgeDeGeneration-X vs. The McMahonSting vs. Jeff JarrettTrish Stratus vs. Mickie James
2005Matt Hardy vs. Edge & LitaAJ Styles vs. Christopher DanielsEddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.Batista vs. Triple H
2004Triple H vs. Chris BenoitMick Foley vs. Randy OrtonChris Jericho vs. Christian & Trish Stratus Matt Hardy vs. Kane
2003Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt AngleHulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahonSteve Austin vs. Eric BischoffJeff Jarrett vs. Raven
2002Eric Bischoff vs. Stephanie McMahonKurt Angle vs. EdgeTriple H vs. Stephanie McMahonMolly Holly vs. Trish Stratus
2001Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahonBooker T vs. The RockChris Benoit vs. Kurt AngleEdge vs. Christian
2000Triple H vs. Kurt AngleTriple H vs. The RockBooker T vs. Jeff Jarrett Christian & Edge vs. Hardy Boyz
1999Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahonTriple H vs. The RockJerry Lynn vs. Rob Van DamRic Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
1998Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahonNWO Wolfpac vs. NWO HollywoodRic Flair vs. Eric BischoffRocky Maivia vs. Ken Shamrock
1997Randy Savage vs. Dallas PageSteve Austin vs. Bret HartHulk Hogan vs. Roddy PiperSabu vs. Taz
1996Eric Bischoff vs. Vince McMahonRic Flair vs. Randy SavageMankind vs. The Undertaker Jamie Dundee vs. Wolfie D
1995Axl Rotten vs. Ian RottenHarlem Heat vs. Nasty BoysJeff Jarrett vs. Razor RamoneRic Flair vs. Randy Savage
1994Bret Hart vs. Owen HartHulk Hogan vs. Ric FlairRandy Savage vs. CrushSabu vs. Terry Funk
1993Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler Rick Rude vs. Dustin RhodesCactus Jack vs. Big Van VaderTony Anthony vs. Tracey Smothers
1992The Moondogs vs. Jeff Jarrett & Jerry LawlerRic Flair vs. Randy SavageUltimate Warrior vs. Papa ShangoRick Rude vs. Rick Steamboat
1991Ultimate Warrior vs. The UndertakerHulk Hogan vs. Sgt. SlaughterSting vs. Cactus Jack & Abdullah the ButcherLex Luger vs. Ron Simmons
1990Ric Flair vs. Lex LugerHulk Hogan vs. EarthquakeUltimate Warrior vs. Rick RudeChris Adams vs. Steve Austin
1989Ric Flair vs. Terry FunkHulk Hogan vs. Randy SavageAkbar’s Army vs. Eric EmbryRoddy Piper vs. Rick Rude
1988Ric Flair vs. Lex LugerRick Rude vs. Jake RobertsKerry Von Erich vs. Jerry LawlerHulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase & Andre the Giant
1987Four Horsemen vs. Superpowers & Road WarriorsRandy Savage vs. Rick Steamboat,Jerry Lawler vs. Tommy Rich & Austin IdolBrian Adias vs. Kevin Von Erich
1986Hulk Hogan vs. Paul OrndorffRic Flair vs. Dusty RhodesThe Sheepherders vs. The FantasticsThe Midnight Express vs. The Rock ’n’ Roll Express
YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Orange CassidyJon MoxleyDrew McIntyreKeith Lee
2019Becky LynchJon MoxleyKofi KingstonJohnny Gargano
2018AJ StylesSeth RollinsBecky LynchRonda Rousey
2017AJ StylesShinsuke NakamuraBraun StrowmanKazuchika Okada
2016Shinsuke NakamuraDean AmbroseBayleyEnzo & Cass
2015Dean AmbroseBrock LesnarFinn BalorShinsuke Nakamura
2014Dean AmbroseDaniel BryanJohn CenaThe Usos
2013Daniel BryanJohn CenaCM PunkDolph Ziggler
2012John CenaSheamusRandy OrtonJeff Hardy
2011CM PunkJohn CenaStingRandy Orton
2010Randy OrtonJohn CenaRob Van DamDaniel Bryan
2009Jeff HardyJohn CenaStingThe Undertaker
2008Jeff HardyShawn MichaelsSamoa JoeThe Undertaker
2007John CenaThe UndertakerStingCM Punk
2006Samoa JoeJohn CenaRey MysterioSting
2005John CenaBatistaAJ StylesRey Mysterio
2004John CenaChris BenoitEddie GuerreroEugene
2003Kurt AngleSteve AustinRob Van DamRey Mysterio
2002Rob Van DamHulk HoganBooker TThe Rock
2001Rob Van DamThe RockChris JerichoKurt Angle
2000The RockRob Van DamChris JerichoGoldberg
1999The RockSteve AustinGoldbergMankind
1998Steve AustinGoldbergThe RockDallas Page
1997StingSteve AustinDieselDallas Page
1996Shawn MichaelsRandy SavageSycho SidThe Undertaker
1995Shawn MichaelsStingOwen Hart & YokozunaHulk Hogan
1994StingBret HartThe UndertakerHulk Hogan
1993Lex LugerStingBret HartDustin Rhodes
1992StingUltimate WarriorThe UndertakerRon Simmons
1991StingHulk HoganUltimate WarriorLex Luger
1990Hulk HoganStingDoomLegion of Doom
1989Hulk HoganRic FlairStingUltimate Warrior
1988Randy SavageHulk HoganStingLex Luger
1987Dusty RhodesHulk HoganRandy SavageNikita Koloff
1986Roddy PiperHulk HoganRicky MortonNikita Koloff
1985Hulk HoganMagnum T.A.Kerry Von ErichTito Santana
1984Kerry Von ErichHulk HoganDusty RhodesSgt. Slaughter
1983Jimmy SnukaDusty RhodesDavid Von ErichJunkyard Dog
1982Andre The GiantTommy RichHulk HoganDusty Rhodes
1981Tommy RichBob BacklundAndre The GiantDusty Rhodes
1980Mr. Wrestling IIDusty RhodesAndre The GiantBruno Sammartino
1979Dusty RhodesAndre The GiantIvan PutskiMr. Wrestling II
1978Dusty RhodesAndre The GiantRicky SteamboatBob Backlund
1977Andre The GiantDusty RhodesBob BacklundMil Mascaras
1976Wahoo McDanielChief Jay StrongbowMr. Wrestling IIIvan Putski
1975Mil Mascaras
1974Billy Robinson
1973Chief Jay Strongbow
1972Jack Brisco / Fred Curry

Most Hated Wrestler of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Seth RollinsRoman ReignsMJFRandy Orton
2019Baron CorbinBrock LesnarShane McMahonMJF
2018Brock LesnarTommaso CiampaSamoa JoeBaron Corbin
2017Jinder MahalKevin OwensRoman ReignsSexy Star
2016Roman ReignsKevin OwensThe MizEva Marie
2015Seth RollinsEC3Kevin OwensBray Wyatt
2014Triple H & Stephanie McMahonSeth RollinsDixie CarterBatista
2013The AuthorityRandy OrtonBully RayThe Shield
2012CM PunkBobby RoodeAlbert Del RioKevin Steen
2011The MizAlbert Del RioChristianKurt Angle
2010The NexusCM PunkThe MizEric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan
2009Randy OrtonCM PunkChris JerichoKurt Angle
2008Chris JerichoEdgeRandy OrtonKurt Angle
2007Randy OrtonKurt AngleThe Great KhaliRobert Roode
2006EdgeJeff JarrettRandy OrtonKing Booker
2005Triple HEdgeJeff JarrettMuhammad Hassan
2004Triple HJBLKurt AngleJeff Jarrett
2003Triple HKaneVince McMahonTest
2002Chris JerichoThe Un-AmericansKurt AngleTriple H
2001Steve AustinBooker TKurt AngleShane McMahon
2000Kurt AngleTriple HSteven Richards Jeff Jarrett
1999Dallas PageTriple HThe UndertakerDudley Boyz
1998Hollywood HoganVince McMahonEric BischoffBret Hart
1997Bret HartHollywood HoganOwen HartCurt Hennig
1996Hollywood HoganGoldustJerry LawlerThe Giant
1995Jerry LawlerKevin SullivanThe GangstasDavey Boy Smith
1994Bob BacklundOwen HartBig Van VaderJerry Lawler
1993Jerry LawlerBig Van VaderYokozunaShawn Michaels
1992Rick RudeRic FlairJake RobertsMoondogs
1991Sgt. SlaughterThe UndertakerLex LugerJake Roberts
1990EarthquakeRic FlairRick RudeEddie Gilbert
1989Randy SavageTerry FunkRick RudeLex Luger
1988Andre The GiantBarry WindhamEddie GilbertTed DiBiase
1987Ric FlairAndre The GiantHonky Tonk ManLex Luger
1986Paul OrndorffRic FlairColonel DeBeersRick Rude
1985Roddy PiperChris AdamsTed DiBiaseBig John Studd
1984Roddy PiperKevin SullivanTully BlanchardIron Sheik
1983Greg ValentineMasked SuperstarKevin SullivanMichael Hayes
1982Ted DiBiaseBlackjack MulliganSuperstar GrahamBuzz Sawyer
1981Ken PateraDon MuracoNick BockwinkelRoddy Puper
1980Larry ZbyszkoGreg ValentineErnie LaddHulk Hogan
1979Greg ValentineTerry FunkKen PateraIvan Koloff
1978Ric FlairKen PateraVictor RiveraBob Orton Jr.
1977Ken PateraRic FlairSuperstar GrahamNick Bockwinkel
1976Stan HansenOx BakerTerry FunkThe Spoiler
1975Greg Valentine
1974The Great Mephisto
1973Superstar Graham
1972The Sheik

Comeback of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020MVPRandy OrtonEric YoungAsuka
2019Roman ReignsBray WyattDustin RhodesSasha Banks
2018Daniel BryanDrew McIntyrePCOShawn Michaels
2017Hardy BoyzFinn BalorMickie JamesShelton Benjamin
2016GoldbergSeth RollinsChris JerichoMatt Hardy
2015The UndertakerSheamusRoderick StrongDaniel Bryan
2014StingSeth RollinsChris JerichoMatt Hardy
2013GoldustChris SabinJerry LawlerThe Bellas
2012Jeff HardyThe RockBrock LesnarLayla El
2011StingMark HenryAustin AriesKings MVPof Wrestling
2010Rob Van DamKaneEdgeJeff Hardy
2009Jerry LynnRicky SteamboatThe UndertakerMick Foley
2008Chris JerichoJeff JarrettWilliam RegalSheik Abdul Bashir
2007Jeff HardyTriple HRey MysterioThe Steiners
2006StingSabuJeff HardyFit Finlay
2005Road Warrior AnimalMatt HardyRavenHulk Hogan
2004EdgeMatt HardyWilliam RegalChavo Guerrero
2003Kurt AngleGoldbergRavenHulk Hogan
2002Hulk HoganEddie GuerreroChris BenoitRon Killings
2001Rob Van DamSteve AustinBooker TScott Hall
2000RikishiDusty RhodesThe UndertakerVince McMahon
1999Eddie GuerreroBuff BagwellCurt HennigMichael Hayes
1998X-PacStingDean MalenkoUltimate Warrior
1997Bret HartCurt HennigBrian PillmanRic Flair
1996Sycho SidJake RobertsFarooqRoad Warrior Animal
1995Randy SavageHeavenly BodiesSavio VegaUltimate Warrior
1994Hulk HoganBob BacklundThe UndertakerAlundra Blayze
1993Lex LugerBrutus BeefcakeRic FlairPaul Roma
1992Ultimate WarriorBob BacklundThe SheikJunkyard Dog

Inspirational Wrestler of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Shad GaspardThunder Rosa#SpeakingOut MovementDrake Maverick
2019Roman ReignsKofi KingstonPCOBecky Lynch
2018Roman ReignsCody RhodesTommy DreamerLuFisto
2017Christopher DanielsJohn CenaShane McMahonMia Yim
2016BayleyCody RhodesKevin OwensDean Ambrose
2015BayleyJohn CenaSeth RollinsSami Zayn
2014Daniel BryanEric YoungChris MelendezAshley Sixx
2013Darren YoungDallas PageDaniel BryanJohn Cena
2012Jerry LawlerAustin AriesShawn DaivariJohn Cena
2011RositaGregory IronRob FuryCM Punk
2010Shawn MichaelsKurt AngleJohn CenaRob Van Dam
2009Ricky SteamboatTommy DreamerStingJohn Cena
2008Ric FlairCM PunkJohn CenaJeff Hardy
2007Jeff JarrettCM PunkJohn CenaSting
2006Matt CappotelliRey Mysterio Jr.Hardcore HollyCM Punk
2005Chris CandidoMatt HardySteve WilliamsRey Mysterio Jr.
2004Eddie GuerreroChris BenoitEugeneWilliam Regal
2003Zach GowenKurt AngleAJ StylesRey Muysterio Jr.
2002Eddie GuerreroHulk HoganShawn MichaelsChris Benoit
2001Kurt AngleChris JerichoShane McMahonSpike Dudley
2000Booker TMick FoleyCrash HollyChyna
1999Hulk HoganBret HartX-PacJim Duggan
1998GoldbergSteve AustinMankindShane Douglas
1997Terry FunkSteve AustinPerry SaturnRoddy Piper
1996Jake RobertsJushin LigerAhmed JohnsonRey Mysterio Jr.
1995Barry HorowitzSabuAntonio InokiDan Severn
1994Bret HartTerry FunkThe Guardian AngelDave Sullivan
1993Cactus JackLex LugerThe KidBrutus Beefcake
1992Ron SimmonsThe UndertakerRicky SteamboatEric Embry
1991The PatriotJerry LawlerSid JusticeBill Dundee
1990StingHulk HoganJerry LawlerNikolai Volkoff
1989Eric EmbryNikita KoloffBilly Jack HaynesRic Flair
1988Jerry LawlerKerry Von ErichRoad Warrior AnimalJake Roberts
1987Nikita KoloffDynamite KidChris AdamsSuperstar Graham
1986Chris AdamsMagnum T.A.Kerry Von ErichSteve Williams
1985Mike Von ErichPaul OrndorffJim DugganKevin Von Erich
1984Sgt. SlaughterKerry Von ErichKevin Von ErichRock ‘n’ Roll Express
1983Hulk HoganRoddy PiperBuzz SawyerBuddy Rose
1982Roddy PiperJimmy SnukaMil MascarasJimmy Valiant
1981Bob BacklundTed DiBiaseTito SantanaMr. Wrestling II
1980Junkyard DogRicky SteamboatVerne GagneMr. Florida
1979Chief Jay StrongbowRic FlairMr. Wrestling IIDusty Rhodes
1978Blackjack MulliganBruno SammartinoMr. Wrestling IIJim Brunzell
1977Bob BacklundDon MuracoBruno SammartinoTerry Funk
1976Bruno SammartinoWahoo McDanielBob RoopBob Armstrong
1975Mike McCord
1974Dick Murdoch
1973Johnny Valentine
1972Lord Alfred Hayes

Independent Wrestler of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020WARHORSENick GageAJ GrayChris Dickinson

Rookie of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020Dominik MysterioAnna JayJoshua WavraAbadon
2019Brian Pillman Jr.Jessamyn DukeUtami HayashishitaGreen Ant
2018Ronda RouseyTomoyuki OkaKacy CatanzaroTaynara Conti
2017Otis DozovicRay Gonzalez Jr.The ButcherHirai Kawato
2016Nia JaxLio RushMatt RiddleShayna Baszler
2015MooseTessa BlanchardBraun StrowmanDana Brooke
2014Charlotte FlairEnzo AmoreMojo RawleyChad Gable
2013Tim ZbyszkoCody HallLucipher LordsMatt King
2012Veda ScottThe Big OJason JordanBambi Hall
2011Ace HawkinsNick MadridLeakee ReignsBriley Pierce
2010David OtungaTamina SnukaPercy WatsonCorey Hollis
2009Mike SydalJesse NealBrittney SavageJT Flash
2008Joe HennigBrett DiBiaseRicky Steamboat Jr.Ryan McBride
2007HornswoggleTed DiBiase Jr.Pelle PrimeauMike DiBiase
2006The BoogeymanCharles EvansAkebonoCody Rhodes
2005Bobby LashleyChristy HemmeMikey BattsKen Doane
2004Monty BrownPetey WilliamsJohnny NitroMatt Cappotelli
2003Zach GowenSylvain GrenierTrinityMatt Morgan
2002MavenChristopher NowinskiNidiaTaylor Matheny
2001Randy OrtonBrock LesnarK-KwikThe Prototype
2000Kurt AngleLitaMark Jindrak & Sean O’HaireChuck Palumbo
1999Shane McMahonEvan KaragiasVince McMahonLash LeRoux
1998Bill GoldbergSableDrozMark Henry
1997Prince IaukeaErnest MillerChris ChettiBrakkus
1996The GiantSteve McMichaelRocky MaiviaJoe Gomez
1995Alex WrightCraig PittmanLarence TaylorMadd Maxxine
1994911Bob HollyAbbudah SinghMikey Whipwreck
1993Vampire WarriorRobbie EagleKent & Keith ColeThe Headhunters
1992Erik WattsDallas PageVladimir KoloffChaz Taylor
1991Johnny B. BaddThe PatriotTerri PowerThe Lightning Kid
1990Steve AustinEl GiganteBrad AndersonChris Chavis
1989Destruction CrewDustin RhodesScotty The BodyJohnathan Holliday
1988Madusa MiceliChris BenoitMaxx PayneScott Steiner
1987Owen HartBig Bubba RogersShane DouglasDoug Furnas
1986Lex LugerBam Bam BigelowStingTom Magee
1985Nord The BarbarianKendall WindhamDan SpiveySam Houston
1984Mike Von ErichNikita KoloffKrusher KruschevKevin Kelly
1983Angelo Mosca Jr.King Kong BundyScott ArmstrongArn Anderson
1982Brad ArmstrongTiger MaskMike RotundaKamala
1981David SammartinoBrad RheingansCurt HennigRon Richie
1980Terry TaylorBarry WindhamRicky McGrawTom Prichard
1979Sweet Brown SugarSteve TravisBryan St. JohnEddie Gilbert
1978Tommy RichJay YoungbloodDavid Von ErichTully Blanchard
1977Ricky SteamboatJimmy SnukaBig John StuddSkip Young
1976Bob BacklundChavo GuerreroSteve KeirnJohnny Rivera
1975Ric Flair
1974Larry Zbyszko
1973Bob Orton / Tony Garea
1972Mike Graham

Woman of the Year

YearWinner1st Runner-Up2nd Runner-Up3rd Runner-Up
2020N/AN/AN/AN/A
2019Becky LynchTessa BlanchardShayna BaszlerRandi Rhodes
2018Becky LynchRonda RouseyAsukaTessa Blanchard
2017AsukaAlexa BlissCharlotte FlairSienna
2016Charlotte FlairSasha BanksBayleyBecky Lynch
2015Sasha BanksNikki BellaCharlotte FlairPaige
2014AJ LeePaigeStephanie McMahonJessicka Havok
2013AJ LeeCheerleader MelissaDixie CarterKaitlyn
2012AJ LeeGail KimEve TorresSara Del Rey
2011Mickie JamesKelly KellyBeth PhoenixMadison Eagles
2010Michelle McCoolAngelina LoveMadison RayneMadison Eagles
2009Mickie JamesAngelina LoveTaraMichelle McCool
2008Awesome KongBeth PhoenixMickie JamesKaren Angle
2007Candice MichelleBeth PhoenixGail KimDeuce & Domino
2006Trish StratusDixie CarterMickie JamesLita
2005Trish StratusChristy HemmeMelinaLita
2004VictoriaTrish StratusStacy KeiblerMolly Holly
2003World’s Greatest Tag TeamStephanie McMahonVictoriaTorrie Wilson
2002Billy Gunn & Chuck PalumboStephanie McMahonStacy KeiblerTorrie Wilson
2001LitaStephanie McMahonStacy KeiblerTorrie Wilson
2000Stephanie McMahonLitaChynaMajor Gunns
1976Sue GreenKitty AdamsEarly DawnVicki Williams
1975Ann Casey
1974Rachel Dubois
1973Joyce Grable
1972Marie LaVerne

Stanley Weston Editors’ Award

YearWinner(s)Notes
2020Madusa Miceli
Stu Saks
2019Steve Austin
2018Antonio Inoki
2017Jack BriscoPresented posthumously
2016Dick “Destroyer” Beyer
2015Roddy PiperPresented posthumously
2014Dory Funk Jr.
2013Dusty RhodesPresented posthumously
2012Bobby Heenan
2011Randy SavagePresented posthumously
2010Killer KowalskiPresented posthumously
2009Vince McMahon
2008Ric Flair
2007Nick Bockwinkel
2006Harley Race
2005Eddie GuerreroPresented posthumously
2004Pat Patterson
2003Bret Hart
2002Jim Ross
2001Johnny ValentinePresented posthumously
2000Freddie Blassie
1999Owen HartPresented posthumously
1998Bobo BrazilPresented posthumously
1997Arn Anderson
1996Dan Hodge
1995Ricky Steamboat
1994Capt. Lou Albano
1993Andre The GiantPresented posthumously
1992Stanley Weston
1991Fabulous Moolah
1990Buddy Rogers
1989Gordon Solie
1988Bruiser Brody
Adrian Adonis
Presented posthumously
Presented posthumously
1987Paul Boesch
1986Verne Gagne
1985Dan ShocketPresented posthumously
1984David Von ErichPresented posthumously
1983The Grand WizardPresented posthumously
1982Lou Thesz
1981Bruno Sammartino
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