PWI
Most Inspirational Wrestler
of the Year Award


Year Awarded
Winner
1st
Runner-Up
2nd
Runner-Up
3rd
Runner-Up
2011
Rosita
Gregory
Iron
CM Punk
Rob Fury
2010
Shawn Michaels
Kurt Angle
John Cena
Rob
Van Dam
2009
Ricky
Steamboat
Tommy Dreamer
Sting
John Cena
2008
Ric Flair
Jeff Hardy
John
Cena
CM Punk
2007
Jeff Jarrett
CM Punk
John
Cena
Sting
2006
Matt Cappotelli
Rey Mysterio
Hardcore
Holly
CM Punk
2005
Chris Candido
Matt Hardy
Steve
Williams
Rey Mysterio
2004
Eddie
Guerrrero
Chris Benoit
Eugene
William Regal
2003
Zach Gowen
Kurt Angle
AJ Styles
Rey
Mysterio Jr
2002
Eddie
Guerrero
Hulk Hogan
Charlie Haas
Chris Benoit
2001
Kurt Angle
Chris
Jericho
Shane McMahon
Spike Dudley
2000
Booker T
Mick Foley
Crash
Holly
Chyna
1999
Hulk
Hogan
Bret Hart
X-Pac
Jim Duggan
1998
Bill
Goldberg
Steve Austin
Mankind
Shane Douglas
1997
Terry Funk
Steve Austin
Perry
Saturn
Roddy Piper
1996
Jake Roberts
Jushin Liger
Ahmed Johnson
Rey
Mysterio Jr
1995
Barry Horowitz
Sabu
Antonio
Inoki
Dan Severn
1994
Bret Hart
Terry Funk
The Guardian
Angel
Dave Sullivan
1993
Cactus Jack
Lex Luger
The Kid
Brutus
Beefcake
1992
Ron Simmons
The Undertaker
Ricky
Steamboat
Eric Embry
1991
The Patriot
Jerry
Lawler
Sid Justice
Bill Dundee
1990
Sting
Hulk Hogan
Jerry Lawler
Nikolai
Volkoff
1989
Eric Embry
Nikita Koloff
Billy Jack
Haynes
Ric Flair
1988
Jerry Lawler
Kerry von Erich
Road Warrior
Animal
Jake Roberts
1987
Nikita
Koloff
The Dynamite Kid
Chris Adams
Superstar Graham
1986
Chris Adams
Magnum T. A.
Kerry
von Erich
Steve Williams
1985
Mike
von Erich
Paul Orndorff
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Kevin
von Erich
1984
Sgt. Slaughter
Kerry
von Erich
Kevin
von Erich
Bob Backlund
1983
Hulk Hogan
Roddy
Piper
Buzz Sawyer
Buddy Rose
1982
Roddy
Piper
Jimmy Snuka
Mil Mascaras
Jimmy Valiant
1981
Bob Backlund
Ted DiBiase
Tito
Santana
Mr. Wrestling II
1980
The Junkyard Dog
Ricky
Steamboat
Verne Gagne
Mr. Florida
1979
Chief Jay
Strongbow
Ric Flair
Mr. Wrestling II
Dusty Rhodes
1978
Blackjack
Mulligan
Bruno
Sammartino
Mr. Wrestling II
Jim Brunzell
1977
Bob Backlund
Don Muraco
Bruno
Sammartino
Terry Funk
1976
Bruno
Sammartino
Wahoo McDaniel
Bob Roop
Bob Armstrong
1975
Mike
McCord
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1974
Dick
Murdoch
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1973
Johnny
Valentine
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1972
Lord
Alfred Hayes
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