PWI
Match of the Year Award


Year Awarded
Winner
1st
Runner-Up
2nd
Runner-Up
3rd
Runner-Up
2011
John Cena
vs.
CM Punk
Triple H
vs.
The Undertaker
Eddie Edwards
vs.
Davey Richards
Austin Aries
vs.
Jack Evans
vs.
Zema Ion
vs.
Low-Ki
2010
Shawn Michaels
vs.
The Undertaker
Beer Money
vs.
Motor City Machine Guns
Kurt Angle
vs.
Mr. Anderson
Tyler Black
vs.
Davey Richards
2009
Shawn Michaels
vs.
The Undertaker
Jeff Hardy
vs.
CM Punk
John Cena
vs.
Randy Orton
vs.
Triple H
Beer Money
vs.
Team 3-D
2008
Ric Flair
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Kurt Angle
vs.
Samoa Joe
Edge
vs.
The Undertaker
Erick Stevens
vs.
Roderick Strong
2007
John Cena
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Kurt Angle
vs.
Samoa Joe
John Cena
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Nigel McGuinness
vs.
Takeshi Morishima
2006
Shawn Michaels
vs.
Vince McMahon
Kurt Angle
vs.
the Undertaker
Kurt Angle
vs.
Samoa Joe
Mick Foley
vs.
Edge
2005
Shawn Michaels
vs.
Kurt Angle
Christopher Daniels
vs.
AJ Styles
vs.
Samoa Joe
Hulk Hogan
vs.
Shawn Michaels
John Cena
vs.
John Bradshaw Layfield
2004
Chris Benoit
vs.
Triple H
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Chris Benoit
vs.
Randy Orton
Randy Orton
vs.
Cactus Jack
Eddie Guerrero
vs.
Kurt Angle
2003
Kurt Angle
vs.
Brock Lesnar
Kurt Angle
vs.
Chris Benoit
Kurt Angle
vs.
Brock Lesnar
Chris Jericho
vs.
Shawn Michaels
2002
Hulk Hogan
vs.
The Rock
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Eddie Guerrero
vs.
Rob Van Dam
Kurt Angle &
Chris Benoit
vs.
Rey Mysterio Jr & Edge
2001
Edge & Christian
vs.
The Hardy Boyz
vs.
The Dudley Boyz
Steve Austin
vs.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Chris Jericho
vs.
The Rock
Jeff Hardy
vs.
Rob Van Dam
2000
Edge & Christian
vs.
The Hardy Boyz
vs.
The Dudley Boyz
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
vs.
Chris Jericho
Edge & Christian
vs.
The Hardy Boyz
vs.
The Dudley Boyz
Super Crazy
vs.
Yoshihiro Tajiri
1999
Mankind
vs.
The Rock
Jerry Lynn
vs.
Rob Van Dam
Steve Austin
vs.
Vince McMahon
Steve Austin
vs.
The Rock
1998
Mankind
vs.
The Undertaker
Steve Austin
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Bill Goldberg
vs.
Hollywood Hogan
Bam-Bam Bigelow
vs.
Taz
1997
Steve Austin
vs.
Bret Hart
Eddie Guerrero
vs.
Rey Mysterio Jr
Shawn Michaels
vs.
The Undertaker
Terry Funk
vs.
Stevie Richards
vs.
The Sandman
1996
Bret Hart
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Mankind
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Sabu
vs.
Rob Van Dam
Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Hollywood Hogan & nWo Sting
vs.
Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Lex Luger & Sting
1995
Diesel
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Jeff Jarrett
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Harlem Heat
vs.
The Nasty Boys
Rey Mysterio Jr
vs.
Psicosis
1994
Shawn Michaels
vs.
Razor Ramon
Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne
vs.
The Nasty Boys
Ric Flair
vs.
Hulk Hogan
Alundra Blayze
vs.
Bull Nakano
1993
Marty Jannetty
vs.
Shawn Michaels
Heavenly Bodies
vs.
Steiner Brothers
Dustin Rhodes
vs.
Rick Rude
Cactus Jack
vs.
Big Van Vader
1992
Bret Hart
vs.
Davey Boy Smith
Jushin Liger
vs.
Brian Pillman
The Royal Rumble
Rick Rude
vs.
Rick Steamboat
1991
Lex Luger & Sting vs.
Steiner Brothers
Bret Hart
vs.
Curt Hennig
Lex Luger
vs.
Ron Simmons
Cactus Jack
vs.
Eddie Gilbert
1990
Hulk Hogan
vs.
The Ultimate Warrior
Ric Flair
vs.
Sting
Earthquake
vs.
Hulk Hogan
The Royal Rumble
1989
Ric Flair
vs.
Rick Steamboat
Hulk Hogan
vs.
Randy Savage
Ric Flair
vs.
Rick Steamboat
P.Y. Chu-Hi
vs.
Eric Embry
1988
Andre the Giant
vs.
Hulk Hogan
Ric Flair
vs.
Sting
Curt Hennig
vs.
Jerry Lawler
The Honkytonk Man
vs.
The Ultimate Warrior
1987
Randy Savage
vs.
Ricky Steamboat
Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes,
& the Road Warriors vs.
Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Tully Blanchard & The War Machine
Andre the Giant
vs.
Hulk Hogan
Ric Flair
vs.
Ronnie Garvin
1986
Ric Flair
vs.
Dusty Rhodes
The British Bulldogs
vs.
The Dream Team
Ronnie Garvin & Magnum T.A.
vs.
The Road Warriors
Hulk Hogan
vs.
Paul Orndorff
1985
Hulk Hogan
& Mr. T
vs.
Paul Orndorff & Roddy Piper
Ivan Koloff & Nikita Koloff
vs.
The Road Warriors
Ric Flair
vs.
Nikita Koloff
Bob Backlund
vs.
Rick Martel
1984
Ric Flair
vs.
Kerry von Erich
Rick Martel
vs.
Jumbo Tsuruta
Hulk Hogan
vs.
The Iron Sheik
Ric Flair
vs.
Rick Steamboat
1983
Ric Flair
vs.
Harley Race
Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
vs.
Don Kernodle & Sgt. Slaughter
Pedro Morales
vs.
Don Muraco
Tommy Rich
vs.
Buzz Sawyer
1982
Bob Backlund
vs.
Jimmy Snuka
Bob Backlund
vs.
Ric Flair
Nick Bockwinkle
vs.
Otto Wanz
Nick Bockwinkle
vs.
Otto Wanz
1981
Andre the Giant
vs.
Killer Khan
Ric Flair
vs.
Dusty Rhodes
Bob Backlund
vs.
Don Muraco
Terry Gordy
vs.
Michael Hayes
1980
Bruno Sammartino
vs.
Larry Zbyszko
Andre the Giant
vs.
Hulk Hogan
Nick Bockwinkle
vs.
Verne Gagne
Bob Backlund
vs.
Dusty Rhodes
1979
Harley Race
vs.
Dusty Rhodes
Bob Backlund
vs.
Pat Patterson
Bob Backlund
vs.
Nick Bockwinkle
Ernie Ladd
vs.
Mr. Wrestling II
1978
Bob Backlund
vs.
Superstar Graham
Ric Flair
vs.
Blackjack Mulligan
Superstar Graham
vs.
Dusty Rhodes
Ric Flair
vs.
Rick Steamboat
1977
Superstar Graham
vs.
Bruno Sammartino
Superstar Graham
vs.
Dusty Rhodes
Andre the Giant
vs.
Ric Flair
Bob Backlund
vs.
Greg Gagne
1976
Stan Hansen
vs.
Bruno Sammartino
Terry Funk
vs.
Rocky Johnson
Nick Bockwinkle
vs.
Baron von Raschke
Abdullah the Butcher
vs.
Andre the Giant
1975
Spiros Arion
vs.
Bruno Sammartino
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1974
Jack Brisco
vs.
Dory Funk Jr.
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1973
Dory Funk Jr.
vs.
Harley Race
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1972
Bruno Sammartino wins a 22-man Los Angeles Battle Royal
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