Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

awards given by Wrestling Observer

Dave Meltzer well known wrestling journalist created Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards.

Current awardsEdit

"Class A" awardsEdit

Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award (Wrestler of the Year)Edit

 
Ric Flair is an eight-time winner and co-namesake of the category
Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1980 Harley Race National Wrestling Alliance
1981
1982 Ric Flair
1983
1984
1985 Jim Crockett Promotions
1986
1987 Riki Choshu All Japan Pro Wrestling
1988 Akira Maeda Universal Wrestling Federation
1989 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1990
1991 Jumbo Tsuruta All Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Ric Flair World Wrestling Federation
1993 Big Van Vader World Championship Wrestling
1994 Toshiaki Kawada All Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Mitsuharu Misawa
1996 Kenta Kobashi
1997 Mitsuharu Misawa
1998 Stone Cold Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1999 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Triple H World Wrestling Federation
2001 Keiji Mutoh New Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
2002 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2003 Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2004
2005
2006 Místico Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Chris Jericho
2009
2010 John Cena
2011 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2012
2013
2014 Shinsuke Nakamura
2015 A.J. Styles New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2016 New Japan Pro-Wrestling
WWE
2017 Kazuchika Okada New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018 Kenny Omega New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2019 Chris Jericho New Japan Pro-Wrestling
All Elite Wrestling
2020 Jon Moxley
2021 Kenny Omega All Elite Wrestling
Impact Wrestling

Mixed Martial Arts Most ValuableEdit

 
Brock Lesnar is a three-time winner of the category
Year Fighter Promotion(s)
2007 Randy Couture Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Brock Lesnar
2009
2010
2011 Georges St-Pierre
2012 Anderson Silva
2013 Georges St-Pierre
2014 Ronda Rousey
2015
2016 Conor McGregor
2017 Georges St-Pierre
2018 Conor McGregor
2019 Jorge Masvidal
2020 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2021 Kamaru Usman

Most Outstanding WrestlerEdit

 
Manami Toyota is the only female winner of the category
Year Wrestler Promotion
1986 Ric Flair Jim Crockett Promotions
1987
1988 Tatsumi Fujinami New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1989 Ric Flair World Championship Wrestling
1990 Jushin Thunder Liger New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1991 New Japan Pro-Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1992
1993 Kenta Kobashi All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994
1995 Manami Toyota All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
1996 Rey Misterio Jr. Extreme Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
1997 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Koji Kanemoto New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1999 Mitsuharu Misawa All Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Chris Benoit World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Federation
2001 Kurt Angle World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
2002
2003
2004 Chris Benoit
2005 Samoa Joe Ring of Honor
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan Ring of Honor
2007
2008
2009 Ring of Honor
Dragon Gate USA
2010 World Wrestling Entertainment
Evolve
Dragon Gate USA
Chikara
2011 Davey Richards Ring of Honor
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012 Hiroshi Tanahashi New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2013
2014 A.J. Styles New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Ring of Honor
2015
2016 New Japan Pro-Wrestling
WWE
2017 Kazuchika Okada New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2018 Kenny Omega
2019 Will Ospreay
2020 Kenny Omega All Elite Wrestling
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
2021 Shingo Takagi New Japan Pro-Wrestling

Most Outstanding Fighter of the YearEdit

 
Georges St-Pierre is a three-time winner of the category
Year Fighter Promotion(s)
1997 Maurice Smith Ultimate Fighting Championship
1998 Frank Shamrock
1999
2000 Kazushi Sakuraba Pride Fighting Championships
2001 Wanderlei Silva
2002 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
2003 Randy Couture Ultimate Fighting Championship
2004 Wanderlei Silva Pride Fighting Championships
2005 Fedor Emelianenko
2006 Mirko Filipović
2007 Quinton Jackson Ultimate Fighting Championship
2008 Georges St-Pierre
2009
2010
2011 Jon Jones
2012 Anderson Silva
2013 Cain Velasquez
2014 Ronda Rousey
2015 Conor McGregor
2016
2017 Demetrious Johnson
2018 Daniel Cormier
2019 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2020
2021 Kamaru Usman

Best Box Office DrawEdit

Before 2021, this was a single award. Starting in 2021, separate awards for MMA and pro wrestling were introduced.

 
The Rock is a three-time winner of this category
Year Performer Promotion(s)
1997 Hulk Hogan World Championship Wrestling
1998 Stone Cold Steve Austin World Wrestling Federation
1999
2000 The Rock
2001 Kazushi Sakuraba Pride Fighting Championships
2002 Bob Sapp K-1
Pride Fighting Championships
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2003
2004 Kenta Kobashi Pro Wrestling Noah
2005
2006 Místico Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
2007 John Cena World Wrestling Entertainment
2008 Brock Lesnar Ultimate Fighting Championship
2009
2010
2011 The Rock WWE
2012
2013 Georges St-Pierre Ultimate Fighting Championship
2014 Ronda Rousey
2015
2016 Conor McGregor
2017
2018
2019 Chris Jericho All Elite Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
2020 Conor McGregor Ultimate Fighting Championship
2021 MMA: Conor McGregor Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pro wrestling: CM Punk All Elite Wrestling