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 10 times: Michaels had a 4-year win streak from 1993 to 1996 and is currently on a 6-year win streak.

Award winners and runners-up

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1986 Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes The Sheepherders (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) vs. The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson)
1987 Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Lex Luger) vs. The Super Powers (Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff) and The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat Jerry Lawler vs. Tommy Rich and Austin Idol Brian Adias vs. Kevin Von Erich
1988 Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger Rick Rude vs. Jake Roberts Kerry Von Erich vs. Jerry Lawler The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) vs. The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase and André the Giant)
1989 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage Skandor Akbar's Devastation Inc. vs. Eric Embry Roddy Piper vs. Rick Rude
1990 Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake The Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude Chris Adams vs. Steve Austin
1991 The Ultimate Warrior vs. The Undertaker Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter Sting vs. Cactus Jack and Abdullah the Butcher Lex Luger vs. Ron Simmons
1992 The Moondogs (Spot and Cujo) vs. Jerry Lawler and Jeff Jarrett Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage The Ultimate Warrior vs. Papa Shango Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat
1993 Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler Rick Rude vs. Dustin Rhodes Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader Tony Anthony vs. Tracy Smothers
1994 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan Randy Savage vs. Crush Sabu vs. Terry Funk
1995 Axl Rotten vs. Ian Rotten Harlem Heat (Stevie Ray and Booker T) vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) Jeff Jarrett vs. Razor Ramon Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage
1996 Eric Bischoff vs. Vince McMahon Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage The Undertaker vs. Mankind Jamie Dundee vs. Wolfie D
1997 Diamond Dallas Page vs. Randy Savage Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart Hollywood Hogan vs. Roddy Piper Sabu vs. Taz
1998 Vince McMahon vs. Steve Austin nWo Wolfpac vs. nWo Hollywood Ric Flair vs. Eric Bischoff The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock
1999 Vince McMahon vs. Steve Austin Triple H vs. The Rock Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
2000 Triple H vs. Kurt Angle Triple H vs. The Rock Booker T vs. Jeff Jarrett Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy)
2001 Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon Booker T vs. The Rock Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle Edge vs. Christian
2002 Eric Bischoff vs. Stephanie McMahon Kurt Angle vs. Edge Triple H vs. Stephanie McMahon Trish Stratus vs. Molly Holly
2003 Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff Jeff Jarrett vs. Raven
2004 Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley Christian and Trish Stratus vs. Chris Jericho Matt Hardy vs. Kane
2005 Matt Hardy vs. Edge and Lita A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero Batista vs. Triple H
2006 John Cena vs. Edge D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. The McMahons (Shane and Vince McMahon) Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James
2007 Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe Batista vs. The Undertaker John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels John Cena vs. Randy Orton
2008 Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels Kurt Angle vs. A.J. Styles The Undertaker vs. Edge Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) vs. The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez)
2009 Randy Orton vs. Triple H CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy The Main Event Mafia vs. TNA Frontline Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett
2010 Nexus vs WWE Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon Kurt Angle vs Mr. Anderson John Cena vs Batista
2011 CM Punk vs. John Cena Randy Orton vs. Christian Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe) vs. All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
2012 Aces & Eights vs. TNA The Rock vs. John Cena CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan Adam Pearce vs. Colt Cabana
2013 Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton The Rock vs. John Cena
2014 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar Bully Ray vs. Dixie Carter
2015 Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar John Cena vs. Kevin Owens Seth Rollins vs. John Cena Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
2016 Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks John Cena vs. A.J. Styles Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose
2017 Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar
2018 Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

See also

Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Current PWI Adwards
Wrestler of the Year Tag Team of the YearMatch of the YearFeud of the YearMost Popular Wrestler of the YearMost Hated Wrestler of the YearMost Improved Wrestler of the YearMost Inspirational Wrestler of the YearRookie of the YearStanley Weston AwardComeback of the YearWoman of the Year
Discontinued Awards
Manager of the YearMidget Wrestler of the YearAnnouncer of the Year
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