The PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Award, given yearly since 1972 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the best heel professional wrestler of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. Triple H has won this award a record five times.

Award winners and runners-up

Year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up Third runner-up
1972 The Sheik . . .
1973 "Superstar" Billy Graham . . .
1974 The Great Mephisto . . .
1975 Greg Valentine . . .
1976 Stan Hansen Ox Baker Terry Funk The Spoiler
1977 Ken Patera Ric Flair Superstar Billy Graham Nick Bockwinkel
1978 Ric Flair Ken Patera Victor Rivera Bob Orton, Jr.
1979 Greg Valentine Terry Funk Ken Patera Ivan Koloff
1980 Larry Zbyszko Greg Valentine Ernie Ladd Hulk Hogan
1981 Ken Patera Don Muraco Nick Bockwinkel Roddy Piper
1982 Ted DiBiase Blackjack Mulligan Superstar Billy Graham Buzz Sawyer
1983 Greg Valentine Masked Superstar Kevin Sullivan Michael Hayes
1984 Roddy Piper Kevin Sullivan Tully Blanchard The Iron Sheik
1985 Chris Adams Ted DiBiase Big John Studd
1986 Paul Orndorff Ric Flair Col. DeBeers Rick Rude
1987 Ric Flair André the Giant The Honky Tonk Man Lex Luger
1988 André the Giant Barry Windham Eddie Gilbert Ted DiBiase
1989 Randy Savage Terry Funk Rick Rude Lex Luger
1990 Earthquake Ric Flair Rick Rude Eddie Gilbert
1991 Sgt. Slaughter The Undertaker Lex Luger Jake Roberts
1992 Rick Rude Ric Flair Jake Roberts The Moondogs
1993 Jerry Lawler Big Van Vader Yokozuna Shawn Michaels
1994 Bob Backlund Owen Hart Big Van Vader Jerry Lawler
1995 Jerry Lawler Kevin Sullivan The Gangstas Davey Boy Smith
1996 Hollywood Hogan Goldust Jerry Lawler The Giant
1997 Bret Hart Hollywood Hogan Owen Hart Curt Hennig
1998 Hollywood Hogan Vince McMahon Eric Bischoff Bret Hart
1999 Diamond Dallas Page Triple H The Undertaker The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
2000 Kurt Angle Steven Richards Jeff Jarrett
2001 Steve Austin Booker T Kurt Angle Shane McMahon
2002 Chris Jericho The Un-Americans (Christian, Lance Storm, and Test) Kurt Angle Triple H
2003 Triple H Kane Vince McMahon Test
2004 John "Bradshaw" Layfield Kurt Angle Jeff Jarrett
2005 Edge Jeff Jarrett Muhammad Hassan
2006 Edge Jeff Jarrett Randy Orton King Booker
2007 Randy Orton Kurt Angle The Great Khali Robert Roode
2008 Chris Jericho Edge Randy Orton Kurt Angle
2009 Randy Orton CM Punk Chris Jericho
2010 Nexus The Miz Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff
2011 The Miz Alberto Del Rio Christian Kurt Angle
2012 CM Punk Bobby Roode Alberto Del Rio Kevin Steen
2013 The Authority Randy Orton Bully Ray The Shield
2014 Triple H and Stephanie McMahon Seth Rollins Dixie Carter Batista
2015 Seth Rollins Ethan Carter III Kevin Owens Bray Wyatt
2016 Roman Reigns Kevin Owens The Miz Eva Marie
2017 Jinder Mahal Kevin Owens Roman Reigns Sexy Star
2018 Brock Lesnar Tommaso Ciampa Samoa Joe Baron Corbin

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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