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The WON Most Outstanding Wrestler is an award given yearly since 1986 by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), recognizing the most outstanding professional wrestler of the year as decided by WON journalist, Dave Meltzer.

Award winners

Year Wrestler Promotion(s)
1986 Flag of the United States

Ric Flair

Jcp Jim Crockett Promotions
1987 Flag of the United States

Ric Flair

Jcp Jim Crockett Promotions
1988 Flag of Japan

Tatsumi Fujinami

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
1989 Flag of the United States

Ric Flair

WCW World Championship Wrestling
1990 Flag of Japan

Jushin Liger

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
1991 Flag of Japan

Jushin Liger

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
1992 Flag of Japan

Jushin Liger

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
1993 Flag of Japan

Kenta Kobashi

AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1994 Flag of Japan

Kenta Kobashi

AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1995 Flag of Japan

Manami Toyota

All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling Logo All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
1996 Flag of the United States

Rey Mysterio, Jr.

ECW Logo Extreme Championship Wrestling
WCW World Championship Wrestling
1997 Flag of Japan

Mitsuharu Misawa

AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
1998 Flag of Japan

Koji Kanemoto

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
1999 Flag of Japan

Mitsuharu Misawa

AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling
2000 Flag of Canada

Chris Benoit

WCW World Championship Wrestling
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Federation
2001 Flag of the United States

Kurt Angle

WWE-Logo World Wrestling Federation
2002 Flag of the United States

Kurt Angle

WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2003 Flag of the United States

Kurt Angle

WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2004 Flag of Canada

Chris Benoit

WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2005 Flag of the United States

Samoa Joe

ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
TNA Logo Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2006 Flag of the United States

Bryan Danielson

ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
2007 Flag of the United States

Bryan Danielson

ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
2008 Flag of the United States

Bryan Danielson

ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
2009 Flag of the United States

Bryan Danielson

ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
2010 Flag of the United States

Bryan Danielson/ Daniel Bryan

WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
Evolve Wrestling Logo Evolve
DragonGateUSA Dragon Gate USA
2011 Flag of the United States

Davey Richards

ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
PWG-Logo Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
2012 Flag of Japan

Hiroshi Tanahashi

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
2013 Flag of Japan

Hiroshi Tanahashi

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
2014 Flag of the United States

A.J. Styles

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
2015 Flag of the United States

A.J. Styles

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor
2016 Flag of the United States

A.J. Styles

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling
WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment
2017 Flag of Japan

Kazuchika Okada

NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling

Statistics

Most all-time individual winners

Rank Wrestler Awards
1 Flag of the United States

Bryan Danielson/ Daniel Bryan

5
2 Flag of the United States

Ric Flair

3
Flag of Japan

Jushin Liger

Flag of the United States

Kurt Angle

Flag of the United States

A.J. Styles

6 Flag of Japan

Kenta Kobashi

2
Flag of Japan

Mitsuharu Misawa

Flag of Canada

Chris Benoit

Flag of Japan

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Most all-time promotion winners

Rank Nation Awards
1 NJPW Logo New Japan Pro Wrestling 11
2 ROH Logo1 Ring of Honor 8
3 WWE-Logo World Wrestling Entertainment 7
4 AJPW Logo All Japan Pro Wrestling 4
5 WCW World Championship Wrestling 3
6 Jcp Jim Crockett Promotions 2
7 All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling Logo All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling 1
ECW Logo Extreme Championship Wrestling
Evolve Wrestling Logo Evolve
DragonGateUSA Dragon Gate USA
PWG-Logo Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
TNA Logo Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Most all-time nationality winners

Rank Nation Awards
1 Flag of the United States

United States of America

17
2 Flag of Japan

Japan

13
3 Flag of Canada

Canada

2

See also

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