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WRESTLING OBSERVER WRESTLER OF THE YEAR


2005 - Kenta Kobashi (4)
Runner up: Samoa Joe
3. Perro Aguayo Jr.
4. Mistico
5. Eddie Guerrero
6. Kid Yamamoto
7. Satoshi Kojima
8. Shawn Michaels
9. Chuck Liddell
10. AJ Styles

2004 - Kenta Kobashi (3)
Kobashi was NOAH's GHC heavyweight champion for the entire voting period. He was widely considered the best major champion in the world. His main events against Takeshi Rikio and Yoshihiro Takayama sold out the Budokan, though his match with Akira Taue failed to do so. NOAH drew the largest crowd for a pro wrestling show at the Tokyo Dome in many years with his long awaited match against Jun Akiyama on top. His match with Akiyama won match of the year while his defense against Takayama placed fourth.
Runner up: Chris Benoit
This year was the biggest of Benoit's career. He went over in the main event of Wrestlemania XX, one of the biggest shows of all-time, winning WWE's world heavyweight title. Although he did not draw them by himself, the Raw-only PPVs with him as champion did better than any Smackdown-only PPVs. His best matches were the Mania main event against Triple H and Shawn Michaels (runner up for match of the year), the rematch at Backlash (placed 10th) and his title loss to Randy Orton at Summerslam.
3. Samoa Joe
4. Eddie Guerrero
5. Kensuke Sasaki
6. Wanderlei Silva
7. HHH
8. Mitsuharu Misawa
9. Chuck Liddell
10. Shawn Michaels

2003 - Kenta Kobashi (2)
He was put in the most important match on the card for all five shows NOAH ran at the Budokan (w/ Akira Taue vs. Chono & Misawa, vs. Misawa, w/ Tamon Honda vs. Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama, vs. Nagata, vs. Yoshinari Ogawa). Four of those were decisively sold out while the building was likely filled after some papering for the match against Ogawa. Was called upon by New Japan to defend the GHC title against Masahiro Chono at their May Tokyo Dome show. The Kobashi-Chono match was the strongest on the card, which drew over 40,000, far better than New Japan's previous two shows at the Dome. His GHC title win over Misawa in March will go down as a legendary match in Japanese wrestling history. It won match of the year in a landslide. His interpromotional match with Nagata also finished eighth in the polling.
Runner up: Kurt Angle
3. Randy Couture
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Wanderlei Silva
6. Yuji Nagata
7. Yoshihiro Takayama
8. Eddie Guerrero
9. Bob Sapp
10. Mirko CroCop

2002 - Kurt Angle
Angle's win this year was unprecedented. He joined Akira Maeda as the only other wrestler to win the award without holding a major title at any time in the voting period. However, Maeda was definitively positioned as the top wrestler in his promotion in 1988, as UWF did not use titles. Angle only had main event roles on WWE pay-per-view twice. In December, he was in a four-man tournament to unify the WWF and WCW titles, in which he did not make it to the final main event title match. The other was a three-way with Rock and Undertaker at Vengeance in July. What won the award for Angle were his consistently outstanding matches and interviews. His feud with Edge, culminating in Angle losing his hair, placed second for feud of the year. He was voted "best interviews" and "most outstanding performer" in the same year--a feat no one, including Ric Flair, ever before achieved in the history of the awards. Match of the year belonged to Angle as well, awarded to his tag team match with Chris Benoit against Rey Mysterio and Edge at October's No Mercy. His singles match against Benoit the previous month at Unforgiven placed 9th.
Runner up: Bob Sapp
3. Keiji Muto
4. Genichiro Tenryu
5. Yuji Nagata
6. Yoshihiro Takayama
7. Rock
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
9. Brock Lesnar
10. Manami Toyota

2001 - Keiji Muto
With a new look, Muto returned to Japan from WCW at the beginning of the year. Helped the still ailing All Japan company, main eventing every one of their shows at the Budokan, beginning with a dream match against Toshiaki Kawada in April. While still remaining an important touring star with New Japan, he won All Japan's Triple Crown title from Genichiro Tenryu in June. The match with Tenryu was the only one to sell out at the Budokan, however the shows would have done much worse without him. Was a key draw in a successful New Japan G1 Climax in August, where he made it to the finals, putting over Yuji Nagata. Drew about 40,000 for New Japan's Tokyo Dome show in October, teaming with Hiroshi Hase against Nagata and Jun Akiyama, by far the strongest match on the show. By the end of the year, he held All Japan's Triple Crown, world tag team title and New Japan's IWGP tag team title, all at once. His best matches were against Tenryu (match of the year winner) and Nagata.
Runner up: Steve Austin
3. Kurt Angle
4. Yuji Nagata
5. Jun Akiyama


2000 - Triple H

With no Steve Austin until October of that year, 2000 was the WWF's strongest year ever for business. Best matches: against Cactus Jack in a street fight at the Royal Rumble (#2 MOTY), a Hell in a Cell rematch,
Runner up: Toshiaki Kawada
3. Rock
4. Kazushi Sakuraba
5. Chris Benoit

1999 - Mitsuharu Misawa (3)
Runner up: Steve Austin
3. Vader
4. Rock
5. Keiji Muto


1998 - Steve Austin

Runner up: Mitsuharu Misawa
3. Kenta Kobashi
4. Mick Foley
5. Rocky Maivia

1997 - Mitsuharu Misawa (2)
Runner up: Bret Hart
3. Kenta Kobashi
4. Steve Austin
5. Shawn Michaels


1996 - Kenta Kobashi

Runner up: Shawn Michaels
3. Mitsuharu Misawa
4. Manami Toyota
5. Rey Misterio Jr.

1995 - Mitsuharu Misawa
Runner up: Shawn Michaels
3. Manami Toyota
4. Keiji Muto
5. Eddie Guerrero

1994 - Toshiaki Kawada
Runner up: Sabu
3. Ric Flair
4. Kenta Kobashi
5. Steve Williams


1993 - Vader

Runner up: Kenta Kobashi
3. Bret Hart
4. Toshiaki Kawada
5. Ric Flair


1992 - Ric Flair (8)

Runner up: Bret Hart
3. Mitsuharu Misawa
4. Jushin Liger
5. Manami Toyota


1991 - Jumbo Tsuruta

Runner up: Ric Flair
3. Jushin Liger
4. Keiji Muto
5. Bull Nakano

1990 - Ric Flair (7)
Runner up: Jushin Liger
3. Jumbo Tsuruta
4. Akira Maeda
5. Mitsuharu Misawa

1989 - Ric Flair (6)
Runner up: Akira Maeda
3. Terry Funk
4. Genichiro Tenryu
5. Rick Steamboat


1988 - Akira Maeda

Runner up: Ric Flair
3. Tatsumi Fujinami
4. Randy Savage
5. Ted DiBiase


1987 - Riki Choshu

Runner up: Ric Flair
3. Hulk Hogan
4. Ted DiBiase
5. Chigusa Nagayo


1986 - Ric Flair (5)

Runner up: Hulk Hogan
3. Ted DiBiase
4. Akira Maeda
5. Terry Gordy


1985 - Ric Flair (4)

Runner up: Riki Choshu


1984 - Ric Flair (3)

Runner up: Dynamite Kid


1983 - Ric Flair (2)

Runner up: Hulk Hogan
3. Tiger Mask
4. Harley Race
5. Jimmy Snuka


1982 - Ric Flair

Runner up: Roddy Piper
3. Harley Race
4. Tiger Mask
5. Jimmy Snuka


1981 - Harley Race (2) [4]


1980 - Harley Race [3]

Projected winners before the award existed, compiled and determined by Steve Yohe (Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 9/24/2001)

1979 - Harley Race (2)

1978 - Harley Race

1977 - Superstar Billy Graham

1976 - Bruno Sammartino (4)

1975 - Bruno Sammartino (3)

1974 - Jack Brisco

1973 - Andre the Giant

1972 - Pedro Morales (2)

1971 - Pedro Morales

1970 - Dory Funk Jr. (2)

1969 - Dory Funk Jr.

1968 - Giant Baba (2)

1967 - Giant Baba

1966 - Bruno Sammartino (2)

1965 - Lou Thesz (9)

1964 - Bruno Sammartino

1963 - Lou Thesz (8)

1962 - Buddy Rogers (5)

1961 - Buddy Rogers (4)

1960 - Buddy Rogers (3)

1959 - Buddy Rogers (2)

1958 - Buddy Rogers

1957 - Edouard Carpentier

1956 - Antonino Rocca

1955 - Lou Thesz (7)

1954 - Lou Thesz (6)

1953 - Lou Thesz (5)

1952 - Lou Thesz (4)

1951 - Lou Thesz (3)

1950 - Lou Thesz (2)

1949 - Lou Thesz

1948 - Frank Sexton (2)

1947 - Bill Longson (5)

1946 - Frank Sexton

1945 - Bill Longson (4)

1944 - Bill Longson (3)

1943 - Bill Longson (2)

1942 - Bill Longson

1941 - Yvon Robert (2)

1940 - Ray Steele

1939 - Bronko Nagurski (2)

1938 - Steve Casey

1937 - Bronko Nagurski

1936 - Yvon Robert

1935 - Danno O'Mahoney

1934 - Jim Londos (5)

1933 - Jim Londos (4)

1932 - Jim Londos (3)

1931 - Jim Londos (2)

1930 - Jim Londos

1929 - Gus Sonnenberg

1928 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis (4)

1927 - Joe Stecher (8)

1926 - Joe Stecher (7)

1925 - Joe Stecher (6)

1924 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis (3)

1923 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis (2)

1922 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis

1921 - Stanislaus Zbyszko

1920 - Joe Stecher (5)

1919 - Joe Stecher (4)

1918 - Earl Caddock (2)

1917 - Earl Caddock

1916 - Joe Stecher (3)

1915 - Joe Stecher (2)

1914 - Joe Stecher

1913 - Stanislaus Zbyszko

1912 - Frank Gotch (8)

1911 - Frank Gotch (7)

1910 - Frank Gotch (6)

1909 - Frank Gotch (5)

1908 - Frank Gotch (4)

1907 - Frank Gotch (3)

1906 - Frank Gotch (2)

1905 - George Hackenschmidt (3)

1904 - Frank Gotch

1903 - Tom Jenkins

1902 - George Hackenschmidt (2)

1901 - George Hackenschmidt

WRESTLING OBSERVER MATCH OF THE YEAR

*The voting period for the annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards are December 1st of the previous year through November 30th. For example, the voting period for the 2005 awards is 12/1/04 to 11/30/05. This is so matches and other performances or acheivements that take place in December can be fairly assessed.

1980 - Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera (5/19 - Madison Square Garden)
Runner up: Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko (9/8 - Shea Stadium)

1981 - Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter (4/21 - Madison Square Garden)
Runner up: Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair (9/17 - Kansas City)

1982 - Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid (8/5 - Tokyo)
Runner up: Ric Flair vs. Bob Backlund (4/7 - Atlanta)
3. Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy Snuka (Madison Square Garden)

1983 - Harley Race vs. Ric Flair (11/24 - Greensboro)
Runner up: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle (3/12 - Greensboro)
3. Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid (4/23 - Tokyo)
4. Antonio Inoki vs. Hulk Hogan (6/2 - Tokyo)
5. Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. vs. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy (8/31 - Tokyo)

1984 - Freebirds vs. Von Erichs (7/4 - Ft. Worth)
Runner up:

1985 - Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (6/12 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
Runner up:

1986 - Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (2/14 - Orlando)
Runner up: Yoshiaki Yatsu & Riki Choshu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (1/28 - Tokyo)
3. Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Akira Maeda (6/12 - Osaka)
4. Midnight Express vs. Rock 'n Roll Express (8/16 - Philadelphia)
5. Shiro Koshinaka vs. Nobuhiko Takada (9/19 - Fukuoka)

1987 - Rick Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (3/29 - Pontiac)
Runner up: Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (1/20 - Greensboro)
3. Chigusa Nagayo vs. Lioness Asuka (2/26 - Kawasaki)
4. Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shiro Koshinaka (2/5 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
5. Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Keiji Muto (3/20 - Tokyo Korakuen Hall)

1988 - Ric Flair vs. Sting (3/27 - Greensboro)
Runner up: Midnight Express vs. Fantastics (3/27 - Greensboro)
3. Midnight Express vs. Fantastics (4/26 - Chattanooga)
4. Footloose vs. Shinichi Nakano & Shunji Takano (7/19 - Tokyo Korakuen Hall)
5. Ted DiBiase vs. Randy Savage (4/25 - Madison Square Garden)

1989 - Ric Flair vs. Rick Steamboat (4/2 - New Orleans)
Runner up: Ric Flair vs. Rick Steamboat (5/7 - Nashville)
3. Ric Flair vs. Rick Steamboat (2/20 - Chicago)
4. Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (11/15 - Troy, NY)
5. Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (9/20 - Osaka)

1990 - Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (1/31 - Osaka)
Runner up: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (6/8 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
3. Midnight Express vs. Southern Boys (7/8 - Baltimore)
4. Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior (4/1 - Toronto)
5. Steiner Brothers vs. Nasty Boys (10/27 - Chicago)
6. Atsushi Onita & Tarzan Goto vs. Dragon Master & Masanobu Kurisu (4/1 - Tokyo)
7. Keiji Muto vs. Hiroshi Hase (9/14 - Hiroshima)
8. Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger (2/25 - Greensboro)
9. Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton vs. Joe Malenko & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
10. Yoshihiro Asai vs. Negro Casas (6/7 - Tokyo)

1991 - Steiner Brothers vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Hiroshi Hase (3/21 - Tokyo Dome)
Runner up: Bull Nakano vs. Akira Hokuto (1/4 - Tokyo)
3. War Games: Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Sid Vicious & Larry Zbyszko vs. Sting, Steiner Brothers & Brian Pillman (2/24 - Phoenix)
4. Cactus Jack vs. Eddie Gilbert (8/3 - Philadelphia)
5. Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger (5/19 - St. Petersburg)
6. Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko vs. Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes (11/18 - Savannah)
7. Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior (3/31 - Los Angeles)
8. Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart (8/27 - Madison Square Garden)
9. Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi (4/20 - Tokyo)
10. Jushin Liger vs. Hiroshi Hase (5/6 - Tokyo)

1992 - Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kenta Kobashi (5/25 - Miyagi)
Runner up: Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman (2/29 - Milwaukee)
3. Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue (4/25 - Yokohama)
4. Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (4/30 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
5. Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada (8/15 - Tokyo Korakuen Hall)
6. El Hijo Del Santo, Atsushi Onita & Tarzan Goto vs. Negro Casas, Tim Patterson & Horace Boulder (5/16 - Los Angeles)
7. War Games: Sting, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Barry Windham vs. Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko & Rick Rude (5/17 - Jacksonville)
8. Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (8/29 - Wembley)
9. Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Yumiko Hotta & Suzuka Minami (3/17 - Tokyo)
10. Eddie Gilbert vs. Terry Funk (11/14 - Wayne, NJ)

1993 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki (4/11 - Osaka)
Runner up: Steve Williams vs. Kenta Kobashi (8/31 - Toyohashi)
3. Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori (4/2 - Yokohama)
4. Cactus Jack vs. Vader (10/24 - New Orleans)
5. Stan Hansen vs. Kenta Kobashi (7/29 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
6. Hikari Fukuoka, Cutie Suzuki, Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Aja Kong, Kyoko Inoue, Takako Inoue & Sakie Hasegawa (7/31 - Yokohama)
7. Sting vs. Vader (2/21 - Asheville)
8. Lightning Kid vs. Sabu (4/17 - Minneapolis)
9. Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (7/10 - New York)
10. Stan Hansen vs. Toshiaki Kawada (2/28 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)

1994 - Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (3/20 - Madison Square Garden)
Runner up: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (6/3 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
3. Wild Pegasus vs. Great Sasuke (4/16 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
4. Love Machine & Eddie Guerrero vs. Octagon & El Hijo Del Santo (11/6 - Los Angeles)
5. Terry Funk vs. Shane Douglas vs. Sabu (2/5 - Philadelphia)
6. Ric Flair vs. Big Van Vader (12/27/93 - Charlotte)
7. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (5/21 - Sapporo)
8. Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne (4/17 - Chicago)
9. Jushin Liger vs. Great Sasuke (4/16 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
10. Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan vs. Nasty Boys (5/22 - Philadelphia)

1995 - Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue (5/7 - Tokyo Korakuen Hall)
Runner up: Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (8/27 - Pittsburgh)
3. Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis (10/7 - Philadelphia)
4. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (1/24 - Yamagata)
5. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi (1/19 - Osaka)
6. Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko (4/15 - Philadelphia)
7. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada (6/9 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
8. Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis (9/22 - Mexico City)
9. Ultimo Dragon vs. Chris Jericho (7/7 - Tokyo)
10. Manami Toyota vs. Akira Hokuto (9/2 - Tokyo)

1996 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Johnny Ace & Steve Williams (6/7 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
Runner up: Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera (3/9 - Philadelphia)
3. Dick Togo, MEN's Teioh, TAKA Michinoku, Shoichi Funaki & Shiryu vs. Super Delfin, Gran Hamada, Tiger Mask, Masato Yakushiji & Gran Naniwa (10/10 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
4. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (5/23 - Sapporo)
5. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (3/31 - Anaheim)
6. Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis (7/7 - Daytona Beach)
7. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (11/17 - Madison Square Garden)
8. Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel (4/28 - Omaha)
9. Ultimo Dragon vs. Shinjiro Otani (8/4 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
10. Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis (12/13/95 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)

1997 - Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (3/23 - Chicago)
Runner up: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (1/20 - Osaka)
3. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (10/5 - St. Louis)
4. Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Misterio Jr. (10/26 - Las Vegas)
5. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (6/6 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
6. El Samurai vs. Koji Kanemoto (6/5 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
7. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada (12/6/96 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
8. Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada & Masato Yakushiji vs. MEN's Teioh, Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku (4/13 - Philadelphia)
9. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (10/21 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
10. Jushin Liger vs. Shinjiro Otani (2/9 - Sapporo)

1998 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (10/31 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
Runner up: Undertaker vs. Mankind (6/28 - Pittsburgh)
3. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka (6/27 - Yokohama)
4. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (5/1 - Tokyo Dome)
5. Steve Austin vs. Dude Love (5/31 - Milwaukee)
6. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (12/5/97 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
7. Juventud Guerrera vs. Billy Kidman (11/16 - Witchita)
8. Rock vs. Triple H (8/30 - Madison Square Garden)
9. Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada (6/12 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
10. Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama (7/25 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)

1999 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (6/11 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
Runner up: Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boys (10/17 - Cleveland)
3. Bret Hart vs. Chris Benoit (10/4 - Kansas City)
4. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (3/6 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
5. Steve Austin vs. Rock (4/25)
6. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (1/22 - Osaka)
7. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (10/23 - Nagoya)
8. Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto (10/11 - Tokyo)
9. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto (6/24 - Tokyo)
10. Juventud Guerrera vs. Blitzkrieg (4/11 - Tacoma)

2000 - Atlantis vs. Villano III (3/17 - Arena Mexico)
Runner up: Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (1/23 - Madison Square Garden)
3. Dudley Boys vs. Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boys (8/27 - Raleigh)
4. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kensuke Sasaki (10/9 - Tokyo Dome)
5 . Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka (6/25 - Tokyo)

2001 - Keiji Muto vs. Genichiro Tenryu (6/8 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
Runner up: Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho vs. Steve Austin & Triple H (5/21 - San Jose)
3. Toshiaki Kawada & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka (12/14/00 - Osaka)
4. Minoru Tanaka vs. Takehiro Murahama (4/20 - Tokyo Korakuen Hall)
5. Triple H vs. Steve Austin (2/25 - Las Vegas)

2002 - Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle vs. Edge & Rey Mysterio (10/20 - Little Rock)
Runner up: Genichiro Tenryu vs. Satoshi Kojima (7/17 - Osaka)
3. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (8/25 - Madison Square Garden)
4. Keiji Muto vs. Toshiaki Kawada (2/24 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
5. American Dragon vs. Low Ki (3/30 - Philadelphia)
6. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata (2/17 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
7. Spanky vs. Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Doug Williams (7/27 - Philadelphia)
8. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa (12/9/01 - Tokyo)
9. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (9/22 - Los Angeles)
10. Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge (9/24 - San Diego)

2003 - Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi (3/1 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
Runner up: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit (1/19 - Boston)
3. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi (9/12 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
4. Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels (3/30 - Seattle)
5. Bryan Danielson vs. Paul London (4/12 - Philadelphia)
6. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Jushin Liger & Takehiro Murahama (7/16 - Osaka)
7. Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar (3/30 - Seattle)
8. Kenta Kobashi vs. Yuji Nagata (9/12 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
9. Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Jun Akiyama (8/17 - Tokyo Sumo Hall)
10. Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar (9/16 - Raleigh)

2004 - Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama (7/10 - Tokyo Dome)
Runner up: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (3/14 - Madison Square Garden)
3. Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk (10/16 - Chicago)
4. Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (4/25 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
5. Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley (4/18 - Edmonton)
6. Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar (2/15 - San Francisco)
7. Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk (6/12 - Dayton)
8. Kensuke Sasaki vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (8/8 - Osaka)
9. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (12/30/03 - San Antonio)
10. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (4/18 - Edmonton)

2005 - Kenta Kobashi vs. Samoa Joe (10/1 - New York)
Runner up: Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (4/3 - Los Angeles)
3. Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki (7/18 - Tokyo Dome)
4. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles (9/11 - Orlando)
5. Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiozaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (11/5 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)
6. Chris Harris & James Storm vs. Christopher Daniels & Elix Skipper (12/5/04 - Orlando)
7. Satoshi Kojima vs. Toshiaki Kawada (2/16 - Tokyo)
8. Mistico vs. Ultimo Guerrero (2/15 - Arena Mexico)
9. AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels (2/13 - Orlando)
10. KENTA vs. SUWA (9/18 - Tokyo Nippon Budokan)

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