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Puroresu Awards

1980s

1980

Wrestler of the Year: Antonio Inoki (New Japan)
Match of the Year: World Tag Team League: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dory Funk Jr. & Terry [All Japan 12/11 Kuramae Kokugikan]
Outstanding Performance Award: Giant Baba (All Japan)
Tag Team of the Year: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan)
Performance Award: Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Animal Hamaguchi (IWE)
Techinique Award: Kengo Kimura (New Japan)
Effort Award: Prince Tonga (Haku/Meng, All Japan), George Takano (New Japan), Mach Hayato (IWE)
Popularity Award: Abdullah the Butcher (All Japan), Stan Hansen (New Japan)
Special Grand Award: Giant Baba (All Japan)

1981

Wrestler of the Year: Antonio Inoki (New Japan)
Match of the Year: Giant Baba 3000th Memorial Match: Giant Baba vs. Verne Gagne [All Japan 01/18 Kourakuen Hall]
Outstanding Performance Award: Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan)
Tag Team of the Year: Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan)
Performance Award: Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Rusher Kimura (IWE)
Techinique Award: Riki Choshu (New Japan), Ashura Hara (IWE)
Effort Award: Takashi Ishikawa (All Japan), Akira Maeda (New Japan), Animal Hamaguchi (IWE)
Popularity Award: Tiger Mask (New Japan)
Achievement Award: Kanji Kitazawa (New Japan, retired), Snake Amami (IWE, deceased)

1982

Wrestler of the Year: Tiger Mask (New Japan)
Match of the Year: PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Stan Hansen [All Japan 02/04 Tokyo Gym]
Outstanding Performance Award: Antonio Inoki (New Japan)
Tag Team of the Year: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan)
Performance Award: Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Rusher Kimura (New Japan)
Techinique Award: Tiger Mask (New Japan)
Effort Award: Yoshiaki Fujiwara (New Japan), Shiro Koshinaka (All Japan)
Rookie of the Year: Mitsuharu Misawa (All Japan)
Achievement Award: Yonetaro Tanaka (New Japan ref, retired), Mr. Hayashi (All Japan ref, retired)
Outstanding Foreginer Award: Stan Hansen

1983

Wrestler of the Year: Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan)
Match of the Year: WWF International Heavyweight Title Match: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu [New Japan 04/03 Kuramae Kokugikan]
Outstanding Performance Award: Riki Choshu (New Japan)
Tag Team of the Year: Jumbo Tsuruta & Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Performance Award: The Great Kabuki (All Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Techinique Award: Akira Maeda (New Japan)
Effort Award: Masanobu Fuchi (All Japan), Nobuhiko Takada (New Japan)
Rookie of the Year: Tarzan Goto (All Japan)
Special Achievement Award: Terry Funk (All Japan, retired)
Outstanding Foreginer Award: Hulk Hogan (AWA/New Japan)
Popularity Award: The Great Kabuki (All Japan)

1984

Wrestler of the Year: Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan)
Match of the Year: Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu [New Japan 08/02 Kuramae Kokugikan]
Performance Award: Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan)
Techinique Award: Super Tiger (Satoru Sayama, UWF)

1985

Wrestler of the Year: Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan)
Match of the Year: Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan) vs. Riki Choshu (Japan Pro) [All Japan 11/04 Osaka Castle Hall]
Tag Team of the Year: Jumbo Tsuruta & Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Performance Award: Kengo Kimura (New Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa, All Japan)
Techinique Award: Antonio Inoki (New Japan)
Rookie of the Year: Keiichi Yamada (New Japan)
Special Foreginer Award: Road Warriors

1986

Wrestler of the Year: Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Match of the Year: Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan) vs. Akira Maeda (UWF) [New Japan 06/12 Osaka Castle Hall]
Tag Team of the Year: Shiro Koshinaka (New Japan) & Nobuhiko Takada (UWF)
Performance Award: Yoshiaki Yatsu (Japan Pro)
Fighting Spirit Award: Riki Choshu (Japan Pro)
Techinique Award: Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan)
Special Award: Hiroshi Wajima (All Japan)
Rookie of the Year: Keiji Mutoh (New Japan)
Outstanding Referee Award: Kyohei Wada (All Japan)

1987

Wrestler of the Year: Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Match of the Year: Gen'ichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta [All Japan 08/31 Nippon Budokan]
Tag Team of the Year: Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara (All Japan)
Performance Award: Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura (New Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Yoshiaki Fujiwara (New Japan)
Techinique Award: N/A
Rookie of the Year: John Tenta (All Japan)
Achievement Award: Animal Hamaguchi (Japan Pro, retired), Great Kojika (All Japan, retired), Haru Sonoda (All Japan, deceased)
Special Award: No-ring No-people No-time limit Death Match: Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito [New Japan 10/04 Ganryujima Island]

1988

Wrestler of the Year: Gen'ichiro Tenryu (All Japan)
Match of the Year: PWF & NWA United National Heavyweight Title Unification Match: Gen'ichiro Tenryu vs. Stan Hansen [All Japan 07/27 Nagano]
Tag Team of the Year: N/A
Performance Award: Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Riki Choshu (New Japan)
Techinique Award: Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan)
Rookie of the Year: Hiroshi Hase (New Japan)
Special Achievement Award: Antonio Inoki (New Japan, elected for senate)
Special Award: Akira Maeda (UWF)
Popularity Award: Giant Baba & Rusher Kimura (All Japan)
Special Achievement Award: Bruiser Brody (All Japan, deceased)
Achievement Award: Masanobu Kurisu (retired), Shunji Kosugi (retired)

1989

Wrestler of the Year: Akira Maeda (UWF)
Match of the Year: Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Gen'ichiro Tenryu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta [All Japan 06/05 Nippon Budokan]
Tag Team of the Year: Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu (All Japan)
Performance Award: Shin'ya Hashimoto (New Japan)
Fighting Spirit Award: Riki Choshu (New Japan)
Techinique Award: Yoshiaki Fujiwara (UWF)
Rookie of the Year: Kenta Kobashi (All Japan)
Special Achievement Award: Antonio Inoki (New Japan)
Special Award: Atsushi Ohnita (FMW), Great Muta (WCW/New Japan)
Achievement Award: Takashi Ishikawa (All Japan, retired)


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