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Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame (2015)

Post by Joe Lanza » Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:58 am

Just hit the inbox a few minutes ago.

An amusing thing people like to track is what email dave replies to when he sends it. This year he replied to "VOW MOTY Poll" (of which he did not participate, btw).

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It's time for the 2015 Hall of Fame elections.

This ballot is being sent out to major wrestling stars, past and present, major management figures in the industry, writers and historians.

If you are getting this, you are being asked your opinion on who should be inducted into this year's Hall of Fame class. The criteria for the Hall of Fame is a combination of drawing power, being a great in-ring performer or excelling in ones field in pro wrestling, as well as having historical significance in a positive manner. A candidate should either have something to offer in all three categories, or be someone so outstanding in one or two of those categories that they deserve inclusion.

The names listed below are those under consideration for this year. To be eligible, a performer must have reached their 35th birthday and completed ten years since their debut as a full-time performer, or be someone who has been a full-time pro wrestler for at least 15 years.

Longevity should be a prime consideration rather than a hot two or three year run, unless someone is so significant as a trend-setter or a historical figure in the business, or valuable to the industry, that they need to be included. However, just longevity without being either a long-term main eventer, a top draw and/or a top caliber in-ring performer should be seen as relatively meaningless.

The election is broken down into a number of categories. You should check each category for wrestlers that you feel you are familiar enough with based on geography that you've either traveled or are familiar with, and based on the time you have followed pro wrestling. You do not have to vote for a wrestler in every category you've checked.

The ballot is also broken down to wrestlers and those who are not pro wrestlers but have been valuable parts of the industry.

The maximum number of wrestlers that you can vote for all the categories is ten. You can pick as few as zero if you don't believe anyone on this list deserves inclusion.

For wrestling executives, managers, announcers and other outside the ring performers, you can vote for them and they are not counted against the ten. You can vote for as many as five of them.

All responses are confidential. There is nothing to worry about politically about any involvement in this process. Your selections will not be revealed unless you choose to do so yourself.

Anyone who receives mention on 60% of the ballots from the geographical region and time frame (broken down as Continental United States & Canada; Mexico; Japan; Europe; and Hawaii/Australia/New Zealand) will be added to the Hall of Fame in the class of 2015.

If you are unfamiliar with any of the candidates due to geography of having never seen them, that is fine. Ballots are sent to many people from all over the world and from different wrestling cultures so that everyone has as fair a shot at possible.

The breakdown for modern and historical performers is 30 years ago, or 1985. So if the last year the person was a headliner, or was a key figure in the industry, was prior to 1985, they would be in the historical class.

All performers who receive mention on 10% to 59.9% of the ballots from their geographical region or era will remain on the ballot for consideration next year. All those who receive less than 10% of the vote will be dropped from next year's ballot. They can return in two years based on if there is significant feedback from voters who say they will vote for them. This is mostly for wrestlers who are still active who may improve their career legacy, but can be for retired wrestlers if voters believe they should be put on or returned to the ballot.

In addition, in following the lead of the baseball Hall of Fame, which is the model here, starting this year we have a 15-year-rule. The following candidates have been on the ballot since 2000. In baseball, this would be their last year of eligibility. Here, if they don't get at least 50% of the votes in this year's election they will be removed from the ballot. If they are modern candidates, they can be brought back in the historical performers era in two years if it is more than 30 years since their career as a Hall Fame level performer is up:

The following candidates will be dropped from next year's ballot unless they are elected in or garner 50% of the vote:

Gene & Ole Anderson
Cien Caras
Carlos Colon
Villano III
Volk Han

Please return this ballot by October 5th. You can e-mail the ballot back or fax or mail (please do so by September 28th) to Wrestling Observer, P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228.

Please check by every category you are familiar with

I FOLLOWED THE HISTORICAL PERFORMERS ERA CANDIDATES
The Assassins (Joe Hamilton & Tom Renesto)
Red Bastien
June Byers
Cowboy Bob Ellis
Bob Geigel
Pepper Gomez
Dick Hutton
Rocky Johnson
Kinji Shibuya
John Tolos
Enrique Torres
Von Brauners & Saul Weingeroff
Johnny "Mr. Wrestling II" Walker
Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods
Ron Wright

I FOLLOWED THE MODERN PERFORMERS IN U.S/CANADA CANDIDATES
Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan
Junkyard Dog
Edge
Curt Hennig
Ivan Koloff
Brock Lesnar
Randy Orton
C.M. Punk
Big Show
Sgt. Slaughter
Sting
A.J. Styles
Ultimate Warrior

I FOLLOWED WRESTLING IN JAPAN CANDIDATES
Jun Akiyama
Cima
George Gordienko
Volk Han
Masahiko Kimura
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Yuji Nagata
Shinsuke Nakamura
Mike & Ben Sharpe
Minoru Suzuki
Kiyoshi Tamura
Akira Taue

I FOLLOWED WRESTLING IN MEXICO CANDIDATES
Perro Aguayo Jr.
Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata & El Brazo
Cien Caras
Hector Garza
Ultimo Guerrero
Karloff Lagarde
Blue Panther
L.A. Park
Huracan Ramirez
El Signo & El Texano & Negro Navarro
Vampiro
Villano III
Dr. Wagner Jr.

I FOLLOWED WRESTLING IN EUROPE CANDIDATES
Jim Breaks
Big Daddy
Horst Hoffman
Billy Joyce
Kendo Nagasaki
Jackie Pallo
Rollerball Mark Rocco
Johnny Saint
Ricki Starr
Otto Wanz

I FOLLOWED WRESTLING IN AUSTRALIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS/CARIBBEAN/AFRICA CANDIDATES
Spyros Arion
Johnny Barend
Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy
Carlos Colon
Domenic DeNucci
Killer Karl Kox
Mark Lewin
Mario Milano

NON-WRESTLERS
Bill Apter
Dave Brown
Jim Crockett Jr.
Jim Crockett Sr.
Gary Hart
Jimmy Hart
Howard Finkel
Jerry Jarrett
Larry Matysik
Gorilla Monsoon
Gene Okerluind
Don Owen
George Scott
Stanley Weston

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Joe Lanza » Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:00 am

We only get ONE MONTH to return the ballot?! Surely this is a mistake? Holy shit. Wasn't it at least two or three months in the past? I always send mine back like 2 minutes before midnight right at the deadline.

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Alan4L » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:26 am

It was one month last year bud

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by br26 » Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:06 am

I got two ballots for some reason. First one was "NJPW/CMLL Fantasticamania 1/14 Report", which is the same one from last year.

Hours later I get another one with the subject "Best of the Super Juniors", which I am assuming is from sometime this year.

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Robareid » Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:58 am

You could hand your spare one to Rich ;)

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by kjharris » Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:49 pm

According to Twitter, Rich got one this year. Well deserved.

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Joe Lanza » Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:15 pm

Alan4L wrote:It was one month last year bud
Looks like it's one month every year. Felt like longer last year. It felt like we were doing those HOF shows for months.

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by michaelrspears » Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:47 pm

That Japan category is interesting this year.

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Alan4L » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:30 am

really looking forward to seeing someone try to build a solid case for Shinsuke. I'm not seeing it at all - and I'm someone who wrote a magazine article this year on how great he is.

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2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Quentin Moody » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:02 am

I don't see how you can justify voting for Nak and not give a look to CIMA (who will get sadly overlooked here).

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Alan4L » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:58 pm

Quentin Moody wrote:I don't see how you can justify voting for Nak and not give a look to CIMA (who will get sadly overlooked here).
I'll be going in depth on this in audio form soon I'm sure - but I think CIMA is miles ahead of Shinsuke as a telent

- More influential
- Done more for the business
- Undisputed ace of a company for a long period
- More longevity as a great worker
- Has been a charisma machine since 1999 and opposed to being one since 2012

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by greenmanRD » Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:11 pm

I don't have a vote and even though I like Japanese wrestling, still don't know a whole lot about Cima. What kind of a draw was he?

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Alan4L » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:00 pm

greenmanRD wrote:I don't have a vote and even though I like Japanese wrestling, still don't know a whole lot about Cima. What kind of a draw was he?
he is still is DG's biggest draw and most popular star. The promotion has been on his back for most of it's existence. They have grown to the point where they have a year round touring business consisting of about 200 shows a year, including a Korakuen every month (which is packed more often than not), and five big arena shows a year. Their biggest show of the year is in Kobe World Hall every July where they draw in the 8k range. It's a very steady business model and they sell a TON of merch.

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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Statoke » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:33 pm

I bet CaseLow could do a great article on the site for why CIMA should be part of the HoF
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Re: 2015 WON HOF ballot is out

Post by Rich Kraetsch » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:44 pm

kjharris wrote:According to Twitter, Rich got one this year. Well deserved.
I got mine, thanks for the offer though :lol:

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