All Other Awards

 

Who may be nominated:

The nominee:

  • Must be a member in good standing of the Cauliflower Alley Club at the time of nomination.
  • Must have attended at least one CAC Reunion.
  • Other criteria for nomination are listed under the individual awards below.

Who may submit nominations:

Nominations are accepted from all members in good standing of the Cauliflower Alley Club.

When are nominations due:

Deadline for nominations for all awards, except for Future Legend Award, is October 31 annually. Nominations made after this deadline WILL NOT be on the ballot.

What must be included with a nomination:

  • A brief biography detailing the nominees qualifications for the award for which he or she is nominated.
  • The nominees contact information (given name, address, phone number, e-mail address).
  • Confirmation that the nominee has been contacted and has agreed to attend the next Reunion if they are elected.

Where should nominations be sent:

Nominations should be made ONLY to Morgan Dollar, by e-mail at morgan@caulifloweralleyclub.org, or by postal mail to 745 Bethania Rural Hall Rd. Rural Hall, NC 27045.  For postal nominations, please be sure to submit in sufficient time for delivery before October 31.  Nominations sent to other board members, or to the website or CAC’s postal address, WILL NOT be on the ballot.

What happens next:

  • By November 1 of each year, Morgan Dollar will forward a ballot to all active (non-emeritus) members of the Board of Directors.
  • All honorees are subject to ratification by the Executive Board.
  • The nominees receiving the highest number of votes for their nominated award will be selected as the next years honoree.
  • The next years honorees will be announced on this website shortly after November 1 of each year.

Qualifications and Criteria for Annual Awards

Iron Mike Award

  • The nominee must be immediately recognizeable both to those in wrestling and to many people outside wrestling.
  • The nominee must be recognized as having achieved success in more than one field.

Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement Award (Art Abrams & Lou Thesz Award combined as of 2012 reunion)

  • The nominee must have had a widely-recognized professional wrestling career, and must have also  achieved success in more than one area of professional wrestling, which taken together have brought credit to the profession.
  • Areas meriting consideration would include fields outside of wrestling, wrestling, promotion, broadcasting, managing, refereeing, announcing, booking or other areas associated with the presentation and/or management of the wrestling industry.

Mens Wrestling – Retired

  • The nominee must have been an active professional wrestler, and now retired.
  • As it is impossible for us to know every person who has ever been a professional wrestler, in some cases, verification of ones career via pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or historian accounts may be required for placement on our ballot.

Mens Wrestling  Currently Active

  • The nominee must be a currently active professional wrestler, with a recognized promotion.
  • As it is impossible for us to know every person who is a professional wrestler, in some cases, verification of ones career via pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or historian accounts may be required for placement on our ballot.

Ladies Wrestling – Retired

  • The nominee must have been an active professional wrestler, referee, manager, announcer or other affiliated person, and now retired.
  • As it is impossible for us to know every person who has ever been a professional wrestler, in some cases, verification of ones career via pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or historian accounts may be required for placement on our ballot.

Ladies Wrestling  Currently Active

  • The nominee must be a currently active professional wrestler, with a recognized promotion.
  • As it is impossible for us to know every person who is a professional wrestler, in some cases, verification of ones career via pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or historian accounts may be required for placement on our ballot.

International Award

  • The nominee must be a retired or currently active professional wrestler, who has spent a major portion of his of her career competing internationally (that is, outside of the U.S. and Canada).
  • As it is impossible for us to know every person who is a professional wrestler, in some cases, verification of ones career via pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or historian accounts may be required for placement on our ballot.

Qualifications and Criteria for Non-Annual Awards

The following awards will not necessarily be given each year, as there may not be qualified nominees in any given year.  However, nominations may be made in any year and will be considered if they meet the established criteria.

Posthumous Award

  • The nominee must have been a well-recognized male or female professional wrestler, manager, referee, promoter, booker, announcer or other affiliate of the professional wrestling business.
  • A relative of the nominee MUST be a current member of the Cauliflower Alley Club and the relative or the nominee must have attended at least one prior Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion.

Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award

  • This new award will recognize a CAC member in good standing who, through his or her efforts or resources, has endeavored to improve their community and the lives of others, thus elevating the perception of the professional wrestling industry and its participants.
  • The nominee must be a CAC member in good standing at the time of nomination, and have attended at least one reunion in the last 5 years.
  • A brief biography of the nominee, and a brief description of their activities for which they have been nominated, each no more than one paragraph, must be submitted with the nomination.
  • The recipient of this award will be announced on the Tuesday night festivities.

Red Bastien Friendship Award

  • The nominee should have never worked in any major capacity in the pro wrestling industry or been under contract to a major wrestling promotion, but should have demonstrated by deed and word over time a commitment to the people and the welfare of the industry.
  • The nominee must have attended at least three prior Cauliflower Alley Club Reunions.
  • The recipient of this award will be announced on the Tuesday night festivities.

Special Awards

  • Special awards would be the Wrestling Family Award, Referee Award, Manager Award, Promoter Award, REEL Award, Exceptional Service to CAC, or other special category not covered by any other award.
  • The nominee must be recognized within the wrestling world as having contributed to the industry in a significant fashion.

Please see also separate listings for the Future Legend Award and James C. Melby Historian Award, under Award Nominations on the home page.