CAC Awards Criteria

NOTE: All nominees must be received by October 1, 2017 for consideration for the 2018 event.

Who may be nominated:

The individual does NOT need to be a member of the Cauliflower Alley Club at the time of their nomination.  However, they can’t be nominated unless the person nominating them contacts the individual and can assure their availability to appear at the CAC Reunion that upcoming year.

Note: Other nomination criteria 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. Nominations are open from May 1st to October 1st for the following year’s reunion.

When are nominations due:

Deadline for nominations for all awards, except for the Rising Star Award (formerly the Future Legends Award), is October 1st 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 to CAC Executive Vice President Morgan Dollar at morgan@caulifloweralleyclub.org.

What happens next:

  • 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 year’s honorees will be announced on this website shortly around November 1st of each year.

Qualifications and Criteria for Annual Awards:

“Iron” Mike Mazurki Award

  • The nominee must be immediately recognizable 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 / Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award

  • The nominee must have had a strong amateur grounding as well as a widely-recognized, widely respected professional wrestling career. In addition, the nominee must have also achieved success in other areas of the business, which in combination have brought credit to the profession.
  • Areas meriting consideration in addition to wrestling itself include promotion, broadcasting, managing, refereeing, announcing, booking, or other areas associated with the presentation and/or management of the wrestling industry.

Men’s Wrestling Award

  • The nominee must be an active or retired male professional wrestler.
  • This nominee must be respected by their peers in the industry.
  • This nominee must have made a living in professional wrestling.
  • As it is impossible for us to know every person who has ever been a professional wrestler, in some cases, verification of one’s career via pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or historian accounts may be required for placement on our ballot.

Ladies Wrestling Award

  • The nominee must be an active or retired female professional wrestler.
  • This nominee must be respected by their peers in the industry.
  • This nominee must have made a living in professional wrestling.
  • As it is impossible for us to know every person who is a professional wrestler, in some cases, verification of one’s career via pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or historian accounts may be required for placement on our ballot.

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.

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.

The President’s Award

  • The President’s Award is an honor given to an individual who is held in the very highest regard by his or her peers and for outwardly conveying the spirit of the Cauliflower Alley Club in both their charitable contributions (time and/or money) and community service.
  • Hand selected by the CAC President under his or her own accord and approved by a majority of the CAC Executive Board, the President’s Award shall be given to an individual who has not only been considered a main event performer and/or a top box office draw in their field, but who has surpassed the notoriety of their industry and has achieved mainstream prominence.

Tag Team Award

  • The nominees must have been well-recognized male or female professional wrestlers who spent significant time together (more than a year).
  • The nominees must have held an organizational, regional or national tag team championship.
  • If in the event the nominees did not hold such an aforesaid title, they must have at least been considered a “team” for two or more years.
  • At least one of the two nominees must be living.
  • At least one of the two nominees must be able to attend the banquet in order for the team to receive the award.
  • If one of the nominees is deceased, a family member should take their place so the “team” is represented.

Rising Star Award (previously the Future Legend Award)

The nominee:

  • Must be a member in good standing of the Cauliflower Alley Club before voting begins.
  • Cannot be nominated over two consecutive years.

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 the Rising Star Award is January 10 of the year the award is to be given.  Nominations made after this deadline WILL NOT be on the ballot.

What must be included with a nomination:

  • If submitted electronically, a resume detailing the nominee’s wrestling career to date (primary trainer, any other training classes/camps attended, promotions worked for, titles held, major league tryouts) photographs and links to online videos of nominee working matches against a variety of opponents and at least one link to a video of nominee performing an interview or promo.
  • If submitted in hard copy, copies of each of the above items must be submitted.
  • Supplemental items supporting the candidate’s case for consideration may be submitted, such as letters of recommendation from trainers, promoters, CAC members or past CAC Rising Star Honorees.
  • Confirmation that the nominee has been contacted and has agreed to attend the next Reunion if they are selected to be on the ballot.
  • The nominator should inform the nominee that he or she will not know whether or not they are receiving the award until it is presented at the Reunion.
  • The nominator will provide all contact information of the nominee.

Where should nominations be sent: Nominations should be emailed to Morgan Dollar at morgan@caulifloweralleyclub.org.  Nominations sent to other board members WILL NOT be on the ballot.

What happens next: On or before January 15, a committee of 1 CAC member and 3 Executive Board members will review all of the nominations and will narrow the field to a minimum of two and a maximum of five nominees.  The nominators of the selected nominees will be notified that their candidate has been placed on the ballot, and the nominees will then have until February 10 to purchase their banquet ticket and confirm their attendance.  Failure to purchase the banquet ticket by the deadline will be considered as declining the nomination, and nominee will be removed from the ballot.

On or before February 15, Morgan Dollar will distribute to the CAC’s Rising Star Committee a ballot containing the finalists and copies of the items supporting candidacy.  The nominee receiving the highest number of votes will be selected as the honoree.  In the event of a tie vote, the Club’s Executive Vice President will cast the deciding vote between the two top candidates.  The name of the winner will not be announced until the presentation is made at the Awards Banquet, and the award recipient will not be informed in advance.

The following personal are on the Rising Star Committee: Morgan Dollar, Gloria Lovell, Vance Nevada, and David Buckler

James C. Melby Historian Award

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.
  • Must be recognized as having conducted major research work in the eyes of the Historian Committee.
  • Must be dedicated to maintaining the history of professional wrestling as a whole rather than having focused on one geographic area, territory, wrestler or promotion.
  • Must have had part, or all, of his historical work published in some form, by a third party source.
  • Must be willing to serve on the Historian Committee for a period of not less than four (4) years.

Who may submit nominations: Nominations are ONLY accepted from past recipients of the Historian Award.  If you believe that there is a deserving candidate, please contact Morgan Dollar at morgan@caulifloweralleyclub.org and he will forward your information to our Historian Committee, which is chaired by George Schire.

When are nominations due: Deadline for nominations is October 1.  Nominations made after this deadline WILL NOT be on the ballot.

What happens next: The nominee receiving the highest number of votes will be selected as the next year’s honoree.  Only past recipients of this award may vote.  In the event of a tie, the CAC President will cast the deciding vote between the two top candidates.

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.

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.

The Lucha Libre Award

  • The Lucha Libre Award is an honor given to an individual who has had a prominent career in the lucha libre style of professional wrestling.
  • Any and all Lucha Libre Award nominees must have been considered an outstanding performer of “Latino” heritage or has trained or performed in Mexico and elsewhere in the lucha libre style.
  • Any and all nominees must have been well known to the lucha fan base wherever they have performed.
  • This award is not restricted to those who worked solely in Mexico, nor is it limited to masked wrestlers, but any wrestler who worked the lucha libre style in any part of the world is eligible for nomination.

The Danny Hodge Award

  • The Danny Hodge Award is an honor given to an individual who had a prominent career in two or more disciplines either in professional wrestling (being recognized by his or her peers as a hooker, shooter or being naturally tough), amateur wrestling, amateur or professional boxing, or any of the mixed martial arts / UFC styles including judo, Muay Thai, kickboxing, etc.
  • Any and all nominees for the Danny Hodge Award must have held a championship in his or her field, or must have been recognized as a champion and/or considered a main event athlete or performer in his or her field.

Special Awards

  • Special awards would be the Wrestling Family Award, Tag Team 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.