Cincinnati Red – Born October 17, 1974, Gregory Scott Daves was known to the wrestling world as Cincinnati Red. After being trained by fellow Hall of Famers Jesse Hernandez and Bill Anderson, Red made his debut in 1995 using the name Blackjack Daniels. He left Southern California to join the National Wrestling Conference, but returned in time to be present for the very first EWF show on May 5, 1996. In fact his match with Brian Rodgers was the first match in EWF history. He later teamed with Gary Key to open their own school and promotion, IWF. In 1999 he sold the IWF and joined up with UIWA. It was at UIWA where he began to train his most famous student, Samoa Joe. Red was named the Southern California Wrestler of the Year for 1999. He wrestled all over Southern California and it didn’t matter if wrestled in front of 20 or 2,000 people, he always put everything he had into every match. In 2001 he became the first MPW champion when he defeated Little Guido. It was also in 2001 where he, along with Primetime Peterson approached me about wanting to create a Hall of Fame to honor Southern California’s wrestling history. Red continued to wrestle and work behind the scenes with the EWF, including winning the promotion’s inaugural Great Goliath Battle Royal in 2006. He returned to MPW in 2010, and lost his hair in a match versus Logan X, that resulted in Roddy Piper shaving his head. He also continued as chairman of the Hall of Fame until his death on March 20, 2015.
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