Nominees for induction to the Southern California Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame for 2016 have been announced. Nominees have been split into two voting groups. For the post-1980 group there are forty-four nominees including seventeen who are on the ballot for the first time.
Ballard Brothers (Shannon & Shane Ballard)
Joey Munoz (Kaos)
Los Chivos (Enigma de Oro & Kayam)*
Messiah / Iron Mike Ehrhardt*
Rey Misterio Jr.
Tech IX (Byron McKinney)
In the pre-1980 group there are twenty nominees, including one first time nominee.
Count Billy Varga
Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan)
Man Mountain Dean
*indicates first time nominee.
In order to be inducted a nominee must be listed on 70% of returned ballots. Voters for the post 1980 group may list up to 10 nominees on their ballots. Voters for the pre 1980 group may list up to 5 nominees on their ballots. Voting will be open until February 15, 2016. Inductions will be announced February 23, 2016.
The Southern California Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame was created in 2001 by Cincinnati Red, Jason “Primetime” Peterson, and Steven Bryant, and was dedicated in the memory of Louie Spicoli. The Hall of Fame was created with the mission to preserve and promote the history of professional wrestling in Southern California. Since its inception there have been 29 inductees. The Hall of Fame is hosted by SoCalUNCENSORED.com. For a full list of inductees please visit the Hall of Fame at http://socaluncensored.com/history/hall-of-fame/
How come Jeff Walton and Art Williams are not on this list? They have worked at the Olympic auditorium for many years and they should be nominated!
Both have been on the ballot before, but I’m not sure why they weren’t nominated this time. I’d vote for Jeff and recommend his book to anyone. You are right that both deserve to be on the ballot. I will make sure they are not over looked next election.
Thank you Steve.
My vote is for Gary Key, not only did he wrestle in all of the local promotions as well as WWF and some other well known promotions and in Mexico.
Very knowledgable of the bussines, ring set up, lighting, signs etc.
Also an exelent wrestler and a teacher.
Congratulations on your nomination Gary.