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Verano de Escándalo (1997-2019)

posted Jun 18, 2019, 6:18 PM by Wrestling Scout

Traditionally, Verano de Escándalo (meaning "Summer Scandal") is AAA's big summer show that follows up on the stories from TripleMania.  However, it is one of their smaller big shows.  Most shows have featured Lucha de Apuestas matches and there have been two unmaskings (Kick Boxer in 1999 and the team of Carta Brava Jr. & Soul Rocker in 2017).

Perro Aguayo, Perro Aguayo Jr. and Heavy Metal vs. Sangre Chicana, El Picudo and El Cobarde II - Steel Cage Elimination Lucha de Apuestas match

Heavy Metal and Blue Demon Jr. vs. Kick Boxer and Abismo Negro - Steel Cage Match

Heavy Metal and Octagón defeated Jaque Mate and Kick Boxer - Steel Cage Luchas de Apuestas match


Canek, El Zorro, Latin Lover and Heavy Metal vs. Cibernético, Headhunter I, Electro Shock and Abismo Negro - eight-man "Atómicos" tag team match

El Dandy vs. Electro Shock vs. El Zorro vs. Perro Aguayo Jr. - Luchas de Apuestas Elimination match

El Brazo vs. Heavy Metal vs. Oscar Sevilla vs. Sangre Chicana vs. El Texano vs. El Zorro - Steel cage Lucha de Apuesta match

Heavy Metal, El Intocable and Zorro vs. Los Vipers (Histeria, Psicosis & Mosco de la Merced) - Steel cage Lucha de Apuestas match

Chessman vs. Cibernético vs. Shocker vs. Latin Lover - Steel cage Lucha de Apuestas match

Gronda, Octagón and La ParkaE vs. La Legión Extranjera (Abyss, Jeff Jarrett and Konnan)

Los Hell Brothers (Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernético) and El Zorro vs. the Black Family (Dark Cuervo, Dark Escoria, Dark Espíritu and Dark Ozz) - Domo De La Muerte cage match

Vampiro vs. El Mesías - Steel cage match

Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. El Mesías vs. Cibernético - Cage match for the AAA Mega Championship

Los Perros del Mal (El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Damián 666 and L.A. Park) vs. Cibernético, El Mesías and La Parka

Los Perros del Mal (Damián 666, Halloween and X-Fly) vs. Los Psycho Circus (Monster Clown, Murder Clown and Psycho Clown) - Steel cage Hair vs. Mask match


Myzteziz, La Parka and Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Johnny Mundo, El Mesías and Pentagón Jr.

Psycho Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Nuevo Poder del Norte (Soul Rocker and Carta Brava Jr.) vs. Los Totalmente Traidores (Monster Clown and Murder Clown) in a Three-way Tag Team Luchas de Apuestas match

Rey Wagner vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jeff Jarrett for the AAA Mega Championship

Psycho Clown & Rey Wagner vs. Blue Demon Jr. & Taurus

Father's Day 2018

posted Jun 16, 2019, 7:35 AM by Wrestling Scout

WWE's roster is full of second-generation talent.  The McMahons are obviously well-known as a fourth generation family of promoters, but there are wrestlers, producers, referees, trainers and writers whose fathers made their bones in the pro-wrestling business.  These men were not only in-ring performers, but promoters, bookers, trainers, announcers, managers and more.                                               Robby and Xia Brookside

Paul Ellering
David Finlay Sr.
Ricky "Desperado" Gonzales
Ricky Knight
Jim Neidhart
Vincent J. McMahon

10th Anniversary of New Japan Dominion

posted Jun 10, 2019, 6:18 PM by Wrestling Scout

Related imageStarting in June of 2009, New Japan's Dominion show is their big annual event in Osaka (the third largest Japanese city).  Several years have featured major championship matches that have been "Match of the Year" candidates and last year's 2-out-of-3 falls match between Okada and Omega was the Wrestling Observer's Match of the Year.  It should come as no surprise that 7 of these 11 shows have been headlined by Kazuchika Okada.

2009 - Manabu Nakanishi (c) versus Hiroshi Tanahashi 
2010 - Togi Makabe (c) versus Go Shiozaki
2011 - Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) versus Hirooki Goto 
2012 - Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Hiroshi Tanahashi 
2013 - Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Togi Makabe
2014 - Shinsuke Nakamura (c) versus Bad Luck Fale 
2015 - A.J. Styles (c) versus Kazuchika Okada
2016 - Tetsuya Naito (c) versus Kazuchika Okada
2017 - Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Kenny Omega
2018 - Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Kenny Omega
2019 - Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Chris Jericho

CrusherFest - 10 Pro-Wrestler Statues

posted Jun 9, 2019, 7:58 PM by Wrestling Scout

While it may come as a surprise, many pro-wrestlers have been immortalized in the form of statues.  Most of them exist outside of the United States and tend to be of national or even local heroes.  Bulgaria, of all places, has three!

However, this past weekend, a statue went up in South Milwaukee of the city's favorite son - The Crusher.  The unveiling of the statue, which was part of a GoFundMe, happened at an event called - CrusherFest.  
Baron Von Raschke and Kenny Jay
mug with Da Crusher (photo by Adam Levin)

Terrible Turk (Yusuf Ismail)

Memorial Day 2019

posted May 27, 2019, 7:37 PM by Wrestling Scout

On this Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to recognize those who served their country and are no longer with us. I don't know of any wrestlers who lost their lives while serving, but some had incredible tales from their time in service to our country. I also understand the listings below are surely incomplete (and recognize only those who are no longer with us).

Please e-mail me (wrestlingscout @ gmail.com) if you know of names that I should add.
Doc Sarpolis served in both World Wars

Served during the Civil War
Sgt. George W. Flagg
Col. James H. McLaughlin
William Muldoon

Served during the Spanish-American War
Fred Beell

Served during World War I
Earl Caddock
Steve "Crusher" Casey
Ed "Strangler" Lewis
Joe Malcewicz 
Gus Sonnenberg
Joe Stecher
Jack Taylor
Wladek Zbyszko

Served during both World Wars
Doc Sarpolis**
Man Mountain Dean

Served during World War II
Capt. Lou Albano
The Sheik
Ruffy Silverstein
Al Smith (Ivan Gorky)
Gus Sonnenburg
Lou Thesz
Tosh Togo (Harold "Oddjob" Sakata)
Ray Villmer (The Mighty Yankee)
Karl Von Hess
Kurt Von Poppenheim
Frederich Von Schacht
Lester Welch
Yukon Eric
Frank Zela (Boris Volkoff)

Served during Korea
Bill Bowman (Bill Sky)
Moose Cholak
Al Greene
Killer Karl Kox
Rip Hawk

Served during Vietnam
Bobby Jaggers
Buck Robley
Ron Starr

Served in Peacetime
Ox Baker
Tor Kamata

24/7 Championships?

posted May 21, 2019, 7:29 PM by Wrestling Scout   [ updated May 22, 2019, 7:24 PM ]

Image result for 24/7 ChampionshipOn this week's Monday Night Raw, the WWE curiously brought back the "24/7 Rule" that was used for the Hardcore title.  The title was originally awarded to Mankind by Vince McMahon in 1998.  After bounced around for more than a year, the "24/7 Rule" was implemented and the title became a comedic prop or a strange midcard attraction until Rob Van Dam unified it with the Intercontinental Championship in 2002.

Most Reigns
  1. Raven - 28
  2. Crash Holly - 22
  3. Steven Richards - 21
  4. Bradshaw - 18
  5. Shawn Stasiak - 15
  6. Tommy Dreamer - 14
  7. Bubba Ray Dudley - 10
  8. Goldust - 9
  9. Spike Dudley - 8
  10. Justin Credible - 8

In June of 2000, DDT introduced their own version of the title defended under the 24/7 Rules.  After the introduction of the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship by Poison Julie Sawada, the title has gone on to have hundreds of winners and the 2000th champion will probably happen before you know it!  While winners have included a pork bun, elementary school girls, Big Japan's ring truck and most memorably a ladder (a three-time champion), the title has also been held by the likes of Jun Akiyama, Kota Ibushi and Rey Mysterio.

Most Reigns
  1. Shinobu - 216
  2. Yuko Miyamoto - 215
  3. Joey Ryan - 43
  4. Danshoku Dino - 23
  5. Cherry - 21
  6. Tarzan Gito - 20
  7. Kazuki Hirata - 19
  8. Shouchi Ichimiya - 18
  9. Naoshi Sano - 18
  10. Masahiro Takanshi - 18

Pro-Wrestling Returns to Turner with AEW

posted May 20, 2019, 7:08 PM by Wrestling Scout

Image result for aew tntIt was announced this week that pro-wrestling would be returning to a Turner station, TNT, before the end of the year.  It marks a new chapter in the near 50 year relationship between Turner Broadcasting and professional wrestling.

Pro-wrestling had been airing in Atlanta since the early 1950s, so it should not be surprising that when a young TV mogul named Ted Turner was trying to build a WTCG into the "superstation" it would become that he brought pro-wrestling on board.  

On Christmas of 1971, "'Georgia Championship Wrestling" debuted in the Saturday evening time slot that became a staple for nearly thirty years.  

El Mongol vs. Bill White
Mr. X vs. Alex Medina 
Jimmy Dancing Bear vs. Karl Von Stroheim 

The so-called "Battle of Atlanta" between Ann Gunkel's All-South and the National Wrestling Alliance's Atlanta office did not last a long time, but both had the benefit of air time on the WTCG.  All-South ran on the station from late 1972 through 1975.  Georgia Championship Wrestling was forced to rebuild their roster of talent.  Among the most notable changes was announcer Ed Capral, who went with All-South, was eventually replaced by Gordon Solie.  Other notable changes over the years included transmitting via satellite (starting in December 1976), rebranding themselves to Superstation WTBS (starting in August 1979) and creating "Turner Time" with their 6:05 start time (starting in June 1981)

The Masked Superstar vs. 
Bob Owens
Bruce Reed & George Wells vs. Jose Medina & The French Angel
Tommy Rich
 vs. Bruce Gallagher
Jimmy Snuka & Terry Gordy
 vs. Abe Jacobs & Mike Fever
Jay Youngblood
 vs. Gypsy Joe
Tommy Rich
 vs. Ken Timbs
Bruce Reed, George Wells & Steve O
 vs. Bryan St. John, Jose Medina & Snake Brown
Jim Duggan vs. Zane Hickey

On July 7th, the final episode of World Championship Wrestling as it 
had been known aired on WTBS.  On July 14th, Freddie Miller introduced Vince McMahon and the end of an era came.  The fans were expecting to see Gordon Solie, Ole Anderson and all the stars of World Championship Wrestling and they were quick to let the powers that be that they were displeased.  The WWF programming might have had a few familiar faces, but it was not the same.

Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch vs. SD Jones & Nick DeCarlo
Gene Okerlund interviews George “the Animal” Steele & Mr. Fuji
Jesse Ventura vs. Chris Curtis
Interviews with B. Brian Blair & Alexis Smirnoff
Iron Sheik vs. Ron Hutcheson
Big John Studd vs. Bobo Brazil
Gene Okerlund interviews “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

Ole Anderson, local promoters and talent came together to create "Championship Wrestling from Georgia."  They returned to the air on August 4th.

Jimmy Valiant vs. Bobby Bass
Assassins vs. Keith Larson & Joe Bonnello
Junkyard Dog promo
Pez Whatley vs. Randy Barber
Bob Roop vs. Vinny Valentino
Tully Blanchard vs. Sam Houston
Wahoo McDaniel vs. Barry Orton
Jerry Oates vs. Gary Royal
Road Warriors vs. Larry Hamilton & Steve Brinson

These two new products did not succeed in the ratings and Turner was soon looking to get either Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling or Jim Crockett's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on the Superstation.  Mid-South did get on the air for a time, but ultimately Crockett secured his place by purchasing both the 6:05 time slot from McMahon and Championship Wrestling from Georgia.  Turner had wanted a show taped from the WTBS Studios, which McMahon had never fully committed to, Crockett agreed, but wanted exclusivity on the Superstation.  
The final shows featured Tony Schiavone and David Crockett and plenty of Mid-Atlantic talent.
Magnum TA vs. George South
Ron Garvin vs. Joel Deaton
Interviews with 
Jimmy ValiantDusty Rhodes and Ric Flair
Videos of Tully Blanchard & Baby Doll and Manny Fernandez 
Jimmy Valiant vs. Doug Vines
Tully Blanchard & Baby Doll promo
Interview with Ole Anderson  
Arn Anderson vs. Lee Ramsey
Interview with 
Magnum TA
Tully Blanchard vs. Gene Ligon 
Tommy RichJimmy Valiant & Thunderbolt Patterson vs. Mark Hill, Greg Stone & Joel Deaton
Interview with 
Dusty Rhodes 
Buzz Sawyer vs. Doug Vines
Interview with Tommy RichJimmy Valiant

Related imageJim Crockett Promotions was able to expand their operations substantially with the acquisition of the WTBS time slot.  The national pro-wrestling scene was changing and Turner worked with Crockett to churn out numerous shows and specials, such as the Clash of Champions starting in March 1988.

Mike Rotunda vs. Jimmy Garvin 
Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) vs. The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers)
The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) & Dusty Rhodes vs. Powers of Pain (Barbarian & Warlord) and Ivan Koloff
Lex Luger & Barry Windham vs. Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard
Ric Flair vs. Sting 

When their company was in danger, Turner Broadcasting took over and in November 1988, World Championship Wrestling was born (or reborn).  It underwent many changes over the years, but their Saturday Night show continued to be the flagship show.  On September 4, 1995, WCW entered a new era under the guidance of Eric Bischoff with the first Monday Nitro.  While the introduction of a pro-wrestling show on TNT has a strange backstory, its success in the years to come are undeniable.  The first show drew a modest 2.5 rating.  While WCW Saturday Night continued for years to come, it dwindled in importance as Nitro became the premier WCW show.

Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater vs. American Males (Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs)
Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Thunder Liger
Sting vs. Ric Flair
Hulk Hogan vs. Big Bubba Rogers

Image result for wcw thunderOn January 8, 1998, WCW added a Thursday night show called Thunder on TBS.  This secondary show further diminished the importance of WCW Saturday Night.  As WCW peaked and began a tumultuous decline and some of the most infamous pro-wrestling television programs ever produced.

Randy Savage vs. Chris Adams
Rick Martel vs. Louie Spicolli
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Michiyoshi Ohara
Ric Flair vs. Chris Jericho
The Giant vs. Meng
Bill Goldberg vs. Steve McMichael
Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner vs. Buff Bagwell & Konnan
Ray Traylor vs. Scott Hall
Juventud Guerrera vs. Ultimo Dragon 
Lex Luger vs. Scott Norton
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kevin Nash

Like a cruel April Fool's joke, the final WCW Saturday Night came on April 1, 2000.  The final lineup truly demonstrates how far the show's importance to the company and the available talent pool had been depleted.  It had been a staple on TBS for nearly thirty years and for many of those was one of the best shows going.

El Dandy & Silver King vs. Jeremy Lopez & Tommy Rogers
Mona vs. Little Jeanne
Kid Romeo vs. Alan Funk
Lash LeRoux vs. Frankie Lancaster
Hugh Morrus vs. Steve Armstrong
3-Count (Evan Karagias, Shane Helms & Shannon Moore) vs. Elix Skipper, Air Paris & Shark Boy
Chuck Palumbo vs. Chris Harris
Hail vs. Cassidy Riley
The Mamalukes (Big Vito & Johnny The Bull) defeated Ashley Hudson & Kory Williams
Brian Knobbs vs. Adrian Byrd vs. Dave Burkhead vs. Norman Smiley vs. Rick Fuller vs. The Dog 

Image result for final wcw nitroIn March of 2001, the unimaginable happened when the WWF purchased WCW.  The final Thunder aired the previous Thursday and the final Nitro, called the "Night of Champions," included a shocking simulcast of Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro, which drew a meager 3.0 rating.
Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman) vs. 3 Count (Evan Karagias & Shannon Moore) vs. Jung Dragons (Kaz Hayashi & Yun Yang)
Shane Helms defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O'Haire & Chuck Palumbo) vs. Team Canada (Mike Awesome & Lance Storm)
Shawn Stasiak vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman) vs. Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo
Sting defeated Ric Flair

PWHOF - Class of 2019

posted May 17, 2019, 6:26 PM by Wrestling Scout

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The 18th Annual Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame festivities are taking place over the weekend.  The Hall, now based in Wichita Falls, Texas (thanks to the efforts of Johnny Mantell) will have most of the living recipients in attendance.

Pioneer Division - Charlie Fox and Baron Michele Leone 
Modern Era - Ronnie Garvin and Owen Hart 
Territory/Journeyman/Colleague Division - Bob Roop 
International Division - Gory Guerrero 
Executive Division - Wally Karbo 
Tag Team Division - The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose & Bobby Eaton) 
Ladies Division - Ann Laverne and Beverly "the Hammer" Shade 
Referee Division - Johnny "Red Shoes" Dugan

AEW Brings Pro-Wrestling Back to the MGM Grand Garden Arena

posted May 12, 2019, 5:53 PM by Wrestling Scout

Pro-wrestling has been running in Las Vegas for many years, but AEW bringing its "Double or Nothing" show back to the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  The arena, which has a capacity of just under 17,000, was a regular stop for WCW for four years when Zane Bresloff was one of their main promoters.  The WWF/WWE has always favored the Thomas & Mack Center.  Although WCW's Halloween Havoc shows are the best remembered shows at the MGM Grand, they ran numerous Nitro events there over the years.  

Halloween Havoc `96
Jim Powers vs. Pat Tanaka
Psychosis & Juventud Guerrera vs. Damien & Halloween
Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
Kevin Nash & Scott Hall vs. Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray)
Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage

WCW @ Las Vegas, NV - June 30, 1997
Glacier vs. Wrath
Hector Garza, Silver King & Juventud Guerrera vs. 
Psychosis vs. Super Calo
Ric Flair, Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael vs. Masahiro Chono, Buff Bagwell & Scott Norton
High Voltage vs. Mortis & Wrath
Lex Luger, the Giant & Diamond Dallas Page vs. Randy Savage, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall

Halloween Havoc `97 - October 26, 1997 (12,457)
Yuji Nagata vs. Ultimo Dragon
Alex Wright vs. Steve McMichael
Jacqueline vs. 
Disco Inferno 

WCW @ Las Vegas, NV - February 20, 1998
Ultimo Dragon vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Chris Benoit vs. Raven
Curt Hennig vs. Steve McMichael
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair
Sting vs. Hulk Hogan

WCW @ Las Vegas, NV - July 13, 1998 (10,765; sell out)
Monday Nitro:
Barbarian vs. Horace
Jim Duggan vs. Rick Fuller
Bret Hart vs. Fit Finlay
Stevie Ray vs. Rick Martel
Konnan vs. Barry Darsow
Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Disciple
Raven vs. Perry Saturn vs. Kanyon
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko
Kevin Nash & Lex Luger vs. Disco Inferno & Alex Wright
Steve McMichael vs. Eddy Guerrero
Hulk Hogan vs. Scott Hall
Bill Goldberg vs. Curt Hennig

Halloween Havoc `98 - Las Vegas, NV - October 25, 1998 
(10,663; sell out)
Wrath vs. Meng
Disco Inferno vs. Juventud Guerrera
Billy Kidman vs. Disco Inferno
Rick Steiner & Buff Bagwell vs. Scott Steiner & The Giant

WCW @ Las Vegas, NV - April 5, 1999
Monday Nitro:
Hak vs. Kendall Windham
Konnan vs. Lizmark Jr.
Jim Duggan vs. Lenny Lane
Battle Royal: 
Stevie Ray, Vincent, Horace Hogan & Brian Adams
Billy Kidman vs. Raven & Perry Saturn
Booker T vs. Chris Jericho
Buff Bagwell vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Ric Flair vs. 
Bill Goldberg vs. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Hulk Hogan

WCW @ Las Vegas, NV - August 23, 1999 (8,940)
Monday Nitro:
Chase Tatum vs. Mikey Whipwreck
Buff Bagwell vs. Ernest Miller
Lenny Lane vs. Juventud Guerrera
Brian Knobbs, Barbarian & Hugh Morrus vs. Shane Douglas, Dean Malenko, & Perry Saturn
Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman vs. the Insane Clown Posse
Chris Benoit vs. 
Rick Steiner
Windhams (Barry & Kendall) vs. Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray)
Vampiro vs. Eddy Guerrero
Hulk Hogan vs. Sting

Halloween Havoc `99 - Las Vegas, NV - October 24, 1999 (8,464)
Disco Inferno vs. Lash Laroux
Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) vs. Konnan & Billy Kidman vs. Brian Knobbs & Hugh Morrus
Eddy Guerrero vs. Perry Saturn
Bill Goldberg vs. Sting

WCW @ Las Vegas, NV - January 25, 2000 (6,323; 2,510 paid)
Thunder - 1/26/00:
The Maestro vs. Norman Smiley
TAFKA Prince Iaukea 
vs. Kid Romeo
Terry Funk 
vs. The Demon
Lex Luger 
vs. Buff Bagwell
Disco Inferno, Big Vito & Johnny the Bull 
vs. Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, & Evan Karagias
Booker T 
vs. Jerry Flynn
Bam Bam Bigelow 
vs. Fit Finlay
Sid Vicious 
vs. Kevin Nash & Ron Harris

Halloween Havoc `00 - Las Vegas, NV - October 29, 2000 (7,582)
Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire vs. Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Disco Inferno & Alex Wright
Reno vs. The Wall
Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Lash Laroux vs. Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo 
Konnan & Tygress vs. Shane Douglas & Torrie Wilson
Buff Bagwell vs. David Flair
Mike Sanders vs. Ernest Miller
Mike Awesome vs. Vampiro
Gen. Rection vs. Lance Storm
Bill Goldberg vs. KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clarke)

Cauliflower Alley Club Honorees 2019

posted May 3, 2019, 4:46 PM by Wrestling Scout

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The Cauliflower Alley Club has been around since 1964 and has honored many greats of film, boxing, martial arts and, of course, pro-wrestling.  The group has undergone many structural changes over the years and in the past decade or so has turned its focus mainly to pro-wrestling.

Iron Mike Mazurki Award - Mark Henry
Lou Thesz Award - Dory Funk, Jr.
Men's Wrestling Award - David Schultz
Tag Team Award - Haku & Barbarian
Men's Wrestling Award - Nick Kozak
Women's Wrestling Award - Bambi
Promoter Award - Jeff Walton
James Melby Historian Award - Mike Rodgers
Charlie Smith Referee’s Award - Scrappy McGowan
Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award - Tony Vellano
Posthumous Award - Larry Matysik

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