Cauliflower Alley Club

The Cauliflower Alley Club is a non-profit fraternal organization, which includes a newsletter and website, comprising both retired and active professional wrestlers and boxers in North America.

Cauliflower Alley Club
CAC logo
Formation1965
TypeProfessional wrestling
Headquarters4138 187th Ave SE Issaquah, Washington, United States
President
Brian Blair
Key people
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Brian Blair, President/CEO
Ron Hutchinson, Eastern Canada Liaison/Reunion Seminar & Website Administrator
Dean Silverstone, Treasurer
Royal Duncan, EAR Publisher
Gloria Lovell, Recording Secretary
Darlene Kreis, Benevolent Chairperson
Bruce Tharpe, Attorney and Legal Counsel
Roy Lucier, Social Media Administrator
Vance Nevada, "The Ear" Editor
Websitehttp://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org/

Established in 1965 by Mike Mazurki and Art Abrams, the organization hosts an annual reunion dinner which has traditionally been attended by celebrities and other professional athletes. Several historical Hollywood locations have been home to the reunion banquets such as the Masquer's Club, the Roosevelt Hotel and the Old Spaghetti Factory as well as The Riviera and the RMS Queen Mary.

History

The Cauliflower Alley Club was founded in 1965 by Mike Mazurki as a fraternal organization of professional wrestlers, boxers, and actors.[1][2] The first annual reunion dinner was held at the Baron's Castle Buffet Restaurant in Los Angeles, California.[2] The Club also presents numerous awards annually at the reunion dinner.

Several prominent former professional wrestlers have been president of the club, including Red Bastien, Nick Bockwinkel, and the current president Brian Blair.[2][3] The Club has a "Benevolent Fund to help people involved in professional wrestling in times of difficulty.[2] Proceeds are raised for the fund during the annual reunion weekend.[2]

Awards

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • Iron Mike Mazurki Award: Terry Taylor
  • Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael P.S. Hayes
  • Husband & Wife Award: Beau & Misty James
  • Trainers Award (1st ever): Ron Hutchison
  • Men's Wrestling Award: Dan "Short Sleeve" Sampson, Adam Pearce
  • Men's Wrestling (Retired) Award: Buddha Khan, John Cozman
  • Women's Wrestling Award: Melissa Anderson
  • Women's Wrestling (Retired) Award: Debbie Pelletier
  • Future Legend Award: Santana Garrett
  • Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award: Sean Dunster
  • Red Bastien Friendship Award: John Arthur Lowe
  • Golden Ear Award: Jesse Hernandez

2013

  • Iron Mike Mazurki Award: "Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff
  • Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Moody
  • James C. Melby Historian Award: George Schire
  • Men's Wrestling award: Jake Roberts, Matt Riviera, Adam Copeland (unable to attend in 2011 due to an injury)
  • Women's Wrestling Award: Molly Holly, Sandy Partlow
  • Future Legend Award: Bobby Sharp
  • Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award: Ken Jugan
  • Golden Ear Award: David Cantu

2012

  • Iron Mike Mazurki Award: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
  • Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award: Wendi Richter
  • Lou Thesz Award: Ricky Steamboat
  • Men's Wrestling Award: Michelle Starr, Mike Webster, Bill DeMott
  • Women's Wrestling Award: Judy Martin, "Ivory" Lisa Moretti
  • Future Legend Award: Kyle Matthews
  • Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award: Al Burke
  • Red Bastien Friendship Award: Brian Westcott
  • REEL Award: Dan Haggerty Grizzly Adams
  • Special Presentations: Announcers Award Bill Kersten

2011

2010

  • Iron Mike Mazurki Award: Ted DiBiase
  • Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Ross
  • Lou Thesz Award: Dan Severn
  • James C. Melby Historian Award: Vance Nevada
  • Men's Wrestling Award: Dean Higuchi, Rip Hawk, Roger Kirby
  • Women's Wrestling Award: Joyce Grable
  • Future Legend Award: Oliver John
  • Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award: Yvonne Melcher
  • Red Bastien Friendship Award: Vince Fahey
  • Posthumous Award: Lee Fields, George Scrap Iron Gadaski
  • Golden Ear Award: Tom Andrew
  • REEL Award: Magic Schwarz
  • International Award: Pat Barrett

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Other honorees included Ernie Ladd, Kenny Jay, Danielle Colley, Paul Christy & Miss Bunny Love and Sir Oliver Humperdink.

2004

Other honorees included Bill Melby, Billy Darnell, Sandy Parker, "Playboy" Buddy Rose, Ed Wiskoski, Margaret Garcia, George Steele, Baron von Raschke, Ann Casey, Percival Friend, Moondog Ed Moretti, Paul Jones, Lester Welch, Charlie Smith and Omar Atlas.

2003

Other honorees included Verne Bottoms, Bill Moody (as Percival Pringle III), Tom Andrews, Buddy Colt, Buddy Roberts, Tito Montez, Bruce Swayze, Moose Morowski and Don Leo Jonathan.

2002

  • Iron Mike Mazurki Award: Walter "Killer" Kowalski
  • Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Chapman
  • Posthumous Award: Nell Stewart and Hercules Cortez
  • Future Legend Award: Chris Benoit
  • Scholarship Award Winners: Nick Ackerman
  • Gulf Coast/CAC Honorees: The Fields Brothers
  • Reel Member Inductees: Alan Koss
  • Martial Arts Honorees: Juan Hernandez

Other honorees included Ox Baker, B. Brian Blair, Judy Grable, Maria DeLeon, Mr. Wrestling, Jimmy Valiant and Fray Tormenta.

2001

Other honorees included Rita Cortez, George Scott, Reggie Parks, Norman Frederick Charles III, Kay Noble, Marie & Ann LaVerne, Pampero Firpo, Bill Watts and Jack Laskin.

2000

Other honorees included Gene Stanlee, The Crusher, Titi Paris, Ethel Brown, Billy Andersen, Natasha the Hatchet Lady, Beverly Shade, Stan Kowalski, Stan Pulaski and Fritz Von Goering.

1999

Other honorees included Ken Patera, Jack Donovan and Bob Geigel.

1998

  • Iron Mike Mazurki Award: Lou Thesz
  • Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award: William Papas
  • Scholarship Award Winners: Billy Pappas

Other honorees included Danny Hodge, Fred Blassie, Dory Funk, Jr. and Dan Severn

1997

Other honorees included:

1996

Other honorees included:

1995

Other honorees included:

1994

  • Iron Mike Mazurki Award: Vic Christy
  • Reel Member Inductees: Harry Carey, Jr.
  • Boxing Honorees: Lou Bogash, Joe Graziano, Lou Couture, Jocko V. Ananian, Micky Finn, Tom McNeely, Harol Gomes, Willie Pep, Carmen Basilio and Vincent Pazienza

Other honorees included:

1993

Other honorees included Verne Gagne, “Cowboy” Bob Ellis, Kinji Shibuya, Wendi Richter, Barbi Dahl and Peggy Patterson.

1992

Other honorees included Maurice Vachon, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Rey Urbano, Johnny James, Gene Kiniski, Pepper Gomez, Penny Banner, Debbie Combs, Belle Starr, Donna Christantello and Diamond Lil.

See also

References

  1. Oliver, Greg (April 20, 2010). "Unpredictability rules at Cauliflower Alley Club". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. Smith, Caleb (April 4, 2015). "Cauliflower Alley Club set for a big 50th bash". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  3. Johnson, Steven (April 22, 2007). "That's entertainment! CAC banquet ranges from songs to stories to spoofs". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  4. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1186630881466707969
  5. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1189280315807817729
  6. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1196853392531869696
  7. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1194269023669641216
  8. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1191738773274419200
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  10. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1063439165101146113
  11. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1094764643531280384
  12. http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org/news/2018-12-20-larry-matysik.html
  13. https://twitter.com/CACReunion/status/1096951361172897798
  14. "Baron von Raschke to be Honored This Year | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  15. "Tony Storm To Be Honored in 2018 | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  16. "Greg Valentine To Receive a 2018 Men's Wrestling Award | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  17. "Santana Garrett Honored for the Second Time | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  18. "Princess Victoria is a 2018 Honoree | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Archived from the original on 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  19. "Harlem Heat Will Be Honored in Las Vegas | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  20. "Historian Don Luce to be Recognized at the CAC Reunion | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  21. "Long-time Referee to be Honored in Las Vegas | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  22. "Kevin Kross to Receive the 2018 Rising Star Award | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Archived from the original on 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  23. "1st Lucha Libre Award to be Presented | Cauliflower Alley Club". www.caulifloweralleyclub.org. Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  24. Oliver, Greg (May 4, 2017). "Tully Blanchard main events 52nd Cauliflower Alley Club reunion". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  25. Oliver, Greg (April 4, 2016). "Trish brings Stratusfaction, Orndorffs bring tears to CAC banquet". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  26. Oliver, Greg (April 16, 2015). "Larry Hennig proves he's a worthy headliner at CAC banquet". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 4, 2018.

Further reading

  • "Cauliflower Alley Club Lends an Ear to Boxers, Wrestlers". Los Angeles Times.
  • "Cauliflower Alley Club: 'Gentle and Warm People'". The Argus-Press.
  • Historical Dictionary of Wrestling. p. 65.
  • Blassie, Fred and Keith Elliot Greenberg. "Classy" Freddie Blassie: Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003. ISBN 0-7434-6316-1
  • Funk, Terry and Scott E. Williams. Terry Funk: The Hardcore Legend. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC, 2005. ISBN 1-58261-991-3
  • LeBelle, Gene. Gene Lebell's Grappling World: The Encyclopedia of Finishing Holds. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC, 2005. ISBN 0-9676543-1-9
  • Loeffler, Carl E. and Darlene Tong. Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art. San Francisco: Last Gasp Press, 1989. ISBN 0-86719-366-2
  • Meltzer, Dave. Tributes II: Remembering the World's Greatest Wrestlers. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC, 2004. ISBN 1-58261-817-8
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