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August 18, 2003 Observer: Hall of Fame preview, PRIDE Total Elimination, more

he 2003 Hall of Fame issue will be next week, so this week we’ll look at the candidates, their strengths and weaknesses and how they’ve done in previous years.

I should note that all voting has been completed. At the time this article was written, nothing had been tabulated. We had more participation this year than any other year. There should be some differences because as a percentage, more people within the industry participated this year including many of the both the biggest current names and biggest names of all-time. Ballots are sent to active stars, retired legends, those who work in the industry and have a long-time association with the product, historians and current reporters.

The rules of the balloting are that it is broken into three categories, the U.S. and Canada, Mexico and Japan. To be elected, you have to get 60% of the vote from your specific region. As history has shown, that is a very difficult figure to achieve.

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