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October 24, 2022 Observer Newsletter:  AAA Triplemania XXX Mexico City, Hall of Fame 2022 voting begins

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The 2022 Hall of Fame ballot is out and this is going to be a very interesting year because of a lot of changes.

As mentioned last year, because of the number of people on the ballot, using the ten ballot maximum as baseball uses makes no sense for a number of reasons. First, just using this year as an example, baseball had 30 people on the ballot and there was a ten vote maximum. This Hall of Fame encompasses the world, not just the U.S., and has 85 singles or tag team acts on the regular ballot and another 20 non-wrestlers listed.

Another problem is the old standard of ten maximum actually favors people with less worldwide knowledge. Those who vote for people all over the world can’t vote for as many in an individual category as people who vote in fewer categories.

For this year, we are doing an 18 vote maximum of the wrestlers and five of the non-wrestlers. In future years this will probably revert to 15, but this year we’ve added so many new tag teams, some of whom should be sure things and all others are at least viable candidates. That means there are a few more who should be automatic as compared to other years. There is also a new rule here you can vote for a maximum of five in each specific category except U.S. & Canada Historical, where, because of the addition of so many tag teams to the ballot, you can vote for eight.

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