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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame to Honor Beth Phoenix

January 28, 2015 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– The Thesz-Tragos Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo, Iowa sent out the following today, announcing that Beth Phoenix will be honored with the Frank Gotch Award. Here is the announcement…

Tickets go on sale; Beth Phoenix to attend Hall of Fame weekend

WATERLOO, Iowa—All-access passes for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend go on sale Mon., Feb. 2.

The 2015 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend will take place July 9-11.

All-Access passes include a ticket to the Hall of Fame banquet, a front row seat to the Impact Pro Wrestling show, access to a special hall of fame reception July 9, first in line preference to the autograph signing, and a professional wrestling trivia contest.

Additional events for all-access pass holders will be added in the weeks leading up to Hall of Fame weekend.

All-access passes to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame induction weekend are available for $100. Passes can be ordered by contacting the Dan Gable Museum at [email protected] or by calling (319) 233-0745.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will recognize Beth Phoenix with the prestigious Frank Gotch Award. The Frank Gotch Award is given to a professional wrestler who brings positive recognition to professional wrestling through work outside the ring.

Phoenix (real name Beth Kocianski) was a WWE Divas champion and a three-time WWE women’s champion. Carolan also became the first varsity female wrestler at Notre Dame High School in Elmira, NY.

“I am truly humbled and excited to receive the Frank Gotch Award this year,” said Phoenix. “The long list of incredible athletes and humanitarians that came before me paved the way for a girl from a small town to share a page in the history book of wrestling.

“The Frank Gotch Award has particular meaning for me because my dream was for my career to have a positive influence on those around me. I am looking forward to coming to Waterloo to experience the Hall of Fame ceremony in person, spend time with old friend and meet new ones.”

The Class of 2015 includes three Distinguished Members (two living, one posthumous) along with recipients of the Lou Thesz Award, Jim Melby Award, Frank Gotch Award, and the George Tragos Award.

A full schedule of events will be released on a later date.

2015 Hall of Fame induction class
Lou Thesz Award—Brian Blair
Frank Gotch Award—Beth Phoenix
Jim Melby Award—TBA
George Tragos Award—Matt Lindland
Distinguished Member (living)—Greg Wojciechowski
Distinguished Member (living)—TBA
Distinguished Member (posthumous)—Jim Londos

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