Since 2016, WWE has been inducting wrestlers and other people from the wrestling business into its Corridor of Fame “legacy wing.” Throughout this 12 months’s induction ceremony, 10 extra names have been added.
Baron Michele Leone
An enormous star throughout the early days of wrestling on tv. Leone was concerned in a profitable angle with Lou Thesz within the early Fifties that did nice enterprise. He was in a position to retire afterward and returned residence to Italy.
Brown was a prime heel in a number of promotions throughout the 80s and 90s. He was educated by Terry Funk and Eddie Graham. He handed away in 2018 on the age of 57 from prostate most cancers.
“Dr. Dying” Steve Williams
After spending the late Eighties with WCW, Dr. Dying would turn into a giant star with All Japan Professional Wrestling within the 90s. Jim Ross would carry him into WWE throughout the late 90s as effectively. Williams handed away from throat most cancers in 2009.
A devious supervisor who feuded with the Von Erichs in Texas, Gary Hart was the booker for WCCW from 1976 till 1987. A few of the largest tales, angles and matches in wrestling historical past came about in that promotion throughout his run as match-maker.
Ray “The Crippler” Stevens
Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson have been generally known as the Blond Bombers. They’re former AWA tag-team champions and have been large stars within the Massive Time Wrestling promotion in San Fransisco as effectively. That is simply the most recent induction for Stevens. He went into the NWA Corridor of Fame in 2013, the Professional Wrestling Corridor of Fame in 2006, and the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter Corridor of Fame in 1996.
Dick The Bruiser
Former AWA World Champion Dick the Bruiser was additionally inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame legacy wing. Together with the Crusher, he held the AWA Tag Staff Championships on 5 events.
Ethel Johnson was a prime star from the Fifties till the Nineteen Seventies. Skilled by the good Mildred Burke, Johnson is credited with being the primary feminine wrestler to ship a standing dropkick. Her story is advised within the 2016 documentary “Woman Wrestler:
The Superb, Untold Story of African American Ladies within the Ring“
Paul Boesch was a World Warfare II veteran, a promoter and wrestler who is probably most notable for his time with Houston Wrestling. His in-ring profession ranged from the mid-Forties to mid-Sixties. He labored as a promoter after that for an additional 20 years earlier than retiring in 1987.
Pez Whatley is greatest identified for his time with Georgia Championship Wrestling and different promotions throughout the Eighties. He picked up with WCW within the early 90s earlier than starting to work backstage for the corporate.
Buzz Sawyer is greatest identified for his time with Jim Crockett Productions and Georgia Championship Wrestling throughout the Eighties. His feud with Tommy Wealthy is historic, with the “Final Battle of Atlanta” turning into one thing of a cult favorite amongst followers. He died of a drug overdose in 1992 on the age of 32.