Wahoo McDaniel
More often than not if you ask people who the greatest Native American wrestler, more often than not the answer is Chief Jay Strongbow.  With Strongbow played by an Italian American that answer never seemed right to us.  Sometimes the answer would be Jack Briscoe though since he never wrestled with a “stereotypical Native” gimmick, his name does not come up first a lot either.   To us, the easy answer is Wahoo McDaniel, the former New York Jet who was as popular as he was tough.

With his vicious chops and legitimate tough guy persona, Wahoo became somewhat of a cult star whose persona translated out of the ring wars.  Considered a legend by many of the older stars, it would be hard to find anyone who thinks Wahoo would not fit into the Hall of Fame, but it may be equally hard to find those who are that passionate about his potential induction too.  This coupled with his lack of WWE tenure will likely be the formula that keeps the late Native American out of the Hall.

 

Should Wahoo McDaniel be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 85%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Ed McDaniel (Real Name)
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Midland, TX)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA American Heavyweight
    NWA American Tag Team (3) (2w/Johnny Valentine, 1w/Thunderbolt Patterson)
    NWA Florida Heavyweight
    NWA Florida Television
    NWA Georgia Heavyweight (2)
    NWA Georgia Tag Team w/Tommy Rich
    NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight (5)
    NWA National Heavyweight
    NWA Southern Heavyweight (Florida)
    NWA United States Heavyweight (Mid Atlantic) (5)
    NWA United States Tag Team (Florida) w/Billy Jack Haynes
    NWA World Tag Team (Florida) (2) w/Jose Lothario
    NWA World Tag Team (Mid Atlantic) (4) (2w/Mark Youngblood, 1w/Rufus Jones, 1w/Paul Jones)
  • Why they will get in: He is considered by many as the greatest Native American wrestler who ever competed.
  • Why they won't get in: The bulk of his work did not occur for the WWE.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Beat his rival Johnny Valentine for the Mid Atlantic Title (6/29/75)
    2.  Lost the same belt to Ric Flair but began to cement the latter as a future star (9/20/75)
    3.  Embroiled in a year long feud with Greg Valentine that set the Mid Atlantic territory on fire (1977)
    4.  Feuded with Roddy Piper over the United States Title helping to make him a star (1981)
    5.  Won his last major title defeating Tully Blanchard for the NWA National belt (8/28/86)

Should Wahoo McDaniel be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 85%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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