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72.  Magnum T.A.

By the time 1986 rolled around it was clear to anyone following the NWA that Magnum T.A. was being groomed as a future World Heavyweight Champion.  Had he not had a car crash that ended his career, all bets are that he would have gained that coveted belt.

Combining the Magnum P.I. name with the initials of his given name, Magnum T.A. was making major strides in the NWA.  His rugged good looks made him a hit with women, but he was not a pretty boy which allowed him to gain a healthy male demographic.  He was paired with Dusty Rhodes, and by the time he made Tully Blanchard quit in a brutal cage match at Starrcade, he appeared ready to make the jump to the next level.  Magnum was becoming a very good wrestler, and though he had a lot to still learn, matches with Blanchard, Ric Flair and Nikita Koloff were making him better and better to the point where he could have carried the company.

Magnum T.A. did not get the chance and should he ever get in to the WWE Hall it would be based on what he would have accomplished as opposed to what he did.  As he is the only one on this list who falls into that category, it makes it a more uphill climb than most.

Should Magnum T.A. be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Terry Allen (Real Name)
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Tidewater, Virginia)
  • Key Championships Held: Mid South North American (2)
    Mid South Tag Team 1w/Jim Duggan, 1w/Mr. Wrestling II
    NWA Florida Tag Team (5) (3w/Scott McGhee, 1w/Dusty Rhodes & 1w/Brad Armstrong
    NWA United States Heavyweight (2)
  • Why they will get in: His story is a positive one and maybe potential alone could net an induction.
  • Why they won't get in: That story took place in the NWA and not the WWF.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Beat Buzz Sawyer at his first Superdome Extravaganza (7/16/83)
    2.  Beat Mr. Wrestling II for the Mid South North American Title and would hold it for nearly a year (5/13/84)
    3.  Wins the NWA United States Title from Wahoo McDaniel (3/23/85)
    4.  Beat Tully Blanchard for the United States Title in a bloody Steel Cage I Quit Match at Starrcade (11/28/85)
    5.  Loses the best of seven series for the United States Title to Nikita Koloff, though the series elevates both men (8/17/86)

Should Magnum T.A. be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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