61. The One Man Gang

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61.  The One Man Gang

Tall men with exceptional girth may be a rare sight on the street but in the world of professional wrestling it is actually commonplace.  What wasn’t standard was for those wrestlers to have agility, skill and a solid workrate.  In the case of George Gray, A.K.A., the One Man Gang, all those attributes were present.

Like many big men, the Gang would enter a territory, beat up the preliminary combatants and challenge for their main belt.  In the WWE, The Gang essentially got to do it twice.  Mid run in the WWE, George Gray shed the One Man Gang gimmick for that of the African American, Akeem (basically a white guy who thought he was black).  The gimmick may have bordered on being offensive, but as Akeem he was able to show other facets of his personality that was never before shown.  Gray would revert back to the Gang gimmick in WCW and although he never won a slew of titles, he may have been the most underrated big man in wrestling history.

Should The One Man Gang be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 59.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 15.3%
No opinion. - 1.7%
No way! - 6.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: George Gray (Real Name)
    Crusher Broomfield
    Akeem
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Chicago, IL)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team w/Kelly Kiniski
    NWA United States Tag Team (Florida) w/Ron Bass
    UWF Heavyweight
    WCW United States
    World Class Six Man w/Killer Brooks & Mark Lewin
  • Why they will get in: He was a large man who could work and hit main event status in the WWE.
  • Why they won't get in: He may have hit the main event level but it was not for a long time.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Teamed with Harley Race to defeat Andre the Giant & Dick Murdoch at the Superdome (5/1/82)
    2.  Lost to Kerry Von Erich at the David Von Erich Parade of Champions (5/5/85)
    3.  Lost to Hulk Hogan in a failed WWF World Title Match at the Paul Boesch retirement show (12/28/87)
    4.  With the Big Boss Man lost to Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage at the Main Event on NBC (2/3/89)
    5.  Surprisingly won the WCW United States belt over Kensuke Sasake (12/27/95)

Should The One Man Gang be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 59.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 15.3%
No opinion. - 1.7%
No way! - 6.8%

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+1 #1 sweetestsadist 2019-04-01 02:39
That's Akeem in the picture. One Man Gang was a white guy.
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