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122.  Bill Dundee

Although “Superstar” Bill Dundee was undersized and was rarely used in a National promotion, he was a huge star in the Memphis area and a great ally and foil of Jerry Lawler there.  The Superstar could be flashy, arrogant or modest depending on what character was needed in the area at the time.  His biggest taste on the big stage was a largely unremarkable performance as “Sir William”, Steven Regal’s manager in WCW where he barely spoke, and it is a shame that he was essentially muted in that role as he was a decent speaker.  If there was a Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame of Memphis, Dundee would be elected on the first or second ballot.


Should Bill Dundee be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 9.1%

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  • Other Aliases: William Crookshanks (Real Name)
    Sir William
  • Billed From: Australia
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Mid America Southern Tag Team (4) 1w/George Barnes, 2w/Big Bad John, 1w/Tommy Rich
    NWA Mid America Southern Heavyweight (2)
    AWA Southern Tag Team (14) 1w/Norvell Austin, 1w/Robert Gibson, 4w/Jerry Lawler, 1w/Robert Fuller, 2w/Tommy Rich, 1w/The Dream Machine, 2w/Steve Keirn, 1w/Dutch Mantel
    AWA Southern Heavyweight (9)
    CWA Heavyweight
    CWA Tag Team w/Tommy Rich
    NWA Central States Heavyweight
    AWA World Tag Team w/Jerry Lawler
    USWA Southern Heavyweight (3)
    USWA Texas Heavyweight (3)
    USWA Heavyweight
    USWA Tag Team (3) 2w/Jerry Lawler, 1w/Jamie Dundee
  • Why they will get in: The respect of Memphis wrestling is strong within the WWE brass.
  • Why they won't get in: He never competed in the WWE, and was largely irrelevant in WCW.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Beats Jerry Lawler for his first singles belt (7/25/77)
    2.  Defeats Billy Robinson for the CWA Heavyweight Title  (8/4/80)
    3.  Wins the AWA World Tag Team belts with Jerry Lawler (10/11/87)
    4.  Becomes the USWA Unified Heavyweight Champion defeating longtime nemesis, Jerry Lawler (2/25/95)
    5.  Wins the USWA Tag Titles with his son, Jamie Dundee (9/3/96)

Should Bill Dundee be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 9.1%

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0 #2 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
NJR. we have removed the Vietnam line. Thanks!
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0 #1 NJRob68 -0001-11-30 00:00
Manny Fernandez never served in Vietnam,desp ite his claims of having done so. He was born on July 27, 1954 he graduated from high school in June 1973. The last US combat troops left Vietnam in late March 1973, Fernandez was still in high school. It appears doubtful that he served in the military, for the reasons stated below.After graduating high school, he went to San Jose Junior College and West Texas State University. He also claimed to have played 3 years in the NFL, which is also false. He began his professional wrestling career, by most accounts in 1977.
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