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107. Ray Steele
A mentor of the legendary Lou Thesz, Ray Steele, who immigrated from German occupied Norka (in Russia) as a child, would become he NWA World Heavyweight Champion in 1940.  Steele would that belt for a year, a major accomplishment, but his mentorship of younger stars might be the best part of his legacy.

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  • Other Aliases: Peter Sauer (Real Name)
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  • Key Championships Held: California State Heavyweight (2)
    MWA (Ohio) World Heavyweight
    NWA (Association)
    NWA (Alliance)
    NWA World Junior Heavyweight
  • Why they will get in: Steele is a great fit for the legends wing.
  • Why they won't get in: As influential as he was, he is not a recognized name even amongst hardcore fans.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.   Defeated Vic Christy for the California Heavyweight Title (6/8/32)
    2.   Regains the California Title by defeating Jim McMillen (3/29/33)
    3.   Wrestled Orville Brown to a minute draw (3/16/34)
    4.   Destroyed Heavyweight Boxing contender, Kingfish Levinsky in a boxer VS wrestler match in 35 seconds (1936)
    5.   Won the World Heavyweight Title from Bronko Nagurski (3/7/40)

Should Ray Steele be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 42.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 42.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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