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224. John Pesek
From the carnival era, John Pesek forewent his initial dream of boxing for the world of professional wrestling.  Pesek was not often the largest man, but his dexterity and cunning earning him the nickname of the “Tiger Man” and he would eventually become the World Champion.  Pesek was also known within the inner circle for being a true “hooker” as in he was one often called in to ensure that other wrestlers would follow the unspoken code of doing the honors.

Realistically, had he been more of a team player with promoters, he would probably be remembered more than he is today.

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: The Nebraska Tiger Man
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Ravenna, Nebraska)
  • Key Championships Held: MWA World Heavyweight (2)
    NWA World Heavyweight
  • Why they will get in: This is a former World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Why they won't get in: He is not as well known as many others of his time period.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Defeated Wladek Zbyszko (1914)
    2.  Destroyed Marin Plestina at Madison Square Garden  (11/14/21)
    3.  Legitimately beat Olympic Medalist, Nat Pendleton (1/25/23)
    4.  Again went off script, submitting Joe Stecher by submission but was disqualified by a quick thinking official (10/6/26)
    5.  Awarded the National Wrestling Association Title (9/13/37)

Should John Pesek be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 70%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10%

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