210. Maurice Tillet "The French Angel"

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210. Maurice Tillet "The French Angel"
Wrestling can be a bit of a freak show, and some of the cast of characters actually can be described as freaks.  One of the earliest men in that category was "The French Angel," Maurice Tillet who stood at only 5'9" but developed acromegaly in his early 20's causing his bones to grow and his features to alter.  He got into wrestling late and was built up as an attraction and title contender where he would win the Boston version of the AWA World Title.  Tillet did not have a long run, but he was known and struck fear among fans.  Allegedly, he was the inspiration for Shrek.

The Bullet Points

  • Billed From: France
  • Key Championships Held: AWA (Boston) World Heavyweight
  • Why they will get in: He is one of the few wrestlers from before 1950 that still has a bit of name recognition today.
  • Why they won't get in: They may not want to celebrate a freak, who arguably was exploited.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments:
    1. Beat Ray Steele in Oregon 7/26/44
    2. Defeated Steve Casey for the AWA (Boston) Heavyweight Championship 8/1/44
    3. Defends his title against Hans Schnabel 8/9/44
    4. Loses to Gorgeous George in Los Angeles 2/6/48
    5. Unsuccessfully challenged Frank Sexton for the AWA Title in Cleveland 4/19/49

Should Maurice Tillet be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 66.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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