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392. Gene LeBell

Gene LeBell was far from the most successful professional wrestler regardless of what metric you use, however in terms of influence in wrestling and in mixed martial arts he is pretty high up the food chain.  LeBell was a legitimate judo star, and he worked with some of the greats including Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris and was a conduit to Hollywood and helped wrestlers get work in some film and tv work.  A decent wrestler who held a few regional titles he would also co-own the NWA Hollywood promotion.

If you don’t vote for him, maybe he will do to you what he did to Steven Seagal!

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  • Other Aliases: The Hangman
  • Billed From: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  • Key Championships Held:

    NWA World Junior Heavyweight

    NWA (Amarillo) North American Heavyweight

    NWA (Texas) Brass Knuckles

    NWA Hawaii Heavyweight

    NWA (Hollywood) Beat the Champ

    NWA (Hollywood) Tag Team w/Roddy Piper
  • Why they will get in: There is a healthy influence category here, which includes Ronda Rousey.
  • Why they won't get in: What did he do in the WWE?
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments:
    1. Beat Ed Francis for the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship 1956
    2. Won the NWA North American Title (Amarillo) from Sonny Myers 3/17/60
    3. Defeated Neff Maivia for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title 2/15/63
    4. As “The Hangman” won the NWA Hollywood Beat the Champ Title III 1975
    5. Challenged Pater Maivia for the NWA Hollywood Title 7/17/81

Should Gene LeBell be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 83.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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