Current WWE Inductees

When discussing the case of Jimmy Garvin the NIHOF committee openly discussed placing him in the Freebirds page.  In future editions, we may do that (or we may witness Garvin get inducted with the Freebrids) but for now we will concentrate on his career before his association with Michael Hayes and company which was a…
(Michael Hayes, Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy & Buddy Roberts)  Talk about innovation. Before there was the N.W.O, D-Generation X or the Four Horsemen there was the original gang concept; The Fabulous Freebirds.
The state of Texas has given wrestling superstar after superstar, though none of them could have been a better brawler than Stan “The Lariat” Hansen. Nobody played the part of a deranged cowboy better than he did either.
We actually liked Papa Shango when he debuted and as corny as the gimmick was, we know we are not the only ones who had a soft spot for the voodoo man.  Charles Wright would later be repackaged multiple times before he struck gold as the “Godfather”, a lovable pimp.  This character allowed Wright to…
We might be going too far back into the DeLorean on this one. The Fabulous Moolah is in the WWE Hall of Fame and is unarguably the most important female wrestler in her era. Are we incorrect to look at the most important woman in the era before? If the WWE Hall does, they would…
As one of the first African American stars in the industry, Sailor Art Thomas was a popular star who received many World Championship Title Matches in the early 60’s. The American wrestling world was not ready to embrace a black Heavyweight Championship, though had evolved to the point where they could cheer him in the…
Long before she set foot in the WWE, Jackie Moore was kicking ass and taking names fighting more men than women in the USWA.  Jacqueline had proved herself to be a top flight wrestler and finally received her due on the national stage competing for WCW.  She wouldn’t stay there long, and she would soon…
Despite the major respect we have for Lou Thesz, we were not initially planning to put him in our list. The bulk of Thesz’ career took place before the dawn of the WWE and even then he barely had any dealings with the North Eastern promotion. Still, the induction of Gorgeous George has opened up…
At present, the only man from New Zealand to ever become World Champion, Pat O’Connor was a wrestling machine who competed in technical masterpieces for decades.
When Ray Traylor first emerged on the national scene it was a large suit clad bodyguard, Big Bubba Rogers.  When he arrived to the WWF, he donned the gimmick of a sadistic prison guard (a job he actually had) and achieved his best success.
As of this writing (Spring 2013) Sting is still very much an active competitor in TNA Wrestling, but as he is well into his 50’s, we feel comfortable with ranking him at this time. When it is all said and done, Sting may never wrestle a match under the WWE banner, and though that will…
As one of the original hardcore icons, Abdullah became a star on various continents and winning more titles internationally than many casual fans may have realized.  He was violent, shocking and scary and did it all without uttering a single word.  Abdullah was not just a brawler with foreign objects; as he could wrestle where…
Andre the Giant was the man for whom the WWE Hall of Fame was created for and its first inductee. Standing well over seven feet tall, Andre was actually quite agile in his youth and throughout his career was a featured attraction regardless of where he performed. Loyal to Vince, Andre headlined Wrestlemania 3 putting…
One of the most popular wrestlers of his day, Antonino Rocca was a spectacular athlete and one of the first to really utilize acrobatics in the ring. Rocca was a big reason for the wrestling boom in the Northeast and his following among the Italian and Hispanic audiences was especially high. He is one of…
We have to admit that we loved this induction! Although Antonio Inoki did have a solid relationship with the WWE, wrestling many times for them in the late 70’s and early 80’s, it was in Japan that he was a true star. In fact, Inoki could very well be the most popular wrestler in Japan…
A long time manager for the WWE and a decent wrestler in his own right, Arnold Skaaland was seemingly on television every week in the corner of the top faces. Skaaland was not just an on screen personality as he was a backstage producer and business partner of Vince McMahon Sr. Skaaland was inducted equally…
Scicluna was not inducted for his plethora of championships or stellar won loss record. He was however a very dependable worker who served the Stamford based promotion well and for a long period of time. Although, he may have had a journeyman’s record, he never ventured out of the North East that often. This induction…
A former WWWF Tag Team Champion as one of the masked Executioners in the late 70’s, John Studd would return to the North East unmasked and ready to assert himself as the dominant big heel of his day. Studd was a constant threat for championships and was one of the few credible opponents for Andre…
A major star in the American South for decades, “The Bullet” Bob Armstrong held every title worth holding south of the Mason-Dixon line on multiple occasions. Armstrong was exceptionally popular in his time, and one of the toughest. Truthfully, we were surprised that his son Brian, didn’t go in before him, but this is an…
When Bob Backlund first hit the Northeast he had the credentials to be a wrestling star; he was a legitimate amateur champion, he had the boyish good looks and the humble demeanor that made him the perfect face. This equated to him holding the WWF World Heavyweight Championship for over five years.   As Backlund’s…