Haystacks Calhoun

As the initial televised era of wrestling was winding down, one of its stars proved to be a big draw without ever having to chase for a championship.  His unique look and size were enough to get him “over”.  Tipping the scales at over 600 pounds, Haystacks Calhoun was a mammoth of a man who was used as a special attraction much the way Andre the Giant would be used years later.

Calhoun was so huge (pardon the pun) that at one time he was likely the only wrestler that a non fan would be aware of.  His persona was that of a likable “country boy” bedecked in a plain t-shirt and overalls.  This was the template used for the popular hillbilly wrestlers that emerge later.  He may not have been the best worker (though he was certainly capable) but he was one of the first wrestlers who provided the entertainment aspect in the ring.  Calhoun plied his trade for the WWF in the 70’s where he won his only major title in the Tag Team division, but Calhoun was such a star that he never needed a belt to be a star.  Considering how Calhoun finished off his career in the 70’s for the WWF, his shot at induction is actually decent.

Should Haystacks Calhoun be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 57.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 23.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: William Calhoun
  • Billed From: Morgan’s Coroner, AK (Really from McKinney, TX)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA World Tag Team (Tri-State) w/Jack Brisco
    WWF World Tag Team w/Tony Garea
  • Why they will get in: He was recently honored as one of the top 50 WWF stars of all time which shows him some respect.
  • Why they won't get in: Vince may not want to induct wrestlers who were just fat and not muscular.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Appeared in the critically acclaimed movie: Requiem for a Dream (1962)
    2.  Had a memorable feud with Dick the Bruiser (1960’s)
    3.  Defeated the rotund Happy Humphrey proving he was a capable wrestler for someone his size (1960’s)
    4.  Had successful tag team with fellow giant Don Leo Jonathan (1966)
    5.  Won the WWWF Tag Team Title with Tony Garea (5/30/73)

Should Haystacks Calhoun be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 57.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 23.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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0 #1 Erik 2017-03-29 11:48
Haystacks Calhoun is one of the eight Legacy Wing inductees in the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2017. So, his name will have to be removed from this 19-page ranked list when the ranked list gets corrected and updated soon. I'm so very happy that WWE has finally gotten around to inducting him.
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