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279. Kendo Nagasaki (Peter Thornley)

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Kendo Nagasaki
Some fans may remember a Kendo Nagasaki who competed in various promotions in North America as a mid card heel.  However, in the United Kingdom the original Kendo Nagasaki was a white British man named Peter Thornley who was actually the biggest draw in England for years.  Thornley was not a well built man, nor was he technically skilled, but he created a character that captured the imaginations of wrestling fans.  Could that type of resume ever mean anything to a wrestling Hall of Fame based in North America?

The Bullet Points:

Other Aliases:
Peter Thornley (Real Name)

Billed From:
Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom

Key Championships Held:
WWA World Heavyweight
British All Star

Why He Will Get In:
There is a possibility of a British only superstar to make the Hall

Why He Won’t Get In:
That possibility is remote indeed

Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1.  Sensational match in Britain’s ITV with Wayne Bridges in which his
mask nearly comes off (5/12/71)
2.  Begins long feud with Big Daddy (12/13/75)
3.  Has ceremonial unmasking which draws huge numbers on television
4.  Becomes British Heavyweight Champion defeating Wayne Bridges
5.  Has a brutal encounter in attempt to beat Giant Haystacks for the
championship, but abandons the match when his mask is dislodged

Should they be in the Hall of Fame?

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Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 25%
No way! - 50%
Last modified on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:14


0 #1 Knuckles 2012-07-07 20:40
So this is the "original" and not the guy who gave Florida and Texas faces fits during the 80's? I think the other one has a better shot.
0 #2 Committee Chairman 2012-07-14 13:10
Possibly. I think when we got this low, we were starting to look at the International scene, where Thronley was a major icon in England.

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