NWA Hall of Fame

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The NWA Hall of Fame logo (2008–)

The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Hall of Fame is an American professional wrestling hall of fame maintained by the NWA. It was established in 2005 to honor select wrestling personalities, mostly alumni of the NWA.[1] Inductees receive commemorative medals that have their names inscribed on it with the logo of the NWA.[2]

The Class of 2005, the inaugural inductees into the Hall of Fame did not have a formal induction ceremony; as a result, they received their medals at a later time. A private gathering was conducted for the Class of 2006, in which inductees received their medal. Beginning with the Class of 2008 on June 7, 2008, a ceremony has been conducted to formally induct the inductees. There were no inductees in 2007 due to the planning of an international expansion to the NWA.[3] On June 7, 2008, the Class of 2008 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ric Flair, a member of the Class of 2008 and a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) employee at the time of the ceremony, was inducted on October 4, 2008 after his WWE contract had expired; his WWE contract prevented him from appearing in other organizations.[2][4] Similarly to the World Championship Wrestling's Hall of Fame, the 2008 ceremony was held during a wrestling event.[5][6][7]

Inductees for the Class of 2009 were announced during the summer of 2009 for an induction ceremony on September 26; however, that ceremony never took place and the announced wrestling personalities were never inducted formally, evident by the NWA's official website for the NWA Hall of Fame.[8][9]

The inaugural Class of 2005 was inducted throughout 2005. Wrestler Lou Thesz's posthumous induction led the class, which included wrestler Harley Race, commentator Gordon Solie, and promoters Jim Cornette, Jim Barnett, and Sam Muchnick. Commentator Lance Russell's induction led the Class of 2006 on October 13, 2006, which also consisted of wrestlers Dory Funk, Jr., Eddie Graham, Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton (Rock 'n' Roll Express), Leilani Kai, and Saul Weingeroff. On June 7, 2008, wrestler Tommy Rich's induction led the Class of 2008, which consisted of wrestlers Joe and Jean Corsica (Corsica Brothers), Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton (The Midnight Express), Nikita Koloff, The Iron Sheik, and Ric Flair. Overall there are 87 inductees, 45 inductees were inducted posthumously.

Inductees[edit]

Iron Sheik, inducted in 2008
Ric Flair, inducted in 2008
Year Ring name
(Birth name)[a]
Inducted for Accolades[b][c]
2005 Thesz, LouLou Thesz
(Aloysius Thesz)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee: Three-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship, one-time NWA International Heavyweight Championship (All-Japan Version), one-time NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship[10]
2005 Race, HarleyHarley Race Wrestling Eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version) (first champion) nine-time NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship and seven-time NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship 3-times AWA World Tag Team Championship[11]
2005 Muchnick, SamSam Muchnick Promoting Posthumous Inductee: Founded the NWA and served as president from 1950 to 1960 and 1963 to 1975[12]
2005 Barnett, JimJim Barnett
(James Barnett)
Promoting Posthumous inductee: Owned Georgia Championship Wrestling during the mid-1900s.[13] Also promoted in the Detroit Territory, Indianapolis Territory and Australia.
2005 Solie, GordonGordon Solie
(Francis Labiak)
Commentating Posthumous Inductee: Commentator for Championship Wrestling from Florida and World Championship Wrestling promotions.[14]
2005 Cornette, JimJim Cornette
(James Cornette)
Managing Managed various wrestlers during the 1980s and 1990s.[15]
2006 Funk, Jr., DoryDory Funk, Jr.
(Dorrance Funk, Jr.)
Wrestling Held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) for over four years, the second longest reign in the title's history,[16]
2006 Weingeroff, SaulSaul Weingeroff
(Solomon Weingeroff)
Managing Posthumous Inductee: Managed various wrestlers in the NWA during the 1960s and 1970s[17]
2006 Russell, LanceLance Russell Commentating Commentated in the Continental Wrestling Association and Memphis Championship Wrestling companies[18]
2006 Graham, EddieEddie Graham
(Edward Gossett)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee: He won over 20 NWA championships.[19] Promoter of Championship Wrestling from Florida.
2006 Kai, LeilaniLeilani Kai
(Patty Seymour)
Wrestling Won the NWA World Women's Championship (1 time)[20]
2008 Sheik, The IronThe Iron Sheik
(Khosrow Vaziri)
Wrestling Won the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA World Television Championship (1 time),[21]
2008 Flair, RicRic Flair
(Richard Fliehr)
Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (10 times), NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (4 times),[22] NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version) (3 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version) (5 times), NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship, NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship.
2008 Rich, TommyTommy Rich
(Thomas Richardson)
Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (6 times),[23][24]
2008 Koloff, NikitaNikita Koloff
(Nelson Simpson)
Wrestling Won the NWA National Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time),[25] NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version), NWA World Television Championship
2009 Gene Kiniski
(Eugene Kiniski)
Wrestling Held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time).
2009 Terry Funk
(Terrence Funk)
Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version).
2009 Orndorff, PaulPaul Orndorff
(Paul Orndorff, Jr.)
Wrestling Won the NWA World Tag Team Championship and NWA National Heavyweight Championship (3 times).
2009 Tully Blanchard Wrestling Won the NWA Mid-Atlantic World Tag Team Championship, NWA World Television Championship (2 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version), NWA National Heavyweight Championship. Was a member of the original legendary NWA stable The Four Horsemen.
2009 Mil Máscaras
(Aaron Rodríguez)
Wrestling Won the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (5 times), NWA Americas Tag Team Championship, NWA Texas Tag Team Championship (2 times), NWA American Tag Team Championship.
2009 Jarrett, JerryJerry Jarrett
(Jerry Jarrett, Sr.)
Promoting Operated Mid-Southern Wrestling, Continental Wrestling Association, United States Wrestling Association, World Class Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version).
2009 Dennis Coralluzzo Promoting Posthumous Inductee: Longtime NWA New Jersey promoter and served as NWA President with Howard Brody and Steve Rickard from 1993 to 1995. The official induction ceremony was held at the Dennis Coralluzzo Invitational.
2010 Rogers, BuddyBuddy Rogers
(Herman Rohde, Jr.)
wrestling Posthumous Inductee, Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
2010 Brisco, JackJack Brisco
(Freddie Brisco)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and the NWA Mid-Atlantic World Tag Team Championship (3 times with his brother Jerry).
2010 Severn, DanDan Severn
(Daniel Severn)
Wrestling Two-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship
2010 Hashimoto, ShinyaShinya Hashimoto Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship.
2010 Gulas, NickNick Gulas Promoting Posthumous Inductee. Promoter of the NWA Mid-American territory in Tennessee.
2010 The Shiek
(Edward Farhat)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Promoter of the Detroit Territory, won over 10 NWA championships.
2010 Hodge, DannyDanny Hodge
(Daniel Hodge)
Wrestling Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (8 times).
2010 Ed Chuman
(Edward Chuman)
Promoting Posthumous Inductee. Promoter of NWA Midwest
2011 O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor
(Patrick O'Connor)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee; won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)),[26]
2011 Dusty Rhodes
(Virgil Runnels, Jr.)
Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), NWA World Television Championship (3 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version), NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (12 times), NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (2 times with Road Warroirs),[26]
2011 Wahoo McDaniel
(Edward McDaniel)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee,[26] Won the NWA Mid-Atlantic World Tag Team Championship (4 times), NWA Florida World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
2011 Angelo Savoldi
(Mario Fornini, Sr.)
Wrestling NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (5 times)[26]
2011 Freddie Blassie
(Frederick Blassman)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Georgia version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida version).
2011 Rikidōzan
(Mitsuhiro Momota)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee,[26] Won over 10 NWA championships.
2011 Johnny Valentine
(John Wisniski)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee,[26] won over 30 NWA championships.
2011 Bill Apter Contributor[26] Editor of Pro Wrestling Illustrated
2011 Sue Green
(Susan Green)
Wrestling [26] Won the NWA World Women's Championship
2012 Ricky Steamboat
(Richard Blood, Sr.)
Wrestling[27] Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version), NWA World Television Championship (2 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version) (3 times).
2012 Paul Boesch Promoting[27] Posthumous Inductee. Promoter of the NWA in Houston, TX.
2012 Sputnik Monroe
(Rosco Merrick)
NWA Humanitarian Award[27] Posthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version).
2012 John Tolos Wrestling[27] Posthumous Inductee, Won over 30 NWA championships.
2012 Mr. Wrestling II
(John Walker)
Wrestling[27] NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version).
2012 Teddy Long
(Theodore Long)
Refereeing[27]
2012 Little Beaver
(Lionel Giroux)
Wrestling[27] Posthumous Inductee. NWA World Midget's Championship (2 times)
2012 The Fabulous Moolah
(Mary Ellison)
Wrestling[27] Posthumous Inductee: Five-time NWA World Women's Championship and two-time NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship
2012 Joyce Grable
(Betty Wade-Murphy)
Wrestling[27] Won the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship (4 times), NWA United States Women's Championship
2012 Misty Blue
(Diane Syms)
Wrestling[27] Won the NWA United States Women's Championship
2013 Ray Stevens
(Carl Stevens)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won various NWA World Tag Team Championships (6 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times), the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (San Francisco version) and various regional NWA titles
2013 Salvador Lutteroth
(Salvador González)
Promoting Posthumous Inductee. Was a member of the NWA from 1952 to 1986. Promotion was called EMLL until leaving the NWA and became CMLL.
2013 Dory Funk, Sr.
(Dorrance Funk, Sr.)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship and various NWA regional titles.
2013 Bobo Brazil
(Houston Harris)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won various NWA regional titles. Had a legendary feud with The Original Sheik over the Detroit version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title.
2013 Jackie Fargo
(Henry Faggart)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (22 times), various versions of the NWA World Tag Team titles and was one third of the first ever NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.
2013 Ernie Ladd
(Ernest Ladd)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won various NWA regional titles.
2014 Giant Baba
(Shohei Baba)
Wrestling, Promoting Posthumous Inductee. Was the founder of All-Japan Pro Wrestling, which was a NWA member until 1989. Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit version), NWA International Heavyweight Championship (All-Japan Version) (3 times), NWA International Tag Team Championship (All-Japan Version) (12 times), PWF Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
2014 Kevin Sullivan Wrestling Won the NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version), NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Gulf Coast Version), NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Championship (Southeast Version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Central States version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version)
2014 Pinkie George
(Paul George)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Was a founder of the NWA. Was the Original President of the NWA.
2014 Ox Baker
(Douglas Baker)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. NWA World Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles version), NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Championship (2 times), NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Calgary Version), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Detroit version), NWA American Heavyweight Championship (2 times), NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship, NWA Florida Tag Team Championship, NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship, NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
2014 Cowboy Bob Kelly
(Robert Kelley)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. Won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Gulf Coast version) (2 times), NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship (10 times), NWA Gulf Coast Brass Knuckles Championship (2 times) NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship (5 times), NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championship (18 times), NWA Mississippi Tag Team Championship (4 times), NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Championship, NWA City of Mobile Heavyweight Championship (4 times), NWA City of Pensacola Heavyweight Championship
2014 J.J. Dillon
(James Morrison)
Wrestling, manager Manager of the Legendary 4 Horsemen, consisting of NWA Hall of Fame members Ric Flair; Ole Anderson; Tully Blanchard, and Arn Anderson.

Titles won as a wrestler: NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship, NWA Florida Tag Team Championship, NWA Florida Television Championship, NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship, NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Maritimes Version), IW International Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

2015 Adam Pearce Wrestling[28] Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship, one-time NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship, two-time NWA Heritage Championship
2015 Leroy McGuirk Wrestling, Promoting Posthumous Inductee. Was promoter of the Tri-State area in the NWA. As promoter, he controlled the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, National Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title.
2015 Mike Sircy Promoting Promoter of the NWA Top Rope promotion in Tennessee.
2016 Nick Bockwinkel
(Nicholas Bockwinkel)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. AWA World Heavyweight Championship (4 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times)
2016 Boris Malenko
(Lawrence Simon)
Wrestling Posthumous Inductee. AWA World Tag Team Championship, NWA American Heavyweight Championship
2016 Len Rossi
(Len Rositano)
Wrestling NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (14 times)
2016 Gary Hart
(Gary Williams)
Promoting,

Managing

Posthumous Inductee. NWA American Tag Team Championship (3 times)
2016 Jim Ross
(James Ross)
Commentating

Group inductions[edit]

Year Tag Team Notes
2006 The Rock 'n' Roll Express NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic) (4 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times)[29][30]
Ricky Morton (Richard Morton)
Robert Gibson (Ruben Cain)
2008 The Midnight Express NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic), NWA American Tag Team Championship
Dennis Condrey
Bobby Eaton (Robert Eaton)
2008 The Corsicans NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (5 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version)
Corsica Joe (Francois Miquet)
Corsica Jean (Jean Louis Roy) - Posthumous Inductee
2010 The Minnesota Wrecking Crew NWA World Tag Team Championship (Georgia version) (2 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (7 times)
Gene Anderson (Eugene Anderson) - Posthumous Inductee
Lars Anderson (Larry Heiniemi)
Ole Anderson (Alan Rogowski)
2011 The LeBells Promoters of NWA Hollywood Wrestling (1968-1983)
Aileen LeBell Eaton - Posthumous Inductee
Mike LeBell - Posthumous Inductee
Gene LeBell
2012 The Road Warriors 4-time NWA National Tag Team Championship, AWA World Tag Team Championship, NWA International champions (All-Japan), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version), NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (3 times), WWF World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
Road Warrior Hawk (Michael Hegstrand) - Posthumous inductee
Road Warrior Animal (Joseph Laurinaitis)
2013 The Fabulous Kangaroos NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida version), NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Northeast version) (3 times), NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (4 times)
Al Costello (Giacomo Costa) - Posthumous Inductee
Roy Heffernan - Posthumous Inductee
2015 The Wright Brothers NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version), NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship (10 times)
Ron Wright (Luther Wright) - Posthumous Inductee
Don Wright

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • a  – Entries without a birth name indicates that the inductee did not perform under a ring name.
  • b – Before the 1990s, the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) distributed many of its titles among its numerous members. Other promotions listed in this column were, or are currently, members of the NWA.[31][32]
  • c – This section mainly lists the major accomplishments of each inductee in the NWA.

References[edit]

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