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Help the PWHF and wrestling community celebrate these deserving individuals and their families during our 18th Annual Induction Events, May 16th, 17th and 18th, 2019 in Wichita Falls, TX! Follow this to the Events page for complete list and link to tickets! 

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Baron Michele Leone

2019 Pioneer Division Inductee

Michele Leone (June 8, 1909 – November 26, 1988), known by his ring name Baron Michele Leone, was an Italian professional wrestler. He was one of the biggest stars and most prominent heels of the early television era of wrestling[3][5] and, in May 1952, was a part of professional wrestling's first $100,000 gate, when he faced Lou Thesz in a title vs. title bout.

Charley Fox

2019 Pioneer Division Inductee

During the first half of his career, from approximately 1909 to 1927, Charley Fox was recognized as a middleweight and light-heavyweight champion of the world.  In the second half, in the late twenties and throughout most of the thirties, he became the heavyweight champion of Ohio and a challenger to the world heavyweight crown.

Lord James Blears

2019 Television Era Inductee

Lord Blears (born James Ranicar Blears, August 13, 1923 – March 3, 2016) was a British-American professional wrestler, ring announcer, promoter, actor, mariner, and surfing personality.

Abdulla the Butcher

2019 Television Era Inductee

Abdullah the Butcher, is a Canadian semi-retired professional wrestler. He has a reputation for being involved in some of the most violent and bloody hardcore wrestling matches of all time.

One of his trademarks is a series of divot-like scars on his head that he has due to excessive use of blading during his career. The scars are so deep that, according to Mick Foley, he is able to put gambling chips into them. 

Ronnie Garvin

2019 Modern Era Inductee

Canadian retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin. He is best known for his appearances with Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Championships held by Garvin over his career include the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Owen Hart

2019 Modern Era Inductee

Canadian–American professional and amateur wrestler who worked for several promotions including Stampede Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he wrestled under both his own name, and ring name The Blue Blazer.

A member of the Hart wrestling family, he was born in Calgary, Alberta, the youngest of 12 children of Stampede Wrestling promoters Stu and Helen Hart. Among other accolades, Owen was a one-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, a one-time WWF European Champion, and a four-time WWF World Tag Team Champion, as well as the 1994 WWF King of the Ring. He headlined multiple pay-per-view events for the WWF, and was widely regarded as one of the company's best in-ring performers.

Gory Guerrero

2019 International Division Inductee

One of the premier Hispanicprofessional wrestlers in the early days of Lucha Libre when most wrestlers were imported from outside Mexico. He wrestled primarily in Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre (EMLL) between the 1940s and 1960s. He was also the patriarch of the Guerrero wrestling family.

Bob Roop

2019 Territory/Journeyman/Collegue Division Inductee

a retired amateur and professional wrestler, whose career as a wrestler spanned high school, college, the United States Army, amateur and professional wrestling. He was an American heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestlerat the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Wally Karbo

2019 Executive Division Inductee

An American professional wrestling promoter and co-founder of the American Wrestling Association with Verne Gagne. A longtime promoter in the Minneapolis-area, Karbo was a close associate of Tony Stecher and attended the first meeting of the National Wrestling Alliance held by Stecher in 1948.

The Midnight Express

2019 Tag Team Inductees

The Midnight Express was a professional wrestling tag team of changing members, mostly under the management of Jim Cornette. The group started in the early 1980s with Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose (and originally Norvell Austin). The late 1980s saw a new incarnation, consisting of Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane, compete in JCP and WCW and briefly feuding with "The Original Midnight Express" of Condrey and Rose. In the 1990s, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) combined Bob Holly and Bart Gunn as "The New Midnight Express". A combination of Condrey, Eaton and Lane occasionally compete as the Midnight Express on the independent circuit. The Historians and committee felt Randy Rose, Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey deserved the honor for the Express! 

Johnny "Red Shoes" Dugan

2019 Inductee Referee Division

Johnny Red Shoes Dugan was an integral part of wrestling in California territory. 

Ann Laverne

2019 Inductee Ladies Division

An American professional wrestler. 

Beverly Shade

2019 Inductee Ladies Division

  • NWA Women’s Tag Team titles w/Natasha defeating Sherry Lee & Ann Casey (August 1979 in Memphis Tennessee);
  • All-star Wrestling Women’s title defeating Ann Quimby (1968);
  • All-star Wrestling Women’s title defeating Despina Montages (1985);
  • IWA Women’s Tag Team titles w/Tracy Richards defeating Judy Martin & Winona Little Heart (1986)
  • She made her debut in Florida for Cowboy Luttrel
  • Married to the love of her life Billy Blue River! 

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Fred Beell

2018 Inductee - Pioneer Division

It's said he trained with a strongman at the age of nineteen and had his first professional wrestling match at the age of twenty years old in 1896. Within a year of his debut he'd be matched up against one of the biggest names of 1890's Evan 'Strangler' Lewis. Beell was thrown three times during that contest. Not really surprising as Lewis was twenty pounds heavier and around four to five inches taller. 
A little over a year later he joined the Wisconsin National Guard for the three and a bit month war with Spain over Cuba. He'd be back in Wisconsin before the end of 1898 although would not wrestle again until 1899. By the middle of the year he was being trained by Evan Lewis, although it's quite likely the two had been in contact since the original match, as it's said both Lewis and the referee, notable wrestler Jack Carkeek, had been impressed. 

Ralph "Ruffy" Silverstein

2018 Inductee - Pioneer Division

Eddie Graham

2018 Television Division Inductee

Edward F. Gossett[1] (January 15, 1930 – January 21, 1985),[1] better known as Eddie Graham, was an American professional wrestler. He was also the promoter and booker for Championship Wrestling from Florida and President of the NWA in the 1970s.

Ernie "the Cat" Ladd

2018 Television Division Inductee

Ernest Ladd (November 28, 1938 – March 10, 2007), nicknamed "The Big Cat", was an American collegiate and professional football player and a professional wrestler. A standout athlete in high school, Ladd attended Grambling State University on a basketball scholarship before being drafted to the American Football League's San Diego Chargers in 1961. Ladd found success in the AFL as one of the largest players in professional football history at 6' 9" and 315 pounds.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

2018 Modern Era Inductee

James Edward Duggan Jr. (born January 14, 1954),[1] better known by his ring name "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE on a Legends contract. His best-known character is that of an American patriot, which sees him use a 2x4 length of wood as a weapon, the battle cry "Hooo!" and the U-S-A! cheer.

STING

2018 Modern Era Inductee

Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959), better known by the ring name Sting, is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, author and former bodybuilder. He is currently signed with WWE under a Legends contract.  Borden is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having cultivated a legacy over a career spanning more than three decades in which he held 15 world championships.

Red Bastien & Billy Red Lyons

2018 Tag Team Division

Red Bastien & Billy Red Lyons - The Flying Redheads. 

This popular duo came together primarily because they were in the same place at the same time, meaning both were wrestling out of the Minneapolis, Minnesota which was the headquarters of the American Wrestling Association.

Pampero Firpo

2019 International Division Inductee

Having been trained by Rudy Dusek, he made his debut in 1953 and wrestled variously as Ervan the Armenian, Ivan the Terrible, The Missing Link, The Great Pampero and the Wild Bull of the Pampas, as well as his most famous alter-ego of Pampero Firpo (named after the original, Luis Ángel Firpo).[1] An early pioneer of hardcore wrestling, Kachmanian usually wrestled as a heel, although he would go on to have a run as a face after being fireballed by The Sheik.[1] Other notable feuds in his career would include Nick Bockwinkel, Alberto Madril and Apollo Jalisco.

2017 PWHF Hall of Fame Induction Class

Pioneer Category

(1865 - 1942)

Yvon Robert

Pioneer Division Inductee
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"Dirty" Dick Raines

Pioneer Division Inductee
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Television Era Division

(1943 - 1984)

Luther Lindsay

Television Era Inductee
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Sputnik Monroe

Television Era Inductee
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Modern Era Category

(1985 - Present Day)

Shawn Michaels

Modern Era Inductee
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Mick Foley

Modern Era Inductee
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Ladies & Colleague Divisions

Masters of converting coffee into customer satisfaction

Susan "Tex" Green

Ladies Division Inductee
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George Napolitano

Colleague Division
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Tag Team & International Division

Masters of converting coffee into customer satisfaction

Larry Hennig & Harley Race

Tag Team Inductees
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Tatsumi Fujinami

International Inductee
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2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Joe Pazandak - Pioneer Inductee

Earl McCready - Pioneer Inductee

Hans Schmidt - Television Era Inductee

Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
Television Era Inductee

Sgt. Slaughter - Modern Era Inductee

Stone Cold Steve Austin - Modern Era Inductee

Leilani Kai - Ladies Division Inductee

"Mean" Gene Okerlund - Colleague Division

Peter Miavia - International Inductee

The Blackjacks - Mulligan & Lanza
Tag Team Division Inductees

Inaugural Induction Year for the Hall of Fame Inductees - Program 

2002 Hall of Fame Inductees

The PWHF Inaugural Inductees

Bruno Sammartino

The Living Legend
His first WWF title reign occurred when he beat Buddy Rogers in 1963. 
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Andre Rousimoff

Andre the Giant
Andre was born with a disease called acromegaly which caused his tremendous physical size due to an excess of hormones. - Click for Bio

Buddy Rogers

"Nature Boy"
Arguably the most colorful champion in modern wrestling history. 
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2002 Hall of Fame Inductees

Inaugural inductees

Frank Gotch

Unsurpassed in his prime! 
Many people consider Mr. Gotch the greatest wrestler of all times. Born in 1878 in Humboldt, Iowa. 
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Jim Londos

"Golden Greek"
With his muscular physique & handsome facial features, he was known throughout as the Golden Greek. 
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George Hackenschmidt

The Russian Lion
His ring record reflects the worthiness of such a nickname.... Click photo for Program Bio. 

Ed "The Strangler" Lewis

Held undisputed World's Wrestling Championship on 4 occasions. 

Joe Stecher

He perfected the body scissors hold. 

Mildred Burke

Rise of the popularity of women's wrestling has been attributed to Mildred Burke throughout history! 

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