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HALL OF FAME 2010

 EdChuman       

ED CHUMAN

A long time Chicago area promoter who was instrumental in helping Midwest area wrestlers get bookings around the country and who ran events in Streamwood, Illinois for years.  Chuman was a huge supporter of women’s wrestling and the person responsible for commissioning the NWA Midwest Women’s Championship.  

Chuman left us too soon in 2010, but his legacy as a tremendously influential NWA Promoter and support of women’s professional wrestling lives in!

     
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BUDDY ROGERS

The original Nature Boy was one of the biggest professional wrestling stars in the beginning of the television era. His performances inspired generations of professional wrestlers, such as Butch Reed during his "Natural" phase, and the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, who used Rogers' nickname, as well as his look, attitude and finishing hold, the figure-four leglock.

Buddy Rogers was a two-time world heavyweight champion, most notably becoming the first professional wrestler to hold both the WWF Championship, now known as the WWE Championship, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

On June 30, 1961, Rogers defeated Pat O'Connor in front of 38,622 fans at Comiskey Park to win the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.  This match set a North American professional wrestling attendance record that lasted until the David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions event in 1984.

Rogers was considered the first total package wrestler. He had all the looks, physique, personality, and ability promoters wanted. He is often attributed with developing the psychology of a classic wrestling heel.

     
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DANNY HODGE

Renowned for both his wrestling and boxing career, as an amateur and professional, Danny Hodge Danny won the 1958 Chicago Golden Gloves at Heavyweight, then won a Chicago-NY Intercity bout in October, beating Charley Hood. He finished his amateur career with 17 wins, no losses and 12 KO's.

In October 1959, Hodge made his professional wrestling debut and shortly thereafter began a historic feud with NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Angelo Savoldi.  Hodge and Savoldi had one of the most bizarre events in professional wrestling history occur when Hodge’s own father entered the ring during a Boxing match between Savoldi and Hodge and stabbed Savoldi with a penknife.  Hodge’s father was arrested and Savoldi was taken to a local hospital. 

Danny Hodge became the greatest NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion of all-time.  During his career he held the title a record 8 times over a 10 year period.  One of the most interesting and phenomenal athletes in the history of the National Wrestling Alliance, Danny Hodge joined the NWA Hall of Fame in 2010.

     
 

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DAN SEVERN

One of the most accomplished mixed martial artists and professional wrestlers of all time; Dan “The Beast” Severn was the first successful cross-over Ultimate Fighter and Professional Wrestler in the world.  Severn held many national and international titles.  He was often introduced to the UFC Octagon as holding more than 100 in total. He also held the US national record for victories by pin from 1976 to 1992.  Severn entered numerous competitions from 1982 to 1994 that took him to Japan, Hungary, Cuba, France, and Turkey. On each trip, Severn captured another title. He also secured 13 National AAU wrestling championships during those years.

In 1994, Dan Severn made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  He was the first world-class wrestler to enter the UFC.  He entered the National Wrestling Alliance in 1995, and defeated Chris Candido for his first NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship on a Smoky Mountain Wrestling card. Severn would go on to win the UFC Superfight Heavyweight Championship that year, making him the first and only man to hold an MMA and a professional wrestling championship simultaneously.

Severn’s NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship reign would last four years, the longest reign in over two decades and currently the third-longest reign in the belt's history.  Dan Severn is widely considered one of the greatest NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champions of all time.

     
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SHINYA HASHIMOTO

Hashimoto was dubbed one of the "Three Musketeers" that began competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid-1980s and dominated the promotion in the 1990s.

He is one (the other being Keiji Mutoh) of two wrestlers that have held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the AJPW Triple Crown Championship and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He is often compared to All Japan Pro Wrestling's Toshiaki Kawada, as both are widely known for their stiff kicks and violent matches. As of 2013, he has the longest IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign in history, lasting 489 days. 

Eight days after celebrating his 40th birthday, the legendary Shinya Hashimoto passed away in shocking fashion.  In the years following Hashimoto's death, numerous wrestlers and promotions have paid tribute to him. Immediately following his death, New Japan retired the second IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, as Hashimoto was the first to wear it.

 

 

 

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JACK BRISCO

Two time NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion and a multiple time NWA Worlds Tag Team Champion, Jack Brisco is one of the greatest professional wrestlers in National Wrestling Alliance history.  Jack Brisco is considered by many to be the top wrestler of his era and has even been called the greatest champion of the 20th century. 

From 1965, when Brisco won his first championship until the early 1980’s, he was a fixture in the National Wrestling Alliance, and was even credited along with his brother Gerald in discovering a young Terry Bollea, who became Hulk Hogan.

 Nick Gulas

 

NICK GULAS

A successful NWA Promoter in the Southern United States also known as The King of Managers and King B, Gulas helped start the careers of such wrestling stars as Tojo Yamamoto, Jackie Fargo, and Jerry "The King" Lawler in the 1960s and '70s, the Bounty Hunters with Jimmy Kent, and the Interns with Dr. Ken Ramey in the 1970s and '80s. He was partnered with Tennessee promoter Roy Welch for decades.

The Nashville Sports Arena at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds was renamed the "Nick Gulas Sports Arena" in his honor.

 OriginalShiek

 

THE ORIGINAL SHEIK

Edward Georg Farhat, known better to wrestling fans as the Sheik began his career in professional wrestling as a star in the Midwest and Texas. He became an even bigger star in the NWA’s World Wide Wrestling Federation under Vince McMahon Sr. He and the legendary Bobo Brazil had a seemingly career long feud. His most notable victories came over the likes of Gene Kiniski, Lou Thesz, Bruno Sammartino, Ernie Ladd, and Andre the Giant in 1974.

During his time, the Original Sheik was one of the Professional Wrestlings biggest attractions and is considered the pioneer of hardcore wrestling.

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OLE ANDERSON

A beast of a professional wrestler and a remarkably accomplished tag team champion, Ole Anderson held Tag Team gold 9 different times throughout the NWA territories. Anderson was a member of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, won tag team of the year honors for his work with San Hansen and was a member of the original Four Horsemen with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and manager James J. Dillon.

Ole Anderson would eventually transition into full time management assuming control of World Championship Wrestling and its booking until 1993.

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LARS ANDERSON

A member of the Minnesota Wrecking crew and brother of Gene and Ole Anderson, Gene Anderson was a 2 time Georgia Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champion and former NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion.

GENE ANDERSON

Known as “Pretty Boy”, Gene Anderson was the founder of the legendary Minnesota Wrecking Crew. He was the holder of multiple NWA Tag Team Championships with brothers Ole and Lars Anderson and became a manager for legends like Ivan Koloff and Jimmy Snuka.

PWI ranked the Minnesota Wrecking Crew in its top 100 tag teams of all time. Gene Anderson joined the ranks of the NWA Hall of Fame in the class of 2010.