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HALL OF FAME 2013

 Dory Funk       

DORY FUNK, SR.

Father of NWA World Heavyweight Champions Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Sr. wrestled primarily in the Texas and Central States territories during his career before becoming a successful promoter in the Armaillo, Texas area.

In addition to his sons, his thriving territory produced such stars as Stan Hansen, Tully Blanchard, Ted DiBiase, Tito Santana, Bruiser Brody, Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu.

     
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SALVADOR LUTTEROTH

Known as the "Father of Lucha Libre," Salvador Lutteroth began what is now the longest running active professional wrestling promotion in the world,  Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL, later known as Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre or CMLL) in 1933. Under the watch of the Lutteroth family, Lucha Libre became not only one of the top sporting attractions in Mexico, rivalring the popularity of soccer or baseball, but through their its affiliation with the National Wrestling Alliance going as far back as the 1950s, EMLL created international superstars such as Gory Guerrero, El Santo and Mil Mascaras.

     
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RAY STEVENS

Ray "the Crippler" Stevens was not only one of the greatest tag team champions in NWA history, having won versions of the World Tag Team Championships on six occasions with six different partners, but also one of wrestling's greatest villains. Stevens was especially successful in the San Francisco territory, winning their version of the NWA United States Heavyweight title, as well as other regional NWA titles and championships in the AWA as well, most notably a four-time AWA World Tag Team Champion, three times with Nick Bockwinkel and once with Pat Patterson.
     

Jackie Fargo

 

JACKIE FARGO

"The Fabulous One" Jackie Fargo is synonymous with Memphis wrestling. Not only did he win the NWA Southern Tag Team Championships an astounding 22 times, he also won various versions of the NWA World Tag Team titles, most notably with Don Fargo, first in 1958. Fargo was also one third of the first ever NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Champions in November 1973, alongside George Gulas and Dennis Hall.

Fargo also mentored future Memphis legends including Jerry "the King" Lawler and the Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn). His famous "Fargo Strut" has been copied by wrestlers inlcuding not only Lawler, Lane and Keirn, but Ric Flair and Jeff Jarrett as well.

     
Ernie Ladd  

ERNIE LADD

"Big Cat" Ernie Ladd was perhaps the greatest in a long line of sports stars who crossed over to professional wrestling. After attending Grambling State University on a basketball scholarship, Ladd was drafted by both the Chicago Bears of the National Football League and the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League in 1961. Opting to sign with the Chargers, helping them reach four AFL title games and winning an AFL Championship in 1963. Ladd would sign with the Houston Oilers in 1966 and the Kansas City Chiefs the following year. Ladd has since been enshrined in both the San Diego Chargers and Grambling State Halls of Fame.
 
The same year he turned pro on the gridiron, he also began a part-time career in the squared circle during the offseason before going full-time in 1969 after knee injuries cut short his football career. Ladd became one of wrestling's most hated villains in the 1970s, riling up crowds through both his actions in the ring as well as his colorful insults of his opponents during interviews.
 
Ladd is most fondly remembered for his time in Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling territory, where he was not only a top competitor, but an influential man behind the scenes, and was instrumental in the development of the Junkyard Dog, Sylvester Ritter, into a top draw before retiring from active competition in 1986.
     

Bobo Brazil

 

BOBO BRAZIL

An outstanding and highly decorated wrestler by any standards, Bobo Brazil is also credited with helping to break down racial barriers in professional wrestlingduring his 42-year career, earning the nickname of the "Jackie Robinson of professional wrestling."

Although initially only being matched up with other African-American wrestlers such as Ernie Ladd and Abdullah the Butcher, Brazil was eventually allowed to challenge top non-black wrestlers such as Killer Kowalski, Dick the Bruiser, Johnny Valentine and the Shiek and even challenged WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino and NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers in the 1960s.

     
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THE FABULOUS KANGAROOS

AL COSTELLO & ROY HEFFERNAN

The Fabulous Kangaroos existed in various incarnations from 1957 to 1983, but the most famous of these were the original Kangaroos, Australians Al Costello and Roy Heffernan. The Kangaroos were one of wrestling's first great tag teams and are arguably responsible for popularizing tag team wrestling in the 1950s and 60s.
 
Originally making their debut for Stu Hart's Calgary Stampede promotion in 1957, and quickly working their way to the top of the roster, the Kangaroos made their way across the border to various American NWA promotions, winning several versions of the NWA World Tag Team titles as well as multiple regional tag team championships while being managed by "Wild" Red Berry.
 
The original Kangaroos parted ways in 1965 when Heffernan returned to Australia while Costello remained in the United States, keeping the Kangaroo name alive with various other partners until 1983.