NWA Wrestling Legends Hall of Heroes

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The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Wrestling Legends Hall of Heroes is a professional wrestling hall of fame that honors people who have competed or played other major roles in the NWA. Organized by wrestling promoter Greg Price,[1] the hall is separate from the NWA Hall of Fame and is not officially endorsed by the company, but the NWA has given permission for the use of its name.[2] An induction ceremony takes place at the annual NWA Legends Fanfest Weekend. In 2007, there were seven inductees in the inaugural class. Seven more honorees were added the following year, and another eight will be added to the Hall of Heroes in 2009.[3] The 2009 induction ceremony will take place on August 7 and will be hosted by Jim Cornette.[4]

Honorees are inducted for work in any area of wrestling, including competing in the ring, managing, refereeing, promoting, and announcing. During the ceremony, personalities from the NWA deliver speeches and present the inductees with plaques.[5] These plaques have the logo of the NWA Legends Fanfest and are identical aside from the year of induction and the inductee's name.[3] Many presenters have been involved in the inductee's career; for example, Gary Hart, who managed Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson,[6] inducted both men,[3] and Buddy Roberts was inducted by Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin,[3] both of whom were fellow members of The Fabulous Freebirds.[1] Inductees and other former NWA wrestlers are seated at tables with fans to provide an intimate atmosphere. Although most people honored by the hall attend the dinner and induction ceremony, some are inducted posthumously and others are unable to attend for medical reasons.[3][7]

Although most wrestlers are inducted individually, tag teams have been inducted together. Ole and Gene Anderson were among the members of the inaugural class; they competed together for many years as storyline brothers.[8] The Fargo brothers (Don, Jackie, and Sonny), who also wrestled in tag team matches together despite not being related in real life, are scheduled to be inducted together in 2009.[9] George Scott, inducted in 2007, and his brother Sandy, inducted in 2008, are the only true relatives in the hall.[10] Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson, who competed as the original Blond Bombers, were also inducted together in 2007.[11]

Inductees

Year Ring name
(Birth name)
Inducted by Inducted for Notes
2007 Anderson, GeneGene Anderson Bill Eadie Wrestling Posthumous induction; won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (7 times) and NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (7 times)[12][13]
2007 Anderson, OleOle Anderson
(Alan Rogowski)[8]
Bill Eadie Wrestling Won the NWA Mid-Atlantic/Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (7 times) and NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (8 times)[13][14]
2007 Banner, PennyPenny Banner
(Mary Ann Kostecki)[15]
Nickla Roberts Women's wrestling Won the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship (1 time)[16]
2007 Caudle, BobBob Caudle David Crockett Announcing Worked as commentator for Jim Crockett Promotions[17]
2007 Hanson, SwedeSwede Hanson
(Robert Ford Hanson)[18]
Gary Hart Wrestling Posthumous induction; won the NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (4 times) and NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time)[14][19]
2007 Hawk, RipRip Hawk
(Harvey Evers)[20]
Gary Hart Wrestling Won the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Championship (4 times) and NWA Mid-Atlantic/Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (5 times)[14][21]
2007 Scott, GeorgeGeorge Scott Tommy Young Wrestling and Promoting Won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (2 times) and worked as booker for Jim Crockett Promotions[19][22]
2008 Jones, PaulPaul Jones
(Paul Frederick)
Jack Brisco Wrestling and Managing Won the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (3 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (6 times), and NWA Mid-Atlantic/Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (6 times); managed Paul Jones' Army in Jim Crockett Promotions[13][14][21][23]
2008 Koloff, IvanIvan Koloff
(Oreal Perras)[24]
Don Kernodle Wrestling Won the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (4 times)[13][21]
2008 Patterson, ThunderboltThunderbolt Patterson
(Claude Patterson)[25]
Ole Anderson Wrestling Won the NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (3 times) and NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (1 time)[12][14]
2008 Roberts, BuddyBuddy Roberts
(Dale Hey)[26]
Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes Wrestling Won the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Texas version) / WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (6 times) and NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (1 time)[27][28]
2008 Scott, SandySandy Scott
(Angus Mackay Scott)[29]
Bob Caudle Wrestling and Promoting Worked as an executive for Jim Crockett Promotions and won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (1 time) and NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (3 times)[19][29][30]
2008 Smith, GrizzlyGrizzly Smith
(Aurelian Smith)[31]
Magnum T.A. Wrestling Won the NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version) (2 times) and NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[32][33]
2008 Weaver, JohnnyJohnny Weaver
(Kenneth Eugene Weaver)[34]
Rip Hawk Wrestling Posthumous induction; won the NWA Atlantic Coast/Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (8 times) and NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (6 times)[35]
2009 Fargo, DonDon Fargo
(Don Kalt)[36]
Jerry Jarrett & Steve Keirn Wrestling Won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (2 times) and NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (6 times)[13][37]
2009 Fargo, JackieJackie Fargo
(Henry Faggart)[38]
Jerry Jarrett & Steve Keirn Wrestling Won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (10 times) and NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (22 times)[13][37]
2009 Fargo, SonnySonny Fargo
(Jack Lewis Faggart)[36]
Jerry Jarrett & Steve Keirn Wrestling Posthumous induction; won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (3 times)[37]
2009 Hart, GaryGary Hart
(Gary Williams)[39]
Sir Oliver Humperdink Managing and Promoting Posthumous induction; worked as a booker in World Class Championship Wrestling and managed several wrestlers in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling[40]
2009 McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel
(Edward McDaniel)[41]
Tully Blanchard Wrestling Posthumous induction; won the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (6 times) and NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (4 times)[13][21]
2009 Mulligan, BlackjackBlackjack Mulligan
(Robert Windham)[42]
Ric Flair Wrestling Won the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time)[13][32]
2009 Royal, NelsonNelson Royal Brad Anderson, Tommy Angel & David Isley Wrestling Won the NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship (2 times)[14]
2009 Russell, LanceLance Russell Dave Brown Announcing Worked as commentator for wrestling events in the Memphis area[43]

See also

References

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See also

External links

  • Hall of Heroes official website
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