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George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is a professional wrestling hall of fame and museum located within the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum's Dan Gable Museum. The hall of fame honors wrestlers with an amateur background who have made an impact on professional wrestling.[1] It is named after Lou Thesz, who helped create it,[2] and his trainer George Tragos.[3]

George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
DanGableMuseum.jpg
Established1999
LocationWaterloo, Iowa, U.S.
DirectorKyle Klingman
Websitenwhof.org/pro-class/

The hall of fame was founded in 1999 in Newton, Iowa but moved to Waterloo, Iowa in 2007.[4] The museum suffered severe flooding in the Iowa flood of 2008,[5] but reopened in June 2009.[6] Wrestling historian and journalist Mike Chapman served as executive director of the museum until Kyle Klingman succeeded him in November 2009.[7]

Inductions take place at a hall of fame induction ceremony. Other activities are held throughout the weekend in conjunction with the event, such as local Iowa independent promotion Impact Pro Wrestling's "Hall of Fame Classic" tournament in 2017 and 2018.[8][9]

Contents

Special awardsEdit

Name Years active Notes
Frank Gotch Award 2000–present Named after hall of fame wrestler Frank Gotch, this award "recognizes individuals in wrestling for bringing positive recognition to professional wrestling through work outside the ring".[9][10]
James C. Melby Award 2006–present James C. Melby was the first recipient of this award and it was subsequently named after him. It recognizes excellence in professional wrestling writing or historical preservation.[9][11]
Lou Thesz Award 2007–present This award recognizes professional wrestlers who have used their skills as professional wrestlers in the realm of public service.[9]
George Tragos Award 2011–present This award recognizes wrestlers who have excelled in mixed martial arts.[9]

HonoreesEdit

 
1999 indutees Lou Thesz and Ed Lewis
 
Frank Gotch, inducted in 1999
 
Verne Gagne, inducted in 1999
 
Three-time honoree Dan Severn
 
George Hackenschmidt, inducted in 2003
 
Gene Kiniski, inducted in 2004
 
Antonio Inoki, inducted in 2005
 
Bret Hart, inducted in 2006
 
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, inducted in 2008
 
Penny Banner, 2008 Frank Gotch Award recipient and first woman honored
 
Nick Bockwinkel, inducted in 2009
 
Terry Funk, inducted in 2010
 
Inaugural George Tragos Award recipient Pat Miletich
 
Two-time honoree Kurt Angle
 
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair, inducted in 2013
 
Adam "Edge" Copeland, 2013 Lou Thesz Award recipient
 
Diamond Dallas Page, 2014 Frank Gotch Award recipient
 
Two-time honoree Beth Phoenix
 
Dave Meltzer, 2016 James C. Melby Award recipient
 
Dusty Rhodes, 2017 inductee
 
Owen Hart, 2018 inductee
 
Bruno Sammartino, 2019 inductee
Year Ring name
(Birth name)
Award type Notes
1999 Lou Thesz
(Aloysius Thesz)
Inductee One-time holder of the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (Boston version), two-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
1999 Ed "Strangler" Lewis
(Robert Friedrich)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: Four-time World Heavyweight Champion, two-time holder of the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (Boston version) and one-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion[10]
1999 Frank Gotch Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and three-time American Heavyweight Champion[10]
1999 Verne Gagne Inductee Two-time NCAA champion, member of the U.S. wrestling team at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Co-founder of the American Wrestling Association, 10-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
1999 George Tragos Special honoree Posthumous honoree: Won many amateur titles in Greece and competed for two Olympic teams there, trained Lou Thesz.[10][3]
2000 Dick Hutton Inductee Three-time NCAA champion, one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
2000 Danny Hodge Inductee Seven-time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion[10]
2000 Joe Stecher Inductee Posthumous honoree: Three-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion[10]
2000 Earl Caddock Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
2000 Bobby Managoff Frank Gotch Award One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
2001 William Muldoon Inductee Posthumous honoree: First chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, one-time World Greco-Roman Heavyweight Champion[10]
2001 Martin "Farmer" Burns Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time American Heavyweight Champion[10]
2001 Jack Brisco Inductee Two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, three-time NWA World Tag Team Champion[10]
2001 Tim Woods
(George Woodin)
Inductee Won two Big Ten Conference Championships in 1958 and 1959. Two-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion and one-time NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion[10]
2001 Tom Drake Frank Gotch Award Also inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum[10]
2002 Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer Inductee Three-time WWA World Heavyweight Champion and one-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
2002 Bob Geigel Inductee Three-time AWA World Tag Team Champion[10]
2002 Baron von Raschke
(James Raschke)
Inductee Three time WWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA American Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA Brass Knuckles Champion (Texas version), one-time NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion[10]
2002 Ed Don George
Inductee Posthumous honoree: Two-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and one-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion (Boston version)[10]
2002 Peter Sauer
Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
2002 Dan Severn
Frank Gotch Award One-time UFC Superfight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer. Two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
2003 Billy Robinson
Inductee One-time PWF World Heavyweight Champion, two-time AWA World Tag Team Champion, and three-time AWA British Empire Heavyweight Champion[10]
2003 Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon
Inductee Five-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion[10]
2003 Joe Scarpello
Inductee Posthumous honoree: Won several amateur titles before wrestling professionally for the American Wrestling Association[10]
2003 George Hackenschmidt
(Georg Hackenschmidt)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Champion and first ever World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion[10]
2003 Jesse Ventura
(James Janos)
Frank Gotch Award One-time AWA World Tag Team Champion. Former commentator in WWF and WCW. 38th Governor of Minnesota.[10]
2004 Gene Kiniski Inductee Held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and WWA World Heavyweight Championship once each.[12][13]
2004 Leroy McGuirk Inductee Posthumous honoree: Three-time NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion.[12][13]
2004 Pat O'Connor Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, three-time NWA Central States United States Heavyweight Champion, One-time (and inaugural) AWA World Heavyweight Champion, and one-time AWA World Tag Team Champion.[12][13]
2004 Brad Rheingans Inductee Member of the U.S. 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympic teams, won two gold medals in the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the 1979 World Wrestling Championships. Later wrestled professionally for NJPW, WWF, WCW, and AWA[12][13]
2004 George Scott Frank Gotch Award Won several tag team championships with his brother, Sandy. Later served as an executive in WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions[12][13]
2005 Antonio Inoki Inductee Founder of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, two-time WWWF/WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion, and one-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion[14]
2005 Harley Race Inductee Eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time and first NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, three-time AWA World Tag Team Champion and WWF King of the Ring winner in 1986[14]
2005 Gerald Brisco Inductee Three-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, one-time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion[14]
2005 Earl McCready Inductee Posthumous honoree: Competed for Canada in the 1928 Summer Olympics before becoming a professional wrestler[14]
2005 Dr. Bill Miller Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion[14]
2005 John Pesek Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time MWA World Heavyweight Champion[14]
2005 Gene LeBell Frank Gotch Award Martial artist who later promoted NWA Hollywood Wrestling[14]
2006 Bret "Hitman" Hart Inductee Five-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, was a Triple Crown winner in WWF and WCW.[15]
2006 Larry "The Axe" Hennig Inductee Four-time AWA World Tag Team Champion, one-time IWA World Tag Team Champion[15]
2006 Bob Roop Inductee 1967 NCCA Champion. Four-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion[15]
2006 Dory Funk Inductee Posthumous honoree: Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship and various NWA regional titles.[15]
2006 "Iron" Mike Dibiase Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion.[15]
2006 Tom Jenkins Inductee Posthumous honoree: Three-time American Heavyweight Champion[15]
2006 Nikita Koloff
(Nelson Simpson)
Frank Gotch Award One-time NWA National Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, two-time NWA World Tag Team Champion (Mid-Atlantic Version)[15]
2006 James C. Melby James C. Melby Award Longtime professional wrestling journalist[15]
2007 Red Bastien
(Roland Bastien)
Inductee One-time NWA Texas Tag Team Champion[16]
2007 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams Inductee One-time Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, one-time UWF World Heavyweight Champion[16]
2007 The Great Gama
(Ghulam Mohammad Baksh)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: Won the Indian version of the World Heavyweight Championship[16]
2007 "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, one-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion[16]
2007 Dale Lewis Inductee Posthumous honoree: Wrestled in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. Later held the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship once.[16]
2007 "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase Inductee Four-time Mid-South North American Heavyweight Champion and three-time WWF World Tag Team Champion.[16]
2007 Bill Murdock Lou Thesz Award CEO of Eblen Charities[16]
2007 Mike Chapman James C. Melby Award Executive director of the Dan Gable Museum[16]
2008 Masa Saito Inductee One-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, two-time IWGP Tag Team Champion[5]
2008 Abe Jacobs Inductee Won several regional championships[5]
2008 Stu Hart Inductee Posthumous honoree: Established Stampede Wrestling in Calgary 1948, and ran it until 1984. Ran "The Dungeon" wrestling school and trained numerous wrestlers. Patriarch of the Hart family[5]
2008 "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
(Roderick Toombs)
Inductee One-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and three-time NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Champion[5]
2008 Ray Gunkel Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion and three-time NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion[5]
2008 Leo Nomellini Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time AWA World Tag Team Champion[5]
2008 Penny Banner
(Mary Ann Kostecki)
Frank Gotch Award One-time AWA World Women's Champion, Commissioner of the Professional Girl Wrestling Association (PGWA) from 1992–2008[5]
2008 "Father" Jason Sanderson Lou Thesz Award Cauliflower Alley Club board member and promoter who held regional championships[5][17]
2008 Greg Oliver James C. Melby Award Honored with Steven Johnson. Canadian author and journalist, founded SLAM! Wrestling[5]
2008 Steven Johnson James C. Melby Award Honored with Greg Oliver. Has written several books on professional wrestling[5]
2009 Nick Bockwinkel Inductee Four-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and three-time AWA World Tag Team Champion[6]
2009 Karl Gotch
(Karl Istaz)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: Won the IWA World Heavyweight Championship and WWWF World Tag Team Championship once each[6]
2009 Luther Lindsay Inductee Posthumous honoree: Won the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship, NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship, and the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Calgary version) once each[6]
2009 Bronko Nagurski Inductee Posthumous honoree: Two-time NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship, one-time New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Champion[6]
2009 Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
(Richard Blood)
Inductee One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, three-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, and one-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion[6]
2009 Fritz Von Goering
(John Gabor)
Inductee One-time NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion[18]
2009 Ivan Koloff
(Oreal Donald Perras)
Frank Gotch Award One-time WWWF World Heavyweight Champion[6]
2009 Bill Kersten Lou Thesz Award Announcer for Kansas City Wrestling[6]
2009 Mike Mooneyham James C. Melby Award Author and columnist for The Post and Courier[6]
2010 Stanislaus Zbyszko
(Jan Stanisław Cyganiewicz)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: Two-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion[19]
2010 Warren Bockwinkel Inductee Had high-profile feuds in the National Wrestling Alliance[19]
2010 George Gordienko Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Champion (Vancouver version), one-time British Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion (New Zealand version), three-time NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion (Calgary version).[19]
2010 Paul "Butcher" Vachon Inductee Two-time AWA World Tag Team Champion and three-time NWA International Tag Team Champion (Calgary version)[19]
2010 Terry Funk Inductee One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, two-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion[19]
2010 Mick Foley Frank Gotch Award Three-time WWF Champion, one-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, eight-time WWF Tag Team Champion, two-time ECW World Tag Team Champion, one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion[19]
2010 Rene Goulet
(Robert Bédard)
Lou Thesz Award One-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion[19]
2010 J Michael Kenyon James C. Melby Award Wrestling historian and director of the Cauliflower Alley Club[19]
2011 Dory Funk Jr. Inductee One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion[20]
2011 Gorilla Monsoon
(Robert "Gino" Marella)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time IWA World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWC North American Heavyweight Champion[20]
2011 "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan Frank Gotch Award Winner of the first Royal Rumble match in 1988, one-time WCW United States Champion[20]
2011 Jim Ross Lou Thesz Award Longtime lead announcer for WWF/E, WCW and other regional promotions; Head of WWF Talent Relations during the Attitude Era, signing many well known wrestlers[20]
2011 Scott Teal James C. Melby Award Owner of Crowbar Press[20]
2011 Pat Miletich George Tragos Award Inaugural UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Winner[20]
2012 Don "The Buffalo Bomber" Curtis Inductee Posthumous honoree: Won various NWA tag team championships[21]
2012 Kurt Angle Inductee Named the greatest shoot wrestler by USA Wrestling; won the freestyle wrestling gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Four-time WWF/WWE Champion, one-time World Heavyweight Champion (WWE), one-time WCW Champion, one-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion (IGF), six-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion[21]
2012 Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis Frank Gotch Award Along with his longtime tag team partner, Road Warrior Hawk, they were two-time WWF Tag Team Champions, one-time AWA World Tag Team Champions, and one-time NWA World Tag Team Champions (Mid-Atlantic)[22]
2012 John "Bradshaw" Layfield Lou Thesz Award One-time WWE Champion, three-time WWF Tag Team Champion[21]
2012 Bill Apter James C. Melby Award Photographer and journalist for several magazines, including Pro Wrestling Illustrated[21]
2012 Dan Severn George Tragos Award Second time honored, previously received the Frank Gotch Award in 2002[22]
2013 Chris Taylor Inductee Posthumous honoree: Bronze winner in freestyle wrestling at the 1972 Summer Olympics, becoming the heaviest Olympian ever at that point. Later wrestled for the American Wrestling Association[23]
2013 "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
(Richard Fliehr)
Inductee Two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, inaugural and six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion[23]
2013 "Cowboy" Bill Watts Inductee Former wrestling promoter in the mid-south United States, one-time WWWF United States Tag Team Champion and held over 20 NWA regional championships[23]
2013 Jim Brunzell Frank Gotch Award Two-time AWA World Tag Team Champion[23]
2013 Adam "Edge" Copeland Lou Thesz Award Four-time WWE Champion, a record seven-time World Heavyweight Champion (WWE). He held the WWF/World and WWE Tag Team Championships a combined 14 times, more than any other wrestler[23]
2013 George Napolitano James C. Melby Award Professional wrestling photographer[23]
2013 Matt Hughes George Tragos Award Two-time UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Hall of Fame inductee, and NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee[23]
2014 Scott Steiner
(Scott Rechsteiner)
Inductee One-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWF Tag Team Champion, two-time TNA Tag Team Champion, two-time IWGP Tag Team Champion and seven-time NWA (Mid-Atlantic version)/WCW Tag Team Champion[24]
2014 Rick Steiner
(Robert Rechsteiner)
Inductee One-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWF Tag Team Champion, two-time IWGP Tag Team Champion and eight-time NWA (Mid-Atlantic version)/WCW Tag Team Champion[24]
2014 Wilbur Snyder Inductee Posthumous honoree: Two-time World Heavyweight Champion (Omaha version), two-time AWA World Tag Team Champion[24]
2014 "Diamond" Dallas Page Frank Gotch Award Three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Tag Team Champion, one time WWE European Champion and four-time WCW World Tag Team Champion[25]
2014 Larry "The Axe" Hennig Lou Thesz Award Second time honored, previously inducted in 2006[25]
2014 Larry Matysik James C. Melby Award Announcer for Wrestling at the Chase[25]
2014 Randy Couture George Tragos Award Three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion[25]
2015 The Great Wojo
(Gregory Wojciechowski)
Inductee Three-time WWA World Heavyweight Champion (Indianapolis version)[26]
2015 Jim Londos
(Christos Theofilou)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion[26]
2015 Beth Phoenix
(Elizabeth Kociański)
Frank Gotch Award One-time WWE Divas Champion, three-time WWE Women's Champion[26]
2015 Brian Blair Lou Thesz Award Two-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion[26]
2015 Wade Keller James C. Melby Award Journalist and founder of the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter[26]
2015 Matt Lindland George Tragos Award Won a silver medal in wrestling at the 2000 Summer Olympics and later competed in mixed martial arts for several promotions[26]
2015 Kurt Angle Other honoree Second time honored, previously inducted in 2012[26]
2016 Bob Backlund Inductee Two-time WWWF/WWF (World) Heavyweight Champion and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion[27]
2016 The Iron Sheik
(Khosrow Vaziri)
Inductee 1971 Amateur Athletic Union Greco-Roman wrestling champion and gold medalist. One-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion[27]
2016 Joe Blanchard Inductee Posthumous honoree: One-time NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion. Later founded Southwest Championship Wrestling and severed as a figurehead in the American Wrestling Association[27]
2016 Lex Luger
(Lawrence Pfohl)
Frank Gotch Award Two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, five-time NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Champion[27]
2016 J.J. Dillon
(James Morrison)
Lou Thesz Award Long-time manager in the NWA, former WCW onscreen commissioner[27]
2016 Dave Meltzer James C. Melby Award Editor and publisher of Wrestling Observer Newsletter[27]
2016 Chael Sonnen George Tragos Award Amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist who has competed in UFC, WEC and Pancrase[27]
2017 "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff Inductee One-time Memphis Wrestling Southern Heavyweight Champion, three-time NWA (Mid-Atlantic)/WCW World Tag Team Champion, one-time WCW World Television Champion[9]
2017 "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
(Virgil Runnels Jr.)
Inductee Posthumous honoree: Three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, ten-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, seven-time NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion (Florida version), one-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion[9]
2017 Stan "The Lariat" Hansen Frank Gotch Award Four-time Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, four-time PWF World Heavyweight Champion, one-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WCW United States Champion[9]
2017 Magnum T.A.
(Terry Allen)
Lou Thesz Award Two-time Mid-South North American Champion, two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion[9]
2017 Scott Williams James C. Melby Award Posthumous honoree: Wrestling historian and author[9]
2017 Mike van Arsdale George Tragos Award Mixed martial artist who has competed in the UFC, World Fighting Alliance, and the IVC[9]
2018 Owen Hart Inductee Posthumous honoree: one-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, four-time WWF World Tag Team Champion, one-time Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Champion, one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion[28]
2018 Dan Severn Inductee First three-time honoree: previously received the Frank Gotch Award in 2002 and the George Tragos Award in 2012[28]
2018 Bruiser Brody
(Frank Goodish)
Frank Gotch Award Posthumous honoree: three-time NWA International Heavyweight Champion, four-time NWA American Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWA World Heavyweight Champion (Indianapolis version)[28]
2018 Booker T
(Robert Huffman)
Lou Thesz Award Five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, one-time World Heavyweight Champion (WWE), a record six-time WCW World Television Champion, a record 11-time WCW World Tag Team Champion (10 of which came with his brother Stevie Ray as Harlem Heat)[28]
2018 Koji Miyamoto James C. Melby Award Japanese wrestling historian and author of 16 books[28]
2018 Ben Askren George Tragos Award One-time ONE Welterweight Champion, one-time Bellator Welterweight Champion[28]
2019 Beth Phoenix
(Elizabeth Kociański)
Inductee Second time honored, previously received the Frank Gotch Award in 2015. First woman inducted in the Hall of Fame[29]
2019 Bruno Sammartino Inductee Posthumous honoree: two-time WWWF/WWF (World) Heavyweight Champion and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion[29]
2019 Thunderbolt Patterson
(Claude Patterson)
Lou Thesz Award One-time CWA World Heavyweight Champion and one-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion[29]
2019 Sgt. Slaughter
(Robert Rudolph Remus)
Frank Gotch Award One-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion[29]
2019 Brian Shields James C. Melby Award Authored several WWE books[29]
2019 Daniel Cormier George Tragos Award One-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and one-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion[29]

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