The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is a professional wrestling hall of fame museum located within the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum's Dan Gable Museum. The hall of fame honors wrestlers with a strong amateur background who have made an impact on professional wrestling. It is named after Lou Thesz, who helped create it, and his trainer George Tragos.
|Location||Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.|
The hall of fame was founded in 1999 in Newton, Iowa but moved to Waterloo, Iowa in 2007. The museum suffered severe flooding in the Iowa flood of 2008, but reopened in June 2009. Wrestling historian and journalist Mike Chapman served as executive director of the museum until Kyle Klingman succeeded him in November 2009.
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 independent promotion Impact Pro Wrestling's "Hall of Fame Classic" tournament in 2017 and 2018.
Frank Gotch Award recipientsEdit
James C. Melby Award recipientsEdit
|2006||James C. Melby||Longtime professional wrestling journalist|
|2007||Mike Chapman||Executive director of the Dan Gable Museum|
|2008||Greg Oliver||Honored with Steven Johnson. Canadian author and journalist, founded SLAM! Wrestling|
|2008||Steven Johnson||Honored with Greg Oliver. Has written several books on professional wrestling|
|2009||Mike Mooneyham||Author and columnist for The Post and Courier|
|2010||J Michael Kenyon||Wrestling historian and director of the Cauliflower Alley Club|
|2011||Scott Teal||Owner of Crowbar Press|
|2012||Bill Apter||Photographer and journalist for several magazines, including Pro Wrestling Illustrated|
|2013||George Napolitano||Professional wrestling photographer|
|2014||Larry Matysik||Announcer for Wrestling at the Chase|
|2015||Wade Keller||Journalist and founder of the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter|
|2016||Dave Meltzer||Editor and publisher of Wrestling Observer Newsletter|
|2017||Scott Williams||Posthumous honoree: Wrestling historian and author|
|2018||Koji Miyamoto||Japanese wrestling historian and author of 16 books|
|2019||Brian Shields||Authored several WWE books|
|2021||Mark James||Historian and author of several books about territorial professional wrestling|
|2022||Dick Bourne||Written or co-written a number of books, including: Crown Jewel: The NWA Championship 1959–1973.|
Lou Thesz Award recipientsEdit
This award recognizes those in the professional wrestling industry who have used their skills in the realm of public service.
|2007||Bill Murdock||Head of Eblen Charities[b]|
|2008||Father Jason Sanderson||Cauliflower Alley Club board member and promoter who held regional championships|
|2009||Bill Kersten||Announcer for Kansas City Wrestling|
|One-time WWWF World Tag Team Champion|
|2011||Jim Ross||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|
|2012||John "Bradshaw" Layfield||One-time WWE Champion, three-time WWF Tag Team Champion|
|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|
|2014||Larry "The Axe" Hennig||Second time honored, previously inducted in 2006|
|2015||Brian Blair||Two-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion|
|2016||J. J. Dillon
|Long-time manager in the NWA, former WCW onscreen commissioner|
|2017||Magnum T. A.
|Two-time Mid-South North American Champion, two-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion|
|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)|
|One-time CWA World Heavyweight Champion and one-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion|
|A record seven-time WWF/E Women's Champion|
George Tragos Award recipientsEdit
Gordon Solie Award recipientsEdit
This award recognizes excellence in professional wrestling broadcasting.
|Posthumous honoree: commentator, announcer and promoter for Championship Wrestling from Florida, later worked for World Championship Wrestling|
||Second time honored, previously received the Lou Thesz Award in 2011|
- These honorees were originally announced as being part of the 2020 ceremony but the event was postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In 2019, it was reported that Murdock had been convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child in 1988 and he has since been removed from the Hall of Fame's website.
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