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Encyclopedia > Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame ("WON HOF" for short) is a professional wrestling hall of fame that exists only on paper.


The WON began in 1996, when Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer chose a large class of initial "inductees". Unlike other forms of sports such as baseball and basketball, professional wrestling did not at that time have a Hall of Fame voted on by a panel of experts who are independent of any of the sport's governing organizations. The WON HOF was intended to fill this need. Dave Herbert Meltzer (born October 24, 1961 in San Jose, California) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an insider newsletter for the world of professional wrestling. ... Dave Meltzer David Allen Meltzer (born October 24, 1961) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), a newsletter for the world of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ...


Since 1996, the newsletter, regarded as the premier source of "inside" wrestling information, has inducted a new class of inductees yearly, based on a poll of insiders and pro wrestlers chosen by Meltzer. The mechanism of the voting is designed to ensure that wrestling personalities from the United States, Japan, Mexico and elsewhere will all receive fair representation.

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List of members of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame

1996 inductees

Larry Shreve (Born Lawrence Shreve on November 2, 1936 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada), best known as Abdullah the Butcher, and also at times the Madman from the Sudan, was one of the most famous heels in professional wrestling history. ... Pedro Aguayo better known as Perro Aguayo, was a famous Mexican wrestler in the 70s and 80s. ... André the Giant (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993) was a French professional wrestler and actor, born André René Roussimoff. ... Bert Assirati (1908 - August 31, 1990) was, possibly, the greatest English professional wrestler of all time. ... Shohei Baba (Baba Shōhei, 1938–1999) was a professional wrestler and co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... James E. Barnett (June 9, 1924 – September 18, 2004), was a professional wrestling promoter. ... Ralph Berry aka Wild Red Berry was an American professional wrestler. ... Dick Beyer is a retired professional wrestler who is best known by his ring names, The Destroyer or Doctor X who wore a wrestling mask. ... Classy Freddie Blassie (February 8, 1918 – June 2, 2003) was an American professional wrestler and manager born in St. ... The Blue Demon in the 1969 film Santo and Blue Demon versus the Monsters One of the greatest Mexican masked wrestlers/superheroes was the Blue Demon (El Demonio Azul) whose real name was Alexander Munoz Moreno. ... Nick Bockwinkel (born December 6, 1934) is a former American professional wrestler, mainly competing in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in the United States. ... Paul Boesch (October 2, 1912 - March 7, 1989) was a professional wrestling promoter most famous for his work as an announcer and promoter for Houston Wrestling. ... Houston Harris (July 10, 1924 in Little Rock, Arkansas — January 20, 1998), known professionally as Bobo Brazil, was an African-American professional wrestler who was known for breaking down barriers of racial segregation in professional wrestling. ... Freddie Joe Brisco most to known as Jack Brisco (born September 21, 1941 in Blackwell, Oklahoma) was a popular and successful professional wrestler during 1970s, and into the 1980s. ... Frank Goodish (1946-1988) was a professional wrestler better known in the professional wrestling world as Bruiser Brody. ... Mildred Bliss was an American professional wrestler, who wrestled under the name Mildred Burke. ... Canek is a Mexican professional wrestler currently performing part time for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. ... Negro Casas (real name José Casas Ruiz) is a Mexican professional wrestler in the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, born on January 10, 1960 in Mexico City, Mexico. ... Mitsuo Yoshida(吉田光雄), better known by his stage name Riki Choshu(長州力), is a Korean Japanese professional wrestler who is most known for his longtime work in New Japan Pro Wrestling as a wrestler and a booker. ... James E. (Jim) Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ... Reginald Lisowski was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, The Crusher. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... William Richard Afflis (June 27, 1929-November 10, 1991) was an American professional wrestler best known as Dick the Bruiser. ... Thomas Wilton Billington (born December 5, 1958) in Golborne, Lancashire is an English retired professional wrestler. ... Henry Faggart, known by his ringname Jackie Fargo, is a retired American professional wrestler who competed in Southeastern regional promotions and the National Wrestling Alliance during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. ... Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an iconic American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... Tatsumi Fujinami (Fujinami Tatsumi, 藤波辰巳) is a Japanese professional wrestler who is famous for his gimmick as The Dragon. He is the one who is credited for inventing the Dragon Sleeper and the Dragon Suplex. ... Dory Funk, Jr. ... Dory Funk Dory Funk was a professional wrestler. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Verne Gagne (born May 10, 1926) is a former professional wrestler, trainer and wrestling promoter. ... Ed Don George (June 3, 1905 - September 18, 1985) was an American professional wrestler and wrestling promoter Edward N. George (his birth and legal name) was born in North Java, New York. ... George Raymond Wagner, or Gorgeous George (March 24, 1915 - December 26, 1963) was a professional wrestler. ... Frank Gotch in a published photo Frank Alvin Gotch (April 27, 1878 – December 17, 1917) was an American professional wrestler back when the contests were largely real (see catch wrestling). ... Categories: American professional wrestlers | Professional wrestling stubs ... Superstar Billy Graham Eldridge Wayne Coleman, better known by his stage name Superstar Billy Graham (born September 10, 1943), is an American professional wrestler. ... Eddie Graham Edward Gossett was a professional wrestler better known as Eddie Graham. ... Gory Guerrero Salvador Gory Guerrero Quesada (January 11, 1921 – April 18, 1990) was one of the premier Hispanic professional wrestlers in the early days of Lucha Libre when most wrestlers were imported from outside of Mexico. ... Hackenschmidt in 1903 Georg Karl Julius Hackenschmidt (August 2, 1878 in Tartu, Estonia - February 19, 1968 in London, England) was an early 20th-century strongman and professional wrestler. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2, 1957) is a Canadian retired professional wrestler, and part of the Hart wrestling family. ... Stewart Edward Stu Hart, CM (May 3, 1915 – October 16, 2003) was a Canadian amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, promoter and trainer. ... Bobby The Brain Heenan (born Raymond Louis Heenan on November 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois), is an American professional wrestling manager and commentator. ... Danny Hodge is a collegiate wrestler for the University of Oklahoma. ... Terrence Terry Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Antonio Inoki (アントニオ猪木), real name Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至 Inoki Kanji, born February 20, 1943) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist who now resides in New York City. ... Tom Jenkins was an American catch wrestler who held the American Heavyweight Championship three times around the turn of the twentieth century. ... Don Heaton (more commonly known as Don Leo Jonathan) is a former professional wrestler. ... Gene Kiniski was a professional wrestler. ... Fred Kohler (April 20, 1888 – October 28, 1938) was an American actor known for his heavy style of character. ... Wladek Kowalski Wladek (Walter) Killer Kowalski was a professional wrestler. ... Ernest Ladd (November 28, 1938 - March 10, 2007), nicknamed The Big Cat, was an American collegiate and professional football player and a professional wrestler. ... Jerry ONeil Lawler (born November 29, 1949) is a professional wrestler and wrestling commentator, known throughout the wrestling world as The King. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working and wrestling on its RAW brand as the color commentator. ... Ed Strangler Lewis (real name: Robert Herman Julius Friedrich June 30, 1891 - August 8, 1966), was a professional wrestler whose career spanned four decades. ... Christos Theofilou or Christopher Theophelus (January 2, 1897 - August 19, 1975) better known as The Golden Greek Jim Londos was a professional wrestler who was one of the most popular stars wrestling offered during the Great Depression. ... Salvador Lutteroth (born Salvador Lutteroth Gonzales) was a Mexican professional wrestling promoter of the mid-twentieth century. ... Akira Maeda is a Korean Japanese professional wrestler, also known as Kwik-kik-Lee for his time on the British Wrestling show World of Sport . ... Aaron Rodríguez (born July 15, 1942), best known as Mil Máscaras (meaning Man of a Thousand Masks in Spanish), is a Mexican professional wrestler. ... Vincent J. McMahon Vincent J. McMahon (July 6, 1914 – May 24, 1984) was a U.S. professional wrestling promoter. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Mitsuharu Misawa ) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Toots Mondt(1886-1976) is a former wrestling promoter in the mid-20th century who promoted with Vincent J. McMahon. ... Sam Munchnick was a professional wrestling promoter from Saint Louis, Missouri. ... Bronislau Bronko Nagurski (November 3, 1908 - January 7, 1990) was an American football player. ... Patrick Pat OConnor was a professional wrestler from New Zealand who won several world titles. ... Kintaro Ohki (born February 24, 1929 Jeollanam-do, South Korea (then just Korea), died October 26, 2006 Seoul, South Korea) was a South Korean professional wrestler known professionall as Kim Il or KIM Il in the JWA, All Japan and IWE promotions from the 1950s to 1980s. ... Atsushi Onita is a Japanese professional wrestler and a wrestling legend, who is best known for his work in FMW. He set a new record for the most stitches needed as a result of a wrestling match when he needed 111 stitches after a very violent match. ... Pierre Clemont (born January 19, 1941 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Pat Patterson. ... Antonio Peña was the founder of the Mexican professional wrestling promotion AAA, which was revolutionary in the way matches in Mexico were presented, and reached its height of popularity in the early 1990s before the downturn of the Mexican economy. ... John Pesek (February 2, 1894 - March 12, 1978) was an American professional wrestler and notable greyhound racing dog breeder. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Harley Leland Race (born April 11, 1943), is a retired American professional wrestler and current promoter. ... The American Dream Dusty Rhodes (born Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ... Rikidōzan (Kanji: 力道山) was a professional wrestler, known as the Father of Puroresu and one of the most influential men in wrestling history. ... The Legion Of Doom The Road Warriors with Paul Ellering. ... This article is about the professional wrestler, for other uses see Road warrior Michael Hegstrand (September 12, 1957 – October 19, 2003) was an American professional wrestler. ... This article is about the professional wrestler, for otheruses see Road warrior Joseph (Joe) Laurinaitis (born January 26, 1960) better known by his ring name of The Road Warrior or Road Warrior Animal, is an American professional wrestler. ... Shooter Billy Robinson in 1974. ... Antonino Rocca Antonino Rocca (born Antonino Biasetton) was a professional wrestler from Argentina of Italian descent. ... Nature Boy Buddy Rogers (born Herman C. Rohde Jr. ... Lance Russell; legendary professional wrestling announcer in the Memphis region from the 1970s through the early 1990s. ... Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935), is a former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total, as well as the longest world championship reign in professional... El Santo with Sasha Montenegro in Asesinos de otros mundos Santo is the professional name of Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta (September 23, 1917 - February 5, 1984), more widely known as Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata (Santo, the Silver-Masked Man in English) who was a Mexican wrestler, film actor, and... Naoko Satō, better known as Jackie Satō (October 30, 1957 - August 9, 1999) was a professional wrestler from Yokohama, Japan. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Edward George Farhat (June 7, 1924 - January 18, 2003) was a professional wrestler best known as The Sheik (or The Original Sheik to distinguish him from the wrestler the Iron Sheik of the 1980s). ... Hisashi Shinma was a figurehead president of the WWE, then known as WWWF, from 1978 through 1984 before he was successed by Jack Tunney. ... Dara Singh is a legendary wrestler and film actor from India. ... Gordon Solie Gordon Solie, real name Francis Jonard Labiak (January 26, 1929 – July 27, 2000), was a professional wrestling play-by-play announcer working for World Championship Wrestling. ... Roberto González Cruz was a Mexican professional wrestler who wrestled under the name El Solitario, derived from the popular comic book character El Llanero Solitario (The Lone Ranger)[1]. He entered the sport at the age of 14, and quickly became one of the best and most popular wrestlers... Richard Blood (born February 28, 1953 in West Point, New York), better known by his ring name Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, is an American former professional wrestler. ... Joe Stecher, (April 4, 1893 - March 29, 1974), sometimes spelled Joe Stetcher, was a professional wrestler and multiple time World Heavyweight Champion. ... Peter Sauer was an American professional wrestler born and raised in Norka, a German colony in Russia, in 1900 before immigrating to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1906 where he used the ring name Ray Steele throughout his career in the States. ... This article is about the wrestler. ... Nobuhiko Takada (Japanese:髙田延彦, born April 12, 1962) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter and professional wrestler. ... Genichiro Tenryu (天龍源一郎 Tenryū Genichirō), real name Genichiro Shimada (嶋田源一郎 Shimada Genichirō), born February 2, 1950, is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Aloysius Martin Thesz (April 24, 1916 – April 28, 2002), better known as Lou Thesz, was a legendary professional wrestler and six time World Heavyweight Champion. ... Satoru Sayama is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known as the original Tiger Mask. ... Tomomi Tsuruta (March 25, 1951 - May 13, 2000), better known by his ring name Jumbo Tsuruta, was a professional wrestler who wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling for most of his career. ... Mad Dog Maurice Vachon Maurice Vachon (also known as Mad Dog Vachon) was a professional wrestler and is the brother of wrestlers Paul Vachon and the late Vivian Vachon. ... For the football player of the same name see Leon White (football player). ... Johnny Valentine (born John Wisniski, September 29, 1929 – April 24, 2001) was a professional wrestler with a career spannig almost three decades, ending prematurely due to an airplane accident in 1975 which left him crippled. ... Fritz Von Erich Jack Barton Adkisson was a professional wrestler under the name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the tragically famous Von Erich wrestling family. ... Whipper Billy Watson (1917 July 25- 1990 February 4), born William Potts, was a Canadian heavyweight wrestler and a five-time world wrestling champion. ... Bill Watts, (born May 5, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), is a former American professional wrestler and promoter. ... Rimi Yokota is a Japanese professional wrestler and later wrestling trainer, who wrestled under the name Jaguar Yokota. ... Stanislaus Zbyszko in Night and the City (1950) Stanislaus Zbyszko (Polish: Stanisław Jan Cyganiewicz; Zbyszko was really only his nickname, which was given him by friends due to his bravery, when he was a kid) was a professional wrestler popular in the United States during the 1920s. ...

1997 inductees

Edouard Carpentier was a Canadian professional wrestler who garnered several world championships in a career that spanned the 1950s into the 1970s. ... El Hijo del Santo (The Son of the Saint) is a Mexican professional wrestler and one of the most successful stars in Lucha Libre. ... Toshiaki Kawada (川田利明; Kawada Toshiaki) is a professional wrestler who is most known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... William Muldoon was a professional wrestler. ... Chigusa Nagayo(長与千種) is a female Professional Wrestler best known for her popularity in the 1980s for her tag team The Crush Gals with partner Lioness Asuka. ...

1998 inductees

Jose Luis Rodriguez is a Mexican professional wrestler who wrestles under the name Dos Caras (Spanish for Two faces). ...

1999 inductees

Lioness Asuka is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Keiichi Yamada (山田恵一 Yamada Keiichi) (born November 30, 1964), better known as Jushin Liger (獣神ライガー - Jūshin Raigā) and later, Jushin Thunder Liger (獣神サンダーライガー - Jūshin Sandā Raigā) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Keiji Mutoh , born December 23, 1962), also called the Great Muta, is a Japanese professional wrestler who gained international fame in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... James William (Jim) Ross, also known as J.R., or Good Ol J.R. (born January 3, 1952), is a professional wrestling executive currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working on its RAW brand as their play-by-play commentator. ...

2000 inductees

This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Mick Foley Sr. ... Shinya Hashimoto Shinya Hashimoto (橋本真也 Hashimoto Shinya) (July 3, 1965 - July 11, 2005), was a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Hisako Uno Sasaki is a former professional wrestler better known as Akira Hokuto. ... Wild Bill Longson (d. ... Frank Sexton was an American professional wrestler in the early to mid-twentieth century. ... Sandor Szabo (died October 13, 1966) was a Hungarian professional wrestler of the mid-twentieth century. ...

2001 inductees

Diablo Velasco (1919 - June 13, 1999), born Cuahutémoc Velasco in Guadalajara, Jalisco, was a famous Mexican trainer of professional wrestlers. ... Lizmark, born 1949 in Oaxaca, is a Mexican professional wrestler. ... Bull Nakano (born January 8, 1968 as Keiko Nakano) is a former professional wrestler. ...

2002 inductees

Publicity still of Martin Farmer Burns c 1912. ... Kenta Kobashi ) is a professional wrestler who currently works for Pro Wrestling NOAH. He has previously worked for All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Edward Wahoo McDaniel was a Choctaw-Chickasaw Native American who achieved fame as a professional American football player and later as a professional wrestler. ... Manami Toyota(豊田真奈美) is a professional wrestler best known for her work with the All Japan Womens Pro-Wrestling wrestling promotion. ...

2003 inductees

Christopher Michael Benoit (born May 21, 1967) is a Canadian professional wrestler. ... Earl Caddock (February 27, 1888 - August 25, 1950) is a professional wrestler who was active in the early portion of the twentieth century. ... Francisco Flores is a professional wrestling promoter who had a great influence over the direction taken by lucha libre in the 1970s and 80s. ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ...

2004 inductees

Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler, who is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Masahiro Chōno (蝶野正洋 Chōno Masahiro) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Kazushi Sakuraba (Japanese: 桜庭和志, Sakuraba Kazushi, born July 14, 1968 in Akita Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese professional mixed martial arts competitor and professional wrestler. ... Yoshihiro Asai (born December 12, 1966 in Nagoya, Aichi), better known as Último Dragón, is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1962[1][2]) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, (The) Undertaker. ...

2005 inductees

The Fabulous Freebirds were a groundbreaking professional wrestling tag-team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. ... Michael Seitz (born March 29, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler. ... Terry Gordy (April 23, 1961 - July 16, 2001) was a professional wrestler who was most famous for being a member of the Fabulous Freebirds. ... Buddy Jack Roberts Dale Hey was a professional wrestler better known as Buddy Roberts. ... Paul Buster Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

2006 inductees

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hiroshi/Hiro Hase was born on May 5, 1961 in Koyabe, Toyama, Japan. ... Masakatsu Funaki is a well-known Japanese professional wrestler who performed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG, as well as the UWF and its later incarnation, the UWFi. ... Eriko Shishido is a professional wrestler, better known by the stage name Aja Kong, and the founder of the ARSION all-women professional wrestling promotion. ... Paul Bowser was a successful professional wrestling promoter who was active from the 1920s to the 1950s in the Boston area. ...

See also

Dave Meltzer David Allen Meltzer (born October 24, 1961) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), a newsletter for the world of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. ... The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in Amsterdam, New York and was previously located in Schenectady, New York. ... The WCW Hall of Fame was established in 1993 to honour some of the greats of the past (most of them appearing in the NWA and Jim Crockett Promotions before WCW existed). ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... In professional wrestling, the NWA Hall of Fame is an institution that honors selected former employees of the National Wrestling Alliance. ...

External links

  • Online listing of the WON Hall of Fame

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Dave Meltzer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (944 words)
David Allen Meltzer (born October 24, 1961) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), a newsletter for the world of professional wrestling as well as mixed martial arts.
Insofar as wrestling has a "Hall of Fame", the WON's Hall of Fame is probably the closest thing to it.
Wrestling Observer Live 5/04 recap with Jim Thomas of New York State Senator Tom Libous' office regarding legislation of Drug Testing of Wrestlers.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (232 words)
Unlike other forms of sports such as baseball and basketball, wrestling does not otherwise have a Hall of Fame that is voted on by a panel of experts who are independent of any of the sport's governing organizations.
Since then, the newsletter regarded as the premier source of "inside" wrestling information has held an annual poll of insiders and pro wrestlers (that Meltzer chooses) to determine each year's new inductions.
The mechanism of the voting is designed to ensure that wrestling personalities from the United States, Japan, Mexico and elsewhere will all receive fair representation.
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