Legacy Induction: Class of 2019
I preferred the way I did this part of the Hall of Fame last year due to the ability to induct more than just two people into the class and really keep things simple and together like they should be for this award.
George Hackenschmidt- One of the earliest pro-wrestlers ever and was the man behind the bear hug which was believeable due to his considerable strength. One thing that he was known for is his legendary feud with Frank Gotch to put into perspective the impact this feud had one wrestling historian says this is the only feud that was bigger then the sport. Describe as a major sports star and a man that only lost two matches in his entire career George Hackenschmidt is absolutely a legend of professional wrestling.
Rikidozan- The most famous Japanese professional wrestler ever in my opinion this man led the charge before anyone else. Rikidozan was the first major superstar in Japan and many ways poured the foundation for the pro-wrestling we see today in the land of the rising sun. Without Rikidozan there would be no New Japan! Sadly his career was cut short after he was murdered by a Yakuza member in December 1963 and his passing would change everything, because it left a void in Japan.
El Santo- Much like Rikidozan was not only the most famous Japanese wrestling star ever, but someone credited with bringing popularity to the sport in his native country El Santo did exactly that in Mexico. El Santo transcended professioanl wrestling to become an actor and folk hero in his native country and his one of the most respected legends in Mexico. Santo had legendary feuds with Blue Demon & Black Shadow, but also appeared in action adventure films during his life. One thing I think a lot of people would be surprised by is that Santo never removed his mask in public or private even in private company. It is amazing to me the lengths El Santo would go to keep his identity a secret from even the people he worked with. A legend in wrestling and a hero in Mexico he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
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