Legacy Induction: Class of 2020
Another year and another class of legacy Hall of Fame inductions to honor the past of wrestling.
June Byers: Starting as an enhancement talent to stars of the time like Mae Young and Mildred Burke as a way of paying her dues in wrestling. June would be trained by Buddy Wolfe who was also the man who got her bookings around the country. At the time it was either Fabulous Moolah or Buddy Wolfe training women and getting them bookings. Byers would eventually win the Women's Championship, but it wasn't that easy after Mildred Burke didn't want to let go of her spot. Over the course of her career Byers would hold the Women's Championship for ten years over time.
Pat O' Connor: The only person to hold the NWA and AWA World Heavyweight Championships at the same time. O' Connor would be the first AWA World Heavyweight Champion and even though he never actually defended the championship the title was awarded to him upon the founding of the company. Pat was also one of the first champions during the early days of television which in a way made him the first star of the television era in wrestling.
Bobo Brazil: Remembered for his iconic feud with The Sheik in Detroit and Indianapolis as well as wrestling under names like Bubu Brasil, Boo-Boo Brazil, and Houston Harris. Bobo Brazil is credited with breaking down color barriers in pro-wrestling and considered one of the first successful African American stars in pro-wrestling. Alongside names like Bearcat Wright, Art Thomas, Ernie Ladd, Luther Lindsay, and others set the stage for the future of wrestling. Brazil is one of the few legends in wrestling all over the United States before the expansion of wrestling to go national.
Frank Gotch: In the early days of pro-wrestling names like George Hackenschmidt, Ed Lewis, Lou Thesz, and others were considered the first franchises of wrestling. Frank Gotch was the first big star in wrestling and is credited with popularizing wrestling in America. Gotch has the distinction of being one of the few stars to win the World Title before the advent of the NWA as the governing body of American wrestling.
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