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Honestly I've been going back and forth if I want to do another Hall of Fame Class this year after how underwhelming I was with it last year. The way I thought about it was that instead of overcomplicating it, I would just induct as many as I'd prefer and go from there.
Dory Funk Sr.
A lasting legacy isn't the right word to describe the impact that Dory Funk had on this business. It's hard to put into words the legacy that the father of Dory Jr and Terry Funk had on wrestling. A former wrestler following spending time in the United States army during World War 2 he would mostly wrestle in the southwestern US specifically Texas. Dory Funk had a good business relationship with Giant Baba which gave West Texas the chance to have a number of international stars. One of the greatest minds in wrestling history credited with helping teach a vast number of stars it is with great pleasure I welcome Dory Funk Sr into the Wrestling Express Hall of Fame Class of 2024!!
Welcoming one famous father into the Hall of Fame wasn't enough we had to welcome a second. The name is a give away Stu Hart is the patriarch of the Hart Family. Though the family produced major stars like Bret and Owen Hart before his sons took over the family business Stu was a top star in his own right. Stu would serve in the Royal Canadian military during World War 2 as he was unable to be a part of the 1940 summer Olympics. Stu would become one of the biggest stars during his era and would later become one of the most prolific trainers in wrestling history. Outside of his family Stu would train Jake Roberts, Jos Leduc, Fritz Von Erich, Masahiro Chono, Jesse Ventura, Billy Graham, Jushin Liger, Roddy Piper, and so many others. It is with great pleasure I welcome Stu Hart into the Wrestling Express Hall of Fame Class of 2024!!
Prior to joining the wrestling business Hutton joined the US Army and was a veteran of WWII. A former four time All-American and a three time NCAA champion made Dick Hutton an extremely accomplished collegiate wrestler. Hutton was chosen to win the World Title from Lou Thesz in the fall of 1957. His first push came in Detroit he would wrestle members of the audience, beating Hutton would've earned the fan $1000. Though he wasn't the draw that Thesz was, he was a skilled wrestler in the ring and a welcomed addition into the Wrestling Express Hall of Fame Class of 2024!!