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NWA Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class as 2013 Come to a Close

January 1st, 2014 at 12:12 PM
By Peter Schifani

On Tuesday evening the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) announced via there website and facebook that they have added a 2013 Hall of Fame class of wrestlers and one promoter. The longest running wrestling organization in the United States, the NWA can be considered the "mother" of all wrestling promotions, because the AWA, WWE, WCW, ECW and TNA were all "birthed" from it.

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Here is the 2013 NWA Hall of Fame class:

Dory Funk Sr.: the father to Dory Funk Jr, and Terry Funk, who both held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, himself both wrestled and promoted in Texas during his long career.

Salvador Lutteroth: created the longest continuous wrestling promotion in the world that started in 1933, EMLL, now known as CMLL, and the father of the "Lucha Libre" style of wrestling his organization birthed.

Ray "The Crippler" Stevens: can be considered one of the greatest tag-team partners in professional wrestling history, having held a version of the NWA World Tag-Team Championship on six different title runs, with six different partners, as well as the AWA World Tag-Team Championships four times.

Jackie Fargo: "The Fabulous One" passed away earlier this year, but left a legacy in the Memphis wrestling territory that may never be equaled, at first as a wrestler and 22-time NWA Southern Tag-Team Champion, then as promoter and mentor to Memphis legends such as Jerry "The King" Lawler.

"Big Cat" Ernie Ladd: started out his career in pro football, starring in the AFL for the San Diego Chargers, but also the Houston Oilers and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring due to knee injuries. He was a hated "heel" during the 1970's mostly in the Mid-South territory, and later mentored the Junkyard Dog to prominence.

Bobo Brazil: considered to be the man that helped break the color barrier in pro wrestling during an over 40 year career, eventually challenging both WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino and NWA World Champion "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers for there titles during the 1960's.

Al Costello & Roy Heffernan (The original Fabulous Kangaroos): they started in the Calgary Stampede promotion for Stu Hart in the late 1950's and made the art of tag-team wrestling popular well into the 1960's by winning multiple NWA World Tag-Team Championships as well as regional tag-team titles.

These men now join the ranks of those stars and  promoters of the past already in the NWA Hall of Fame including: Hawk and Animal (Road Warriors, 2012), Paul Boesch (2012), Bill Apter (2011), Dusty Rhodes (2011), Buddy Rogers (2010), Jack Brisco (2010) just to name a few. By the enshrinement of these men the long and storied history of the NWA becomes even richer.

Tags: Bruno Sammartino, Buddy Rogers, Hall of Fame, NWA, Tag-Team, TNA, World Heavyweight Championship, Wrestling, WWE

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