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The REAL Hall of Fame!

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Forget about WWE's version of the HOF, it's nothing but a joke anyway. The real HOF is the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Waterloo, IA, USA.

Special Awards:

Frank Gotch Award -

First presented in 2000, the award recognizes individuals is wrestling for bringing positive recognition to professional wrestling through work outside the ring.

James C. Melby Award

First presented to Jim Melby himself in 2006, this award recognizes excellence in professional wrestling journalism.
Lou Thesz Award -

First presented in 2007, this award is given to an individual in wrestling who has taken the skills of professional wrestling into the realm of public service.

George Tragos Award

First presented in 2011, the award is given to an exceptionally competitive wrestler who has adapted his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in Mixed Martial Arts.

Inductees and Honorees:


Frank Gotch
Ed "Strangler" Lewis
Lou Thesz
Verne Gagne
George Tragos - special honoree


Dick Hutton
Danny Hodge
Joe Stecher
Earl Caddock
Bobby Managoff - Frank Gotch Award


William Muldoon
Farmer Burns
Jack Brisco
Tim Woods
Tom Drake - Frank Gotch Award


Dick Beyer
Bob Geigle
Baron Von Raschke
Ed Don George
Ray Steele
Dan Severn - Frank Gotch Award


Billy Robinson
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon
Joe Scarpello
Georg Hackenschmidt
Jesse Ventura - Frank Gotch Award


Gene Kiniski
LeRoy McGuirk
Pat O'Connor
Brad Rheingans
George Scott - Frank Gotch Award


Antonio Inoki
Harley Race
Jerry Brisco
Earl McCready
Bill Miller
John Pesek
Gene LeBell - Frank Gotch Award


Bret Hart
Larry Henig
Bob Roop
Dory Funk Sr.
"Iron" Mike DiBiase
Tom Jenkins
Nikita Koloff - Frank Gotch Award
James C. Melby - James C. Melby Award


Red Bastien
Steve "Dr. Death" Williams
Great Gama
Curt Hennig
Dale Lewis
Ted DiBiase Sr. - Frank Gotch Award
Bill Murdoch - Lou Thesz Award
Mike Chapman - James C. Melby Award


Masanori Saito
Abe Jacobs
Stu Hart
Roddy Piper
Ray Gunkel
Leo Nomilleni
Penny Banner - Frank Gotch Award
"The Wolfman" Jason Sanderson - Lou Thesz Award
Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson - James C. Melby Award


Nick Bockwinkel
Karl Gotch
Luther Lindsay
Bronko Nagurski
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Fritz Von Goering
Ivan Koloff - Frank Gotch Award
Bill Kersten - Lou Thesz Award
Mike Mooneyham - James C. Melby Award


Stanislaus Zybyszko
Warren Bockwinkle
George Gordienko
Paul "Butcher" Vachon
Terry Funk
Mick Foley - Frank Gotch Award
Rene Goulet - Lou Thesz Award
J Michael Kenyan - James C. Melby Award


Dory Funk Jr.
Gorilla Monsoon
Jim Duggan - Frank Gotch Award
Jim Ross - Lou Thesz Award
Scott Teal - James C. Melby Award
Pat Miletich - George Tragos Award

Kurt Angle and Don Curtis have been selected as the 2012 inductees into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. This is an incomplete list, but it shows what a Hall Of Fame is supposed to be like. The WWE HOF is considered a joke among many including most of not all of the wrestlers and employees of the WWE itself. As long as the WWE keeps inducting those who have not contributed to wrestling into it's HOF, it will not be recognized as a true HOF.

I know some will be Butt-Hurt over this post, but facts are facts, and I for one am tired of the joke WWE is playing on us for HOF inductees.

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  1. aweso_me's Avatar
    This IS the REAL Hall of Fame for sure. However, WWE's Hall of Fame is for the typical wrestling fan. Not for those who know he in's and out's of wrestling. I've been watching it for over 20 years and I know who should be in the Hall of Fame. One thing i don't liike with this one, no Gory Guerrero.
  2. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    I'm not hurt at all. WWE's HoF is a nice production and all that. But it's not real. This is real and I'm glad you researched it a little bit and posted this. Good stuff.
  3. CMRyder's Avatar
    I don't know half the people on this list. I'll stick with WWE's.
  4. Dr. Death's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CMRyder
    I don't know half the people on this list. I'll stick with WWE's.
    Instead of being shallow and naive, look up those you don't know and you'll find out why they are included in this list of the REAL HOF, unlike the FAKE HOF by WWE.
  5. Mikkaelson's Avatar
    - - Love it - -
  6. Mikkaelson's Avatar
    In fact, I've posted this link in my group - for all those wrestling fans 30 and beyond where it can be preserved and appreciated
  7. Dr. Death's Avatar
    That's cool of you.
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