Hall of Fame

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The National Wrestling Alliance has, since 1948, been the largest sanctioning body of Professional Wrestling in the world.
In no small part, because of some of the greatest wrestlers, managers, promoters, commentators and contributors have appeared in Professional Wrestling helping to build the great legacy of the National Wrestling Alliance.
These select few have been chosen to be enshrined in the NWA Hall of Fame. Established in 2005, the NWA Hall of Fame recognizes those great people who have helped build not only the NWA, but Professional Wrestling as a whole.

 

Inductees

YearRing name
(Birth name)
Inducted forAccolades
2005Lou Thesz
(Aloysius Thesz)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee: Three-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship, one-time NWA International Heavyweight Championship (All-Japan Version), one-time NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship
2005Harley RaceWrestlingEight-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version) (first champion) nine-time NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship and seven-time NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship 3-times AWA World Tag Team Championship
2005Sam MuchnickPromotingPosthumous Inductee: Founded the NWA and served as president from 1950 to 1960 and 1963 to 1975
2005Jim Barnett
(James Barnett)
PromotingPosthumous inductee: Owned Georgia Championship Wrestling during the mid-1900s. Also promoted in the Detroit Territory, Indianapolis Territory and Australia.
2005Gordon Solie
(Francis Labiak)
CommentatingPosthumous Inductee: Commentator for Championship Wrestling from Florida and World Championship Wrestling promotions.
2005Jim Cornette
(James Cornette)
ManagingManaged various wrestlers during the 1980s and 1990s.
2006Dory Funk, Jr.
(Dorrance Funk, Jr.)
WrestlingHeld the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) for over four years, the second longest reign in the title’s history
2006Saul Weingeroff
(Solomon Weingeroff)
ManagingPosthumous Inductee: Managed various wrestlers in the NWA during the 1960s and 1970s
2006Lance RussellCommentatingCommentated in the Continental Wrestling Association and Memphis Championship Wrestling companies
2006Eddie Graham
(Edward Gossett)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee: He won over 20 NWA championships. Promoter of Championship Wrestling from Florida.
2006Leilani Kai
(Patty Seymour)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Women’s Championship (1 time)
2008The Iron Sheik
(Khosrow Vaziri)
WrestlingWon the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA World Television Championship (1 time),
2008Ric Flair
(Richard Fliehr)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (10 times), NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (4 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version) (3 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version) (5 times), NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship, NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship.
2008Tommy Rich
(Thomas Richardson)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (6 times),
2008Nikita Koloff
(Nelson Simpson)
WrestlingWon the NWA National Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time), NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version), NWA World Television Championship
2009Gene Kiniski
(Eugene Kiniski)
WrestlingHeld the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time).
2009Terry Funk
(Terrence Funk)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version).
2009Paul Orndorff
(Paul Orndorff, Jr.)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Tag Team Championship and NWA National Heavyweight Championship (3 times).
2009Tully BlanchardWrestlingWon the NWA Mid-Atlantic World Tag Team Championship, NWA World Television Championship (2 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version), NWA National Heavyweight Championship. Was a member of the original legendary NWA stable The Four Horsemen.
2009Mil Máscaras
(Aaron Rodríguez)
WrestlingWon the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (5 times), NWA Americas Tag Team Championship, NWA Texas Tag Team Championship (2 times), NWA American Tag Team Championship.
2009Jerry Jarrett
(Jerry Jarrett, Sr.)
PromotingOperated Mid-Southern Wrestling, Continental Wrestling Association, United States Wrestling Association, World Class Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version).
2009Dennis CoralluzzoPromotingPosthumous Inductee: Longtime NWA New Jersey promoter and served as NWA President with Howard Brody and Steve Rickard from 1993 to 1995. The official induction ceremony was held at the Dennis Coralluzzo Invitational.
2010Buddy Rogers
(Herman Rohde, Jr.)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee, Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
2010Jack Brisco
(Freddie Brisco)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and the NWA Mid-Atlantic World Tag Team Championship (3 times with his brother Jerry).
2010Dan Severn
(Daniel Severn)
WrestlingTwo-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship
2010Shinya HashimotoWrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship.
2010Nick GulasPromotingPosthumous Inductee. Promoter of the NWA Mid-American territory in Tennessee.
2010The Shiek
(Edward Farhat)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Promoter of the Detroit Territory, won over 10 NWA championships.
2010Danny Hodge
(Daniel Hodge)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (8 times).
2010Ed Chuman
(Edward Chuman)
PromotingPosthumous Inductee. Promoter of NWA Midwest
2011Pat O’Connor
(Patrick O’Connor)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee; won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
2011Dusty Rhodes
(Virgil Runnels, Jr.)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), NWA World Television Championship (3 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version), NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (12 times), NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (2 times with Road Warriors),
2011Wahoo McDaniel
(Edward McDaniel)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee, Won the NWA Mid-Atlantic World Tag Team Championship (4 times), NWA Florida World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
2011Angelo Savoldi
(Mario Fornini, Sr.)
WrestlingNWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (5 times)
2011Freddie Blassie
(Frederick Blassman)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Georgia version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida version).
2011Rikidōzan
(Mitsuhiro Momota)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee, Won over 10 NWA championships.
2011Johnny Valentine
(John Wisniski)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee, won over 30 NWA championships.
2011Bill ApterContributorEditor of Pro Wrestling Illustrated
2011Sue Green
(Susan Green)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Women’s Championship
2012Ricky Steamboat
(Richard Blood, Sr.)
WrestlingWon the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version), NWA World Television Championship (2 times), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version) (3 times).
2012Paul BoeschPromotingPosthumous Inductee. Promoter of the NWA in Houston, TX.
2012Sputnik Monroe
(Rosco Merrick)
NWA Humanitarian AwardPosthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version).
2012John TolosWrestlingPosthumous Inductee, Won over 30 NWA championships.
2012Mr. Wrestling II
(John Walker)
WrestlingNWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version).
2012Teddy Long
(Theodore Long)
Refereeing 
2012Little Beaver
(Lionel Giroux)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. NWA World Midget’s Championship (2 times)
2012The Fabulous Moolah
(Mary Ellison)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee: Five-time NWA World Women’s Championship and two-time NWA Women’s World Tag Team Championship
2012Joyce Grable
(Betty Wade-Murphy)
WrestlingWon the NWA Women’s World Tag Team Championship (4 times), NWA United States Women’s Championship
2012Misty Blue
(Diane Syms)
WrestlingWon the NWA United States Women’s Championship
2013Ray Stevens
(Carl Stevens)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won various NWA World Tag Team Championships (6 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times), the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (San Francisco version) and various regional NWA titles
2013Salvador Lutteroth
(Salvador González)
PromotingPosthumous Inductee. Was a member of the NWA from 1952 to 1986. Promotion was called EMLL until leaving the NWA and became CMLL.
2013Dory Funk, Sr.
(Dorrance Funk, Sr.)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship and various NWA regional titles.
2013Bobo Brazil
(Houston Harris)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won various NWA regional titles. Had a legendary feud with The Original Sheik over the Detroit version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title.
2013Jackie Fargo
(Henry Faggart)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (22 times), various versions of the NWA World Tag Team titles and was one third of the first ever NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.
2013Ernie Ladd
(Ernest Ladd)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won various NWA regional titles.
2014Giant Baba
(Shohei Baba)
Wrestling, PromotingPosthumous Inductee. Was the founder of All-Japan Pro Wrestling, which was a NWA member until 1989. Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit version), NWA International Heavyweight Championship (All-Japan Version) (3 times), NWA International Tag Team Championship (All-Japan Version) (12 times), PWF Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
2014Kevin SullivanWrestlingWon the NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Georgia/WCW Version), NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Gulf Coast Version), NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Championship (Southeast Version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Central States version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version)
2014Pinkie George
(Paul George)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Was a founder of the NWA. Was the Original President of the NWA.
2014Ox Baker
(Douglas Baker)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. NWA World Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles version), NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Championship (2 times), NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Calgary Version), NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Detroit version), NWA American Heavyweight Championship (2 times), NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Championship, NWA Florida Tag Team Championship, NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship, NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
2014Cowboy Bob Kelly
(Robert Kelley)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. Won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Gulf Coast version) (2 times), NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship (10 times), NWA Gulf Coast Brass Knuckles Championship (2 times) NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship (5 times), NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championship (18 times), NWA Mississippi Tag Team Championship (4 times), NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Championship, NWA City of Mobile Heavyweight Championship (4 times), NWA City of Pensacola Heavyweight Championship
2014J.J. Dillon
(James Morrison)
Wrestling, managerManager of the Legendary 4 Horsemen, consisting of NWA Hall of Fame members Ric Flair; Ole Anderson; Tully Blanchard, and Arn Anderson.

Titles won as a wrestler: NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship, NWA Florida Tag Team Championship, NWA Florida Television Championship, NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship, NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Maritimes Version), IW International Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

2015Adam PearceWrestlingFive-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship, one-time NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship, two-time NWA Heritage Championship
2015Leroy McGuirkWrestling, PromotingPosthumous Inductee. Was promoter of the Tri-State area in the NWA. As promoter, he controlled the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, National Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title.
2015Mike SircyPromotingPromoter of the NWA Top Rope promotion in Tennessee.
2016Nick Bockwinkel
(Nicholas Bockwinkel)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. AWA World Heavyweight Championship (4 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times)
2016Boris Malenko
(Lawrence Simon)
WrestlingPosthumous Inductee. AWA World Tag Team Championship, NWA American Heavyweight Championship
2016Len Rossi
(Len Rositano)
WrestlingNWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (14 times)
2016Gary Hart
(Gary Williams)
Promoting,

Managing

Posthumous Inductee. NWA American Tag Team Championship (3 times)
2016Jim Ross
(James Ross)
Commentating 
2017Jose Lothario
(Guadalupe Robledo)
WrestlingNWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version, 4 times; Florida version, 4 times; San Francisco version, 1 time), NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Florida version, 5 times), NWA American Tag Team Championship (Texas version, 6 times), NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship, NWA Texas Tag Team Championship (6 times), NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (2 times), NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (7 times), NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Championship
2017Everett MarshallWrestlingPosthumous Inductee. World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship, National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship (2 times), Texas Heavyweight Championship

 

 

Group Inductees

YearTag TeamNotes
2006The Rock ‘n’ Roll ExpressNWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic) (4 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times)
Ricky Morton (Richard Morton)
Robert Gibson (Ruben Cain)
2008The Midnight ExpressNWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic), NWA American Tag Team Championship
Dennis Condrey
Bobby Eaton (Robert Eaton)
2008The CorsicansNWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (5 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version)
Corsica Joe (Francois Miquet)
Corsica Jean (Jean Louis Roy) – Posthumous Inductee
2010The Minnesota Wrecking CrewNWA World Tag Team Championship (Georgia version) (2 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (7 times)
Gene Anderson (Eugene Anderson) – Posthumous Inductee
Lars Anderson (Larry Heiniemi)
Ole Anderson (Alan Rogowski)
2011The LeBellsPromoters of NWA Hollywood Wrestling (1968-1983)
Aileen LeBell Eaton – Posthumous Inductee
Mike LeBell – Posthumous Inductee
Gene LeBell
2012The Road Warriors4-time NWA National Tag Team Championship, AWA World Tag Team Championship, NWA International champions (All-Japan), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version), NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (3 times), WWF World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
Road Warrior Hawk (Michael Hegstrand) – Posthumous inductee
Road Warrior Animal (Joseph Laurinaitis)
2013The Fabulous KangaroosNWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida version), NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Northeast version) (3 times), NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (4 times)
Al Costello (Giacomo Costa) – Posthumous Inductee
Roy Heffernan – Posthumous Inductee
2015The Wright BrothersNWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version), NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship (10 times)
Ron Wright (Luther Wright) – Posthumous Inductee
Don Wright