The most badass wrestler stories ever told

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March 28, 2013

Danny Hodge walks away from a car wreck

Fans of wrestling history have probably heard all the stories about wrestling legend Danny Hodge. He went undefeated as a college wrestler, winning 46 matches (36 by pin) and losing none, not even giving up a takedown to his foes.

Before going pro in wrestling, he went into amateur boxing, with no experience in the sweet science, and won the national Golden Gloves competition. Clearly, Hodge could have chosen any sport and excelled at it, no matter what.

“He was a freak of nature,” Jim Ross said of his fellow Oklahoman.

J.R. on amateurs that went pro

But Hodge’s toughness and determination wasn’t just limited to athletics. He’s stared death in the face and lived to tell the tale. Hodge fell asleep at the wheel in early 1976 and drove his car off a bridge and into a lake. The crash broke the Oklahoman’s neck and shattered his teeth, but he still managed to punch his way through a window and swim to shore. Unbelievably, he made it to the side of the road, holding his neck in place with his bare hands, and flagged down help.

It probably helped that Hodge was born with double tendons, possessing unbelievable strength in his hands and forearms. Even today, at 80 years old, Hodge can crush an apple with his bare hands.

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