The other Hall of Fame: WCW's forgotten honor

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May 23, 2013

The inaugural WCW Hall of Fame ceremony was very well-received by fans and competitors alike and WCW decided to host a second ceremony at the next Slamboree in 1994. The headliner of the second WCW Hall of Fame class was former eight-time NWA Heavyweight Champion and the first United States Champion, Harley Race.

Race represented the epitome of what the WCW Hall of Fame was all about. Competing in NWA, AWA and WWE during his career, Race’s contributions to sports-entertainment were as important during his WCW Hall of Fame induction as they were a decade later during his WWE Hall of Fame induction.  He is also the only Superstar to have been inducted into the WCW, WWE and NWA Hall of Fame.

SEE PHOTOS OF THE WCW HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1994

In addition to Race, the class of 1994 also included original Four Hoursemen member Ole Anderson, trailblazer Ernie Ladd, three-time AWA World Champion The Crusher, The Masked Assassin and a posthumous induction for 11-time WWA World Champion Dick the Bruiser.

WATCH WCW HALL OF FAME INDUCTONS

That same year, Ernie Ladd inducted Bobo Brazil into the WWE Hall of Fame and one year later, Brazil returned the favor when Ladd was inducted. Ladd’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995 made him the only inductee of both the WCW and WWE halls while both companies were active.

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