Congratulations to the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Legacy inductees
One of the squared circle’s first true giants, the mountainous man from Morgan’s Corner, Ark. tipped the scales at 601 lbs. A fan favorite around the country in the golden age of wrestling, Calhoun battled the likes of Bruno Sammartino and Buddy Rogers, and held the World Tag Team Championship in WWE.
Dr. Jerry Graham
This squared circle outlaw could start a riot in the blink of an eye. Dr. Jerry Graham thrived on that chaos, capturing the United States Tag Team Titles with his brothers, “Crazy” Luke and 2008 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Eddie Graham. WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon has said that Graham was his favorite Superstar as a child.
Martin “Farmer” Burns
Martin “Farmer” Burns is lauded as one of toughest catch-as-catch-can wrestlers of the early 20th century. The Iowa native claimed to have competed in over 6,000 matches during his career, with it being suggested that he only lost seven. His career highlights include defeating Evan "Strangler" Lewis to capture the American Heavyweight Championship as well as mentoring a young Frank Gotch.
Joseph “Toots” Mondt
Joseph “Toots” Mondt is best remembered as a revolutionary promoter from the mid-1900s. Alongside Ed “Stranger” Lewis and Billy Sandow, he formed the lauded creative group known as the Gold Dust Trio, which implemented and innovated several new concepts. Mondt and Vince McMahon Sr. took control of the Capitol Wrestling Corporation and renamed it the World Wide Wrestling Federation, which we now know today as WWE.
Rikidōzan is heralded as one of the most iconic competitors in the history of professional wrestling in Japan. The former NWA International Heavyweight Champion had legendary battles against the likes of Lou Thesz and “Classy” Freddie Blassie. Two of Rikidōzan’s matches are among the 10 highest-rated television airings of all time in Japan and his influence is still felt globally today.
A notorious pioneer of the Claw maneuver, Bearcat Wright was a multiple-time champion who battled the likes of Freddie Blassie, Killer Kowalski and The Sheik. He was also notable for being a key figure in the desegregation of the sports-entertainment industry.
The original Barefoot Contessa, Judy Grable packed a mean dropkick and occupies a unique place in history, having battled against Fabulous Moolah in the match to determine the first-ever Women’s Champion.
One of the most controversial and talented figures in sports-entertainment history, June Byers competed in the definitive women’s match of the time: a 2-out-of-3-Falls contest that concluded with her capturing the first-ever NWA Women’s Championship.
Luther Lindsay competed all around the world and was the first African-American to challenge for the NWA World Heavyweight Title. He also holds a near-unheard of distinction: He’s one of the few people to defeat Stu Hart inside the Dungeon. The notorious submission expert was so well-respected by his peers that Hart carried a picture of him in his wallet for 50 years.