On March 29, 2008, the WWE will induct several people into their Hall of Fame. For the next few weeks, every Monday night the WWE will announce another inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame
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Ric Flair is a 16-time World Champion and is the only active wrestler to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. However, all is not good for the "Nature Boy" at this time. Vince McMahon
proclaimed several months ago that the next match Ric Flair loses will be his final match.
"High Chief" Peter Maivia was head of the Samoan wrestling family that has dominated professional wrestling. His nephews, Afa and Sika, were inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. However, he is probably most known to younger wrestling fans as the grandfather of the Rock
. Wrestling and acting run in the family bloodlines. Many years before his grandson handed out an Oscar, Peter appeared in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice
. Inside the ring, he is most famous for headlining Madison Square Garden shows against WWE Champions Bob Backlund and Billy Graham. Outside the ring, he was the owner of NWA Polynesian Wrestling. He passed away in 1982 from cancer.
"The Soulman" Rocky Johnson is the father of the Rock
. He was also the son-in-law of the late Peter Maivia. In 1983, he won the World Tag Team Championship with Tony Atlas from his relatives, the Wild Samoans. That title victory is historic because it is the first time that a tag team composed of two African Americans had ever won championship gold in the WWE. Amazingly, every person involved in that match, including the Samoans manager Captain Lou Albano, is now in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Mae YoungMae Young was one of the most famous female wrestlers during the '40s and '50s. Her career had a renaissance in 1999 when she started to appear at WWE events with the late Fabulous Moolah. She is known to current fans as a sex crazed elderly woman that continually wants to show the world her "puppies" and is always trying to kiss people. Despite being in her '80s, she occasionally steps into the ring and gets hit by other wrestlers.
The Brisco Brothers (Jack & Jerry Brisco)The Brisco Brothers are one of the most successful brother combinations in pro wrestling history. As tag team partners, they won many regional tag team titles and the NWA World Tag Team Championship. As singles wrestlers, Jack is a former NWA World Heavyweight Championship while Jerry is a former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion. Behind the scenes, the brothers held a controlling interest in Georgia Championship Wrestling which was purchased by the WWE in 1984. Since then, Jerry has been employed by the WWE and is best known to newer fans as one of Vince McMahon's on-air stooges along with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson.
Eddie GrahamAs a wrestler, Eddie Graham held tag team gold with several partners in many different territories in the '50s and '60s. He was part of the fictional Graham family that included older brother Dr. Jerry Graham and former WWE Champion "Superstar" Billy Graham. In the '70s, he formed a championship tag team with his real-life son, Mike Graham. However, Eddie is more known for his work outside of the ring. In the '70s and '80s he was the owner of Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF). That organization is best known for launching the career of Dusty Rhodes and for the commentary of Gordon Solie. Eddie was also a President of the National Wrestling Alliance. In 1985, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gordon Solie is almost universally acknowledged as the greatest play-by-play announcer in the history of professional wrestling. During the territorial era of the sport, his voice was a part of the Florida, Georgia, and Continental wrestling territories. Once the NWA went national, he was a part of the WCW broadcast team. He was also one of the stars of the syndicated '80s program Pro Wrestling This Week
. He passed away in 2000 while working on his autobiography. His daughter and son-in-law finished the book
for him and released it in 2005.