Buddy Rogers

Buddy Rogers: wrestling legend


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Buddy Rogers' Corner featuring Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Captain Lou Albano: All Star Wrestling, October 16, 1982

Buddy Rogers' Corner featuring "Superstar" Billy Graham and The Grand Wizard

Buddy Rogers' Corner featuring Chief Jay Strongbow and Jules Strongbow: Championship Wrestling, November 13, 1982

Buddy Rogers' Corner featuring Arnold Skaaland: Championship Wrestling, December 11, 1982


Buddy Rogers was never demure in broadcasting his attributes. So in 1961, when he dethroned Pat O'Connor for the NWA World Championship in Chicago's Comiskey Park, the original "Nature Boy" couldn't resist getting on the microphone and heaping praise on himself.

Said the smug Rogers, "To a nicer guy, it couldn't happen."

This was Rogers' style throughout his sports-entertainment career, a manner that grated on his fellow Superstars behind the scenes as much as it did on the spectators. But the inaugural WWE Champion seemed to care little about how he was perceived. He legitimately was great, and even his harshest detractors could do nothing to change that.

Rogers was a former Camden, N.J., police officer who began his career by competing as Herman Rohde in New Jersey in 1939. When he later moved on to Texas, however, he transformed into the "Nature Boy," bleaching his hair and taking his nickname from a popular jazz song. With his platinum blond locks, rich tan, haughty strut and signature Figure-Four Leglock, Rogers stood out.

His services were sought all over the country, and are credited with galvanizing businesses in struggling promotions. His 1961 match with O'Connor set attendance and gate records that would not be surpassed for two decades. But Rogers was considered a difficult person by many peers, and was continuously embroiled in controversy.

In addition to being NWA World Champion, Rogers competed in Vincent J. McMahon's Capitol Wrestling Corporation in the 1950s and 1960s, twice winning the United States Tag Team Championship. In fact, it would be McMahon who would lead Rogers to a moment that will forever live in sports-entertainment lore.

In early 1963, Rogers lost the NWA Championship to Lou Thesz in Toronto. While most promotions in the United States recognized the title change, McMahon and partner Toots Mondt cried foul. They insisted that the NWA Title could only change hands in a two-out-of-three falls match, and declared the result of the single-fall contest invalid. In fact, they claimed that Rogers had won a tournament to become the titlist of their new company, WWE.

Rogers did not wear the crown for long, however. On May 17, 1963, Bruno Sammartino defeated him in 48 seconds in Madison Square Garden to claim the title. Rogers claimed he'd suffered a heart attack shortly before the match, but Sammartino claims the dethroned king was simply making excuses.

After the loss, Rogers vanished from sight, turning up briefly in different promotions but disappearing almost as quickly. Then, in 1979, he appeared in North Carolina, heckling and then attacking a new "Nature Boy," Ric Flair, in the Mid-Atlantic wrestling territory.

During his time there, Rogers would manage such Superstars as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Ken Patera and Big John Studd, but it was his rivalry with Flair that is most notable.

The "Battle of the Nature Boys" was a pivotal moment in Flair's career. "Slick Ric" admitted to emulating many of Rogers' mannerisms and ring moves, and when Flair defeated his idol with a Figure-Four Leglock in Greensboro, N.C., in 1978, he earned the right to proclaim that "To be The Man, you have to beat The Man."

In the early 1980s, Rogers returned to WWE. Originally hosting an interview segment called "Rogers' Corner" on WWE programming, Rogers found himself soon in the corner of Snuka once again. In an example of enterprising journalism, Rogers discovered that Captain Lou Albano had misappropriated funds due to Snuka; "Superfly" later turned against Albano, becoming one of the most popular Superstars in WWE almost overnight. Rogers was firmly in his corner, even occasionally showing traces of the old "Nature Boy" when they paired up in tag team bouts. However, after breaking his hip in a tag team match with Snuka against Albano & Ray Stevens, Rogers retired for good.

Amazingly, Rogers almost returned to the ring one final time in 1992. The 71-year-old Rogers was set to face off against another impostor "Nature Boy," Buddy Landell, in Philadelphia, but the match never happened. Sadly, later that year, Rogers passed away due to complications from a heart attack and multiple strokes.

In 1994, Rogers was honored posthumously, inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by then-WWE Champion Bret Hart. It was a fitting tribute for the man who was the first WWE Champion 30 years earlier, and put a stamp on his legacy as one of the greatest sports-entertainers of all-time.


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October 2012

WWE still interested in Bruno Sammartino

WWE officials have been trying for years to get Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame, but it's been said that Bruno just isn't interested. It's now being reported that WWE would like to get involved with the rumored Bruno Sammartino life story film that has reportedly been in development for a while now in an attempt to get Bruno more interested in WWE again.


Lanny Poffo interview by Wrestling 101 re Randy "Macho Man" Savage re potential WWE Hall Of Fame induction

When Randy Savage will be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame: "Well I would like to see that happen but do you know what I would really like, somebody from the WWE to extend me some condolences, nobody has done that yet except one guy, Howard Finkel.

"People from all over the world sent their condolences, wrestling fans, friends, I got phone calls from great people like Bret 'The Hitman' Hart and The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. The first guy I called when I found out the news of Randy's death was The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart.

"I know that there was some rivalry and heat, but since my daughter is 28-years-old and my mother is still alive at 85-years-old, I would like to have some condolences if not flowers how about a nice card. Here we are a year and a half since Randy died and we're talking about the Hall of Fame, I'm talking about how I would like some condolences from the WWE.

"My Brother didn't want to go into the Hall of Fame unless his little brother and his father also went in, that's what he wanted and that's what I'm sticking to."

Sting inducted into TNA Wrestling Hall Of Fame 2012; TNA Wrestling Sting profile

Height: 6'2" Weight: 250 pounds
From; Venice Beach, California
Finishing Moves: The Scorpion Deathdrop, The Scorpion Deathlock

In the world of professional wrestling, there are the stars of today, and then there are legends that surpass time. The man called Sting falls into both categories and, in turn, can only be called “The Icon.” Throughout his unparalleled career in professional wrestling, Sting has been a multi-time World Champion, having defeated such stars as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, and countless others. After a two year hiatus from the ring, Sting exploded back on to the scene in 2006 to reignite an unsettled feud with Jeff Jarrett. Within his first six months in TNA, he captured his 8th Heavyweight Title at TNA’s most illustrious event, Bound for Glory. Sting would continue to mark Bound for Glory as his territory. He captured the TNA World Heavyweight Title three consecutive years at Bound for Glory. Each victory would continue to cement his legacy, as he defeated Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, and Samoa Joe.

At “Slammiversary X,” Sting earned TNA’s inaugural Hall of Fame distinction for his loyalty and unmistakable presence in the ring and out. Truly an “Icon,” Sting continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with Hulk Hogan as a legendary leader of the IMPACT stable of superstars. Though he mostly commands the room with his words these days, don’t be surprised to see Sting stand up to anyone who thinks he’s lost a step over the years. (TNA Wrestling)



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The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame is a hall of fame for professional wrestlers maintained by WWE. It was officially created on the February 1, 1993 episode of the World Wrestling Federation's (WWF), the predecessor of WWE, Monday Night Raw television program.

On this episode, the sole induction of WWF alumnus André the Giant, who had died the previous week (January 27, 1993), was announced; his death was the reason for the creation of the Hall of Fame.

After André's induction, the WWF continued the process of inducting members into the Hall of Fame. For these inductions, ceremonies were held to formally induct the candidates from 1994 to 1996; no video footage has ever been released by WWE of these ceremonies. After the 1996 ceremony, the WWF stopped the inductions of wrestling personalities into the Hall of Fame without a formal announcement.
In 2004, WWE relaunched the Hall of Fame to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of WrestleMania.

This ceremony, like its predecessors, was not broadcasted on television, however, it was released on DVD on June 1, 2004.

Beginning with the 2005 ceremony, WWE broadcasted the final few inductions into the Hall of Fame on Spike TV (2005) and on the USA Network (2006 - present); these were aired on tape delay. The first inductions were broadcast on WWE's official website. The 2008 edition of the Hall of Fame was broadcasted live on the USA Network. Since 2005, the Hall of Fame ceremony has been packaged as part of that year's WrestleMania DVD release. Although a building has never been built to represent the Hall of Fame, WWE has sought into constructing a facility for the Hall of Fame. WWE's Executive Vice President of Global Media Shane McMahon has stated that the WWE has been storing wrestling memorabilia in a warehouse for years, and that all items are categorized and dated in case a facility is created.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is dependent upon whether the candidate is on good terms with WWE. Former WWE employees who often criticize WWE or currently work with a different promotion have not been inducted. Others, such as Bruno Sammartino, the longest-reigning WWE Champion in the title's history, are alienated from the promotion and refuse to be inducted, despite having been asked several times.

As of 2008, there have been a total of 68 inductees, with 60 members inducted individually and four tag teams inducted. Thirteen of the inductees have been inducted posthumously. André's sole induction was the least amount of inductions into the Hall of Fame in one year, while 2004 had the most, with 11. (Credit: Wikipedia).



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