The National Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame released their inductee class of 2013 and according to rajah.com on Jan. 22, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair headlines the incoming class.
The National Pr Wrestling Hall of Fame is a separate entity from the WWE Hall of Fame. The selection committee here chooses its inductees based on the wrestlers impact in pro wrestling, their respect within the profession and their amateur background comes into consideration as well. The committee includes all current Hall of Fame members plus wrestling historians.
The difference here is that Vince McMahon chooses the members of the WWE Hall of Fame, while former wrestlers vote for the inductees in this one. This year, the committee voted in three men: Ric Flair, Cowboy Bill Watts and the late Chris Taylor.
Ric Flair held the NWA World Championship 10 times, the WCW World Championship seven times, and the WWE Championship twice. He has also held prestigious titles such as the U.S. Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship, WWE Tag Team Championship and Intercontinental Championship. He was named to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, and then again in 2012 as part of the Four Horsemen.
Cowboy Bill Watts was a hardnosed wrestler, but made his name when he created and built Mid South Wrestling into one of the premiere regional promotions in the United States. He helped make stars out of men like Ted DiBiase, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Magnum TA and The Junkyard Dog.
Christ Taylor was a former Bronze Medal winner in the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics Games and went on to wrestle in the AWA from 1974-1977. Chronic health problems forced him to retire in 1977 and he passed away two years later at the age of 29.
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