The following press release was issued today by the National Wrestling Alliance…
The first inductee of the Class of 2008 Hall of Fame
Charlotte, NC (May 19, 2008) â€“ On June 7, 2008 the National Wrestling AllianceÂ® kickâ€™s off their 60th Anniversary at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Not only will the night feature great pro wrestling from the brightest and best the NWAâ„¢ has to offer, it will also feature the 2008 NWAâ„¢ Hall of Fame inductions.
â€œThis is our third Hall of Fame class and I am very pleased with who the selection committee selected. I am also please to announce that NWAâ„¢ Hall of Famer Jim Cornette will be the MC for the ceremony,â€ said NWAâ„¢ Executive Director Robert K. Trobich.
The first inductee of the Class of 2008 is one time NWAâ„¢ Worlds Heavyweight Champion â€œWildfireâ€ Tommy Rich. Rich began his 34-year in-ring career in the Southern parts of the NWAâ„¢ and was a multi-time regional Champion through out the late 1970â€™s and 80â€™s. On April 27, 1981 Rich became the youngest NWAâ„¢ Worlds Heavyweight Champion by defeating NWAâ„¢ mainstay Harley Race. Rich is also known for his hard hitting bloody matches, considered by many as some of the bloodiest in Georgia wrestling history. â€œWildfireâ€ is still very active in the pro wrestling scene and still one of the most popular pro wrestlerâ€™s in the State of Georgia.
â€œWildfireâ€ Tommy Rich will be participating in a match against one of his biggest rivals on June 7th when he faces the â€œMadman from Sudanâ€ Abdullah the Butcher.
Tickets to this event are on sale now at ticketmaster.com or the Philips Arena Box Office.
For a list of previous inductees, see this earlier press release.