The WWE has announced another edition to their 2016 Hall of Fame Class.
So far, we know Sting, The Godfather, The Fabulous Freebirds, Big Boss Man, and Jacqueline have been selected to be inducted into the hall this year the night before WrestleMania 32 in Texas. Now another name has joined that list.
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The WWE confirmed the announcement earlier today on their website, calling the native Texan: "one of the most vicious competitors in the sport," with a wrestling style that wasn't beautiful to look at, but it worked.
His gimmick was a loud cowboy that simply never said no to a fight, wearing all the typical cowboy gear with also a bull rope.
Japanese wrestling fans will be the happiest to see Stan Hansen in the WWE Hall of Fame, after everything he did for AJPW during the 1980s and the 1990s.
Hansen won several championships and awards during his time as a professional wrestler including several AJPW titles, several five-star match awards from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, and a Match of the Year award from Pro Wrestling Illustrated for his match against Bruno Sammartino in 1976.
WWE released the following statement on their website: "With an ever-present scowl on his face and his bull rope in hand, The Bad Man from Borger made his way to WWE in 1976. Hansen immediately set his sights on then-WWE Champion Bruno Sammartino. The double-tough Texan stunned fans when he broke The Living Legend’s neck with a devastating clothesline that would become known as the Lariat.
"After a rematch with Sammartino at Shea Stadium, Hansen traversed across the Pacific Ocean to Japan, where he became a legend. One of the most feared foreigners in Japanese wrestling history, Hansen was the first gaijin to earn victories over the country’s most revered grapplers, Giant Baba and WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki.
"While in Japan, Hansen also formed one of the most devastating tag teams in wrestling history with an old college friend, the unhinged Bruiser Brody. The cowboy and the fur-clad wildman had Japanese fans running from them as they entered the ring, and their opponents begging for mercy.
"In between trips to Japan, Hansen returned to the U.S. to unleash his brand of brutality on American soil. The Bad Man from Borger won the AWA World Championship by defeating Rick Martel in 1985. He never lost the title, choosing to vacate it by running it over with his truck. In 1990, he ended Lex Luger’s record-setting reign as United States Champion.
"By 1991, he exclusively competed in Japan for the next 10 years, retiring in 2001 as a decorated champion and a legend in The Land of the Rising Sun."