– Road Warrior Animal and Dan Severn will be receiving special awards during the 2012 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend this July in Waterloo, Iowa. Animal will receive the Frank Gotch Award for bringing positive recognition to wrestling through his work outside of the ring. Severn will receive the George Tragos Award for adapting his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in MMA.
This year’s ceremony will also see Kurt Angle & Don Curtis inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame while JBL receives the Lou Thesz Award and Bill Apter receives the Jim Melby Award.
– Dawn Marie’s WrestlersRescue.org is raising $24,000 for WWE Legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s ankle replacement. Fans can text SNUKA to 908-444-0107 to donate or use PayPal on the Wrestler’s Rescue website.
– 2011 WWE Hall of Famer Abdullah the Butcher appeared on the Wrestling Marks of Excellence radio show and says WWE waited too long to induct him and he should have been inducted decades ago. Abdullah also says he gave away his Hall of Fame ring to his brother. He said:
“I took my ring, my Hall of Fame ring, when they put it in my hand I gave it to my brother. I wouldn’t wear it! I wouldn’t wear it! 51 years Abdullah The Butcher has been in the business and drew people from all over the world, and they’re going to hand me a ring 51 years later?”