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- 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?”

  • Jason

    Abdullah the Butcher is right though, he helped make this business and if not for men like him and Hogan the WWE would be fuck all. Some of you IWC members need to learn to respect and understand the hardships of this business which could lead to a man like him getting upset over a case like this.

    But my thoughts also tend to go as if why would anyone want to be in the WWE hall of fame? The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame or the NWA pro wrestling hall of fame mean way more then what the WWE hall of fame will ever mean. Anyone who disagrees with that does not understand this business.

  • venom

    I know Abdullah the Butcher never wrestled for WWE. He should be greatful for being in the HOF. He is a bitter has been like Billy Graham.

  • 808notsogreat

    This just proves that the Butcher really is a douche that ended that kid’s career by refusing to get blood tested. That’s fine, tho. He’ll get plenty hard forkings in Hell.

  • Hunter

    Non WWE stars should be inducted if they actually helped build the business.

  • XSF

    Oh Butcher, you can go fork yourself.

  • Devil_Rising

    No offense, Abby. But then why’d you agree to attend the ceremony at all?

  • Kfkpl

    The Butcher was never in the WWE, you’d think because of that reason alone he’d be honored to be apart of the HOF. I wonder what Billy Graham has to say about this?

  • nick

    Couldn’t Tamina (his daughter) or Wwe (former employee and close friend) pay for his surgery?

  • Mabry

    I dont know Butcher all that much, but i dont think he deserved the HOF induction. I believe that there are many others that have done much more to this business, such as Randy Savage, Owen Hart although we all know he wont ever be inducted until hes wife dies), or Ron Simmons (isnt he the first African American World Champion). And why did he recive it in the first place if he felt as he says he feels??…. he should have never recived it if he felt that way in the first place.

  • Dan

    Considering there are plenty of WWE’s own legends that are deserving of the Hall of Fame and still haven’t been inducted he should count himself lucky he’s in there at all.

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