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James J Dillon to receive Lou Thesz Award

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 26, 2016

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WATERLOO, Iowa—One of professional wrestling’s most famous managers will be recognized by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. James J Dillon will receive the Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award at the 2016 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend on July 21-23.

Dillon is best known for his time as a manager of the Four Horsemen from 1985-89. The original Four Horsemen included Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, and Ole Anderson. His work included stints with WCW, WWE, and NWA. He is also the author (along with Jim Melby Award winner Scott Teal) of the highly acclaimed autobiography “Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls” published by Crow Bar Press.

“I am overwhelmed. I am humbled. I am honored,” said Dillon of receiving the award.

The Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award is given to an individual in wrestling who has taken the skills of the sport into the realm of public service. The award is co-sponsored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum and Eblen Charities and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Lou Thesz became world heavyweight wrestling champion for the first time in 1937 when, at the age of 20, he defeated Everett Marshall. Raised in St. Louis and trained by Ed “Strangler” Lewis and George Tragos, Thesz won the title a total of six times—the last occurring in 1963 when he defeated Buddy Rogers. He is considered one of the best professional wrestlers ever—when true talent and toughness were what counted most in the ring.

“It is a great honor to be part of the Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame,” said Bill Murdock, the inaugural recipient of the award and executive director of Eblen Charities. “All recipients follow Lou’s example by touching the lives of those less fortunate. This award honors Lou and the sport of wrestling. No one exemplifies the Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award more than JJ. The lives he has touched throughout the years brings a strong message of the importance of public service throughout the wrestling community.”

The Class of 2016 includes two Distinguished Members (one living and one posthumous) along with recipients of the Lou Thesz Award, Jim Melby Award, Frank Gotch Award, and the George Tragos Award.

The Dan Gable Museum will release additional inductees and award winners in the coming weeks.

A full schedule of events will be released on a later date. All-access passes to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend are available for $100. They can be pre-ordered by contacting the Dan Gable Museum at dgmstaff@nwhof.org or by calling (319) 233-0745.

2016 Hall of Fame induction class
George Tragos Award—Chael Sonnen

Lou Thesz Award—James J Dillon
Jim Melby Award—Dave Meltzer

Frank Gotch Award—TBA

Distinguished Member (living)—TBA

Distinguished Member (posthumous)—Joe Blanchard

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SICW Wrestling Explosion Daniel Eads vs Bubba Troll, Flash Flanagan interview, Sean Vincent vs Brandon Espinosa

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 29, 2015

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SICW- February 21st a “Double Main Event” SICW Classic Championship on the line as Gary Jackson gets his last shot against the Champion Flash Flanagan. Plus “Red River Jack” with his Manager will have a battle with the “Wild Man” from Mongolia, Attila Kahn who is under the control of Travis Cook. Plus SICW as this will another television taping for the only locally produced wrestling program “SICW Wrestling Explosion” that airs every Sunday at noon on Charter Cable and YouTube. You can check out http://www.sicw.org for all the updates. Also if your group is interested in hosting a fundraiser call 618-286-4848 to obtain information on how SICW with 40 years of experience can assist you, The best wrestling talent in the area. Plus meet WWE Legendary Superstar James J. Dillon.

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SICW- Saturday March 21st don’t forget another WWE Legend will make his way to the Wrestling Capital of the Mid- West, East Carondelet Illinois, Nikolai Volkoff is coming to visit the SICW fans and his good friend he worked for in the late 80’s our friend Larry Matysik. Mark that date at the East Carondelet Community center. Call now to reserve you seats 618-286-4848. Thanks to all the fans that continue to support the SICW.

SICW April 18th – Join SICW as they make their debut in MILLSTADT Illinois on Saturday April 18th at the St. James Parish Center at 8pm. Join SICW as they assist the Millstadt Athletic Club with this fundraiser. Special guest, WWE Legend, father of Randy Orton, Cowboy Bob Orton will be in Millstadt Illinois. Join Cowboy Bob Orton and all the SICW stars in April. Call 618-719-6749 for ticket information. Plus check out sicw.org If your group is looking for a fundraiser let SICW with their 40 years experience assist you. SICW may be heading back to Belleville Illinois, stay tune for all the updates as SICW makes 2015 bigger and better.

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