On Thursday we began our look at the 15 legendary pro wrestlers in the WWE Hall Of Fame that emanate from the state of Texas. For those who missed part one of this three-part series, click here. To read the initial “Texas Legends” installment, where we took a look at the 12 legends who all went to West Texas State University, click here.
Without further ado, let’s jump back into the list of the 15 WWE Hall Of Famers who have roots to The Lone Star State:
“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes is one of the aforementioned 12 pro wrestlers to come out of West Texas State University, and is arguably the most accomplished and famous of the bunch. A former multiple-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Rhodes was born in Austin, Texas and was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the 2007 class.
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Eddie Guerrero is a Mexican pro wrestling legend who had championship-level success in such high-profile promotions as AAA, ECW, WCW and WWE, including a run as the WWE Champion. Guerrero was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the 2006 class.
Although he was born in Chandler, Arizona, and spent a couple of years during his youth in Reading, Berkshire, England, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels was raised in San Antonio, Texas, the same city he currently calls home. Michaels is considered by many to be the single greatest in-ring performer of his generation, and some argue he is the best of any generation. HBK was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the 2011 class.
Whether it’s Victoria, Texas or Edna, Texas, “The Rattlesnake” is certainly Texas-born and bred. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin played football in college in Texas and got his start on the independent wrestling circuit in Texas. Austin is considered along with Hulk Hogan and The Rock as the two biggest household names in professional wrestling history, and is statistically speaking the biggest financial success of his or any era. “Stone Cold” was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the 2009 class.
“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase may have been born in Miami, Florida, but he is one of the 12 aforementioned West Texas State University boys as well. After having a successful career in a number of wrestling territories, DiBiase settled into WWE and became one of the most successful character-driven personalities in the history of the company. DiBiase was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the 2010 class.
That will do it for today. Make sure to stop back by eWrestlingNews.com on Saturday, as we conclude our three-part look at the 15 WWE Hall Of Famers with ties to the great state of Texas. Until then, leave your feedback in the “Comments” section below. You can also hit me up directly at Facebook.com/MattBooneWZR.