LA Park, Jerry Jarrett, Jimmy Hart, Bill Apter, Howard Finkel, Gary Hart, and Yuji Nagata make up the list of members of the class of 2018 of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame. In the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the specialized journalist Dave Meltzer has announced the names of the nominees who will receive the merit.
It should be remembered that to enter the Hall of Fame, personalities must receive, at least, 60% of the scrutiny of their respective geographic region. A fighter is considered for the vote as long as 15 years have passed since his debut in the major leagues or, on the other hand, he is 35 years old, with a career that includes at least a decade.
The superstars present in the voting are evaluated from four critters: their historical importance in the business, the power of attraction, their ability in the ring and longevity. For now-luchistic characters, their performance in the function they fulfill in their respective companies is also taken into account.
Below is the biography of the nominees of the class of 2018:
– LA Park. The 53-year-old Adolfo Tapia was the favorite to enter the Hall of Fame, accumulating a large percentage of the Mexican vote, causing Los Misioneros de la Muerte and Último Guerrero to remain at the gates of the award. Although the beginning of his professional career dates back to 1982, Park (then known as La Parka) rose to fame thanks to his passage through AAA, where he made his debut in 1992, becoming from his beginnings a great star. His prestige only increased after his transfer to WCW.
However, in the United States, it did not achieve the same success as in its country of origin. In 2018, the veteran fighter has once again increased its value by establishing itself as one of the new stars of the American independent scene, reaching out to companies such as AAW or MLW.
– Jerry Jarrett. 76, was a well-known babyface on the Tennessee scene from the 1960s to the 1980s, but his most notable contributions to the business came from acting as a screenwriter and promoter. He began directing events in the early 70s, under the orders of Nick Gulas, in cities such as Memphis or Louisville, making them important luchistic centers of the country.
With Jerry Lawler as the main star, his televised shows on Saturday mornings by WMC-TV achieved the highest ratings in the country in terms of wrestling. In 2002, Jarrett, along with his made Jeff, founded Total Nonstop Action (TNA), now known as Impact Wrestling
– Jimmy Hart. 75, is known as “The Mouth of the South ” thanks to his time at WWF, where he acted as manager of wrestlers such as The Hart Foundation, Greg Valentine, Ted DiBiase, IRS or Honky Tonk Man, among others. standing out for his roles as the heel. He was also part of the companies that Jarrett managed in the state of Tennessee. In 1985, he decided to bet on the big leagues due to economic problems, where he made the leap to fame.
In 1993, Hart was reconverted to Hulk Hogan’s side as babyface manager. Since then, it has always been linked to the life of the “Immortal”.
– Bill Apter. 73, was a reporter known for his articles on wrestling in the 70s and 80s. Among other publications, his works in the magazines The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling and, above all, Pro Wrestling illustrated were three of the most popular at that time. In addition, Apter is credited with the achievement of having made Lex Luger a great star, since he was the protagonist of several of the covers designed by the journalist.
– Howard Finkel is currently 68 years old and is known for his work as a presenter ( ring announcer ). The longest worker in WWE history, having worked there since 1975, made his voice a symbol of the world of wrestling. The period of Bob Backlund as the champion of the company pushed him to the top and, since 1984, when WWF began to be broadcast on national television, Finkel became the main presenter of the program. Finkel is also known to have been the ideologist of the term “WrestleMania”.
– Gary Hart passed away in 2008 at 66 years of age, but he will always be remembered as one of the best managers of all time. As a young man he competed at a professional level, but he was not very successful. Hart played, above all, functions like the sophisticated heel, fleeing the stereotypes that linked villains with screams and fury. His debut with this role was in the mid-60s on the Texas scene, before becoming one of the most important figures in World Championship Wrestling, in Australia. In the 90s, he gave way to WCW at the hands of The Great Muta.
– Yuji Nagata ranked ahead of Jun Akiyama, is still an active fighter at 50 years old. He lived his most critical moment during the darkest period in the history of New Japan Pro Wrestling. “Blue Justice” began to gain momentum from 2001 when the company was looking for a new star to replace Keiji Mutoh, Shinya Hashimoto, and Masahiro Chono. His shoot style He caught the attention of the public and, to try to straighten the company’s direction, was scheduled to fight in mixed martial arts against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. His defeat, in just 21 seconds, meant the definitive decline of the company. Despite the defeat, NJPW saw him as a star and, in April 2002, defeated Tadao Yasuda to be crowned IWGP heavyweight champion. His first reign was 13 months and break the record of successful defenses.