Halls of Fame


HOF Class of 2017

St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame

The St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame is located at the South Broadway Athletic Club.  It was originally housed in the Pro Wrestling Shirt Shop in the South County mall.  Current board members are: Herb Simmons, Nick Ridenour, Larry Matysik and Tony Casta.  The Hall is still open for inductions.  Matysik explained the need for our Hall of Fame:

The role of St. Louis and the early success of “Wrestling at the Chase” in wrestling, becoming a hugely popular endeavor… is ignored by a company that wants to rewrite history.  Had St. Louis not accepted wrestling on television as it did, the sport might never have developed as it has over the decades. Any legitimate Hall of Fame needs to recognize that fact.

-Larry Matysik

Class of 2007

  • Lou Thesz – World Heavyweight Champion: 1937-38, 1939, 1947, 1948-56, 1956-57, 1963-66
  • Ric Flair – World Heavyweight Champion: 1981-83, 1983-84, 1984-86, 1986-87, 1987-89, 1989-90, 1991, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2000
  • Harley Race – World Heavyweight Champion: 1973, 1977-79, 1979, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981, 1983
  • Bill Longson – World Heavyweight Champion: 1942, 1943-47, 1947-48
  • Gene Kiniski – World Heavyweight Champion: 1966-69
  • Pat O’Connor – World Heavyweight Champion: 1959-61
  • Johnny Valentine – World Tag Team Champion: 1960, 1960, 1962, 1966
  • Dick the Bruiser – AWA Heavyweight Champion: 1966
  • Fritz Von Erich – AWA Heavyweight Champion: 1963
  • Penny Banner – AWA Women’s Champion: 1961-63
  • King Kong Brody – NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion: 1980
  • Mickey Garagiola – Television Announcer
  • Larry Matysik – Commentator
  • Sam Muchnick – Promoter
  • Joe Schoenberger – Referee

Class of 2008

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2014

  • Ted DiBiase – World Tag Team Champion: 1992, 1992, 1993
  • Wilbur Snyder – AWA Tag Team Champion: 1961, 1967
  • Rip Hawk – NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion: 1963

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

  • Kerry Von Erich – World Heavyweight Champion: 1984
  • David Von Erich – Missouri Heavyweight Champion: 1983-84
  • Kevin Von Erich – Missouri Heavyweight Champion: 1979-80
  • Dr. Bill Miller – AWA Heavyweight Champion: 1962
  • John Paul Henning – Wrestler
  • Charlie Venator – Referee

Class of 2017

  • Bob Backlund – WWE Champion: 1978-83, 1994
  • Édouard Carpentier – WWA Heavyweight Champion (Los Angeles): 1957-61, 1963-64

Herb Simmons & Tony Casta Hall of Fame

Independent St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Independent St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame was founded by Nick Ridenour and Herb Simmons to surprise promoter Tony Casta as the inaugural inductee on April 14, 2018.  Simmons was then surprised with a plaque as well.  Like its counterpart HOF, the ISLWHF is located at the South Broadway Athletic Club.

The HOF will cover all promotions in Greater St. Louis.

Class of 2018

  • Tony Casta – MMWA Promoter: 1985-Present
  • Herb Simmons – SICW Promoter: 1974-Present
The St. Louis Wrestling Halls of Fame are not associated with the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, the WWE Hall of Fame, or any other entity linked on this page.

6 Replies to “Halls of Fame”

    1. As you have noticed, only the legends who saw truly mainstream stardom during the St. Louis Wrestling Club days are recognized in the HOF. In the end, it’s all up to the panel mentioned above. What about Gary Jackson or Big Daddy? Someday, perhaps.

  1. Nothing even comes close to the experience of Wrestling at the Chase are seeing the live shows at the Kiel Center .
    Race vs Flair , Dick ” the Bruiser ” vs Race or Flair . So many great wrestlers came to Stl.

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