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16. Ray Stevens

If the old Yankee Stadium is the house that Ruth built then the Cow Palace in San Francisco might be called the house that Ray Stevens built. Seriously, he was that big in that region’s wrestling world.

With a long and illustrious career that spanned the inaugural 50’s television wrestling period to the wrestling boom in the 80’s, Ray Stevens became quickly known as one of the most accomplished wrestlers in the country.He was so good, that even when fans in San Francisco were conditioned to boo him, he was still among the most popular performers in the area.Stevens was a great ring teacher and was a great tag team wrestler whose tag teams with Pat Patterson & Nick Bockwinkel (and many others) were stuff of legend.For a wrestler to be on top for that long and to be considered among the best for that same time period sounds like a Hall of Fame career to us.

 

Should Ray Stevens be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Carl Stevens (Real Name)
    “The Crippler” Ray Stevens
    “Bombs Away” Ray Stevens
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (San Francisco, CA)
  • Key Championships Held: AWA United States Heavyweight (7)
    AWA World Tag Team (4) (3w/Nick Bockwinkel, 1w/Pat Patterson)
    IWA World Heavyweight (2)
    IWA World Tag Team w/Art Nelson
    NWA Florida Tag Team (2) (1w/Nick Bockwinkel, 1w/Mike Graham
    NWA Florida Television (2)
    NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight
    NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team (3) (1w/Jimmy Snuka, 1w/Ivan Koloff & 1w/Greg Valentine)
    NWA United States Heavyweight (Hawaii)
    NWA United States Heavyweight (San Francisco) (2)
    NWA World Tag Team (San Francisco) (3) (1w/Pepper Gomez, 1w/Peter Maivia, 1w/Moondog Mayne
  • Why they will get in: He was among the best and is recognized by many as such.
  • Why they won't get in: His best time period was outside of the WWE.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1. Beat Bobo Brazil for his first of numerous United States Championships (11/12/60)
    2. Beat WWF Champion Bruno Sammartino in San Francisco by count out (7/15/67)
    3. With Nick Bockwinkel won his first of many AWA World Tag Titles (1/20/72)
    4. Kayfabe broke the leg of Doctor X to earn the name of “The Crippler” (1972)
    5. Won the Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title starting a great run there (11/25/79)

Should Ray Stevens be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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0 #3 Dale 2015-01-25 00:44
They would probably put The Crippler Ray Stevens in the wwe hall of fame in 2016, because they already have a posthumously inductee and that is Macho Man Randy Savage
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0 #2 Richard 2014-01-19 02:02
Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest workers in the history of the business. Long forgotten because the majority of his prime came in the AWA of the 70s and California of the 60s and 70s.

Wrestlemania 31 is in Santa Clara, not far from Stevens old SF stomping grounds, which seems like the ideal time for this to finally happen.
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+2 #1 Harvey Meade 2012-11-30 18:06
I lived in the Bay Area of SF, ca. He was one of my Fav.
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