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Hillbilly Jim to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Hillbilly Jim joins the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Credit: WWE

Hillbilly Jim was a country boy plucked from the WWE Universe to be a Superstar. Now, he’s going to be a WWE Hall of Famer.

As first reported by Bleacher Report, Mudlick, Ky.’s favorite son is the latest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Hillbilly Jim joins Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett and Warrior Award recipient Jarrius “JJ” Robertson on the list of those who will be honored on Friday, April 6, in New Orleans during WrestleMania 34 Week.

Debut

The big country boy first popped up in WWE in late 1984, as a big, smiling bearded face towering above WWE fans around the country. However, Jim decided to get a little closer to the action when Hulk Hogan was attacked by Ken Patera, Big John Studd and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Leaping over the barricade, Hillbilly Jim jumped in the ring and helped The Hulkster run off the villains. Hogan saw something in the rugged man standing beside him and trained Jim for the ring.

Opting to compete in his overalls and entering the ring with a lucky horseshoe around his neck, Hillbilly Jim proved to be a prodigy inside the squared circle, using his incredible power to squeeze opponents into submission with his trademark bear hug. Though an injury sidelined him early in his WWE career, that did not stop Jim from introducing the WWE Universe to his extended family – Uncle Elmer, Cousin Junior and Cousin Luke – a trio of happy-go-lucky hillbillies that put smiles on the faces of fans around the world with their antics in the ring.

Recovery

When he recovered, Jim jumped back in the ring and picked up where he left off, this time with his family in his corner. Hillbilly Jim also embraced WWE’s smaller competitors, competing in a Six-Person Tag Team Match on The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania III. The match featured one of the more infamous moments in WWE history, with one of Jim’s partners, Little Beaver, being splashed by the humongous King Kong Bundy in front of 93,173 people.

Hillbilly Jim continued competing in WWE through 1990 before stepping away from the squared circle. He continued to work with WWE throughout the 90s, co-hosting Prime Time Wrestling and managing his cousins, Henry and Phineas Godwinn, to the World Tag Team Championship. Jim returned to the ring for the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-Seven and showed a different side of himself on the hit WWE Network reality show, “Legends House,” in 2014.

Because of his lasting legacy as a beloved favorite of the WWE Universe, there is no better nominee for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame than Hillbilly Jim.

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Eric Bischoff to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2021

For Bischoff’s innovation behind the scenes and his memorable performance in front of the camera, there is no greater honor than induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Eric Bischoff, a pioneer behind the scenes in sports-entertainment, as well as an incredibly entertaining performer in front of the camera, is the latest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. He was surprised with the news of his induction on WWE After the Bell, which you can listen and subscribe to on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

He will enter the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2021 Induction Ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, April 6, streaming exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network in the rest of the world.

Bischoff broke into the sports-entertainment industry in the late 1980s for fellow Hall of Famer Verne Gagne’s AWA. He started off in sales but soon became an on-air talent, hosting the AWA’s shows on ESPN and interviewing the legendary territory’s stars. But as the 1990s arrived, the AWA was on the brink of going out of business, so Bischoff made a move that would eventually change the industry.

World Championship Wrestling

He joined World Championship Wrestling in 1991, hosting shows and calling the action on WCW’s weekly television shows. But by the mid-1990s, Bischoff had risen the ranks and became executive producer of WCW. He helped bring Hulk Hogan to the company and launched WCW Monday Nitro, the competitor to WWE’s Monday Night Raw that kicked off the infamous Monday Night War that helped make sports-entertainment a pop culture phenomenon.

Bischoff didn’t shy away from the camera either, joining up with 2020 WWE Hall of Fame inductees The nWo as they ran roughshod on the promotion. After WWE purchased WCW in 2001, he brought his brand of ruthless leadership to WWE in 2002 as the first General Manager of Monday Night Raw. His arrival was one of the most shocking moments in WWE history, and his time in charge of the red brand was defined by one simple phrase: “Controversy creates cash.”

Bischoff never strayed far away from controversy as General Manager, as he engaged in rivalries with the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena. He continued to innovate, as well, with concepts like Raw Roulette and the Elimination Chamber, which lives on as one of WWE’s annual pay-per-view events.

For Bischoff’s innovation behind the scenes and his memorable performance in front of the camera, there is no greater honor than induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Don’t miss Eric Bischoff take his place in the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2021 Induction Ceremony, Tuesday, April 6, streaming exclusively on the WWE Network. The ceremony will honour both the 2020 and 2021 classes.

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Belfast Wrestler Ready For The Universe Of WWE

WHEN it comes to wrestling WWE is the pinnacle – and now Belfast’s Paul Gallagher (a.k.a. Tucker) is ready to grapple, grip, throw and pin with the best in the UK

Signed as part of the new NXT UK weekly streaming show from WWE Paul will be in the midst of the best male and female wrestlers across the UK doing battle from this weekend in Plymouth and in Liverpool in November. All are set to be shown each Wednesday on WWE Network.

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The 28-year-old has had a life-long devotion to wrestling from when he was a mere stripling attending Belvoir Primary School and is now set to be part of the vanguard of talented wrestlers in the new NXT UK WWE venture.

Having already had several matches as part of NXT UK Paul has a burning ambition to grow wrestling across Ireland as he prepares to take to the ring throughout the the WRESTLING.IE tour hitting 12 venues north and south later this month.

Fighting For His Legacy

“I would love to be the man who failed maths twice but made history in his hometown putting Belfast city on the map” he said.

The former personal trainer started when he was 8-years-old, spurred on by his brother who helped him join a wrestling school on the Cregagh Road.

From that point Paul has worked hard to be a top grade wrestler and was part of the first UK championship tournament.

“To be held in such a high regard and be considered the best in Northern Ireland amongst such a highly talented bunch of individuals was a true honour.

“And to have the privilege of representing my country for the biggest company in professional wrestling was truly a dream come true.”

But it hasn’t been a smooth ride. In 2015 a series of injuries, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) a dislocated patella put Paul on the sidelines for 18 months, and as he confesses his knee at the time looked like a “Belfast Bap”.

No matter the risks associated every time a wrestler steps into the ring, Paul relishes it.

“What we do is amongst the most unique forms of entertainment on the planet, I have the greatest job in the world,” he explained.

“We have the ability to pull on our audiences heart strings, taking them on a rollercoaster of emotions, there is no other sport that possesses this ability.”

He is even going so far a helping train his girlfriend to help her get into wrestling as well.

But for Paul the work needed to get into matches at WWE level would make many an athlete quake.

“I train every day, between weights, cardio, mobility and of course in ring training,” he says. “I make sure to cover all aspects to stay at the top of my game with the wealth of young talent in Ireland north and south of the border as well as phenomenal scene in the United Kingdom I feel I have to ensure I am the hardest worker in the room.”

Of course, as a Belfast lad, Paul is self-deprecating…

“I am known as the man who has more guts than brains” he says. “You can expect a high energy, aggressive style with a mix of unique offence.

“I am constantly improving my game and updating my arsenal but as i always say it only takes one move to put the bad guy away – big or tall they always fall.”

And, should anyone coming along to the WRESTLING.IE events and want to go further Paul has words of advice.

“Work hard and stay humble, don’t hesitate to get involved and put your heart and soul into it,” he explained. “Just like in life, you get what you put in, if your putting your heart and soul into this and is your true passion the opportunities and possibilities are endless.

“Do not be put off by anyone who doubts you or tells you, your too small, too old or anything else. Becoming a wrestler now on the UK scene has never been more achievable with the level of talent, the number of schools and the amount of great coaches out there, if this is truly what you want go and take it.”

Now, for a man who came into this world eight weeks premature and was given hours to live Paul is now within touching distance of wrestling’s global elite.

NXT UK

The announcement was made earlier this week that NXT UK, will stream on WWE Network on Wednesdays beginning October 17 at 8 pm BT/3 pm ET.

The one-hour episodes will feature the biggest names from NXT UK, including Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven and Wolfgang.

Joining the NXT UK broadcasting team as backstage interviewer is British broadcasting personality Radzi Chinyanganya, best known for hosting ITV gameshow Cannonball, and in his ongoing role as a presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s TV show, the BBC’s Blue Peter. Calling the action are commentators Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph, joined by ring announcer Andy Shepherd and NXT UK General Manager The Legendary Johnny Saint.”

For the past decade WRESTLING.IE has brought entertainment to every major town in Ireland, with packed crowds roaring on every move, every slam and every hold.

Fun For All The Family

Promoter, Stevey Reavey, says the entire family will be enthralled by the show Corey and his rivals will bring to the ring.
“There’s something for children, mums and dads and we know granny and grandad will be amongst the loudest in the audience” he said.
“We are bringing larger than life characters, world-class athletic action, thrills, spills and the goodies battling the baddies. It’s a show not to be missed.”

Tucker will be appearing at 9 out of the 12-date WRESTLING.IE tour. For a full list of dates and contestants visit www.wrestling.ie

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