WATERLOO — It will be a weekend of colorful personalities at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum during the museum’s annual George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions.
Among the honorees this weekend will be Kurt Angle, Don Curtis, John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL), Joe Laurinaitis (Road Warrior Animal), Dan Severn and Bill Apter.
“This year’s Hall of Fame weekend includes an unprecedented line up of amateur and professional wrestling legends,” Gable Museum director Kyle Klingman said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have them all in the same room.”
The weekend begins on Friday with several events highlighted by an Impact Pro Wrestling show at the Five Sullivan Brothers Center featuring former WWE and ECW star Perry Saturn along with Colt Cabana.
Dan Severn, who is set to receive the 2012 George Tragos Award, an award given to an exceptionally competitive wrestler who adapted his wrestling skills to excel in Mixed Martial Arts, will hold a MMA seminar at the museum Saturday at Noon.
A fan fest will start at the museum at 1 p.m. and Hall of Fame ceremonies begin at 5 p.m. at the Five Sullivan Brothers.
Unfortunately because of conflict with his obligations to TNA Wrestling, Angle had to pull out of the event late.
But the ceremonies won’t be without some interesting characters including Layfield, the former WWE star and current Fox News personality who is in the midst of climbing the seven highest mountains in the world to raise money for a charity he works with called Family Center, a group that helps needy kids in Bermuda where Layfield now resides.
“He is going to be a big draw because he really doesn’t make appearances any more,” Klingman said. “From the feedback we’ve gotten his appearance has probably drawn the most interest.
“Everybody but Kurt is going to make it. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”
Advance tickets for the Impact Pro Wrestling Show are $15 for ringside and $10 for general admission. Tickets to the Hall of Fame banquet are $50, which includes the reception and induction ceremony.
For more information, contact the museum at (319) 233-0745.