- 06/26/2013 (3:47:30 pm)
- Bob Mulrenin
Ric Flair will not attend Hall of Fame weekend in Waterloo
WATERLOO, Iowa—The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum received word that Ric Flair will not be in Waterloo, Iowa, to attend the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend due to a family commitment.
“We regret that Ric cannot make this year’s hall of fame weekend,” said Kyle Klingman, director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. “However, we are very excited about the weekend festivities. Edge and Matt Hughes are two of the biggest names in their respective professions. Museum namesake Dan Gable will also be in attendance. This will be a historic weekend for everyone involved.”
Weekend activities include a professional wrestling tryout with Hall of Famers Gerry Brisco and Jim Ross, a professional wrestling show, an autograph signing, a Mixed Martial Arts seminar, and much more.
The Class of 2013 includes Ric Flair, “Cowboy” Bill Watts, Chris Taylor (posthumously), Edge (Lou Thesz Award), Jim Brunzell (Frank Gotch Award), Matt Hughes (George Tragos Award), and George Napolitano (Jim Melby Award).
Past inductees scheduled to attend weekend activities include Danny Hodge, Gerald Brisco, Jim Ross, Baron Von Raschke, Mad Dog Vachon, Bill Murdock, Jason Sanderson, Larry Hennig, Bob Roop, and museum namesake Dan Gable.
Tickets to the Impact Professional Wrestling Show on Friday, July 12 are $20 for ringside and $15 for general admission.
Tickets to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame banquet at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center at $50.
All-access passes have sold out.
Banquet tickets can be ordered online by clicking here.
Schedule of events
Friday, July 12
Noon – Professional wrestling tryout with Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.
5:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public for Impact Pro Wrestling show at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Autograph signing begins.
7 p.m. – Impact Pro Wrestling show featuring Colt Cabana.
Saturday, July 13
11 a.m. – History of WWE presentation with "NY Times” Bestselling Author & WWE Biographer, Brian Shields.
Noon—Mixed Martial Arts seminar with Matt Hughes in the Dan Gable Teaching Center inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
1 p.m.—Fan Fest at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. Fan Fest includes a tribute to the American Wrestling Association, historic wrestling matches playing in the theater, and Q & A with Bill Apter and Mick Karch, and an AWA reunion.
2:30—Autograph signing with professional wrestling legends at the Hall of Fame.
5 p.m.—Hall of Fame reception at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.
6 p.m.—Induction banquet at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.
7 p.m.—Induction ceremony at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center with Arda Ocal as the master of ceremonies.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is a not-for-profit organization based out of Waterloo, Iowa. The mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is to preserve history, recognize excellence, and inspire future generations.