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Gary Albright To Be Inducted Into Tragos/Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

June 3, 2023 | Posted by Joseph Lee
National Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Tragos/Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced that Gary Albright will be inducted as part of this year’s class. A full schedule of events has also been revealed for the event, which happens July 20-22 in Waterloo, IA. The press release reads:

The 2023 Tragos/Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame announces Gary Albright as 2023 Hall of Fame inductee.

Gary Albright will posthumously be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2023. Albright has an outstanding amateur wrestling career, winning the Montana State high championship in 1980 and earning runner-up status in 1981, finishing with a 55-2 record. In college, he competed for the University of Nebraska, where he was a Big 8 Champion and runner-up in the NCAA championship 1984, and earned 3rd place at the NCAA championships in 1986. Albright was also successful on the international stage, competing on the United States freestyle and Greco-Roman teams. He then turned his attention to professional wrestling, where he competed in Stampede Wrestling, UWFI, and All-Japan Pro Wrestling.

The 24th annual George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (TNTHOF) Induction weekend will take place July 20-22 in Waterloo, IA. The following legends are planning on attending –

TNTHOF Board President Gerry Brisco, Conrad Thompson, Les Thatcher, Bill DeMott, Haku, John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL), Tom Burke, Sinn Bohdi, Ken Patera, D-Von Dudley, James Beard, Wes Brisco, Colt Cabana, Tommy “Wildfire” Rich, “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant, Baron Von Raschke, JJ Dillon, Demolition Ax, Demolition Smash, Marty Jannetty, Bob Roop, Nord the Barbarian/Berserker, Thunderbolt Patterson, Jonard Solie, Ric McCord, Joe Malenko, and more.

All Access Passes are $130 and can be purchased here. The Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that 100 percent of the All-Access Pass goes to preserving and growing the weekend. The All Access Pass includes all events, a meal Thursday night at the Dan Gable Museum, events and autograph sessions throughout Friday and Saturday, an Impact Pro Wrestling(Iowa) show Friday night, and the Hall of Fame induction banquet with dinner Saturday evening. In addition, there will be a silent auction, a roundtable legends Q & A, and a team trivia contest.

The TNTHOF Board President Gerry Brisco said “The 2023 TNTHOF weekend is looking to be the biggest one yet. We have a great lineup and we will use the upcoming months to keep growing it. Bring a friend on July 20th!”

For more information or to ask any questions you may have, please email [email protected] or [email protected]. Twitter: @TNTHOF Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeTragosLouTheszProWrestlingHallOfFame

Thursday, July 20

4:30 p.m. – Museum opens. The silent Auction begins. 5:00 p.m. – Kickoff Social/Party with free Doughy Joey’s Pizza, appetizers, beer, and soda at the Dan Gable Museum. Special recognitions to be presented. Gerry Brisco, Jim Miller, James Beard, and other wrestlers and legends to be announced.

8:00 p.m. – Pro Wrestling Trivia hosted by DJ Trivia at Bryan’s Blue Plate, located within the Host Hotel. Compete with and against wrestling legends for prizes!

Friday, July 21

9:30 a.m. -Dan Gable Museum opens

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – “Pop-up” roundtable discussions with distinguished guests and vendor tables available.

10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Pro Wrestling matches shown at Dan Gable Museum theater.

11 a.m – 12:30 p.m. – Podcaster collective at the Dan Gable Museum. This will include a roundtablediscussion featuring national and regional wrestling podcasters. It will also include a meet and greet with question and answer period. (If you host a podcast and would like to participate, please email [email protected])

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. – LIVE Art of Wrestling Podcast with Colt Cabana and special guests at Waterloo Convention Center.

5:30 p.m. – Impact Pro Wrestling Show and fanfest at Waterloo Convention Center.

10:00 p.m. – After Party – Doughy Joey’s

Saturday, July 22

9:30 a.m. – Doors open at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for All-Access Pass Holders. Vendor booths open.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Round Table Discussion (subject & participants TBA) with Q&A session to follow.

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – The Brisco and Big Ace Show podcast at the Dan Gable Museum. Special guests to be announced.

1:00 p.m. – Autograph signing legends at Fame Dan Gable Museum. All-Access Pass Holders enter first.

3:00 p.m.. The Terry Jeffries Lifetime Members reception. (Lifetime Members only – $250 to purchase Lifetime Membership) Remarks begin at 3:45 p.m.

5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Induction Social Hour with Legends, Banquet, and Induction Ceremony at Waterloo Convention Center.