Kurt Angle’s hall of fame acceptance speech reaches YouTube, not a dry eye in my house

Truth be told – shock of shockers – we don’t say a lot of nice things about Kurt Angle here at Stunt Granny. Of course, our MO here is to poke fun and the poke funnable, and we’re too big of assholes to stop doing that any time soon. As I like to say, we’re all adults, and we’re all making adult decisions, it’s just that some of us are superheroes doing so in the public eye. So if you want to drink moonshine all night and speed back to your Virginia Motel 6, have a ball. And if you want to no-show a hall of fame induction, so be it. Hey, we weren’t the only ones making light of the situation (I’m looking at you, Arda Ocal and Jerry Brisco).

However, Angle’s pre-taped acceptance speech has hit YouTube, and you know what? It’s pretty nice! Angle tells a short story about both Dan Gable (the museum’s namesake) and Lou Thesz (after whom the hall of fame was named), and you can tell he’s very appreciative of his award. And very tired. Man, take another nap in a median, will ya? Shopping for bridal gowns and flower girl baskets shouldn’t wear you out that much! -Eric

Waterloo, Iowa wrestling museum releases hall of fame weekend schedule

colt cabana

Colt Cabana will be there... will YOU?

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, has announced the schedule of events for its annual George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend, and I have two words for you: Colt Cabana. Is going. To be there. For full details including days and times, click this link; here are some of the major announcements:

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum has announced its schedule for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Induction weekend is July 22-23 in Waterloo, Iowa.

This year’s George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction class includes two inductees—one living and one posthumous—and four special award winners.

Inductees into the Hall of Fame are Dory Funk, Jr. and Gorilla Monsoon. Special award winners are Jim Duggan, Jim Ross, Pat Miletich, and Scott Teal.

Tickets to the professional wrestling show will go on sale Monday, May 16. Tickets to the induction banquet can be purchased online by visiting: http://dgm-nwhof.ticketleap.com/professional-wrestling-hall-of-fame-inductions/

Professional wrestlers who have already committed to being at induction weekend include Terry Funk, Gerald Brisco, Jim Ross, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jim Raschke, Danny Hodge, Bob Roop, Larry Hennig, Fritz Von Goering, and Colt Cabana.

For additional information, or to order tickets, contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or e-mail info@wrestlingmuseum.org.

Impact Pro Wrestling’s night of action starts at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, and the legends will be around all day Saturday to sign autographs and accept their awards and honors. (Again, click the above link for details.) Will I be there? You better believe I’ll be there! Will you be there? You better be there! (P.S. Terry Funk loves Jack Daniels; help me get him liquored up in Waterloo!) -Eric

Stunt Granny Audio: Interview with trainer/promoter Travis Shillington

TS Aggressor

Do yourself a favor and don't mess with this guy.

As part of this weekend’s National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum festivities, Midwest wrestler, trainer and promoter Travis Shillington, aka TS Aggressor will be in Waterloo, Iowa, to aid in both the live wrestling event at 7 p.m. Friday at Young Arena and the 12:30 p.m. training session with Mick Foley and Terry Funk which precedes the show. Eric talked with Shillington about his background, his own training with Brad Rheingans and Curt Hennig, his network within pro wrestling, and some of the ROH wrestlers who will work against his students at the Young Arena show. (For more information on the weekend’s happenings, go to www.wrestlingmuseum.org.) (33 minutes)

Stunt Granny Audio – Travis Shillington interview

Iowa wrestling museum merges with Oklahoma group

Dan Gable

"I'm so happy!!!"

According to Kyle Klingman and www.wrestlingmuseum.org, the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, has merged with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum based out of Stillwater, Okla. The partnership, announced Monday, creates a synergy between the two museums’ management and promotions (which will continue to include the Waterloo museum’s pro wrestling events — whew!) and has caused a name change for the Waterloo branch, which will be known as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.

Dan Gable, for whom the Waterloo Museum is named, said that he has wanted to see this joint effort. “I want to see us work together because wrestling needs its history to help educate and inspire future generations,” he said. “This collaborative effort is about the growth of our sport.”

You’re doggone right it is! After the Waterloo museum’s tumultuous past two years, I’m glad to see management solidly in place and all on the same page, with support reaching all the way up I-35 and across on Hwy 20. Or up I-35, over on I-80, then up I-380. No matter what way you get there, you people should get there. -Eric

Mick Foley, Terry Funk to be honored at wrestling museum, hall of fame

Foley Funk

The wrestling museum will never be the same.

Mick Foley and Terry Funk are among the honorees at this year’s George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. Terry Funk will be inducted into the hall of fame on Saturday, July 10, along with Paul “Butcher” Vachon, and posthumously Warren Bockwinkel (so look for son Nick to appear), George Gordienko and Stanislaus Zbyszko. Mick Foley will receive the Frank Gotch Award for bringing positive attention to wrestling outside of the sport, former WWF wrestler and road agent Rene Goulet will accept the Lou Thesz Award for in-ring work, and the Jim Melby Award for excellence in wrestling journalism will somehow not go to any of us but to J. Michael Kenyon, former sports writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

If history repeats itself, the museum will host a World League Wrestling event at Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa, starting about 7 p.m. Friday, July 9, and the induction ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10 (a press release is coming down the pike in the next couple of weeks, so more details will come later). And don’t forget, I live in Iowa, which means I’m turning this into a humongous party if any grandkids decide to show up! (P.S. I am a huge hypocrite because a) I haven’t made fun of Foley here yet, and b) I’m excited to possibly meet him.) -Eric

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