Abdullah the Butcher was announced on WWE’s website as the sixth inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Butcher is a name that many newer wrestling fans won’t recognize, but for older wrestling fans who have followed the sport since the early days, it is fitting that he is finally being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Butcher is a very imposing figure, mostly because of his size, billed at six-feet tall and weighing in at over 360 pounds. Throughout his career, Butcher became more and more popular based on his hardcore style of wrestling; for this reason, there were wrestlers who refused to wrestle with him. Butcher worked as a heel for most of his career, taking on fan favorites, usually in brutal hardcore matches.
Butcher, also known overseas as The Madman from The Sudan, began his wrestling career in the late 1950s. Abdullah was a persistent character on the independent scene, wrestling for numerous promotions for many years, making a name for himself wherever he went. Butcher never was a contender for world championships, and was mainly used as a special attraction match. As the years went by, Butcher developed a small following, with more fans coming to see him because of the violence that he could generate on his opponents and for the brutality.
His big break came in 1991, when Butcher made his debut in World Championship Wrestling. Butcher was introduced to the WCW wrestling public by Cactus Jack, also known as Mick Foley, in a giant box, which turned out to be Sting’s birthday present. Sting unwrapped the present, only to be attacked by Abdullah, leading to a feud between the two.
The moment that most wrestling fans remember him in was at the Halloween Havoc 1991 event in a match called “Chambers of Horrors,” which consisted of an electric cage surrounding the ring and an electric chair in the ring. The chair could be turned on by a switch that was located on top of the cage. The end of the match came when Foley accidentally turned on the switch while Abdullah in the chair.
This led to Butcher missing some ring-time to sell the injuries. After his stint with WCW, Butcher went to Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1993, and has appeared for the Ring of Honor promotion in 2002. At the age of 70, Butcher still wrestles every now and then, but is retired for the most part.
Abdullah the Butcher joins Drew Carey, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels as the confirmed list of wrestlers and celebrities who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The WWE Hall of Fame is less than two weeks away, taking place April 2 in Atlanta, Georgia, the night before WrestleMania. With only one more episodes of “Raw” before the induction ceremony, there are still one or two names expected to be announced as the newest members of the Hall of Fame.
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