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5th Inductee For WWE Hall Of Fame 2024 Revealed

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After Paul Heyman, Bull Nakano, The US Express & Muhammad Ali, Thunderbolt Patterson has been announced for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Thunderbolt wrestled for many different territories from the early 60s until his retirement in 1985, including Georgia Championship Wrestling, Continental Wrestling Association (Memphis Wrestling), Big Time Wrestling, Championship Wrestling From Florida, the World Wrestling Association, … and several others.

He came out of retirement for a ‘Legends Reunion Match’ at the WCW Slamboree 1993 pay-per-view, where he teamed with Brad Armstrong to defeat the team of Baron Von Raschke & Ivan Koloff.

Here’s what WWE reported:

“As first reported by Andscape, Thunderbolt Patterson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

A hugely influential, although often overlooked, figure in sports-entertainment history, Patterson’s captivating abilities on the microphone inspired a generation of talkers that followed in his footsteps.

Growing up in Iowa, Patterson moved to Texas and worked with legendary promoter Dory Funk Sr. (father of WWE Hall of Famers Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk) where he began performing incredible interviews using a delivery inspired by Black Southern pastors.

Patterson backed up his talents on the microphone in the ring as he captured titles across North America while defeating iconic opponents like Bruiser Brody and WWE Hall of Famer The Sheik. Thunderbolt was also a decorated tag team competitor, most famously teaming with Ole Anderson before their partnership erupted into a brutal rivalry, which helped launch the legendary Four Horsemen.

Patterson was also a contemporary of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, and was often credited with inspiring The American Dream’s charismatic persona.

Patterson’s work as a captivating performer was self-evident, but he was also a fierce advocate for the health and welfare of competitors outside of the ring.

His legacy as a showman with his signature quick punches, his incredible blend of power and speed, and his compassion for his fellow man live on as his influence can still be seen in the ring today.”

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