Spots available for Brisco & J.J. Dillon wrestling evaluation during Tragos/Thesz HOF Weekend; plus Full Schedule of Events

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Update: The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is offering a wrestling training evaluation hosted by Gerald Brisco and J.J. Dillon during this year’s Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame weekend in Waterloo, Iowa.

Spots are still available for the seminar at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center on Friday, July 22 starting at 11:30 a.m. This evaluation is open to wrestlers, referees, managers, men, and women.

Each participant wrestles a full match with introduction. Gerry Brisco will run optional drills and provide instruction on preparation for the next level. Several independent wrestling promoters from throughout the Midwest will be at the evaluation as well.

[ FYI: Cost of the evaluation is $200. Send a resume including a picture and the following information: height, age, name of trainer, and brief list of career highlights to Troy Peterson at WRESSHOW@YAHOO.COM. You can also contact Troy directly at (515) 306-4801. ]

Pro Wrestling HOF induction schedule

WATERLOO, Iowa—The National Wrestling Hall Fame Dan Gable Museum has released the final schedule of events for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend on July 21-23.

Call (319) 233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org to secure all-access passes ($100), tickets to the Impact Pro Wrestling show ($25 Ringside or $15 General Admission), or banquet tickets ($60).

The full schedule of events can also be found on nwhof.org/waterloo.

2016 Hall of Fame induction class

George Tragos Award—Chael Sonnen
Lou Thesz Award—JJ Dillon
Jim Melby Award—Dave Meltzer
Frank Gotch Award—Lex Luger
Living inductee—Bob Backlund
Living inductee—Iron Sheik
Posthumous inductee—Joe Blanchard

2016 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Hall of Fame schedule

Thursday, July 21 

5:30 p.m. – Reception at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for inductees and all-access pass holders. Includes food, beverage, and group museum tour led by Rob Schamberger. (All-access pass holders and distinguished guests only).

Friday, July 22

9 a.m. – National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum opens.

11:30 a.m. – Pro wrestling evaluation with Gerald Brisco, JJ Dillon, and special guests at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Open to all-access pass holders or $15 ticket to enter.

2 p.m. – Jim Ross live Ross Report at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.Open to all-access pass holders and distinguished guests or $30 ticket to enter.

6 p.m. – Doors open to the Impact Pro Wrestling show at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

7 p.m. – Impact Pro Wrestling show starts at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Front row ticket included for all-access pass holders otherwise tickets are $25 for ringside and $15 for general admission (while available).

9:30 p.m. – After party at the Screaming Eagle located at 228 E 4th St. Free shuttle and private room for all-access pass holders and distinguished guests. Main room open to the public.

Saturday, July 23

10 a.m. – Doors open at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for all-access pass holders.

10:30 a.m. – Open forum with Jim Melby Award winners Wade Keller of Pro Wrestling Torch (2015), Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter (2016), and Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson of Slam! Wrestling (2008) with fan submitted questions. All-access pass holders only.

Noon – Doors open at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum to general public ($10 admission).

12:30 p.m. – Salute to the legacy of the Four Horsemen at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.

2 p.m. – Autograph signing with professional wrestling legends at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. All-access pass holders allowed to enter first or $20 autograph ticket required (individual signers will charge).

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 Jim Ross as master of ceremonies. All-access pass includes banquet ticket or $60 per ticket.

Scheduled to appear

Brian Blair
Baron Von Raschke
Bill Murdock
Bob Backlund
Chael Sonnen
Charlie Thesz
Dan Gable
Dave Meltzer
George Schire
Gerald Brisco
Greg Oliver
Iron Sheik
Jason Sanderson
Jim Ross
J.J. Dillon
Ken Patera
Larry Hennig
Lex Luger
Magnum T.A.
Ricochet
Rob Schamberger
Stan Kowalski
Steve Johnson
Terry Funk
Tessa Blanchard
Tully Blanchard
Wade Keller
Wes Brisco

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