Class of 2005
Chris Wyndham (RIP)
The first inductee into the AIWF Hall of fame came on October 29, 2005 when the late Chris Windham was inducted. Chris was an extraordinary wrestler. In 1996 in the PWI 500, Chris was ranked #454. More information will be available soon on the career of Chris Windham.
Class of 2006
In 2006 it was only fitting that the next inductee into the AIWF Hall of Fame be “Dangerous” Don Carson. Don Carson has been in the business for over 25 years and has lead the T.V.A. for over 22 years. “I’ve held more tag titles than I can keep up with and single titles as well.” He started wrestling in Johnson City, TN and traveled up and down the East Coast until he came to the AIWF and found a way to win the Heavyweight belt and the Tag Titles, a record amount of times, he was awarded a lifetime AIWF Appreciation Award, and now, the 2nd member of the AIWF Hall of Fame. “I find I have alot left to give to the AIWF and will lead the new T.V.A. into the AIWF for more years of pain and title dominance. I am excited to be inducted into the AIWF Hall of Fame.”
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
In 2009 another member of the TVA took his place in the Hall of Fame. Smilin Diamond Dave started his wrestling carrier in 1984 in the great state of Tennessee. The ICW was where Dave started wrestling the IWC also featured NWA star Ronnie Garvin, and Randy Macho Man Savage. Dave has wrestled many stars during the course of his 20 + years in the business. like Chief Wahoo McDaniel, Jimmy Boogie Woogie Man valiant to name a few. Dave says that he only had one true partner Dangerous Don Carson. Together they formed the TVA ( “The Greatest tag team of all time’) as Dave says. The Smilin one has held many titles over the years including Heavyweight and tag titles in the AIWF, ICW, AWF, NCWF, and PWF. Dave wants to thank his wife Lisa, his kids, and a special thanks to the AIWF, Rick Deezel, and the fans for his great experience while with the AIWF.
2009 saw the induction of two stars from the AIWF past. The Intimidator was a very popular star from the 90’s. Calling him self Big Sexy the Intimidator was know for being accompanied to the ring by beautiful women from time to time. Started his carrier in 1990 and was trained by Ken Spence. Big Sexy came to the AIWF in 1993. His biggest feud was with (you guessed it ) Rick Deezel, and the Family. There was also a long standing feud with Don Carson and various members of the TVA. He held the AIWF U.S. title and even held the lightweight title for about 5 minutes due to an error that got the weight limit raised on the title too 400 lbs. Before retiring in 2000 The Intimidator spent his last 4 years in the CWA where he was a 2 time heavyweight champion and able to retire with the belt.
2009- Rick Zee 1962 – 2009 (RIP)
Rick Zee was a member of the Tennessee Intimidators with his partner Wild-man Walter in the mid to late 90’s with the AIWF. They were at time a popular tag team and at times a hated tag team. They feuded with the TV A as well as many of the young stars of the AIWF at the time. Rick Zee started his wrestling carrier in Tennessee in the late 80’s and is in the Tennessee wrestling hall of fame. Rick was still active until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. The AIWF had planed on inducting him in the Hall of Fame after he retired. We lost Rick Zee to Cancer on November 1st 2009.We will miss and respect him forever.
Class of 2010
Bill’s AIWF career started in 1996 but his interest in wrestling started long before that. “I remember many trips to Roanoke and Greensboro to watch wrestling and every Thanksgiving night in Greensboro watching Starcade. My first AIWF match that I reffed was in Mt. Airy,NC at Veterans Park. I worked with Don Hopkins , a very good ref. he taught me a lot.”
Bill’s whole career has been with the AIWF (when you work for the best you don’t need any of the rest) Outside of the AIWF he has refereed matches in Myrtle Beach S.C.
Bill has had the pleasure of working some of the best matches he says he has ever seen in wrestling . “Working matches with the TVA ( Smiling Diamond Dave , Robert Roma(one of the best), and Don Carson) was always fun and interesting. Brian Danzig and Daniel Mayes had some of the roughest matches of anybody in this business, never a dull moment. There are so many guys I have had the pleasure of working with these past 15 years, Jackie Anderson, Chris Windham(RIP),Death, War, Sweet Daddy, Steve Niles, War inc., Easy Rider, and Rick Deezel (more on Rick later), the list can go on. I also had the privilege of working matches with some of wrestling’s legends.”
“I have been ask what was my favorite match. I have done so many that it is hard to pick one. Matches with Danzig and Mayes, TVA , were always good. The match with Steve Niles and Sweet Daddy at F-C High School will always be in my top 5. The first barb wire match with Rick Deezel and Brian Danzig was one to remember. I have been able work a lot of different states and meet a lot of people , Va. ,N.C., S.C., W.Va., and Tenn.. My two favorite places were War, W.Va. and the rec. center in Bassett Va. some really good memories in Bassett.”
“Back to Rick Deezel, if you have followed the AIWF for the past 15 years you know me and Rick never see eye to eye on anything, but I would never have been able to do what I loved to do for the past 15 years if it had not been for him and the AIWF. He has helped me learn a lot in this business . We have traveled many miles on the road together. There’s none better in this business. He is always be a good friend.”
Jumpin Jimmy Brooks
Class of 2011
Wahoo McDaniel made his AIWF debut in 1993 against Ivan Koloff in an indian strap match in Mount Airy N.C. The chief went on to have a bloody feud with Rick Deezel in 1995. Chief Wahoo McDaniel is the first world wide legend to be inducted into the AIWF Hall Of Fame. He had a huge part to do with the training of some AIWF stars, and a large part in the help of bringing the AIWF together in the beginning years.
Entered the AIWF in the early 90’s, and quickly became one of the most popular stars on the roster. Known for being a big teddy bear like person outside the ring, but hard nose, and skilled inside the ring. Was one of the first wrestlers to hold the AIWF Heavyweight title. Also the first Jewish wrestler to work for the AIWF. Feuded with Rick Deezel, Dynamite Doug, Brian Danzig, but was best know for his wars with the Righteous Rider, and Blaze. Chuck has been living in Las Vegas, and has been battling health issues for some time. We wish him luck.
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Jt Sledge and Terminator-X formed Generation-X in 1996, collectively the duo had feuds with the TVA,and The Biker out laws,Generation-X won their first AIWF tag titles in a 3way dance involving both the TVA, and the Outlaws. Generation X added more members as the years passed including Gemini, Jammer, and for a time Jumpin Jimmy. generation X quickly became the most popular stable in the AIWF, which led to a collision with the Family, that has went down in AIWF History as the longest running, and most violent feud ever with matches such as the famous hands wrapped in Barbed wire match between Brian Danzig, and Terminator X, and the match that many called the cage match screw job between Generation X, and the Family where Rick Deezel, and Daniel Mayes brought Badd Brad into the ring in a trash can, and used him as a weapon. the highest point ever for Generation X was when Terminator X defeated Rick Deezel in Bassett Va to win the AIWF heavyweight title after chasing the title for over a year. The bad blood between generation X and The Family has never really went away, as was evident during Deal With The Steel 2012 when Rick Deezel lured J.T. Sledge from the crowd into the cage only to have him attacked by Deezel’s new stable The Old School Mafia. Even after 15 years the fans almost rioted at the sight of Sledge being attacked by Deezel, and his goons. generation X has built a legacy that will live forever in the history books of the AIWF .
Class Of 2014
THE FAMILY -BRIAN DANZIG, DANIEL MAYES, BADD BRAD, PAGAN
Brian Danzig, and Pagan
Big Wood The Lumberjack
Class Of 2015
“Mad” Matt Carter
Class Of 2016
“Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant