2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Paul is WWE’s Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. In this role, he oversees the talent relations and talent development departments, training of WWE Superstars and Divas and management of worldwide recruitment and live global events.
In 2013, Levesque oversaw the development of the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, serving as the new home to WWE’s talent developmental system, NXT. Equipped with a world-class training facility with seven training rings and 5,500 square-foot training room, the Performance Center will give WWE the ability to train more potential performers than ever. In addition to the new Performance Center, Levesque has helped expand WWE’s global presence to more countries than ever before. Under his guidance, WWE reached new milestones by holding live events in Abu Dhabi, Russia, Egypt and Brazil for the first time. In the second quarter of 2014, WWE held 54 live events domestically and 23 internationally, entertaining approximately 356,000 fans.
Ed Coan is an American powerlifter. He is widely regarded throughout the powerlifting world as the Greatest Powerlifter of all time. Coan has set over 71 world records in powerlifting. He became the lightest person to cross the 2,400 lb. barrier in the powerlifting total (a sum of three lifts: the deadlift, bench, and squat). He set an all-time powerlifting record total at 2,463 pounds, even though at the time he was not in the heaviest weight class. Coan's best result in a drug tested international competition is 1,035 kg (2,282 lbs) in the 100 kg weight class at the 1994 IPF Senior World Championships.This at the time was a world record. Ed is a legend in the world of powerlifting and spends much of his time mentoring young lifters coming into the sport.
Don is considered by many to be the greatest kick-boxing champion in the sport's history.
His first Pro bout was in 1974, with a career that spanned 4 decades, Don won a total of 11 World Titles with several sanctioning bodies that included the IKF, WKA, KICK, ISKA, STAR and the PKO and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most World Championships in Kickboxing. He won his IKF FCR Cruiserweight World Title. Having never been challenged for his title, Wilson voluntarily retired it to move down to the Light Heavyweight Division, where he eventually retired from fighting a few years later. He posted a record of 72-5-2 with 48 wins by knockout. His was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 by WKL World Kickboxing League.
Lenda Murray is an 8 Time Ms Olympia Bodybuilding Champion. She entered the 1988 Michigan State Bodybuilding Championship and the Great Lake Championships capturing both titles. Adding victories at the NPC Junior Nationals and Pro status at the IFBB North American Championships in 1989, Murray rocketed into national prominence. Murray overcame challenges from twenty-nine other world class bodybuilders at the Ms Olympia on Saturday, November 24, 1990 at the Beacon Theater in New York City and won her first World title. Lenda repeated the feat for 6 consecutive World titles and tied the record held by Cory Everson. Lenda retired from competitive bodybuilding for 5 years and returned to the stage in 2002 at the age of 40 and recaptured 2 more consecutive wins, breaking the record and reaching her goal as the best female bodybuilder in the world.
Michael Jai White is an accomplished martial artist, holding seven different black belts: Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu with Master Eddie Morales,Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). White started martial arts training at the age of eight. He is a world reknowned movie and TV star with many exciting fight action, dramatic and comedy films to his credit. Michael's career has evolved over the years and he has tremendous range as an actor and athlete. Expect big things from him in the future and already has the historical credit, as the first black actor in history to play the lead as a Superhero in the major motion picture-'Spawn' and countless other movies and TV appearances. He was chosen by Black Belt Magazine as the Martial Artist of the Year and considered by many to be one of the greatest living in the world today. His movie career not only has him as the star, but also Producer and Director
5 Time World Boxing Champion. In October of 1990, it took Evander only three rounds to knock out the man who knocked out Tyson, making him the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Desiring the Tyson matchup, Evander fought on, winning against the likes of former world champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes. He successfully defended the title against Olympic gold medalist Henry Tillman, added the IBF belt a few months later, and then took the WBC crown from Carlos DeLeon, to become the undisputed champion of the world.
There’s more to Evander than boxing. He made over $230 million in the ring and tried to do some good with it, giving millions to the church and to various causes he supported, including the Evander Holyfield Foundation and always takes time to encourage younger fighters with tips not only on how to fight but how to conduct themselves as representatives of a sport not always well-understood by the general public.