National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Inductee: Abe Jacobs

Abe Jacobs is considered one of the greatest amateur stars in New Zealand history, winning several national and regional titles, and was a highly respected by his peers as a professional.

He first learned about pro wrestling on the radio while living in New Zealand. After arriving in the U.S., he had a 25-year career in the pro ring, and wrestled in 14 countries. With a powerful physical presence, he competed against the biggest names in the business, including hall of famers Lou Thesz, Dan Hodge and Antonio Inoki. He won world tag-team titles with Don Curtis and Haystacks Calhoun as partners.

β€œI worked with Abe many times and he was a terrific wrestler,” said Dan Hodge, Class of 2000. β€œHe definitely deserves to be in this hall of fame.”

Today, Abe lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and keeps involved with charities like the Eblen Foundation in Asheville, NC.