NWA Announces 2 NWA Hall Of Fame Inductees For 2009

Bill Behrens

Dennis Coralluzzo With Thesz, Brisco & Severn 

July 16, 2009 (Charlotte, NC) – Over the years, the National Wrestling Alliance® has inducted many of pro wrestling’s greatest personalities into it’s Hall of Fame and the selection for the 2009 class started last year in Atlanta, GA when “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff was announced as this year’s first inductee. Currently, the NWA™ Board of Directors is finalizing the rest of the honorees to be announced later this summer.

NWA Executive Director, Robert K. Trobich stated:

“Although we are rounding out the rest of the 2009 Class of the NWA Hall of Fame, I am pleased to announce that the late Dennis Coralluzzo is second person we are going to honor this year. Dennis was one-of-a-kind. To describe him as colorful just doesn’t do him justice. But he was also an excellent promoter, who put together great matches and had an eye for young talent. Most importantly, however, Dennis was an almost indispensable ally in keeping the NWA alive in the 90s. One of my fondest memories was journeying to Atlanta with Dennis to convince WCW that the failure to admit Dennis to the NWA (which they did not want) would result in decades of legal action and fees. Dennis and I were, of course, bluffing, but it worked. Once in, Dennis was instrumental in bringing in new members and raising the NWA profile. From appearing on WWF television, to accompanying Dan "The Beast" Severn to the ring in an early UFC bout, proudly holding the NWA Worlds Championship aloft, Dennis was NWA to the end and has a rightful place in the NWA Hall of Fame.”

The NWA Hall of Fame induction of Dennis will take place at the Dennis Coralluzzo Invitational on Sept. 26th at the Wayne (NJ) PAL promoted by Rick Otazu. Tickets for the event are on sale now by emailing a ticket request to mrjcw@optonline.net. For more information on the card please visit www.nwanj.com or www.nwawrestling.com.

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