Abraham Lincoln Wrestler Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame: Fact Check


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Abraham Lincoln Wrestler Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

Story:

Abraham Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler who was inducted into the WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame with an almost perfect record.

Other Versions

Abraham Lincoln is honored in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. As a young man, his long limbs and ability to rile up his opponents won him every match. He also liked to talk smack and once said to an entire crowd, ‘I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.’ Though he competed in about 300 matches, he was only defeated once.

Fact Check:

Certain stories seen online state about Abraham Lincoln Wrestler, who was allegedly Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame, with an almost perfect record. Some say the 16th President of the United States was honored in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and Lincoln was only defeated once in about 300 matches. As explained below in detail, the claims are mixture of hoax and facts.

Abraham Lincoln Wrestler

The historic President of America, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was in fact an accomplished wrestler as a young man. Author of the book “A. Lincoln: A Biography” Ronald White says Lincoln’s uncle Mord reputably had real talent for Wrestling. Lincoln did quite a bit of wrestling during his early years when he lived in Indiana from ages 9 to 21, until as early as 1830. The author mentions Lincoln’s reputation rose rapidly, also because of his wrestling ability. However, Abraham Lincoln was not quite the WWE material we now see in 21st century.

During Lincoln’s times, the wrestling style was more of hand-to-hand combat than sport. Also called “catch as catch can,” it was like rough and ready style of the frontier. Notably, Abraham Lincoln was called a Champion (not an official title as such) in his area. As a wrestler, he did not achieve any national fame. But as President, he favored wrestling as an army sport. There are many stories about his wrestling fights, for which there are no proofs to validate. The part of the story saying Lincoln was defeated only once out of the approximately 300 matches he took part in is also not proved.

Composite photoshopped picture probably using Randy Orton's WWE Belt
Composite photoshopped picture probably using Randy Orton’s WWE Belt

About the Wrestler Picture(s)

The picture of Abraham Lincoln carrying a wrestling belt appeared on WWE website wwe.com; it is not real, and a photoshop creation. The article describes Lincoln as President and Wrestler, and actually presents the picture to imagine and picture how Abraham Lincoln will look in WWE. The composite picture probably used Randy Orton’s WWE belt. Interestingly, there’s another photoshop picture of Abraham Lincoln Wrestler using a Hulk Hogan picture.

Photoshopped picture of Hulk Hogan showing Abraham Lincoln
Photoshopped picture of Hulk Hogan showing Abraham Lincoln

Honored by National Wrestling Hall of Fame

In 1992 Abraham Lincoln was indeed honored and awarded as ‘Outstanding American‘ by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The award is to demonstrate wrestling’s pride in people who used the disciplines of the sport to launch notable careers in other walks of life. As a matter of fact, a number of United States Presidents were honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Nonetheless, with a mighty height of about 6 feet 4 inches and long limbs, Lincoln was strong and athletic. Although thin, he was wiry and muscular, because in early age, he was strengthened by hard work in the fields.

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.


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Prashanth Damarla
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