In an amazing feat, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) recently honoured late Indian wrestler Dara Singh who made India proud in the international wrestling arena. Dubbed Rustam-e-Hind, the legendary Indian was inducted into the 2018 Hall of Fame. The WWE Hall of Fame (WWEHOF) awards ceremony took place just two days before the Wrestlemania 34 event.
Headlined by WCW legend Goldberg, WWE’s Hall of Fame induction class of 2018 was yet another moment where the wrestling superstars from yesteryears took their rightful spots in WWE’s hallowed hall. The induction ceremony had a vibrant alumnus that included Jeff Jarrett, The Dudley Boyz, Bill Goldberg, Ivory, Hillbilly Jim, Mark Henry and Kid Rock on the celebrity list.
Dara Singh was bestowed with the ‘Legacy Wing’ award in the Hall of Fame category. The category honours the legends of WWE who fought in an early 20th century from across the world.
Apart from Dara Singh, the other legendary wrestlers whose name have been included in the Hall of Fame’s Legacy Wing list are WWWF Champion Stan Stasiak, Cora Combs, El Santo, Jim Londos, Lord Alfred Hayes, Rufus J. Jones, Sputnik Monroe and Boris Malenko.
Watch the video where Dara Singh was remembered:
Born on 19 November 1928, Dara Singh was one of India’s most favourite wrestlers and a pioneer in making wrestling a household name in India. His style of wrestling is known as Pehlwani, an Indian wrestling technique that has been in practice for more than 1000 years. The legendary wrestler had fought many historical games in his life and got famous globally. After becoming the National Wrestling Champion in 1954, the Commonwealth Champion in 1959, Dara Singh defeated the WWE Hall of Famer Lou Thesz and won the World Championship in 1968. Singh also faced off against the father of Japanese pro-wrestling, Rikidozan.
Post gaining popularity in the international wrestling arena, the late legend had an amazing stint in Bollywood and Indian Television industry. Some of Dara Singh’s most popular movies are Kal Ho Naa Ho, Mard, Mera Naam Joker, Anand Jab We Met. He also gained popularity after playing Lord Hanuman in the TV adaptation of Ramayana.