For this post, were gonna take a look at the best African-American wrestlers in the history of pro wrestling!
Please do remember that this is my own list, so please respect my opinion. You can always leave yours in the comments below.
Anyways, I won't take it too long let the list begin!
Harris was trained by "Tiny" Tim Hampton (who's a friend of Bobo Brazil.) He also trained alongside with Michael Hayes,Terry Gordy,and Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer.)
Before coming to the WWF he wrestled as Sugar Bear Harris in Memphis promotions. But when worked with Jerry Jarret for his promotion, the Kamala character was born!
He got big pretty fast and that gimmick got him to the WWF. He wrestled a lot of his years there, creating some of the most memorable matches with the likes of Andre the Giant,Hulk Hogan,Undertaker,and Yokozuna.
Kamala would also then go on to work for WCW,TNA,and ROH.
Due to diabetes, Kamala unfortunately got both of his legs amputated and is now on a wheelchair. Although he said on an interview with Bleacher Report that he's still hanging tough and continues living the life. He's a really true inspiration to many wrestling fans!
If you want to buy Kamala's book you can go to kamalaspeaks.com
She made a name for herself not only in USA but also on Japan where she started off her career. She's been a big name on a lot of the indie promotions she went and would give awesome matches to the fans!
Kong would become even known to a lot more fans when she came into TNA where she would become a two time TNA Knockouts Champion and one time Knockouts Tag-Team Champion!
After her release on TNA, she then came to WWE under the ring name; Kharma. A lot of the fans liked her but due to a sudden pregnancy she was forced to leave the company early. She would return for one night only in Royal Rumble 2013 as a surprise entrant where he eliminated Dolph Ziggler.
She went onto a brief hiatus until coming back again into action now on TNA again. Kong is currently feuding with Havok which is a feud I'm really excited on seeing more!
Back in the early days of pro wrestling, most black wrestlers would portray babyface characters/gimmicks but Ernie Ladd broke the norm and was a successful heel that everyone loved to hate at the time!
Ernie Ladd is probably best known for his great feud against Andre the Giant in the 70's but people seem to forget that he also had great matches with Bruno Sammartino,Wahoo McDaniel,and Pedro Morales.
Throughout on most of his career he would be managed by The Grand Wizard.
After semi-retiring in pro wrestling, Ladd also became a manager to other wrestlers such as Tony Atlas,Junkyard Dog,and The Wild Samoans. Also before becoming a wrestler he was a successful American Football player.
Ernie Ladd would sadly passed away in 2007 after a long battle with colon cancer.
After a few years hopping into various promotions, he was then recruited in the WWF and became Rocky Johnson's tag-team partner and they would together be known as "The Soul Patrol."
Both Atlas and Johnson would then make history by becoming the first ever African-American World Tag-Team Champions after beating The Wild Samoans!
Tony Atlas would be also known for various other gimmicks such as Saba Simba and The Black Superman. He would also become a manager.
Atlas was also included in the cast of WWE's Reality TV Show; Legends' House which is a very good show by the way. Currently he's still working for WWE under legend's contract since 2012.
Also who could forget about his epic laugh!
D-Von along with his long time friend Bubba Ray would become tag-team champions in all major promotions they went, whether it's on USA,Japan,or anywhere else! The Dudley Boyz are one of the best tag-teams ever no doubt.
D-Von would go on to win the World Tag-Team Championship a whooping 8 times and also winning the TNA and IWGP tag-team titles twice!
We all knew Bubba Ray made a surprising return at the Royal Rumble 2015, Hopefully him and D-Von could make a one last run with the WWE and get inducted in their Hall of Fame as well sometime in the future.
Simmons would begin his career in NWA but got the "big boom" of his career in WCW where he was tag-team partners with "Natural" Butch Reed. Together they became WCW's longest tag-team champion and IS the company's longest title reign. He would also become the first ever African-American WCW World Heavyweight champion!
He also wrestled for ECW where he had a feud with Mikey Whipwreck.
Simmons then made his WWF debut under Faarooq Asad. It's supposed to be this gladiator type of guy gimmick but no one bought it because one; it's very cheesy and two; it's just really bad and I'm sure Ron would like to forget about it as well. He had a feud with Ahmed Johnson under this gimmick.
His run as Faarooq Asad was cut short (thankfully) due to an injury. He would return with a ring name just Faarooq but he would become the leader of one of the best heel stables in the Attitude Era; "The Nation of Domination."
The Nation of Domination were a dominant heel group which consisted with Simmons himself,The Rock,Kama Mustafa,and later on Owen Hart. It was a great run for him until he got kicked out of the group.
He would still find success in tag-team division this time with Bradshaw (JBL) as the APA (Acolyte Protection Agency.) With this tag-team Faarooq became a 3 time World Tag-Team Champion.
After his stint with the APA, Simmons decided to semi-retired in pro wrestling. Here he would be known for his funny sporadic appearances and would be famous for his catchline "DAMN!" which he would scream on random wrestlers' faces everytime (without notice.)
Ron was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame 2012 which he definitely deserved.
But we'll talk about Bobo Brazil first. Bobo Brazil (or Houston Harris as his personal name) is the best known black wrestler who fought for equality in the world of pro wrestling.
As we all know back in the day people would judge by the color of skin but Bobo would break down barriers of racial congregation and have black wrestlers the freedom that they have today!
He would also have memorable feuds with the likes of Killer Kowalski,Abdullah the Butcher,Johnny Valentine,Dick the Bruiser,and The Sheik.
Bobo Brazil also challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight title which draw a lot of money because it's a battle between the top two babyfaces at the time. (It would be the equivalent of John Cena vs Daniel Bryan these days.)
Bobo also made history by becoming the first black NWA World Champion after defeating "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers for the title! He had a wrestling career of four decades.
He was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994 by Ernie Ladd,the next year he would induct Ladd into the Hall of Fame. Bobo sadly passed away in 1998 after suffering a series of strokes.
JYD continued to play this gimmick when he wrestled in WWF and was a top babyface in the company having thousands of fans all over the world for his unique style of wrestling! He's kinda like the black version of Hulk Hogan.
He had some memorable feuds with Ernie Ladd,Ted DiBiase,Kamala,and Harley Race. After leaving WWF,JYD would have a brief career in WCW and ECW.
JYD's career was cut short due to a car accident he was involved in 1998. His last big wrestling event was on ECW, just one month before his death. He was inducted in WWE Hall of Fame.
Abdullah the Butcher
Abdullah is the innovator of hardcore style of wrestling. He is best known for his brutal style of beating up his opponents such as actually making them bleed literally!
He has travelled around the globe and would win several championships throughout his career. He would also have memorable feuds with other hardcore legends like Terry Funk and Bruiser Brody.
Abdullah the Butcher was also the first man to be inducted in WWE's Hall of Fame who actually never worked for the company. This just shows you how big of a legend he is!
Currently Abdullah still wrestles occasionally but not as brutal as he was before, unless he actually wants it to happen so beware!
The Rock started off his career at a young age following the footsteps of his grandfather and father, little does he know is that he would become a bigger name that them!
He made his debut on WWF at Survivor Series 1996 under his first ring name; Rocky Maivia. He would go on to become the sole survivor of the match he was involved in.
He then dropped the Rocky Maivia gimmick and became The Rock. He was apart of The Nation of Dominaton stable but when got out of that, he would quickly became a top superstar for the company!
The Rock became WWF Champion a bunch of times and would defend the title to various other legends such as Stone Cold,Triple H,Undertaker,Mankind,Kane,and Ken Shamrock. Also a big point of his carer is wrestling one-on-one his wrestling idol; Hulk Hogan in a battle of "past vs present" if you will.
The Rock still appears on WWE a lot of times these days and would still wrestle occasionally usually big time matches too. But after his pro wrestling career he became one of the biggest names in showbiz!
It seems like Dwayne Johnson has done it all, the thing that is probably left is his induction in the Hall of Fame.
2 Cold Scorpio
Bad News Brown
The Botswanna Beast
Edward "Bearcat" Wright
"Sailor" Art Thomas
He started off in WCW with his brother; Stevie Ray as Harlem Heat. They were a pretty successful tag-team, winning the WCW Tag-Team titles 10 times! Also Booker T would also become the 5x WCW Champion that we all know about him!
After the WCW sold out to WWE, he began his career on WWE. He was involved in various storylines and feuds at the start of his career there but quickly gained fame again after teaming up with Goldust. It was an odd combination but they became World Tag-Team Champion and had a great run together.
Booker T also became King Booker after winning the King of the Ring tournament. It was a memorable heel run for him being involved in great feuds.
Throughout his stay in WWE, Booker would win the Intercontinental,United States,and World Heavyweight title. He won all the major belts except for the WWE Championship.
When Booker T was released from WWE, he went into TNA. Here he was best known for being involved in the stable; Main Event Mafia where he was joined by; Sting,Kevin Nash,Scott Steiner,and Kurt Angle. He became TNA Legends Champion and World Tag-Team Champion on his stay there.
Booker also wrestled for different promotions for Puerto Rico and Mexico before returning back to WWE as a commentator. Booker T was also inducted in the Hall of Fame by his brother; Stevie Ray.
In 2005, Booker also started out his own wrestling promotion; Pro Wrestling Alliance which later became Reality of Wrestling. Check out there website here.
Booker T has done it all in pro wrestling. He's a true example of the saying "hardwork pays off."
Now "Can You Dig That? Sucka!"
Also once again, have a Happy Black History Month to everyone! Peace.