Judy Grable & June Byers among 2017 WWE Legacy Award Hall of Fame inductees

According to F4W online the inductees that are apart of the 2017 Hall of Fame Legacy Awards have been revealed. They include two female names, Judy Grable and June Byers.

Judy Grable who trained for her professional wrestling career with The Fabulous Moolah in her training school in Columbia, South Carolina. She debuted in 1953 using the name Peaches Grable.

She wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance territories through the 1950s and the 1960s. In September 1956, a battle royal was held to determine the new NWA World Women’s Champion, but she lost to long-time rival The Fabulous Moolah.

Even though she retired in the late 1960s, Grable’s last in-ring work occurred in Superstar Wrestling in 1974

June Byers made her professional debut in 1944. She spent the first years of her career traveling the country in Billy Wolfe’s promotion, sometimes winning preliminary matches but regularly losing to the more established stars such as Mae Young and champion Mildred Burke. Slowly rising in the ranks, she first won gold in 1952 when she and partner Millie Stafford won the Tag Title over Young and Ella Waldek.

That same year Mildred Burke had a bitter falling-out with husband Wolfe and departed the promotion, leaving the world title vacant. On June 14, 1953, a still relatively unknown Byers won a 13-woman tournament in Baltimore to claim the belt. She quickly became a popular fan favorite champion.

After a year of tense negotiation, Wolfe finally coaxed Burke into meeting Byers in a definitive two out of three falls match on August 20, 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia. Byers won the first fall, and then the match was called after an hour during the second fall. In the book The Queen of the Ring author Jeff Leen writes that despite battling injuries, Burke was able to hold Byers to a stalemate after dropping the first fall and thus deprive her of the second fall she needed to truly defeat Burke. Despite the inconclusive finish, the Atlanta Athletic Commission eventually awarded the match to Byers.

As the face of women’s wrestling for the next decade, Byers’s athleticism and technical skills did much to open new markets for women’s wrestling and improve its perception in the eyes of the public as being more than mere tawdry spectacle. Byers wrestled many matches with Penny Banner, and the two had great respect for one another: Byers ranked Banner as among her toughest opponents, while Banner named Byers the greatest of all time

In 1956, the Baltimore Athletic Commission stripped Byers of the NWA Championship when she announced her plans to retire as champion. A thirteen-woman battle royal was used to determine the new champion. After The Fabulous Moolah won the championship, Byers came out of retirement to challenge her for the title, but Byers lost the match

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