Carlos Colón is a name many wrestling fans have heard of, but many have never seen him perform. Only briefly competing for the WWF, with his most high-profile appearance being at the 1993 Royal Rumble, Colon instead earned his reputation internationally.
To be inducted by: Eddie, Carly & Orlando Colon
Born in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico in 1948, Carlos Colón was an early admirer of wrestling, looking up to wrestlers like Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez. He joined a gym that the wrestlers trained at, learning the moves and occasionally having matches. He later returned to Puerto Rico, and joined forces with a Croatian wrestler named Victor Jovica to form Capitol Sports Promotions, which they were able to get television coverage every Saturday and Sunday. Colón and Jovica used local talent as well as more established names in the country to build the promotion, as well as occasionally bringing in major American talent such as Ric Flair and Randy Savage. Colón would go on to have a lengthy and legendary rivalry with another of those American imports – Abdullah the Butcher. Their rivalry lasted for almost 20 years, and almost always consisted of bloody brawls that left both men with scars that they still carry to this day.
Capitol Sports Promotions officially changed their name to the World Wrestling Council in the mid-1990s, and it is that name that Colón is most synonymous with. He would go on to hold the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship 26 times over a 17-year period. He would later take a temporary retirement from wrestling in order to train his sons Carly and Eddie, who both went on to sign for WWE. Carlos would finally retire for good in 2008, and also made several on-screen appearances for WWE, on their television shows and at the 2012 Hall of Fame.
Colón’s induction is rumoured to be part of WWE’s attempt to purchase the World Wrestling Council video library. Whether or not that is the case, for his contributions to wrestling in Puerto Rico Carlos Colón has earned his place in the WWE Hall of Fame.