Mike Mooneyham of The Post and Courier will be inducted into the inaugural class of the South Carolina Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Orangeburg.
Mooneyham began covering professional wrestling in the mid-’60s, and was a correspondent and writer for a number of national wrestling magazines and sports publications. His weekly pro wrestling column, which runs in the Sunday editions of The Post and Courier, has been in continuous publication longer than any other in the country. He co-authored the New York Times best-seller “Sex, Lies and Headlocks.”
Mooneyham also is a member of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was named winner of the James C. Melby Award, professional wrestling’s top writing award, in 2009 in a ceremony at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.
Mooneyham will join three pro wrestling greats in the introductory South Carolina class: WWE Hall of Famers Mae Young and Lillian “The Fabulous Moolah” Ellison, and Rufus. R. “Freight Train” Jones. The latter two will be inducted posthumously.
The induction ceremony will be held at the National Guard Armory in Orangeburg during a pro wrestling card featuring all four of the state’s independent promotions. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.