|The Big Cat Ernie Ladd (WWE)
It's the final day of Black History Month and while I did not get the chance to write about all the wrestling greats this month is set to honor, I do feel like I got to write about many of them. And I tried hard to not make this sound like a Wikipedia page, I wanted to write about wrestlers I remembered watching as a kid (and adult). In some cases I had to do some research to supplement, but most of these entries came from memory and from the heart.
Honestly by the time I started watching wrestling, Ernie Ladd was no longer in the ring. But he was providing color commentary for WWF broadcasts. That's what I remember him from. He also came back from time to time to do interview segments.
In 1995, Ladd was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He had a storied career, and it's an honor he earned. Ladd was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and died from the disease in 2007. While he is gone, he's never forgotten and left an impact on generations to come.