Forgotten Legends55: Bobo Brazil, The First Afro-American World Heavyweight Champion
If not for anything else, Bobo Brazil is a legend for breaking all the racial barriers in professional wrestling going on to become first Afro American NWA world heavyweight champion by winning Nature Boy Buddy Rogers becoming the first successful mainstream afro american professional wrestler.
Debuting in 1951, trained by Joe Savoldi, he was initially pitied against fellow afro americans like Ernie Ladd and Abdullah the Butcher and got over. People wanted him to win against many other wrestlers and not be limited and he started moving up against the likes of Killer Kowalski, Dick Bruiser, Johnny Valentine and the Sheik with whom he had a long feud.
His rise soon was unstoppable and he challenged Bruno Sammartino for WWWF title as a face against a face post which he was voted to win the NWA title from Buddy Rogers creating history. This title change however was de-recognized due to politics making Farooq the first afro american world heavyweight champion in professional wrestling.
He then went on to participate in a racial mixed match teaming with The Mongol against Ito and Ota as well as to mentor the talent who was called Rocky Johnson whose little one was named Dwayne Johnson; THE Dwayne Johnson.
He eventually took up managerial career completely retiring in 1994. Having won 52 titles across promotions including WWWF US title 7 times and a member of Pro Wrestling, WWF, Wrestling Observer HOF, he was called the Jackie Robinson (Baseball player) of Professional Wrestling; but sadly, a forgotten Legend.
You think you can...turn me into a blubbering wreck...by preying on my fears...But I've already faced them--and come out the other side! You understand me? I know what I am...Who I am...And I am not afraid!~ The Man without Fear