The New Day has taken the WWE by storm of late, winning the tag team titles in the process.In recent months, few WWE acts have combined in-ring success with entertainment on the microphone like the New Day has. The trio of African-American wrestlers was operating as individuals until a year ago but came together to win the tag team titles and steal the show.Before the New Day, though, there have been multiple African-American performers who have made their way to the top of the sport and carved a niche in the WWE Universe. Here are five of the top such performers.
#5 Bobo Brazil
Long before today’s WWE, men like Bobo Brazil toured the territories entertaining fans young and old. Brazil was credited with being the first African-American to hold a world title when he picked up the NWA World Championship with a victory over “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in 1962.
Brazil wrestled for more than four decades before retiring in 1993 at the age of 69, and he also won the WWWF United States Championship.. Shortly after that, he was named to the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994 before his death in 1998.