When thinking of the history of bald wrestlers, one name comes to mind almost immediately: Verne Gagne.
During the 1950s Gagne made a name for himself in the NWA by taking on many of the top stars of the era.
Then, in 1960, Gagne started his own wrestling company: the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in Minneapolis, Minn.
Over the following decades, Gagne remained the perennial AWA World Heavyweight champion, holding the belt a total of 10 times between 1960 and 1981.
A big part of Gagne's legacy, however, was the number of other wrestlers that he helped train and break into the wrestling business. That list includes Ric Flair, Curt Hennig, Bob Backlund, Sgt. Slaughter, the Iron Sheik, Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat and The Undertaker, just to name a few.
After the AWA went bankrupt in 1991, Verne Gange was inducted into both the WCW Hall of Fame (1993) and the WWE Hall of Fame (2006).
Gagne, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, made news in 2009 when he reportedly was involved in a serious fight with another elderly gentleman at a nursing home. Although the other man actually died from the injuries he sustained in the fight and the death was ruled a homicide, no charges were filed against Gagne due to his mental state.