Sabu retired from in-ring competition two years ago following an injury, marking the end of a storied chapter in his wrestling career. With a reputation that precedes him, Sabu has left an indelible mark on the wrestling world. It has now been confirmed that he will be inducted into the Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame, recognizing his contributions and influence in the industry.

Sabu has been announced as the latest inductee into the Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame class this year, joining esteemed wrestlers such as Steve Corino, The Briscoes, Trent Acid, and Kevin Hogan.

*2024 Indie HoF Update* Inductee #5: SABU Inducted by: TBA Also Announced: Steve Corino Trent Acid The Briscoes Kevin Hogan The 2024 #IndieHoF Ceremony takes place in Philadelphia on Sunday 4/7 at Noon and streams LIVE & FREE on Youtube!

Sabu’s wrestling journey spans over thirty-five years, beginning with training under his uncle, Ed Farhat, also known as The Sheik. Together, they worked in FMW starting in 1991, where they were involved in a memorable incident during a Ring of Fire match.


Throughout his career, Sabu made a name for himself in the U.S. independent scene and Japan, known for his innovative high-flying maneuvers combined with hardcore wrestling, notably popularizing the use of tables in his matches.

His legacy became synonymous with ECW, where he became one of the signature performers of Extreme Championship Wrestling. Sabu participated in a historic match on February 4, 1994, involving Terry Funk and Shane Douglas, which lasted an hour.

One of his most memorable feuds was with Taz, culminating in a long-awaited showdown at ECW’s first pay-per-view event in April 1997, followed by a surprising turn by Taz’s manager, Bill Alfonso, aligning himself with Sabu.

Sabu briefly held the ECW title in August 1997 before losing it to Shane Douglas at Hardcore Heaven. Following his time in ECW, he had notable stints in TNA and WWE, particularly during the relaunch of the ECW brand in 2006.

While he hasn’t competed since 2021, Sabu made an appearance on AEW programming last year, further solidifying his enduring impact on the wrestling world.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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