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The WWE Hall of Fame is a hall of fame which honors professional wrestlers and professional wrestling personalities maintained by WWE. Originally known as the "WWF Hall of Fame", it was created in 1993, when André the Giant was posthumously inducted with a video package. The 1994 and 1995 ceremonies were held in conjunction with the annual King of the Ring pay-per-view events and the 1996 ceremony was held with the Survivor Series event. After an eight-year hiatus, WWE relaunched the Hall of Fame in 2004 and has held the ceremonies in conjunction with WrestleMania ever since. Since 2005, portions of the induction ceremonies have aired on television and since 2014 the entire ceremonies have aired on the WWE Network.
As of 2019, there have been 204 inductees, with 113 wrestlers inducted individually, 36 Legacy Inductees, 15 group inductions (consisting of 44 wrestlers within those groups), 10 celebrities and 5 Warrior Award recipients. Four wrestlers have been inducted twice (individually and as part of a tag team/group): Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Booker T, and Bret Hart, with four more (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman) to receive a second induction in 2020. Waltman's two inductions are both as a member of a group, D-Generation X (as X-Pac) and the New World Order. 57 members have been inducted posthumously.

History

The World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame was created in 1993. It was first announced on the March 22, 1993 episode of Monday Night Raw where André the Giant, who had died nearly two months prior, was announced as the sole inductee.1993 WWF results, from TheHistoryOfWWE.com In the proceeding two years, induction ceremonies were held in conjunction with the annual King of the Ring pay-per-view events. The 1996 ceremony was held with the Survivor Series event, for the first time in front of a paying audience as well as the wrestlers, after which, the Hall of Fame went on hiatus.
WWE (WWF changed its name to WWE in 2002) relaunched the Hall of Fame in 2004 to coincide with WrestleMania XX. This ceremony, like its predecessors, was not broadcast on television. However, it was released on DVD on June 1, 2004. Beginning with the 2005 ceremony, an edited version of the Hall of Fame was broadcast on Spike TV (2005) and on the USA Network (2006 –present ); these were aired on tape delay. Since 2005, the entire Hall of Fame ceremony has been packaged as part of the annual WrestleMania DVD release,WrestleMania 21, 22, 23, and XXIV DVD's and from 2014, has been broadcast live on the WWE Network.
Although a building has never been built to represent the Hall of Fame, WWE has looked into constructing a facility. In 2008, Shane McMahon, then-Executive Vice President of Global Media of WWE, stated that WWE had been storing wrestling memorabilia in a warehouse for years, with all items categorized and dated in case a facility is created.

Specialty inductees

Celebrity wing

The "celebrity wing" of the Hall of Fame is dedicated to celebrities that have made memorable appearances on WWE programming, and/or have had longtime associations with WWE.

Warrior Award

presents the inaugural Warrior Award at the 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony
In 2015, WWE introduced the Warrior Award for those who have "exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of the Ultimate Warrior."
While WWE promotes Warrior Award recipients as Hall of Fame inductees, they are not included in the Hall of Fame section at WWE.com. and an image gallery which shows "every WWE Hall of Famer ever" does not contain any recipient.
The award was created following The Ultimate Warrior's death. During his April 2014 Hall of Fame speech shortly before his death, he proposed that there be a special category called the "Jimmy Miranda Award" for WWE's behind-the-scenes employees. Miranda, who died in 2002, was part of the WWE merchandise department for more than 20 years Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts expressed disappointment at how WWE used portions of Warrior's Hall of Fame speech to promote the award, but left out Warrior's intentions of honoring WWE's off-screen employees WWE responded, "It is offensive to suggest that WWE and its executives had anything but altruistic intentions in honoring Connor and his legacy with The Warrior Award", adding that "moving forward the award will be given annually to acknowledge other unsung heroes among WWE's employees and fans". 2019's recipient, Sue Aitchison, is the only WWE employee to receive the award thus far.
Traditionally, Dana Warrior (widow of The Ultimate Warrior) presents the award.

Legacy inductees

In 2016, WWE introduced a new category for the Hall of Fame called the "Legacy" wing. Inductees in this category are from several eras of wrestling history, going back to the early 20th century. All but two inductees, Hisashi Shinma and MSG Network creator Joseph Cohen, have been inducted posthumously. Legacy inductees are recognized with a video package at the ceremonies.
The Legacy wing also has some criticism around it, specifically regarding the abbreviated way of the inductions. Professional wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer said "this is the category they (WWE) use to honor people who, for whatever reason, they don't feel are marketable names to the modern audience to put in their actual Hall of Fame". In contrast, long time pro wrestling promoter and manager Jim Cornette criticized the fact that recognizable names like Jim Londos or El Santo were part of a video package. Bruiser Brody's widow stated that she did not know her husband was going to be inducted into the 2019 class until the day of the event and that she was not invited to the ceremony.

Classes

Class of 1993


WWF Hall of Fame (1993) was the inaugural class of the WWE Hall of Fame. During the March 22, 1993 episode of Monday Night Raw a video package announcing André the Giant's induction was shown. No ceremony took place, and André was inducted posthumously. In March 2015 a condensed version of the 1994 ceremony was added to the WWE Network. Due to no original ceremony, the 1993 induction of André was discussed by Gene Okerlund and Renee Young as part of the 1994 commentary.
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    Class of 2009


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    Class of 2010


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    Class of 2011


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    Dusty Rhodes
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    Class of 2012


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    Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
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    The Four Horsemen
    ("Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Barry Windham, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and James J. Dillon)
    Dusty Rhodes
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    D-Generation X ( and Triple H)
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    Class of 2013


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    Booker T
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    Class of 2014


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    The Ultimate Warrior
    Linda McMahon
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    Jake "The Snake" Roberts
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    Lita
    Trish Stratus
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    Paul Bearer
    Kane
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    Carlos Colón Sr.
    Carlito, Eddie, and Orlando Colón
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    Razor Ramon
    Kevin Nash
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    Gene Okerlund
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    Class of 2015


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    Alundra Blayze
    Natalya Neidhart
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    Larry Zbyszko
    Bruno Sammartino
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    Tatsumi Fujinami
    Ric Flair
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    Kevin Nash
    Shawn Michaels
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    The Bushwhackers
    (Luke Williams and Butch Miller)
    John Laurinaitis
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    Triple H
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    Connor "The Crusher" Michalek
    Dana Warrior and Daniel Bryan
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    Class of 2016


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    Big Boss Man
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    Jacqueline
    The Dudley Boyz
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    Stan Hansen
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    The Fabulous Freebirds
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    The New Day
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    Snoop Dogg
    John Cena
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    Joan Lunden
    Dana Warrior
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    Class of 2017


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    Kurt Angle
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    Beth Phoenix
    Natalya Neidhart
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    "Ravishing" Rick Rude
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    The Rock 'n' Roll Express
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    Jim Cornette
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    Eric LeGrand
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    Class of 2018


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    Goldberg
    Paul Heyman
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    Molly Holly
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    Jeff Jarrett
    Road Dogg
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    Hillbilly Jim
    Jimmy Hart
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    Mark Henry
    Big Show
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    The Dudley Boyz
    (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
    Edge and Christian
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    Warrior Award
    Jarrius "JJ" Robertson
    Dana Warrior
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    Kid Rock
    Triple H
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    Stan Stasiak
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    Lord Alfred Hayes
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    Dara Singh
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    Cora Combs
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    El Santo
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    Jim Londos
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    Rufus R. Jones
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    Sputnik Monroe
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    Boris Malenko
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    Hiro Matsuda

    Class of 2019


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    The Honky Tonk Man
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    Stacy Keibler
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    Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
    Hulk Hogan
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    D-Generation X
    (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chyna, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac)
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    Harlem Heat
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    The Hart Foundation
    (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)
    Natalya
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    Sue Aitchison
    Dana Warrior and John Cena
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    Bruiser Brody
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    Wahoo McDaniel
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    Luna Vachon
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    S.D. Jones
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    Professor Toru Tanaka
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    Primo Carnera
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    Joseph Cohen
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    Hisashi Shinma
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    Buddy Rose
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    Jim Barnett

    To be inducted in 2021

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    New World Order
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    Ceremony dates and locations


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    Los Angeles, California
    Universal Amphitheatre
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    Rosemont, Illinois
    Rosemont Theatre
    Jerry Lawler
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    Detroit, Michigan
    Fox Theatre
    Todd Grisham
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    Orlando, Florida
    Amway Arena
    Gene Okerlund and Todd Grisham
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    Toyota Center
    Jerry Lawler and Todd Grisham
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    Dodge Theater
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    Atlanta, Georgia
    Phillips Arena
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    Miami, Florida
    American Airlines Arena
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    New York City, New York
    Madison Square Garden
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    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Smoothie King Center
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    New Orleans, Louisiana
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    Barclays Center
    Corey Graves and Renee Young
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    2021
    WrestleMania 37

    Reception

    Omissions and refused inductions

    File:Bruno Sammartino Hall of Fame 2015.jpgthumbupright2013 headliner Bruno Sammartino previously refused to accept an induction
    In 2012,
    The Post and Courier columnist Mike Mooneyham noted that the Hall has garnered criticism due to the inductions of questionable performers, and the omissions of major names within the industry. Bob Backlund declined induction multiple times,Kevin Eck, Baltimore Sun and The Ultimate Warrior wrote that he refused the honor in 2010; they were eventually inducted in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Randy Savage was long recognized as being noticeably absent; Chris Jericho said that the Hall achieved a level of legitimacy by inducting him in 2015.
    Bruno Sammartino, the longest reigning WWWF World Heavyweight Champion, was once critical of the Hall of Fame. Sammartino disapproved of celebrity inductees such as Pete Rose and William Perry, and said of the ceremony: "What's the point to a Hall of Fame? Is it a building I can actually go to? No. Give me a break". Sammartino declined previous induction offers, before accepting in 2013. Paul Levesque (Triple H) said that it was important for Sammartino to be inducted from a "legitimacy standpoint" and ESPN said that his induction was an opportunity to legitimize the Hall of Fame. After being announced as an inductee, Sammartino said he considered the Hall to be legitimate.
    For years, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley pointed the absence of Chyna and Big Van Vader, stating in 2020 that Vader is "the most glaring and obvious omission from the #WWEHOF".https://superluchas.com/mick-foley-quiere-a-chyna-y-vader-en-el-salon-de-la-fama-wwe/https://solowrestling.mundodeportivo.com/new/92807-mick-foley-critica-ausencia-big-van-vader-salon-de-la-fama-wwe

    Quality of inductees

    File:Koko B Ware.jpgthumbKoko B. Ware's 2009 induction remains controversial
    Ric Flair has stated there are several wrestlers in the Hall of Fame that didn't deserve it, but he didn't name names.https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2019/12/ric-flair-talks-batista-going-into-the-wwe-hall-of-fame-663419/ Koko B. Ware, who worked as an undercard wrestler in WWF, is often billed as a controversial inductee since he was selected before wrestlers such as Randy Savage or Bruno Sammartino. https://411mania.com/wrestling/the-411-on-wrestling-podcast-breaking-down-the-latest-wwe-releases-hall-of-fame-inductees-previewing-roh-final-battle-nwa-into-the-fire-2019/ Caleb Smith of
    Slam Wrestling questioned how Ware was inducted, but former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff never was before his 2017 death. 411Mania writer Steve Cook defended his Hall of Fame status since he was very popular with fans and some of his losses were historic, while Kevin Pantoja described him as "the floor for inductees".https://411mania.com/wrestling/411-wrestling-fact-or-fiction-will-cody-vs-mjf-steal-the-show-at-aew-revolution/
    Superstar Billy Graham publicly slammed the hall and demanded that WWE remove him from it, due to the 2011 induction of Abdullah the Butcher. Graham wrote: "It is a shameless organization to induct a bloodthirsty animal such as Abdullah the Butcher into their worthless and embarrassing Hall of Fame and I want the name of Superstar Billy Graham to be no part of it". In 2018, Bret Hart, who headlined the 2006 ceremony, criticized the omissions of several wrestlers, primarily Dynamite Kid and his brother Owen, as well as the inductions of the likes of The Rock 'n' Roll Express and The Fabulous Freebirds, who experienced little success in WWE. Hart said he would not go to another ceremony until WWE inducts "proper, deserving candidates". However, Hart attended the 2019 ceremony as he was inducted for a second time as part of The Hart Foundation.
    Dave Scherer of
    PWInsider'' has questioned how WWE can sustain the 2004–present Hall of Fame model, due to legends being rapidly inducted. He wrote: "There are only so many people that they can have headline a class. They really need to make more new stars to ensure that they can keep filling arenas for the ceremony". 411Mania's Ryan Byers said WWE standards are "weird", since several inductees have Hallo of Fame careers, but other "they’ve made it in for political reasons, longstanding loyalty to the promotion".https://411mania.com/wrestling/ask-411-wrestling-what-was-the-true-length-of-goldbergs-streak/

    Praise and criticism

    Owen Hart's widow, Martha Hart, responded to calls for him to be inducted by stating: "They don’t even have a Hallway of Fame. It doesn’t exist. There’s nothing. It’s a fake entity. There’s nothing real or tangible. It’s just an event they have to make money. They put it on TV and have a celebration, and it’s just so ridiculous. I would never even entertain it. It’s garbage." Sabu also criticized the Hall of Fame, saying "I'd only do it because I need the money... I don't consider it a real Hall of Fame."
    Others have offered praise for the Hall of Fame. World Wrestling Council promoter and 26-time WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion Carlos Colón Sr. said that his 2014 induction was a "realization of a dream". Arn Anderson, who was inducted in 2012 as part of The Four Horsemen, said that the induction was the "pinnacle of his wrestling life". 2015 Hall of Fame headliner Kevin Nash stated that two things in the professional wrestling business are real: "When you win your first championship and when you get inducted into the Hall of Fame." Nash claimed this is a sentiment to which colleague Ric Flair also subscribes. During his 2013 induction, future U.S. president Donald Trump said that the honor meant more than "having the highest ratings in TV, being a best-selling author or getting a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

    See also

    • List of honors and awards received by Donald Trump
    • WWE Hall of Fame statue

    External links


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