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Hall of Fame
Funk Jr. Ricky
"The Dragon" Steamboat "Stone
Cold" Steve Austin
Erich Family, "Cowboy" Bill Watts, Koko
B. Ware. Howard Finkel "The Fink"
Roddy Piper Don
"Hitman" Hart Ric
"Superfly" Snuka Harley
"The King" Lawler Gordon
"Killer" Kowalski Andre
The Giant Vince
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame is
a hall of fame for professional wrestlers maintained
by WWE. It was officially created on the February
1, 1993 episode of the World Wrestling Federation's
(WWF), the predecessor of WWE, Monday Night Raw television
this episode, the sole induction of WWF alumnus André
the Giant, who had died the previous week (January
27, 1993), was announced; his death was the reason
for the creation of the Hall of Fame.
André's induction, the WWF continued the process
of inducting members into the Hall of Fame. For these
inductions, ceremonies were held to formally induct
the candidates from 1994 to 1996; no video footage
has ever been released by WWE of these ceremonies.
After the 1996 ceremony, the WWF stopped the inductions
of wrestling personalities into the Hall of Fame without
a formal announcement.
In 2004, WWE relaunched the Hall of Fame to coincide
with the twentieth anniversary of WrestleMania.
ceremony, like its predecessors, was not broadcasted
on television, however, it was released on DVD on
June 1, 2004.
with the 2005 ceremony, WWE broadcasted the final
few inductions into the Hall of Fame on Spike TV (2005)
and on the USA Network (2006 - present); these were
aired on tape delay. The first inductions were broadcast
on WWE's official website. The 2008 edition of the
Hall of Fame was broadcasted live on the USA Network.
Since 2005, the Hall of Fame ceremony has been packaged
as part of that year's WrestleMania DVD release. Although
a building has never been built to represent the Hall
of Fame, WWE has sought into constructing a facility
for the Hall of Fame. WWE's Executive Vice President
of Global Media Shane McMahon has stated that the
WWE has been storing wrestling memorabilia in a warehouse
for years, and that all items are categorized and
dated in case a facility is created.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is dependent upon
whether the candidate is on good terms with WWE. Former
WWE employees who often criticize WWE or currently
work with a different promotion have not been inducted.
Others, such as Bruno Sammartino, the longest-reigning
WWE Champion in the title's history, are alienated
from the promotion and refuse to be inducted, despite
having been asked several times.
As of 2008, there have been a total of 68 inductees,
with 60 members inducted individually and four tag
teams inducted. Thirteen of the inductees have been
inducted posthumously. André's sole induction
was the least amount of inductions into the Hall of
Fame in one year, while 2004 had the most, with 11.
Hall of Fame
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