The WWE Hall of Fame plays host to a number of legendary Superstars and celebrities.
First ballot picks such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and more have been inducted in year’s past. Ever since the ceremony was reintroduced back in 2004, the Hall of Fame event has taken place the night before WrestleMania.
That trend shall continue in 2018 with another class of standout Superstars who deserve to wear the WWE Hall of Fame ring. On the Road to WrestleMania 34, WWE will trickle out the full inductees list. And of course, we’ll be here to list all of the names that get announced.
This is the full inductees lineup for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Championships Won: WCW World Heavyweight Championship (One Time), WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (Two Times), WCW World Tag Team Championship (One Time with Bret Hart), WWE World Heavyweight Championship (One Time), WWE Universal Championship (One Time)
Now I’m sure all of you knew this one was coming. Goldberg enjoyed one of his best run’s ever back in 2017. To see him booked better during a shorter return period than his last WWE tenure (from 2003 until 2004) is still a head scratcher. But it’s still amazing to see just how dominating Goldberg could still be between the ropes.
He cut through Brock Lesnar like a hot knife through butter back at Survivor Series 2016, squashed Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship at Fastlane 2017, and put on the most entertaining car crash bout with Lesnar at ‘Mania 33. And throughout that entire run, Goldberg looked as if he hadn’t lost a single step and had a lot to prove to everyone who remembered his previous days of domination. Couple all his current accomplishments with his iconic come up in WCW and you have all the reasons in the world to give Goldberg this WWE Hall of Fame honor.
The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von Dudley)
Championships Won as a Team: ECW World Tag Team Championship (Eight Times), Hustle Super Tag Team Championship (One Time), IWGP Tag Team Championship (Two Times), 2CW Tag Team Championship (One Time), NWA World Tag Team Championship (One Time), TNA World Tag Team Championship (Two Times), WWE Tag Team Championship (One Time), WWF/World Tag Team Championship (Eight Times), WCW World Tag Team Championship (One Time)
They’ve left a path of broken bodies and broken tables in their wake. Their path to the the WWE Hall of Fame is marked with tag team championships from a ton of wrestling feds. And they’re known for having one of the best tag team finishers of all time. Buh Buh Ray and D-Von Dudley are finally getting the distinction of joining the WWE Hall of Fame and it’s well deserved. During their hardcore origins in ECW, the Dudley Boyz competed in some of the most brutal matches and belted out some savage insults at the most vicious crowds.
After their run with Paul Heyman’s company was up, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von bum-rushed the WWE and ignited one of the best tag team rivalries of all time with The Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian. Their run of TLC matches remains untouched when it comes to overall quality in tag team wrestling. The Dudley Boyz have damn near been everywhere and claimed the tag team titles of any fed they’ve competed in. It’s amazing to see Buh Buh Ray and D-Von stake their claim as a WWE Hall of Fame tag team.
Championships Won: CCW Women’s Tag Team Championship (One Time with Bambi), GLOW Championship (One Time), LSC Championship (One Time), POWW Championship (Two Times), SuperGirls Championship (One Time), WWF Women’s Championship (Three Times)
Is Ivory in wrestling shape? How come she didn’t run down the ramp at the 2018 Royal Rumble and mix it up with the ladies? I NEED ANSWERS! Anyways, Ivory is one of the more underrated women’s wrestlers of all time. She was a big fixture during the Attitude Era when she butted heads with the likes of Jacqueline, Debra, and Tori.
But one of her best run’s in the WWE took place when she wore more conservative clothing and aligned herself with the Right to Censor. Her 2001 feud with Chyna over the WWE Women’s Championship still sticks out in my mind. Ivory played her character well and was more than capable of performing to the best of her ability in the ring. It’s awesome to see her get the recognition she so richly deserves.
Championships Won: AAA Mega Championship (One Time), AAA Rey de Reyes Winner (2004), AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Four Times; Three Times with Billy Travis and Once with Pat Tanaka), CWA Heavyweight Championship (One Time), CWA/AWA International Tag Team Championship (Two Times; Once with Pat Tanaka and Once with Paul Diamond), NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (Five Times), AWA Southern Tag Team Championship Tournament Winner (1986 and 1987 Winner with Billy Travis), NWA Cyberspace Heavyweight Championship (One Time), PCW United States Championship (One Time), RCW Heavyweight Championship (One Time), NWA World Heavyweight Championship (Six Times), TNA King of the Mountain Championship (One Time), King of the Mountain for 2004, 2006, and 2015, TNA Hall of Fame (Class of 2015), USWA Heavyweight Championship (One Time), USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Nine Times), USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship (Three Times), USWA World Tag Team Championship (14 Times; Twice with Matt Borne, Twice with Jeff Gaylord, Once with Cody Michaels, Four Times with Jerry Lawler, Three Times with Robert Fuller, and Twice Brian Christopher), USWA Heavyweight Championship Tournament Winner (1991), USWA World Tag Team Championship Tournament (1993 with Brian Christopher), NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (One Time), WCW World Heavyweight Championship (Four Times), WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (Three Times), USWA World Tag Team Championship (Twice with Matt Borne), WCWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (Two Times), WCWA World Tag Team Championship (Three Times; Once with Kerry Von Erich, Once with Mil Máscaras, and Once with Matt Borne), NWA North American Championship (One Time), WWF Intercontinental Championship (Six Times), WWF European Championship (One Time), WWF Tag Team Championship (One Time with Owen Hart), WSW Heavyweight Championship (One Time), WWA World Heavyweight Championship (Two Times), Seven Deadly Sins Tournament Winner (2001), WrestleCade Heavyweight Championship (One Time), Memphis Grizzlies Wrestling Championship (One Time)
Say it with me y’all – “J-E-Double F-, J-A-Double R-E-Double T!” “SLAP NUTS!” Jeff friggin Jarrett of all people is getting that WWE Hall of Fame nod. Now if you’re a wrestling fan who’s been in the know since the 90’s, this one should come as a complete shock. Way back in 1999, Jarrett supposedly got in a contract dispute with Vince McMahon about the money owed to him on the day of the No Mercy PPV. Crazy thing is that that was the same show where he was scheduled to face Chyna in a Good Housekeeping Match for the Intercontinental Championship.
If Vinnie Mac can forgive Jarrett for his alleged extortion tactics, then anything’s possible as far as WWE Hall of Fame inductees is concerned. But you already knew that (shout out to Alberto Del Rio). Jarrett’s a guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoyed his early WWF work alongside Jesse James as The Roadie, his feuds with Razor Ramon and Ahmed Johnson, and his outlandish entrance/ring attire.
His whole “women belong in the kitchen!” shtick was hilarious, plus I enjoyed his tag team run with Owen Hart. Jarrett’s WCW run was only good for the aforementioned “Slap Nuts!” catchphrase, plus I hated his “Planet Jarrett” title hogging run in TNA. But I still gotta give props to the man who would never hesitate to smash a guitar over someone’s head.
Jarrius “JJ” Robertson (Warrior Award Recipient)
Now HERE’S a Hall of Fame induction that came out of left field! Hillbilly Jim is pretty well known for his WrestleMania Axxess tour hosting duties, managerial duties as a member of The Godwinns, and appearance during the WrestleMania X-Seven Gimmick Battle Royal.
While he may not have picked up any championships or competed in any top-ranking matches during his WWE run, he still managed to become a memorable character who thrived off of a fun gimmick. Once he finishes his speech, I’m hoping we get some sort of onstage country hoedown and a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of The Godwinns.
Kid Rock (Celebrity Wing Entrant)
Championships Won: ECW Championship (One Time), World Heavyweight Championship (One Time), WWF European Championship (One Time)
FROM THE HALL OF PAIN TO THE HALL OF FAME! I’m sure that’s going to be the headline for every news piece that covers this announcement. Mark Henry has been running with the WWE since 1996. His career’s spanned from an Olympic strongman to “Sexual Chocolate” to his best gimmick change, a supremely angry World Heavyweight Champion.
Henry really morphed into his best (and most frightening) form when he stopped smiling and started destroying everyone who dared to test him. And let’s not forget his legendary retirement turned non-retirement segment. He even made me think he was really calling it quits! They better include that in the highlight video that comes on before his Hall of Fame speech. Now that we all know that Henry has taken on a backstage agent role, his Hall of Fame induction comes at the perfect time.
WWE Hall of Fame Legacy Wing 2018 Entrants
– Stan Stasiak
– Lord Alfred Hayes
– Dara Singh
– Cora Combs
– El Santo
– Jim Londos
– Rufus J. Jones
– Sputnik Monroe
– Boris “The Great” Malenko
– Hiro Matsuda