The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony has been one of the most anticipated events since its inception in 1993. That year, Andre the Giant was announced as the very first Hall of Fame inductee. As the years went on, the WWE would hold the Hall of Fame ceremony at different times of the year. In 1994 and 1995, the Hall of Fame was held during the Kind of the Ring tournament. The following year, in 1996, the Survivor Series played host to the event which was the last time the Hall of Fame ceremony was held until 2004.
In 2004, WrestleMania was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the greatest wrestling pay-per-view in history. Due to the historic nature of WrestleMania XX, it was decided that the WWE should bring back the Hall of Fame inductions and include the ceremony as part of all of the WrestleMania festivities. Once The Road To WrestleMania is underway, following the Royal Rumble, fans are excited to speculate on which wrestlers will be included in the next WWE Hall of Fame class. The WWE tend to announce one name each week during Monday Night Raw as to who will be joining the elites of pro wrestling history. To date, 147 inductions have made into the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame.
So far, according to the WWE website, the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2017 includes Beth Phoenix, Teddy Long, The Rock-N-Roll Express, and headlined by Kurt Angle. Normally, the WWE inducts a non-wrestler to their celebrity wing. With plenty of time left before WrestleMania 33 and the Hall of Fame ceremony, it is still very likely that we will hear who the celebrity will be in 2017.
What makes the Hall of Fame ceremony so memorable is the stories that are shared about the newly christened Hall of Famers. Each member gets to select a person who they would like to be their inductor to the Hall of Fame. These inductors are people who have a strong bond with the wrestler outside of the ring or they are a person who holds the wrestler to a massive level of respect.
Besides speculating on which wrestlers will end up in the Hall of Fame, fans also enjoy speculating on who will induct each wrestler. Since no inductors have been officially released, the following is a list of speculation on who would potentially be the best choices to induct each wrestler into the 2017 Hall of Class. Some entries on the following list have more than one name since some of these Hall of Famers have strong relationships with multiple people throughout the industry.
Kurt Angle inducted by John Cena
• Kurt Angle
Master of submissions and suplexes. It’s about time he got that Hall of Fame induction. The man is one of the greatest. pic.twitter.com/8ig5X7piVI
— #FearlessRiOTMania™ (@FearlessRiOT) March 4, 2017
The main reason John Cena is listed as one of the wrestlers to induct Kurt Angle is due to the fact that an argument could be made that John Cena’s rise to WWE’s top performer is due to Cena accepting the open challenge made by Kurt Angle during the Ruthless Aggression Era.
Kurt Angle Inducted By Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon is likely a name that would never be considered as one of the people who would induct Kurt Angle into the Hall of Fame. Shane’s inclusion is only because if the intense rivalry that Angle and McMahon were embroiled in. Fans who watched this rivalry unfold will never forget the Street Fight between Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon at the 2001 King of the Ring.
Diamond Dallas Page Inducted By Jake “The Snake” Roberts
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) February 23, 2017
When it was announced that DDP would be included in the 2017 Hall of Fame class, no one was surprised. Page was a prominent fixture in the WCW’s main event scene and was a major part of the NWO Vs. WCW storyline. It may be his work outside of the ring that has made Page more famous.
Diamond Dallas Page created an exercise program called DDP Yoga. The exercise program has changed many lives, including former wrestlers. One of these wrestlers is Jake Roberts. Roberts has had a long history battling the demons of drug abuse and alcoholism. Page brought Roberts into his home and introduced to DDP Yoga which has changed Jake’s life forever. Having him induct Page is a no-brainer.
Diamond Dallas Page Inducted By Scott Hall
Scott Hall’s story is similar to that of Jake Roberts in relation to the demons that have been stalking him his entire life. Like Jake, Page brought Scott Hall into his home and showed him DDP Yoga. Hall has had some times where he fell off the wagon but he was able to right the ship once more with the help of Page, Roberts, and yoga. Having Scott Hall induct Page would be one of the easiest decisions that could be made. There is even potential that Scott Hall and Jake Roberts induct Diamond Dallas Page together, Besides Hall and Roberts being the obvious choices, there is one obscure choice that could end up being of the best feel-good stories in the history of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Diamond Dallas Page Inducted By Arthur Boorman
Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran. He was told by doctors that he would never be able to walk again without assistance. Having nothing to loose, Arthur discovered DDP Yoga. Due to his disability, he struggled, failed, fell down, but got back up. He kept getting back up and eventually the yoga became easier for him until he proved the doctors wrong by not only walking on his own but running. He credits DDP Yoga for saving his life and his story has become the most popular success story of the DDP Yoga program. His YouTube video showing his failures and victories became a viral sensation. If you have not seen it, it is an absolute must watch,
Beth Phoenix Inducted By Edge
This entry may be the most obvious of the entire list. Although her career was relatively short, Phoenix made her impact felt throughout the entire Diva’s division. She even made her impact felt in the Royal Rumble in the 2010 Royal Rumble when she single-handedly eliminated the Great Khali.
It is well known that Beth Phoenix and Edge (Adam Copeland) were married in 2016. Phoenix and Edge have two daughters together. Having her husband induct her into the WWE Hall of Fame would seem like it would be an incredible and emotional honor for the couple.
Teddy Long Inducted By Ron Simmons
If anything has become synonymous with Teddy Long it has to be tag team match. During his time in WWE as General Manager for SmackDown and ECW, it would always seem that when Teddy Long was in the ring cutting a promo he would end up making some sort of tag team match for later in the night. For some reading this article, you may be scratching your heads as to why Ron Simmon is the one named that should induct Teddy Long. The reason for this ties into the tag team aspect of Teddy Long’s career.
Unless you are a wrestling historian, many people will not realize that Teddy Long was once a very successful manager during the early days of WCW. One of his most successful teams that he managed was Doom. Doom was comprised of Butch Reed and Ron Simmons. With Simmons still being a fixture within the WWE, it would only the make the most sense that he would step in to fill the role as an inductor to Teddy Long.
The Rock-N-Roll Express Inducted By Jim Cornette
Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, The Rock-N-Roll Express are the last inductees, as of this writing. They are also the most difficult to really come up with an inductor that makes the most sense. The Rock-N-Roll Express are arguably one of the greatest tag teams in wrestling history. The duo found success in every promotion that they wrestled in. One of their most iconic feuds was against the Midnight Express who were managed by Jim Cornette. Cornette knew the Rock-N-Roll express well which is why he has been included as a possible inductor. If you thought the choice of Jim Cornette was crazy, then this one may be considered just plain nuts.
The Rock-N-Roll Express Inducted By The Rockers Shawn Michaels And Marty Jannetty
The Rock-N-Roll Express had a style that was cutting edge at the time. From their move set to their wardrobe, the duo started a new norm in the world of tag team wrestling. One tag team that emulated their style was the team of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. Michaels and Jannetty would first become known as The Midnight Rockers until they joind the WWF and became The Rockers. Their success as a tag team can easily be attributed to The Rock-N-Roll Express who were trailblazers for the new era of tag team wrestling.
Do you agree with the list? Who do you think should induct the members of the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class?
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