WWE officials are already gearing up for the 2018 Hall of Fame class.
Make no mistake about it, the WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony is a night that gives fans a peek behind the curtain. Andre The Giant was the first and only inductee into the Hall of Fame in 1993. The 1994 and 1995 ceremonies were held in conjunction with the annual King of the Ring pay-per-view events.
In 1996, the ceremony was held with the Survivor Series event, for the first time in front of a paying audience as well as the wrestlers.
Then, WWE put the Hall of Fame on hiatus until 2004. WWE relaunched the Hall of Fame to coincide with WrestleMania XX. 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. When the WWE Network launched in 2014, WWE aired the ceremony live on the WWE Network.
Now for the numbers. As of this writing, there have been 164 inductees with 105 wrestlers inducted individually, 11 group inductions, nine celebrities, three Warrior Award recipients, and 16 Legacy Inductees. 36 members were inducted posthumously.
WWE will be holding WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans next year. The sports entertainment company will hold the Hall of Fame ceremony, Raw, NXT Takeover, and SmackDown Live at the Smoothie King Center.
Dave Meltzer noted in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter that former WWE Champion Batista is on Vince McMahon’s mind for an induction into the 2018 Hall of Fame class. He would serve as the headliner. His last run with the company was mismanaged a little bit, but there were a lot of factors at play Batista had no control over.
Other possible names that could be inducted include The Undertaker and The Rock. It was mentioned in the report that Batista is the leading candidate. We are still several months away from the Hall of Fame, and it’s still up in the air at this point because it ultimately depends on McMahon’s choice.
One would have to think that a possible WWE return could be in the cards for Batista. Time will tell.
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