WWE drop Ray Stevens from 2015 Hall of Fame induction

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The WWE look to have made a fairly major change to plans for the 2015 Hall of Fame class, according to reports emerging today.

Off the bill

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, citing a source, is claiming that wrestling legend Ray Stevens is no longer part of the induction class for Levi's Stadium despite having been considered "a done deal" less than seven days ago.

And, if their source is correct, the reason for Stevens' sudden exclusion is bizarre to say the least.

It appears that the fact Stevens is sadly deceased - he passed away in 1996 - may prohibit him from entering the Hall of Fame this time around.

Per the report:

"It may have something to do with this year's top star, Randy Savage, not being alive so WWE didn't want anyone else who wasn't alive this year, therefore they nixed the Stevens induction. Stevens going in was considered a done deal until just over a week ago."

If this is the case it seems wrong on so many levels for the WWE to deny Stevens' family their chance to see the wrestling legend honored by the wrestling community simply because he is no longer with us.

It had been thought that 2015 was the perfect year to honor Stevens due to his close connections to the Bay Area - the location for this year's WrestleMania 31 and Hall of Fame induction.

Wrestling pioneer

Ray Stevens had a four decade-long career in wrestling and has was seen by many as a pioneer in building up the heel role in the business.

He only spent a brief spell in WWE (or WWF as it was then) but was considered a specilaist at drawing the crowd's anger in his role as the enemy of the babyface characters.

Class of 2015

Without Ray Stevens, the current class of known 2015 Hall of Fame inductees stands at six.

Macho Man Randy Savage is the headline name and, after many years of being overlooked for the honor, Hulk Hogan will perform the posthumous induction.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rikisi, The Bushwhackers and Alundra Blayze make up the other wrestling greats who will hear their names called on March 28 at the SAP Center, San Jose.

What do you think WWE fans? Why have the WWE done this, surely both names would have been fine to include? And why has it taken so long for Randy Savage to be honored? Let us know in the comments section below...

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