WWE confirm plans to induct Big Boss Man into 2016 Hall of Fame

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With just under one month to go until the latest batch of wrestlers are officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, the organization confirmed one member of the class of 2016.

As first reported by CBS Sports, Raymond "Ray" W. Traylor, or Big Boss Man to wrestling fans, will be amongst those to receive the WWE's highest honour.

Laying down the law

Big Boss Man, who suffered a heart attack and died in 2004 aged just 41, laid down the law in his prison guard character during two spells in the WWF/WWE spanning three decades and the posthumous induction will be a hugely popular one amongst the WWE Universe.


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At 6 foot 6 inches tall and 300 pounds, he was a man mountain the ring and, in his debut WWF run between 1988-1993, 'Boss Man' became a much-loved baby face.

Returning from a spell in WCW for another run in WWE between 1998-2003, the Superstar showed his versatility in working as Vince McMahon's personal security. 

His impressively agile wrestling style, coupled with his iconic law enforcement persona and ability on the mic helped him create many memorable moments in the squared circle.

The WWE themselves acknowledged their decision to induct Traylor into the Hall of Fame this April during last night's episode of Raw via a video package of some of Big Boss Man's best moments:

Playing his part a number of epic feuds with the likes of Big Show, Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels - as well as being involved in some truly jaw-dropping pay-per-view matches - he left a lasting impact on the business before being released in 2003.

From his infamous role in the 'Twin Towers' tag team alongside Akeem, to wrestling in one-of-a-kind matches like the Jailhouse Match of SummerSlam 1991, Traylor made his mark.

His success wasn't only in generating a response from fans, however. Big Boss Man was a four-time WWF Hardcore Champion and also won the WWF Tag Team Championship when partnering Ken Shamrock as 'The Corporation' in 1998.

Class of 2016

12 years on from his untimely death, it is great to see the WWE honouring one of the more unique wrestlers to be a part of the company.

What's more, the Big Boss Man's inclusion in the 2016 Hall of Fame class means this year's list of inductees is a star-studded ensemble. Sting, The Godfather and the Fabulous Freebirds have already been announced ahead of the April 2 event.

WWE fans: What are your favourite Big Boss Man memories? Share them in the comments below...

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