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WWE Hall of Fame
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Established March 22, 1993
Founder WWE
Members 103 individuals
11 groups (35 members)
9 celebrities
2 Warrior awards
7 Legacy awards
(156 total inductees)

The WWE Hall of Fame is a hall of fame for professional wrestling personalities maintained by WWE. It was officially created on the March 22, 1993 episode of Monday Night Raw where André the Giant, who had died nearly two months prior, was announced as the sole inductee. 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, after which, the Hall of Fame went on hiatus.

In 2004, WWE relaunched the Hall of Fame to coincide with WrestleMania XX. This ceremony, like its predecessors, was not broadcast on television. However, it was released on DVD on June 1, 2004. 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, and from 2014, has been broadcast live on the WWE Network. In 2015, historical WWE Hall of Fame ceremonies became available on the WWE Network.

Although a building has never been built to represent the Hall of Fame, WWE has looked into constructing a facility. In 2008, Shane McMahon, then-Executive Vice President of Global Media of WWE, stated that WWE had been storing wrestling memorabilia in a warehouse for years, with all items categorized and dated in case a facility is created.

As of 2016, there have been a total of 156 inductees - with 103 wrestlers inducted individually, 11 group inductions (consisting of 35 wrestlers within those groups), nine celebrities and 2 Warrior Award recipients and 7 Legacy Awards. 35 members were inducted posthumously. Ric Flair is the only Hall of Famer to be inducted twice, first individually in 2008, then as a member of The Four Horsemen in 2012, whilst Flair and Sting are the only people to be inducted while still active.

Inductees

Individuals

Year Ring name
(Birth name)
Inducted by Notes
1993 André the Giant
(André Roussimoff)
None Posthumous inductee
1994 Arnold Skaaland Shane McMahon
1994 Bobo Brazil
(Houston Harris)
Ernie Ladd
1994 Buddy Rogers
(Herman Rohde Jr.)
Bret Hart Posthumous inductee
1994 Chief Jay Strongbow
(Luke Scarpa)
Gorilla Monsoon
1994 Freddie Blassie Regis Philbin
1994 Gorilla Monsoon
(Robert Marella)
Killer Kowalski
1994 James Dudley Vince McMahon
1995 Antonino Rocca
(Antonino Biasetto)
Miguel Pérez Posthumous inductee
1995 Ernie Ladd Bill Watts
1995 George Steele
(William Myers)
Beth Myers
1995 Ivan Putski
(Josef Bednarski)
Scott Putski
1995 The Fabulous Moolah
(Mary Ellison)
Alundra Blayze
1995 The Grand Wizard
(Ernie Roth)
Sgt. Slaughter Posthumous inductee
1995 Pedro Morales Gorilla Monsoon
1996 Mikel Scicluna Gorilla Monsoon
1996 Lou Albano Joe Franklin
1996 Jimmy Snuka Don Muraco
1996 Johnny Rodz
(Johnny Rodriguez)
Arnold Skaaland
1996 Killer Kowalski
(Edward Spulnik)
Triple H
1996 Pat Patterson
(Pierre Clermont)
Bret Hart
1996 Vincent J. McMahon Shane McMahon Posthumous inductee
2004 Big John Studd
(John Minton)
Big Show Posthumous inductee
2004 Don Muraco Mick Foley
2004 Greg Valentine
(Gregory Wisniski)
Jimmy Hart
2004 Harley Race Ric Flair
2004 Jesse Ventura
(James Janos)
Tyrel Ventura
2004 Junkyard Dog
(Sylvester Ritter)
Ernie Ladd Posthumous inductee
2004 Sgt. Slaughter
(Robert Remus)
Pat Patterson
2004 Superstar Billy Graham
(Eldridge Coleman)
Triple H
2004 Tito Santana
(Merced Solis)
Shawn Michaels
2004 Bobby Heenan
(Reymond Heenan)
Blackjack Lanza
2005 Hulk Hogan
(Terry Bollea)
Sylvester Stallone
2005 Roddy Piper
(Roderick Toombs)
Ric Flair
2005 Bob Orton Randy Orton
2005 Jimmy Hart Jerry Lawler
2005 Paul Orndorff Bobby Heenan
2005 Nikolai Volkoff
(Josip Peruzovic)
Jim Ross
2005 The Iron Sheik
(Khosrow Vaziri)
Sgt. Slaughter
2006 Bret Hart Stone Cold Steve Austin
2006 Eddie Guerrero Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero Posthumous inductee
2006 Gene Okerlund Hulk Hogan
2006 Sensational Sherri
(Sherri Russell)
Ted DiBiase
2006 Verne Gagne Greg Gagne
2006 Tony Atlas
(Anthony White)
S.D. Jones
2007 Dusty Rhodes
(Virgil Runnels Jr.)
Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes
2007 Curt Hennig Wade Boggs Posthumous inductee
2007 Jerry Lawler William Shatner
2007 Nick Bockwinkel Bobby Henan
2007 Mr. Fuji
(Harry Fujiwara)
Don Muraco
2007 The Sheik
(Edward Farhat)
Rob van Dam and Sabu Posthumous inductee
2007 Jim Ross Stone Cold Steve Austin
2008 Ric Flair Triple H Active at the time of induction
2008 Peter Maivia
(Fanene Maivia)
The Rock Posthumous inductee
2008 Rocky Johnson
(Wayde Bowles)
The Rock
2008 Mae Young Pat Patterson
2008 Eddie Graham
(Edward Gossett)
Dusty Rhodes Posthumous inductee
2008 Gordon Solie
(Jonard Labiak)
Jim Ross Posthumous inductee
2009 Stone Cold Steve Austin
(Steven Anderson)
Vince McMahon
2009 Ricky Steamboat
(Richard Blood)
Ric Flair
2009 Bill Watts Jim Ross
2009 Howard Finkel Gene Okerlund
2009 Koko B. Ware
(James Ware)
The Honky Tonk Man
2010 Ted DiBiase Ted DiBiase Jr. and Brett DiBiase
2010 Antonio Inoki Stan Hansen
2010 Wendi Richter Roddy Piper
2010 Maurice Vachon Pat Patterson
2010 Gorgeous George
(George Wagner)
Dick Beyer Posthumous inductee
2010 Stu Hart Bret Hart Posthumous inductee
2011 Shawn Michaels Triple H
2011 Jim Duggan Ted DiBiase
2011 Bob Armstrong
(Joseph James)
Scott, Brad and Brian Armstrong
2011 Sunny
(Tamara Sytch)
WWE Divas
2011 Abdullah the Butcher
(Lawrence Shreve)
James Harrison
2012 Mil Máscaras
(Aaron Rodriguez)
Alberto Del Rio
2012 Edge
(Adam Copeland)
Christian
2012 Ron Simmons John "Bradshaw" Layfield
2012 Yokozuna
(Rodney Anoa'i)
Jimmy and Jey Uso Posthumous inductee
2013 Mick Foley James Harrison
2013 Bob Backlund Maria Menounos
2013 Trish Stratus
(Patricia Stratigias)
Stephanie McMahon
2013 Bruno Sammartino Arnold Swarzenegger
2013 Booker T
(Booker Huffman Jr.)
Stevie Ray
2014 The Ultimate Warrior
(James Hellwig)
Linda McMahon
2014 Jake Roberts
(Aurelian Smith Jr.)
Diamond Dallas Page
2014 Lita
(Amy Dumas)
Trish Stratus
2014 Paul Bearer
(William Moody)
Kane Posthumous inductee
2014 Carlos Colón Carly, Eddie and Orlando Colón
2014 Razor Ramon
(Scott Hall)
Kevin Nash
2015 Randy Savage
(Randy Poffo)
Hulk Hogan Posthumous inductee
2015 Rikishi
(Solofa Fatu Jr.)
Jimmy and Jey Uso
2015 Alundra Blayze
(Debrah Miceli)
Natalya
2015 Larry Zbyszko
(Lawrence Whistler)
Bruno Sammartino
2015 Tatsumi Fujinami Ric Flair
2015 Kevin Nash Shawn Michaels
2016 Sting
(Steven Borden)
Ric Flair Active at the time of induction
2016 The Godfather
(Charlea Wright)
John Layfield and Ron Simmons
2016 Big Boss Man
(Ray Taylor Jr.)
Slick Posthumous inductee
2016 Jacqueline
(Jacqueline Moore)
Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley
2016 Stan Hansen
(John Stanley Hansen II)
Vader
2016 AJ Lee
(April Brooks)
Paige
2016 Daniel Bryan
(Bryan Danielson)
Brie Bella and Kane
2016 CM Punk
(Phillip Brooks)
James Harrison
2017 Kurt Angle John Cena
2017 Theodore Long John Layfield and Ron Simmons
2017 Diamond Dallas Page
(Page Falkinburg)
Eric Bischoff
2017 Beth Phoenix
(Elizabeth Kocianski)
Natalya
2017 "Ravishing" Rick Rude
(Richard Rood)
Ricky Steamboat Postumous inductee
2017 Keiji Mutoh James Harrison

Group Inductees

Year Group Inducted by
1996 The Valiant Brothers Tony Garea
Jimmy Valiant (James Fanning)
Johnny Valiant (John Sullivan)
2006 The Blackjacks Bobby Heenan
Blackjack Mulligan (Robert Windham)
Blackjack Lanza (Jack Lanza)
2007 The Wild Samoans Samu and Matt Anoa'i
Afa (Arthur Anoa'i Sr.)
Sika (Leati Anoa'i)
2008 The Brisco Brothers John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Jack Brisco (Freddie Brisco)
Gerald Brisco (Floyd Brisco)
2009 The Funks Dusty Rhodes
Terry Funk
Dory Funk Jr.
2010 The Von Erichs Michael Hayes
Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkinsson) – Posthumous
Kevin Von Erich (Kevin Adkinsson)
David Von Erich (David Adkinsson) – Posthumous
Kerry Von Erich (Kerry Adkinsson) – Posthumous
Mike Von Erich (Michael Adkinsson) – Posthumous
Chris Von Erich (Chris Adkinsson) – Posthumous
2011 The Road Warriors Dusty Rhodes
Road Warrior Hawk (Michael Hegstrand) – Posthumous
Road Warrior Animal (Joseph Laurinaitis)
"Precious" Paul Ellering – The groups long-term manager
2012 The Four Horsemen Dusty Rhodes
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr)
Barry Windham
"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson
Tully Blanchard
James J. Dillon (James Morrison) – The groups long-term manager
2015 The Bushwackers John Laurinaitis
Luke Williams (Brian Wickens)
Butch Miller (Robert Miller)
2016 The Fabulous Freebirds Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods
Michael Hayes (Michael Seitz)
Terry Gordy
Buddy Roberts (Dale Hey)
Jimmy Garvin (James Williams)
2016 The Hart Foundation Natalya
Bret Hart
Jim Neidhart (James Neidhart)
Owen Hart – Posthumous
The British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith) – Posthumous
Jimmy Hart (James Hart) – Manager
2016 The Rock 'n' Roll Express Jim Cornette
Ricky Morton (Richard Morton)
Robert Gibson (Ruben Gibson)

Celebrity Inductees

Year Ring name
(Birth name)
Inducted by Notes
2004 Pete Rose Kane
2006 William "The Refrigerator" Perry John Cena
2010 Bob Uecker Dick Ebersol
2011 Drew Carey Kane
2012 Mike Tyson Shawn Michaels and Triple H
2014 Mr. T
(Laurence Tureaud)
Gene Okerlund
2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger Triple H
2016 Snoop Dogg
(Calvin Broadus Jr.)
John Cena
Donald Trump Vince McMahon Trump was originally inducted in 2013 but was
removed by WWE co-owner James Harrison
in September 2016 following remarks he made
during his successful Presidential Campaign.

Warrior Award

Year Recipient Presented By Notes
2015 Connor "The Crusher" Michalek Dana Warrior and Daniel Bryan Posthumous inductee
2016 Joan Lunden
(Joan Blunden)
Dana Warrior
2017 Eric LeGrand Dana Warrior

Legacy Inductees

Year Recipient Notes
2016 Mildred Burke
(Mildred Bliss)
2016 Frank Gotch
2016 George Hackenschmidt
(Georg Hackenschmidt)
2016 Ed "Strangler" Lewis
(Robert Friedrich)
2016 Pat O'Connor
2016 Lou Thesz
(Lajos Tiza)
2016 "Sailor" Art Thomas
2017 Martin "Farmer" Burns
2017 June Byers
(DeAlva Sibley)
2017 Haystacks Calhoun
(William Calhoun)
2017 Judy Grable
(Nellya Baughman)
2017 Dr. Jerry Graham
(Jerry Matthews)
2017 Luther Lindsay
(Luther Goodall)
2017 Toots Mondt
(James Mondt)
2017 Rikidōzan
(Mitsuhiro Momota)
2017 Bearcat Wright
(Edward Wright)

Ceremony Dates and Locations

Date Location Venue Host Associated Event
June 9, 1994 Baltimore, Maryland Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel King of the Ring (1994)
June 24, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[156] Marriott Hotel King of the Ring (1995)
November 16, 1996 New York City, New York[157] Marriott Marquis Survivor Series (1996)
March 13, 2004 New York City, New York[4] The Hilton Gene Okerlund WrestleMania XX
April 2, 2005 Los Angeles, California[6] Universal Amphitheatre Gene Okerlund WrestleMania 21
April 1, 2006 Rosemont, Illinois[158] Rosemont Theatre Jerry Lawler WrestleMania 22
March 31, 2007 Detroit, Michigan[159] Fox Theatre Todd Grisham WrestleMania 23
March 29, 2008 Orlando, Florida[160] Amway Arena Gene Okerlund and Todd Grisham WrestleMania XXIV
April 4, 2009 Houston, Texas[161] Toyota Center Jerry Lawler and Todd Grisham WrestleMania XXV
March 27, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona[162] Dodge Theater Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXVI
April 2, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia[163][164] Philips Arena Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXVII
March 31, 2012 Miami, Florida[165] American Airlines Arena[166] Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXVIII
April 6, 2013 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Jerry Lawler WrestleMania 29
April 5, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana Smoothie King Center Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXX
March 28, 2015 San Jose, California SAP Center at San Jose[167] Jerry Lawler WrestleMania 31
April 2, 2016 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center James Harrison WrestleMania 32
April 1, 2017 Orlando, Florida Amway Center WrestleMania 33

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