WWE Hall of Fame (2016)

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WWE Hall of Fame (2016)
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The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame set
Promotion WWE
DateApril 2, 2016
City Dallas, Texas
Venue American Airlines Center
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WWE Hall of Fame (2016) was the event which featured the introduction of the 17th class to the WWE Hall of Fame. The event was produced by WWE on April 2, 2016 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event took place the same weekend as WrestleMania 32. [1] The event aired live on the WWE Network, and was hosted by Jerry Lawler. A condensed one-hour version of the ceremony aired the following Thursday on USA Network, after SmackDown . [2]

WWE Hall of Fame Professional wrestling hall of fame and television show

The WWE Hall of Fame is a hall of fame which honors professional wrestlers and professional wrestling personalities maintained by WWE. 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.

American Airlines Center Multi-purpose arena

American Airlines Center (AAC) is a multi-purpose arena, located in the Victory Park neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas. The arena serves as the home to the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. The arena is also used for concerts and other live entertainment. It opened in 2001 at a cost of $420 million.

WrestleMania 32 2016 WWE pay-per-view and WWE Network event

WrestleMania 32 was the 32nd annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE. It took place on April 3, 2016, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Event

Due to the launch of the WWE Network shortly before WrestleMania XXX, this event featured the third ever "Red Carpet" event as a one-hour pre-show prior to the start of the event. The pre-show was hosted by Michael Cole, and Maria Menounos.

WWE Network WWE produced subscription network

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WrestleMania XXX 2014 WWE pay-per-view and WWE Network event

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The Godfather was inducted by his long term friend whom he often traveled the road with, the members of The Acolytes Protection Agency, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Ron Simmons.

The Godfather (wrestler) American professional wrestler

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John Layfield American entrepreneur, professional wrestler, commentator and host

John Charles Layfield, better known by the ring name John "Bradshaw" Layfield, is an American businessman, retired professional wrestler and television personality currently signed with the WWE on a part-time basis. Layfield is currently a financial commentator featured regularly on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. He is also employed by Northeast Securities as its Senior Vice President.

Stan Hansen was inducted by Vader.

Jacqueline was inducted by The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley).

Jacqueline Moore American professional wrestler

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The Dudley Boyz professional wrestling tag team

The Dudley Boyz are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of kayfabe half-brothers Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley. The team was also joined by various Dudley family members, notably Spike Dudley. They are best known for their time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), later renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). They are also well known for their tenure in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for their success as a tag team, being highly touted as the most decorated tag team in professional wrestling history.

Bubba Ray Dudley American professional wrestler

Mark LoMonaco is an American radio talk show host and professional wrestler currently signed to Ring of Honor (ROH) under the ring name Bully Ray. He is best known for his tenure with WWE, where he performed under the ring name Bubba Ray Dudley. He is also known for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) from 1995 to 1999 under the ring name Buh Buh Ray Dudley and with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) from 2005 to 2015 under the ring names Brother Ray and Bully Ray.

In 2016, WWE introduced a new category for the Hall of Fame called the "Legacy" wing. Inductees under this new category feature wrestlers from the early years of professional wrestling, primarily during the early part of the 20th century. [3] All inductees in 2016 are inducted posthumously and were recognized with a video package at the ceremony. [4] Those inducted in the 2016 legacy category were Mildred Burke, Frank Gotch, George Hackenschmidt, Ed "Strangler" Lewis, Pat O'Connor, Lou Thesz and "Sailor" Art Thomas.

Mildred Burke American professional wrestler

Mildred Bliss, better known by the ring name Mildred Burke, was an American professional wrestler.

Frank Gotch American professional wrestler

Frank Alvin Gotch was an American professional wrestler.

George Hackenschmidt Baltic German strongman and professional wrestler

Georg Karl Julius Hackenschmidt was an early 20th-century Baltic German strongman and professional wrestler who is recognized as professional wrestling's first world heavyweight champion.

The Fabulous Freebirds were the group inductee into the Hall of Fame. Representing them were Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy (represented by his son, Ray Gordy), Buddy Roberts (represented by his son Buddy Roberts Jr.), Jimmy Garvin. The Freebirds were inducted by The New Day members Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods. Following their induction Hayes sang their song Badstreet U.S.A.

The Fabulous Freebirds were a professional wrestling tag team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. The team usually consisted of three wrestlers, although in different situations and points in its history, just two performed under the Freebirds name.

Michael Hayes (wrestler) American professional wrestler

Michael Seitz is an American retired professional wrestler and former musician. Seitz is best known for leading The Fabulous Freebirds under the ring name Michael "P.S." Hayes and for his role as an announcer under the name Dok Hendrix in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He currently works with WWE as one of the senior producers.

Terry Gordy American professional wrestler

Terry Ray Gordy was an American professional wrestler. Gordy is best known for his appearances in the United States with promotions such as World Class Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling and the Universal Wrestling Federation as a member of The Fabulous Freebirds, as well as his appearances in Japan with All Japan Pro Wrestling as one-half of The Miracle Violence Connection.

Big Boss Man was inducted by Slick. Due to his passing in 2004, his induction was accepted by his wife Angela and his daughters Lacy and Megan.

Snoop Dogg was inducted by John Cena. Snoop Dogg spoke about what it was like growing up a fan of professional wrestling, and gave what an honor it is to see his cousin Sasha Banks now wrestling for the WWE.

Following The Ultimate Warrior's death in April 2014, [5] WWE introduced the Warrior Award, in 2015, for those who have "exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of the Ultimate Warrior." [6] Joan Lunden became the second recipient of The Warrior Award. The Ultimate Warrior's wife Dana inducted Lunden and spoke of her recent return to the public eye and openly discussing her breast cancer diagnosis in addition to becoming a spokeswoman for Susan G. Komen.

Sting was the final inductee and was inducted by Ric Flair. Sting spoke about what a long journey it was to come to the WWE, and how proud he was to finally be in the WWE. Sting then announced that he wanted to retire in the WWE and used this opportunity to officially announce his retirement. [7]

Inductees

Individual

ImageRing name
(Birth Name)
Inducted byWWE recognized accolades
Sting HOF 2016.jpg Sting [8]
(Steve Borden)
Ric Flair Six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion, two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, three-time WCW World Tag Team Champion, and one-time NWA World Television Champion [9]
The Godfather HOF 2016.jpg The Godfather [10] [11]
(Charles Wright)
The Acolytes Protection Agency
(John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Ron Simmons)
One-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, One-time WWF Tag Team Champion [12]
WWE Bossman.png Big Boss Man [13] [14]
(Ray Traylor Jr.)
Slick Posthumous inductee: represented by his widow Angela and his daughters Lacy and Megan
Four-time WWF Hardcore Champion, one-time WWF Tag Team Champion [15]
Jacqueline Moore Hall of Fame 2016 induction.jpg Jacqueline [16] [17]
(Jacqueline Moore)
The Dudley Boyz
(Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley)
Two-time WWF Women's Champion and the first African American WWF Women's Champion, one-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion (the only woman to win the title in WWE). The first African American woman to be inducted
Stan Hansen HOF 2016.jpg Stan Hansen [18] [19]
(John Hansen II)
Vader One-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion [20]

Group

ImageGroupInducted byWWE recognized accolades
2016 Hall of Fame 2016-04-02 20-26-56 DSC-HX90V 2326 DxO (26951438304).jpg The Fabulous Freebirds [21] [22] The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
Six-time WCCW World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, two-time WCW World Tag Team Champions, two-time WCW United States Tag Team Champions, one-time WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Champions.
Credited for creating the "Freebird Rule"
Michael Hayes (Michael Seitz) – One-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion.
Terry Gordy – Posthumous inductee: represented by his son Ray Gordy. One time NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion, one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion, one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion. Two-time Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion and seven-time World Tag Team Champion in All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Buddy Roberts (Dale Hey) – Posthumous inductee: represented by his son Buddy Roberts Jr. One-time NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion, one-time WCCW Television Champion.
Jimmy Garvin (James Williams) – Four-time NWA American Heavyweight Champion, one-time AWA World Tag Team Champion

Celebrity

ImageRecipient
(Birth name)
OccupationInducted byAppearances
2016 Hall of Fame 2016-04-02 21-30-06 DSC-HX90V 2513 DxO (27526973776).jpg Snoop Dogg [23]
(Calvin Broadus Jr.)
Rapper John Cena Master of Ceremonies for the Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill match at WrestleMania XXIV and accompanied Sasha Banks to the ring for her match at WrestleMania 32.
Raw guest host in 2009 and guest star in 2015
[24]

Warrior Award

ImageRecipient
(Birth name)
Presented ByNotes
2016 Hall of Fame 2016-04-02 21-52-03 ILCE-6000 8409 DxO (26951439824).jpg Joan Lunden [25] [26]
(Joan Blunden)
Dana Warrior Long-time former co-host of Good Morning America .
Returned to the public eye in recent years for openly discussing her breast cancer diagnosis.
Spokeswoman for Susan G. Komen for the Cure
[27]

Legacy

ImageRing name
(Birth name)
WWE recognized accolades
Mildredburke.jpg Mildred Burke
(Mildred Bliss)
One-time World Women's Champion, held the title for nearly twenty years [3]
Frank-gotch.jpg Frank Gotch One-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and three-time American Heavyweight Champion [3]
Georg Hackenschmidt ca. 1905.jpg George Hackenschmidt
(Georg Hackenschmidt)
One-time European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Champion and first ever World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion [3]
Ed'strangler'lewis.png Ed "Strangler" Lewis
(Robert Friedrich)
Four-time World Heavyweight Champion, two-time holder of the Boston version of the AWA World Heavyweight Championship and one-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion [3]
PatOConnor.jpg Pat O'Connor One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, three-time NWA Central States United States Heavyweight Champion, One-time (and inaugural) AWA World Heavyweight Champion, and one-time AWA World Tag Team Champion [3]
LouThesz.jpg Lou Thesz
(Aloysius Thesz)
One-time holder of the Boston version of the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, two-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion [3]
Sailorartthoms.jpg "Sailor" Art Thomas Billed by WWE as "one of sports-entertainment's first African-American stars", a frequent challenger for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [3]

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