WWE Hall of Fame (2019)

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WWE Hall of Fame
PromotionWWE
DateApril 6, 2019
CityBrooklyn, New York
VenueBarclays Center
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WWE Hall of Fame (2019) was an event that featured the introduction of the twentieth class to the WWE Hall of Fame, and was produced by WWE. It took place on April 6, 2019 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York,[1][2] as part of WrestleMania 35 weekend. The event aired live on the WWE Network.

Background[edit]

On February 18, 2019, WWE announced their first inductees to the 2019 Hall of Fame class, D-Generation X.[3] Although other members have been part of the group, only Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chyna, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac will be included as part of the induction.[4] D-Generation X originally had been planned to be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame class,[5] but plans were scrapped after Bruno Sammartino agreed to be inducted. With D-Generation X's induction, Michaels will join Ric Flair as a two-time inductee, having been inducted individually in 2011.[6] Following Chyna's death in 2016, many industry stalwarts, such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and[7] Mick Foley, spoke out in favor of Chyna being included in the Hall of Fame,[8] but she had been repeatedly excluded until 2019 due to her venture into pornography following the end of her professional wrestling career.[9]

On February 26, 2019, The Honky Tonk Man was announced as the first individual inductee for the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony.[10] On April 5, 2019, it was announced that former Money Inc. manager Jimmy Hart would induct The Honky Tonk Man.[11]

On March 3, 2019, Torrie Wilson was announced as the first female individual inductee for the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony.[12]

On March 11, 2019, Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) were announced.[13] With Harlem Heat's induction, Booker T will join Michaels and Flair as a two-time inductee, having been inducted individually in 2013.[14] Prior to Booker T asking Stevie Ray to induct him, the two had not talked in five years.[15]

On March 18, 2019, it was announced that WWE's Senior Director of Talent Relations Sue Aitchison would be the recipient of the 2019 Warrior Award.[16] Aitchison is credited with WWE's relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation[17] and WrestleMania Reading Challenge program.[18]

On March 25, 2019, it was announced that the original Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) would be inducted into the Hall of Fame.[19] With the Hart Foundation's induction, Hart joined Booker T, Michaels and Flair as a two-time inductee, having been individually inducted in 2006.[20]

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake was announced as the final individual inductee for the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony.[21] On April 4, 2019, it was announced that he would be inducted by Mega-Maniacs teammate Hulk Hogan (Hogan's third time as inductor, having previously inducted "Mean" Gene Okerlund in 2006 and "Macho Man" Randy Savage in 2015).

Aftermath[edit]

WWE writers were asked not to mention WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon in any speeches. After Bret Hart thanked McMahon during The Hart Foundation's induction, Robert Evans, who was responsible for writing the line in his speech, quit the company. Evans wrote on Twitter that he chose to quit rather than be fired over the incident.[22]

Inductees[edit]

Individual[edit]

Image Ring name
(Birth Name)
Inducted by WWE recognized accolades
Honky Tonk Man by Gage Skidmore.jpg The Honky Tonk Man[10]
(Wayne Farris)
Jimmy Hart[11] One-time and longest reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion, a record 454 days
10.1.10TorrieWilsonByLuigiNovi Torrie Wilson Stacy Keibler A "key figure in WCW’s invasion of WWE" and "a pivotal member of the WWE women’s division" who "helped blaze a trail for women in sports-entertainment".[23] Was featured on the cover of Playboy twice during her WWE career[24]
BrutusBeefcake2010.png Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake[21]
(Edward Leslie)
Hulk Hogan[25] One-time WWF Tag Team Champion

Group[edit]

  • Class headliners appear in boldface
Image Group Inducted by WWE recognized accolades
Damien Sandow Pedigreed by HHH.jpg D-Generation X None One of the leading factions of the Attitude Era, they are credited as having "[pushed] the envelope as to what was accepted on TV." Different versions of the group existed into the 2010s, with The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) and Triple H and Shawn Michaels having held the WWF/World and WWE Tag Team Championship as part of the faction[4]
Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom) – Two-time inductee. Previously inducted in 2011 for his individual career.
Triple H (Paul Levesque) – Nine-time WWF/E Champion, five-time World Heavyweight Champion, five-time WWF Intercontinental Champion. Won the 1997 King of the Ring, 2002 and 2016 Royal Rumble matches.
Chyna (Joan Laurer) – Posthumous inductee: First woman to participate in the Royal Rumble match and King of the Ring tournament. Two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion (the only woman to win the title). One-time WWF Women's Champion.
Billy Gunn (Monty Sopp) – 10-time WWF Tag Team Champion, one-time WWE Tag Team Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, one-time WWF Hardcore Champion, 1999 King of the Ring winner.
Road Dogg (Brian James) – Five-time WWF Tag Team Champion, one-time WWE Tag Team Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, one-time WWF Hardcore Champion.
X-Pac (Sean Waltman) – Two-time WWF European Champion, two-time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion, four-time WWF Tag Team Champion, one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion.
Wrestlemania XXX 2015-03-26 18-00-33 ILCE-6000 DSC01880 (16688600233).jpg Stevie Ray 2015.jpg Harlem Heat[26] None 10-time WCW World Tag Team Champions
Booker T (Robert Huffman) – Two-time inductee. Previously inducted in 2013 for his individual career.
Stevie Ray (Lash Huffman) – One-time WCW Television Champion.
The Hart Foundation Tag Team.jpg The Hart Foundation[27] Natalya Two-time WWF Tag Team Champions
Bret HartTwo-time inductee. Previously inducted in 2006 for his individual career.
Jim NeidhartPosthumous inductee: Represented by his daughter Natalya. One-time NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion.

Warrior Award[edit]

Recipient
(Birth name)
Presented By Notes
Sue Aitchison[28] Dana Warrior and John Cena[29] Longtime WWE executive, spearheaded many of WWE's charitable programs, including its partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Legacy[edit]

Ring name
(Birth name)
WWE recognized accolades
Bruiser Brody[30]
(Frank Goodish)
Held numerous regional NWA championships
Wahoo McDaniel[30]
(Edward McDaniel)
Five-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion (Mid-Atlantic version), Four time NWA World Tag Team Champion (Mid-Atlantic version)
Luna Vachon[30]
(Gertrude Vachon)
Part of the Vachon wrestling family, One-time USWA Women's Champion
S.D. Jones[30]
(Conrad Efraim)
Three-time NWA Americas Tag Team Champion
Professor Toru Tanaka[30]
(Charles Kalani Jr. )
Inaugural WWWF International Tag Team Champion, Three-time WWWF World Tag Team Championship
Primo Carnera[30] Held numerous regional NWA championships, former boxing World Heavyweight Champion
Joseph Cohen[30] Media executive whose accomplishments included developing two of WWE's eventual broadcast partners, MSG Network and USA Network (part of Comcast now, a WWE television partner). First living inductee into the Legacy wing
Hisashi Shinma[30]
Longtime Japanese professional wrestling promoter, Former President of the WWWF and the WWF. Second living inductee into the Legacy wing
Buddy Rose[30]
(Paul Perschmann)
Held numerous regional NWA championships
Jim Barnett[30]
Longtime wrestling promoter, former owner of the Indianapolis National Wrestling Alliance territory, Australia's World Championship Wrestling, and Georgia Championship Wrestling

Bret Hart assault incident[edit]

During the induction of The Hart Foundation, as Bret Hart and Natalya delivered their speech, a man trespassed into the ring and tackled Hart. The live broadcast on the WWE Network was terminated. In the immediate aftermath, several wrestlers including his nephew Davey Boy Smith Jr., Dash Wilder, Braun Strowman, Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, Big Show, Shane McMahon, Big E, and Drake Maverick, as well as MMA fighter Travis Browne subdued the man. When the broadcast returned, Hart and Natalya resumed their speech. The fan was arrested.[31] The incident was removed from repeat airings of the ceremony on the WWE Network.

The man was taken into police custody and faced criminal charges, of which were not disclosed as the official was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.[32] He was charged with two counts of third degree assault, one count of criminal trespass, and one violation of local law the next day.[33] WWE issued a statement on the incident, reading: "An over-exuberant fan surpassed our security at ringside and made his way briefly into the ring. The individual has been turned over to the proper authorities."[34] Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Hart visited the hospital on Saturday night following the attack, suffering some discomfort with his hip replacement from the fall. Despite this, Hart was pictured with The Revival the next day at WrestleMania 35.[35]

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