The WWE Hall of Fame is devoted to members of the wrestling community and select celebrities who have help promote or worked for the company in any capacity. Members have included wrestlers, managers and promoters, from the roster of WWWF/WWF/WWE and outside the company. But, it should be noted, that while members might not have ever performed for the company, the WWE did purchase WCW and ECW, and the video libraries of NWA, AWA and World Class Championship Wrestling. There are also celebrities inducted into the Hall of Fame who have played a part in past WrestleMania’s, or other television events.
At present, there is no facility for the Hall of Fame. The company has been storing wrestling memorabilia in a warehouse for decades. All items have been categorized and dated in case a facility is created.
Selection to the Hall of Fames is not done by a voting process as there is no voting committee. It starts and ends with the owner of the WWE Vince McMahon. If you are not in the good graces of Vince, the chances are you will not be inducted no matter how great a wrestler you were. For instance “Macho Man” Randy Savage. You can not be inducted if you are presently working for another wrestling promotion. Wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were inducted before they decided to wrestle with Total Non-Stop Wrestling. Wrestlers families, such as Owen Hart‘s, do not want anything to do with the WWE and have refused to have him inducted.
The WWE started the Hall of Fame on February 1, 1993, on Monday Night Raw, as a way to honor wrestling megastar Andre the Giant. Andre had passed away five days earlier and the WWWF wanted a way to pay its respects to one of its stars. To pay their respects, the WWWF produced a video highlight of Andre’s career. It was Andre’s death that caused the creation of the WWE Hall of Fame. From 1993-1996, the wrestling superstars were inducted into the Hall of Fame. With the exception of Andre the Giants induction, which was on Raw, no others were tape for showing on TV.
WWE resumed the Hall of Fame in 2004, which was to coincide with WrestleMania XX. This ceremony was not broadcasted on television, it was released on the WrestleMania DVD. The broadcasting of the Hall of Fame began in 2005, with only the last few inductions being televised on Spike TV (2005), and USA network (2006-present). They were aired on tape delay. The Hall of Fame ceremony, in its entire form, has been included with the WrestleMania DVD set since 2005.
There are currently 113 inductees of which 90 members have been inducted individually, six tag teams have been inducted, one stable, the four horsemen, and one family has been inducted. Sixteen members have been inducted posthumously. The Von Erichs were inducted as a family, while The Funks, The Brisco’s, The Valiants and The Samoans were inducted as tag teams. Ric Flair is the only wrestler to be inducted twice, as a singles wrestler in 2005, and as a member of the four horsemen in 2012.
Next Week the we start a 13 part list of HOF Inductees.