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WWE Hall of Fame (2016)
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The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame set
PromotionWWE
DateApril 2, 2016
CityDallas, Texas
VenueAmerican 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]

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.

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.

Stan Hansen was inducted by his overseas partner and rival Vader.

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

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.

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.

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

  • Class headliners appear in boldface
Image Ring name
(Birth Name)
Inducted by WWE 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[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

Image Group Inducted by WWE 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

Image Recipient
(Birth name)
Occupation Inducted by Appearances
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

Image Recipient
(Birth name)
Presented By Notes
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

Image Ring 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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