Friday, April 06, 2018

The Class Of 2018

Later tonight, WWE will host its 2018 Hall of Fame ceremony where new names will be honoured.

What I usually do on the day of the Hall of Fame is write a few words about each person. So, here goes.

Kid Rock
Rock star, Kid Rock, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame's celebrity wing. He has loosely played a part in WWE history by having some of his songs used as entrance music.

Hillbilly Jim
I am surprised that Hillbilly Jim wasn't already in the Hall of Fame! Jim was a farmer gimmick that was sort of popular back in the 1980s. His character was one of the good guys on Hulk Hogan's Rock N Wrestling cartoon series back then.
Jim returned to WWE in the 1990s as a manager of The Godwinns.

The Dudley Boyz
Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley were part of 'The Dudley Boyz' faction in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the mid-to-late 1990s. From there, the duo moved to the WWF/WWE and won the tag team championships on numerous occasions before heading to TNA. The team returned to WWE for a brief run a number of years ago.

Lisa Moretti started off her wrestling career working for the GLOW wrestling league in the 1980s. From there, she worked for other wrestling promotions before landing in the WWF in 1999 under the ring name of Ivory.
She spent many years in the company becoming WWE Women's Champion three times.

Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett was born into a wrestling family. His career began in the mid-1980s when he worked for his father's promotion - Continental Wrestling Asssociation (CWA) and later worked for the USWA. In 1992, Jarrett was called up to work for Vince McMahon's WWF. He spent a few years working there before heading to work for the competition - WCW. Jarrett returned to the WWF after a stint in Ted Turner's company, but ended up back working for World Championship Wrestling in 1999 after having a falling out with Vince McMahon.
After WCW went under, Jarrett along with his father, Jerry, set up what would later become TNA Wrestling.

Mark Henry
Mark Henry signed for the World Wrestling Federation in 1996 at a time when he was competing as a powerlifter for Team USA during the Atlanta Games. He has been employed with the company ever since.
He has won many singles and tag titles during his career. I'd say his biggest accomplishment - inside a wrestling ring - was winning the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011.

Bill Goldberg is the headline act of this year's ceremony. He was a huge star during the peak of World Championship Wrestling after coming in and embarking on a streak of wins. The greatest moment, during this undefeated run, came on an episode of WCW Nitro, which was filmed in the Georgia Done, where Goldberg defeated Hulk Hogan to become WCW World Champion.
Following the closure of WCW, Goldberg sat out the rest of his contract. Once this ended, he spent a year in WWE before leaving for many years. He made a return to the company in late 2016 where he scored a shock victory over Brock Lesnar in the main event of the Survivor Series. From there, he went on to challenge - and defeat - Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship before dropping the title to Lesnar at last year's WrestleMania.

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