Saturday, April 06, 2019

The Class Of 2019

WWE will induct more names into its Hall of Fame tonight.

As has become a tradition on this blog on the day of WWE Hall of Fame ceremonies, I like to write a few words about each member of that particular night's class.

Here are the names lined up to be inducted in 2019.

Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson began working in the professional wrestling business in the late 1990s after leaving the world of fitness modelling. Her first job was working for WCW. She remained there until December of 2000 and eventually signed for the WWF the following year.
She spent about seven years with the company from there. She was part of some memorable storylines on Smackdown and was one of the ladies who appeared in Playboy photo shoots during the time when WWF/E stars would pose for the magazine.

Harlem Heat
Real-life brothers, Booker T and Stevie Ray, first started out as The Ebony Express in the Dallas area. They eventually found themselves working for WCW under the name of Harlem Heat.
The team had ten WCW tag team reigns during its time together in WCW.

The Hart Foundation
Bret 'Hitman' Hart and Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart - also known as The Hart Foundation - was one of the most popular tag teams in the WWF when I first began to follow American wrestling. The team won the WWF Tag Team Championship on two occasions during the 80s and 90s.
Unfortunately, Neidhart passed away last year so his induction will be posthumous.

Honky Tonk Man
Another name from the time when I first became intrigued by American wrestling was The Honky Tonk Man.
HTM was a wrestler who dressed like Elvis Presley and would carry a guitar around with him to use as a foreign object.
His biggest claim to fame is that he is the longest reigning WWF/E Intercontinental Champion. He held the title for 454 days.

Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake
Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake is yet another name from WWF's initial boom period in the 1980s. He is best remembered for cutting his defeated opponents' hair after matches, his association with Hulk Hogan (who will introduce him tonight) and his time hosting The Barber Shop interview segment on WWF TV during the early 1990s.

D-Generation X
The headliners of this year's Hall of Fame ceremony will be the D-Generation X faction.
The group started off in late 1997 with Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna (plus Rick Rude). Following Shawn Michaels' departure from wrestling in 1998, the group expanded to include X-Pac (Sean Waltman), Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.
Michaels, HHH, X-Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn will all be inducted tonight despite there being a few other wrestlers/characters who have been a part of the group over the years.

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