A look at the the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016

 

WWE welcomes nine new Hall of Famers and one in the celebrity wing, sending the total number of Hall of Fame inductees to over 130.

Headlining will be Sting, whose long and storied career in WCW is pretty well documented. It took him till the end of his career to jump to WWE but he got his WrestleMania moment last year, wrestling Triple H during the show. Sting’s title reigns include six WCW heavyweight championships, two United States titles, three WCW Tag Team titles, two NWA Heavyweight titles, and four TNA World titles.

The Godfather might not scream Hall of Fame from the very beginning but the man behind the gimmick, Charles Wright, was one of the many who pushed the envelope during the Attitude Era. His career started earlier than that wrestling for WWF as Papa Shango and then as Kama in the Nation of Domination. The Godfather is a former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team champion.

Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, and Jimmy Garvin, collectively known as the Fabulous Freebirds, are one of the most recognizable groups in pro wrestling history. Their feud with the Von Erichs in World Class Championship Wrestling is legendary and they are credited for creating the “Freebird rule.” They are former two time WCW Tag Team champions, two time WCW United States Tag Team champions and one time WCW 6-man Tag Team champions. Yes, that title did exist!

The Big Boss Man had been a staple in the then WWF in the late 80s and early 90s and had memorable feuds with Hulk Hogan, The Mountie, Nailz, and others. He spent part of his career as a tag team with Akeem as the Twin Towers and then later in his career joined Vince McMahon’s The Corporation as the enforcer. During the Attitude Era he is perhaps best known for dragging Big Show’s father casket with a car while Big Show “casket surfed” and “serving” Al Snow’s dog Pepper to Snow without him knowing. The former corrections officer from Marietta, Georgia passed away in 2004. He is a four time WWE Hardcore champion and a one time WWE Tag Team champion.

Jacqueline Moore, who wrestled simply as Jacqueline, was another important female wrestler during the Attitude Era. She had her own fair share of bra and panties matches and even suffered a wardrobe malfunction during a jaw-dropping bikini contest against Sable but there’s no denying her wrestling abilities. She is a former two time WWE Women’s champion as well as a former Cruiserweight champion.

Stan Hansen’s career was pretty much made in Japan. Despite small runs in WWF, AWA, and WCW, his career took off while in All Japan Pro Wrestling where he had memorable feuds with Vader, Mitsuharu Misawa, and even wrestled Hulk Hogan in 1990 during an AJPW show held in connection with the WWF. He is considered the master of the lariat clothesline. He is a one time AWA World Heavyweight champion, and a one time NWA United States champion.

Joining these individuals will be Snoop Dogg who will be inducted into the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame and Joan Lunden who will get the Warrior Award.