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WWE Hall of Fame
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Established March 22, 1993
Founder WWE
Members 103 individuals
11 groups (35 members)
9 celebrities
2 Warrior awards
7 Legacy awards
(156 total inductees)

The WWE Hall of Fame is a hall of fame for professional wrestling personalities maintained by WWE. It was officially created on the March 22, 1993 episode of Monday Night Raw where André the Giant, who had died nearly two months prior, was announced as the sole inductee. The 1994 and 1995 ceremonies were held in conjunction with the annual King of the Ring pay-per-view events. In 1996, the ceremony was held with the Survivor Series event, for the first time in front of a paying audience as well as the wrestlers, after which, the Hall of Fame went on hiatus.

In 2004, WWE relaunched the Hall of Fame to coincide with WrestleMania XX. This ceremony, like its predecessors, was not broadcast on television. However, it was released on DVD on June 1, 2004. Beginning with the 2005 ceremony, an edited version of the Hall of Fame was broadcast on Spike TV (2005) and on the USA Network (2006–present); these were aired on tape delay. Since 2005, the entire Hall of Fame ceremony has been packaged as part of the annual WrestleMania DVD release, and from 2014, has been broadcast live on the WWE Network. In 2015, historical WWE Hall of Fame ceremonies became available on the WWE Network.

Although a building has never been built to represent the Hall of Fame, WWE has looked into constructing a facility. In 2008, Shane McMahon, then-Executive Vice President of Global Media of WWE, stated that WWE had been storing wrestling memorabilia in a warehouse for years, with all items categorized and dated in case a facility is created.

As of 2016, there have been a total of 156 inductees - with 103 wrestlers inducted individually, 11 group inductions (consisting of 35 wrestlers within those groups), nine celebrities and 2 Warrior Award recipients and 7 Legacy Awards. 35 members were inducted posthumously. Ric Flair is the only Hall of Famer to be inducted twice, first individually in 2008, then as a member of The Four Horsemen in 2012, whilst Flair and Sting are the only people to be inducted while still active.

Classes

Class of 1993

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual André the Giant None

Class of 1994

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual Arnold Skaaland Bob Backlund
Bobo Brazil Ernie Ladd
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers Bret Hart
Chief Jay Strongbow Tatanka
"Classy" Freddie Blassie Shane McMahon
Gorilla Monsoon Jim Ross
James Dudley Vince McMahon

Class of 1995

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual Antonino Rocca Diesel
"Big Cat" Ernie Ladd Bobo Brazil
George "The Animal" Steele Doink the Clown
Ivan Putski Scott Putski
The Fabulous Moolah Alundra Blayze
The Grand Wizard Sgt. Slaughter
Pedro Morales Savio Vega

Class of 1996

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual "Baron" Mikel Sciculuna Gorilla Monsson
"Captain" Lou Albano Joe Franklin
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka Don Muraco
Johnny Rodz Arnold Skaaland
Killer Kowalski Triple H
Pat Patterson Bret Hart
Vincent J. McMahon Shane McMahon
Group The Valiant Brothers
(Jimmy and Johnny Valiant)
British Bulldog and Owen Hart

Class of 2004

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual Big John Studd Big Show
Don Muraco Mick Foley
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine Jimmy Hart
Harley Race Ric Flair
Jesse "The Body" Ventura Tyrel Ventura
Junkyard Dog Ernie Ladd
Sgt. Slaughter Pat Patterson
Superstar Billy Graham Triple H
Tito Santana Shawn Michaels
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Blackjack Lanza
Celebrity Pete Rose Kane

Class of 2005

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual Hulk Hogan Sylvester Stallone
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Ric Flair
"Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. Randy Orton
Jimmy Hart Jerry Lawler
"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff Bobby Heenan
Nikolai Volkoff Jim Ross
Iron Sheik Sgt. Slaughter

Class of 2006

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual Bret "Hitman" Hart Stone Cold Steve Austin
Eddie Guerrero Chris Benoit, Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio
"Mean" Gene Okerlund Hulk Hogan
Sensational Sherri Ted DiBiase
Verne Gagne Greg Gagne
"Mr. USA" Tony Atlas S.D. Jones
Group The Blackjacks
(Blackjack Mulligan and Blackjack Lanza)
Bobby Heenan
Celebrity William "The Refrigerator" Perry John Cena

Class of 2007

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes
"Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig James Harrison
Jerry "The King" Lawler William Shatner
Nick Bockwinkel Bobby Heenan
Mr. Fuji Don Muraco
The Sheik Rob Van Dam and Sabu
Jim Ross Stone Cold Steve Austin
Group The Wild Samoans
(Afa and Sika)
Samu and Matt Anoa'i

Class of 2008

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Ceremony Dates and Locations

Date Location Venue Host Associated Event
June 9, 1994 Baltimore, Maryland Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel King of the Ring (1994)
June 24, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[156] Marriott Hotel King of the Ring (1995)
November 16, 1996 New York City, New York[157] Marriott Marquis Survivor Series (1996)
March 13, 2004 New York City, New York[4] The Hilton Gene Okerlund WrestleMania XX
April 2, 2005 Los Angeles, California[6] Universal Amphitheatre Gene Okerlund WrestleMania 21
April 1, 2006 Rosemont, Illinois[158] Rosemont Theatre Jerry Lawler WrestleMania 22
March 31, 2007 Detroit, Michigan[159] Fox Theatre Todd Grisham WrestleMania 23
March 29, 2008 Orlando, Florida[160] Amway Arena Gene Okerlund and Todd Grisham WrestleMania XXIV
April 4, 2009 Houston, Texas[161] Toyota Center Jerry Lawler and Todd Grisham WrestleMania XXV
March 27, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona[162] Dodge Theater Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXVI
April 2, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia[163][164] Philips Arena Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXVII
March 31, 2012 Miami, Florida[165] American Airlines Arena[166] Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXVIII
April 6, 2013 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Jerry Lawler WrestleMania 29
April 5, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana Smoothie King Center Jerry Lawler WrestleMania XXX
March 28, 2015 San Jose, California SAP Center at San Jose[167] Jerry Lawler WrestleMania 31
April 2, 2016 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center James Harrison WrestleMania 32
April 1, 2017 Orlando, Florida Amway Center WrestleMania 33