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The WWE Hall of Fame is a hall of fame for professional wrestling personalities maintained by World Wrestling Entertainment. It was officially created on the February 1, 1993 episode of the World Wrestling Federation's (WWF) Monday Night Raw television program. On this episode, WWF announced the sole induction of alumnus André the Giant, who had died five days prior. His death was the impetus for the creation of the Hall of Fame. 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 1996 Survivor Series event, 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, WWE broadcast the final few inductions into the Hall of Fame on Spike TV (2005) and on the USA Network (2006–present); which were aired on tape delay. The first inductions were broadcast on WWE's official website. The 2008 edition of the Hall of Fame was broadcast live on the USA Network. Since 2005, the Hall of Fame ceremony has been packaged as part of that year's WrestleMania DVD release.

Although a building has never been built to represent the Hall of Fame, WWE has looked into constructing a facility for the Hall of Fame. 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. Some wrestlers have been critical of the WWE Hall of Fame and declined invitations to be inducted. Bruno Sammartino, the longest reigning WWE Champion, declined induction several times before accepting in 2013.

As of 2013, there have been a total of 113 inductees: 90 members inducted individually, six tag teams, one stable and one wrestling family. Ric Flair is the only Hall of Famer to be inducted twice, first as a singles wrestler in 2008, then as a part of The Four Horsemen in 2012. 16 of the individual inductees have been inducted posthumously.


Hall of Fame RosterEdit

1993Edit

Name: Inducted By:
Andre the Giant

Inducted posthumously with no formal ceremony. A video package was shown on an episode of WWF Superstars in 1993 that announced his induction.

1994Edit

Name: Inducted By:
Arnold Skaaland Shane McMahon
Bobo Brazil "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Chief Jay Strongboy Tatanka
"Classy" Freddie Blassie Shane McMahon
Gorilla Monsoon Jim Ross
James Dudley Vince McMahon

1995Edit

Name: Inducted By:
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

1996Edit

Name: Inducted By:
"Baron" Mikel Scicluna Gorilla Monsoon
"Captain" Lou Albano Joe Franklin
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka Don Muraco
Johnny Rodz Arnold Skaaland
Killer Kowalski Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Pat Patterson Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Vincent J. McMahon Shane McMahon
The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant & Johnny Valiant) The British Bulldog & Owen Hart

2004Edit

Name: Inducted By:
"Big" John Studd The Big Show. Represented by his son, John Minton, Jr.
Don Muraco Mick Foley
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart
Harley Race "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
Jesse "The Body" Ventura Tyrell Janos
Junkyard Dog "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd. Represented by his daughter, LaToya Ritter.
Sgt. Slaughter Pat Patterson
"Superstar" Billy Gramham Triple H
Tito Santana "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Blackjack Lanza
Pete Rose Kane

2005Edit

Name: Inducted By:
Hulk Hogan Sylvester Stallone
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
"Cowboy" Bob Orton Randy Orton
Jimmy Hart Jerry "The King" Lawler
"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Nikolai Volkoff Jim Ross
The Iron Sheik Sgt. Slaughter

2006Edit

2007Edit

2008Edit

2009Edit

2010Edit

2011Edit

2012Edit

2013Edit

Name: Inducted By:
Mick Foley Terry Funk
Bob Backlund Maria Menounos
Trish Stratus Stephanie McMahon
Bruno Sammartino Arnold Schwarzenegger
Booker T Stevie Ray
Donald Trump Vince McMahon

2014Edit

Name: Inducted By:
Ultimate Warrior TBA
Jake "The Snake" Roberts TBA
Lita TBA
Paul Bearer TBA


Ceremony Dates and LocationsEdit

Date: Location: Venue: WrestleMania:
June 18, 2994 Baltimore, Maryland Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel            -
June 24, 2995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Marriott Hotel            -
November 16, 1996 New York City, New York Marriott Marquis            -
March 13, 2004 New York City, New York The Hilton           XX
April 2, 2005 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre           21
April 1, 2006 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Theatre           22
March 31, 2007 Detriot, Michigan Fox Theatre           23
March 29, 2008 Orlando, Florida Amway Arena         XXIV
April 4, 2009 Houston, Texas Toyota Center          XXV
March 27, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona Dodge Theatre         XXVI
April 2, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena         XXVII
March 31, 2012 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena         XXVIII
April 6, 2013 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden           29
TBA 2014 TBA TBA          XXX

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