Since its creation in 1993, the WWE Hall of Fame has honored 120 individuals. Today, we bring 25 of our favorite WWE hall of fame inductees.
Mary Lillian Ellison was better known as The Fabulous Moolah and was the first WWF Women’s Champion. Ellison was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995 and became the oldest champion in the history of professional wrestling by winning the WWF Women’s Championship at the age of 76.
Renowned as “The Fashion Plate of Professional Wrestling”, Frederick Kenneth Blassie AKA “Classy” Freddie Blassie was a One-time NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion (later known as the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Championship) and a one-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion. He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1994.
Best known for being the longest- reigning World Heavyweight Champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) now known as WWE, Bruno Sammartino was an exceptional wrestler whose style consisted of three finishing moves; the bearhug, hammerlock, and the Canadian backbreaker rack. He was inducted into the hall of fame on April 6, 2013.
Jerry O’Neil Lawler AKA Jerry “The King” Lawler is a former world champion and has held 168 championships throughout his career. Overall, Lawler has held more championships than any other WWE wrestler, though he has not won any WWE championships since joining the company.
Adam Joseph Copeland or better known to the professional wrestling world as “Edge” was trained by former professional wrestlers Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchinson. Among his many accomplishments, Edge won the first “Mr. Money in the Bank” in 2005 and 2007. Overall, Edge has won 31 championships in WWE.
Three time NWA World Heavyweight champion Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. AKA “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes is one of only six men inducted into each of the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
At 5ft 9in, and weighing about 215 lbs (1.75 m and 98 kg) George Raymond Wganer AKA Gorgeous George was not a particularly imposing wrestler. Nevertheless, his charismatic and flamboyant character gained George mainstream popularity making him one of the biggest stars of the 40’s and 50’s.
Regarded as one of the most respected and gifted technical wrestlers in history, Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes (or Eddie Guerrero) was the youngest, most popular and most successful of the Guerrero brothers winning a total of 23 titles during his career, including the WWE Championship.
Roderick “Roddy” George Toombs better known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper joined the WWE in late 1983 and was the host to the comical yet enraging interview segment called “Piper’s Pit”.
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 and hosts a lists of accomplishments including: NWA World Heavyweight Champion, four time United States Heavyweight Champion, four time World Television Champion, twelve-time World Tag Team Champion and One-time Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion.
Harley Leland Race is one of only six wrestling professionals to have been inducted into the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling, and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter hall of fame.
Pegged as “…the greatest pure wrestler ever to lace up a pair of boots”, Bret Hart is known to many under nicknames such as “Hitman”, “The Excellence of Excution”, “The Best There is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be” and “The Pink and Black Attack”. His career includes 32 championships, including seven-time world champion, five-time WWF Champion, and twice the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Hart is also the first man to win both the WWF and WCW Triple Crown Championships.
The Ultimate Warrior
Born James Brian Hellwig, The Ultimate Warrior joined the WWF (Now WWE) in June 1987 and made his television debut on October 25 of the same year. After defeating Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania VI, Warrior became the first and so far the only wrestler to hold the WWF Intercontinental and World Championships simultaneously.
Often referred to as the “Hardcore Legend”, Michael Francis “Mick” Foley, Sr. is a four-time world champion and an 11-time tag team champion. However, one of his crowning moments was the King of the Ring’s Hell in a Cell match on June 1998 where Foley (under the name “Mankind”), competed against the Undertaker. The match was highlighted by the Undertaker throwing Foley into a Spanish announcer’s table from the top of the 16 ft. high cage.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Aurelian Smith, Jr. better known as the python-carrying Jake “The Snake” Roberts made his World Wrestling Federation debut in March 1986. One month later, he defeated George Wells at WrestleMania 2 in his pay-per-view debut. Roberts is credited with the accidental creation of the DDT wrestling move in the 1980’s which has been modified into many variations including the Argentine DDT, Double underhook DDT, Elevated DDT, Flip DDT, Flip-over DDT, and a whole lot more.
Arguably the most popular Diva in the company’s history, Amy Christine Dumas known to the wrestling world as “Lita” is a four-time WWE Women’s Champion.
Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time (with a career spanning 40 years), Richard Morgan Fliehr (AKA Ric Flair) has a lengthy and highly decorated resume which includes accomplishments with National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Officially, Flair has been recognized as a 16-time world heavyweight champion (though the actual number of this accomplishment varies depending on the source).
William Alvin “Bill” Moody donned the cryptic, ghostly, histrionic character of Paul Bearer; the manager of the Undertaker who was almost always seen bearing and urn. He would also go on to manage talents such as Kane, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Rick Rude, and Vader.
Puerto Rican Wrestler Carlos Edwin Colón González, Sr. together with Victor Jovica, founded the promotional company Capitol Sports Promotion, which helped bring talent such as Randy Savage, and Ric flair to Puerto Rico in order to wrestle.
Laurence Tureaud AKA Mr. T. entered the world of professional wrestling in 1985. He became Hulk Hogan’s tag-team partner at the World Wrestling Federation’s first WrestleMania (which he won). After, he became a special “WWF boxer” and took on “Cowboy” Bob Orton on March 1st 1986.
Scott Oliver Hall AKA Razor Ramon is a four-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, and a one-time WCW World Television Champion. Although he never held a WWE-recognized world championship, he competed for both the WWF and the WCW World Heavyweight titles on international pay-per-view. Furthermore, he is one of the founding members of the New World Order (nWo)
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom AKA Shawn Michaels was instrumental in the success of the stable “Degeneration X” and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. After his induction, the WWE hailed Michaels by stating “Ask any Superstar on the WWE roster who the most gifted sport-entertainer of all time is and nearly everyone will have the same answer – Shawn Michaels.”
Andre the Giant
Thanks to a medical condition known as “gigantism”, Andre Rene Roussimoff better known as Andre the Giant, was a behemoth of a man. Billed at 7 ft 4 in tall and weighing a total of 520 lbs, Andre came to be known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Born Steven James Anderson but better known as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, gained mainstream popularity in the late 1990’s as a “disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero”. Hailed by chairman Vince McMahon as the most profitable wrestler in the company’s history, Austin was the poster boy for the WWF’s Attitude Era and is considered to be one of the greatest and most popular professional wrestlers of all time.
Terry Gene Bollea; better known as Hulk Hogan, is arguably the most popular WWE talent enjoying incredible mainstream popularity in the 80’s and 90’s. Hogan is a 12 time World Champion and is the third longest combined reigning WWE Champion of all time.