WrestleMania XXVIII: Hall of Fame Inductors Announced
WWE.com has just released the list of names of the wrestlers who will induct each member of this year's Hall of Fame Class.
This year, the WWE is inducting six superstars. They are: Edge, Mil Mascaras, The Four Horsemen, Mike Tyson, Yokozuna and Ron Simmons.
This Hall of Fame class is one of the better ones in recent memory. I do not think that anyone will be able to make an argument against any of these performers.
Edge Inducted by Christian
This was a no-brainer. Edge and Christian grew up together in Canada with a dream of becoming pro wrestlers.
Together, they helped usher in a golden age of tag team wrestling. They were charismatic, entertaining and gifted performers in the ring.
It is very rare to make it to the top of the pro wrestling industry. These two did it together, and now Christian will have the honor of inducting his best friend into the Hall of Fame.
Perhaps down the road, Edge will return the favor to Christian.
Mil Mascaras Inducted by Alberto Del Rio
Mil Mascaras, a legend in Mexico and around the world, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by his nephew, Alberto Del Rio.
Mascaras was an innovator. With his incredible high-flying wrestling style, and the mystery of being a masked man, Mascaras set the path that other Lucha Libre wrestlers followed on their way to the top of the wrestling world.
It is one thing to have a friend induct you into the Hall of Fame, but when the opportunity is there for a member of your family to do it, the induction means that much more.
The Four Horesmen Inducted by Dusty Rhodes
One of the greatest stables in the history of wrestling, The Four Horsemen will finally be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Many different men could have inducted this group, but the choice of Dusty Rhodes makes for a great decision.
Dusty and Flair wrestled all over the world, and where Flair went, the Horsemen were not far behind. There is arguably no other wrestler who knows the Horsemen better than Dusty.
Mike Tyson Inducted by Triple H and Shawn Michaels
Mike Tyson is the celebrity being inducted this year. He is not your typical celebrity entry into the WWE Hall of Fame. Tyson was an established athlete, and at one time, the best boxer in the world.
Tyson was the special enforcer during Michaels vs. Austin at WrestleMania XIV.
Tyson ended up counting down the shoulders of Michaels that night, but as he goes into the Hall of Fame, he will have to stand by and hope Michaels and Triple H do not turn his induction ceremony into a roast.
Personally, I would have thought that Austin would be inducting Tyson, but if you can't have Austin, then you really can't go wrong with these two icons.
Ron Simmons Inducted by JBL
Ron Simmons, the first African-American to become WCW Champion, will take his place among the others who came before him and also broke down barriers in pro wrestling.
In the WWE, Simmons—known as Farooq—joined forces with JBL to become the Acolytes. They were initially used as henchmen for The Undertaker.
Later on, they decided they were going to hang out in the back, play cards, drink beer, and hire themselves out to whoever needed protection.
There really is no other man who comes to mind that would be better suited to induct Simmons than JBL.
I hope I am not alone in hoping that Simmons' speech consists of just one word: DAMN!
Yokozuna Inducted by the Usos
When it comes to wrestling bloodlines, the Harts, Von Erichs and the McMahons usually come to mind right away. Often forgotten are the Anoa'i. This family bloodline begins with Peter Maivia, The Rock, Umaga and The Usos.
Clearly something special was happening on the Samoan Island to have given the world such great performers as it has.
Yokozuna is one of those greats. Yokozuna was one of the best big men of his generation, and he feuded with some of the biggest names in the business at the time.
Like Mil Mascaras earlier, it will be a very special moment for The Usos to be able to induct and honor the life and career of their Samoan brother.
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