The count for the 2014 Hall of Fame in the WWE is now up to five, with the latest inductee being reportedly announced at a WWE SmackDown taping.
Paul Bearer, The Ultimate Warrior, Lita and Jake "The Snake" Roberts are already penciled in to receive their rings on the night before WrestleMania XXX—and now we have our fifth member alongside them.
WrestlingInc.com reports that the man to join them is Carlos Colon, who will be most fondly remembered to modern-day wrestling fans as the father of former WWE star Carlito:
WWE announced at tonight's SmackDown tapings in Little Rock that Carlos Colon will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year in New Orleans.
Colon last wrestled for WWE in 1993 at the Royal Rumble. He also appeared on a 2006 RAW to cheer on his son Carlito. Colon is also the father to Primo Colon (Diego of Los Matadores) and uncle to Orlando Colon (Fernando).
Given all the talk of people such as Scott Hall or the entire WrestleMania I main event being inducted, this could certainly rank as a bit of a surprise nomination from the WWE.
However, the career of Colon certainly does merit an inclusion into the most exclusive of wrestling clubs. Colon was on top of the wrestling world at a similar time when Ric Flair was dominating the NWA and Hulk Hogan was the top dog in the WWE.
He actually beat Flair whilst the latter was the NWA World Champion—a match that went on to create the World Wrestling Council Universal Heavyweight title. As of today, nobody has held that prestigious belt more times than Carlos Colon.
In terms of his career with the WWE, his stint with the company was quite brief. He appeared in the 1993 Royal Rumble as No. 21 but only lasted a period of seven minutes before being eliminated by Yokozuna.
However, his contribution to the wrestling world is well noted, and he will be a worthy inductee into the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, Colon becomes the third Puerto Rican to be inducted—after Pedro Morales and Johnny Rodz.
Talk will immediately spring as to who will induct him—with his children being the most likely candidates. As mentioned, former WWE star Carlito is the son of Colon—as is Primo, one half of Los Matadores.
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