Snoop Dogg to Be Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2016

Snoop Dogg arrives at DIRECTV Super Saturday Night at Pier 70 on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/NFL/Invision via AP)
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The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame class looks to be complete after the WWE revealed Monday that Snoop Dogg will be entering its celebrity wing. Former WWE announcer Jim Ross first broke the news.

The rapper will be the ninth celebrity enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame, per WWE.com:

WWE Hall of Fame Celebrity Wing
CelebrityYear Inducted
Snoop Dogg2016
Arnold Schwarzenegger2015
Mr. T2014
Donald Trump2013
Mike Tyson2012
Drew Carey2011
Bob Uecker2010
William "The Refrigerator" Perry2006
Pete Rose2004
Source: WWE.com

Snoop Dogg is an avowed wrestling fan, and he has made sporadic appearances on WWE programs over the years. This time last year, he and Bill Simmons showed up for the go-home Raw before WrestleMania 31. Snoop also guest-hosted an episode of Raw in 2009, when the company was rotating in various celebrities on a weekly basis:

Snoop has a unique connection to WWE. He is a cousin of former NXT Women's champion and current Diva Sasha Banks:

In an interview with Rolling Stone's Kenny Herzog, Banks seemed to hint Snoop could have a role in her entrance at WrestleMania 32 on Sunday:

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Maybe you should watch WrestleMania and you might see it, you never know! I don't need someone to walk me to the ring every week and hold my hand like Charlotte does, but Snoop can make an appearance once in a while. Some people need their daddy to hold their hand and walk them down to the ring, which is fine. Some people need fire to have an entrance, which is OK. But I'm a Boss. I don't need that stuff.

WWE has never included more than one celebrity in a single class, so it's doubtful it will add anyone else to that wing of the Hall of Fame in 2016. Judging by a leaked copy of this year's WrestleMania magazine (via Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.), Stan Hansen will be the last wrestler added to the class as well.

Also, John Cena announced Monday on Today (via WWE.com) that Joan Lunden will be the recipient of the second Warrior Award, which was seemingly the only box WWE had yet to check for this year's class.

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