Torrie Wilson to Be Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame's Class of 2019

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2019

Retired wrestler Torrie Wilson sits in New York Yankee's Alex Rodriguez's private box during the Yankees baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Torrie Wilson may have never won a championship during her time in WWE, but that did not stop her from having a Hall of Fame career.

Wilson was announced as the latest inductee of the 2019 Hall of Fame on Monday, joining D-Generation X and The Honky Tonk Man. 

"This feels like a sweet closure," Wilson told espnW's Aishwarya Kumar. "Since I retired, so many people have asked me, 'Do you feel bad you've never won a title?' And I have always said no, because I felt like I got the value—even though it would have been nice [to win a title]. But being inducted into the Hall of Fame feels like a championship belt to me, because it really makes me feel appreciated."

Wilson, 43, competed in WCW from 1999-2000 before joining WWE in 2001. She stayed in the company until her 2008 retirement.

A former bodybuilder and fitness model, Wilson had no wrestling experience when she joined WCW. She was part of WWE during an era that emphasized women more as special attractions rather than in-ring performers, but she worked regularly for the better part of a decade to get better at her craft.

"It's actually mind-boggling to me when I watch their matches," Wilson said of the current performers. "I remember watching Becky Lynch and then asking her after, 'How are you going on? How are you doing matches after matches? Aren't you hurting?' And she is just tough as a nail."

Despite never winning a championship herself, Wilson was one of the most famous women competitors of her era. She was part of a number of high-profile feuds with Stacy Keibler and Sable, along with a lengthy feud with Dawn Marie that included her father.

Wilson's most recent appearance came at the inaugural women's Royal Rumble in 2018.