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General

In professional wrestling, the WWE Hall of Fame (formerly WWF Hall of Fame) is an institution that honors selected former employees of World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the World Wrestling Federation) and other figures who have contributed to wrestling and sports-entertainment in general.

History

The Hall of Fame was created in 1993 with the induction of WWF alumnus André the Giant, who had died earlier that year. The Hall inducted additional members annually thereafter until 1996 with the 1994 and 1995 ceremonies held as part of the King of the Ring weekend, then went dormant until it was revived in 2004 to commemorate the company's twentieth WrestleMania event.

Since living inductees appear at a Hall of Fame acceptance event, induction is contingent upon the candidate being on good terms with WWE. The process by which inductees are selected is not transparent; the criteria for induction have never been disclosed. Although the Hall in theory honors those with important WWE careers, since the revival in 2004 some inductees, such as Harley Race, Verne Gagne and Nick Bockwinkel, achieved much of their success outside of WWE, though the companies where they did achieve their success are now largely part of the WWE.

As of 2010, Harley Race, "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd, Verne Gagne, Dusty Rhodes, Big John Studd, Terry Funk and Antonio Inoki are the only wrestlers to be inducted into both the WCW Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame, while Gordon Solie is the only commentator to be inducted into both.

Inductees

Ceremony dates and locations

Event Date City Venue
Hall of Fame 1994 June 4, 1994 Baltimore, Maryland Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel
Hall of Fame 1995 June 24, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Marriott Hotel
Hall of Fame 1996 November 16, 1996 New York, New York Marriott Marquis
Hall of Fame 2004 March 13, 2004 New York, New York The Hilton
Hall of Fame 2005 April 2, 2005 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre
Hall of Fame 2006 April 1, 2006 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Theatre
Hall of Fame 2007 March 31, 2007 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre
Hall of Fame 2008 March 28, 2008 Orlando, Florida Amway Arena
Hall of Fame 2009 April 4, 2009 Houston, Texas Toyota Center
Hall of Fame 2010 March 27, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona Dodge Theater
Hall of Fame 2011 April 2, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena
Hall of Fame 2012 March 31, 2012 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena
Hall of Fame 2013 April 6, 2013 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
Hall of Fame 2014 April 5, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana Smoothie King Center
Hall of Fame 2015 March 28, 2015 San Jose, California SAP Center
Hall of Fame 2016 April 2, 2016 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
Hall of Fame 2017 March 31, 2017 Orlando, Florida Orlando, Florida
Hall of Fame 2018 April 6, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana Smoothie King Center
Hall of Fame 2019 April 6, 2019 Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center
Hall of Fame 2020

Trivia

  • Set pieces from the Slammy Awards from 1986, 1987, 1996, and 1997 are used as a part of the Hall of Fame awards show set.

See also

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