WWE officials are finally planning on inducting "Ravishing" Rick Rude into the WWE Hall of Fame this year, according to PWInsider.
Roode, who passed away in April 1999, made appearances for WWE, WCW and ECW, among others. He held the WWE Intercontinental Title and the WCW United States Heavyweight Title, among others. He was forced to retire after suffering a back injury during a match against Sting in 1994. There are rumors of a current WWE employee being inducted this year but we haven't confirmed that name yet.
As noted earlier in the week, Diamond Dallas Page will also be going into the Hall of Fame this year.
The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on Saturday, April 1st from Orlando during WrestleMania 33 weekend.
More Rumored Names For The WWE Hall Of Fame By Brad Davis on January 11, 2017@sescoops
WrestleMania weekend and the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony are less than three months away and we’ve got more rumored names for this year’s HOF class.
You’ve probably heard by now that Diamond Dallas Page and the late “Ravishing” Rick Rude will be entering the Hall this year. In addition to these very-deserving names, the following legends were mentioned as upcoming inductees on a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Live:
William Regal Christian The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) Mike Rotunda (IRS)
There’s also been some speculation that The Undertaker will be this year’s headliner, but we’re not totally sold on that idea. The Dead Man was part of yesterday’s WrestleMania 34 press conference from New Orleans and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be retiring this year.
KURT ANGLE TO HEADLINE 2017 WWE HALL OF FAME CLASS BY JOSEPH CURRIER | @josephcurrier | JAN 16, 2017 2:39 PM
The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class has its headliner -- and it's someone that many doubted would ever be back with the company in any way.
ESPN broke the news on Monday afternoon that Kurt Angle would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31st over WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando, Florida. The induction is the first association Angle has had with WWE in over a decade after parting ways with the company in 2006.
"I was shocked. I've been out of WWE for a long time and out of touch with them so I didn't really expect this," Angle told ESPN about the news. "It's a huge honor. This is the only Hall of Fame that I'm not in and probably (the one) I want to be in the most. This is the one that means the most for me. I had a lot of fun entertaining the fans for seven years with WWE, and I'm glad that my hard work paid off."
Angle had spent most of the last decade of his career in TNA Wrestling, while a litany of highly publicized personal and substance abuse issues had kept him out of WWE's good graces since his departure.
“Kurt Angle’s accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary,” Paul Levesque (better known as Triple H) said in a statement. “He was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame.”
In the ESPN interview, Angle claimed that he was told the news on Monday after having little relationship with the company in the time since he left aside from a conversation with Levesque last year. Dave Meltzer reported in the January 2nd edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Angle had told indie promoters that he wasn't taking any more bookings and would be going back to WWE in April.
It remains to be seen whether Angle will ultimately only be back for the induction or if he'll have any further role in WWE.
"We have not talked about any wrestling," Angle said to ESPN. "Whether we do or not, that remains to be seen...there are no guarantees. I think right now the most important thing is the Hall of Fame -- and I think both sides feel that way."
Spoiler On Plans For The Women's Superstar For The 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame Class
Source: PWInsider Elite
Former WWE Women's Champion Beth Phoenix is expected to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando, according to PWInsider.
Phoenix is a one-time WWE Divas Champion and a three-time WWE Women's Champion. She also won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year in 2008. She retired in the fall of 2012 and married WWE Hall of Famer Edge in 2016. They have two daughters - Lyric Rose Copeland, born in December 2013, and Ruby Ever Copeland, born in May 2016. WWE has already announced Kurt Angle as this year's Hall of Fame headliner but no other names have been confirmed. Rumored names include Diamond Dallas Page, William Regal, Rick Rude, Christian, Mike Rotunda (Irwin R. Schyster) and The Natural Disasters - John Tenta (Earthquake) and Fred Ottman (Typhoon).
WWE Set To Announce Tag Team For Hall Of Fame This Monday?
There have been rumors of the legendary Rock 'N Roll Express being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. It appears as if it may be happening, as the legendary tag team will be appearing at 50fifty Sports Tavern this Monday night, and it was noted that a "big announcement" will be made that night on RAW:
If you watched wrestling as a kid you have to remember Rock n roll Express. Well Monday night here at 50fifty Ricky Morton will be here to sign autographs. There is a big announcement that will be made that night on Raw. Be here to watch some wrestling and have a beer with one of the Icons of wrestling. 8pm. Kurt Angle has been the only name announced for this year's Hall of Fame, although Rick Rude, Beth Phoenix, Diamond Dallas Page and William Regal have been rumored for this year's class.
The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on Friday, March 31st from the Amway Center in Orlando during WrestleMania 33 weekend. You can check out full listing from the 50fifty sports tavern below:
TEDDY LONG JOINS 2017 WWE HALL OF FAME CLASS BY JOSEPH CURRIER | @josephcurrier | FEB 13, 2017 10:37 AM
Continuing the WrestleMania season tradition of announcing Hall of Fame inductees before Raw on Mondays, WWE added Teddy Long to the 2017 Hall of Fame class this week.
WWE chose Fox Sports to break the news, with an article also appearing on their own website. Long joins Kurt Angle and The Rock 'n' Roll Express as the already announced members of this year's class.
"Well, I was really surprised, you know? I had thought about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and I thought ‘well, if they’re going to do that, I’m pretty sure my time will come one day.’ And that’s what did happen," Long told Fox Sports. "I was real excited, it’s such an honor to be a part of something like this. To go into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame...man, it’s just great. It don’t get no better than that."
Long is best known to modern fans for his time as an on-screen character in the 2000s, where he served as SmackDown's general manager for several years. He got his start in the 80s as a member of the ring crew for Jim Crockett Promotions before transitioning to a career as a referee and manager on television.
DDP JOINS 2017 WWE HALL OF FAME CLASS BY JOSEPH CURRIER | @josephcurrier | FEB 20, 2017 10:33 AM
This Monday brought another addition to the WWE Hall of Fame with the announcement that Diamond Dallas Page would be part of its 2017 class.
Rolling Stone was given the news by WWE and conducted an interview with Page. He is the fifth officially confirmed member of this year's class, joining Kurt Angle, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson of the Rock 'n' Roll Express, and Teddy Long.
In the interview with Rolling Stone, Page said he got the call from WWE telling him that he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame all the way back in October.
"They handed me the phone and said, 'Boss wants to talk to you,'" Page said about finding out the news. "It's HHH. I called him a couple weeks earlier and he hadn't gotten back to me yet, so I thought this was that return call. So we're talking about casual stuff, and then I start to hear him talk about my career and where I've been and how I got here, and then it hits me -- is this that call? I'm not a guy who has trouble talking, but I couldn't talk. Tears are running down the sides of my cheeks and I just said, 'Bro, I love you man.'"
DDP is best known to wrestling audiences for his run as one of the bigger stars in WCW in the late 90s through the closure of the promotion. He also had a brief stay in WWE after WCW went out of business, though he failed to reach the heights that he did during his WCW tenure.
Page didn't find wrestling stardom until fairly late in his life and has since worked with wrestlers like Jake Roberts and Scott Hall on their physical health and substance abuse issues after developing his DDP Yoga program.
Beth Phoenix to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Beth Phoenix, one of the most dominant female competitors in sports-entertainment, will take her rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame when she is inducted as part of the Class of 2017 during WrestleMania 33 Week. The news was first reported by USA Today.
Phoenix first arrived in WWE in 2006, brutalizing Mickie James and aligning herself with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. Unfortunately, a jaw injury forced Phoenix to the sidelines just weeks after her debut. She returned to Monday Night Raw more than a year later, ready to dominate the competition. Possessing great beauty and power, Phoenix dubbed herself "The Glamazon" and went right to work.
Within months of her return to WWE, Phoenix captured the Women's Championship and dominated the division for months, muscling around the competition with ease before planting opponents face-first into the canvas with her patented Glam Slam. She also was part of an unlikely, yet infamous power couple with Santino Marella. The duo, dubbed "Glamarella," found great success, often in spite of the wacky antics of The Milan Miracle. In fact, it was Phoenix who won herself a second Women's Championship and Marella the Intercontinental Title in a Winner Take All Tag Team Match at SummerSlam 2008.
Phoenix went on to capture the Women's Championship once more, as well as the Divas Championship before stepping away from the ring in 2012. On top of her championship glory, The Glamazon was a pioneer, truly showing what women could do inside the squared circle. Phoenix was the second woman ever to enter the Royal Rumble Match, eliminating the towering Great Khali in the 2010 edition of the 30-Superstar, over-the-top-rope melee. She wasn't afraid to throw down in a hardcore match and even took part in the first ever Tables Match to feature women at WWE TLC 2010.
And now, Beth Phoenix is blazing a trail toward sports-entertainment immortality, as she enters the WWE Hall of Fame.
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat to induct "Ravishing" Rick Rude into WWE Hall of Fame "Ravishing" Rick Rude will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by one of his greatest rivals, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. The news was broken by Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview with the 2009 inductee.
The two locked horns several times in WWE in the late 1980s, including a memorable bout that kicked off the first-ever Royal Rumble event in 1988. However, their rivalry reached its boiling point in the early 1990s in WCW. With Rude as the centerpiece of Paul Heyman's nefarious Dangerous Alliance, "The Dragon," one of the most heroic competitors ever, was one of the first to stand up to the villainous faction.
Steamboat zeroed in on Rude, the reigning United States Champion, in a series of matches that thrilled WCW fans. Their rivalry came to a head at Beach Blast 1992 in a grueling 30-Minute WCW Iron Man Match, where Steamboat eked out a narrow 4-3 victory in the waning moments of the battle.
Now, "The Dragon" will have the chance to reflect on the impact "Ravishing" Rick Rude had on sports-entertainment as he inducts his late rival into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. What will Steamboat have to say? Tune into the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, live on Friday, March 31, at 8 ET/5 PT, exclusively on WWE Network!