REPORT: NAME UNDER CONSIDERATION TO HEADLINE THE 2018 WWE HALL OF FAME By Paul Jordan on 8/31/2017 9:23 AM
Dave Meltzer is reporting that Dave Bautista's name is being floated around for the headliner of 2018 WWE Hall of Fame in New Orleans.
It makes sense that he could be inducted next year as it would be four years removed from his Wrestlemania 30 appearance in the same city. And given his high-profile movie roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy","Blade Runner 2049" and the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War" it would be a good way to draw mainstream interests and sell tickets.
Especially since the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion has been very vocal about the company's PG direction and what he feels was botched by his 2014 return. This more than likely will lead to some interesting views on the Network.
The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter touched on this report, noting they had only heard Goldberg and the Dudley Boyz names come up as possibilities for this year’s class. The Observer also noted that while Batista was in early talks as a possible Hall of Fame nominee, he might be held off on due to the reports of his interest in coming back to compete in WWE.
WWE Hall Of Fame 2018 Legacy Wing Inductees Revealed
WWE will be making additions to the Legacy Wing of the Hall of Fame tomorrow night in New Orleans.
The following Legends are set to be inducted into the Legacy Wing, according to PWInsider:
* Lord Alfred Hayes * Stan Stasiak * Boris Malenko * Dara Singh * El Santo * Cora Combs * Jim Londos * Rufus R. Jones * Sputnik Monroe
The Legacy Wing was created in 2016 and currently includes 16 stars - Martin Burns, June Byers, Judy Grable, Dr. Jerry Graham, Haystacks Calhoun, Bearcat Wright, Rikidozan, Toots Mondt, Luther Lindsay, Art Thomas, Mildred Burke, George Hackenschmidt, Frank Gotch, Pat O'Connor, Ed Lewis and Lou Thesz.
Remember to join us tomorrow night for live coverage of the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. This year's inductees are Bill Goldberg (inducted by Paul Heyman), The Dudley Boyz (inducted by Christian & WWE Hall of Famer Edge), Ivory (inducted by Molly Holly), Mark Henry (inducted by Big Show), Hillbilly Jim (inducted by Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart) and Jeff Jarrett (inducted by "Road Dogg" BG James). Jarrius "JJ" Robertson will receive the Warrior Award (presented by Dana Warrior) and Kid Rock will be inducted into the Celebrity Wing.