The Word Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) hosts its Hall of Fame ceremony on the night before WrestleMania every year. It’s set to do that again on April 2, 2016. However, sources claim that five names of the inductees has been leaked by a WWE insider.
Although not confirmed officially by WWE, it is believed that the news is authentic, according to WhatCulture.com.
A few weeks earlier, WWE officially named Sting as the first inductee into the 2016 Hall of Fame class. The company is yet to release any more names, officially. However, the leak has dented any chances of surprise by WWE.
Here are the names of the leaked inductees:
1) The Fabulous Freebirds
The Freebirds are considered to be one of the most important tag teams of their generation. It is surprising to see their name being inducted into the Hall of Fame so late. The Freebirds performed for the Dallas territory opposite Von Erichs. Their programs are talked about in glowing terms to this day.
2) Regis Philbin
One of the most surprising names on the list is that of television host Philbin. He has granted airtime to many WWE superstars and performed in-character interviews on his TV shows to promote pay-per-view events for the company.
Philbin was present in WrestleMania VII where he did a guest commentary for the main event match between Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter.
3) Jaqueline Moore
Recently, the trend of including female wrestlers into WWE’s Hall of Fame has increased. Reports suggest that this is done to keep a variety and balance to the occasion. Hence, it is not surprising to see the name of Jaqueline Moore on the list.
4) John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL)
Layfield is another Texan on the list. JBL is a former World Heavyweight Champion. He is still associated with WWE as a commentator. Bradshaw is well-liked in the WWE circles and is respected by company owner Vince McMahon.
5) Charles Wright
Wright is more popular because of his wrestling names “Papa Shango”, “Kama” and “The Godfather”. The induction of Wright into the Hall of Fame would be because of “The Godfather’s” popularity rather than his in-ring credentials.
Wright has a good relationship with WWE and has made some cameo performances in recent times.
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