WWE has confirmed that Harlem Heat will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class.
Booker T & Stevie Ray are considered to be one of the greatest tag teams in the history of WCW, with Booker going on to become a multiple time World Heavyweight Champion. This induction will officially make Booker a two-time Hall of Fame inductee, following his previous induction as a singles star in 2013.
We can probably expect some kind of video package on Monday Night RAW this evening to commemorate Booker & Stevie’s induction.
Below is part of the statement released by WWE. You can read the full statement here.
Booker T & Stevie Ray were one of the most dominant tag teams of the 1990s, steamrolling over the competition in WCW to become tag team champions on 10 occasions. Now, the brothers will be immortalized in sports-entertainment history.
Harlem Heat are the latest inductees in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. They’ll enter the fabled hall on the eve of WrestleMania 35, Saturday, April 6, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. With this induction, Booker T will become a two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, joining Ric Flair and fellow 2019 inductee Shawn Michaels of D-Generation X. The news was first reported by USA Today.
After nearly two years apart, Booker T & Stevie Ray reunited and returned to a vastly different tag team landscape in WCW. However, Harlem Heat hadn’t lost a step, as they defeated The Jersey Triad to win their eighth WCW Tag Team Titles at Road Wild 1999. Before the turn of the millennium, they added two more reigns as champions to their incredible résumé, setting a WCW record that would not be broken before the company was purchased by WWE in 2001.
Though the brothers never competed as a team inside a WWE ring, there’s no denying their pure dominance of tag-team wrestling during The Monday Night War. That’s why Harlem Heat is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.