The WWE Hall of Fame remains a highly anticipated event each year, with fans eagerly awaiting the announcement of who will be inducted into its esteemed class. Several prominent names have already been revealed for this year’s ceremony, and it appears that Triple H is upholding a significant rule set by Vince McMahon for the Hall of Fame.

As previously reported, Paul Heyman is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. This was immediately followed by Bull Nakano getting her long-awaited induction as well.

That was not all as The U.S. Express was announced and perhaps the biggest celebrity name of them all – Muhammad Ali. This was followed by Thunderbolt Patterson yesterday and fans might get to see one more name.

During his discussion on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer highlighted Vince McMahon’s rule for the WWE Hall of Fame, which mandates the inclusion of a black wrestler and a women’s wrestler in each class. Meltzer noted that this quota system appears to persist in the current Hall of Fame induction process.


Notably, Thunderbolt Patterson’s inclusion fulfills the requirement for a black wrestler, alongside Bull Nakano representing the women’s division. Meltzer also mentioned Lia Maivia, The Rock’s grandmother, who is expected to be announced as a promoter, with Dwayne Johnson delivering the induction speech.

“So it’s interesting that Thunderbolt is now allotted in the WWE Hall of Fame. The one thing that we learned is when Vince McMahon picked the Hall of Fame, they had a certain quota thing, which was there has to be a black wrestler, and there has to be a woman wrestler in every class. And in the new Hall of Fame, it appears that that is the same thing. There’s one woman, which was Bull Nakano and Thunderbolt. So that’s the deal. Thunderbolt announced today, and then probably, I don’t know if it’d be tomorrow or Friday or whatever, but Lia Maivia [The Rock’s grandmother] will be announced as a promoter. Dwayne is gonna give the speech.”

The induction ceremony is set for April 5th at the Wells Fargo Arena, airing on Peacock after Smackdown tapings. We will have to wait and see how the Hall of Fame ceremony will turn out this year.

Are you looking forward to the WWE Hall of Fame this year? Sound off in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

Disqus Comments Loading...