The WWE Hall of Fame is reserved for superstars who have made a lasting impact in professional wrestling. It includes the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Gorilla Monsoon, among others. The annual Hall of Fame ceremony typically takes place during WrestleMania week, but this year’s was a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic cancelled last year’s ceremony, so both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 induction ceremonies were held prior to WrestleMania 37.
The Class of 2020 included “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, and the New World Order, a faction composed of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman, aka Syxx. Below is a look at the six members of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Now serving as mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, Glenn Jacobs is better known among WWE fans as “The Big Red Machine” Kane. The 7-foot superstar portrayed Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS, and Fake Diesel before his iconic debut as Kane, the long lost brother of The Undertaker, in 1997. The two wrestlers have since become synonymous with each other; they had several memorable matches and won three Tag Team Championships as The Brothers of Destruction. Kane also won Tag Team Championships with The Hurricane, The Big Show, Rob Van Dam, Mankind, Daniel Bryan, and X-Pac. He and X-Pac were named Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Year in 1999.
Kane has also experienced success as a singles wrestler during his 23-year career in WWE. He’s a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, and one-time Hardcore Champion. He’s also known for his success in the Royal Rumble. He holds the all-time record for most eliminations and consecutive appearances in the match as well as the quickest elimination; he threw Santino Marella over the top rope in 1.8 seconds in the 2009 Royal Rumble.
Although he sometimes stepped into the squared circle, Eric Bischoff won’t be remembered for his in-ring acumen. Instead, the enigmatic 65 year old is known for his work on- and off-screen as a general manager, announcer, producer, and president. He gained national recognition with WCW as an announcer in the early 1990s and was promoted to executive producer in 1993. He was president of the company by 1997 and played a key role in WCW Monday Nitro defeating WWE Monday Night Raw in TV ratings for 83 consecutive weeks. Fittingly, he now hosts a podcast titled 83 Weeks.
Despite leading the WWE’s rival, Bischoff shocked wrestling fans worldwide when he was introduced by Vince McMahon as the on-screen general manager of Raw in 2002. He spent three years in this position, during which time he introduced the Elimination Chamber and feuded with the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, John Cena, and SmackDown general manager Stephanie McMahon. His on-screen dismissal in 2005 saw him thrown into the back of a garbage truck by Vince McMahon.
The Great Khali
A 7-foot-1 giant, The Great Khali is the first-ever superstar from India to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He made his debut in 2006 by confronting The Undertaker on SmackDown and, one year later, won the World Heavyweight Championship in a 20-man battle royal. He spent eight years with the company and had standout matches against The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Dave Batista, and Kane, whom he beat in a singles match at WrestleMania 23.
Nora Greenwald debuted in the WWE as Lady Ophelia in 2000 before being given the Molly Holly moniker as the on-screen cousin of Bob and Crash Holly. She soon after forged partnerships with Spike Dudley and The Hurricane. However, she turned on the latter and won his Hardcore Championship at WrestleMania X8. She only spent three years with the company on a full-time basis, but was a two-time WWE Women’s Champion. She returned to compete in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble in 2018 and is still involved in the industry as a head trainer at a wrestling school in Minnesota. She’s the 21st woman to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Rob Van Dam
A 50-year-old Battle Creek, Michigan native with a career spanning three decades, Rob Van Dam (RVD) has won major championships in ECW, WWE, and TNA. He worked exclusively in WWE from 2001 to 2007, during which time he was a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, six-time Intercontinental Champion, four-time Hardcore Champion, and three-time Tag Team Champion. He was also the eighth WWE Grand Slam Champion.
Ozzy Osbourne was inducted into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. The Black Sabbath frontman was in the corner of the British Bulldogs at WrestleMania 2 in 1986, and in 2007, his song “I Don’t Wanna Stop” was the official theme of the Judgement Day PPV. In 2009, he co-hosted an episode of Monday Night Raw alongside his wife Sharon.
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