WrestleMania is only a few short weeks away and the biggest wrestling card of the year is slowly taking shape. Five matches have been confirmed thus farm but since the event will take place over two nights, it’s likely that several more will be announced over the next four weeks.
But beyond the two-night event itself, there will be plenty of other WWE-affiliated events. There’s the WrestleMania edition of SmackDown on the Friday and the post-WrestleMania RAW on the Monday. Earlier on Saturday before Night One, NXT will showcase its Stand And Deliver show.
Also scheduled for March 31st is Undertaker’s 1 deadMAN Show, on which ‘Taker will tell stories about his wrestling career.
However, somewhat lost in the shuffle among all of these events is another major annual tradition of WWE’s: The Hall of Fame ceremony. There has been relatively little attention given to this year’s HOF ceremony, especially since only one inductee – Batista – has been fully confirmed.
With so much happening ahead and around WrestleMania, some have wondered how the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will proceed this year. Luckily, Dave Meltzer has an update regarding this matter in the most recent edition of his Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
2023 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony scheduled to take place between SmackDown and NXT: Stand and Deliver
According to Meltzer, the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is still scheduled to take place as originally intended, which is on the evening of Friday March 31st. The HOF will take place immediately following SmackDown and will emanate from the same venue.
As a result, there are no separate tickets for the WWE Hall of Fame this year; instead, those with SmackDown tickets will automatically have seats to watch the HOF ceremony live.
As of this writing, two other names floating around as potential inductees, as reported by WrestleVotes, are former announcer Lilian Garcia and Japanese legend Keiji Muto, a.k.a. The Great Muta. Additionally, AEW’s Dax Harwood has expressed his strong feelings for WWE to induct the Midnight Express.