William Shatner has been announced as the latest inductee into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall Of Fame, joining the Class Of 2020.
Shatner joins celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Pete Rose, and former US President Donald Trump in receiving the induction.
A statement released by WWE to mark Shatner’s induction read:
“Captain’s log, stardate April 6, 2021.”
“The WWE Hall of Fame: the final frontier.”
“Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, will be beamed into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2020. He will take his place in sports-entertainment history during the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, streaming next Tuesday, April 6, on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else. News of Shatner’s induction was first reported by USA Today.”
WWE then touched on Shatner’s sports entertainment credentials, with the man who played Captain Kirk beaming up into the WWE Universe for the first time in 1995:
“He made his first trek into the WWE Universe in early 1995, when he appeared as the special guest on Jerry “The King” Lawler’s “King’s Court.” Shatner didn’t take too kindly to Lawler’s badgering and sent “The King” flying with a monkey flip. Shatner returned to Raw one week later to be in Bret “Hit Man” Hart’s corner for a showdown with Jeff Jarrett. When Road Dogg got a little too close to the action, Shatner decked him with a big right hand and rammed him into the turnbuckle.”
“The disagreement between Shatner and Lawler turned out to be water under the bridge, as Shatner returned to WWE in 2007 to induct “The King” into the WWE Hall of Fame.”
“Shatner came back to the red brand as a special guest host in February 2010, giving the WWE Universe a memorable night as only he can, including a dramatic interpretation of several Superstar entrance themes and using his skills as The Priceline Negotiator to settle disputes. In addition, Shatner was also the narrator for the WWE Network reality series “WWE Breaking Ground.”
William Shatner will officially join the delayed Class of 2020 alongside JBL, The Bellas, Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, The British Bulldog, and the nWo. They will be inducted on the same night as the class of 2021. The inductees for that class are Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff, The Great Khali, Kane, and Rob Van Dam.
The WWE Hall Of Fame will be available to watch on Peacock in the US and elsewhere on the WWE Network.
Everybody at Inside The Ropes congratulates William Shatner on his WWE Hall Of Fame induction.