WWE have announced plans to hold a Hall of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania week, in a televised event on April 6.
During a recent episode of ‘The Bump’, it was announced that the company will be holding a special event to induct the classes of 2020 and 2021. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and inductions for the likes of Batista, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield and the nWo being put on hold.
Sources have indicated that the show may be pre-taped, as apposed to the usual live format of previous events. According to a Fightful Select report, WWE allegedly has plans to tape the show in advance due to the number of inductees, following the 2020 hiatus.
Molly Holly was announced as the first inductee into the 2021 Hall of Fame. An emotional Shane Helms broke the news to the former Women’s Champion during ‘The Bump’. No other inductees have been announced at this time.
Among the class of 2020 is The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith. The former Intercontinental Champion will be posthumously inducted by his son and former WWE Superstar, David Smith Jr. During a recent interview with Metro, Smith Jr revealed he will be joined onstage by his sister, as well as his mother, Hart family member Diana Hart:
“I’ve been starting to pinpoint things. I’m gonna have to base that on how much time they’re going to allow me. My sister and my mother will be with me on the podium, and how much we’re gonna have to divide that between the three of us – and who’s going to do the induction for him […] I’m pinpointing things down now, and trying to think of specific stories that I might want to address or what might be something the WWE Universe hasn’t heard. Of course, definitely appreciative to them for all the support they’ve given my father and the wrestling industry – definitely big thanks to them. I’ll have to see how much time I have to really decide.”
Other inductees include legendary Japanese wrestler, Jushin “Thunder” Liger. The inclusion of nWo members Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman will mark a second appearance in the WWE Hall of Fame for each member.
WWE Hall of Fame 2021 will stream on Peacock, April 6.