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The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame is a professional wrestling hall of fame that recognizes people who make significant contributions to the sport. It was founded in 1996 by Dave Meltzer, editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Unlike many halls of fame, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame is not contained in a building, and there are no ceremonies for inductions. Inductees include wrestlers, managers, promoters, trainers, and commentators. On five occasions, tag teams have been inducted rather than the individual members of the team. This first occurred in 1996, when The Dusek Family, The Fabulous Kangaroos, and the Road Warriors entered the hall. The Fabulous Freebirds and The Midnight Express have also been inducted as a group.

The hall of fame was created to recognize people associated with wrestling. Other halls of fame existed, but they were owned and operated by specific professional wrestling promotions, such as the WWE, WCW, and NWA Halls of Fame. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame now serves as one of three major independent wrestling halls of fame, along with the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.[1]

Meltzer began the hall of fame by choosing a list of 120 inaugural inductees in 1996. Since then, people employed in the professional wrestling industry have been selected by Meltzer to cast secret ballots to determine annual groups of inductees. Because of the scripted nature of professional wrestling, inductions are not based on win-loss records or titles held. The criteria used when voting include the length of time spent in wrestling, historical significance, ability to attract viewers, and wrestling ability.[2] Inductees must have at least 15 years of experience in the wrestling business or be over 35 years old and have 10 years of experience. To gain membership in the hall, potential inductees must receive 60% support on the ballots from their geographic region.[1] In the most recent induction class, two new members were added: Mexican wrestling promoter Paco Alonso and Argentinian wrestler Martín Karadagian. There are 179 inductees, including the 5 tag teams.

In 2008, a recall vote was held regarding the proposed removal of 2003 inductee Chris Benoit, who killed his wife and son before committing suicide in June 2007. To have Benoit removed, Meltzer required that 60% of voters must agree with the proposal.[3] There was insufficient support for the idea, however, and Benoit remains on the list of inductees.[4]

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Inductees

1996 inductee Abdullah the Butcher
1996 inductee El Canek
1996 inductee Jim Cornette
1996 inductee Ted DiBiase
1996 inductee Ric Flair
1996 inductee Terry Funk
1996 inductee Billy Graham
1996 inductee Bret Hart
1996 inductee Hulk Hogan
1996 inductee Jerry Lawler
1996 inductee Mil Máscaras
1996 inductee Vincent K. McMahon
1996 inductee Mitsuharu Misawa
1996 inductee Roddy Piper
1996 inductee Harley Race
1996 inductee Ricky Steamboat
1996 inducee Big Van Vader
1999 inductee Jim Ross
2000 inductee Steve Austin
2000 inductee Mick Foley
2003 inductee Chris Benoit
2003 inductee Shawn Michaels
2004 inductee Kurt Angle
2004 inductee Bob Backlund
2004 inductee The Undertaker
2005 inductee Triple H
2006 inductee Eddie Guerrero
2007 inductee The Rock
# Year Ring name
(Birth name)
Inducted for Notes
1 1996 Abdullah the Butcher
(Larry Shreve)[5]
Wrestling Won the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship (3 times), NWA United National Championship (1 time), and PWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[5]
2 1996 Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo
(Pedro Aguayo Damián)[6]
Wrestling Won the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship (1 time), Mexican National Middleweight Championship (1 time), and Mexican National Tag Team Championship (2 times)[7][8][9]
3 1996 André the Giant
(André Roussimoff)[10]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the WWF Championship (1 time) and WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)[11]
4 1996 Assirati, BertBert Assirati Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the British Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and European Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[12]
5 1996 Baba, ShoheiShohei Baba Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and PWF World Heavyweight Championship (4 times); founded All Japan Pro Wrestling[13]
6 1996 Barnett, JimJim Barnett Promoting Founded Australia's World Championship Wrestling; owned Georgia Championship Wrestling[14][15]
7 1996 Berry, RedRed Berry
(Ralph Berry)[16]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (9 times) and NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[16][17]
8 1996 Destroyer, TheThe Destroyer
(Dick Beyer)[18]
Wrestling Won the WWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[18][19]
9 1996 Blassie, FreddieFreddie Blassie Wrestling and Managing Won the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (14 times) and NAWA/WWA World Heavyweight Championship (4 times); worked as manager after retiring as a competitor[20]
10 1996 Demon, BlueBlue Demon
(Alexander Muñoz Moreno)[21]
Wrestling Won the Mexican National Welterweight Championship (3 times) and appeared in several luchador films[22][23][24]
11 1996 Bockwinkel, NickNick Bockwinkel Wrestling Won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (6 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times), and NWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times)[25]
12 1996 Boesch, PaulPaul Boesch Commentating and Promoting Posthumous inductee; promoted the Houston, Texas territory of National Wrestling Alliance[26]
13 1996 Brazil, BoboBobo Brazil
(Houston Harris)[27]
Wrestling Won the Detroit version of NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (9 times) and Mid-Atlantic version (1 time)[28][29]
14 1996 Brisco, JackJack Brisco
(Fred Joe Brisco)[30]
Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times), NWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times), and NWA National Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[31][32]
15 1996 Brody, BruiserBruiser Brody
(Frank Goodish)[33]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), and PWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time)[34]
16 1996 Burke, MildredMildred Burke
(Mildred Bliss)[35]
Women's wrestling and Promoting Posthumous inductee; won the NWA World Women's Championship (1 time) and WWWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time); founded World Women's Wrestling Association.[35]
17 1996 Canek, ElEl Canek Wrestling Won the UWA World Heavyweight Championship multiple times[36]
18 1996 Casas, NegroNegro Casas
(José Casas Ruiz)[37]
Wrestling Won the UWA World Lightweight Championship (1 time) and UWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)[38][39]
19 1996 Chōshū, RikiRiki Chōshū
(Mitsuo Yoshida)[40]
Wrestling Won the PWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), IWGP Heavyweight Championship (3 times), and IWGP Tag Team Championship (3 times)[40][41]
20 1996 Cornette, JimJim Cornette Promoting and managing Founded Smoky Mountain Wrestling and managed wrestlers in National Wrestling Alliance, World Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation[42][43]
21 1996 Crusher, TheThe Crusher
(Reginald Lisowski)[44]
Wrestling Won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (9 times), and WWA World Tag Team Championship (6 times)[45][46]
22 1996 DiBiase, TedTed DiBiase Wrestling and Managing Won the NWA/Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship (5 times), PWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time), NWA National Heavyweight Championship (2 times), and WWF World Tag Team Championship (3 times); managed the Million Dollar Corporation and New World Order stables[47][48]
23 1996 Dick the Bruiser
(William Richard Afflis)[49]
Wrestling and Promoting Posthumous inductee; won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and AWA World Tag Team Championship (5 times); owned and promoted the World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis, Indiana[50][51]
24 1996 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés
(Jose Luis Amezcua Diaz)[52]
Wrestling Won the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (5 times), Mexican National Heavyweight Championship (2 times), and Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[52][53]
25 1996 The Dusek Family
(The Hason Family)[54]
Wrestling and Promoting Emil and Ernie Dusek won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (3 times) and NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (1 times); Joe Dusek promoted wrestling events in Omaha, Nebraska[54]
26 1996 Dynamite Kid
(Tom Billington)[55]
Wrestling Won the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship (1 time), Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)[55][56]
27 1996 The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello, Roy Heffernan, and Don Kent)
(Giacoma Costa, Laurence Roy Heffernan, and Leo Smith, Jr.)[57][58][59]
Wrestling Won the Northeast version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship (3 times) and Mid-America version of NWA World Tag Team Championship (3 times)[57][60]
28 1996 Fargo, JackieJackie Fargo
(Henry Faggart)[61]
Wrestling Won the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship (10 times) and Mid-America version of NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (22 times)[60][62]
29 1996 Flair, RicRic Flair
(Richard Morgan Fliehr)[63]
Wrestling Won the WWF Championship (2 times), NWA World Heavyweight Championship (8 times), and WCW World Heavyweight Championship (6 times)[64]
30 1996 Fujinami, TatsumiTatsumi Fujinami Wrestling Won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (6 times), NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[32][65][66]
31 1996 Funk, DoryDory Funk Wrestling and Promoting Posthumous inductee; won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA North American Heavyweight Championship multiple times; promoted for the National Wrestling Alliance[67][68]
32 1996 Funk, Jr., DoryDory Funk, Jr. Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (2 times), and NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[68][69]
33 1996 Funk, TerryTerry Funk Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), ECW Championship (2 times), and WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)[70][71][72]
34 1996 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne Wrestling and Promoting Founded the American Wrestling Associationl; won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (10 times)[73]
35 1996 Galindo, CavernarioCavernario Galindo
(Rodolfo Galindo Ramírez)[74]
Wrestling Won the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time); appeared in several luchador films[74][75]
36 1996 George, Ed DonEd Don George Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (2 times) and Boston's AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[76]
37 1996 Gorgeous George
(George Raymond Wagner)[77]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time), NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and Boston's AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[77]
38 1996 Gotch, FrankFrank Gotch Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (1 time) and American Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[78]
39 1996 Gotch, KarlKarl Gotch
(Karl Istaz)[79]
Wrestling Won the IWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), WWWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time), and Ohio's AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[79]
40 1996 Graham, BillyBilly Graham
(Wayne Coleman)[80]
Wrestling Won the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times)[81][82]
41 1996 Graham, EddieEddie Graham
(Edward Gossett)[83]
Wrestling and Promoting Posthumous inductee; won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (7 times) and NWA United States Tag Team Championship (4 times); owned Championship Wrestling from Florida and served as president of National Wrestling Alliance[83]
42 1996 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo Wrestling Posthumous inductee; competed in the middleweight division in Mexico[84][85]
43 1996 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero
(Salvador Guerrero Quesada)[86]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA World Welterweight Championship (1 time), NWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time), and Mexican National Middleweight Championship (1 time)[86]
44 1996 Hackenschmidt, GeorgGeorg Hackenschmidt Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (1 time)[87]
45 1996 Hansen, StanStan Hansen
(John Stanley Hansen)[88]
Wrestling Won the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (4 times) and AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[88][89]
46 1996 Hart, BretBret Hart Wrestling Won the WWF Championship (5 times), WWF Tag Team Championship (2 times), and WCW World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[90][91][92]
47 1996 Hart, StuStu Hart Wrestling, Promoting, and Training Owned and promoted Stampede Wrestling; trained many well-known wrestlers[93]
48 1996 Heenan, BobbyBobby Heenan
(Raymond Louis Heenan)[94]
Managing and Commentating Managed wrestlers in the American Wrestling Association, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation; provided color commentary for the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling[94]
49 1996 Hodge, DannyDanny Hodge Wrestling Won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (7 times)[95]
50 1996 Hogan, HulkHulk Hogan
(Terrence Gene Bollea)[96]
Wrestling Won the WWF/WWE Championship (6 times) and WCW World Heavyweight Championship (6 times)[90][92]
51 1996 Inoki, AntonioAntonio Inoki
(Kanji Inoki)[97]
Wrestling and Promoting Won the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship (3 times), NWA International Tag Team Championship (4 times), and IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time); founded New Japan Pro Wrestling[98]
52 1996 Jalisco, Sr., Rayo deRayo de Jalisco, Sr.
(Maximino Linares Moreno)[99]
Wrestling Won the Mexican National Tag Team Championship (2 times) and appeared in luchador films[100][101][102]
53 1996 Jenkins, TomTom Jenkins Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the American Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[103]
54 1996 Jonathan, Don LeoDon Leo Jonathan
(Don Heaton)[104]
Wrestling Won the NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (15 times) and Omaha's World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[104]
55 1996 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski Wrestling Won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and WWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[105]
56 1996 Kohler, FredFred Kohler
(Fred Koch)[59]
Promoting Posthumous inductee; promoted wrestling events in Chicago, Illinois and helped popularize tag team wrestling in the United States[106]
57 1996 Kowalski, KillerKiller Kowalski
(Edward Walter Spulnik)[107]
Wrestling and Training Won the IWA World Heavyweight Championship (6 times) and WWWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time); trained many well-known wrestlers[108]
58 1996 Ladd, ErnieErnie Ladd Wrestling Won the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship (4 times), WWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and NWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[109]
59 1996 Lane, DickDick Lane Commentating Posthumous inductee; worked as commentator for wrestling shows in Southern California[110]
60 1996 Lawler, JerryJerry Lawler Wrestling and Promoting Won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship (27 times), and Memphis Wrestling Southern Heavyweight Championship (40 times)[111]
61 1996 Lewis, EdEd Lewis Wrestling Won the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (5 times)[112]
61 1996 Londos, JimJim Londos
(Chris Theophelos)[113]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (1 time) and NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[113]
62 1996 Lutteroth, SalvadorSalvador Lutteroth
(Salvador Lutteroth Gonzalez)[114]
Promoting Posthumous inductee; founded Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre[115]
63 1996 Maeda, AkiraAkira Maeda Wrestling and Promoting Competed in Europe and Japan; founded Fighting Network RINGS and an incarnation of Universal Wrestling Federation[116][117][118]
64 1996 Masami, DevilDevil Masami
(Masami Yoshida)[119]
Women's wrestling Competed in Canada's Stampede Wrestling as well as Japan; trained several well-known wrestlers[120][121]
65 1996 Máscaras, MilMil Máscaras
(Aaron Rodríguez)[122]
Wrestling Won the WWA/NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (4 times), Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times), and Georgia's IWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[122]
66 1996 Matsumoto, DumpDump Matsumoto
(Kaoru Matsumoto)[123]
Women's wrestling Competed in All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation; held several tag team titles with Bull Nakano[123][124]
67 1996 McCready, EarlEarl McCready Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA British Empire Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[125]
68 1996 McGuirk, LeroyLeroy McGuirk Wrestling and Promoting Posthumous inductee; won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and World Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times); promoted shows for National Wrestling Alliance in Oklahoma[126][127][128]
69 1996 McMahon, Vincent J.Vincent J. McMahon Promoting Posthumous inductee; founded the World Wide Wrestling Federation[129]
70 1996 McMahon, Vincent K.Vincent K. McMahon Promoting Owned and provided commentary for the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment; won the WWE Championship (1 time) and ECW Championship (1 time)[90][130][131]
71 1996 McShain, DannyDanny McShain Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the World Light Heavyweight Championship (11 times) and NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (9 times)[17][132]
72 1996 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza
(Jose Diaz)[133]
Wrestling Won the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (6 times) and UWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (4 times)[133]
73 1996 Misawa, MitsuharuMitsuharu Misawa Wrestling Won the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (5 times); founded Pro Wrestling NOAH[134][135]
74 1996 Mondt, Joe "Toots"Joe "Toots" Mondt Promoting Posthumous inductee; founded the World Wide Wrestling Federation[136]
75 1996 Muchnick, SamSam Muchnick Promoting Founded the National Wrestling Alliance and served as its president from 1950 to 1960 and from 1963 to 1975; owned and promoted the St. Louis Wrestling Club[137][138]
76 1996 Nagurski, BronkoBronko Nagurski
(Bronislau Nagurski)[139]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[139]
77 1996 O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[140]
78 1996 Oki, KintaroKintaro Oki Wrestling Won the JWA/AJPW All Asia Heavyweight Championship (4 times) and NWA International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[141]
79 1996 Onita, AtsushiAtsushi Onita Wrestling and Promoting Competed in Japan and founded Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling[142]
80 1996 Patterson, PatPat Patterson
(Pierre Clermont)[82]
Wrestling Won the NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (11 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time), and WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)[82]
81 1996 Peña, AntonioAntonio Peña
(Antonio Peña Herrada)[141]
Promoting Founded Asistencia Asesoría y Administración[141]
82 1996 Pesek, JohnJohn Pesek Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[143]
83 1996 Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper
(Roderick Toombs)[144]
Wrestling Won the NWA/WCW United States Championship (3 times) and WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)[144]
84 1996 Race, HarleyHarley Race Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (8 times); founded World League Wrestling[145]
85 1996 Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes
(Virgil Runnels, Jr.)[146]
Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (10 times)[147]
86 1996 Rikidōzan
(Kim Sin-Nak)[148]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA International Heavyweight Championship (1 time), NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time), and JWA All Asia Tag Team Championship (4 times)[148]
87 1996 Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)
(Michael Hegstrand and Joseph Laurinaitis)[149]
Wrestling Won the AWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time), NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time), and WWF Tag Team Championship (2 times)[91][149]
88 1996 Robert, YvonYvon Robert Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and Boston's AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[150]
89 1996 Robinson, BillyBilly Robinson Wrestling Won the PWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), AWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times), and AWA British Empire Heavyweight Championship multiple times[5][151][152]
90 1996 Rocca, AntoninoAntonino Rocca
(Antonino Biasetton)[153]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA North American Tag Team Championship (1 time) and WWWF International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[154]
91 1996 Rogers, BuddyBuddy Rogers
(Herman Rohde)[155]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[32][90]
92 1996 Russell, LanceLance Russell Commentating Worked as commentator for wrestling shows in Memphis[156]
93 1996 Sammartino, BrunoBruno Sammartino Wrestling Won the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (2 times), WWWF United States Tag Team Championship (1 time), and WWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)[157]
94 1996 Sandow, BillyBilly Sandow Promoting and Managing Posthumous inductee; managed Ed "Strangler" Lewis and was an influential promoter in the early twentieth century[158]
95 1996 Santo, ElEl Santo
(Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta)[101]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the Mexican National Welterweight Championship (2 times), Mexican National Middleweight Championship (4 times), and Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time); appeared in several luchador films[8][22][101][159]
96 1996 Sato, JackieJackie Sato
(Naoko Sato)[160]
Women's wrestling Won the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[160]
97 1996 Savage, RandyRandy Savage
(Randy Poffo)[161]
Wrestling Won the WWF Championship (2 times), WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time), and WCW World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)[90][92][162]
98 1996 Sheik, TheThe Sheik
(Ed Farhat)[163]
Wrestling and Promoting Won Detroit's NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (12 times) and NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (2 times); owned and promoted Big Time Wrestling[163][164]
99 1996 Shinma, HisashiHisashi Shinma Promoting Was active in Japanese professional wrestling and served as president of the World Wrestling Federation[98][165]
100 1996 Singh, DaraDara Singh
(Dara Singh Randhawa)[166]
Wrestling Competed in India, England, and Canada; held the Canadian Open Tag Team Championship (1 time)[41][167]
101 1996 Solie, GordonGordon Solie
(Francis Jonard Labiak)[168]
Commentating Worked as commentator for the National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling[169]
102 1996 Solitario, ElEl Solitario
(Roberto González Cruz)[170]
Wrestling Won the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)[170][171]
103 1996 Steamboat, RickyRicky Steamboat[172] Wrestling Won the NWA/WCW United States Championship (4 times), NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)[172][173]
104 1996 Stecher, JoeJoe Stecher Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (4 times)[174]
105 1996 Stecher, TonyTony Stecher
(Anton Charles Stecher)[174]
Wrestling and Promoting Posthumous inductee; won several regional championships; co-founded the National Wrestling Alliance[174]
106 1996 Steele, RayRay Steele
(Peter Sauer)[175]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[175]
1996 Stevens, RayRay Stevens Wrestling
107 1996 Takada, NobuhikoNobuhiko Takada Wrestling and Promoting Won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time); founded the Union of Wrestling Forces International[66][176]
108 1996 Tenryu, GenichiroGenichiro Tenryu
(Genichiro Shimada)[177]
Wrestling Won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[178][179][180]
109 1996 Thesz, LouLou Thesz
(Aloysius Martiz Thesz)[181]
Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (6 times)[181]
110 1996 Satoru Sayama
(Satoru Sayama)[182]
Wrestling Wrested as "Tiger Mask", won the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[182]
111 1996 Tsuruta, JumboJumbo Tsuruta
(Tomomi Tsuruta)[183]
Wrestling Won the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[183]
112 1996 Tunney, FrankFrank Tunney Promoting Posthumous inductee; promoted wrestling events in Toronto, Ontario and served as president of the National Wrestling Alliance[184]
113 1996 Vachon, MauriceMaurice Vachon Wrestling Won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (5 times), AWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times), and Central States cersion of the NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)[185]
114 1996 Vader, Big VanBig Van Vader
(Leon White)[186]
Wrestling Won the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and WCW World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[92][187]
115 1996 Valentine, JohnnyJohnny Valentine
(Jonathan Wisniski)[188]
Wrestling Won the NWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and NWA/WWWF United States Tag Team Championship (4 times)[189]
116 1996 Von Erich, FritzFritz Von Erich
(Jack Adkisson)[190]
Wrestling and Promoting Won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and NWA American Heavyweight Championship (13 times); served as president of the National Wrestling Alliance and founded World Class Championship Wrestling[190][191]
117 1996 Watson, Whipper BillyWhipper Billy Watson
(William Potts)[192]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and NWA British Empire Heavyweight Championship (12 times)[192]
118 1996 Watts, BillBill Watts Wrestling and Promoting Won the AWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and WWWF United States Tag Team Championship (1 time); founded Universal Wrestling Federation and served as president of World Championship Wrestling[193][194][195]
119 1996 Yokota, JaguarJaguar Yokota
(Rimi Yokota)[196]
Women's wrestling Won UWA World Women's Championship (1 time)[197]
120 1996 Zbyszko, StanislausStanislaus Zbyszko Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (2 times)[198]
121 1997 Carpentier, ÉdouardÉdouard Carpentier
(Edouard Wiercowicz)[199]
Wrestling Won the Boston's Atlantic Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), Omaha's World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and NAWA/WWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[199]
122 1997 Hijo del Santo, ElEl Hijo del Santo
(Jorge Guzmán)[200]
Wrestling Won the AAA World Tag Team Championship (1 time), Mexican National Middleweight Championship (1 time), and Mexican National Welterweight Championship (1 time)[8][22][201]
123 1997 Kawada, ToshiakiToshiaki Kawada Wrestling Won the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (5 times)[178]
124 1997 Lennon, JimmyJimmy Lennon Ring announcing Posthumous inductee; worked as a ring announcer in Los Angeles[202]
125 1997 Muldoon, WilliamWilliam Muldoon Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won American Greco-Roman Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[203]
126 1997 Nagayo, ChigusaChigusa Nagayo Women's wrestling Founded GAEA Japan; won the AAAW Singles Championship (2 times)[204][205]
127 1998 Dos Caras Wrestling Won the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and Mexican National Trios Championship (1 time)[159][206]
128 1999 Asuka, LionessLioness Asuka
(Tomoko Kitamura)
Women's wrestling Competed in Japan and the United States[207]
129 1999 Liger, JushinJushin Liger
(Keichi Yamada)[208]
Wrestling Won the J-Crown (1 time) and WCW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[209][210]
130 1999 Mutoh, KeijiKeiji Mutoh Wrestling Won the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and IWGP Heavyweight Championship (4 times)[117][178][211]
131 1999 Ross, JimJim Ross Commentating Worked as commentator for Universal Wrestling Federation, WCW, and WWF/WWE[212]
132 2000 Austin, SteveSteve Austin
(Steve Williams)[213]
Wrestling Won the WWF Championship (6 times), WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times), and WCW United States Championship (2 times)[90][162][173]
133 2000 Foley, MickMick Foley Wrestling Won the WWF Championship (3 times) and TNA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[90]
134 2000 Hashimoto, ShinyaShinya Hashimoto Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), IWGP Heavyweight Championship (3 times), and AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[178][214][215]
135 2000 Hokuto, AkiraAkira Hokuto
(Hisako Uno Sasaki)
Women's wrestling Competed in Japan and the United States; won the WCW Women's Championship (1 time)[216]
136 2000 Longson, BillBill Longson Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[217]
137 2000 Sexton, FrankFrank Sexton Wrestling Won the Boston-based AWA World Heavyweight Champion (2 times)[218]
138 2000 Szabo, SandorSandor Szabo Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA/NBA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[219]
139 2001 Black Shadow
(Alejandro Cruz Ortíz)[59]
Wrestling Won the Mexican National Tag Team Championship (1 time) and Mexican National Lightweight Championship (1 time)[100][220]
140 2001 Velasco, DiabloDiablo Velasco
(Cuahutémoc Velasco)[59]
Training Posthumous inductee; trained many well-known wrestlers[221][222]
141 2001 Lizmark Wrestling Won the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time), Mexican National Middleweight Championship (2 times), and Mexican National Welterweight Championship (1 time)[8][22][159]
142 2001 Nakano, BullBull Nakano
(Keiko Nakano)[223]
Women's wrestling Won the WWWA World Championship (1 time) and WWE Women's Championship (1 time)[123]
143 2001 Satanico, ElEl Satanico
(Daniel López)[224]
Wrestling Won the Mexican National Middleweight Championship (3 times) and Mexican National Trios Championship (3 times)[8][206]
144 2002 Burns, MartinMartin Burns Wrestling and Training Posthumous inductee; won the American Heavyweight Championship (1 time); trained many well-known wrestlers[225][226]
145 2002 Curley, JackJack Curley
(Jacques Armand Schuel)[227]
Promoting Posthumous inductee; promoted wrestling events and helped popularize professional wrestling in the United States[227]
146 2002 Kobashi, KentaKenta Kobashi Wrestling Won the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and GHC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[178][228]
147 2002 McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel
(Edward McDaniel)[229]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the NWA United States Championship (5 times), NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (5 times), and NWA National Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[230]
148 2002 Toyota, ManamiManami Toyota Women's wrestling Won the AAAW Singles Championship (1 time)[205]
149 2003 Benoit, ChrisChris Benoit Wrestling Won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[231]
150 2003 Caddock, EarlEarl Caddock Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship (1 time)[232]
151 2003 Flores, FranciscoFrancisco Flores Promoting Promoted wrestling events in Mexico[233]
152 2003 Michaels, ShawnShawn Michaels
(Michael Hickenbottom)[234]
Wrestling Won the WWF Championship (3 times), WWE World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), and WWF/WWE Tag Team Championship (4 times)[90][91][235]
153 2004 Angle, KurtKurt Angle Wrestling Won the WWF/WWE Championship (4 times) and WWE World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[90][235]
154 2004 Backlund, BobBob Backlund Wrestling Won the WWF Championship (2 times) and WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)[90][91]
155 2004 Chono, MasahiroMasahiro Chono Wrestling Won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[214]
156 2004 Lόpez, TarzánTarzán Lόpez
(Carlos Lόpez Tovar)[59]
Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (3 times), Mexican National Middleweight Championship (1 time), and Mexican National Welterweight Championship (1 time)[8][22][159]
157 2004 Sakuraba, KazushiKazushi Sakuraba Wrestling Competed in several professional wrestling organizations as well as mixed martial arts fighting[236]
158 2004 Dragón, ÚltimoÚltimo Dragón
(Yoshihiro Asai)[237]
Wrestling Won the J-Crown (1 time) and WCW Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)[209][210]
159 2004 Undertaker, TheThe Undertaker
(Mark Calaway)[238]
Wrestling Won the WWF/WWE Championship (4 times), WWE World Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and WWF/WWE Teag Team Championship (6 times)[90][91][235]
160 2005 The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts)
(Michael Seitz, Terry Gordy, and Dale Hey)[239][240]
Wrestling Won the WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship/Texas version of the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (6 times)[241]
161 2005 Heyman, PaulPaul Heyman Promoting Owned and promoted Extreme Championship Wrestling; managed in American Wrestling Association, National Wrestling Alliance, and World Championship Wrestling[242]
162 2005 Triple H
(Paul Michael Levesque)[243]
Wrestling Won the WWF/WWE Championship (8 times) and WWE World Heavyweight Championship (5 times)[90][235]
163 2006 Bowser, PaulPaul Bowser Promoting Posthumous inductee; promoted Boston's American Wrestling Association[244]
164 2006 Guerrero, EddieEddie Guerrero Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the WWE Championship (1 time), WWF/WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times), and WCW/WWE United States Championship (2 times)[245]
165 2006 Hase, HiroshiHiroshi Hase Wrestling Won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and IWGP Tag Team Championship (4 times)[246][247]
166 2006 Funaki, MasakatsuMasakatsu Funaki Wrestling and Promoting Competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling and as a mixed martial artist; founded Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling[248][249][250]
167 2006 Kong, AjaAja Kong
(Erika Shishido)
Women's wrestling Competed in Japan and the United States; won the AAAW Singles Championship (3 times)[205][251]
168 2007 The Rock
(Dwayne Johnson)[252]
Wrestling Won the WWF/WWE Championship (7 times) and WCW Championship (2 times)[90][253]
169 2007 Lewis, EvanEvan Lewis Wrestling Posthumous inductee; won the American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[225]
170 2007 Packs, TomTom Packs Promoting Posthumous inductee; promoted wrestling events in St. Louis, Missouri and the Midwestern United States[254]
171 2008 Alonso, PacoPaco Alonso
(Francisco Alonso)
Promoting Promoted the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre[255]
172 2008 Karadagian, MartínMartín Karadagian Wrestling Posthumous inductee; competed in Argentina[256]
173 2009 Konnan
(Charles Ashenoff)
Wrestling
174 2009 Marshall, EverettEverett Marshall Wrestling
175 2009 Midnight Express, TheThe Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane & Dennis Condrey) Wrestling
176 2009 Miller, BillBill Miller Wrestling
177 2009 Saito, MasaMasa Saito Wrestling
178 2009 Shire, RoyRoy Shire Promoting

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