The WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony returned to a sense of normalcy at the start of the WrestleMania 38 weekend, with the event taking place in front of a live audience and with proper inducers as it had did until the pandemic hit in 2020. induction class that most years the group was not short of power or prestige, featuring The contractor. The result was an evening with its share of hidden highlights and interesting anecdotes.
Brothers of Destruction headline back-to-back Hall of Fame classes
While The Undertaker was in attendance for his share of Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, 2022 marked the first time he appeared on camera in a suit and tie at such an event. Previously, he remained off-screen or made appearances like his in full dress to pay tribute to Paul Bearer during his posthumous induction.
The Dead Man entered the room himself this year, however, and as a small anecdote worthy of the Brothers of Destruction’s impressive legacy of rivalry and partnership, he and Kane ended up closing the show for ceremonies. consecutive, after The Big Red Machine headlined the Class of 2021. Once The Undertaker’s name was announced, there was no doubt that he was going to the “main event” of this show’s show. year.
Every US-based NWO leader is now in the WWE Hall of Fame
While fans tend to think of Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash as the leaders of the New World Order, there were actually quite a few men who led the super faction at different times. Aside from the Japanese versions of the group, the leaders were Hogan, Nash, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stevie Ray, Jeff Jarrett, arguably Eric Bischoff and Scott Steiner.
With Steiner’s induction in 2022, it’s now true that every man leading an American version of the nWo is in the WWE Hall of Fame. Ironically, he walked in with his brother Rick, and it was as one half of the Steiner Brothers that Scott actually fell out with the nWo. The point remains that the entire Hall of Fame is now complete.
The second former World Champion to be inducted into a tag team, rather than solo
WWE hasn’t been shy about inducting wrestlers into the Hall of Fame twice, with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Booker T, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash among those who went as both as single wrestlers and as part of tag teams or factions. There were no double inductions this year, but WWE revisited an unusual dynamic: a World Champion was not inducted alone, but as one half of a team.
Scott Steiner was a defining main event for the later stretches of WCW and a world champion there. WWE, however, chose to honor him for his teamwork with his brother Rick. The Steiner Brothers tag team absolutely deserves credit for their work in WWE, WCW and elsewhere – indeed the tag team was arguably even better than Scott was as a wrestler in simple, especially if one were to focus solely on their endeavors in WWE. Scott joins Jack Brisco – a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion who was inducted with his brother Gerald – to be inducted with his sibling partner, not alone. (It’s worth mentioning that Triple H also entered as part of the DX faction, and Kerry Von Erich as part of his larger family, although he was also a world champion.)
For the two aforementioned inductees, they all entered first alone, then as a team. It’s possible that Big Poppa Pump could still enter the road individually, but given his checkered history when it comes to dealings with WWE management, his reputation for outspokenness, and his explicit past statements that an induction didn’t mean anything to him if there was if there wasn’t a physical Hall of Fame building, it seems unlikely to happen.
Connections between the entrepreneur and the other inductees
There’s no doubt that the 2022 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony was built around The Undertaker. He was the first name announced for the initiation class and one of those wrestlers that no one could rightfully say didn’t deserve a spot due to his longevity, accomplishments, and talent. Plus, he stands in the rarefied air of names like The Rock, Triple H, and John Cena in the conversation of people who will inevitably be inducted and inevitably headline-grabbing (although it seems McMahon doesn’t want to be inducted from his lifetime).
It should be noted that most members of the Hall of Fame class had ties to The Phenom. After all, The Undertaker shared a Survivor Series team with the Steiner Brothers for the 1993 Survivor Series main event as well as In Your House: Canadian Stampede. Even Sharmell had ties to The Undertaker, given Booker T’s friendship with him and her involvement in the latter stages of the quirky group of friends known as The Bone Street Krew, not to mention she stood in her husband’s corner for the matches between The Phenom and King Booker in 2007.
Sharmell is the first Nitro Girl to enter the WWE Hall of Fame
There are many aspects of WCW Monday Nitro that have revolutionized the wrestling industry, such as live streaming every week, focusing on grittier realism than wrestling fans were used to, and regularly featuring big surprises. One iconic look that probably wouldn’t fly today is The Nitro Girls. The dance troupe was a popular part of the show during this time, entertaining fans between games.
It’s interesting to see Sharmell become the first alumnus of the group to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. It stands to reason that former Nitro Girl Stacy Keibler will also be inducted, as long as she wants. The only other Nitro Girl likely to enter individually (although WWE could choose to induct the entire group) would be Kimberly Page – the leader of the troupe and a recognizable WCW valet who was married to Diamond Dallas Page in real life. She feels like a less likely inductee considering she’s never signed with WWE, and her accomplishments probably wouldn’t be enough to get her into the Hall without this crossover.
Rick and Scott Steiner’s Hair Matched on TV for the First Time in 24 Years
Throughout their careers as a team, Rick and Scott Steiner have each supported dark hair. While Scott usually had long brown locks compared to The Dog-Faced Gremlin’s close-cropped hair, it was always one of the indicators that they were truly brothers.
In early 1998, Scott cleared his air by debuting the Big Poppa Pump version of himself. He has maintained this look for public appearances to the present day. Funnily enough, now that age has turned Rick’s hair silver gray, the brothers finally look like they have the same hair color again.
The 2022 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a good one, with particularly touching tributes to the late Shad Gaspard and Vader, and The Undertaker addressing the live crowd in a way he never did. hadn’t made since the advent of his iconic character. It’s a night that fans will remember forever.
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