This Saturday night at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA (the hometown of WrestleMania XXVII), nine legends will be inducted into the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony will air on WWE.com this Saturday night and will air in a special one-hour ceremony Monday night before RAW at 8/7c on the USA Network. Here is the complete and detailed list of the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame inductees:
Shawn Michaels is considered by many to be one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time and in a career spanning almost three decades, “The Showstopper” has given WWE fans many, many moments to remember. From turning on his tag team partner, Marty Janetty, and embarking on a wildly successful singles career to stealing the show at WrestleMania X in the first WrestleMania Ladder Match against Razor Ramon to more controversial moments, such as the “Curtain Call” to the infamous “Montreal Screwjob”, Michaels has countless moments in the annuls of WWE history. In his legendary career, Shawn Michaels is a three-time WWE Champion, one-time World Heavyweight Champion, back-to-back Royal Rumble Match winner in 1995 & 1996, three-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time European Champion, five-time WWE World Tag Team Champion (2x w/ Diesel, 1x w/ Stone Cold Steve Austin, 1x w/ John Cena, & 1x w/ Triple H), one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (w/ Triple H), and two-time AWA World Tag Team Champion (w/ Marty Janetty). Shawn Michaels’ in-ring career came to an end at last year’s WrestleMania when he lost to The Undertaker in a Streak Vs. Career Match.
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is a legend known for wielding a two-by-four and an American flag, becoming known as a proud American by many fans the world over. In a career spanning 32 years, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan first gained notoriety in the WWE as being the first Royal Rumble Match winner in history, winning the Rumble in 1988 and, in WCW, Jim Duggan held the WCW United States and WCW World Television Titles.
“Bullet” Bob Armstrong is one of the most legendary names in wrestling, most notably the NWA, but Bob Armstrong has had quite the impact on wrestling today as Armstrong is the father of former WWE Intercontinental and WWE World Tag Team Champion Brian “Road Dogg” James, current WWE referee Scott Armstrong, Steve Armstrong, and former WWE commentator Brad Armstrong. At the age of 71, Bob Armstrong is still an active wrestler and will celebrate his 50th year in the wrestling business next year.
Sunny is considered by most to be “The Original Diva” as the blonde bombshell brought the sex appeal to the WWE that Divas still live to achieve today. In addition to being stunning, Sunny was also a manager of legends as Sunny has managed fellow Hall of Fame inductees, The Road Warriors, as well as Ron “Faarooq” Simmons, The Smoking Gunns, and the late great Chris Candido.
Drew Carey is best known as being a legend in the realm of acting and comedy, as well as the host of The Price Is Right, but in 2001, Drew Carey stepped foot into a WWE ring as Carey competed in the 2001 Royal Rumble Match and, after almost being chokeslammed by Kane, the fortunate comedian eliminated himself from the match and was able to leave the arena of his own accord. Ten years later, Drew Carey will join Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, & William “The Refrigerator” Perry as celebrity wing inductees.
Abdullah The Butcher is known as one of the most brutal and grizzled competitors in wrestling history and is best known for his use of a fork as a weapon. The wild and unpredictable “Mad Man from the Sudan” was also known for eating the ties of announcers. The wild man has competed in many organizations, but never competed in the WWE
The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) is one of the most well-known and dominant tag teams in wrestling history. Having won a tag team championship in every wrestling organization they competed in, Road Warrior Animal and the late, great Road Warrior Hawk dominated tag team wrestling throughout their career, alongside their manager and fellow inductee, Paul Ellering. The multi-time tag team champions will always be remembered for their dominant tag team style and their unmatched power in the ring.
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