WWE Hall of Fame (2012)

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WWE Hall of Fame (2012)
WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012.jpg
The WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012 and their inductors
Information
Promotion WWE
Date March 31, 2012
Venue American Airlines Arena[1]
City Miami, Florida[2]
WWE Hall of Fame chronology

WWE Hall of Fame (2011) WWE Hall of Fame (2012) WWE Hall of Fame (2013)

WWE Hall of Fame (2012) was the event which featured the introduction of the 13th class to the WWE Hall of Fame. The event was produced by WWE on March 31, 2012 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The event took place the same weekend as WrestleMania XXVIII.[3] The event was hosted by Jerry Lawler. A condensed one-hour version of the ceremony aired on the USA Network the following Monday, before Raw.[4] In March 2015 the ceremony was added to the WWE Network.[5]

Event[edit]

Mil Máscaras was inducted by Alberto Del Rio.

Ron Simmons was inducted by his former tag team partner as part of The Acolytes Protection Agency, John Layfield. The two shared stories of being on the road together, and Simmons discussed what it was like to be the first black World Heavyweight Champion.

Yokozuna was inducted by his nephews, The Usos, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. The Usos discussed their "Uncle Rodney" and their confusion as kids as to why he was dressed as a sumo wrestler and was throwing salt. Due to Yokozuna's passing in 2000 he was posthumously inducted by his cousin Rikishi and his family.

The Four Horsemen were next inducted by Dusty Rhodes. Although through the years there were more members, the only ones inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame were "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Barry Windham, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and James J. Dillon.[6] With this induction Ric Flair became the first and only person inducted twice.

Mike Tyson was inducted by D-Generation X members Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

The final inductee was Edge who was inducted by his childhood friend Christian. The two shared stories of coming up through the Canadian wrestling system and their time together in the WWE.

Inductees[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Class headliners appear in boldface
Image Ring name
(Birth Name)
Inducted by WWE recognized accolades
Edge HOF 2012.jpg Edge[7]
(Adam Copeland)
Christian Four-time WWE Champion, a record seven-time World Heavyweight Champion, winner of the inaugural Money in the Bank ladder match and the 2010 Royal Rumble. He was also the 2001 King Of The Ring winner. He held the WWF/World and WWE Tag Team Championships a combined 14 times, more than any other wrestler[8]
WWE Hall of Fame 2012 Mil Mascaras.jpg Mil Máscaras[9][10]
(Aaron Rodriguez)
Alberto Del Rio Mexican luchador. Máscaras was the first masked wrestler to perform in Madison Square Garden[11]
Ron Simmons HOF2012.jpg Ron Simmons John "Bradshaw" Layfield First Black World Heavyweight Champion having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship once. Wrestled in WWF/E as "Faarooq" where he was a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Bradshaw as The APA[12]
Yokozuna walking.jpg Yokozuna
(Rodney Anoaʻi)
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso Two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWF Tag Team Champion, 1993 Royal Rumble winner[13]

Group[edit]

Group Inducted by WWE recognized accolades
The Four Horsemen[14] Dusty Rhodes One of the top stables of the 1980s, they reached their peak in 1988 when the four members controlled all three major NWA Championships, (World, United States and Tag Team)[15]
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) – First two-time inductee. Previously inducted in 2008 for his individual career.
Barry Windham – One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, one-time WCW World Television Champion, four-time NWA/WCW World Tag Team Champion, two-time WWF Tag Team Champion, and won over 20 NWA regional titles.
"The Enforcer" Arn Anderson (Martin Lunde) – Four-time NWA/WCW World Television Champion, five-time NWA/WCW World Tag Team Champion, and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion.
Tully Blanchard – One-time NWA United States Champion, three-time NWA World TV Champion, two-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion.
James J. Dillon (James Morrison) – Long-time manager in the NWA, former WCW onscreen commissioner

Celebrity[edit]

Image Recipient
(Birth name)
Occupation Inducted by Appearances
Mike Tyson Portrait.jpg Mike Tyson[16][17] Professional boxer D-Generation X
(Shawn Michaels and Triple H)
Special guest referee at Wrestlemania XIV
Raw guest host in 2010[18]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "WrestleMania 28 Recap: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson vs. John Cena". 2 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "What Will Be Featured on USA's WWE Hall of Fame Special? - Wrestlezone". 27 March 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "WWE Network Lowdown: WrestleMania Plans, Free Gifts, 'Every' Hall of Fame?". Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Under the Ring Q & A with Arn Anderson - Under the Ring". blogs.poughkeepsiejournal.com. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "WWE's Edge on Life After Pro Wrestling: "I Did Everything I Set Out To Accomplish"". 27 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Edge". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Man of a Thousand Masks: Mil Mascaras Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame". 1 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "WWE WrestleMania's Latino Moments". 2 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
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  12. ^ "Ron Simmons". WWE. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Yokozuna". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Dukes At WrestleMania: Edge And The Four Horsemen Enter WWE Hall Of Fame". 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "The Four Horsemen". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mike Tyson Reveals The Craziest Thing We Don't Know About Him". Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "Mike Tyson Being Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame". Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  18. ^ "Mike Tyson". WWE. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.