WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016

The night before , WWE will enshrine several legends into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on April 2, 2016, at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.


WWE Sting 2015
Sting at the 2015 Comic Con in Philadelphia. Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

While Sting is most famous for his tenure in World Championship Wrestling, he is also the first inductee in the TNA Hall of Fame.  On April 2nd, he will become the only wrestler enshrined in the Halls of Fame of America's two most popular wrestling companies.  During the era of the Monday Night War, Sting was WCW's biggest and most loyal star.  Even after the company went out of business, it took him over a decade to finally sign with WWE.

The Godfather/Kama/Papa Shango

He originally began his WWE career as Papa Shango, a voodoo master that made Ultimate Warrior vomit.  As Kama the Ultimate Fighting Machine, he melted Undertaker's urn and turned it into a gold chain.  He would then go onto join the Nation of Domination before becoming a pimp known as The Godfather before seeing the light and becoming a moral man known as The Goodfather.

The Fabulous Freebirds

The Freebirds are one of the most influential tag teams in wrestling history who brought chaos and action to whatever territory the competed in.  Their feud with the Von Erich family in the '80s is still talked about to this day.  At that time the group consisted of Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts.  Their friend, Jimmy Garvin also had his issues with the family as well.  He became an official member of the group on 1989 after Buddy retired.  The faction left their mark on the wrestling world by both their use of an entrance song they performed as well as The Freebird Rule where any two men were allowed to defend the tag team titles while representing the group, a rule still being used in WWE today by The New Day.

Big Boss Man

The Big Boss Man first came to fame as Big Bubba Rogers, the bodyguard for Jim Cornette.  Upon entering WWE, he transformed into the Big Boss Man, a prison guard from Cobb County, Georgia.  He was originally a heel as one-half of The Twin Towers with Akeem before becoming a fan favorite.  He would go onto join WCW for awhile and wrestled under a variety of names before returning to WWE aligned with Vince McMahon's Corporation.  Sadly, he passed away at the age of 42 from a heart attack.


Jacqueine is a two-time Women's Champion as well as a one-time Cruiserweight Champion.  During her WWE tenure, she feuded with Sable and was a part of Pretty Mean Sisters with Terri Runnels.  She was also a trainer during the first season of Tough Enough.

Stan Hansen

While Stan Hansen had an great career in American (he broke Bruno Sammartino's neck and is a former United States and AWA World Heavyweight Champion), he is more known for his work in Japan where he was arguably the most successful American wrestler to compete for All Japan Pro Wrestling.  Stan Hansen also had a memorable cameo in the movie No Holds Barred.

Joan Lunden (Warrior Award)

 The Warrior Award is named in honor of The Ultimate Warrior and is given to someone that embodies the spirit he lived his life with.  Joan Lunden was the long-time co-host of Good Morning America and became a special correspondent for NBC's Today show in 2014.  She is being given this award due to her very public battle against breast cancer and has become a strong voice in the battle against this disease.

Snoop Dogg

The famous rapper was the Master of Ceremonies for the Lumberjill Tag Team Match featuring Ashley and Maria battle Melina and Beth Phoenix at WrestleMania XXIV.  A few years later, he returned to WWE as a host of Monday Night RAW.  Snoop Dogg is also the first-cousin of WWE Diva Sasha Banks who will be fighting for the Divas Championship at this year's WrestleMania event.