The second inductee into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame class has been revealed, which is former WWE Champion Dave Bautista.
WWE confirmed the news to PEOPLE on Monday morning. He joins the nWo (Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman) as inductees into the class.
“As soon as I hung up the phone, I was … and excuse my language, I was like, ‘S–t, I gotta give a speech.’ And that is what I’ve been stressing about since,” he laughs. I don’t think it’s sunk in,” he says. “And I was thinking about it because I mean, it seems like a long journey, but it also feels like yesterday when I started my career. And it also feels … because I’m still working so much, it doesn’t feel like an end of a journey.”
“And I said that at WrestleMania last year: It’s the end of my in-ring journey, but it’s not the end of my journey with the WWE. I will always be connected with them, I’ll always be affiliated with them, I hope that I will always have a good relationship with them. So it doesn’t really feel like an ending for me, it feels like, kind of, I’m right in the mix. … All I can say is it feels good, it’s just satisfying. I feel like I accomplished something. I feel like it was all worth it.”
“The Animal” shared the squared circle with Triple H in a No Holds Barred Match at WrestleMania 35. Bautista lost the match and announced his retirement just a few hours after the event.
The ceremony takes place on April 2, 2020 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, as part of WrestleMania 36 weekend. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday.