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Dave Bautista will not be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame

Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista is not a Hall Of Famer…at least not as of this year.

Bautista was supposed to be inducted last year but the ceremony was delayed because of the pandemic and now the plan is to induct the 2020 and 2021 class on Tuesday, April 6 in front of a virtual audience. Bautista’s name was removed from the list of inductees and it was confirmed by Dave Meltzer that he is out.

Dave Meltzer said, “Dave Bautista is not going in after all and I don’t know the exact reason. The reason that has been floating around is that there was a date conflict with him. I don’t know that to be the case.”

As far as Daniel Bryan, the belief is that a mistake was made and he will not be going into the Hall Of Fame but nothing has been confirmed by WWE one way or the other. Bryan was briefly mentioned on the WWE Network as an inductee for the class of 2021. Bryan has talked about winding down his full-time in-ring career and doing more work behind the scenes but he has also stated that he wants to do occasional matches for many more years. If WWE needs another headliner to replace Baustisa then Bryan would be a suitable name for sure.

It’s not unheard of for WWE to induct wrestlers while they are still active. Goldberg and Kurt Angle are two names that wrestled after they were inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

Here is the class of 2020 that will be inducted this year: John “Bradshaw” Layfield, “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, NWO (Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman), and The Bella Twins.

So far, Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff have been announced for the 2021 class.

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