Jushin "Thunder" Liger will be inducted into the WWE Hall Fame. The news of his induction leaked a couple of weeks ago and was confirmed today by WWE.
Liger is one of the biggest names in Japanese wrestling history. His career spanned 5 decades with his last match taking place at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in January.
Many fans in the United States will his early 90s run in WCW as they began to usher in faster-paced matches in their first attempt to create a cruiserweight division. During a down time in the company, his matches with Brian Pillman in 1991 and 92 were one of the bright spots of WCW TV shows. Liger was part of the first WCW Monday Nitro in the first match against Pillman in 1995.
Liger held major titles all over the world in promotions such as Dragon Gate, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah and in WCW as the Light Heavyweight Champion. He wrestled once in a WWE ring against Tyler Breeze at NXT TakeOver; Brooklyn in 2015.
Liger will join Batista, the NWO (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman), The Bella Twins, JBL and "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith as part of the 2020 class of inductees.
WWE is still promoting that the Hall Of Fame ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 2 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. An induction ceremony with fans in attendance seems unlikely at this point due to the coronavirus outbreak.