We noted last week that WWE would not be inducting Ray Stevens into the WWE Hall of Fame after all. Dave Meltzer noted in the latest Wrestling Observer newsletter that he reached out to WWE about Stevens and was told something along the lines of “card subject to change” and that the Hall of Fame is about speeches with people still living and since Savage is not alive and being the big star this year they didn’t want to have anyone else that wasn’t alive in the Hall of Fame this year. That is why they decided not to induct Stevens this year. This could also mean that he’ll never go in because this would have been the best year to do it since Stevens was from the Bay area and that’s where most fans remember him from.
Also, as we first noted earlier this week, the WrestleMania retrospective magazine that is on newsstands mentions Kevin Nash as going in this year and it was also mentioned by Nash’s lawyer on TMZ back in January when Nash was going through his legal issues. So, Nash will be going on last with Shawn Michaels inducting him. Things could always change but that is the plan right now. Also, the fact that they didn’t want any other dead people in the Hall of Fame is the reason why Elizabeth didn’t go in this year. She died from the typical “wrestling death” and that’s not something WWE likes to call attention to. Also, there’s the issue of the 1992 split/divorce from Randy that they probably wouldn’t want to call attention to.
We had heard that Larry Zbyszko might not be going in this year either. Raw is in Pittsburgh this week so if they decide he is going in this year then Monday’s Raw in Pittsburgh, where Larry is billed as being from, would be the best time to announce him.
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