Tuesday, April 23

Muhammad Ali To Be Inducted Into The 2024 WWE Hall Of Fame

Highlights

  • WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2024 includes legends like Muhammad Ali, Bull Nakano, Barry Windham, and Mike Rotunda.
  • Ali’s impact on sports, entertainment, and activism made him one of the most renowned figures in the world.
  • Ali’s presence at WrestleMania 1 and other wrestling events solidified his importance in the realm of sports entertainment.



The 2024 WWE Hall of Fame class is shaping up quickly ahead of WrestleMania 40 weekend in Philadelphia. The first inductee was Paul Heyman, quickly followed by the announcements of women’s wrestling legend Bull Nakano, and Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda of the U.S. Express. Today, the biggest name of all, perhaps of the most famous athletes who ever lived, Muhammad Ali, was revealed as the latest Hall of Fame inductee.

The news was first reported in an exclusive by Joe Otterson of Variety, who wrote:

Muhammad Ali will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2024,
Variety
has learned exclusively. Ali will be inducted during the Hall of Fame ceremony taking place on April 5 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He will be inducted by his widow, Lonnie Ali.

WWE followed up on their own website, confirming the report. They added:

One of the most iconic figures in sports history, the three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Olympic gold medalist was known around the world for his charisma, his confidence, and his ability to back it up inside the ropes.

Known simply as “The Greatest”, Ali’s influence transcended sports as his work as an activist, artist, and personality established him as one of the most renowned figures in the entire world.

Although best known as a boxer, Ali made a great impact in the sports-entertainment world.


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Muhammad Ali’s Importance To WWE

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WWE has a long history of working with boxing greats, like Buster Douglas, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, and Evander Holyfield. No name is bigger and had more of an impact, however, than Muhammad Ali. In 1976, the boxing legend competed in a Tokyo exhibition match against Japanese wrestling icon Antonio Inoki. He appeared in a WWE ring where he challenged Gorilla Monsoon, and was later the special guest referee at the very first WrestleMania for the main event matchup of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. The match is remembered for Ali delivering a fist to Piper’s face. In 1995, WCW held the “Collision in Korea” pay-per-view in North Korea, with Ali as their guest.


Muhammad Ali dominated boxing in the 60s and 70s, where he compiled a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts. Ali battled Parkinson over the last decades of his life, but one of his most awe-inspiring moments was lighting the torch at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Ali passed away on June 3, 2016, at the age of 74. He was a pop culture icon, a political activist, a boxing great, and an important figure in professional wrestling and WWE. His presence at WrestleMania 1 helped set it apart from anything ever seen before.

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