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WWE Hall of Fame (2015)
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The 2015 WWE Hall of Fame set
Promotion WWE
DateMarch 28, 2015
City San Jose, California
Venue SAP Center [1]
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WWE Hall of Fame (2015) was the event which featured the introduction of the 16th class to the WWE Hall of Fame. The event was produced by WWE on March 28, 2015 from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. [2] The event took place the same weekend as WrestleMania 31. [3] The event aired live on the WWE Network, and was hosted by Jerry Lawler. A condensed one-hour version of the ceremony aired the following Monday after Raw, on the USA Network. [4]

Event

Due to the launch of the WWE Network shortly before WrestleMania XXX, this event featured the second ever "Red Carpet" event as a one-hour pre-show prior to the start of the event. The pre-show was hosted by Michael Cole, Maria Menounos, Byron Saxton and Renee Young.

Rikishi was inducted by his sons The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso). The Usos spoke about what it was like growing up with their father's rear end being the focus on TV. Following induction, the three recreated the Too Cool dance, including Jimmy doing The Worm on stage.

Larry Zbyszko was inducted by Bruno Sammartino.

Alundra Blayze was inducted by Natalya. Blayze's husband was in attendance, the first time she saw him in nearly a year due to his active role in the military. During Blayze's speech she asked Natalya to come back out so she could make an old wrong right. Natalya brought with her a metal trashcan which she places beside Blayze. Blayze then pulled several gags out before pulling the WWF Women's Championship belt out of the garbage, which she had throw in the garbage twenty years earlier on Monday Nitro.

Following The Ultimate Warrior's death in April 2014, [5] WWE introduced the Warrior Award, in 2015, for those who have "exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of the Ultimate Warrior." [6] The first Warrior Award was given to Connor Michalek and presented by Warrior's wife Dana, as well as Daniel Bryan. The award was accepted by Connor's father Steve. [7]

The Bushwhackers were inducted by John Laurinaitis.

Tatsumi Fujinami was inducted by Ric Flair, during the induction speech Flair spoke about the matches the two had over the years in Japan.

Randy Savage was inducted by long time friend/foe from both WWE and WCW, Hulk Hogan. Due to Savage's death in 2011 he was inducted posthumously, and his award was accepted on his behalf by his brother Lanny Poffo.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was inducted by Triple H.

Kevin Nash was the final inductee, inducted by longtime friend Shawn Michaels. Following the induction they were joined on stage by fellow members of The Kliq, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman and Triple H.

Inductees

Individual

  • Class headliners appear in boldface
Image Ring name
(Birth Name)
Inducted by WWE recognized accolades
Randy Savage 1986.jpg "Macho Man" Randy Savage [8] [9] [10]
(Randy Poffo)
Hulk Hogan Two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, 1987 King of the Ring, and 1995 World War 3 winner [11]
Rikishi Hall of Fame 2015.jpg Rikishi [12] [13] [14] [15]
(Solofa Fatu Jr.)
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso One-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, two-time WWF/World Tag Team Champion and one-time WWE Tag Team Champion [16]
Madusa.jpg Alundra Blayze [17] [18] [19]
(Debrah Miceli)
Natalya Three-time WWF Women's Champion. Known in other companies as Madusa, she became the first woman to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship and was a one-time AWA World Women's Champion [20]
Larry Zbyszko HOF.jpg Larry Zbyszko [21] [22] [23]
(Lawrence Whistler)
Bruno Sammartino Two-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WCW World Television Champion, one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and one-time WWWF Tag Team Champion [24]
Tatsumi fujinami.jpg Tatsumi Fujinami [25] [26] Ric Flair Six-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF International Tag Team Champion, two-time WWF International Heavyweight Champion and two-time WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion [27]
Kevin Nash Hall of Fame 2015.jpg Kevin Nash [28] [29] [30] Shawn Michaels Also known as Diesel, he is a one-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, nine-time WCW World Tag Team Champion, two-time WWF Tag Team Champion, and 1998 World War 3 winner [31]

Tag team

Image Group Inducted by WWE recognized accolades
The Bushwhackers Hall Of Fame 2015.jpg The Bushwhackers [32] [33] [34] John Laurinaitis Known as the Sheepherders prior to joining WWE, they won over 20 regional tag team championships in the AWA, NWA, UWF, and Stampede Wrestling during their 40 year career [35]

Celebrity

Image Recipient
(Birth name)
Occupation Inducted by Appearances
Arnold Schwarzenegger February 2015.jpg Arnold Schwarzenegger [36] [37] [38] Actor
38th Governor of California
Triple H Has made numerous appearances on WWE programming [39]

Warrior Award

Image Recipient
(Birth name)
Presented By Notes
N/A Connor "The Crusher" Michalek [40] [41] [42] Dana Warrior and Daniel Bryan Posthumous recipient/inductee: Represented by his father Steve and brother Jackson.
Eight-year-old WWE fan who died of cancer. "Connor's Cure" cancer charity fund established in his honor by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, run by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
[6]

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