Usually, by the time January 1st of the New Year hits, we officially begin the proverbial Road to Wrestlemania. But for the first time since introducing the Hall of Fame classes before the big event, WWE has released it’s two first entries into the upcoming class a bit early – Enter Batista and the original nWo.
BREAKING: @DaveBautista and The #nWo (@HulkHogan @RealKevinNash @SCOTTHALLNWO & @TheRealXPac) are the first inductees in the @WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020, as first reported by @people and @espn respectively! #WWEHOF https://t.co/8LrVsAKnWu
— WWE (@WWE) December 9, 2019
Announced via Twitter, WWE has officially stated that Batista and the nWo (specifically ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and X-Pac) have been announced as this year’s headliners of the 2020 class!
As stated on their official website in regards to the inductions:
Batista is a six-time World Champion and a pop culture phenomenon. Throughout his illustrious career, “The Animal” had memorable rivalries with some of the biggest names in WWE history including John Cena®, Triple H and The Undertaker. Batista is also a founding member of the revolutionary faction Evolution alongside Ric Flair, Triple H and Randy Orton. At WrestleMania this past April, Batista competed for the final time against Triple H. Outside the ring, Batista has successfully conquered Hollywood, appearing in “Spectre”, “Stuber and Marvel’s blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers” films.
One of the most innovative and controversial factions in sports-entertainment history, the New World Order (nWo) was led by “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman. The group captivated fans around the world and was crucial to the success of WCW during the historic Monday Night War. With an innovative style and attitude, the nWo participated in memorable rivalries against some of the biggest names in WCW history, including Sting, Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger.
Be sure to tune in on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 when the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place to see all five of these legendary stars be enshrined forever.
After all the unfortunate news of “Black Sunday”, this was a good pick me up by the WWE. For Batista, WWE gave him what he wanted… his last match and now a legacy that will never be forgotten. The man literally carried the blue brand along with the rest of “The Smackdown 6” while giving us some amazing moments in and out of the WWE ring.
For the nWo, the induction gives all four members the title of two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductees alongside one other man, the ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. Well deserved all around, especially for X-Pac who always stood out with his performances and promos with the bigger 3 superstars of the faction.
Who else expects a very uncensored, unfiltered, and long speech from these 5 men? I’ll have my popcorn ready.