William Shatner will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next week as part of Class 2020. With last year’s ceremony canceled, WWE will host two classes at the same time this year, awarding different talent groups for 2020 and 2021 classes. Over the past few years, various celebrities have been welcomed through the hall’s “Celebrity Wing”, and now Shatner will be one take its place among them upon its official inauguration.
Shatner’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame isn’t as random as it may seem to those who didn’t watch pro-wrestling in early 1995. At the time, wrestling villain Jerry “The King” Lawler was hosting a television segment called “The King’s” Court “when Shatner appeared as a special guest after Lawler started taunting William ShatnerThe Star Trek star defeated “The King” with a wrestling maneuver in the ring.
A week after Lawler slammed Shatner back on WWE television standing in fan favorite Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s corner for a match against another wrestling villain, Jeff Jarrett. When Jarrett’s manager Road Dogg tried to interfere, Shatner decked him out with a solid before ramming the wrestler against the turnbuckle. Perhaps Shatner could have started a career in pro wrestling if Star Trek hadn’t worked out so well.
Over a decade after their television brawl, Shatner returned to the WWE Universe to personally induct Lawler into the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame. It is currently unclear who will be introducing Shatner at this year’s ceremony, however Lawler’s honor seems most appropriate if you ask me.
The fun didn’t stop there as Shatner also appeared as the special guest host of WWE RAW in February 2010. Part of his appearance included the actor performing a dramatic rendition of the opening themes of various WWE Superstars. His night also included a run-in with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, with Shatner once again ensuring that Bret Hart was ahead of the curve in his feud with McMahon. Many innkeepers performed on RAW during this period, but Shatner was certainly one of the most memorable.
Shatner currently hosts the History Channel series The UnXplained and appears in the romantic comedy Senior Moment, which is now in theaters and on-demand. Behind the scenes, he was also lauded for his charity work, which includes his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show to raise funds for charities for children and veterans.
Other WWE Hall of Fame members include John “Bradshaw” Layfield, the British Bulldog, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, the New World Order (Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman) and the Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie Bella. Nora “Molly Holly” Benshoof, Eric Bischoff, Glenn “Kane” Jacobs, The Great Khali and Rob Van Dam will enter the hall as a class of 2021. Other names are likely to be announced soon.
Shatner’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame can be seen on Peacock in the US and on the WWE Network everywhere on Tuesday, April 6th. This message comes to us from WWE.
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