Multiple sources have confirmed to The Wrestling Observer that the late Paul Bearer is in the plans for this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony from New Orleans. There is said to be a third star of the caliber of Jake Roberts and The Ultimate Warrior that will be going in also.
There’s no word yet if WWE still plans on inducting the WrestleMania I main event itself and the participants but the company is really pushing for Mr. T to accept an induction, but he’s turned them down several times in the past. Regarding Danny Hodge being inducted, the feeling is that if it doesn’t happen this year, it never will. Hodge was a big star in New Orleans back in the 1960’s.
Another name being discussed for this year is Lita.
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Speaking of Paul Bearer, he is featured in WWE’s latest question for their Network exclusive Countdown show.
Hall Of Fame….all the mentioned names are deserving in their own way.
WWE Countdown question….the names on the list still are the greatest managers in history in my opinion as well as the opinions of many others so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. If Paul is truly to be inducted this year, I feel the company will rig the vote and have him win in order to push his Hall Of Fame induction. I picked him because he managed my favorite wrestler and in hopes that he is inducted in the Hall Of Fame this year. But Paul himself said that Bobby Heenan’s the best manager. JR said the same and it is hard to argue with that. He managed the likes of Haku, Rick Rude, Andre The Giant, Mr. Perfect and others. Sherri managed HBK before he came a big star. Miss Elizabeth, the first lady managed Randy Savage (and Hulk Hogan before The Mega Powers split up) and in WCW, she managed Lex Luger. The names Jimmy Hart managed, and there’s a lot of names there, are by now, legends in their own right. Dillion’s associated with The Four Horsemen, arguably the most legendary faction in the business. Blassie managed Hulk Hogan in his heel days long before Hulkamania was born. During this time, he was known as The Incredible Hulk Hogan.