It appears that six names have been leaked for the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A political reporter by the name of Brad Sheppard, who on Twitter last month broke the news of WWE exploring a revival of the XFL, posted another tweet supposedly revealing the first six names chosen for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
They are Goldberg, Bam Bam Bigelow, Ivory, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) and musician Kid Rock.
EXCLUSIVE: The 2018 class of the WWE Hall of Fame is currently as follows:
Bam Bam Bigelow
— Brad Shepard 🤘🏻 (@TheBradShepard) December 16, 2017
Dave Meltzer addressed the report in this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and said, “The list seems believable to me since we’d heard Goldberg as the probable headliner for some time, as well as the Dudleys names being talked about.”
Meltzer, however, did not hear about Bigelow, Ivory and Kid Rock being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Meltzer added that Batista was at one point talked about for the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame, but the feeling is if he’s coming back, that would be delayed.
There are many people in WWE who want legendary entrance music composer Jim Johnston inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, WWE has never inducted someone who wasn’t a performer.
Meltzer adds, “I don’t know that it can’t happen, and obviously it should happen given the importance of entrance music and the iconic nature of many of the tunes he put together, but the political nature of his being gone this year would seem to make that awkward.”
It was reported earlier this month that Johnston parted ways with WWE after his contract expired and it wasn’t renewed by the company. Johnston apparently wanted to stay with WWE, but he was one of the highest paid non-executive employees in the company and CFO$ had taken over as the main composer of WWE entrance music in the last five years.