This year's Hall of Fame continues to be enriched with big names. Through a statement on the official website, WWE announced that William Shatner, known to fans for playing the legendary Captain Kirk in the Star Trek TV series and in some films of the franchise, will receive well-deserved recognition.
Shatner is no stranger to the WWE world. He made his first appearance in 1995 as a special guest at Jerry Lawler's King's Court, and then returned in 2007, inducing the latter into the Hall of Fame. Shatner was also the guest host of a 2010 Monday Night Raw episode and the narrator of the Breaking Ground series, available on the Network.
This year's ceremony will be broadcast on 6 April, on a deferred basis, on Peacock TV in America and on the Network in other countries around the world, including Italy. This isn't the first time a celebrity like Shatner has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In the past, the same fate has befallen Snoop Dogg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kid Rock, Mike Tyson and even the former president of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Shatner currently revels as the host of The UnXplained, a show on the History Channel, and is the founder of the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, an organization that helps children in need.
William Shatner's rise to superstardom
The 2021 Hall of Fame is currently full of big names. In addition to William Shatner, Eric Bischoff, Molly Holly, The Great Khali, Kane and Rob Van Dam have been confirmed. A line up of superstars that will join those of last year, namely the Bella Twins, Jushin Thunder Liger and the New World Order.
The big absentee is Dave Batista, who explained on Twitter that he could not attend due to commitments. The WWE, therefore, would like to wait for the return of the public to guarantee a noteworthy introduction. The ceremony has already been recorded and, according to the Bella Twins, WWE has decided to drastically reduce the speeches of superstars for reasons of time.
Despite becoming a huge part of popular culture in subsequent years, the original Star Trek series, which first aired in 1966, was canceled after only three seasons. However, growing interest in the show - thanks to re-runs - prompted studio executives to greenlight Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was released a full decade after the show's cancelation on television.
10 feature films and multiple television reboots later, Star Trek firmly sits as one of American entertainment's greatest phenomenons.