In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about the Hall of Fame and therefore also about Wrestlemania, with several legendary athletes who will be introduced in the Ark of Glory ceremony, which will air on April 6th, just a few days from the Showcase of the Immortals, as has happened every year, except for the very rare case of last year, where the worldwide pandemic cost the WWE both the Hall Of Fame ceremony and the NXT TakeOver.
After the announcement of Batista, who confirmed that he was not there at the recordings of the Hall of Fame ceremony aired on Wednesday and which will then be broadcast on the WWE Network, which is broadcast in the USA only on Peacock TV, another great athlete who was to be introduced in the class of 2020, then transformed instead into a single great class of 2021, is said to have deserted the ceremony, not appearing on the recordings.
The 2021 WWE Hall of Fame
Although until Wednesday, the name of the legendary Japanese athlete who recently retired from wrestling was on the list of athletes who would be inducted into this year's only big class, with no known reason yet, the wrestler will not be present last night at the shooting of the ceremony, a sign that its introduction will not take place or unlikely it could have been made in Japan, with a video recorded on-site and not in the USA, due to the impediments that are making the lives of athletes very difficult and professionals for more than a year.
Apparently, according to what was also confirmed by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, could not have taken part in any way in the ceremony that took place at the ThunderDome, in a situation that seems increasingly strange and unusual.
We will therefore have to wait for the airing of April 6, which will be significantly reduced compared to the usual duration of the Hall of Fame, given the tight schedule of Peacock TV, which forced WWE to also cut the minutes of the speeches of its introduced athletes, which in the past few hours they have complained about this, even on social media and in their post-induction interviews.
This year's WWE Hall of Fame class consists of some of the biggest names in pro-wrestling history. WWE also honored last year's class with Hall of Fame inductions along with the 2021 class. Former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam, former WWE Women's Champion Molly Holly, and WWE veteran Kane are a few of the names that have graced this year's class.
Fans who watched the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony might remember that not every inductee had someone to induct them. D-Generation X, Harlem Heat, and The Hart Foundation didn't have inductors while The Honky Tonk Man (inducted by Jimmy Hart), Torrie Wilson (inducted by Stacy Keibler), and Brutus Beefcake (inducted by Hulk Hogan) did.