We were going to hold off on this until it became official but it has leaked multiple times this weekend, we might as well go ahead and talk about it!
The WWE Hall of Fame will shortly be announcing that Stan Hansen will be part of the Class of 2016. Hansen, who may have a stronger legacy in America with his work in the NWA and the AWA (where he was the World Champion in 1985), did have a notable run in the then named World Wide Wrestling Federation when he broke the neck of champion Bruno Sammartino and challenged for the World Title.
Hansen, a Texas native, played the crazy cowboy perfectly. With his imposing size and swinging bullrope, Hansen was the person in the crazy world of professional wrestling that you would least likely want to provoke in a bar. While he was a draw in the United States, Hansen found the Japanese wrestling style more to his liking and it was there where he was revered as one of the top stars in the business.
Hansen worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling before he jumped abruptly to their rival, All Japan. He would win every title and tournament worth winning in All-Japan, including the Triple Crown four times, the Strongest Tag League four times (with four different partners), the Champions Carnival twice and the World Tag Team Title eight times.
This will not be the first time that Stan Hansen attended the WWE Hall of Fame, as he was the inductor for Antonio Inoki several years ago.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Stan Hansen as he enters the WWE Hall of Fame.