In what has to be considered a mild surprised (as his name was not speculated about like the rest of this year’s class) Hillbilly Jim has been named as the next inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Born James Morris, Hillbilly Jim began wrestling in 1975 and prior to joining the then named World Wrestling Federation competed in various promotions most notably as the biker, Harley Davidson. Morris would sign with Vince McMahon’s promotion in late 1984 and would regularly appear at television tapings as a fan. After weeks of appearing in the crowd he would jump the barricade and save Hulk Hogan from having his hair cut by Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, Big John Studd and Ken Patera. Hogan would then go on to train Hillbilly Jim in a series of vignettes and essentially he was given the rub and cemented as a top babyface.
Jim would suffer an early setback as he suffered a severe leg injury while chasing Johnny Valiant during at ringside and was sidelined for month but was given the role as the manager for his “relatives” Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior (later to be replaced by Cousin Luke) and would assist them in feuds against the Heenan Family, Roddy Piper and Jesse Ventura.
Hillbilly Jim would return to action and would compete in the Wrestlemania 2 battle royal and at Wrestlemania 3 in a mixed tag team match against King Kong Bundy. While he would also be in the opening battle royal at Wrestlemania 4, realistically following early 1986 he was never involved in any significant program although he remained over with the fans. After being left off the Wrestlemania V card, he would enjoy his biggest win to date on a house show at the Nassau Coliseum by defeating Andre the Giant by disqualification. He would cease wrestling in the spring of 1990.
The native of Kentucky would continue to work for the WWF for years after. Jim acted as the ambassador for Coliseum Home Video for a decade and for a brief spell was the manager of the Godwinns. He would also compete in the gimmick battle royal at Wrestlemania 17.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Hillbilly Jim for earning this honor.