The WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019 continues to take shape with the announcement today that Torrie Wilson will be inducted into this year’s crop.
Wilson was a fitness model who was discovered by WCW and in early 1999 she would begin appearing as an on screen character (named Samantha) and would later appear under her own name in an angle with David Flair. Over the next two years like so many personnel in World Championship Wrestling she would bounce around from alliance to alliance and following the sale of WCW to the WWE (then named the WWF) she was one of the first former WCW talent to appear on WWE television when she appeared on an episode of Smackdown asking Vince McMahon for work.
Like all of the former WCW talent she was a heel and along with Stacy Kiebler would feud with Trish Stratus and Lita. Wilson was much better served as a face and she would align with Tajiri until the Japanese Buzzsaw would grow jealous of the attention she received. Late 2002 would see her entire her most high profile feud when she was paired against Dawn Marie who married her father who was later killed during rigorous sex (seriously, that was the storyline). Wilson would defeat Dawn Marie at the 2003 Royal Rumble, which thankfully ended the feud.
Wilson would appear in Playboy in May of 2003 and would manage Billy Gunn. She would appear at Wrestlemania when her and Sable (who she also had a program with) would defeat Miss Jackie and Stacy Keibler in a Playboy Evening Gown Match. She would later have programs against Hiroko and Melina before being drafted by Monday Night Raw where she would form a short lived heel stable with Candace Michelle and Victoria. Wilson was never a great heel and she switched back to being a babyface and was paired with Carlito, which would be the last significant program of her career.
Wilson would retire in 2008 but would return sporadically at Wrestlemania 25 for the Women’s Battle Royale, the first Women’s Royal Rumble and was also a participant at the Battle Royale at the recent all female WWE Pay Per View, Evolution.
While we are not talking about a woman who was necessarily a great wrestler or a former champion, she was a character who was with the WWE for a long period of time and was very well liked by her peers and by fans alike. In our latest rank, Wilson was slotted at #169on our Notinhalloffame.com list of those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame.
This induction means that for the first time ever there will be two women inducted as Chyna is going in with D-Generation X.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Torrie Wilson for earning this honor.