Holla, holla, holla! Former manager, WWE referee and beloved SmackDown GM Teddy Long will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, joining a class that includes the legendary Kurt Angle and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.   Fans may remember Teddy from his stint as our special Guest Guest General Manager at IGNITE Wrestling’s March show.

Speaking to FOX Sports, Long said that he was really surprised about getting the call.

“Well, I was really surprised, you know?,” Long said, when asked about his reaction when he got the call. “I had thought about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and I thought ‘well, if they’re going to do that, I’m pretty sure my time will come one day.’ And that’s what did happen. I was real excited, it’s such an honor to be a part of something like this. To go into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame… man, it’s just great. It don’t get no better than that.

“I just want to thank Vince McMahon and the McMahon family, and the WWE Universe, and all the people that just hung out with me and wanted some more Teddy Long. I’m just excited right now so I’m kind of lost for words.”

We here at IGNITE Wrestling are so proud of Teddy Long who honored us with his presence at our inaugural show and returned at our March 2106 show doing what he does best…..setting up an amazing tag match.

The Class of 2017 will be honored two nights before WrestleMania 33 on March 31st in Orlando.