Teddy Long joins the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017
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.
Teddy Long, 69, admitted he was surprised by his induction in an exclusive interview with Fox Sports.
“Well, I was really surprised, you know? 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.”
Long continued: “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.”
Teddy’s charisma led to some of the wrestlers lobbying on his behalf for him to be given an increased role with the promotion, and thus he transitioned into manager and mouthpiece for such wrestlers as Norman The Lunatic, Johnny B. Badd, Ice Train, 2 Cold Scorpio, One Man Gang and the tag team of Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) whom he guided to the WCW world tag team championship.
Teddy Long joined WWE in 1998 where he spent the next four years once again donning the black and white stripes of a referee before working his way back into a managerial position. Eventually, he transitioned into the fondly-remembered General Manager stint, which he performed on and off for the better part of eight years, before his release as part of a talent purge in June 2014.
Teddy Long still makes sporadic appearances with WWE to this day and he’s someone the fans, wrestlers, and office all hold in high regard, so his induction into the Hall of Fame is a nice honor for a man who has given so much to the business.
Most WWE fans will likely remember Long for his time in charge of SmackDown from 2008 to 2012. Long returned last June and suggested a tag team match in order to make his case to become SmackDown’s live general manager.
He cited The Undertaker, Mark Callous, Kevin Sullivan, and Eddie Gilbert as some of his greatest career influences.
We here at IGNITE Wrestling are so proud of Teddy Long who honored us with his presence at our inaugural show and returned to 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.