WWE names the newest Hall of Fame member

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 14, 2017

But it is his stint as Smackdown General Manager that modern-day fans likely recall best, as his penchant for requesting various players hold up a minute so he can put people into tag team matches has become a legendary meme and in-joke among fans of all stripes.

As we head towards WrestleMania 33, the WWE have now started to announce the inductees for the 2017 Hall of Fame.

As first reported by FoxSports.com, Long joins Kurt Angle and The Rock "n" Roll Express among the current slate of 2017 inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame. It now seems that we have a new name confirmed as well.

Theodore Long, whose 30-plus year wrestling career spans nearly every non-wrestling role there is within the business while working for NWA, WCW and, most notably, the WWE, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Long has been around wrestling forever and has acted as a manager, a commentator, an on-screen authority figure and even an occasional in-ring performer.

When asked how he's feeling about it, he said: "Well, I was really surprised, you know?"

"I was real excited, it's such an honour to be part of something like this". To go into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame... man, it's just great. Long made his last full-time appearances for the WWE in July 2013, and officially left the company in June 2014, although he's made several one-off appearances in the past two years. I'm just excited right now so I'm kind of lost for words.

Long managed wrestlers in WCW in the 1980s and 1990s, guiding Ron Simmons and Butch Reed to the WCW Tag Team Titles.

Long had been rumoured to be inducted this year for some months now, and the likes of Diamond Dallas Page, Beth Phoenix, Rick Rude and Christian are also rumoured to be inducted inside of the Amway Center. What was your favorite role in his career?

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