The countdown to WrestleMania continues with around three weeks to go before the biggest event in the calendar year for the WWE. Every year the night before WrestleMania the WWE holds the Hall of Fame induction ceremony where they honor the wrestlers of years past. This years class is full of deserving names of people who have belonged in the Hall of Fame for a few years including Rock N Roll Express and Rick Rude two name to people. I have included Demolition, Jushin Liger, Joyce Grable, and Rick Rude in what would have been my chosen class for the Hall of Fame thus far.
My next choice for the Hall of Fame would be actually one of the names that the WWE chose to induct this year as well and that is Teddy Long. Fact of the matter is that Teddy has been a part of the wrestling business for over the last 30 years and has done basically everything that there is to do from managing to refereeing to authority. Teddy got his start back in the 1980's as referee in Jim Crocket promotions before making the move to become a manger following the company changing names to WCW in 1988. While in WCW Teddy would manage talent like Mark Callous (The Undertaker), Doom, Marcus Bagwell, 2 Cold Scorpio, Johnny B Bad, and variety of others. In late 1998, Long made the jump to the WWE and as they say the rest is history because he would join the company and never truly leave again. Much like his tenure in WCW started he would begin in the WWF as a referee before once again becoming a heel manager for the likes of Mark Henry, Mark Jindrak, Jazz, Rodney Mack and others. Following the end of his managerial career he would move into the position we all know and love him for and that is as Smackdown General Manager.
Overall I don't think there is any doubt to the fact that Teddy deserves to be a Hall of Famer after 30 years of being a company guy and doing everything under the sun. Teddy fits the saying of "Started from the Bottom Now He's Here."