WWE announced their next inductee into the Hall of Fame by stating on WWE.com that the Honky Tonk Man will get the nod in 2019.
Arguably the greatest Intercontinental Champions to this day in WWE history, The Honky Tonk Man was a true heel in WWE and one of the most hated men on the roster at a time when names like Hulk Hogan, Randy Macho Man Savage and others were massive stars. He follows D-Generation X, the first inductees announced into this year's class.
WWE.com said of the announcement, "He’s cool, he’s cocky, he’s bad, and now, he’s a WWE Hall of Famer." The went onto detail The Honky Tonk Man as the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWE history and said the news was first reported by CBS Sports.
Most fans will remember Honky Tonk Man as a slicked-back haired look-a-like to Elvis Presley and while most wrestlers would have trouble getting over such a gimmick when he arrived in WWE in 1986, it was discovered quickly that WWE's plan to make him a babyface wasn't going to work. They quickly turned him heel.
He aligned himself with Jimmy Hart, started smashing people with this guitar and perhaps worst of all, started to sing his own theme music. The rest was history.
He had memorable feuds with Brutus the Barber Beefcake, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, ultimately losing the title to Warrior at SummerSlam in 1988 after holding the belt for 454 days. He claimed he wasn't ready considering Brutus was to be his original opponent.
He later went on to work with Greg Valentine as one-half of the tag team Rhythm and Blues and helped launch Billy Gunn and Road Dogg who later became the New Age Outlaws.
What This Means
With Honky Tonk Man and DX already announced for this year's Hall of Fame, this is a stacked class. It is bound to only get bigger and better and while he never held the WWE Championship, Honky Tonk Man certainly deserves his nod as one of the industry's best.
Taz and the Hart Foundation are also rumored for this year's class.