The first inductee has been announced in the WWE Hall of Fame 2018 class. Goldberg will be the headliner in New Orleans on April 6, 2018.
The WWE Hall of Fame has become as integral a part of the Road to WrestleMania as the Royal Rumble and the Raw and SmackDown Live that come before the biggest show of the year. The prestigious event marks the beginning of WrestleMania weekend, taking place on the Friday night each year, followed by NXT TakeOover on the Saturday and The Showcase of the Immortals rounding things off.
While there are always a handful of deserving Superstars inducted each and every year, one wrestler, in particular, is selected to headline the event. As announced by ESPN on Monday the man getting that honor this year will be Goldberg. From his iconic run in WCW to his brief stay in WWE capped off by a triumphant comeback in 2016/17, he's enjoyed a career truly worthy of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Well, after being knocked on my ass all weekend w/ this damn flu, not a bad way to kick off the new week! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who has ever been a fan. This accomplishment could not of been made without you all. I’m very honored and humbled to be inducted! #whosnext ? Looks like #ImNext @wwe 🙏 @espn
Naturally, there was a lot of reaction to the announcement on social media, including from the man himself. Goldberg posted a screenshot of the announcement by WWE that he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame class of 2018. According to the former Universal Champion, he has been sidelined with the flu all weekend so this was a perfect way to start the week, ending the post with "Looks like I'm Next."
Former WWE trainer Bill DeMott tweeted out his congratulations to Goldberg following the announcement, citing that it's well deserved and it was "very cool" to have played a small part in his career. Fellow Hall of Famer and legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross also tweeted his congratulations adding 'so proud of my friend'.
If this induction happened two or three years ago, then some in the wrestling industry might not have been as pleased for Goldberg as they are today. Before his comeback, the multi-time World Champion didn't exactly have the best reputation among some of his peers due to his attitude during his first run. That appears to all be water under the bridge now, and judging by social media most are happy that the deserving Goldberg will soon be a WWE Hall of Famer.