Quite possibly the deepest WWE Hall of Fame class in history just got a little bit deeper, as it was announced on tonight's (March 18, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw that Booker T will be inducted on Sat., April 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York the night before WrestleMania 29.
Booker is one of the most successful African American wrestlers in the history of the industry. I'll let Wikipedia run down his considerable list of accomplishments:
He is the most decorated wrestler in WCW history, having held 21 titles in the organization, including a record six WCW World Television Championships, and a record ten WCW World Tag Team Championships as one half of Harlem Heat with his brother, Lash "Stevie Ray" Huffman (he claimed an eleventh reign in the WWF with Test).
Booker is a six-time world champion, having won four WCW World Heavyweight Championships in WCW, and one WCW Championship and one World Heavyweight Championship in the WWF/WWE; he has the distinction of competing as WCW Champion on the sole occasion where a match for that title headlined a WWF pay-per-view event, at SummerSlam 2001. Although never WWE- or TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Booker headlined multiple pay-per-views in contention for each title. Aside from world titles, he was the winner of the WWE King of the Ring tournament in 2006, the sixteenth WWE Triple Crown Champion and the tenth WWE Grand Slam Champion. Also the eighth WCW Triple Crown Champion, Booker is the most recent of four men in history to achieve both the WWE and WCW Triple Crown Championships.
So, yeah, he's kind of a big deal. He had an amazing run as a tag team wrestler that likely would have sustained had he never had success as a singles star but he managed to do just that anyway. It's one thing that he reached those heights in the dying days of WCW but to move over to the WWE and go through the process of getting torn down and built back up to eventually become world heavyweight champion is as impressive as all get out.
He still works for the company today, too, working as SmackDown General Manager.
As mentioned previously, Booker's inclusion serves to help make the 2013 Hall of Fame class one of the deepest in history. It might be the best ever, and it includes:
- Bruno Sammartino
- Bob Backlund
- Mick Foley
- Trish Stratus
- Donald Trump
- Booker T