This class is getting crowded. And global.
Ahead of a television announcement and video package release tonight (March 19, 2015) on Smackdown, WWE.com broke the news that Japanese legend Tatsumi "The Dragon" Fujinami will be inducted into the company's Hall of Fame at this year's induction ceremony on Saturday, March 28th in San Jose, California.
A protégé of fellow Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki, Fujinami earned gold in the McMahon family promotion twice, once in the 1970s as a Junior Heavyweight champion and again in the 80s as International champ. In his native Japan, he was even more successful, as he captured the IWGP Heavyweight belt an amazing six times, and defeated Ric Flair in the Tokyo Dome in 1991 to become the first man to hold both that prestigious title and the NWA Championship.
He remains active today at 61 years of age, running his catch wrestling-focused Dradition promotion and even winning a title as recently as 2012, as one half of the Dramatic Dream Team (DDT)'s tag champs with MIKAMI.
"The Dragon" joins Randy Savage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alundra Blayze, The Bushwhackers, Rikishi and Larry Zbysko in this year's class. Kevin Nash is also all but confirmed to go in with them. The large group probably indicates both that the name most consider to be the headliner has already passed and therefore won't be able to speak for himself, and a desire on WWE's part to have a diverse group to market globally via the Network.