We previously reported on rumors that WWE isn’t prioritizing the 2019 Hall of Fame class, who will be inducted in a ceremony at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn on April 6, as part of WrestleMania Weekend. There were rumors about the Undertaker, but that may have been complicated by his lack of WrestleMania involvement and new openness to non-WWE bookings, including Starrcast II. There’s also been a bit of chatter about Dave Bautista or the Hart Foundation, but so far nothing has come of either.
Now we know the first inductees to be announced, although WWE hasn’t officially made that announcement yet, at least not nationally (but it’s probably coming today or tomorrow). Local ads ran last night in the New York area for the Hall of Fame event, which revealed that the headlining inductees are D-Generation X. The ad lists the names of the individual inductees as Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chyna, X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn. Shawn Michaels was inducted on his own in 2011, which will make him the second Two-Time Hall of Famer, a distinction that WWE has previously reserved for Ric Flair, who was inducted on his own in 2008 and as part of the Four Horsemen in 2012. If the Hart Foundation is inducted, this will also apply to Bret Hart, but WWE usually only inducts one tag team or group a year, so that now seems less likely to happen this year.
Fans of Chyna have been clamoring for her induction for a long time, but putting her in as part of DX, particularly when much of the mic time will probably be devoted to how cool Triple H and HBK supposedly are, is at best a mixed bag for Chyna fans. Plus once she’s in as part of a group, she can only get a solo induction if WWE is willing to give her equal prestige to Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, which makes it seem far less likely to happen.
UPDATE: Almost immediately after this story went live, WWE made the official announcement, with a tweet and an exclusive story on ESPN.com. We’ll no doubt hear more about it tonight on Raw.