This year’s WWE Hall of Fame class is certainly an interesting bunch.
So far the company has announced D-Generation X and The Honky Tonk Man as 2019 inductees, and per an announcement officially made on Monday afternoon, they’ll be joined by Torrie Wilson.
Wilson is a former Miss Galaxy competition winner who joined World Championship Wrestling as a valet and performer in 1999, and made the jump to WWE in 2001. While she never held a championship in the company — not counting the 2002 Golden Thong Award — she was good at what she was hired to do, and was part of a number of memorable and/or infamous segments throughout her 9-year career. She most recently participated in a battle royal at WWE’s first all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, in October of 2018.
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When Torrie Wilson (aka “Samantha”) decided to walk away from wrestling in 2008, it was because of a back injury. There was no goodbye, no one last match. Her WWE journey had felt incomplete ever since.
That changed when the WWE called her last week, a little more than 10 years after her retirement. “You are a 2019 WWE Hall of Famer,” she heard on the phone. It took her a couple of minutes to process the information. She was convinced they were just calling to invite her to a WrestleMania event.
“This feels like a sweet closure,” Wilson, 43, told espnW. “Since I retired, so many people have asked me, ‘Do you feel bad you’ve never won a title?’ And I have always said no, because I felt like I got the value — even though it would have been nice [to win a title]. But being inducted into the Hall of Fame feels like a championship belt to me, because it really makes me feel appreciated.”
WWE uploaded a few videos in celebration of Torrie’s induction, which you can watch below.