The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place every year during WrestleMania weekend. It used to take place on the Saturday night before WrestleMania, but this year they moved it to Friday night with Kurt Angle as the headliner because they wanted to put the NXT Takeover event the night before WrestleMania.
Every year the question comes up as fans are left to wonder who is going to be the headline name next year? It may seem early on this last day of August to think about it, but it’s really never too early. We figured it might as well be a good time to list five big names from WWE history and try to figure out who may be the headliner. Plus, in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Dave Bautista aka Batista is a possible headline name for Hall of Fame 2018 in New Orleans on Friday, April 6. Let’s begin the speculation with Batista.
As a six-time WWE World Champion, Batista is obviously the kind of name that should headline the WWE Hall of Fame. It seems like 2018 is the perfect time since he left WWE in 2014 while he was frustrated with his place in the company. Plus, he was on the brink of movie superstardom because Guardians of the Galaxy came out that year, it made around $1 billion dollars at the box office and he became a household name.
Since then, Batista has done other movies like Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Blade Runner 2049 to name a few.
Will Batista ever return to wrestling? Probably not. He’s 48 years old and with all of his movie commitments, most of the production companies won’t want him bumping in a wrestling ring and risking injury. That’s something The Rock has had to deal with in the past as well. I think it’s fair to say Batista won’t have another match in WWE again. Might as well put him in the Hall of Fame next year.
On another Batista note, check out Vince Mancini’s interview with “The Animal” posted here on UPROXX earlier today.