The story, written by journalist Anthony Sulla-Heffinger, reads:
According to sources, Foley, a three-time WWE Champion, will be honored at the company’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony which is held the night before Wrestlemania.
This year’s ceremony will be held at Madison Square Garden on Saturday April 6 with Wrestlemania 29 taking place at MetLife Stadium the following evening.
The Long Island resident debuted in 1986 and while not having the typical wrestler physique that other superstars of his era had, was a crowd favorite. Foley often switched between his three wrestling personas, Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind during his career and is most famous for his no-holds-barred mentality in and out of the ring.
Some of his most memorable moments came during the WWE’s “Attitude Era” where he won the WWE Championship three times, the Hardcore Championship once and the Tag Team title eight times. Foley’s partnership with The Rock produced three of those tag team titles and the duo became a hit among fans by creating the “Rock and Sock Connection.”
Foley’s most memorable moment came at the King of the Ring in 1998 when he wrestled The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match. During the bout Foley was tossed from the top of the cage and crashed through the Spanish announce table in one of the most-jarring moments of any match. Foley has admitted that he was knocked unconscious during the match where he was also chokeslammed through the cage.
Foley lost the match but it is regarded as one of his best and was named the Match of the Year for 1998 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
This comes after Foley raised a lot of speculation regarding his Hall of Fame status, posting a tweet that stated, “Might have to buy some of those Hall of Fame tickets…just in case!”
This is great news for Foley, wrestling fans and the wrestling world. I can’t think of many more deserving wrestlers that have yet to be inducted into Vince McMahon‘s Hall of Fame than the man who revolutionized the world of hardcore and was one of the main stars of the Attitude Era. Foley’s work as Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack and even himself will stand the test of time and it is safe to say that he was one of the most iconic wrestlers and mic workers of all time that raised the bar for an upcoming generation.
I’d take these news with a grain of salt to a certain extent, but the New York Post has been reliable in the past. Perhaps we can expect an announcement on this Monday’s edition of Raw. With it being the 20th anniversary of the longest running weekly episodic show on television, Foley is just about sure to be there to witness the announcement.
UPDATE (03:56 PM ET): The official WWE WrestleMania Twitter account (@WrestleMania) has indeed confirmed that Foley will be the first inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013.