Teddy Long

WWE.com has announced Teddy Long as the next inductee into the Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando this April.

The story of Long’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame was first reported by FOX Sports on Monday afternoon shortly before WWE made it official.

Long has been involved in the pro wrestling industry for over 30 years getting his start under Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA. He later become a manager for Ron Simmons and Butch Reed, Chris Jericho, Johnny B. Badd, Ice Train, One Man Gang and more.

He made the jump to WWE in 1998 first taking on a role as a referee. Long then transitioned back to a role as manager for talents such as D-Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, Jazz, Christopher Nowinski, Mark Henry and Mark Jindrak. He is best known for his time as General Manager of the Smackdown brand starting in 2004.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Holla! Holla! Holla! Congratulations Teddy! (or as JBL would say, Congratulations Peanut Head!) Either Ron Simmons or Butch Reed should induct him. I’d also be okay with Mark Henry or Jazz doing the honors.

  2. Honestly this is a case of a guy not really being Hall of Fame worthy getting in because WWE just puts anyone. From the matches I have seen he wasn’t that good a ref. He was never a great manager or promo man.

  3. He was the longest-serving SmackDown GM (maybe even the longest-serving GM ever on either brand) compared to the musical chairs carousel of GMs they’ve had on Raw. That speaks to the kind of staying power he had. He was a fairly decent manager too to a more impressive list of wrestlers than they have here so he’s also another good addition to the HOF’s manager wing.

  4. You are correct. Outside of Jack Tunney, who served as “WWE President” from 1984-1995 respectively, Teddy Long is the longest serving on air authority figure in WWE history. That obvious excludes Mr. McMahon.

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