Belief that Triple H is continuing a Vince McMahon tradition for the WWE Hall of Fame

Paul Heyman, Bull Nakano, The U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda), Muhammad Ali, and Thunderbolt Patterson have been announced for the 2024 WWE Hall of Fame so far. The ceremony takes place on Friday, April 5th after Smackdown.

During Wednesday night’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer of commented on Triple H’s choices for this year’s class…

“So it’s interesting that Thunderbolt is now allotted in the WWE Hall of Fame. The one thing that we learned is when Vince McMahon picked the Hall of Fame, they had a certain quota thing, which was there has to be a black wrestler, and there has to be a woman wrestler in every class.

And in the new Hall of Fame, it appears that that is the same thing. There’s one woman, which was Bull Nakano and Thunderbolt. So that’s the deal. Thunderbolt announced today, and then probably, I don’t know if it’d be tomorrow [Thursday] or Friday or whatever, but Lia Maivia [The Rock’s grandmother] will be announced as a promoter. Dwayne is gonna give the speech.” (quote courtesy of