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Theodore “Teddy” Long has been added to the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class, joining Kurt Angle and the Rock N’ Roll Express as announced entrants. The Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Wrestlemania 33 Weekend in Orlando, FL. You can read WWE’s full announcement of his induction at this link.
Long got his start in professional wrestling by doing odd jobs in various territories in the 1980’s. He got the call to be an official for Jim Crockett Promotions through the late 80’s before becoming a manager for various talents, including Chris Jericho and the tag team Doom which he led to tag team gold in WCW. Once Long made the jump to WWE, he became an official again for a period of time before transitioning back into a manager’s role. He managed the trio of D-Lo Brown, Rodney Mack and Jazz for a period of time.
It was in 2004 that Long transitioned to the role he was most well known for, that being the role of Smackdown general manager. Through several runs as a storyline authority figure, Long introduced new talent like Kofi Kingston to the fans. His calling card was to book impromptu tag matches, which fans both enjoyed and at times rolled their eyes at.
Congratulations to Teddy Long as he joins the WWE Hall of Fame.