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WWE Hall of Fame 2024 Inductee Announcement: Thunderbolt Patterson Honored

3 Key Points

  • Thunderbolt Patterson, a pioneering African American wrestler, has been announced as a 2024 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Xavier Woods, a WWE star, celebrates Patterson’s induction, highlighting his significant yet underappreciated contributions to the sport.
  • The Hall of Fame ceremony is set to take place on April 5, after WWE SmackDown, with speculation about ECW alumni inducting Paul Heyman.

WWE Hall of Fame Welcomes Thunderbolt Patterson

The wrestling community is buzzing with excitement as Thunderbolt Patterson joins the prestigious 2024 WWE Hall of Fame. With a career launch in 1964, Patterson has claimed multiple championships over 30 years, mostly under the NWA banner. Despite facing a blacklist in the 1970s for his advocacy against racism, poor working conditions, and his efforts to form a wrestlers’ union, Patterson’s resilience and contribution to wrestling history are now being acknowledged.

Xavier Woods Pays Tribute

Patterson’s induction into the Hall of Fame has drawn commendations, notably from WWE’s Xavier Woods. Woods took to social media to express his delight over WWE’s decision to honor an overlooked legend like Patterson, saying, “He did so much for professional wrestling that doesn’t get talked about. Glad to see that this man get his chance to enter into the @wwe hall of fame. Congrats Thunderbolt!” This acknowledgment from a current wrestling star underscores the lasting impact of Patterson’s career and advocacy.

Anticipation Builds for Hall of Fame Ceremony

This year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony promises to be unforgettable, set to occur post-WWE SmackDown on April 5, paving the road to WrestleMania 40. Besides Patterson, inductees include boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Japanese star Bull Nakano, The U.S. Express, and pivotal wrestling figure Paul Heyman. With the ceremony in Philadelphia, speculation is rife about ECW alumni inducting Heyman, adding further excitement to what will surely be a night of stars and legends.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to celebrate the careers and contributions of wrestling’s finest at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame.

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