239 wrestlers have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but only 8 of them can boast being inducted twice. This article will detail which wrestlers have been inducted twice, and explain the circumstances behind it.
The WWE Hall of Fame is the most prestigious accolade a wrestler can receive. At the end of a long and storied career, it gives the legends of the ring a chance to be honored by their peers and given an audience with the fans just one time.
However, some wrestlers don’t just get that one time. Some historic stars get not one, but two opportunities to stand in front of their fans and be honored among the greatest wrestlers of all time.
Eight wrestlers have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. Most have gone in first as a singles wrestlers, while being honored later on as part of a group, or tag team (although one man has been involved with TWO hall of fame groups). Here are those eight men, and some names who could join them in the near future.
Two-Time WWE Hall of Famers
Ric Flair (2008 & 2012)
Ric Flair made history both times he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was given the nod in 2008, one night before he was set to take on Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. While the stipulation demanded he retire from wrestling if he lost, at the time of his WWE Hall of Fame induction, Ric Flair was the first man to be inducted while still being an active wrestler on the WWE roster.
He made history again in 2012. Ric Flair was signed to TNA at this time, rekindling his wrestling career after yet another divorce left him short of cash. WWE wanted him back for one night only, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside the rest of the Four Horsemen. Flair agreed, and became the first man to be inducted Twice into the WWE Hall of Fame.
In order to convince TNA to let Flair appear at the event, they let the company pick one WWE star to appear on TNA Slammiversary. Instead of picking a big star, like John Cena or The Undertaker, the company decided on former NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage, who made an incredible return to the company for one single appearance.
Bret Hart (2006 &2019)
2019 saw three men earn their second Hall of Fame ring. The first was Bret Hart, who went in for the second time in his career alongside his legendary former tag team partner, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, as part of The Hart Foundation.
This came thirteen years after Hart’s first induction. WWE honored him for the first time in 2006, at the second-annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This was less than a decade after the Montreal Screwjob, and although he had agreed to return to the company in some capacity, Bret Hart was still not on good terms with Vince McMahon.
By 2019, he had buried the hatchet with Vince McMahon – even wrestling him in one of the worst WWE matches of all time – although this ceremony went much worse. A fan ran into the ring and attacked Bret Hart as he gave his Hall of Fame speech, but was quickly dragged from the crowd and beaten up with a number of WWE wrestlers, including FTR, Big Show and Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Shawn Michaels (2011 & 2019)
Just one year after retiring, Shawn Michaels was given his flowers as the headline inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2011. After decades of putting on fantastic matches, despite his “difficult” days of the 1990s, he had earned so much goodwill from wrestlers and fans alike, that everybody was glad to see him honored by Vince McMahon like that.
Then again in 2019, Shawn Michaels joined five-other WWE legends in going into the Hall of Fame as part of D-Generation X. He joined Triple H, X-Pac, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and Chyna as part of the class of 2019, and put on one of the best Hall of Fame speeches of all time (including a thinly-veiled knock at AEW, who had yet to run their first show at that point).
Shawn Michaels has the best chance of becoming the first-ever three-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee. He was part of a legendary tag team – The Rockers – with Marty Jannetty in the 1980s and 1990s, and the pair would be a perfect duo to go into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2024. However, that might not happen next year – or ever.
Booker T (2013 & 2019)
While he was not thought to be front-runner to become a two-time WWE Hall of Famer, Booker T earned that rare accolade in 2019. The six-time World Champion (which included being a Five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion) was wasted as a main event wrestler in WWE, but proved to be one of the most popular stars to come out of WCW.
He was first honored in 2013, but was inducted into the Hall of Fame again in 2019. This time, he went in alongside his brother Stevie Ray, paying tribute to their run in WCW as the multi-time WCW Tag Team Championship-winning duo called “Harlem Heat”.
The family gained another inductee in 2022, although it was a controversial one. Queen Sharmell was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last year, despite not deserving the accolade at all!
Hulk Hogan (2005 & 2020)
The former WWE Champion was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He headlined the Class of 2005 alongside a number of WWE legends. It was one of the most star-studded classes of all time, and the event was set in a more intimate and classy venue than it was in future years.
The 2005 WWE Hall of Fame class that Hulk Hogan headlined features these WWE legends;
- Hulk Hogan
- “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
- “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr
- Jimmy Hart
- “Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
- Nikolai Volkoff
- Iron Sheik
However, Hulk Hogan’s status as a Hall of Famer was revoked in 2015, after a secretly filmed sex tape of his revealed horrific racist remarks he had made behind closed doors. In the video that was leaked by website Gawker, Hogan was taped repeatedly saying the N Word, as well as saying “I guess we’re all a little racist”.
Hogan’s “Hall of Fame” status was reinstated in 2018, and he was welcomed back into the WWE with open arms. Just two years later, he joined Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and X-Pac (all now getting their second induction) in being honored as part of the New World Order (NWO) in the 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony.
Scott Hall (2014 & 2020)
The late Scott Hall returned from his battle with drugs and alcohol (thanks to Diamond Dallas Page) to stand tall at the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. Joining legends like Mr T and The Ultimate Warrior, he appeared on stage at WrestleMania XXX on the day after his first Hall of Fame induction. Scott Hall went in under the name of his WWE character (Razor Ramon), despite others like Kevin Nash going in under their own name.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the NWO were part of the class of 2020, but only inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021. Scott Hall was part of this group, with his debut in WCW kicking off the biggest angle in history, and it remains to this day one of the greatest debuts in the history of wrestling.
Sadly, Scott Hall passed away in 2022, with his alcoholism worsening during the pandemic. He remains one of just eight two-time WWE Hall of Famers.
Kevin Nash (2015 & 2020)
One year after his best friend Scott Hall was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame, former WWE Champion Kevin Nash was given his Hall of Fame ring before WrestleMania 31. While Vince McMahon wanted him to go in as “Diesel”, Nash refused. He famously said that only two things were real in wrestling – your first World title and your Hall of Fame induction, so he wanted to go in as himself.
Six years later, he joined Scott, X-Pac and Hulk Hogan as two-time inductees, as legendary WCW stable NWO were inducted as part of the class of 2020. Kevin Nash joined Scott Hall as The Outsiders in WCW in 1996, with the two men later recruiting Hulk Hogan to the group that quickly changed the wrestling world forever.
X-Pac (2019 & 2020)
Shawn Waltman, better known as X-Pac, is the only man to be a two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, but never as a solo act. He was in back-to-back Hall of Fame classes, in 2019 and 2020, but only received his second ring a year later due to the pandemic.
The first was as part of D-Generation X, who went in during the 2019 induction ceremony. Joining Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and Chyna, he was inducted as part of the group, without first being honored a singles wrestler.
Two years later, X-Pac joined three other solo-inductees – Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash – as part of the New World Order, headlining the 2021 ceremony, despite being part of the class of 2020.
Who Will Be The Next Two-Time WWE Hall of Famer?
There are a number of wrestlers who have had legendary careers as both singles and tag team wrestlers. Here are eight more wrestlers who could be given two WWE Hall of Fame rings, joining this elite group of wrestlers already inducted twice.
- Roman Reigns (Solo and The Shield)
- Seth Rollins (Solo and The Shield)
- Randy Orton (Solo and Evolution)
- Batista (Solo and Evolution)
- Edge (Solo and Edge & Christian)
- Jeff Hardy (Solo and The Hardy Boys)
- Davey Boy Smith (Solo and British Bulldogs)
- Terry Funk (Solo and The Funks)
Meanwhile, Triple H and Shawn Michaels have the best chance of being the first three-time WWE Hall of Famer. Michaels has already gone in as a solo inductee and with DX, while WWE boss Triple H has only gone in with DX. However, he has more than earned his own individual induction, while his run in Evolution with Ric Flair, Batista and Randy Orton could give him (and Ric Flair) his record third induction.
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