After being rumored as part of the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame class, WWE took to Twitter tonight to formally announce that Liger will be a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. The news was first reported by Tokyo Sports in Japan earlier today. The translated report notes that Liger’s induction was decided on this year, and that New Japan Pro Wrestling has also been informed.
After making his pro wrestling debut in 1984, Liger wrapped up his legendary career earlier this year at NJPW’s two-night Wrestle Kingdom 14 event, officially retiring on January 5. Liger has appeared for numerous pro wrestling groups over the years, including Stampede Wrestling, WCW, TNA, ROH, CMLL, and others. His first WWE appearance came back in 1990 at the Wrestling Summit In the Tokyo Dome event with NJPW and AJPW, but he made his official WWE debut here in the United States back in August 2015 with a win over Tyler Breeze at the WWE NXT “TakeOver: Brooklyn” event.
Liger is credited as the inventor of the Shooting Star Press. Liger made his way to the United States in 1991, arriving in WCW and engaging in an epic rivalry with Brian Pillman over the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship, the precursor to the Cruiserweight Title. Liger and Pillman’s incredible bouts are still talked about to this day as some of the most influential in sports-entertainment history. In his home country of Japan, he established himself as one of the greatest competitors of all time, becoming an 11-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, even after a brain tumor almost took his life.
Liger also has the distinction of having competed in five different decades.
Liger joins Batista, nWo members Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Sean Waltman, The Bella Twins, JBL and The British Bulldog in the Class of 2020. They will take their place in history during the 2020 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
You can view the announcement from WWE in the tweet below.
— WWE (@WWE) March 16, 2020
S.A.M.’s Spiel: To say that Liger deserves this honor would be an understatement. Liger is one of the all-time greatest wrestlers in the history of this business and his influence is felt all throughout wrestling. He was still able to put quality matches inside the ring up until his retirement earlier this year. Even though he only had one “official” match with WWE against Tyler Breeze at TakeOver: Brooklyn, it was a great one and one that is underrated in the history of TakeOver events. It will be interesting to see who will induct Liger into the Hall of Fame if the ceremony goes on as planned.