2017 WWE Hall of Fame Spoilers: Female Inductee Leaked
WWE made headlines yesterday with the announcement that former world champion and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle would return to headline the 2017 Hall of Fame Class. But while most of this year’s Hall of Fame participants have been leaked, we’ve yet to learn who the female inductee would be. That is, until now.
PWInsider has leaked the name for the female inductee in the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class: “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix. A three-time WWE Women’s Champion and one-time Divas Champion, Phoenix was arguably the best wrestler in the women’s division from 2007-2012. At a time where women’s wrestling wasn’t taken that seriously, or treated with much reverence by WWE, Phoenix added a sense of legitimacy to the division with her athleticism and professionalism. She was well-respected to the point of being only the second woman in history to ever enter a Royal Rumble match in 2010, where she not only eliminated The Great Khali, she also went toe-to-toe with CM Punk.
While you could make the argument for any number of women who probably should have gone in before Phoenix, whether it’s Chyna, Miss Elizabeth, Bull Nakano or even recent returnee Mickie James, I think this is a solid choice for a women’s wrestler from the modern era, especially because this era of women’s wrestling is so overlooked. Seriously, WWE’s history seems to go straight from Trish Stratus and Lita to Charlotte and Sasha Banks, with little mention or regard for the mid-2000s era of women’s wrestling. Luckily, we’re seeing a bit of a resurgence with the return of Mickie James and the induction for Beth Phoenix. Honestly, while it wasn’t a great time for women’s wrestling, I still think there were clear highlights, some of whom I’d love to see inducted, like LayCool, AJ Lee, and the aforementioned Mickie James.
As for who inducts Phoenix, I wouldn’t mind seeing her inducted by her husband, Edge. However, he might be busy inducting someone else on Hall of Fame night, so I would imagine they get a current roster member or former colleague to induct her, perhaps Natalya. Either way, it’ll be cool to see the Glamazon again.
What do you think of the female inductee for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame? Sound off in the comments!
And for more Hall of Fame news, check out the leaked spoilers list for the expected inductees!