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As initially reported by FoxSports.com and then confirmed by WWE on the 13th of February 2017, the WWE Hall of Fame is set to induct none other than Theodore R. Long as the newest inductee. This induction will serve as a culmination of a 30-plus year career within the wrestling industry, wherein Teddy worked for various regional promotions such as Jim Crockett Promotions, before becoming a referee in the National Wrestling Alliance, more commonly known as the NWA.
From there, Teddy rose up as a manager in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he helped the careers of relative nobodies at the time who would later go on to become household names within the industry, such as Ron Simmons who would later be known as “Faarooq”, and even Chris Jericho.
Long headed to WWE in 1998, assuming the role of referee once again, before returning to managerial duties in 2002 where he took to leading superstars to the ring such as D-Lo Brown, Jazz, Rodney Mack, Christopher Nowinski, Mark Jindrak, and even Mark Henry.
However, Long may best be remembered as a General Manager during the initial brand split.
Taking on the authoritarian role in 2004, Long became known for telling his “employees” on Smackdown! exactly how it was going to go down, playa!
This usually resulted in endless streams of tag-team matches, or the dreaded “one on one with the Undertaker!” In the current world of memes and gifs, Long is one of the most widely accessible WWE personality in the form, having shared many an on-screen moment that lends itself perfectly for satirical purposes.
Who can ever forgot that time Teddy was being abducted by the Undertaker in a hearse? What can I say, wrestling is silly!
So, whether it’s as a referee, a manager, or as the longest-reigning GM in Smackdown! History, Theodore R. Long has had an impressive career within the world of wrestling, and it will all be celebrated once again on the 31st of March, 2017.