The Great Muta is WWE HOF Bound, Lesnar And Lashley's Mania Match Was Scrapped, Vince McMahon Stayed Out Of The Way
Confirmed today, The Great Muta will enter the WWE Hall of Fame
Great Muta Confirmed For WWE Hall Of Fame
BY MILES SCHNEIDERMAN/UPDATED: MARCH 15, 2023 1:28 PM EST
Update 3/15/23, 1:15 pm EST: The Great Muta's induction has now been officially confirmed via Ric Flair on "The Bump."
After days of reports suggesting it could happen, it now seems to be confirmed: Keiji Muto, aka The Great Muta, will enter the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2023. ESPN is reporting that, as previously expected, Ric Flair will officially announce Muto's entry later today on WWE's "The Bump." It remains unknown whether Flair will induct him during the ceremony, which will stream on Peacock directly after "WWE SmackDown" on March 31.
Muto will be the second 2023 Hall of Famer announced so far, following Rey Mysterio, whose entry was announced on Monday's "WWE Raw," and reportedly preceding Stacy Keibler, who is believed to be another 2023 entrant. WWE is said to be keeping the list of inductees smaller than usual, with a shorter broadcast planned compared to years past. As of now, it's unknown how many individuals will be part of the 2023 class. Last year saw the induction of The Undertaker, Vader, Queen Sharmell, and the Steiner Brothers, along with Shad Gaspard receiving the Warrior Award.
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WWE seems to have done everything they could to get Stone Cold for WrestleMania, but if he will be there remains to be seen. One of WWE’s ideas for Stone Cold reportedly changed the placement of Lesnar vs. Lashley. Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated now confirms that Lesnar vs. Lashley was moved up to Elimination Chamber so that Lesnar could have time to prepare for a match against Austin at WrestleMania. However, WWE and Austin never came to terms on a deal for the bout, which left Lesnar without a program until Omos was put in that spot.
One of the big stories last week was Vince McMahon being seen backstage at Raw. No one knew for sure what Vince was doing there, but it seems there is more light being shed on how his visit went. Sports Illustrated reports that McMahon made a point during his visit to "Raw" to stay out of the way, in an apparent attempt to make sure those backstage knew he wasn't involved in running the show. While it was confirmed that McMahon sat in gorilla, sandwiched between Bruce Prichard and Triple H, WWE's Chairman of the Board never once donned a headset, and was said to have spent most of his time glued to his phone.
FTR made their anticipated return at Full Gear, but it is still not set in stone what the team will do when their contracts are up, this Spring. If the plan is to stay in AEW, Dax Harwood wants FTR treated a certain way. "If we stick around in AEW after the thing with the Gunns is over with, we have to be presented as main event-level guys. We have to be presented as, no pun intended, top guys," Harwood said on the "FTR with Dax" podcast. "Because if we don't ... the same thing that happened last year is gonna happen this year."
For a couple weeks, fans sat confused as Trish Stratus was reported to be at Raw but was nowhere to be found. From that a lot of rumors formed about Trish’s WrestleMania plans being changed, but now she’s setting the record straight. "No. Everything has been pretty smooth, to be honest," Stratus said on the "Getting Over” podcast. "I know there were little online rumblings, but everything happens for a reason. There are definitely a lot of gut intuitions going into making these decisions, and I think we landed at the right place at the right time.”
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