The latest inductee for WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2020 is announced with Japanese Legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger set to be WWE’s elusive club.
Liger joins NWO (Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash & Sean Waltman), The Bella Twins, Batista, JBL and The British Bulldog in the Hall Of Fame Class of 2020. He spoke to NJPW about his Hall of Fame induction and commented that it was a huge surprise for him to be considered by WWE for Hall of Fame.
Real name Keiichi Yamada, Jushin Thunder Liger started his career with NJPW in 1984. His career lasted for over 35 years as he had his retirement match on January 5, 2020, at the “Wrestle Kingdom” 14. During this career, he also worked with WCW, WWE, TNA, Ring of Honor and many other wrestling promotions all over the globe.
Liger debuted under his real name for NJWP but later developed his Jushin Liger gimmick based on an anime tie-in Liger character in 1989. Liger has a record of winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for 11 times including one reign of 682 days. Apart from this, he was the first three-time Best of the Super Juniors tournament winner, a former six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, and won the Super J Cup twice(1995 & 2000).
In actuality, he only had a couple of appearances with WWE. The first of those appearances came in 1990 at Wrestling Summit at Tokyo Dome, which WWE co-produced with NJPW and AJPW. His second appearance came at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2015 where he faced Tyler Breeze in a winning effort.