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Comings and goings for Hall of Fame
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


Monday, WWE began opening its Hall of Fame doors to the class of 2006 while releasing a previously honoured member.

In a major announcement on Monday Night Raw, WWE announced that Bret "The Hitman" Hart would be inducted into the Hall in a ceremony on April 1 in Chicago as part of the WrestleMania XXII festivities.

Hart, widely considered to be one of the best wrestlers in the Fed's history, held numerous titles with the company during a career that spanned two decades. He held the then WWF Heavyweight Title on multiple occasions, as well as the Intercontinental Title and the Tag Team Titles with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.

Hart, who also held the United States Title and Heavyweight Title in World Championship Wrestling, was forced to retire in 1999 after sustaining a concussion during a match with Bill Goldberg. Despite having left WWE on bad terms in 1997 following the infamous "Survivor Series Screwjob", Hart had recently reconciled with the Fed. Last year, Hart and WWE came together to produce a DVD set, chronicling the Hitman's career.

Hart will also be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame this summer.

At the same time, WWE also said farewell to 2005 HOF inductee Bob Orton Jr.

In a statement on wwe.com, it was announced that, "World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of Bob Orton. We wish him the best in all future endeavors."

Orton, who had a lengthy career in WWE in the 1980s, had returned to the company prior to his induction into the Hall last year, acting as a manager for his son, Randy Orton. Occasionally, "Ace" would enter the ring again, primarily tagging with Randy.

-- with files from Jon Waldman


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