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Impact Wrestling has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. The company announced on Facebook that James Storm will be this year’s inductee. He joins Sting, Kurt Angle, Team 3D, Jeff Jarrett, Earl Hebner and Gail Kim in the company’s Hall of Fame. You can see the video below.

Storm has been with Impact since its inception as TNA in 2002, with the exception of a brief period of time in 2015 where he made appearances in NXT. He is a seven-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, and a former King of the Mountain and TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

Storm will be inducted during Slammiversary weekend. The PPV takes place on July 2nd in Orlando, Florida.
 

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Hebner being in the Impact Wrestling hall of fame sticks out like a sore thumb. Storm is an obvious inductee.


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Hebner being in the Impact Wrestling hall of fame sticks out like a sore thumb. Storm is an obvious inductee.


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Hebner deserves it. He's been TNA's senior official for over a decade and he's the only referee in any major wrestling Hall of Fame.
 

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Something tells me next year will be Ken Shamrock.
 

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Why does Impact Wrestling have a hall of fame? Does CZW or ROH have a hall of fame?
 
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Seems a bit weird to be inducting him while he's still an active wrestler... unless...

Either way, it's well deserved.
 

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Storm is obviously deserving, him and Abyss are pretty much the only originals still around.

It will be interesting after they go in, after them it's all guys who are currently signed to other promotions. AJ, Joe, Daniels, Roode, etc.
 

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Storm is obviously deserving, him and Abyss are pretty much the only originals still around.

It will be interesting after they go in, after them it's all guys who are currently signed to other promotions. AJ, Joe, Daniels, Roode, etc.
Daniels is talking about retiring soon, he could go in next year
 

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Storm is obviously deserving, him and Abyss are pretty much the only originals still around.

It will be interesting after they go in, after them it's all guys who are currently signed to other promotions. AJ, Joe, Daniels, Roode, etc.
The HOF is insulting our intelligences...

The first should have been Jeff Jarrett.
The second AJ Styles.

Regardless of politics, they are clearly the two biggest names in the promotions history.

Its much like the WWE HOF for the longest time when they didn't have Savage or Warrior in it. It's laughable, a clearly biased and unreputable regime.

TNA let Ric Flair go to the WWE HOF for the horsemen. The TNA/Impact HOF should induct AJ Styles, and the WWE should let AJ receive the award. Until then, the HOF is a joke. Or, if the WWE isn't allowing it, they're just bad businessmen.
 

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They should induct retired wrestlers. How about Jerry Lynn? One of the pioneers of the X-Division. Or even induct 3 former TNA wrestlers. Jerry Lynn, Awesome Kong, and Ken Shamrock!
 

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They should induct retired wrestlers. How about Jerry Lynn? One of the pioneers of the X-Division. Or even induct 3 former TNA wrestlers. Jerry Lynn, Awesome Kong, and Ken Shamrock!
Totally agree with Jerry Lynn, massively underrated and a key player in tna early history. Also what about Raven???
 

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The HOF is insulting our intelligences...

The first should have been Jeff Jarrett.
The second AJ Styles.

Regardless of politics, they are clearly the two biggest names in the promotions history.

Its much like the WWE HOF for the longest time when they didn't have Savage or Warrior in it. It's laughable, a clearly biased and unreputable regime.

TNA let Ric Flair go to the WWE HOF for the horsemen. The TNA/Impact HOF should induct AJ Styles, and the WWE should let AJ receive the award. Until then, the HOF is a joke. Or, if the WWE isn't allowing it, they're just bad businessmen.
They got a Christian appearance at Slammi (I think) in return for the Ric Flair HOF appearance/deal. So I doubt they would let AJ do so. Although after he retires and if Jarrett still in charge I could see him go in both Impact/WWE Hall of fame.
 

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This is a really obvious pick but it's a good one too. Storm has been around forever and done everything. Being an active competitor doesn't detract from what he's done and like mentioned above the only equally deserving pick at this time (that's attainable) is Abyss but given he's currently portraying Joe Park that would be weird.

TNA let Ric Flair go to the WWE HOF for the horsemen. The TNA/Impact HOF should induct AJ Styles, and the WWE should let AJ receive the award. Until then, the HOF is a joke. Or, if the WWE isn't allowing it, they're just bad businessmen.
Bad business would just be letting him receive the award for no return. The flair thing was in return for Christian going to TNA which was a deal WWE benefited from more. As it stands there's nobody/nothing they'd want in return for letting one of their biggest names go onto another televised wrestling show, certainly not anyone that means as much to them as Styles does to TNA. Styles should have been the first in but they wanted to induct Sting before WWE and missed their chance to actually have the first guy be the one who did the most for them and for the longest time represented what made them stand out in their early years. It's on them for not doing it when they had the chance and realistically if they want him to be there for his induction they'll have to wait for him to either leave WWE or retire.
 

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No former TNA wrestlers wants to be associated with TNA anymore. AJ Styles turned them down once, he'd do it again.
 
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