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WWE announces third inductee of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame

On Monday, Fox Sports reported that former WWE manager, referee, and authority figure Teddy Long, will be heading into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Teddy Long debuted as a referee in WWF and had that role with the company up until September 2002.

After his time as a referee Long became a heel manager for the likes of D’Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, Christopher Nowinski, Rosey, Mark Henry and Jazz, all at different times.  While managing Brown and Mack, Teddy Long told fans to “Get down wit’ da Brown” and to “Back da Mack.”

Long was the first African-American general manager of Smackdown and became the first person in the company to have a second term as a general manager.

Long’s most recent appearance with the company was last year when WWE restored the Brand Extension and Teddy requested on RAW that he would like another run as the Smackdown general manager, but was turned away by RAW commissioner, Stephanie McMahon.

Long would make more appearances throughout the night, one that included him setting up a tag team match between Breezango and The Golden Truth before being escorted out of the building by security.

Congratulations to the newest member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on

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