The announcement was made last week during the WWE SmackDown television tapings and announced to the world on Friday night’s SmackDown broadcast.
Carlos Colon was born in Puerto Rico and emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1961. He became a fan of pro wrestling thank to legends like Antonio Rocca and Miguel Perez. He became a wrestler himself, debuting in 1966. He worked primarily in the WWWF in the northeast and in Canada.
Eventually he became homesick for his native land and moved back to Puerto Rico in 1973. There he and fellow wrestler Victor Jovica created Capitol Sports Promotions, which produced the World Wrestling Council. Colon became the father of Puerto Rican pro wrestling and established WWC as one of the Puerto Rico’s two premier wrestling organizations.
In Puerto Rico, Colon was a hero to the people and a larger than life character; essentially the Hulk Hogan of the island. In addition to establishing a roster of native talent, wrestlers from all across the world traveled to Puerto Rico to battle Colon and his troupe. His most notable rivalry was with fellow WWE Hall of Fame inductee Abdullah the Butcher, which the saw the two men still blood in battles all across the world for nearly twenty years.
Over the period from 1982 until 1999, Colon won the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship, WWC’s highest honor, a staggering twenty six times.
While he made Puerto Rico his personal playground, Colon was well known across the entire wrestling world. In January ’83 he battled Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in an effort to unify the Championship with the WWC Championship. As was common with Flair’s title defenses against “hometown heroes,” the match ended in controversy but it allowed Colon to look like star in front of his people and create another phantom title change to bolster’s Flair’s ever growing and changing number of World Championship reigns. Later that year, Colon and Abdullah took their war to the NWA as part of Starrcade ’83.
He also made a brief appearance in WWF Royal Rumble ’93 in a one-shot appearance.
Despite his insurmountable in-ring legacy, his contributions to the business continue to this day thanks to his sons Carlito and Eddie and his nephew Orlando. Carlito was a solid mid-card star for WWE many years in the mid 2000s and racked up many championships. Eddie and Orlando still compete for WWE to this day, but are more famously known now as Diego and Fernando, Los Matadores. The duo was previously known as Primo and Epico, respectively, and were former WWE Tag Team Champions.
While not publicly announced, it is certainly expected that Carlito and Primo, also former WWE Tag Team Champions, will induct their father.
This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 5, in New Orleans, Louisiana inside the New Orleans Arena the night before WrestleMania XXX.