Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake will be the final inductee into the Hall of Fame this coming WrestleMania 35 weekend in a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Beefcake, real name Ed Leslie, joined WWE in 1984 and would go on to become one of the more popular singles stars in the company during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“This is the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of work,” said Ed Leslie, who evoked incredible emotion from fans across the world during his 41-year career, particularly during his legendary run as Beefcake. “I’m grateful to the WWE, and I cannot wait for the tremendous honor.”
“I always thought I’d be a baseball player,” said the 61-year-old Leslie. “I used to watch wrestling at the armory in Tampa as a kid, and I always enjoyed it, but never in my wildest imagination did I think I could do it. As a kid, I idolized Pete Rose and Mickey Mantle, and I actually played ball with Wade Boggs. Now we’re all Hall of Famers.”
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake joins a Hall of Fame class that includes D-Generation X, Harlem Heat, The Hart Foundation, The Honky Tonk Man and Torrie Wilson. Sue Aitchison will also be named the Warrior Award winner.