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Teddy Long announced as an inductee for the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2017
[February 13th, 2017]

This is awesome news. Teddy Long, the former SmackDown General Manager and a longtime manager and referee, will be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame.

Teddy began his career in 1985, working for Jim Crockett Promotions until moving on to NWA WCW, where he began working as a DJ before transitioning to becoming a manager. Long would serve as the manager for Norman The Lunatic before moving on to managing the team of Butch Reed and Ron Simmons, known together as Doom, who won the WCW World Tag Team Championships with Long in their corner. Over the next 12 years, Long would manage Johnny B. Badd, One Man Gang, The Skyscrapers (Dan Spivey and Sid Vicious), Marcus Bagwell, 2 Cold Scorpio, Bobby Eaton, and many more. 

In 1998, Long would begin working for the WWF as a referee, which he did for four years before returning to his role as a manager. Long wuld manage D'Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, Christopher Nowinski, Mark Henry, Jazz, and others before being drafted to SmackDown where he managed Mark Jindrak. Once Kurt Angle was fired as the General Manager of SmackDown, Long was hired for the job. Teddy continued working for the WWE until 2014, always on character as a beloved icon to sports entertainment fans worldwide.

Congratulations, Teddy Long. One more for the good guys!

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I was thinking about how when you get right down to it the holy trinity of superheroes really are Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. Even if you don’t like any of them, you can’t deny their pop culture and genre shaping impact. 

Spidey invented the teen superhero archetype, Batman the vigilante superhero archetype (precursors were not superheroes) and Superman is the quintessential original superhero. 

But in thinking about it they actually present pretty great counterpoints to one another to as characters and the types of personal and storytelling approaches they take.

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