Hillbilly Jim

WWE announced on Monday that Hillbilly Jim is the latest inductee into the Class of 2018 WWE Hall of Fame taking place during WrestleMania 34 weekend in New Orleans.

Bleacher Report made the announcement first on Monday morning.

Jim joins Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett and Jarrius “JJ” Robertson as the announced inductees so far before the ceremony in five weeks.

WWE provided a rundown of Jim’s career with the company.

“Hillbilly Jim also embraced WWE’s smaller competitors, competing in a Six-Person Tag Team Match on The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania III. The match featured one of the more infamous moments in WWE history, with one of Jim’s partners, Little Beaver, being splashed by the humongous King Kong Bundy in front of 93,173 people.

Hillbilly Jim continued competing in WWE through 1990 before stepping away from the squared circle. He continued to work with WWE throughout the 90s, co-hosting Prime Time Wrestling and managing his cousins, Henry and Phineas Godwinn, to the World Tag Team Championship. Jim returned to the ring for the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-Seven and showed a different side of himself on the hit WWE Network reality show, “Legends House,” in 2014.”


  1. Hillbilly Jim? Wow they’re digging deep here.He had about a 3-4 year run where he had no major feuds,won zero titles and whose greatest claim to fame may be a match with midgets? Come on….

  2. I agree the WWE HOF is a joke – JIM and many other inductees have done nothing noteworthy to be inducted – heck WWE might as well induct the Brooklyn brawler and Barry Horowitz

  3. Hillbilly Jim in his time was one of the more popular superstars with fans and had a good charisma many people loved. He was not a technical master craft nor a multiple time champ but his p popularity alone warrants his induction

  4. I agree with Zach. This was during the WWF’s “Rock and Wrestling Era” back in the 1980’s. Hulk Hogan “trained” him (He was actually trained by Bob Orton, Sr., Randy Orton’s grandfather) and gave him his first pair of wrestling boots as the storyline goes. He helped form a Hillbilly group consisting of Uncle Elmer (remember the wedding on Saturday Night’s Main Event), Cousin Luke & Cousin Jr. His song, “Don’t Go Messin’ With a Country Boy” was on The WWE’s first music album, “The Wrestling Album.” He went along in 1995 managing the Godwinns to the WWE Tag Titles and co-hosted (one of the members of the panel) on the last few of episodes of Prime Time Wrestling before RAW took over the time slot in 1993. After that, he worked for the WWE as a road agent and helped with sales of Coliseum Home Video and Sony Videos worldwide. His gimmick and popularity back then does warrant his HOF introduction (for instance, George ‘The Animal’ Steele) like Zach said. Although he didn’t hold a championship, he did do alot for the WWE for close to 20 years in and out of the ring.

  5. Hillbilly Jim is one of those guy who was and is still so well liked I had thought he was already inducted years ago.

  6. Their Hall of Fame is about overall industry (and WWE) contribution – there are many in the WWE Hall of Fame without titles or a string of great matches but who have contributed more than many with titles, etc: and if the amount of titles were a factor in HOF induction that would imply Jake, and Piper aren’t worthy? Of course they were in a string of great storylines, had longevity and world class matches and are in a completely different class than Jim but since you said titles just thought I’d put that out there. Steamboat as well didn’t really win many titles and what about Paul Orndorf? Jim, based on industry and WWE (since it is there Hall of Fame we’re talking about) contribution during the Rock and Wrestling era (few had titles then) had every right to have his place in the HOF.

  7. Ps. Others that come to mind that wouldn’t fit your description but many of us who watched their work in the 80’s feel they deserve a spot include those without major titles, somewhat short careers and only a few fueds (it would be different if WWE just inducted one or two people a year) include George Steele, Greg The Hammer (he had a bit longer of a career), JYD (same), King Kong Bundy, John Studd, Dynamite Kid, Loy Albano, Fuji, Regal, Magnum TA, Arn Anderson, etc., etc., etc.,

  8. You must not remember that Piper was a former I.C and both he and Jake held numerous regional titles before they came to the WWF. hillBilly Jim did nothing on that level and to compare his wrestling career to Piper or Jake is a joke. Piper and Jake were both top heels/babyface at one time or another and headlined many cards-i.e-main event status- you can’t possibly tell me that Jim sold out arenas or was a major babyface?

  9. You are aware that m,any of those wrestlers you named had careers and title reigns well before they got into the WWF/WWE? You said Steamboat didn’t win any titles? NWA world title/ NWA Tag team title/ Mid atlantic champion/U.S Champion/I.C champion do you know your history?
    Also, keep in mind that those guys wrestled in an era where you EARNED your title and it wasn’t passed around like a hot potato as they do now with world titles. Look at WWE wrestlers- just about all of the top wrestlers on the roster have been world champions- all members of Shiled, Kane/ Bray Wyatt/ Kevin Owens/ Jinder/ Jericho/ Sheamus/AJ Styles/Cena/Mark Henry/Big ShowMiz/Kevin Owens/Orton etc I can go on for days.

  10. It really just comes down to if you want to kiss Vince’s ass at the end of your career. A good example is Demolition. They are STILL on the indies and give their heart to wrestling, and Vince hates that, so he won’t put them in (and instead has a comedy team eclipse their record). Same with Powers Of Pain. If someone wont submit to Vince’s ego, they don’t get in.

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