With the classes of 2020 and 2021 being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame last week, speculation had mounted on who would be the recipient of the 2021 Warrior Award alongside 2020 winner Titus O’Neill.
Ahead of the ceremonies airing this week on the WWE Network and Peacock, WWE have confirmed that long-time employee Rich Hering would be given the honour.
Hering serves as WWE’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Risk Management and has been part of the company for over 50 years. Long term fans will have seen him on-screen in 1991 as the official presiding over ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth.
WWE had the following to say about Mr Hering in their press release announcing the news:
“As WWE’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Risk Management, Hering began his career more than 50 years ago with Vince McMahon’s father, Vincent J. McMahon, and helped WWE expand from a regional promotion into the juggernaut it is today. Whether it is leading security efforts, working with state athletic commissions and other organizations on WWE events or overseeing the health and well-being of WWE talent and fans, Hering has consistently gone above and beyond the call of his day-to day responsibilities.
“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we are proud to present Rich Hering with this incredible honor,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “Rich has dedicated more than half a century to WWE and the WWE Universe and has truly seen and done it all. From ensuring the health and safety of WWE Superstars and employees; presiding over the wedding of Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth; and being an ‘uncle’ to Dana Warrior and her children, Mattie and Indy, there is no one more deserving of this accolade.”
This year’s WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony will air tonight (Tuesday 6th April 2021) on Peacock in the USA and the WWE Network internationally. The show begins at 8PM EST/1AM UK time.