WWE Hall of Fame: Theodore 'Teddy' Long to be inducted in 2017
Long enjoyed two spells as Smackdown General Manager
Last Updated: 14/02/17 12:39pm
Former Smackdown General Manager Theodore "Teddy" Long has been announced as the latest WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee.
Long bossed the blue brand for two spells between 2004-2007 and 2009-2012, becoming the first African-American to hold the role.
The Alabama-born personality also served as General Manager of the ECW brand in 2008 and 2009 having started his WWE career as a referee.
Long managed wrestlers in WCW in the 1980s and 1990s, guiding Ron Simmons and Butch Reed to the WCW Tag Team Titles.
The 69-year-old was also affiliated with the likes of Chris Jericho and One Man Gang, while wrestlers he managed in WWE included Mark Henry.
Long succeeded Angle as General Manager of Smackdown in 2004 and occasionally competed in matches, including against Eric Bischoff at Survivor Series in 2005 and John Laurinaitis on Smackdown in 2012.