WWE has announced that the Ultimate Warrior is the first name of the 2014 class of the WWE Hall of Fame. This should come as no surprise to most of you as we've been reporting for several weeks now that Warrior had been in negotiations with Vince McMahon and a deal was reached several weeks ago.

The company announced on Monday that Warrior will return to WWE after an eighteen-year absence and be inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 5th, 2014 in New Orleans as part of the WrestleMania 30 festivities.

Vince McMahon said in the announcement, "The Ultimate Warrior was the most intense, colorful, competitive and outspoken Superstar in sports entertainment history, and his contributions to WWE were extraordinary. We are thrilled to induct The Ultimate Warrior into the WWE Hall of Fame."

Additional WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductees will be announced over the coming weeks.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on April 5th at the New Orleans Arena.