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Bill Simmons had Kevin Wildes on his Podcast today doing their bit on 'Half Baked Ideas'. One of them was an actual WWE Hall of Fame where you could go, visit, and see some old wrestlers.

Granted these are two guys who loosely follow wrestling, but wouldn't this just be a huge money maker for the company with very little effort? Plus they could throw random events there and actual matches.

Maybe this just sounds like a really good idea to me because I live in Connecticut.

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Its a great idea, but I don't think it would make the money Vince would like. I can actually see over the years becoming another WWE New York with or without the embezzlement.I would find a way to get there once.
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I'd make it a yearlong display in the town that hosts each year's WrestleMania. Might get them a deal on securing the rights to the arena if they could boast a 12-month boost in local tourism.



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On a bit of a tangent, I love that Wildes tried to throw out the idea of someone else taking the Hulk Hogan name and Simmons pointing out the Fake Razor and Diesel fiascoes. Wildes trying to defend that idea was insane, but it's hard to take the guy seriously when he doesn't realize that Hulk Hogan actually does own the rights to his name.

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I would LOVE to see a real HOF, with interactive displays where you could watch video of promotions that Vince has bought.
As long as the Mid South was represented, I'd be all over it.
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Not to be Debbie Downer, but I think we all know, unfortunately, that a physical WWE Hall of Fame is a pipe dream. All the "disgruntled old-timers" like Bruno Sammartino, Honky Tonk Man, Paul Orndorff and Billy Graham have said that Vince has no intention of building an actual Hall. The Hall of Fame--and ceremony--is really just a way for past and present wrestlers to reflect on their business.

Plus, the last person reported to have been exploring the project was Shane McMahon.



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    Originally posted by Whattaburger
    Not to be Debbie Downer, but I think we all know, unfortunately, that a physical WWE Hall of Fame is a pipe dream. All the "disgruntled old-timers" like Bruno Sammartino, Honky Tonk Man, Paul Orndorff and Billy Graham have said that Vince has no intention of building an actual Hall. The Hall of Fame--and ceremony--is really just a way for past and present wrestlers to reflect on their business.

    Plus, the last person reported to have been exploring the project was Shane McMahon.


In fact, the fact that Vince said there never will be a physical WWE Hall of Fame building was a heavily contributing factor to "Superstar" Billy Graham selling his Hall of Fame ring in disgust.

I'd like to see a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame that has no affiliation with any wrestling organization, but without the companies' individual photo and video libraries, it wouldn't exactly be interactive.

(edited by ekedolphin on 13.5.10 0048)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.28
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    I'd like to see a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame that has no affiliation with any wrestling organization, but without the companies' individual photo and video libraries, it wouldn't exactly be interactive.

    (edited by ekedolphin on 13.5.10 0048)


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.90
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Granted these are two guys who loosely follow wrestling, but wouldn't this just be a huge money maker for the company with very little effort? Plus they could throw random events there and actual matches.


I don't know if I like that part of the idea. Remember, the last time we had a 'special event' featuring HOF'ers wrestling in matches, we got 'Heroes of Wrestling' with Jake 'The Drunken Snake Fondler' Roberts in the main event.

As for the HOF itself, I would like to see it happen. It would be nice to see the history of wrestling (or at least the WWF/E) in one place. Plus, it wouldn't be too far away from where I live if they did it near the headquarters in Stamford.

But I doubt it will ever happen. The problem with the HOF right now is that the 'featured' members are only selected at a certain year due to Vince McMahon needing them to sell as much merch as possible, with a couple of other people thrown in 'just cause'. For instance, I don't believe Stu Hart gets in if Vince didn't want to sell the match between him and Bret Hart in this year's WM. Likewise, I thought Ric Flair getting in was totally related to his match with Shawn Michaels in WM24. And the Von Erichs wouldn't be in if Vince didn't have the World Class DVD to sell. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Goldberg or Sting gets in next year to sell WM27 in ATL for the WCW fans. And if they get in, I guarantee it's with the hook that one of the two end up in a match at WM or at least they sell a WCW dvd of some sort.

It's not that I don't think they deserve to be in; they absolutley do belong. However, I think the hall's 'selections' are driven by who can make the WWE money on an angle, DVD, or PPV instead of actual merit. And until that changes, I don't see having an actual HOF as being worth it because the selection process feels fraudulent, unlike say the baseball or football hall of fames.







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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.56
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
      Originally posted by Whattaburger
      Not to be Debbie Downer, but I think we all know, unfortunately, that a physical WWE Hall of Fame is a pipe dream. All the "disgruntled old-timers" like Bruno Sammartino, Honky Tonk Man, Paul Orndorff and Billy Graham have said that Vince has no intention of building an actual Hall. The Hall of Fame--and ceremony--is really just a way for past and present wrestlers to reflect on their business.

      Plus, the last person reported to have been exploring the project was Shane McMahon.


    In fact, the fact that Vince said there never will be a physical WWE Hall of Fame building was a heavily contributing factor to "Superstar" Billy Graham selling his Hall of Fame ring in disgust.

    I'd like to see a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame that has no affiliation with any wrestling organization, but without the companies' individual photo and video libraries, it wouldn't exactly be interactive.

    (edited by ekedolphin on 13.5.10 0048)


How nice are those rings? Vince should have set something up where the wrestlers could just get whatever the value is for those rings instead of having them hawked at every pawn shop in town.

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.89
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Originally posted by ekedolphin
        Originally posted by Whattaburger
        Not to be Debbie Downer, but I think we all know, unfortunately, that a physical WWE Hall of Fame is a pipe dream. All the "disgruntled old-timers" like Bruno Sammartino, Honky Tonk Man, Paul Orndorff and Billy Graham have said that Vince has no intention of building an actual Hall. The Hall of Fame--and ceremony--is really just a way for past and present wrestlers to reflect on their business.

        Plus, the last person reported to have been exploring the project was Shane McMahon.


      In fact, the fact that Vince said there never will be a physical WWE Hall of Fame building was a heavily contributing factor to "Superstar" Billy Graham selling his Hall of Fame ring in disgust.

      I'd like to see a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame that has no affiliation with any wrestling organization, but without the companies' individual photo and video libraries, it wouldn't exactly be interactive.

      (edited by ekedolphin on 13.5.10 0048)


    How nice are those rings? Vince should have set something up where the wrestlers could just get whatever the value is for those rings instead of having them hawked at every pawn shop in town.


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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.22
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Originally posted by ekedolphin
        Originally posted by Whattaburger
        Not to be Debbie Downer, but I think we all know, unfortunately, that a physical WWE Hall of Fame is a pipe dream. All the "disgruntled old-timers" like Bruno Sammartino, Honky Tonk Man, Paul Orndorff and Billy Graham have said that Vince has no intention of building an actual Hall. The Hall of Fame--and ceremony--is really just a way for past and present wrestlers to reflect on their business.

        Plus, the last person reported to have been exploring the project was Shane McMahon.


      In fact, the fact that Vince said there never will be a physical WWE Hall of Fame building was a heavily contributing factor to "Superstar" Billy Graham selling his Hall of Fame ring in disgust.

      I'd like to see a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame that has no affiliation with any wrestling organization, but without the companies' individual photo and video libraries, it wouldn't exactly be interactive.

      (edited by ekedolphin on 13.5.10 0048)


    How nice are those rings? Vince should have set something up where the wrestlers could just get whatever the value is for those rings instead of having them hawked at every pawn shop in town.




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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
    Originally posted by hansen9j


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