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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.25
Meltzer thinks Hogan and Gordon Solie are locks for this year's WWE HOF. All of the inductees will be announced tonight on SD. I think it would be truly awesome to see Solie honored by WWE, but for anybody else - imagine being invited the same year as Hogan. Talk about being overshadowed.
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I agree.
What are the chances of seeing Owen Hart inducted this year ?
To think of how much more he still had to offer the business and fans. Just makes me sad.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.84
    Originally posted by davidlister
    I agree.
    What are the chances of seeing Owen Hart inducted this year ?
    To think of how much more he still had to offer the business and fans. Just makes me sad.



Slim to none, probably. Owen seems to be a hot-button subject. He represents a COLOSSAL mistake the WWE made (as did Droz), so he's NEVER mentioned.



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I always liked Owen, but I wouldn't necessarily think he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Then again, I don't agree with Greg Valentine being there either.

Heenan stole the show last year. I hope Iron Sheik can do it this year.



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    Originally posted by Freeway420
    Slim to none, probably. Owen seems to be a hot-button subject. He represents a COLOSSAL mistake the WWE made (as did Droz), so he's NEVER mentioned.


Agreed on Owen, but I hardly think D'Lo paralyzing Droz represents a "colossal mistake" on WWE's part. That was just something that happened in the course of a match, no worse than Mike Utley getting paralyzed during an NFL game.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.75
I guess Paul Roma and Jimmy Powers will have to wait until "later in the year."

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.64
So the inductees announced tonight were:

Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorf
The Iron Shiek
Nikolai Volkoff
Cowboy Ace Boxin' Bob the Bodyguard Orton
Jimmy "the Mouth of the South" Hart

Nice picks, and I agree with them all, if only because I grew up watching these guys, and what is a Hall of Fame for? Equal parts recognition and nostalgia.

I predict, at the ceremony, each of these guys will be respectively introduced by:

Batista
Muhammed Hassan
(actually, can't think who should do Volkoff)
Randy Orton
Hell, who wouldn't want to introduce Jimmy?

They also said more inductees would be announced later in the year. They want to keep us guessing, but I believe that Hogan is a sure thing.

On a side note, I recently finished reading Jimmy Hart's new book. All I can say is it is awesome. It's full of great stories and for anyone who might doubt why he should be in the HoF (if anyone actually doubts it) there's more than enough in that book to warrant it.

(edited by Stilton on 3.2.05 2122)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.29
Orndorff is a no-brainer due to his being a wrestler in the original Mania main event, plus his feud with Hogan in the summer of '86 jumpstarted the post Rock 'n Wrestling phase of the 80's WWF boom.

Hart makes it due to his managing, plus it is almost a flashing sign that Hogan will go in with him.

Volkoff for long service, plus the evil Russian heat drawing angle. Personally, I'd go with Ivan Koloff, but Volkoff was with the McMahon's for a long time.

Iron Sheik as a former World Champ, plus the famous blood feud with Slaughter.

Bob Orton? Solid wrestler who was mid-card for life. If not for the hard-on Vince has for Bob's kid, would there be anyway Bob would be in a wrestling hall of fame without purchasing a ticket? Had Don Kernodle had a kid who Vince loved, would that mean he'd be inducted next year?
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.27
Ehh...five entries doesn't look like enough for another DVD. I absolutely loved the DVD from last year's induction...But of course this year, there's no one that can steal the show like Heenan.



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    Originally posted by Juggalo101
    Ehh...five entries doesn't look like enough for another DVD.

There will be more announced later this year.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.64
    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Bob Orton? Solid wrestler who was mid-card for life. If not for the hard-on Vince has for Bob's kid, would there be anyway Bob would be in a wrestling hall of fame without purchasing a ticket? Had Don Kernodle had a kid who Vince loved, would that mean he'd be inducted next year?


Now that you mention it... would there be a Bob Orton in the HoF if not for Piper? Could this be Piper's year as well?



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
Am I imagining things, or doesn't Orndorff have a real-life beef with Hogan going back to their feud in 86? Something about cutting off his push at the knees or something of that nature?

Other than that, it looks like a whole lot of FOH (Friends of Hogan) paving the way for the big man.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.72

I'd like to see Arn Anderson added to that list.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.32
If Owen Hart wont be inducted how about Curt Henning or The British Bulldog. Both of these men could be seen as legitimate inductees.
Even Rick Rude or Roadwarrior Hawk.
I would also suggest Bob Backlund.


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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.82
    Originally posted by Stilton
    Could this be Piper's year as well?

The fact that Piper workes for TNA might say otherwise.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.72

The Road Warriors HAVE to be inducted (soon) ... And there's no better person(s) to induct them than the Dudley Boyz.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.53
Does anyone else see Bob Orton's induction as an excuse to use him on TV prior to WrestleMania?

If Randy still ends up in the main event, you could have Triple H destroy "Ace" to add fuel to the fire. The fact that Bob and Flair have a history (and one that WWE has acknowledged) doesn't hurt, either.

Of course, the way they SHOULD have done this all along would have been to keep Randy as the heel way back in August, make HHH the face and then have Randy destroy his dad as "The Legend Killer", but what's done is done.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.84
    Originally posted by geemoney
      Originally posted by Juggalo101
      Ehh...five entries doesn't look like enough for another DVD.

    There will be more announced later this year.


Superstar Billy Graham, Bobby Heenan, The Junkyard Dog (posthumous), Don Muraco, Harley Race, Pete Rose, Tito Santana, Sgt. Slaughter, Big John Studd (posthumous), Greg Valentine and Jesse Ventura were all inducted last year. That's...11. Expect at least 9 or 10 to be inducted this year (because that way, we'll get sold another DVD).



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    Originally posted by Juggalo 101
    But of course this year, there's no one that can steal the show like Heenan


You are sooooooo underestimating the comedy potential that is The Iron Shiek's acceptance speech.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.15
    Originally posted by Freeway420
      Originally posted by davidlister
      I agree.
      What are the chances of seeing Owen Hart inducted this year ?
      To think of how much more he still had to offer the business and fans. Just makes me sad.



    Slim to none, probably. Owen seems to be a hot-button subject. He represents a COLOSSAL mistake the WWE made (as did Droz), so he's NEVER mentioned.

Oh, Owen will go in eventually - but he'll go in when Bret does, which is entirely up to Bret, of course.



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