The Hall of Fame has many worthy, and many cringe-worthy, wrestlers, announcers, and personalities already enshrined. Who's left that you would put in?
I only just learned about him today, but my vote would go to Sputnik Monroe, who helped desegregate the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, and started the dominoes falling as promoters realized the enormous buying power of African-Americans to sports events.
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Let's see: The Bruiser. Ruled every fed he was in, including the AWA.
to the modern: Arn Anderson should be in on his own Of course, Randy Savage
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Vader. Really not sure why he isn't going in this year. Considering that WWE owns WCW, all WCW accomplishments are under their umbrella (and they've recognized them in the past). Maybe it's because DDP is going in and they figured they filled their WCW quota.
Celebrities: Kaufman (for wrestling overall), Lauper (for wrestling overall and WWE; I can only assume she turned it down or something?) and Regis Philbin, who seems like the weirdest omission from the Celebrity Wing given that he's still out there and would probably genuinely enjoy the chance to go in
Cornette and the Midnight Express should go in, and I put them in the "HHH will eventually figure this one out" column. Demolition should be in, but they probably fall outside even "HHH makes this right" status given lawsuits and their relative age.
Heyman feels like a lock when he's ready.
Bischoff will eventually go in and also feels like a "HHH fixes this later" guy.
For Rude, I wonder whether it's a) leaving DX in the lurch or b) dying young or c) dying young AND leaving DX in the lurch that's kept him out.
Steiners deserve to go in, but I imagine Scott being Scott (and not officially being retired?) if the hold-up. If anyone with power in WWE is reading this, I would pay $10 just for Scott Steiner's Hall of Fame speech.
DDP will probably be this year. Christian gets in eventually if Edge asks and/or they go back to Toronto. I'd put them both in.
To me, the strangest WWE Hall of Fame omission was King Kong Bundy. Still alive, never really worked for a competitor, main evented WrestleMania II in a singles match vs. Hogan, had actual crossover success on TV in his day and still carries a name that people would know and remember as soon as they heard it on the level of George The Animal Steele, which would put him at the B-Level, at minimum, among "wrestlers where, if you say the name, even non-fans can immediately picture him" types. It's weird how he just faded away from the company the way he did.
He won't go in now since he joined that big 2016 lawsuit against the company, but for years and years, he should have been in and I never saw any heat or personal problems before last year that kept him out. I still don't know how he didn't go in at WrestleMania 29 in 2013 when they were back in NY/NJ.
If I recall, Bundy didn't want to sign the legends contract that comes with a HOF induction, which is why he's still not in. Honky Tonk Man the same reason.
George Michael weighed his options. Maeby had chastised him for not taking risks, and what would be a bigger risk than perpetuating a lie about software just to ignite the passions of a woman? Of course it would be a lie, and since Maeby wouldn't know it was a lie, he wouldn't appear to be taking a risk. Perhaps the bigger risk was to tell his father he was lying, that he came up with it because he wanted his father to leave so he could enjoy what remained of his senior year. After all, he wondered, wouldn't that be the course of action taken by an overtly sexual man, a man who owns a pair of matador pants? He had not responded now for 41 seconds according to his unfailing internal clock, and it was time to come clean.
Bruiser Brody is a less obvious name that immediately comes to mind for me, mostly because I'm still scarred by the terror I felt watching him and Abdullah the Butcher beat the shit out of each other with a trash can about 15' from me on Christmas Eve when I was 7 years old.
I think the Midnight Express and Jim Cornette will eventually go in together. That way they can give the devil his due while still somewhat slighting him. When asked about being inducted, Cornette was relatively non-dickish about it, which makes me believe he wouldn't do anything to make them regret it.
As much of a fuckup as he's been, I think Sid probably deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Big Show will obviously go in once he's ready to hang up his boots. More than any obvious inductee, I think I most look forward to hearing his speech.
I doubt it would ever happen, but I'd pop for a Barry Horowitz induction.
There's a lot of ECW names being thrown out there. Even though RVD was pretty big for a hot minute there, I think the first ECW inductees should probably be the Dudleys (unless they're waiting another year or two to make sure Bubba doesn't have another comeback).
Originally posted by Spank EAs far as in ring talent goes, I can see Tommy Dreamer going in sooner or later.
The only WWE show I ever attended was a Smackdown house show during the original brand split. Rey Mysterio had gotten injured shortly before that (the same week, I believe) and Ric Flair had walked out on the company that week as well, so star power was extremely lacking.
I had low expectations for the show and it didn't help that Dave Taylor was the biggest name in the opening tag bout (at the time, Zack Ryder did become a bit more famous after the Brett Majors run.) From a technical standpoint, the card was horrible. CM Punk vs Elijah Burke was the only match with good wrestling. Matt Hardy & MVP vs Deuce & Domino probably could have put on a decent match but they were primarily concerned with the angle of Hardy & MVP repeatedly trying to one-up each other. The main event was Batista vs Great Khali, which currently ranks below the main events of every indie card I've gone too, including the time I drove 350 miles to see AJ Styles vs Shannon Moore and neither of them ended up working the show. (Styles was there but injured, Moore had a family emergency. Billy Gunn wrestled a local jobber to cap off the card.)
But when Tommy Dreamer came out, I was surprised at how happy I was too see him. I hadn't even given him a second thought, never watched the originally ECW (the first ECW match I ever saw was Raven vs Terry Funk in an I Quit match where whichever one of them won attached a pair of vice grips to their opponents testicles to make them give up. Because of that, I mistakenly thought ECW was a comedic satire and not actual wrestling.) but something about seeing Dreamer legitimately moved me. I think it's just the fact that his love for the business really is apparent in everything he does. He wrestled Big Daddy V, so I'm sure the match sucked, but seeing Tommy Dreamer was awesome and he definitely deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame once he's ready to hang up his boots.
Owen Hart( not likely but he does deserve it) Vader Lex Lugar The Midnight Express Demolition Rick Rude The Great Muta Sid Vicious DDP Goldberg Paul Heyman Jeff Jarrett ( not likely) Shane Douglas ( Not Likely )
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Originally posted by Reverend J ShaftSoooo, which version of the Midnight Express? Eaton and Condrey? Eaton and Lane? Both versions? Condrey and Rose? Just kidding.
Eaton obviously goes in. Condrey was working in NXT fairly recently, so I imagine he'd go as well. I think Stan Lane is deserving as well, the only reason I would think they'd exclude him is if they intended to induct the Fabulous Ones. I could see them including Randy Rose & Norvell Austin purely to cut down on how much time Cornette is allowed to speak.
Speaking of tag teams, the Killer Bees are probably deserving but I imagine lawsuits have made that a non-chance for the moment.
What annoys me about Smackdown? All of the above mentioned and the booking of John Cena. There's just no consistency with the feuds he's involved in and when they finally do something to help establish his character (beating Taker)