So with the announcements thus far that the Four Horsemen, Edge, Mil Máscaras, Mike Tyson and Ron ‘Farooq’ Simmons are all to be inducted into the WWE hall of fame this year, I thought now would be a good time to look at some long overdue entrants.
Macho Man Randy Savage
A very obvious one I know but he was one of the most colourful men in the history of the WWE. Sadly any induction would now be a posthumous one but his contribution to the WWF in the mid 80s to the early 90s was fantastic. From his part in arguably the greatest Wrestlemania match in history against Ricky Steamboat at WM3 to winning the World Championship tournament the very next year to the feud with Hogan meant that he played a pivotal role in the early Wrestlemanias. His retirement match with the Ultimate Warrior was off the page at WM7 and it would have taken the stoniest of hearts not to have been happy to see him “re-united” with Miss Elizabeth after that one.
Relationships clearly soured between Vince and the Macho Man after he left but it’s time that this was put behind them and that the Macho Man is allowed his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. The most obvious person to induct him would be Hulk Hogan.
Without doubt, Jake was one of the greatest men on a microphone in WWE history. The video below demonstrates just how incredible his promos were, especially in an era of promos consisting of rambling incoherent nonsense (The Ultimate Warrior), the urging of fans to take their vitamins (Hulk Hogan) and pledges to destroy their opposition (Just about everyone else).
Has long battled alcohol and, alleged, drug problems but has returned to the WWF screens fairly regularly from returning to the company in a full-time capacity in 96 to his appearance a number of appearances since and this could indicate he’s still on good terms with the company.
I was never that much of a WCW fan other than in the early nineties but whenever I’ve seen Sting I’ve usually been impressed. Perhaps the biggest Wrestling star, certainly in America, never to work for the WWE his role in the success of the WCW cannot be understated and he deserved enormous credit for keeping his character relevant by ditching the blonde surfer Sting in favour of the dark and brooding Brandon Lee-esque Sting in the late 90s. Almost annually linked with an appearance at Wrestlemania but has remained faithful to the organisations he was with, currently TNA. It would be great to see Sting join the WWF Hall of Fame and it would have to be a WCW ‘man’ that would have to induct him. Perhaps Flair or Dusty Rhodes.
I’ve admitted it before and I’ll say it again, I am a huge Demolition fan. Without question these guys deserve to be amongst the other wrestling greats in the hall of fame. Despite having a relatively short career in the WWE before going their separate ways, few can forget their dominance in the tag team division. Initially seen as a cheap imitation of the legendary Road Warriors, they were loved by the fans when they became face yet didn’t lose any of the aggression that made them so good as heels. There is an argument that they were better workers than the Road Warriors, certainly less stiff, and at WM6 become only the second team in WWE history to become three time tag champions. It would be great to see Barry ‘Smash’ Darsow and Bill ‘Ax’ Eadie taking their rightful place in the Hall of Fame.
The British Bulldog & Owen Hart
Another two posthumous inductees, unfortunately, but both richly deserve a place in the Hall of Fame. First of all, the British Bulldog: Following Wrestling from the UK, I was always a fan of the Bulldog and was as excited as most that he was headlining Summerslam 92 when he beat Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. A powerhouse of a wrestler, he arguably worked best as one half of a tag team either with the Dynamite Kid in the British Bulldogs or with his brother-in-law the late Owen Hart.
Owen Hart: a great wrestler in his own right and who can forget the memorable feud with his brother Bret from 93 onwards that included a classic match at WM10 and a fantastic cage match at that year’s Summerslam. One of Owen’s greatest gimmicks was his overselling of winning Slammy Awards and he drew such heat from the fans for it. A tragedy that his life came to an end at such a young age, and even more of a tragedy the circumstances that caused his death but a great in-ring talent that deserves that recognition.
Incredible that the man that has done so much to change the face of the wrestling has yet to take his rightful place in the Hall of Fame. I suspect his fear is that it would make him look self indulgent, far from it. He took the then WWWF and made it one of the biggest brands of the 80s, revolutionising sports entertainment in the process. The man whose instructions to the referee during the Montreal Screwjob resulted in the name of this blog without question deserves to join his father in the HoF. Who to induct him? Hulk Hogan?
Who have I missed?