First and foremost, 2013 was an extremely hectic year for me. I decided it was time to resume my education, so I enroll in graduate school, and studying for the Graduate Record Examinations ate up a HUGE chunk of my time. I also participated in several 5K races, one of which resulted in injury. The first semester of grad school balanced in with work proved to be an extremely busy task. I also had my relationship status change from “In a relationship” to “Engaged”, and recently changed my living situation, living my fiancée. In terms of pro wrestling in 2013, my interest kind of subsided for a while, in part of studying for the angry older brother of the SAT, and a super busy workload.
With the Ultimate Warrior (and his signature insane promos) and Jake “The Snake” Roberts getting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year, it got me thinking of who I, and many others, would like to see finally get inducted. I could have gone with a Top 5, but I felt narrowing it down to a small number along with ranking my choices would mean a lot of difficult cuts.
Without further ado, here’s my arbitrary list of:
People I Would Like To See In the WWE Hall of Fame
- “Macho Man” Randy Savage – Why hasn’t this man been inducted yet?! Aside from a rumor involving Savage a young Stephanie McMahon seems to be the primary “reason” why the former multi-time world champion, spokesperson for Slim Jim snacks, and wrestling legend is being kept out an elite group that somehow managed to allow Drew Carey entry into…and all Carey had was a guest appearance in a Royal Rumble match.
- “Diamond” Dallas Page – Although his tenure in the WWE was lackluster, his time spent in WCW shouldn’t be overlooked. The guy was in his mid-30s when he decided to get into in-ring competition, and was over 40 when he won his first World Heavyweight Championship, and somehow managed to get a top-notch match out of Bill Goldberg. Not only has DDP done a lot in the ring, he has done a lot of work outside the ring with his program, DDP Yoga. Not only has he helped change the lives of Jake Roberts and Scott Hall, his program is being used by some current WWE superstars like Chris Jericho, and helping many people across the globe change their lives.
- Paul Bearer – His passing in 2013 shocked the wrestling world. The urn-toting manager of Kane, Mankind and most notably, The Undertaker stuck out in our minds with his pale skin and dark hair, almost akin to the Addams Family, and his ghostly, shrill voice. The Undertaker said very few words his first few years, and Paul Bearer helped Taker be seen as a supernatural force to be reckoned with. With his passing last year didn’t get him entry right away in the Hall of Fame, one can hope that it will change in the near future.
- Owen Hart –Whether it’s the Blue Blazer, The King of Harts or the Black Hart, the youngest child of the legendary Hart family deserves recognition. An incident truncated his life at Over The Edge in 1999, and since then WWE and Owen’s widow have been in a very lengthy legal dispute. Some have speculated had his death not occurred, Owen would have been kept in the mid-card for the rest of his in-ring career, while other have speculated he would have gone on to become WWF/WWE Champion. A solid in-ring technician and the ability to somehow kick your leg from under your leg, I would definitely like to see Owen in the WWE Hall of Fame.
- Sting – Quite possibly one of the best WWE superstars that has yet to set foot in a WWE ring. Now you may be asking yourself, how is that possible? Well, the former tag team partner of the Hall of Fame bound Ultimate Warrior was a huge player for WCW (which is owned by WWE, technically making him part of the company) during its heyday transitioning from his bleach blond flattop surfer look to his dark and mysterious crow appearance. He was one of the big names during the feud with the New World Order, essentially becoming their franchise player. For years, it’s been rumored Sting would make his way to the WWE, going as far as being rumored to be part of the mysterious return promos for the Undertaker in 2011. Currently, it’s been confirmed that Sting is negotiations with WWE, but the extent of whether or not it’s a Legends deal or in-ring are still up in the air. I personally would like to see him get inducted in the Hall of Fame, and possibly put on a match with the franchise player of the WWE, the Undertaker.
- The Undertaker – It should come as no surprise that Taker’s time in WWE is winding down. Over the past few years, he’s only been a small number of matches, most notably his annual appearances at WrestleMania. The Deadman has had a long and illustrious career in WWE, undefeated at WrestleMania, a multi-time World Champion, 2007 Royal Rumble winner, and the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of Monday Night Raw. Whether it’s The Deadman, American Badass, or Phenom, Mark Calaway should be in the WWE Hall of Fame.
There are a few others I would like to see get inducted as well, but the ones above are the ones who I feel deserve to be inducted in the near future. We’re in WrestleMania season, and with the time winding down to the flagship show, it’s only a matter of time until we see who gets inducted this year.
Until next time dear readers, take care.