WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Travesty

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Class of 2015: Celebrity Inductee

 The Governator, The Terminator

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Hall of Fame Ranking

2 out of 10

Undeserving

For any avid reader of this blog, my hatred of the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame is both well documented and volitile. I hate it. I think its stupid and represents all that’s wrong with the WWE. It puts celebrity, a loose term which means very little nowadays, over content and its own wrestlers. It happens all the time. Want an example? At Wrestlemania 25, Chris Jericho defeated three Hall of Famers (Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat) in a 3 on 1 elimination match. Jericho then destroyed Ric Flair (4th Hall of Famer) after the match. And who was the knight in shining armor to defeat the evil Jericho? Why Mickey Rourke.

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With one punch, Rourke vanquished Jericho and everyone was happy….Except me. Mickey Rourke’s participation made 16 time World Champion Ric Flair look like a chump. The powers that be in WWE (IE Vince McMahon) don’t care and love the celebrity participation.  I have to believe at this point that McMahon is convinced that a celebrity (regardless of who) legitimizes his life’s work. Why else would he do it?

Celebrities are a part of WWE, especially around Wrestlemania season. I just have to accept it and I do….kinda. Some are fine because like every other inductee, there are different levels of Celebrity inductee. Last year, we were finally given Mr. T….

And his Momma Speech

And his Momma Speech

Celebrity or not, Mr. T is an important part of WWE’s history.  He is the best example of the celebrity (in this case Mr T at his height of popularity) legitimizing wrestling. Without T, would Hulk Hogan and Wrestlemania 1 have been as big? I don’t think so. Mr. T belongs in the WWE Hall of Fame. So does Mike Tyson (ushering in Attitude Era), Cyndi Lauper (Rock’n Wrestling) and Andy Kaufman (only celebrity to really play a heel).

NOT WILLIAM PERRY!!!!

NOT WILLIAM PERRY!!!!

 

THATS IT!!!!! No one else. No other celebrity has ever had enough effect to become a Hall of Famer. What is a Hall of Famer? The cream of the crop, the best of the best. Is Arnold Schwarzenegger the best of the celebrities who have appeared in WWE?

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Let’s take a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appearances with the WWE. He has appeared three times.

In 1999, during the height of the Attitude Era, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on WWF Smackdown to accept a replica WWE Title. Schwarzenegger  was named  the “World Box Office Champion.”, a championship which was never defended nor ever mentioned again.  Later that evening, he helped The Rock and others defeat D-Generation X when he slid a steel chair to special enforcer Steve Austin, who then hit Triple H.  Following the bout, Triple H took a swing at Schwarzenegger, who ducked and terminated The Game with a series of vicious fists. What a Hall of fame moment!!!!

And that is it. That’s what Arnold Schwarzenegger did with the WWE. He accepted a fake championship and was never seen again until 2013, when he inducted Bruno Sammartino into the Hall of Fame.

As my blood pressure grows over this induction, take a quick look at Arnold’s last appearance with the WWE, where he, Hulk Hogan and someone named Joe Manganiello beat up the Miz, once again proving that Celebrities are better than WWE superstars. Now, the best part of this appearance is it was a “guest host” spot to shill an upcoming movie. The movie, Sabotage, was seen by no one and cared about by only those in the ring and McMahon himself.

Can someone please explain to me how this above is a “Hall of Fame Career”. I spend my time on this site destroying guys who will never get in the Hall of Fame. Names like Ahmed Johnson or Dan Severn will never grace the Halls. But yet in comparison to Arnold Schwarzenegger, both deserve to headline multiple classes.

Even WWE.com, with their revisionist bullshit writing, struggles to defend why Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the Hall of Fame.

http://www.wwe.com/superstars/arnold-schwarzenegger

To summarize the above for those who hate reading, Arnold is friends with Bruno Sammartino and he and Jesse Ventura did movies together. Its good to know that all you have to do to get into the WWE Hall of Fame is be friends with people in the organization.

Since this was announced, I have been trying to figure out if this is the worst induction ever or not. By leaps and bounds, Drew Carey was the most embarrassing induction in history. His involvement was one match (the Royal Rumble no less) where he basically made fun of it, knowing nothing of the product, and was really there to shill some shitty show which didn’t last.

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Drew Carey doesn’t belong in the Hall, but at least he participated in a goddamn match!. Arnold received a belt for  just showing up. (Talk about participation awards). This induction has infuriated me so much, that I am defending Drew Carey. What has the world come to.

WWE can do and has done so much better.

Why 2015?

Its in California! And Arnold lives there! And he’s a super big name! Fuck the Celebrity Wing. Seriously.

To WWE, Vince McMahon, Triple H and anyone else involved:

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Opens Door For?

Jeremy Piven, Snooki, Maria Menounus, William Shatner, Alex Trebek and any number of other undeserving candidates.

Now presenting Future Hall of Famer: Kevin Hart!

Now presenting Future Hall of Famer: Kevin Hart!

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

All of them. Pick any reason. Personally, I say the movie Sabotage. Have you seen this garbage? It makes the turds that WWE normally puts out look like diamonds.

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Old Arnold: Action Star!

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Be Inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame Celebrity Wing

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In an unexpected move, WWE.com has reported that action star, and former Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger will join the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 as the Celebrity.

All I can say is huh? Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared twice on WWE television. Here they are:

 

 

And that’s it. This is a Drew Carey level of “What the fuck” in terms of induction. Arnold does not have a long history with WWE or wrestling (where’s Cyndi Lauper or Andy Kaufman) Take a look at the Hall of Fame Announcement as even WWE struggles to explain why Arnold is in the Hall of Fame now.

http://www.wwe.com/classics/wwe-hall-of-fame/arnold-schwarzenegger-announcement-27037093

 

I will post shortly my whole breakdown of Arnold in the Hall of Fame. And it will be scathing

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Prediction: The Undertaker Will Headline

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April 5th 2014 will go down in the lore of professional wrestling as one of the most important moments in the history of professional wrestling. It is the day when the Undertaker, a man who has cemented himself as the real Mr. Wrestlemania, was finally defeated at that event. The streak is dead.

Undertaker’s loss can be interrupted as many things. It is a changing of the guard, an ending of the old and most likely, the end of the career of the deadman. The initial shock aside, Taker is one of the last examples of an old school wrestler. He will always do the right thing and just as Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair before him, Taker appears to have gone out on a losing effort (one only wishes the build up and story was better or more about the passage of time and its effect on the Undertaker) The Undertaker tonight looked like a shell of his former self, he was skinny, out of shape and appeared to be struggling in the match.

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Old Taker

Reality appears to have set in for the Undertaker and I wouldn’t be surprised if this match is the last for the dead man. Taker seems to have gone out with a whimper, but that surprise builds in the fans watching the feeling that truly anything can happen in the WWE. Taker did the right thing.

This could very well mean that next year, we have our headliner. It is obvious that Undertaker would be a first year pick for whatever Class following his retirement. IF he is retired, expect the Undertaker to headline and be a major factor in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015. It will be a welcome chance to see the man behind the Undertaker, a man named Mark Calloway who so loves this business that he has given years to it, more than perhaps he even needed to.

One last point. If you look at the WWE’s website and look at the Undertaker’s profile, there is a not so subtle hint that Taker is on his way to the Hall of Fame.

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See his full profile here: http://www.wwe.com/superstars/undertaker

 

Only time will tell, but I predict the WWE Hall of Fame will welcome the Dead Man next year.