The WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013 is taking place in New York’s famous arena Madison Square Garden.
For me personally, this is going to be a highlight as this is my backyard (Live in NYC)
Rumors have been rampant since last July with a list of many different names, tag teams, stables and more.
We are going to go through all the inductees rumored at this point and also deal with their likeliness of induction
Confirmed 2013 Inductees
The only currently confirmed 2013 inductee, Mick Foley should be the headliner of 2013’s class. Foley’s popularity is without question (unless you are Vince and the WWE brass) and as a New Yorker, I welcome the oppurtunity to see the E finally recognize him in the Hall of Fame.
Foley was the third most over main eventer of the Attitude Era (After SCSA and Rock) Without Foley, HHH would never have been solidified into a main eventer. Their 2000 Royal Rumble match was the pinacle of Foley’s career but the real beginning of HHH’s.
Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy is so much more than this. He is the best example of a man who shouldn’t have been successful in this business (due to look,size and style) but succeeded because the fans decided he was the man. FOLEY IS GOD. Its true.
Rumored 2013 Inductees
DX was one of the most well known factions of the Attitude Era in WWE. Shawn Michaels, HHH, Chyna and even Rick Rude pushed the envelope in 1997 and early 1998. They were the push that lead to Stone Cold and eventually the Rock.
However, The later version was the New Age Outlaws and Xpac with HHH and Chyna. This group was much more a mid card group (back when being midcard meant that you had a large following) The New Age Outlaws were great! Their matches with Cactus Jack and Terry Funk were the beginning of the hardcore style becoming an intergral part of WWE. Xpac stunk. The phrase “Xpac heat” which means heat from lack of caring, was a bad thing then and still is a bad thing now. DX did however catapult HHH to the main event scene successfully.
All this aside, this is not a good idea. HHH is not retired yet. He will likely face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. If this occurs, it is an example of the E not having faith in Mick Foley. Foley is the headliner. If they get Bruno, great, co-headliners. If not, populate the rest of the class with deserving singles wrestlers or tag teams who had great moments in MSG or NYC. This induction should be a 2016 or 2017 induction after HHH retires.
By the way, if it does occur, HHH will be inducted as a member of a group before as a single performer. This makes no sense.
Plus the group listed was never DX together. Never! Michaels, HHH, Xpac, Gunn, Roaddogg and Nash? Sounds like inducting your friends for sure.
When I heard this, it made me angry enough to write this article. Still the chances are very high. If the WWE believes Foley isn’t big enough this is a 9 out of 10 this will occur.
The worst idea I have heard for induction this year in the Kliq. Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, and HHH made up the Kliq. The Kliq was not a wrestling faction. They were a backstage power hungry group, who had Vince McMahon’s ear during one of the worst periods for the organization. 1995 through 1997 were the years the company almost went out of business. This was also the period of time when Michaels lost his smile so he didn’t have to job to Bret Hart. That alone is disrespectful to the business and I personally believe taints his legacy.
Nash and Hall, on top of this, screwed the company when they went to WCW, and almost put it out of business with the NWO. The Kliq should not be celebrated as an entity, nor looked upon favorably because” We like the guys” or “They are cool” Nothing says blatant nepotism more than inducting this group.
Dx is much more likely, especially considering the “idea” of including Nash as part of DX. Again that makes no sense.
Chances are 5 out of 10, if they want to include Scott Hall and not Billy Gunn or Xpac.
Everyone knows why Bruno deserves this honor. If Bruno was game, he’d been inducted in 2004 or any year since then. Rumors have circulated that HHH has been talking to Bruno and pushing to get this done at MSG.
This is an amazing idea. Most of those who hate the organization, hate it because of Vince McMahon. McMahon has a history of using, abusing and throwing talent away. Sammartino has said on many occassions that McMahon forcing him out of retirement to “help” his son was a business ploy which Bruno did not appreciate.
On top of that, it all comes down to money. Bruno has an ego. (which he should, champion for 12 years) and everything always comes down to money and respect. If they paid Sammartino 300,000, plus the promise of more work for WWE Classics videos about him, I think he’d agree. But McMahon is known for his own pride and that will probably get in the way of any induction.
Chances of induction? 2 out of 10
In 2004, the WWE tried to get Backlund to join as part of the rebirth of the WWE Hall of Fame. He declined because he had the belief that he could have one more run. Bob Backlund is kinda crazy.
That run never happened and now almost 10 years later, its time to talk induction again. Rumors say that the organization has approached Backlund and have not yet had a responose. Hopefully, he will agree and we can celebrate the 2nd longest reigning WWF champion at his home, Madison Square Garden.
Chances of Induction: 7 out of 10
This one has been all but confirmed. Kamala was a monster heel of the 1980s and actually had three successful runs with the WWF. He did an early run with Andre in the 1980s and in the late 80s again with Hulk Hogan. He was in the original casket match against the Undertaker (who had just turned face) in 1992.
Kamala was the perfect wrestler for the territory system. He would come in, demolish opponents, lose to the main event superstar and leave. Rinse and repeat. When the territories were over, he did fade into obsecurity with a small run as a member of the Dungeon of Doom in WCW in 1995.
Unfortuantely, Kamala is also one of the best examples of a person screwed by the territory system. In all his shoots, Kamala voices his frustrations with the lack of money he made in wrestling. Plus he now has lost both of his legs due to amputations. This induction may also be a “We’re sorry your life sucked” induction like Tony Atlas.
Chances of induction 8 out 10
Bam Bam Bigelow
Bam Bam is credited as being one of the most agile big men in the history of the business. His tenures in WCW, ECW and WWF are well documented and he was well recieved. He even headlined Wrestlemania 10 at MSG with Lawrence Taylor (an item he says stuck in the craw of both Diesel and Michaels at the time)
Sadly, Bam Bam died in 2007. He was another victim of the 80s and 90s wrestling culture which involved hurting yourself regularly in the ring and covering that up with pain medication and illegal drugs. Bam Bam died of an overdose of cocaine and presecription drugs. Sadly, we never got to see a speech from this great wrestler.
Still, the WWE always likes to include at least one deceased wrestler and witb Bam Bam from NJ, this one makes sense
Chances of induction: 8 out 10
Nash was one of the first rumored inductees since last July. Like it or not, this one makes alot of sense and much more sense than DX with Kevin Nash. Nash won his only WWF championship at MSG in a squash match against Bob Backlund.
He was a main event talent during both the worst time for WWF and the best time for WCW and cemented his legacy as a player in the wrestling business up until around 2000.
He did have some lackluster returns to the E in 2002/2003 (Urban dictionary says a Kevin Nash is injuring yourself while walking) and even worse run last year, but it is undeniable his contribution.
If they decide that the DX/Kliq/Nwo group is going in this is moot.
Chances of induction 5 out of 10
When I see rumors about Owen Hart, I never believe them. Since his death, there has been at least one lawsuit against the WWE from Martha Hart (Owen’s widow) She blames the organization for his death. He hates the organization and that will never change.
This one sadly is never going to happen.
Chances of induction: 1 out of 10
Sable also has been rumored since the return of Brock Lesnar. Sable, being Brock’s wife would be a easy perfect induction to take the “diva” spot the organization always likes to have. No one can deny that Sable built upon Sunny’s contribution in the organization and was important in getting women’s wrestling over in the Attitude Era.
Still she has never really gotten along with the organization. Her lawsuit in the early 2000s followed by a less than stellar run in 2003 may stand in her way. Who knows, maybe she doesn’t want it.
Chances of induction 4 out of 10
If they are going to put a woman in this year (didn’t happen 2012 and 2007) Trish Stratus makes the most sense. She is still on good terms with the organization and was a highlight in women’s wrestling for the 2000s.
Personally, I think this is too soon. Similar to Edge’s induction in 2012, I feel the Hall of Fame becomes more important when the performer has been gone from ring action for a long period of time. Stratus retired in 2006, but returned for Wrestlemania 27. She also is only 37 years old.
Now generally in today’s era, women have less of a shelf life in wrestling than men. By the time they hit early thirties, it is retiring time. Still I wouldn’t want her to become the youngest inductee in history.
Chances of induction 6 out 10
Mr. T should have been inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2005. Rumor has it that he declined because Pete Rose went in first.
Pride issues aside if this can be managed, MSG would be an amazing place for this to occur. Here’s hoping!
Chances of induction 3 out of 10
Thats all the rumored names of recent. Keep checking back for more Current, Future and Never Going to be WWE Hall of Famers.
What do you think?