WWE Hall of Fame Class of 1996: Captain Lou Albano

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Captain Lou Albano

Class of 1996

Manager Extraordinaire, Cyndi Lauper’s “Dad”, Super Mario

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Hall of Fame Rating

7 out of 10

Historically Significant

Captain Lou Albano is one of a kind. He was loud, obnoxious and tons of fun. He could take anything and turn on that natural it factor and make it his own. Take a listen to Captain Lou singing what with him would be the worst song in history.

Its easy to forget before Captain Lou rocked with Cyndi Lauper, he was the most successful manager in history of WWE. He managed almost every other tag team champion for almost ten years in the WWWF/WWF in the mid 70s and early 80s. Seriously. Take a look at the champion list from WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/worldtagteam

On top of all of that, he was the perfect type of manager. Especially when he was heel. JJ Dillion has said during the Legends of Wrestling Roundtables that the best manager is one who manages like a wrestler and wrestles like a manager. Captain Lou did both. He in his own right, was a decent mid card wrestling talent in Captiol Wrestling and early WWWF. But as a manager/wrestler, he was hilarious.

I can’t mention Lou Albano without showing the Super Mario Supershow Intro. Captain Lou is insane and I love it.

Why 1996?

1996 marked the end of the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremonies for almost ten years (until 2004). It was also one of the most mixed induction classes. Johnny Rodz and Mikel Scicluna are two of the weakest inductees in history.

Still Albano fit into a cetegory which had been in both previous years, the manager. Freddy Blassie and The Grand Wizard went in already and Albano was the next in a list of well known 70s and early 80s managers. Plus he had just finished managing the Face Headshrinkers in his last managerial role for the organization in 1995. Perfect timing!

Opens Door For?

2nd or 3rd tier managers in the organization (funny that Albano who is better than many who followed him, could be considered 3rd tier) Possibly a Slick level manager may go in.

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

Albano doesn’t seem super well respected in the business. Bobby Heenan’s induction speech joke about “And Lou Albano wouldn’t be fired” is a rib about how everyone views him. I understand. Captain Lou Albano is probably crazy. Batshit crazy.

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