Class of 2015: Celebrity Inductee
The Governator, The Terminator
Hall of Fame Ranking
2 out of 10
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.
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….
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
Opens Door For?
Jeremy Piven, Snooki, Maria Menounus, William Shatner, Alex Trebek and any number of other undeserving candidates.
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.