It is hard to believe that Wrestlemania is only about 40 days away. This means that the rest of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be announced in the next few weeks. Rumors have been rampant recently, with everyone from big names like Kevin Nash and outside the box candidate like Genichiro Tenryu…..
The biggest rumor is that the Class of 2015 is finalized. While this is good news, it is also very late in the game. Triple H had started a precedent of solidifying the classes early (at least in 2013 & 2014). The late stage confirmation reminds me of lackluster classes like 2010. With a fairly disjointed class so far, is 2015 on its way to becoming one of the best or one of the worst in history?
Let’s take a look at some of the latest rumored names.
Almost all sources agree on our first rumored name’s inclusion this year. Kevin Nash has seemed to be a lock (as has been assumed since Scott Hall joined last year). He is now being rumored to be confirmed and to be inducted by Shawn Michaels.
Nash will help this severely lacking class, (excluding Macho Man), bringing World Champion credits. One of the major criterion that should be used to judge worthiness is titles. We’ve all heard the expression that titles don’t mean anything, but that is only partially correct. In Nash’s case, he was given the ball with the WWF Title for almost a year. This itself is an accomplishment, deserving inclusion. And yes, this is despite reigning over one of the largest down periods in 1995 (that is until 1996 with his best friend Shawn Michaels at the helm)
All former world champions belong in the Hall. Yes, this will mean that The Miz will eventually join, but his inclusion was likely even without that World Title. (Sadly….)
Welcome Kevin Nash to the Hall of Fame. Only time will tell if Nash is correctly put in as himself, showcasing both his time in WWF and WCW, or is put in as Diesel. (See Razor Ramon)
A Tag Team to Be Announced
WWE.com has posted another cryptic Hall of Fame preview for Monday’s upcoming announcement.
“The next inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are expected to be announced this coming Monday, WWE.com has learned. It is also rumored that it will be a tag team taking their place in the hallowed hall.
The mystery pair of legends will join “Macho Man” Randy Savage, celebrity inductee Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rikishi in the elite class. Who will enter the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 31? Could it be a team famous for their camouflage gear? Could it be an ultra-popular pair of brothers or family members? How many tag team championships have they held? Is it possible that we will see a current Hall of Famer earn a second nod and join Ric Flair as a two-time inductee?”
A tag team is going to be going into the Hall this year and PWinsider is reporting that the team to be announced is none other than the Bushwackers. If this ends up being true, all I can say is….
Until this rumor is solidified, I have no words. Let me only say that Luke and Butch do NOT deserve to be in the Hall of Fame before The British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation, and Demolition. Wrong.Wrong. Wrong. Stay Tuned….
Larry is out…Tenryu is a maybe, perhaps Koloff… and what about Ray Stevens?
In the last few years, each class has had 6-7 inductees. With the addition of Nash and a tag team, that leaves with one to two inductees left. Normally, one of those has been a DIVA or female competitor, although recently none have been actively discussed nor rumored.
Recently, Larry Zybszko had been rumored to be included. New reports say that Larry will be held off until a following year. As long as he doesn’t die anytime soon, holding Zybszko is alright in my book. Still want to see that smug face give a smug speech on a Hall of Fame stage. It appears we will have to wait on that one.
Last week, with the news of Genichiro Tenryu retirement (at the tender age of 65 years), his name came up as a possible inductee in 2015’s class. Tenryu would be a very strange choice. His inclusion would be more along the line of a Antonio Inoki or Mil Mascaras; international star caliber without much WWE experience. For those who are saying, “Who is Genichiro Tenryu?”, you may remember him as one of the Japanese stars hired by Mr. Fuji to take out Lex Luger in the 1994 Royal Rumble. Fun fact, he didn’t succeed.
If Tenryu is included, he is likely to take the last spot in the class (assuming Nash, a Tag Team and a woman). This would unfortunately leave out this next man.
Ray Stevens has been bandied about as a likely inductee yet he is seeming less and less likely by the day. The rumors circulating around him have been that he is being pushed for by Pat Patterson, was a lock and was supposed to be announced two weeks ago (when the aforementioned Rikishi was announced). Nothing so far has come of Stevens’s status and it is now possible that he won’t be included at all. If that occurs, it will be a missed opportunity to bring the San Fran hometown hero into the Hall.
To round up the 2015 rumors, Ivan Koloff has been mentioned as a potential contender. I for one, do not believe he will be included, only because he has been rumored for the 2013 class, the 2014 class and the 2015 class. He is an obvious omission (former WWWF champion and the man who ended the original Bruno Sammartino reign) but WWE will likely drop the ball of this one and well….
2016 Rumors and Here’s Chyna!!!
This week it has been reported that the first name for the 2016 class of the WWE Hall of Fame in Dallas, TX will be none other than The Fabulous Freebirds. This induction is so severely past due (Von Erichs went in 6 years ago) and would be an example of WWE finding the right inductees for the right location. Dallas (or any area in Texas really) fit the Freebirds, as their best run has to be with the Von Erichs in WCCW. These two teams feuded for basically 2 full years to sold out crowds all around Texas. It is undeniable that The Freebirds belong in the WWE Hall of Fame. Here’s hoping this rumor turns out to be true.
Finally, Chyna has been in the news lately. For those living under a rock, this is why:
Triple H was asked point blank on whether Chyna would ever be in the Hall of Fame and Triple H creatively said a resounding “NO”. H blamed Chyna’s porn career and while that is valid on appearance; other inductees have had just as bad stuff in their closets (I’m looking at you Sunny)
Basically it was corporate speak for Chyna was my ex fiance, and my family doesn’t like her. In response, Chyna told her side of the story…
….which was refuted by Xpac…and then other bullshit happened. Needless to say, I was asked by an avid reader to comment on this. I think this story is very simple.
1. Chyna has had a Hall of Fame career.
2. Triple H does not want Chyna in the Hall of Fame.
3. Chyna is bitter about everything in her life from 2000-on
4. Chyna likely stretches the truth slightly and will never be in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Well that’s it for news this Sunday morning. We will see if 24 hours our next set of inductees!!!