“Leaked” WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016

What culture.com is a wrestling “news” site not generally known for  good journalism as much as its known for clickbait(Author’s note, I did write quite a few pretty terrible articles for whatculture.com, before being asked to stop. check out my profile! Clickbait James!); this same site has given us a leaked list of WWE Hall of Famers and it is quite a doozie.

Now, I am hesitant to believe this “rumored list”. Here is their quote

“WhatCulture.com has learned that a source high-up inside WWE recently let slip the names of five candidates who have been discussed for this year’s Hall of Fame.”

Said source has given us a list and what a list. Some expected, some surprises and some catastrophes. Let’s take a look:

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Fabulous Freebirds

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I think its pretty obvious at this point that the Fabulous Freebirds are going in this year. Its Texas…Dallas, Texas; The Town the Freebirds did their biggest and best work.

Their feud with the Von Erichs made WCCW a powerhouse of the expanding territory times in the early 80s. The were brash, bold and doing “it” before Vince McMahon ever took control of the WWF ship.

Buddy Roberts, Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes are long overdue. Sometimes it has felt  like a rib  being played on longtime employee Michael Hayes by the organization itself. He inducted the Von Erichs in 2009, 7 years ago. What’s was the holdup?

I’ll believe this prediction is on point.  and expect Jimmy Garvin to be included, due to his time with the WCW version of the Freebirds. Rumors suggest this inclusion is at the request of Hayes himself.

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What a good friend

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Jackie Moore

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Jackie Moore or Jacqueline Moore is likely an unknown to most current fans and for good reason, her career with the WWE was short.

Jacqueline was the first Women’s champion during the resurgence of that championship in 1998. She defeated Sable in a surprise during the finals of the women’s tournament. This made her the first Africian American WWF female champion, a noteworthy event. She also won the Cruiserweight Championship later in her term, making her the first WWF female to do so as well.

The question is, do these “firsts” make Jackie a Hall of Famer? She did very little of else (one should forget her “awesome” group PMS) and left the WWE to have an on again/off again relationship with TNA for years.

WWE likes putting in a female every year. Jackie lives in the area. I buy this one regardless of whether its deserved or not.

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JBL

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Hey! Did you know JBL is from Texas? Really? Texas?!

WWE sometimes tend to lean on the area of Wrestlemania for its induction list. Larger states like Texas, NY or Florida have historically had classes featuring talent from that area or heavily associated with the area (2013- Bruno, Backlund, Foley, Booker or 2009- Austin, Watts, Funk, Von Erichs)

Texas is the only reason to include JBL at this point. He is an obvious Hall of Famer but not a pressing induction. He is fairly recently retired wrestler, not old, and currently on television every week. He will likely be employed for a long time to come, which means there is plenty of time. (and why they held off on the much older Michael Hayes, but would include a much younger JBL?)

Plus, there are many other Texas wrestlers who should be included first, including Stan Hansen. Here’s hoping this rumor is just that, a rumor.

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Regis Philbin

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YAY for celebrities!

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Let’s ask the question we ask every year when it comes to the Celebrity Inductee…..Why does Regis Philbin belong in the WWE Hall of Fame? Plain answer is he doesn’t.

But despite how stupid it is, WWE will continue to include celebrities year after year. We can’t stop that.

Well if there has to be a celebrity, why Regis Philbin? Philbin has main street cred. Like Swarzenegger last year, the media will report that Regis Philbin is going in. I don’t think its the best choice (Cyndi Lauper, Andy Kaufman, Lemmy or even Lawrence Taylor would be better), but its very possible.

Regis Philbin- getting into the WWE Hall of Fame for having a sense of humor. At least its not as bad as Drew Carey

Drew Carey = Sad

Drew Carey = Sad

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Charles Wright aka The Godfather

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Oh not again. Last year, WWE inducted a questionable Attitude Era character act in Rikishi. This one would be even worse.

The Godfather (not Charles Wright, Kama, Papa Shango or any of his other characters) was a semi-offensive character. He was an actual pimp….with hos…and an agency… Yup.

I don’t know how or why WWE in 2016 would want to include such a character in their Hall of Fame. Its mind boggeling, especially considering Vader, Lex Luger, and Demolition- all who are alive- have not yet been included.

This would be a Ko Ko B. Ware/ Bushwhackers level mistake for the WWE Hall of Fame.

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I really hope this list isn’t the actual truth, otherwise its gonna be a really disappointing time this year.

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2 thoughts on ““Leaked” WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016

  1. If said rumoured list is true which I have a feeling it may be I think it is a mixed bag class, overall a weaker class than recent years.
    Sting of course is a no brainer.
    Fabulous Freebirds were a legendary team and pioneers of sorts so of course they should be in.
    JBL like him or not was a top heel for several years and had a lengthy WWE championship run, his tag team work with APA and his longevity also add to making him a worthy candidate.
    I think a lot of people underestimate Jackie Moore and her history. Jackie is a 20 plus year veteran that was doing firsts for women back in the territories like intergender matches in Texas and Memphis before moving onto WWE where she actually had a 6 year run, she was the first African American female to break out and have mainstream success in wrestling, a multiple time women’s champion all over, a respected legitimate tough lady in the business and also had stints in WCW and TNA too.
    The Godfather is a puzzler for me, as the author said he falls into the weak end of inductees, the only thing I can defend his induction on is he got a character over during the attitude era and had a lengthy career in general. However his achievements are very minimal and truthfully I don’t see him as worthy.
    Regis Philbin as the celebrity inductee is what it is , better than Drew Carey but I stand by my opinion and will say again that a celebrity is not required to be inducted every year. If WWE want to induct celebrities it should be reserved for anyone that made a impact or was a part of wrestling history, other than that it’s a no.
    I think maybe another name will be added to this list if it is true.

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