Class of 2016
Attitude Era “Star”, Offensive Stereotype
Hall of Fame Rating
0 out of 10
Holy Moly Hell. What. Is. This…??????
Picture this. The year is 2016, and a company known for its charitable image, caring for children, and its strong public image, give a lifetime achievement award…to a pimp. Not possible you might think! Well you’d be wrong, Welcome to the WWE Hall of fame.
I hate it when WWE does this. Instead of inducting a man, or a wrestler for his career and contributions, they induct a character. The Godfather was a character Charles Wright played from 1999-2001. That’s it. One could argue that by including the Godfather, WWE is recognizing the other elements of Wright’s career. But, that like many of the ridiculous things the WWE does, is an opinion and a stretch. Plus, take a look at WWE’s own induction video. Nothing about Wright’s very long career outside of the one character is even mentioned.
Charles Wright as a performer had a very long and very inconcequential run with the WWE. He, like many “good hands”, had many many incarnations of characters. He was lower mid-card at best, functioning almost completely as an enforcer role, a comedy character or a waste of time.
Don’t believe me, let’s look at Charles Wright’s contributions to the history of wrestling.
Charles Wright began his WWE career as an offensive stereotype (something he very much embraced in his “best known” character as well) Shango, while memorable through the lense of a child’s mind, was nothing if not a complete generalization of Voodoo and African American culture. Papa Shango will never be mentioned on WWE television again for this reason. Can you imagine WWE showcasing this?
Shango had one big feud vs the Ultimate Warrior, which culminated in absolutely nothing. He then played the role of immediate elimination in 1993 Royal Rumble as disappeared into his smoke shortly after. A failed character with a supernatural tilt, who was destined to fail.
Wright reappeared in the WWE as part of the tail end of the less than successful Million Dollar Corporation. He was rebranded as Kama, The Supreme Fighting Machine. Kama, positioned as an ultimate fighter, was neither ultimate nor a good fighter
Wright’s greatest moment was stealing the Undertaker’s urn and melting it into a chain. (Does that make it a spooky chain?)
Like all WWE in 1995, it was terrible and he like the Million Dollar Corporation faded into obsurity.
Wright reappeared as a member of the revitalized (see made fully black) Nation of Domination as Kama Mustafa. He played the role of enforcer for the group, but never had any memorable moments or feuds. He was a background character, something Wright was great at.
We will skip over the Godfather for a second, to address Wright’s last character in WWE. He gave up his Godfather character in 2001, mostly due to the fact that it was A. a one trick pony character and B. offensive. But we will address that below. Wright joined the destined to fail group the Right to Censor, as the Goodfather. See what they did there? SEEEEE?
Does this career for Mr. Charles Wright appear to be a Hall of Fame career by itself?
So, that leaves us with the Godfather. This character Wright played, which is being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Godfather came about at the heart of the Attitude era. Let’s not mince words here. The Godfather was a pimp. Who had prostitutes. And apparently sold them or gave away sex from them so that people wouldn’t wrestle him. That is who this character was and all parts of this are horribly offensive.
How is this character Hall of Fame worthy? It is not just a matter of a bad wrestler who lost all the time. Godfather did have feuds (kinda) and did win the IC championship for some reason at one point. That is not the point.
WWE in today’s environment cannot possibly look at this character and say, yes let’s feature this guy and not only that, showcase him as one of our best. He is not one of their best, he is an example of the worst kind of storytelling, which was rampant during the Attitude Era.
This opens a pandora’s box for the WWE. Are we going to celebrate Val Venis, porn star, or Kai En Tai, Asisan Stereotypes next?
Neither of those is as offensive as the Godfather. For those who say, its fun or its just wrestling relax, I show you something very serious.
I’m sorry for going so serious, but this induction bothers me a great deal. It is worse than Ko Ko B. Ware or Johnny Rodz, both of which were undeserving jobber guys. The Godfather is an affront the WWE Hall of Fame. How is this man in before Vader. Before Bruiser Brody, Lex Luger, Demolition, Rick Rude. I’d rather have the Gobbly Gooker than the Godfather.
Godfather is the first wrestler I have rated 0 out of 10. That is lower than Ko Ko B. Ware; lower than the Bushwhackers, lower than Baron Michel Scicluna. Charles Wright, by himself would be a lower tier inductee, not worthy of induction. The Godfather is a shame. His character is something to be buried and forgotten. It is 2016. Shame on you WWE. Boo, I say, boo.
I don’t know. I can’t think of any year that a character like the Godfather should be celebrated.
WWE isn’t thinking about that factor whatsoever. They are concentrating on the man. He fits in as the Attitude Era induction this year. Think Rikishi, but much much worse.
Charles Wright as a performer would be a bad induction. The Godfather is much much worse.
Opens Door For?
Anyone. Literally anyone. If Godfather gets in, anyone gets in. Expect Val Venis, Al Snow, Hardcore Holly and many other Attitude Era lower stars. Why?
Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.
It’s a joke. An offensive joke. Godfather (who is actually being inducted- not the man) is one of the worst of the WWE ideas in the history of the organization. Not happy about this. Not happy.