Its that time again. With somehow less than 5 months until Wrestlemania, a list of possible names have come out of potential Hall of Famers for next years class and its quite a doozy. Please note, this list came from inquisitor.com, a site more known for clickbate and less known as a bastion of correct and true information. Still, I would be remiss if I didn’t cover. And here we go.
2016 has brought yet another unexpected return in the WWE world. 50 year old Goldberg is making his in ring return at Survior Series 2016. Yes, hell again has frozen over.
WWE has, perhaps in desperation, made friends with many of its former stars (Goldberg, Ultimate Warrior, Bruno Sammartino) and stars of WCW’s past with Sting. As Triple H says, “It’s best for business”
Goldberg returned with the best promo of his life and showcased in those five minutes why he truly is a great legend and a worthy headliner for a Hall of Fame Class. He looked better here than he did his entire 2003-2004 run.
Goldberg’s match versus Brock Lesar at Survivor Series is supposed to be a one off (expect him to lose cleanly to Brock Lesnar) . The Hall of Fame seems like the next logical step. WWE always needs a headliner, a lesson learned well during 2010’s headlinerless class.
For 2017, Goldberg is only 1 of 4 possibilities. Its either Goldberg, Daniel Bryan, Undertaker or the Rock. My guess is that Goldberg makes the most sense, even if he does come back for one last (again) match at Wrestlemania 33.
Daniel Bryan has years to go in and can easily be used once he’s off WWE programming as Smackdown Live GM or in a year where there are no other possibilities.
Undertaker won’t go in until he is officially retired. I got this wrong before after the defeat of the streak in 2014.
This leaves the Rock and Goldberg. I predict its Goldberg’s year (I detail the Rock below)
WWE will celebrate Goldberg the right way and he will headline the class this year.
Chances of induction: 9 out of 10
In a slightly less surprising move, mostly due to her star power, Mickie James has recently come back (for a likely one off) to NXT. WWE has really started to use older stars and has gone all out to bring in talents with name recognition. Rumor had it that James was a last minute replacement as an opponent for NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, with recently pregnant WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus originally earmarked for that role.
Mickie James, a veteran in her late 30s will play her role and lose decisively to Asuka, continuing to build up Asuka as the female dominant performer.
The question at hand on this blog is however whether Mickie will jump into the Hall of Fame this year. I for one hope not. Nothing against Mickie or her talent in the ring, but her inclusion is another and probably the worse case of too soon for female inductees. Mickie isn’t even retired for god sakes.
WWE did this both with Trish and Lita, inducting them at very young ages (before the age of 40) and although female wrestlers careers tend to be shorter, (at least in the modern era), I believe that more time needs to be given before induction. Plus, Chyna, Victoria, Molly Holly, Luna Vachon, Miss Elizabeth and Bull Nakano are all pending inductees. Mickie James is too soon.
Chances of induction 7 out of 10
An odd choice for the annual post humorous inductee, Mike Graham has one thing going for him- Florida. For those not in the know, Mike Graham was the less successful, less famous son of wrestler and promoter, Eddie Graham. Mike Graham above inducted his deceased father into the WWE Hall of Fame the last time they drifted down to Orlando for Wrestlemania in 2008.
While Graham makes sense from a location point of view, he makes very little sense otherwise. His contribution to the wrestling world and especially WWE are very little. Mike Graham had success in Championship Wrestling from Florida due to it being his father’s promotion. He did win championships there and have some other regional success, but it was fleeting and not memorable. He was really good as going against stars of a much higher caliber.
His other main contribution was being on the booking team for WCW in the height of the Monday Night Wars. He was known to dislike smaller wrestlers like Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, while having a hot temper and a bad reputation. Also, if you’ve ever watched any shoot videos, Mike Graham is well known for telling us who (like him) never drew a dime in the wrestling business.
So the question is this just a guess done by the inquisitor.com or a legimitate head scratcher? Here’s hoping cooler heads prevail and WWE instead include a much more deserving deceased wrestler. (How about Bruiser Brody, Earthquake, Bam Bam Bigelow or Rick Rude?!)
Chances of induction 2 out of 10
Hey look Skinner! Yup, Skinner himself Steve Keirn is on a list of potential inductees and it has nothing to do with his Florida crocodile-hunter character, which was both unmemorable and really crappy at the same time.
Steve Keirn, for many years ran WWE’s training and developmental facility FCW. FCW was in Florida and was the precursor to the success in NXT until 2012, when WWE decided they could do developmental itself (and subsequently did it better). When FCW was no longer backed by WWE, its doors shuttered and Keirn was ushered into retirement.
Despite some obvious issues with production,
,FCW had many successes including the men who became the Shield, the Nexus and the Wyatt Family.
As a wrestler, Keirn was also known of one half of the Fabulous Ones with Stan Lane. This team while having some regional success were always a knockoff Midnight Express (Stan Lane even joined the ME later in his career)
Past the Fabulous Ones and the aforementioned Skinner (aka Florida jobber), Keirn’s career as in ring isn’t particularly Hall of Fame caliber. His promoting, like Eddie Graham, will push him over and into the Hall of Fame. Plus, FLORIDA!
Chances of induction 7 out of 10
The Dudley Boyz
Well that was quick! The Dudley Boyz, the long running and uber successful multiple tag team champions are on this list! After a long and successful turn in TNA, both Bubba and D’Von surprised fans by returning full time in August of 2015. They stayed for a one year contract and decided to call it quits, with D’Von retiring from active competition and taking a job backstage. Bubba remains an active wrestler and recent rumors said that he might be coming back to the WWE early next year for a singles run.
Basically, t is either the Bubba has also decided to mostly hang up the boots and go in the Hall and perhaps concentrate on his wrestling school, or this possible induction is all hope and no substance.
Chances of induction 5 out of 10
Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page should already be in the WWE Hall of Fame and his possible inclusion is super exciting.
DDP is a both deserving due to his in ring career, one of over achieving and exceeding expectations. DDP started his in ring career at the fairly advanced age of 35 years of age. By all logical accounts, he should have never had success especially World Championship success. DDP, as a WCW superstar, is one of only a handful of guys built by the organization. This alone would get him in the Hall of Fame.
Outside of his career, there is an even more important reason DDP should be in the Hall of Fame. That is DDP Yoga, the exercise and mindfullness program which has become the savior of many wrestlers. DDP yoga brought Jake Roberts and Scott Hall back from the brink. It gave Goldust a revitalized career. It keeps Chris Jericho in shape and has made Mick Foley healthy again. It is the greatest physical work out system in the history of wrestling. Good job. BANG!
Chances of induction 9 out of 10
The Rock will be in the Hall of Fame when he wants to be in the Hall of Fame. Everytime we go to Florida, the Rock rumors swell to the forefront. This is not happening now, because Rock isn’t finished. He still wants to have the possibility to come back and do another short Wrestlemania run. Trust me, when the Rock is done, we will know and he will be a first ballot star.
Patience, but not this year.
Chances of induction 1 out of 10
Those are the rumors for today. Who do you think is joining the Hall of Fame Class of 2017.