WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Legacy Inductees


The WWE Hall of Fame is tonight and recently it has been reported that this year will again include a Legacy Class. The Legacy Class began in 2016 as a way induct long dead famous names from the early to mid 20th century into the Hall of Fame without doing long form regular inductions. Past stars like Ed Strangler Lewis and George Hackinschmidt now sit in the WWE Hall of Fame due to this wing.

I’ve had some problems with this going back to the 2016 Legacy Class. In 2016, WWE included Lou Thesz, who despite long deceased obviously deserved a full induction with stories of his career and acceptance of his family. We will never get that as WWE considered Thesz to be in the Hall of Fame now. He is now even on their Hall of Fame page.

The biggest issue with the Legacy Class is that they get about 10 seconds in a video. Here’s the 2016 video.

Cut to last year, and WWE did something unexpected, they included two historically important WWE names (whereas before it was only wrestling at large non WWE names) 2018’s Legacy Class included Lord Alfred Hayes and former WWWF champion Stan “the Man” Stasiak. It was a gut punch for these two names not to get a proper induction. It also opened up the door for WWE to get even worse with who they include in the Legacy wing, and in pure WWE style, this year is even worse. Two of the Legacy inductees this year not only aren’t pre Golden Era wrestlers, they are huge names. So let’s take a look.


Bruiser Brody

Hall of Fame Ranking

8 out of 10


The highest ranked Legacy inductee since Lou Thesz, Bruiser Brody’s inclusion in the Legacy section is both nonsensical and offensive at the same time. Brody was a big big deal in every organization he wrestled for. Similar to Stan Hansen, and Vader later, he became a big deal US heel in New Japan, where he captured the International Heavyweight Championship 3 times. He also wrestled for Vince Sr’s WWF, Verne Gagne’s AWA and Fritz Von Erich’s WCCW in major feuds as a top heel.

Brody is considered to be by his peers to one of the greatest minds in wrestling period, he regularly fell into the role of booker in his travels. He was just a man who got professional wrestling.

Perhaps the only reason to avoid his induction, especially with his wife accepting a Legends deal for him years ago, is his death. Bruiser Brody was brutally murdered in 1988 in the locker room in San Juan Puerto Rico by fellow wrestler and booker, Invader 1. Brody was stabbed by Gonzalez and left to die. It is very possible Brody might have survived his ordeal if medics had come quickly. Jose Gonzalez, Invader’s real name, was never convicted of his death. It is one of the greatest tragedies in wrestling.


Luna Vachon

Hall of Fame Ranking

7.5 out of 10


The other head scratcher of this years Legacy Class, Luna Vachon’s entire career was during the 1980s and 1990s. She even participated in the storied Attitude Era. Her inclusion this way stands out like a sore thumb.

Any fans of WWF in the 1990s will remember Luna as Bam Bam Bigelow’s manager, a challenger to Sable’s initial run as the Women’s champion in 1998 or as a member of the Oddities. She had memorable run as well in WCW during their “women’s division in the late 90s heralded by Madusa.

She even has to notoriety of being the first female ever included in a video game, as a playable character in 1995’s WWF Raw.

How Luna was left out when her contemporaries Jackie, Madusa, and Ivory were included is unclear. What is clear is that this is distrespect both to her family and to her legacy. She deserves more than 10 seconds in a video.



SD Jones

Hall of Fame Ranking

1 out of 10

A joke

SD Jones was the first jobber to ever receive an action figure, with he getting not just one, but two variations in the 1986 line of LJN rubber wrestling figures.

See highlight of SD Jones career

SD Jones, when he inducted fellow Undeserving level inductee, Tony Atlas in 2007 mentioned his tag team with Atlas as a highlight of his career. The shame for him is that his “tag team” wasn’t anymore than an occasional match up with Atlas and never got the pair any legitimate wins or accolades.

Jones spent his entire main career as a jobber, wrestling mostly as a preliminary level, with wins and feuds being few and far between. Like fellow inductee Johnny Rodz, his “well known” jobber career should not have guaranteed induction even in the Legacy series.

I am going to guess that his inclusion means Iron Mike Sharpe, Duane Gil, Barry O and Barry Horowitz will all make it into the Hall of Fame. “Everyone gets in” indeed.



Playboy Buddy Rose

Hall of Fame Ranking

4 out of 10


Playboy Buddy Rose is best known by WWE fans for his odd ball Blow Away Diet featured on WWF programming in the late 1980s. It is as bizarre now as it was then.

Apart from serving mostly as a jobber in WWF in late 80s, Rose also featured in the WWF twice before, during Backlund’s tepid run in the early 80s and in 1985 renamed the Executioner. Rose has the notority of being the first person to lose a match in Wrestlemania history in his losing effort to Tito Santana during Wrestlemania 1.


Wahoo McDaniel

Hall of Fame Ranking

7 out of 10

Historically Significant

Wahoo has been a long time coming for induction. A funny side note, one of our avid readers has for many years answered any poll where I ask who should be inducted in the Hall of Fame next, with the answer Wahoo McDaniel. Whomever you are, I hope you are happy.

McDaniel, a former football player was a big deal tough guy and major hand in the NWA throughout his 20 year career. Unlike WWE Hall of Famer Jay Strongbow, McDaniel never had a long run with Vince or Vince Sr- his NWA-centric career makes him the foot note he is today in the WWF Legacy Wing- yet it could be argued he was the most important Native American character in the history of wrestling.


Professor Tanaka

Hall of Fame Ranking

5 out of 10


Tag Team partner to Mr. Fuji, Professor Tanaka is best known for his three runs with the WWF Tag Team Championship. Tanaka also featured heavily in movies in the mid and late 1980s including Running Man and PeeWee’s Big Adventure.


Primo Carnera

Hall of Fame Ranking

4 of out 10


Primo Carnera is best known for his professional boxing career where he stood mostly undefeated than he is his professional wrestling career. His inclusion here is due to his “box office appeal” in the 1940s, at a time when Jim Londos was ending his own career and before the likes of Lou Thesz, Pat O’Connor and others took over the industry.

I rated him low not due to his lack of talent, but more due to his lack of actual importance in the history of wrestling.


Hisashi Shinma

Hall of Fame Ranking

6 out of 10


Shinma is the pre Jack Tunney WWF figurehead president from 1978-1984. A backstage player, he is credited for the WWWF/NJPW talent exchange in the 1970s as well as implementing the light heavyweight division that brought the world fellow Hall of Famer Tatsumi Fujinami.

Shinma is a perfect example of how to Legacy inductees should be used.



Jim Barnett

Hall of Fame Ranking

7 out of 10

Historically Significant

Jim Barnett was one of the biggest owners during the NWA era, owning Georgia Championship Wrestling, famously selling it in the 1980s to Vince McMahon giving us the infamous Black Saturday event where WWF appeared on George Championship Wrestling.

Barnett worked in the backstage of WWF in the mid 1980s as well.


The final inductee is a man named Joe Cohen, who apparently helped found the Madison Square Garden Network. I could find almost no information on this person, so I won’t be rating him.


Happy Hall of Fame Day!

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Brutus ” The Barber” Beefcake

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

Class of 2019

The Barber, The Butcher, The Man with no Name (Not enough space for rest

Hall of Fame Rating

1 out of 10

A joke

Oh hey, look at that….everyone gets in the Hall of Fame. Everyone.

For those like me who grew up in the 1980s, the name of Brutus the Barber Beefcake is a well known one. He played 6th or 7th high baby face during his tenure as a baby face with the company, 1987-1991, and again 1991-1993.  (Just below, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan, Dusty Rhodes, and depending on the year Demolition).

There are a few issues here. Beefcake wasn’t a good wrestler. He wasn’t a good talker. He wasn’t really anything except a silly gimmick, which he milked for years. There is one reason he was given the opportunity to milk said character in WWF and to have any kind of success in wrestling, and that’s this man.


You see Ed Leslie, as I will refer to him for rest of this piece was really good, close best friends of the biggest star in the company , or in wrestling in general.

It got him matches

Sometimes its not who you are, how talented you are or any some such as much as its who you know. Well Ed Leslie knew Hulk Hogan.  He KNEW him really well and that means he has talent. See.

Talent means standing next to talent

He got his job, his success, his lasting push (at one point being booked to end Mr. Perfect’s undefeated streak) are all due to that man.

Brutus Beefcake is Mr. Nepotism.

Don’t believe me?

An easy way to tell a great wrestler is by three elements. They first can wrestle. Can Leslie?

Okay, well they can talk then. Can Leslie?

Alright, if neither of those, they at least have a memorable lasting character, like Hillbilly Jim or Jim Duggan. Does Leslie succeed here?

Three strikes and you are out.  Ed Leslie had SO MANY GIMMICKS. He had so many because he WAS TERRIBLE!


One only needs to look at his “run” in WCW to see how once you remove the Barber persona that Ed Leslie was nothing.  He was however, the Man with No Name. (Literally, but we will cover that momentarily)

Leslie followed Hogan to WCW for no other reason except he was close to Hulk Hogan.


You don’t remember the amazing ground breaking character of the Bootyman?

This by the way is not a good gimmick. And neither was any of his other gimmicks in WCW. And just for review. Here is the list of all the characters Ed Leslie played:

Baron Beefcake

Big Brother Booty

The Booty Man

Brother Bruti

Brute Force

Brutus Beefcake

The Butcher

The Clipmaster

The Disciple

Dizzy Hogan

Ed Boulder

Eddie Hogan

The Mariner

The Man With No Name

The Zodiac

Notice how three of those share last names with Hulk Hogan (Dizzy, Eddie & Ed Boulder, brother to Terry “The Hulk” Boulder).

So why now? Why Leslie. Easy.

You see Hulk Hogan is back in the good graces with WWE. So, when Hulk Hogan asks, the WWE is like, what the hell why not. Why the hell not?! This is why the hell not.


But hey, everyone gets in the hall of fame. Everyone. EVERYONE. You just need to have a good friend.

Why 2019?

Spell it out with me.








What does that spell? Go to Hell.



Opens Door For?

Who is John Cena’s best friend? How about Roman Reigns?



Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

THE MAN With NO Name.. Hall of Famer?

Harlem Heat Joining the Hall of Fame

It’s the year of 2 time, 2 time ,2 time inductees! (See what I did there) Harlem Heat, Booker T (aforementioned previous inductee) and Stevie Ray are joining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

While I am sure we will see future two time inductees which are less than stellar, Booker T and his brother are a very well deserving tag team inclusion. The only real “surprise” is that Harlem Heat, and Stevie Ray himself never competed for the WWE and are very rarely if ever mentioned.

This strikes me similar to the Rock n Roll Express in 2017, a deserving Tag Team outside of the WWE banner. Well deserved induction.

My only quibble is yet again Demolition, Hart Foundation and the British Bulldogs are not going to be included. This is a running theme.

Anywho, I will do a full breakdown of Harlem Heat soon. In meantime, here’s some title wins for the HEAT!