WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016: The Godfather

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The Godfather

Class of 2016

Attitude Era “Star”, Offensive Stereotype

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Hall of Fame Rating

0 out of 10

Travesty

Holy Moly Hell. What. Is. This…??????

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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.

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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.

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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

What's with that hair?

What’s with that hair?

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?

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Does this career for Mr. Charles Wright appear to be a Hall of Fame career by itself?

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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.

Worse than these two combined.

Worse than these two combined.

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.

 

Why 2016?

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?

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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.

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011: Drew Carey

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Drew Carey

Class of 2011: Celebrity Inductee

Semi Funny Comic and Host Guy, Lost a lot of Weight at one point……

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Hall of Fame Rating

0 out of 10

Travesty

Drew Carey is the worst, and most offensive WWE Hall of Fame inductee. All the criticism of the Hall is summed up in Drew Carey. His inclusion sullys the institution. Drew Carey is in the WWE Hall of Fame. Macho Man Randy Savage and Ravishing Rick Rude are not. That alone is a travesty

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“But James, What do you have against Drew Carey?”

Good question Eugene. Nothing. As a person or even in his many comedic exploits, Drew Carey is fine. He was a run of the mill 80s and 90s comedian, who got a sitcom, and did Who’s Line Is It Anyway? (which I like) and The Price is Right (Barker’s better). Congrats to Drew Carey, he is a certifiable C grade celebrity.

The problem with Drew Carey isn’t him. In fact he looks like a pretty nice guy. But what in holy hell does Drew Carey have to do with wrestling? Well, in 2001, Drew “competed” in the Royal Rumble. You see, Drew was promoting his “Drew Carey’s Improv All-Stars PPV”. On WWE’s PPV.

WWE has done this type of stuff many times (Flo Rida recently) And Drew Carey is a good pleasant sport about the whole thing. Drew makes a joke at Vince, Vince convinces him to particpate in the Royal Rumble (First rumble to incorporate comedy/legend segments in Drew And Honky Tonk), Drew vs….KANE. Its all very entertaining.

But that’s it. Drew Carey never appeared for the WWE again. He was never a guest host in 2009/2010. He never showed any interest in the product. He is not a wrestling fan. This was a promotional gig for Drew Carey and he played along. Thanks Drew. Vince probably thought it was hilarious and well worth it.

This is where logic breaks down. How is that a Hall of Fame worthy contribution? He had one visit to hock another product and “wrestled” in the Royal Rumble. He was never mentioned again on programming. He is not a Hall of Famer, plain and simple. And everyone knew it. It was plain on Drew’s face during the ceremony.

Listen to video above at the 30 second mark. Oh so many boos. I will give Drew credit for his “I’m rich” line. He is a old stand-up pro and knows what its like to be booed.

Still WWE made its biggest Hall of Fame mistake here.Drew Carey doesn’t belong in the WWE Hall of Fame, even from celebrity standards. Mike Tyson was part of a important story line  Cyndi Lauper, Mr. T and Andy Kaufman will all eventually join the Celebrity Wing. Drew had none of these things. He had no story line. He had no effect whatsoever on wrestling.  But he’s there and its a bummer.

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Why 2011?

Up until the 2013 class, the Hall of Fame was not well thought out. From 2006-2011 mostly(excluding 2008 and most of 2009), it felt fairly thrown together. Word on the street is that Johnny Ace (Laurinaitis), who was head of talent relations at the time, would wait until the last minute, a poll would be taken and calls would go out. There ended up being no theme, nor real rhyme or reason why certain individuals were included. 2010 had no headliner, 2007 and 2011 were random smatterings of individuals and 2009 was the year Koko B Ware went in.

The point is, celebrity inductees started up again in 2010 and last minute they needed a celebrity. The probably couldn’t get who they wanted or someone named Vince or John really likes Drew Carey. Either way, Drew thought it be fun, silly, went to it, was booed to high heaven, had a terrible time and really has never talked about it again.

So Why 2011? Because, god forbid the WWE doesn’t have at least one celebrity present (as inductee or inductors)

This is the biggest example of putting celebrity over wrestling in the Hall of Fame. As Carlito would say:

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That’s Not COOL!

Opens Door For?

EVERYONE. Theoretically, anyone who has ever appeared on a WWE screen. Adam Sandler for the time he sat in the stands. Jenny McCarthy for walking Shawn Michaels down the aisle, Micky Rourke for punching Chris Jericho, or Kim Kardashian for talking too much. Sad face.

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

All of the reasons. There are only reasons against this. None for. Not….It should NOT…..