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!

But FRIENDS

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.

FRIENDS!

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.

F

R

I

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N

D

S

What does that spell? Go to Hell.

 

 

Opens Door For?

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

BEST FRIENDS WING!

 

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

THE MAN With NO Name.. Hall of Famer?

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WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Torrie Wilson

Torrie Wilson

Class of 2019

Woman “Wrestler”

Hall of Fame Rating

1 out of 10

A joke

Holy moly, what are we doing here, WWE? Torrie Wilson?

WWE has a tendency to induct undeserving talents. Its a WWE staple. Almost each year has at least one head scratcher; one obvious misstep. Did the Bushwhackers belong in the Class of 2015 with Macho Man Randy Savage? Of course not. Should The Godfather have joined a class filled with legends like Sting, the Fabulous Freebirds and Stan Hansen? No. Yet even despite their obvious lack of worth, there is only one Hall of Famer who universally was panned by fans everywhere. That man was Koko B. Ware.

Mr. Hall of Fame said no one ever

So why do I bring up Mr. Ware in Torrie Wilson’s induction article? Well simply, WWE has now given us the female version of Koko B. Ware in the Hall of Fame. Welcome to Torrie Wilson.

Torrie Wilson has no business being anywhere near any Hall of Fame. Halls of Fame go to the best of the best. So how do you define the best? In wrestling, sometimes its championships. Let’s look at Torrie’s championships.

 

 

Okay, sometimes people get in for having amazing matches. Let’s take a look at Torrie Wilson’s greatest matches.

 

 

So this latest inductee has no championships and never put on a great match. Surely she must have done something in wrestling to be given this honor?

Here are the two things Torrie Wilson is known best for. Firstly, she had a feud with Dawn Marie (Who?), where Torrie’s father Al married Dawn Marie in his underwear, before suffering a heart attack.

Riveting televison.

The second thing Torrie is known for is carrying a dog.

That’s it. That’s all. There is nothing memorable, nothing worthy. This induction makes no sense and is as bad as the worst of the worst.

WWE is all about making the women and men’s wrestlers equal in today’s environment, so congratulations to the Female Koko B. Ware, Torrie Wilson. You are unwelcome, despised and awful.

 

Why 2018?

Torrie came back for the first Women’s Royal Rumble in 2018…maybe?

Opens Door For?

Fifi the dog. That’s Torrie’s dog. Might as well as this point

 

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

Literally ALL the reasons. BAD BAD BAD.

 

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Kid Rock

Kid Rock

Class of 2018: Celebrity Inductee

Obnoxious rap rocker, Somehow in the WWE Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Rating

1 out of 10

A Joke

For anyone new to this blog, my disdain for the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame has been documented. The first Celebrity, Pete Rose, despite being an obvious marketing ploy, was acceptable as Rose played a role  at three Wrestlemanias (feuding with Kane) and “got it”, by playing a heel (a rarity for celebrities). WWE immediately showed they didn’t understand their own creation by including William Perry in 2006. Perry appeared once for WWE in a battle royal. Great…

While it appeared that WWE had realized their error by including Bob Uecker in 2010, in 2011, WWE confirmed their shortsightedness and general apathy toward fans of the WWE Hall of Fame with the inclusion of Drew Carey into the Celebrity Wing.

Drew Carey = Sad

Since then the Celebrity wing has jumped back and forth still featuring mostly undeserving inclusions. Obvious welcome additions of Mike Tyson and Mr. T aside, the celebrity is the joke of each year. How bad can the choice be? In 2013, future president Donald Trump got in. In 2015, Arnold got in for appearing twice, 2016 gave us Snoop Dog, who despite being a fan, never actually appeared in an angle with the organization.

Now that we are all caught up on the ugh fest that is the Celebrity Wing, lets take a quick look at this years inclusion. WWE Hall of Famer- Kid Rock.

The celebrity criterion, as explained above, is already low- but Kid Rock? Kid Rock is the just as bad as Perry. Why, apart from marketing, is this man in the WWE Hall of Fame. What did Kid Rock bring to the WWE product? Kid Rock sang songs live for WWE. That is his only “contribution”.

Take a quick look at Kid Rock’s performance at Wrestlemania 25.  During said performance, the “divas” for the upcoming match played background prop. It was the height of the anti women’s revolution of the mid 2000s.

Did you know Sunny or Torrie Wilson were in that Battle Royal? Did you see they enter? No? Well, Kid Rock is the reason why.  Thanks Kid Rock.

Apart from periodic WWE concerts, which by the way are always terrible, Kid Rock also did the themes of 2000s American Badass Undertaker (See- worst version of Taker) and Stacey Kiebler.  So, there’s that.

 

According to WWE’s induction video (included below), Kid Rock has performed live not just once, not just twice but three separate times, each time taking time away from the performers that everyone actually cares about.  WOW, good job Kid Rock.

 

There is nothing else to say. Bad idea. Bad inductee. Let’s move on.

 

Why 2018?

 

Wrestlemania’s theme this year is provided by Kid Rock.

It’s a great marketing opportunity

Thanks Brand Ambassador, whatever that is.

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.

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

All of the reasons. Pick any. Any reason.

Jim Cornette below has a couple of his own. (including suggesting closing the Celebrity wing)