WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Ivory

Ivory

Class of 2018

Early 2000s women’s wrestler. GLOW. 

Hall of Fame Rating

3 out of 10

Unimportant

Holy moly, what are we doing here, WWE? Ivory?

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? Nope. So does Ivory belong in this class with Goldberg, The Dudleys and Mark Henry?

WWE normally follows a pattern with their Hall of Fame inductees.  Each year includes a headliner, a sub-headliner, a tag team or faction, a female star, a person of color and unfortunately a celebrity. This pattern is a good jumping off point, but when used religiously, it gives us inductees like KoKo B. Ware and Ivory.

Here is a list of all of Ivory’s greatest matches in the WWE.

Ivory joined the WWE in 1999. She ironically debuted as fellow undeserving inductee,The Godfather’s ho, a great beginning for any superstar.

Ivory’s entire tenure in the WWE was during the height of the anti-women’s revolution of the early 2000s. She appeared in more bra and panties matches or 2 minute squash fests than anything spectacular or memorable. Ivory’s only really memorable moment was joining the Right to Censor, a stupid faction created to mock television censors (and again ironically with fellow ugh inductee, The Godfather, now named the Goodfather, whatever that means)

So, keeping in mind all that Ivory didn’t accomplish, why is Ivory being included in the WWE Hall of Fame? Like 90% of the celebrity inductees, Ivory is going in due to marketing. You see, Ivory is the only former GLOW, or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling performer to every perform for the WWE. And Netflix’s series came out in the last year, causing WWE to jump on the bandwagon. Good job WWE.

And as for Ivory’s character in GLOW- here it is.  Tina Ferrari- Hall of Famer.

Too bad we can’t fast forward live television. Her induction is going to be sad and annoying all at the same time.  This is for sure a poor poor choice. Very disappointing.

Why 2018?

Netflix’s GLOW series. That is only reason.

Opens Door For?

Other undeserving female stars. Let’s say Jazz. Who is Jazz you may ask?

This one. Sure

 

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

Ivory has no memorable matches and no memorable moments. Those are good reasons.

 

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WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Beth Phoenix

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Beth Phoenix

Class of 2017

Glamazon; Youngest Inductee Ever

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Hall of Fame Rating

3 out of 10

Unimportant

I feel like every year, there are at least one to two inductees that boggle the mind. And there is a very present reason for this. WWE follows a format. It is as follows: One Headliner, One main eventer/well liked/well known talent, one tag team or group, one deceased, one ethnic minority and one woman.  Some years, WWE will shift from this group, adding two or three “others”, which have given us inductions like Nick Bockwinkle and Larry Zybszko.

This format is what ruins the WWE Hall of Fame. This paint by numbers approach gives us our inductee today, 2017 WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix?

Me too Kevin Sorbo

Many critics of the Hall of Fame like to talk about how WWE has a headliner problem. “There just aren’t enough big names left.” I don’t agree. In the next few years, Goldberg, Undertaker, The Rock and Daniel Bryan will each headline a class. Add Batista, Chris Jericho and even Triple H and we are in 2024. WWE does have one major problem with running out of inductees. They are running out of living women to induct.

Skipping Chyna, Miss Elizabeth and Luna Vachon, all deceased- who after Trish, Lita, Madusa and Jacqueline is there to go in? Ivory? Victoria? Molly Holly? Bull Nakano?  WWE’s issue with trying to include a woman every year is that there just aren’t enough women wrestlers who have made an impact in American wrestling. Mildred Burke was women’s champ for 20 years; The Fabulous Moolah for 40 years Why? Because up until very recently, women’s wrestling was more of an attraction than a main focus.

For each Charlotte or Sasha Banks today, there were dozens of untalented “divas” who belonged no where near the ring. Candice Michelle or Cherry ring a bell? So, if outside of Lita and Trish, there are no other big names, what do you do?

Well if you are the WWE, you find a lady on good terms with the organization and is ‘notable’. As that could mean anyone, why not Beth Phoenix. (Plus she is Edge’s wife)

Beth Phoenix can be summarized by one word:  fine. She was a women’s champion on three occasions, and had a long…wait no..short 6 year wrestling career. The bar must be pretty low for this 36 year old (and now officially youngest inductee in history) to make it to the Hallowed hall while Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Cornette wait.

 

Well let’s look at the hallowed career and judge ourselves.

A few positives for Beth Phoenix. She had a killer song

She looked muscular in the time of models. She could work around all her competitors.

 

 

Anyone think Maria, Melina, Candice Michelle or Kelly Kelly were a legitimate threat to Beth Phoenix? No? Well all of them beat Phoenix at different points. Why? because WWE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH WOMEN!

Because of this factor. I have a challenge for you dear reader. Can you answer these three questions?

  1. Name a great Beth Phoenix match?
  2. What specifically is she known for?
  3. Name Beth Phoenix’s most memorable feud?

 

The answers of these questions are unknown. The closest I can answer is

  1. 3 minutes in Royal Rumble 2010
  2. Santino
  3. Santino

 

Partnership with Santino was all Santino Marella (much like his time with Maria and Kozlov- Santino makes people better)

Beth Phoenix’s inclusion is a joke. A WWE joke.  She wrestled from 2006-2012, most of which was highlighted by the retiring of Trish and Lita, the burial of Mickie James, the Undertaker’s wife being champion too much and models playing wrestler.

How could can she be? She’s better than Alicia Fox, but if Alicia Fox ever gets in the Hall of Fame, I will scream!!!

I’m tired of this old song and dance. WWE has to stop inducting people for the sake of it. No Godfather, No Bushwhackers, No Teddy Long and No Beth Phoenix

Why 2017?

Because it was easy. She is the wife of Edge, retired and a woman. That’s it. That’s why.

Opens Door For?

Anyone who shows a modicome of wrestling ability in women’s wrestling- Kelly Kelly or Layla perhaps.

Or any woman who appears in Royal Rumble- Kharma is next!

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

Miss Elizabeth, Luna Vachon, Chyna aren’t in. Also, please name something important Beth Phoenix did!

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2004: Pete Rose

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Pete Rose

Class of 2004: Celebrity Inductee

The Gambling Baseball Player, Kane’s “Enemy”

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Hall of Fame Rating

3 out of 10

Unimportant

And it all began with this. 2004. The reemeragance of the WWE Hall of Fame and the birth of the Celebrity Wing.  This class was the largest in history and brought back the Hall of Fame with a bang. It was a who’s who of early 1980s wrestling superstars. Between legends like Sgt. Slaughter and Greg Valentine and Icons like Bobby Heenan and Jesse Ventura, this was a great class, expect for one man. Pete Rose.

In 2004, there was no public ceremony, in fact this was done at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. This small setting set the stage was the last of its type. From here ceremonies went to theatres and eventually arenas. This is old school.

And 2004 is important. It brought back the Hall of Fame and that idea didn’t have to work. It could have fallen flat on its face. After surviving the Monday Night Wars, destroying WCW and gelling into comfort, the Hall came back. But sadly, someone had the idea to include a celebrity for some reason. My guess?

Vince McMahon & John Laurinaitis

Vince McMahon & John Laurinaitis

These two created a mess and a half when they controlled the Hall of Fame. Whether or not the idea came from Vince or from Johnny, it has been a stain on the Hall and the reason why many fans, wrestlers and critics alike do not respect the WWE Hall of Fame.

An easy way to start a “Celebrity Wing” would have been to go big. Real big. There are two men who fit the bill. Muhammed Ali or Mr. T. Either one would have made a statement. Ali would have been to show that only superstar people who had real involvement where getting into this wing.  Ali, of cource, had his famous (and universally panned) boxer vs wrestler match against Antonio Inoki.

He also participated in Wrestlemania 1 (where he tried to knock out Roddy Piper) with our other great choice, Mr. T. T would have said that only those who have real involvement and were totally necessary get in. Cyndi Lauper, Andy Kaufman, Mike Tyson and Donald Trump could have followed in his footsteps.

Instead we got a joke. This old ball out inductee stands out in 2004 as the worst choice. Pete Rose even knew it himself. His own speech was short, awkward and generally silly. Just like his participation in the WWE in general.

For those not aware, Pete Rose served as “the foil” to Kane in three Wrestlemanias. His sctick was he would make fun of someone or dress like a chicken or be annoying and then Kane would tombstone him. Done deal. Here is all of his Wrestlemania appearances.

I give him credit for playing the heel, but the truth is no one would accept Pete Rose as a babyface. Almost all celebrities who come in are good guys. They are too well known and frankly no celebrity wants to lose. Expect for the great Andy Kaufman and Pete Rose. Rose is a good sport. He liked doing it and everyone had fun. Huzzah!

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But this is not enough for a Hall of Fame career. IF the Hall needs to contain celebrities, the celebrity has to be held to standards against other celebrities. Hugh Jackman does not belong in the Hall of Fame for insulting and then teaming up with Zack Ryder. Pete Rose doesn’t belong in the Hall for getting tombstoned. Its plain and simple. This is a big no for the Hall.

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Hall of Fame. WOOO WOO…forget it. I hate them both.

Why 2004?

My thought is Vince and Johnny Ace had a conversation and it went like this.

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I want to make the Hall of Fame special. Its coming back after all.

Like have a big banner?

Like have a big banner?

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…….

Or....induct the President?

Or….induct the President?

President...hmmmm...a celebrity....YES!

President…hmmmm…a celebrity….YES!

That's a great idea

That’s a great idea

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He likes me.

Opens Door For?

The travesty that is the celebrity wing. 2004 was followed by no inductee in 2005 (rumored Mr. T said no because of Rose’s induction) William Perry in 2006 and eventually Drew Carey

Drew Carey = Sad

Drew Carey = Sad

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

Comedic celebrity who set a bad precedent. Tons of other celebrities much more worthy. Bad luck. Gambling stuff. I don’t know…pick one.