WWE.com has reported that WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Valiant passed away today at 71. It was a shocking death, coming from a tragic accident.
Valiant is best known for his time in the 60s and 70s as a member of the Valiant Brothers with Handsome Jimmy Valiant and Jerry Valiant. Johnny and Jimmy went into the Hall of Fame in 1996, being the first tag team unit to be inducted.
Growing up, Luscious Johnny V was more well known as one of the managers of the late 1980s, taking over with the retiring Freddie Blassie. His biggest and best charges were the Dream Team of Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake. He led those to the Tag Team Championship in 1986. He even had a LJN wrestling figure made in 1987.
Obnoxious rap rocker, Somehow in the WWE Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Rating
1 out of 10
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.
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)