Not a year goes by where there isn’t one induction which is a head scratcher. Whether its The Godfather or the Bushwhackers, WWE continues to induct people, gimmicks and characters which have no business being mentioned in Halls of Fame. The biggest and best example (outside of Vince Sr’s limo driver James Dudley) is Koko B. Ware.
Ware was a popular talent in the 80s who feuded with absolutely no one, was an undercard wrestler, and sang a song for the 1987 album, Piledriver. Not a Hall of Fame career. 2009 was the time where the rejuvenated Hall of Fame (brought back in 2004) seemed to jump the shark, anyone, literally anyone could get in the Hall of Fame, a point proved the following year when Drew Carey went in for one appearance.
The reason I bring this up is Torrie Wilson is as bad a Ko Ko B. Ware. She is the female equivalent. Good job WWE.
Name one feud, one great match, one angle where Torrie Wilson succeeded and showcase her talents to be of a caliber to be exemplified as the best of the best. Torrie isn’t even average. She was bad.
She was one of the best examples of a talent brought in (originally to WCW) for her looks over her actual wrestling ability. She would be the precursor to Kelly Kelly, an untalented model who had no business being in this business.
So why Torrie, when Molly Holly, Victoria, Sable, Luna Vachon, Bull Nakano, The Jumping Bomb Angels, Velvet Mcintyre and Rockin Robin aren’t in?
I’m going to do a scathing full breakdown on Torrie Wilson shortly. In the meantime, here’s what Torrie is known for. Hall of Famer, my ass
In a move which opens up a whole new type of inductee, Degeneration X, the whole official group (outside of Rick Rude) is being inducted in the 2019 Hall of Fame. This is a huge move for a couple of reasons. First, this is the first time Triple H, Head of Creative, and Events for the WWE organization and 14 time World Champion has gone into the Hall of Fame. By himself, he is completely deserving, but he is going in as a member of a faction. This itself is a little of a head scratcher. Why is this the case?
Triple H will go into the Hall again as a single star, but this feels wrong somehow. When he does hang up the boots and become an executive exclusively, he will go in again? I don’t know. Other option is that the man of H’s is only going to go in through factions, as like Vince, he is running the whole thing and doesn’t want to praise himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if Triple H is not referred to as a WWE Hall of Famer on TV going forward.
Other notable points of this induction:
Shawn Michaels goes in for a 2nd time, making him only the 2nd person to do this
Chyna, persona non gratis up until her death, is getting a well deserved induction
XPAC sneaks his way in the Hall of Fame
The New Age Outlaws are going in, including Billy Gunn, who works as a producer for the newly formed AEW. Strange…
This faction as headliner might very well be an easy out for the lack of main event talent to feature at the Hall of Fame going forward. I could see the NWO, Hart Foundtation (96/97) and Evolution going in as headliners.
I’m going to do a full breakdown on DX later, but for now, here’s their theme song, which I hate.
WWE.com has announced that WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales has passed away today.
Pedro Morales was one of the best known WWWF stars of the 1970s, being the “face of the company” after the first reign of Bruno Sammartino. Morales, while popular in NY, never reached the popularity levels of Bruno and after three years lost to belt to Stan Stasiak (who played transition back to Bruno)
The first Triple Crown winner (World, IC & Tag Team champion), Morales continued to wrestle for WWF periodically and locally until his retirement in 1987.
Fun fact about Morales, he is the one and only WWE Hall of Famer to not be present for his induction, even though he was alive. I’ve never heard any actual explanation as to why this occurred. WWE has made a habit of only inducting people (who are still alive) if they are present from this point on.