Degeneration-X Announced as 2019 Headliners

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.

 

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Pedro Morales Passes Away

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.

 

Rest in Peace Pedro.

Mean Gene Okerlund Passes Away

WWE Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76, WWE.com reports. 

Okerlund has to be the biggest and most well known backstage interviewer in the history of professional wrestling. He worked for AWA, WWF and WCW, following Hulk Hogan through most of his career.  The famous phrase, given by Hogan regularly, “You know something Mean Gene” is part of the wrestling culture, well known by all.

Gene worked for WWE as an ambassador, making his last appearance on Raw 25.

It’s a sad day in the wrestling world today. Rest in Peace Mean Gene