WWE Hall of Famer Nick Bockwinkel Passes Away: Its Been A Hard Year for Hall Of Fame Losses

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What a year 2015 has been. We’ve lost 4 WWE Hall of Famers, all of different ages, generations and all tragic in their own ways.

We started with Verne Gagne, who was suffering from dementia and Alzheimers (We all remember his inculpable killing of a 99 year old man with a throat choke a few years back)

Dusty Rhodes then tragically and surprisingly passed away at 69. His loss will be felt and reverberate through all the future generations of NXT talent.

Roddy Piper was somehow next. At the still young age of 61 (not in wrestling terms, but in real life terms) Piper succumbed to heart disease, something which plagued athletes, wrestlers and anyone who over extends themselves to that degree.

And finally and most recently we lost, Nick Bockwinkel. Bockwinkel might be the least known to the average viewer of the greats we lost this year. Yet, his presence and historical significance is unmatched.

Here is an article I wrote about Nick two years ago.

Bockwinkel will always stand as just as good, or if not even a little better than Ric Flair. If he had been 10 years younger, he could have and probably would have been Ric Flair. He had the ability. the charisma and the just over all talent to do it.

This one, like all the rest, are really bummers.

The “Hot Rod” Rowdy Roddy Piper Passes Away

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One of wrestling’s more colorful personalities in history, the Hot Rod Rowdy Roddy Piper has passed away at the young age of 61.

Sometimes being a wrestling fan is really difficult. You have heroes who you never see grow old.  We can now add Roddy Piper to that list,

Roddy Piper will always be remembered as a represntation of the greatest things about wrestling. In his core, he was an entertainer and a damn good one.

Roddy Piper was larger than life: Whether it was during promo back and forth with literally anyone

Or that famous cult movie that we all know,

Roddy Piper stood out. To put it plainly, it stinks that Roddy Piper is gone. It really stinks.

RIP Hot Rod

 

WWE Hall of Fame 2014: Rumored Match Induction

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The latest WWE Hall of Fame Rumor is a doozy. Rajah and many other wrestling sites are reporting that WWE plans on inducting a match into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014. And not just any match- The Wrestlemania 1 Main Event, Hogan/Mr. T vs. Piper/Orndorff.

WWE is, of course, in the business of making money, and this idea has dollar signs all over it. WWE wants to have Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and Mr. T involved in the Hall of Fame ceremony because it will sell tickets, which it will. Hulk Hogan hasn’t appeared since 2007 on WWE programming. Mr. T hasn’t appeared since the 80s. The dollars are already floating in! Hooray!

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If on April 5th this match is inducted into the Hall of Fame, it opens a Pandora’s box. First and foremost, its sets a precedent. Each year, the WWE will induct a match. Hogan/Andre, Savage/Steamboat, Michaels/Hart, Hart/Austin and many more will join the Hall of Fame in the “Match Wing”. These obvious choices would lead to multiple rings for everyone. Hogan would have 5 rings., Michaels: 20 rings and Ric Flair for all his amazing work, would have an astounding 90 rings.

Or is it the match itself which gets the Hall of Fame ring? If Mr. T is inducted as part of a match, is he a Hall of Famer or is the match a Hall of Famer. It makes no sense, which is something the WWE excels at.

I like that.

I like that.

If history has taught us anything (or the celebrity wing has taught us anything) the Match Wing will be opened in 2014.  How do you feel? Is it a good idea to induct matches in the Hall of Fame going forward? What matches would you like to see inducted?

Take a look at the match below. Start video at 1hour 45 minutes.