Paul Bearer’s induction is one which has been rumored since his death prior to Wrestlemania 29 last year. His announcement is no surprise and while his inclusion is both necessary and welcome, he sadly suffers from the post humanous sadness that exists for all dead performers, especially recently deceased performers.
We all want Bearer in the Hall but that fact he won’t be there to accept his award, is a bummer. He won’t say “OHHHH YESSSS!!!”
He won’t tell his stories about being Percy Pringle in WCCW, or what is was like to turn on the Undertaker. Like Eddie Guerrero in 2006 and Mr. Perfect in 2007, the induction will probably seem sad.
The one exciting factor is that the Undertaker is likely to appear for the first time at a WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony. Undertaker, since the end of Biker Taker, has existed in a kayfabe all his own. He doesn’t do media, he doesn’t talk out of character. His is the Undertaker. Taker’s heartfelt speech for his former longtime manager should be a highlight on a Class already filled with highlights.
I am going to release a full Paul Bearer post later in the week. In the meantime enjoy Paul Bearer’s Funeral Parlor, the most ridiculous of the early 1990s talk shows…
Jake “The Snake” Roberts is the newest inductee into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class. The hall continues to rectify the glaring omissions that have plagued it since its return in 2004. Roberts, a beloved superstar, is one of the faces of the 1980s WWF. At different points, he was the 2nd or 3rd top babyface in the company. Although he never won a title in the WWF, Roberts’ is a quintessential example of over.
Jake was the master of wrestling psychology. He spoke slowly and softly and competed sharply. His signature move, the DDT, was so effective, that it has become a standard move for today’s superstars. All of this combines to a deserving Hall of Fame career, but the best part about this induction is that it should never have happened. Jake has been on a downward spiral since 1987, when Honky Tonk Man slammed Jake with a guitar. Jake was the walking dead of professional wrestling for almost 20 years. With his induction, he is now the greatest example of redemption in wrestling history.
I will talk more about this in the full article that will come out this week.
In the meantime, take a look at how far Jake has come: here is his worst in Beyond the Mat.
Ultimate Warrior is going into the WWE Hall of Fame. Like Bruno Sammartino last year, Warrior’s inclusion is both a long time coming and, at one point, thought impossible.
Warrior is one of the most contensious inductees in the history of the Hall of Fame. It was 8 years ago when WWE released a documentary calling the Ultimate Warrior a talentless, insane person. It was titled the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior. If you haven’t seen it, watch it here and marvel at the level of insult WWE exhibits.
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Warrior’s importance is undeniable.He was one of three consistent main event talents of the Hulkamania Era. It was Hulk Hogan, Macho Man and the Ultimate Warrior. In 1990, The Ultimate Warrior was as big as Hulk Hogan. Oh, and he is crazy.
I will be releasing a full post on the Ultimate Warrior. In the meantime, please enjoy the Ultimate Warrior at his best!