WWE Hall of Fame Tonight!!!

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Tonight on the WWE Network, my favorite night of the year: The WWE Hall of Fame premieres!!!!

Tonight’s induction class is the largest since 2004 and features one of the most eclectic classes in history. Many deserve the honor. Some do not. Let’s take a quick look at who is going in tonight:

 

Macho Man Randy Savage

Macho Man Randy Savage finally takes his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. While the celebration of this moment will be great, Macho will not be there himself to revel in his induction. Lanny Poffo will do a passable job at accepting for his brother. Expect him to say that this Induction is “For the Macho Fan, more than the Macho Man>” something he has said way too often since this was announced. Maybe we’ll be a poem too…..

 

Kevin Nash

Rumors have said that Kevin Nash will be headlining the Class tonight, mostly due to the fact that Macho Man is dead. He is also supposedly being given the most time, with all other inductees asked to go twelve minutes or less.

Nash is a über polarizing figure and an apparent avid fan of fucking with fans. It is possible we may see some of that, and its also possible he may be booed by the smart mark crowd.

Rikishi

The latest in the long line of Samoan inductees, Rikishi is one of the weakest in this year’s class. His induction is due mostly to “popularity” with Too Cool and stinkfaces. Rikishi will be inducted by his sons, The Usos, who will immortalize their father, all the while likely knowing in their minds that Rikishi is only getting in due to their current employment. Not looking forward to this one.

Alundra Blayze

The potential dark horse of the night, Alundra Blayze or Madusa as she is properly known, should have an interesting speech. Her inductor is TBD, which means it will likely be a Diva like AJ Lee (or possibly all the DIVAS combined like Sunny). Blayze has been persona non gratis with the WWE for 15 years, she may have something to say about it. Watch this one.

 

Larry Zbyszko

The classic superstar inductee of this year, Larry Zbyszko may be an unknown for some of the fans in attendance. His heel persona was one of the best and he specifically is known for his promo skills. Bruno Sammartino will be inducting the owner of Larryland. It is likely that Larry’s poetic nature will give the best speech of the night.

 

The Bushwhackers

The most frustrating inductees of the night, The Bushwhackers, undeservingly join the Hall of Fame tonight as well inducted by former flag bearer, Johnny Ace. I just hope this goes quickly and we can forget the KoKo B. Ware level of embarrassment felt by their inclusion.

 

Tatsumi Fujinami

Tatsumi Fujinami, international star and Japanese legend will also join the Hall this year. Ric Flair, his greatest US opponent with wax poetic while telling tales of this master of the wrestling ring. During access, he even appeared to congratulate Hideo Itami on his victory. Hopefully, those in know can see this rub to help Itami become a success here in the WWE.

Connor the Crusher: Warrior Award

The heartfelt moment of the night with be the inaugural Warrior Award as presented to recently deceased Connor “The Crusher”. Connor died last year after a long battle with cancer. This move of inducting him is both welcome and will be a special moment for his family.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

WWE continues its pattern of celebrity inductions with the weakest one since Drew Carey. Arnold’s inclusion is likely due to a deal between Triple H and he, with Triple H going into the International Sports Hall of Fame (owned and run by Arnold) and Schwarzenegger going in to the WWE. This is a dumb induction and will hopefully go quickly.

Catch the WWE Hall of Fame tonight on the WWE Network and come back for a full review of the days proceedings this upcoming week after Wrestlemania!!!

WWE Hall of Fame 2015 Prediction: Macho Man Randy Savage Will Finally Go In

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According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE’s new DVD on Randy Savage may be the first and greatest step towards Macho Man’s long due induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

As everyone reading this blog likely knows, Savage has been on the outs with the WWE since his departure in 1994. Although his actual goodbye was graceful and well done….

However, Randy was soon persona non gratis in the WWE Universe. Rumors of a sexual relationship with Stephanie McMahon began and persisted until his death in 2011. Whether these rumors were true, or in likelihood, Savage was victim to his inability to mend fences with McMahon, Randy Savage has been left out of the WWE Hall of Fame, truly the greatest remaining slight (especially after Bruno went in during 2013)

Following his passing in 2011, it has taken WWE a long time to warm to the idea of inducting him into the Hall of Fame. Once they did (2013-2014), Lanny Poffo balked and claimed that Savage wanted the entire Poffo family to go in as a group in reparation for McMahon refusing to book Angelo Poffo in an old-timer battle royal during Savage’s run with the company, which Savage saw as a slight.

This all changed this year with the release of  a full-length documentary on Savage, something the original “Best of Macho Man Randy Savage’ lacked. This act alone alludes to a potential Hall of fame induction. WWE has commonly used the DVD doc as part of a package which includes Hall of Fame Induction. Verne Gange, Curt Hennig, and the Ultimate Warrior are three examples of this trend.

The documentary has interviews with both Lanny and Judy Poffo, which could be seen as a sign that relations between the Poffo family and WWE have thawed. This DVD will lead to more cooperation and is perfect timing for Savage to either headline or possibly be the number two spot (due to his post humous induction) with Sting as a headliner.

It will be a shame to have Savage’s induction come 4 years too late. Many times since his death, I have looked at the Classes of 2010 (headliner-less class with Ted Dibiase at the lead) and 2011 (Shawn Michaels going in too soon) and wished that Savage got his chance to make a speech. One only needs to look at the tragic tale of the Ultimate Warrior to see how important that speech really is. In its stead, take a look at what we missed with Randy Savage by seeing one of his Mattel Action Figure Promos in 2011.