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Well, Undertaker wearing a DX shirt is just about the most wrong thing I've seen since the pic of him scuba diving...

You lie! You must be talking about the zombie vs. shark scene in Fulci's "Zombi."

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On a general note, I really think WWE should have less Hall of Famers on a yearly basis. 6 seems like way too much. Hell, sometimes MLB only has like 2 guys get in each year.

 

I think WWE is going to approach the point where they run out of legitimate "Hall of Fame" caliber talent to induct. I guess that gets into a discussion of what the baseline for it really is. I mean, we know statistically what makes you a Hall of Fame football player or baseball player (generally) - but what makes you a Hall of Fame wrestler? Drawing money? Winning titles? Just being a memorable character?

 

Like, Koko B. Ware was a fun character, but why is he a Hall of Famer? The real life sports equivalent of Koko B. Ware would be like a Chris "Birdman" Anderson of the NBA. A role player to the real superstars, a fun character, a guy who people do like watching, but he's never making the NBA Hall of Fame. I guess there is an endless list of Koko B. Ware's in wrestling who could be inducted on a yearly basis, but I really think they should be a little more selective about it. Shorten the list a bit so they can stretch this thing out further into the future. NFL will never run out of people to induct because of the amount of players who retire every year, and the amount of new talent that comes up to replace them.

 

I guess I got off on a tangent there. TL;DR version: WWE should induct less people each year, and be more selective about who they induct. Why the fuck would you induct Mick Foley the same year you induct Bruno? Foley could easily headline his own year. What would be the point of adding Jake Roberts to this year's class? He's another guy that could headline another year. And if he does go in this year, it shouldn't be him, Warrior and 5 other guys. I don't think anyone would bat an eye if this year's class was just Warrior and 1 or two other people.

 

Maybe I'm overthinking this way too much. I mean, at the end of the day isn't the WWE HOF really just "Legends who will actually agree to a 'legends' deal with us so we can keep making money off of them." ?

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Maybe I'm overthinking this way too much. It really ain't that serious.

Erm. Yeah. This.

Defending the Small Hall for WWE is cause for re-examining one's life choices.

 

 

Fuck it, I really don't care. It's a fake hall of fame for fake fighting. If I'm going to defend the latter, I'm going to defend the former just as vigorously.

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Each HOF class should have a dead former WWE guy, a non-WWE guy whether dead or alive, and a guy whose purpose is to troll people who want the WWE HOF to be more serious.

And you induct people as soon as you can come to an agreement because, given the life spans of wrestlers, it's no guarantee a lot of these guys will be alive next year.

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On Foley, I think they had already made the deal with him (with the idea that he was the headliner, given it being near his home) before Triple H mended the fences between Bruno and Vince.

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So am I the only one who is starting to wonder what Warrior's induction speech is going to be like?

 

Part of me would love it if he has just been playing nice so that they will give him a live mic on international television then on the night he just loses his mind and starts ranting about 'the gays' and 'that bullshit dvd' and bragging about how he crushed Hunter at Mania and that the match was a total shoot and he'd do it again if anyone tried to take this mic away....

 

Im 99% sure it wont happen, but that 1% has got me more excited for an induction than ever before!

 

I don't expect any of that, but I'll be shocked if he gets through his speech without some sort of shot at wrestlers who died due to drug abuse, etc. He loves to make fun of those guys in his shoot interviews, especially the ones who talked shit about him and then died of an OD later in life.

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You'd think that he would go on a ridiculous rant, but as strange as it may sound, this is probably a pretty big deal to him. Judging by the way he writes (length wise), he'll most likely put together one of the more legit HoF speeches. But I'm not going to lie, part of me does wish for a crazy Warrior-esque promo.

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Sadly, this will probably be Warrior on his best behavior.

 

This is what I'm thinking. Look at all the game PR he just did. Even when people would bring up negative elements he's been very critical of, he was in PR mode. I can't see this being much different. Should still be good though. I think the bigger question is will he be in face paint? And as much as I'd like to see him do a running to the ring spot at Mania, all you have to do is watch him run to the ring in Spain 2008 to see it's not a pretty sight anymore - and that was 6 years ago on a much smaller aisle... If Warrior were to run to the ring, pull a muscle and collapse in agony whilst the camera roll and his theme music blares, a big part of my childhood would die. 

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Did you miss Vince's limo driver being in the Hall of Fame or something? It's been bogus and political from the start.

 

This is a talking point that's been misconstrued over the years. Let's go to the research.

 

"James Dudley began working for Jess McMahon in the 1950s, when McMahon was a co-owner of the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. When McMahon and his partners broke away from the National Wrestling Alliance to form the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in 1963, Dudley continued to work for McMahon. Dudley performed many different jobs, from carrying buckets of waters to counting ticket sales. Dudley was a close friend of Vincent J. McMahon and continued working for the family when the younger McMahon took over the business from his father; in particular, he drove McMahon's limousine and served as his bodyguard.He has said that he thought of McMahon as a father figure.

 

McMahon later increased Dudley's responsibilities with the company several times, and eventually assigned him to manage Turner's Arena in Washington, D.C., which made Dudley the first African-American to hold such a position in the United States.His role required him to oversee several other events, including the Town and Country Jamboree television show.Dudley also managed several wrestlers, including Bobo Brazil. Prior to Brazil's matches, Dudley excited the crowds by waving a towel while running to the ring.Over time, Dudley's role with the company diminished and he ceased working for them; the company's operations were moved to Connecticut, and Turner's Arena was demolished. Shortly before McMahon's death in 1984, he told his son, Vincent K. McMahon, who had taken over control of the promotion (then known as the WWF), "Whatever else you do, you take care of James Dudley."After Vincent J. McMahon's death, Dudley was put back on the company payroll at age 74 and subsequently received several gifts from Vincent K. McMahon to show appreciation for Dudley's contributions to the company.Dudley has been described as an "important cog" in the company, and McMahon once stated that "had there been no James Dudley, the WWF possibly wouldn't exist as it does today".Dudley continued to feel a sense of loyalty to the McMahons and their promotion.Dudley was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994 by Vincent K. McMahon."

 

First African-American manager of an arena and a guy that worked for a company for 30 something years that later became the biggest wrestling company of all time is more than deserving of a spot.

 

Not that the WWE Hall of Fame isn't political and motivated partly by economics and name value, but I feel too often people try to look at it through a prism of a real sport.

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