Monday, January 24, 2011

Seeking Fame

Ever since Shawn Michaels was announced as the first inductee to the 2011 class of the WWE Hall of Fame, my mind -- and by looking at tweets from others, many of your minds, too-- has been spinning over who else could be inducted this year.

Only those who make the decisions on Hall of Fame inductees truly know who will be joining Michaels on the stage at the Phillips Arena this year, but it's still fun for those of us outside that small circle to guess.

First of all, we can eliminate anyone working for another wrestling promotion (TNA), anyone not on good terms with the WWE and anyone who's just not interested in being in the Hall of Fame.

So, that means all of you who think Sting is going into the Hall of Fame need to start rethinking.

I would love to see-- since the ceremony is in WCW's old hometown of Atlanta-- a DX invasion of sorts to the Hall of Fame.

I'm not sure how healthy she is or what terms she is on with the WWE, but Chyna would be a logical choice to accompany Michaels. After all, she was the ninth wonder of the world, the first woman in the Royal Rumble and the first woman to qualify for King of the Ring.

While there are few women in the Hall of Fame, there are also few Tag Teams. The New Age Outlaws are no longer connected with TNA (from what I can tell) and would be great choices considering their contributions to both WWE and WCW. The Road Dogg Jesse James and Bad Ass Billy Gunn won the Tag Team Championship five times, and individually won three Hardcore Championships and each won the Intercontinental Championship.

Another interesting choice that has been buzzing around is Ted Turner. After all, if it wasn't for him turning the NWA into the powerhouse WCW, we may never have had the attitude era of the WWF/E.

Of course, it's likely there won't be a theme. Here are some other likely choices for induction:

- Mike Rotunda, aka Irwin R. Schyster, aka IRS, is now a road agent for WWE and is one of the few backstage legends not in the Hall of Fame. Besides from being one of the most memorable characters of the WWE, he is a five-time tag team champion. He is also the father of Nexus member Husky Harris.

- Sabu, released from TNA late last year, would be a excellent choice to pay respects to ECW. Besides ECW, he brought his hardcore style of jumping off of anything he could find to WCW and WWE.

- As mentioned earlier, there are very few women in the Hall of Fame and there are still a few out there who should be in the Hall. Miss Elizabeth, Sunny and Trish Stratus are the three besides Chyna who should get in the Hall of Fame if not this year, in the very near future.

- My last guess is Linda McMahon. She stepped down from her role as CEO in 2009 to run for Senate. She helped manage the WWE to worldwide empire it is today, making sure it had heart along the way by giving back to the community.

Of course, it would be great to give back to the community by letting a tank roll into WrestleMania as they present the new inductees to the Hall of Fame...


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