The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony may be many months away but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from keeping busy. A new report cites several names in consideration of next year’s honors, with the Attitude Era dominating the field.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]The Rock tops the list as the featured star rumored to headline next year’s class. The Rock is an obvious choice as the induction is no shock. It has always been a matter of when and not if with Dwayne Johnson. Rock’s induction would likely indicate the end of his in-ring wrestling career or maybe it coincides with an official retirement match at WM 31. There aren’t any bigger stars left that could bring in the mainstream pub that The Rock can with this honor.
Randy “Macho Man” Savage is back in the rumor mill. Savage’s name has popped up here and there over the last couple of years. Vince McMahon had banned the idea of Savage going into the Hall of Fame for years. Many have speculated that this circles back to a dark urban legend while others claim that Vince just felt betrayed when Randy left to go to WCW. Savage’s death has of course smoothed over some of those hard feelings.
It has always been reported that Savage turned down the Hall of Fame in the past citing that he would only go in if his whole family went in, like the Von Erich family. Savage’s brother Lanny Poffo has confirmed those beliefs and while he has said that the family would be disappointed if the WWE didn’t honor Savage’s request, they also wouldn’t stand in the way. I think it would be a bit of a waste to induct Savage and Rock in the same year when Savage could be a future headliner. Yet the push for Savage to go into the Hall has definitely gotten stronger over the years.
Kevin Nash is another guy who while expected to go in, is a bit of a surprise. I say surprise because I think Nash could be a co-headliner. Nash third from the top doesn’t seem like the best utilization of his star power. This would also indicate that the rumors of D-X or the N.W.O. going in are without merit. I am sure Nash would have a great speech. As much as many people dislike the man, you can’t argue with his Hall of Fame worthiness.
Rikishi is also under consideration according to rumors and reports. It’s hard to argue with anyone at this point when you look at previous classes. I think he was a serviceable hand but he isn’t someone I think of when I think of Hall of Fame WWE stars. He wasn’t a headliner, other than a brief run against Steve Austin yet he was a solid mid-card star.
There are two former WWE Divas under consideration. Mickie James and Victoria are both under consideration for the honor. The way I read the report is that it is between the two of them and not necessarily both. I’d certainly lean towards James on this one. Yet again I am not sure I’d call them Hall of Fame Divas. I’d probably reach out to Kelly Kelly before I’d go down either road.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]One name not in the rumor mill is Sting. With Sting expected to sign imminently with the WWE, I assumed he would be a no-brainer to go into the Hall of Fame, especially with his California connection. There is always 2016 but with rumors of him being a big part of WWE 2K15, I just assumed that he was a logical candidate.
Anything can change and these rumors change constantly throughout the year. Come back in six months and we could have a whole new slew of possibilities.
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