There is a hypocrisy to choosing members of the WWE Hall of Fame. Like all sports honors and even in politics, there are favorites, leading to great debates, maybe even a shouting match or two.
When it was announced this week that Chyna may be part of the induction ceremony involving Degeneration X, it opened a floodgate of emotions as to whether the former Intercontinental Champion should be involved in such a ceremony.
The answer is a no-brainer, Yes, she should be.
While there has been controversy after controversy involving Joanie Laurer and her character in the WWE and her involvement with Triple H, Sean Waltman (X-Pac) and the management of the company, that should not take away from her abilities.
When Chyna was the enforcer (bodyguard) of DX or helping her stable, which included the New Age Outlaw, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and X-Pac, there was no one better and her role was significant in a time where the Sables and Toris of the WWE were beautiful women who could or could not wrestle, but sure looked good in the ring.
Chyna was a brawler, plain and simple. Trained in the same vernacular as Triple H and given a character that struck fear in men in the ring and fans in their seats, she was an oddity and one of the greatest gimmicks the WWE had ever developed.
Regardless of the unholy break-up between her and Triple H, or the odd relationship between her and Eddie Guerrero (A storyline) or even the reality television escapades and sex tapes she has made, Chyna deserves a place in the Hall of Fame.
So does Kerry Von Erich (a known drug user) and his Von Erich Family. So does Hulk Hogan, an admitted steroid user. So does Eddie Guerrero (who had demons well before he passed away).
The Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed on people for their accomplishments in the company. And when we look back we will see others who will be inducted who weren’t perfect (Randy Orton, The Hardy’s, Randy Savage and Elizabeth) but they got the job done, which was more important than anything else.
If the WWE does induct DX (which is just a formality) who else is going in with them? Lita? Randy Savage? Jake Roberts? Honky Tonk Man? Paul Bearer (for sure), Demolition? Goldust?
There is a lot of time to think, jockey, politic and basically beg for things to happen. Maybe there should be more worry of assembling an amazing class of talents instead of analyzing their out of the ring demons. If the company is so worried about what image and message this might send, the Ric Flair should not be in the Hall. Maybe Roddy Piper should have his place taken away.
Wrestling is such a business that characters outside the ring and characters inside the ring should never clash. Too many professionals try to blur those lines. And in the end, they ruin what images we had of them. I can honestly say my image of Chyna has never changed. I am not a huge fan, but I know what her place in WWE lore is and the doors she opened for women in wrestling is huge.
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