On April 5, 2014, the night before WM30, WWE will be presenting the 2014 Hall of Fame Ceremony. The legends due to be inducted are The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, Lita, Carlos Colon, Paul Bearer, Mr. T, and Scott Hall. This is a hell of a Class. Due to some last minute snafus, I unfortunately will not be able to attend. Being that this year’s Mania is a milestone event, and due to the fact that this class is one of the best, I am very disappointed that I can’t be there. I really was looking forward to being in the audience. Such is life.
My issue is that this can lead to ceremonies with the same people getting inducted multiple times. Theoretically, Triple H could get in as a solo act, as a member of DX, and if WWE wanted to, a member of Evolution. Ric Flair, who’s already in the HOF twice, could go in a third time. Edge could go in a second time as member of the great tag team, Edge and Christian. Christian could go in solo also. People like Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, and Batista could also theoretically get in more than once. What I am trying to say is that WWE could get redundant in future ceremonies.
The omission of Randy Savage could be a blog in and of itself. However, his continued absence, even in death, is very baffling. I have heard all sorts of reasons as to why Vince has it in for Savage, but at this point, I just think that someone has to be the bigger man. Savage is a legend, and made plenty of money for Vince. If WWE wants to honor someone who has yet to be recognized, Randy Savage is the man.
Randy Savage could have been included in this year’s class. I would have substituted Razor Ramon for Randy Savage. The Macho Man would definitely have fit in much better. Savage and Jake Roberts had incredible feuds against one another. One famous incident was during the Wedding Reception angle between Savage and his then wife, Miss Elizabeth, the bride opens a gift and out comes a snake. Who put it in the box? None other than Jake Roberts, who along with the Undertaker attacks Savage and ruins the whole thing.
Savage also had feuds against the Ultimate Warrior. One such feud ended in a match at WMXII, where Warrior and Savage were in a Retirement Match. If Savage lost, he would have to retire. The back story was that Savage helped Sergeant Slaughter (who was playing that controversial Iraq sympathizer) defeat Warrior in the WWE Championship match at the 1991 Royal Rumble PPV, costing Warrior his belt. Warrior then challenged Savage to a retirement match, which Savage accepted. Warrior won, and Savage (who was the “Macho King” at that point) had to retire. “Queen” Sherri, Savage’s valet, attacked Savage. Miss Elizabeth, who was sitting in the audience, attacks Sherri. Savage and Elizabeth embrace and show affection, and Savage became the hero again.
Again, I think this class is wonderful. This is one of the best classes that WWE has put together. Everyone deserves it and I congratulate each and every one of them. I just think that perhaps the company could have waited to put some people in.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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