With the recent announcement of Randy Savage being inducted into to 2015 WWE HOF, and the recent inclusions of Bruno Sammartino and the Ultimate Warrior, the HOF seems to be more and more complete. However, there are still some glaring omissions. I’ve left out some of the more obvious ones (Sting, Undertaker, etc) and added some names people normally overlook.
Apter is someone that is never mentioned on any WWE HOF lists. Though never really an integral part of the WWE, Apter’s contribution to wrestling, more specifically wrestling journalism, cannot be overlooked. If you read a wrestling magazine in the mid 80’s to early 90’s, odds are Apter was reporting or photographing for it. Apter opted to protect the business, not letting people in on what happens backstage. If there is ever going to be a physical building for the HOF, Apter would be the perfect curator for it.
The Fabulous Freebirds
The night Michael Hayes slammed the steel cage door on Kerry Von Erich’s skull is a moment that lives in infamy. It started one of the most heat rivalries in professional wrestling history. This feud was arguably some of the best wrestling of the 80’s. The Von Erich’s are synonymous with Texas wrestling, but they needed a heel factor, and that was the Freebirds. Though they didn’t spend a significant amount of time in the WWF/E, their time in World Class Championship Wrestling is hall of fame worth on its own.
Demolition is often overlooked for induction, as are many tag teams. Initially, and sometimes still considered to be Road Warrior “rip-offs”, Demolition carved a niche of their own. No team has had a single WWE tag team title reign longer than their record 478 days. During the 80’s, the WWF had larger than life characters. Demolition stood out amongst many of those characters with their S&M themed ring gear of leather and spikes. Definitely one of the most intimidating tag teams of all time.
Bam Bam Bigelow
In many people’s eyes, Bam Bam Bigelow was the best “big man” in the business. Bigelow spent time in all 3 major use promotions (WWF, ECW, WCW) and had great success. His matches in ECW with Taz still hold up today. Bigelow even headlined WrestleMania XI with NFL great Lawrence Taylor
Sure, this one may seem obvious. It probably will not happen for years, but Vince McMahon needs to be in the HOF. Lots can be said about him, but he took wrestling from the dimly lit VFW’s and armories to big arenas with his national expansion in the 80’s, survived the Monday Night Wars in the 90’s, and the WWE still stands today. Wrestling as we know it would not be the same without Vince McMahon. He has been against being inducted, let alone doesn’t appear on camera during induction ceremonies. So, it may be awhile before we see this come to fruition.
The New World Order is quite possibly the most influential group/storyline in the history of professional wrestling. Formed at a time when WWF had characters that were garbage men, hockey players, and a pig farmes; the n.W.o ushered in a more mature and adult product in wrestling. The angle gave wrestling a sense of realism that had never been felt, and never has been duplicated sense. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash were perceived to be invaders in WCW from the WWF, giving fans a glimpse of something they always wanted to see; WCW vs WWF. Hulk Hogan joining the Outsiders in 1996 is a Hall of Fame moment in itself. Fans in 96 and 97 were glued to their tv’s to see what was going to happen next. Would more people from the WWF join ? Who was going to defect from WCW? What would happen next? The n.W.o would eventually appear in the WWE in 2002, though never recapturing the magic of 1996.