If you haven’t heard by now, Shawn Michaels has been named the first inductee and the crown jewel of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class. This came as a surprise to almost nobody except some who thought that the WWE would dedicate this entire year’s class to WCW.
Yeah, like Vince McMahon would let that happen. However, with WrestleMania 27, and thus the HOF Ceremony, being held in Atlanta this year, the rumors surrounding a WCW flavor going into the Hall are probably correct. They just needed to throw a bone to their current fans, the ones who may or may not remember or give a crap about what WCW was all about.
When the full class is announced, I fully expect there to be a heavy WCW presence though. There are the usual suspects that I think could be there, guys like Lex Luger, the Freebirds, Arn Anderson, Goldberg and Sting. However, there’s a good chance that the last two on that list won’t make it to the final list, and usually, the WWE has a gamut of six to eight inductees each year. There has to be other WCW guys they can induct, right? Yeah, there are, and I’m going to give you a list of guys that you might not be thinking of who could end up accepting a Hall of Fame Ring on stage in Atlanta.
Billy Kidman – Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Kidman? He really didn’t do a whole lot. This is true in terms of other guys who aren’t in the Hall, but you have to remember, this is a heavily kayfabed Hall, and it depends mostly on who your friends are and what position you have and how willing you are to play ball. Kidman won his share of titles, was over at times and gave the wrestling world Torrie Wilson, but the main reason I can see him going into the Hall is that he works for WWE right now. Seriously, he’ll be a lock to show up, and people will appreciate him, so why not?
Tony Schiavone – Would this be the GREATEST INDUCTION IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SPORT? Far from it. Schiavone will go down as one of the worst play-by-play announcers in history, but it’s definitely a rep that he doesn’t deserve. Before the nWo angle took off, Schiavone was actually really good at getting the product over and had some great interplay with guys such as Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. After that angle started and Eric Bischoff started screaming in his ear to keep talking about the nWo even if they weren’t on the screen at all, his quality diminished. However, he was arguably the voice of WCW, so if you’re going to have a WCW weekend, then why not induct the guy?
Rock ‘n Roll Express – When talking about tag team wrestling in the ’80s, the Rock ‘n Roll Express was one of the most exciting and popular teams on the circuit. There’s no doubt that they deserve a spot in the Hall, but then again, if the Road Warriors, Steiners, Demolition and other iconic tag teams aren’t in yet, what makes you think the RRX would too? Plus, the WWE may not want to deal with Jim Cornette.
Brian Pillman – Wow, here’s a name. Pillman always had “future star” written all over him, but he never really broke through and actualized that in a way that was befitting his potential. Of course, most of that was due to his own demons, but it’s still worth mentioning. That being said, the guy had a really solid career, again both with WCW and the WWF. The Hollywood Blondes were one of the most influential teams of the early ’90s, and when he got to the WWF, he became the perfect Attitude Era star. He died way too young due to his own addictions, which is a reason why the WWE may want to distance itself from him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he made it to the Hall one day. Since this year is a WCW year, what better year than now to do it?
Now it’s possible that none of those people will be inducted, but those are names to keep in the back of your mind when trying to guess who the next name to be announced will be.
Tom Holzerman is a lifelong wrestling fan and connoisseur of all things Chikara Pro, among other feds. When he’s not writing for the Camel Clutch Blog, you can find him on his own blog, The Wrestling Blog.
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