As the announcement of the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame class is unveiled, there is a name that we as fans of wrestling know that the company will never induct.
Does Chris Benoit Deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?
From his time in the Stu Hart Dungeon, through WCW and ECW, and all the way up to holding the WWE World Championship, Benoit proved time and time again that he was one of the best technical wrestlers in the world.
The man was a champion over 20 times in major federations and a perennial mid-to-main eventer for over 20 years. While some believe he should be in the Hall of Fame, others don’t believe the honor is deserved anymore.
WWE announcing legend Jim Ross gives his take on the debate:
Just because we aren’t shocked by the amount of bias in the selection of HoF members doesn’t mean those stars don’t deserve the honor. Look at Pete Rose’s lifetime snub in baseball. To say that Rose doesn’t belong in Cooperstown because of something he did off the field makes no sense.
I’m not here to say that what Benoit did to his wife and child was right. It was a heinous act that could never be forgiven. Those actions, however, happened outside of a wrestling organization.
While Benoit was in a ring, he was one of the best people in the world at working with his opponent and working for the crowd. We can’t erase the book because the ending was terrible.
Just like O.J. Simpson in football, Benoit deserves to be enshrined for his wrestling.
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