5 Current WWE Stars Who Are Destined for the Hall of Fame
With WrestleMani comes the annual WWE Hall of Fame induction. In the WWE, is there no wait time to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. If a wrestler has a Hall of Fame career, he is inducted quickly after his retirement.
Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair were inducted a year after they retired. One of this year's inductees, Edge, retired just a year ago due to an injury that was diagnosed as cervical spinal stenosis. Professional sports leagues have a wait period in case a candidate unretires, like Michael Jordan and Brett Favre. But in professional wrestling, a wrestler never truly retires unless it is for injury reasons.
My favorite aspect of watching the WWE is watching the living legends compete with the new generation of wrestlers—guys like Chris Jericho and Big Show in the same ring as guys like Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes. WrestleMania has matches every year that link different generations of wrestlers together.
This upcoming WrestleMania, The Rock and John Cena will face off. This is being hyped as one of the biggest matches in WWE history, as it should be. The two most popular figures from two different eras square off in the biggest stage of them all.
The Rock and John Cena are both guaranteed future Hall of Famers. But they are not the only wrestlers still competing that will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame after they "officially" retire.
Here are five current WWE superstars not named The Rock or John Cena that will be future instant WWE Hall of Famers after they retire.
(Please note I also did not include Triple H, the current COO. He is a given to become a Hall of Famer as well.)
This one is easy. The Deadman is 19-0 at WrestleMania. He has not lost a WrestleMania match in my lifetime, and probably never will. His WrestleMania casualties are impressive as well. He has beaten Diesel (Kevin Nash), Triple H twice, Shawn Michaels twice, Kane twice, Ric Flair and Randy Orton.
In his career, he has won the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, World Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, Hardcore Championship and the 2007 Royal Rumble.
He is literally a walking legend. The only time he fights anymore is at WrestleMania. The rest of the year he is nowhere to be found, disappearing for months at a time.
It would be nice to see The Undertaker get one last run as the WWE champion, but even if he does not carry gold again, The Undertaker has surely reserved himself a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Jericho is the first-ever Undisputed WWE champion. He has won 30 championships total in his time in the WWE, WCW and ECW. His notable titles include the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, WCW Championship and the Intercontinental Championship.
To win the Undisputed WWE Championship, he had to beat both The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Jericho has not always been liked by the fans, but he has always been respected by them. He routinely steals the show with his great matches, most notably in his match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIX.
If entry songs count for anything, Jericho has one of the best.
Kane is a journeyman. He has been causing hell in the WWE since 1997, when he interrupted the inaugural Hell in a Cell match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.
He has been in rivalries with some of the WWE's biggest names, including his "half-brother" The Undertaker, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Edge.
While Kane has not had lengthy title reigns, he has been a dominant tag team champion throughout his career. As Brothers of Destruction, they held the World Tag Team Championship and WCW Tag Team Championship at the same time during the Alliance Invasion.
Even though his size has always been against him, Mysterio has been one of the most successful professional wrestlers of the last 15 years.
He is a former WWE champion and World heavyweight champion. Mysterio also won the 2006 Royal Rumble. In his Royal Rumble win, Mysterio set the record for longest time spent in the match at 1:02:12.
Mysterio is also a fan favorite, something that goes a long way in separating wrestlers from midcarders and main-eventers.
Mysterio will be inducted into the Hall of Fame because of the message he spreads: It is not about size; it is about heart.
Ever since his time with Evolution, Orton has been a star.
The "Legend Killer" has won both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship. Orton is also a former Royal Rumble winner, winning in 2009.
Orton has one of the most deadly finishing moves in the WWE, the RKO. The reason the RKO is so effective is because Orton can pull it off out out of nowhere, surprising his opponents.
He has been a part of three notable factions: Evolution, Rated-RKO and The Legacy.
Along with John Cena and CM Punk, he is one of the best active superstars. When you watch him, you never feel like he is going to lose. Sometimes he looks like the most dominant wrestler in the WWE. He really is the top predator of professional wrestling.