The Four Horsemen are, without a doubt, the greatest professional wrestling stable of all-time. Throughout their 13-year history from their debut in 1986, to their disbandment in 1999 there have been many members of the Horsemen.
But no combination has ever come close to being the best combination of the Four Horsemen than the founding members: Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Ole and Arn Anderson.
The WWE made the spectacular announcement that they will be inducting the iconic group to the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.
Because of personal issues that arose between Ole Anderson and Vince McMahon many years ago, Barry Windham has been picked to replace Anderson. The four members will be Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson and Barry Windham.
Since the announcement, many wrestling fans have voiced their opinions on other members that should be included, or that should have been picked over Windham as the fourth choice for induction. Should other members of the Four Horsemen go into the WWE Hall of Fame?
The answer is no, plain and simple. The WWE made their decision to include Windham, and wrestling fans should in theory respect their decision.
Some past members of the Four Horsemen like Lex Luger, and Chris Benoit were excellent additions to the group. Others like Jeff Jarret, Sid Vicious and Steve “Mongo” McMichael were sub-par at best.
For obvious reasons, Benoit will never be considered for additional members of the Four Horsemen to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. He will forever be known as the key player in the most notorious incident in pro wrestling history.
The WWE will never associate their Hall of Fame with Benoit. Luger would have been a great choice for induction as well, but Windham is overall the better choice for induction to the Hall of Fame.
If additional members of the Four Horsemen were to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, it would just de-value the group as a whole.
The main reason the WWE decided to pick this particular combination of the Horsemen is because they felt that besides the obvious addition of Ole Anderson, Windham was the next best choice for the WWE considering the limited options they have to work with.
The same comparison would be said if the WWE plans to induct the nWo to the Hall of Fame. The obvious choices for induction would be Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and, of course, Hulk Hogan.
If other members of the nWo, like Vincent (Virgil), Horace Hogan and others were included, it would destroy the iconic phenomena that were the original combination of the New World Order.
This combination of the Four Horsemen: Flair, Windham, Blanchard and Arn Anderson are without a doubt the best choice for the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.
The key word is “Four,” and it should stay that way. Again, adding additional members to this prestigious group will make it over-saturated, and wrestling fans should be happy with the decision of the WWE to use this combination.
The induction of the Four Horsemen was long overdue, and should have happened years ago. The WWE has finally made it right, and let’s hope they can honour the Four Horsemen in a way they should be honored.