WWE Hall of Fame 2012: Inductees, Snubs, Highlights, Analysis and Review
With WrestleMania 28 just around the corner, the excitement for the show is only matched by the sheer giddiness that the WWE Hall of Fame inductions bring.
As much as it stinks that it will not be televised live as it should be, as long as the fans can see the replay Monday and get it with the DVD, they will have a chance to see one of the best ceremonies in professional sports.
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
When: Saturday, March 31, 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: The 2012 ceremony will not be aired live. WWE will air a one-hour special recapping the ceremony at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 2 (before Raw).
Inductees (their inductors)
It wasn’t too long ago that Edge was playing a major part in storylines and even winning the Royal Rumble just two year ago. There is still a chance that he could come back at some point, so there should be a five-year waiting limit after a star is retired before they can be inducted.
One of the greatest masked wrestlers to ever live, Mil Mascaras was the first true Lucha wrestler to ever grace the stage of Madison Square Garden.
While some may question his selection, he is arguably one of the greatest foreign-born wrestlers ever to grace a ring. Mascaras will be introduced into the Hall of Fame by his nephew Alberto del Rio.
The Four Horsemen (Dusty Rhodes)
While everyone will concentrate on the Nature Boy, the other horsemen like Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and even manager JJ Dillon were the best in the business and can’t be forgotten.
I’m calling this as the highlight of the night.
Mike Tyson (Shawn Michaels and Triple H)
Part of what made SCSA such a bad ass and the Attitude Era so popular was Tyson’s adventures into the WWE. If it wasn’t for Austin and Vince McMahon’s relationship with Tyson, I'm not sure the WWE would’ve had the same success.
Ron Simmons (JBL)
If his years of singles work in AWA, WCW and WWF weren’t enough, Simmons was part of one of the greatest parts of the Attitude Era, The APA. That’s why JBL introducing him into the Hall is so perfect.
Yokozuna (The Usos)
Despite an incredible run in the early-to-mid-90s that included two WWF championships and two stints as the tag team champion with Owen Hart, his tenure wasn’t long enough or successful enough to warrant this pick.
Not only did the star win six world championships and give the IC belt real credibility, he was part of one of the greatest tag teams ever formed that also turned into one of the greatest feuds in wrestling history with Hulk Hogan and the Mega Powers.
Savage’s exclusion is yet another case of Vinny Mac having personal beef with a star.
The Ultimate Warrior had so many fans back in the late '80s and early '90s that he was the only man at the time that could rival Hulk Hogan for cheers. Again, a feud with WWE has not allowed the star into the Hall.
Is the WWE Hall of Fame a Joke?
While Sammartino only won WWE world championship gold twice in his career, his first reign lasted seven years, eight months, and one day—by far the longest run in the history of the WWE.
Personal problems based on money and power between Vince McMahon Sr. and Sammartino have caused the rift that now keeps the legend from ever entering the WWE Hall of Fame.
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