To the satisfaction of many, the days of inducting marginal talent like Koko B. Ware are probably long gone.
No disrespect to "The Birdman," but the criteria for being enshrined into the hall should be a little more difficult to come by.
Conscious of it or not, in the last few years WWE has done an admirable job of inducting individuals who are truly deserving of hall of fame status.
Of the last three classes, legends like Ted Dibiase, Gorgeous George, Shawn Michaels and Edge have gotten their just due.
Even when taking into account those who have been inducted into the celebrity wing, the only one who seems like he might not have deserved the distinction is Drew Carey.
As star power-laden as past ceremonies have been, though, the 2013 rendition may be the most star-studded yet.
That is, the WWE Hall of Fame may finally recognize two legacies that not only defined each other, but the 1987-1992 era of the World Wrestling Federation.
Besides Hulk Hogan, there were two other men who were responsible for taking the company to great heights—Randy "Macho Man" Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.
The two are former world champions and, during 1988 and 1990, respectively, were the top dogs of the company.
And like the headliners who came before and after them, they often brought the best out of each other as rivals.
While it's too soon to say if Warrior and the deceased Savage will both be honored, WWE is strongly considering them.
In Savage's case, according to PWInsider.com, steps have been taken to make his induction a reality:
There is also talk of inducting Randy Savage, but it's unknown if they have approached the entire Poffo family.
Moreover, a possible Warrior induction has been bandied about as well, but largely depends on the man himself (h/t 411Mania.com via The Wrestling Observer):
There have also been talks about inducting the Ultimate Warrior. Some feel that while Warrior may agree to the induction, that there is a certain level of risk in working with him. Warrior has a history of being difficult to work with, and some within management are nervous of Warrior agreeing to do the induction and then later backing out.
Assuming WWE can reach an agreement with the Poffo family and take a flyer on the Warrior—who is ironically more level-headed than most of his contemporaries—the 2013 Hall of Fame should be one for the ages.