First off, glad to be back on BR with a new article. Haven't done it in a while.
Ok, to business:
The Hall of Fame is around the corner and the most intriguing selection for me is that of Koko B. Ware. Why?
With Ware's induction, I can't help but understand (in my own way) why this makes sense. Please follow with me on the reasoning, since many are upset over this choice:
To me, one of wrestling's greatest attributes is its ability to create nostalgic moments and characters. The "Birdman" may have been a jobber, but EVERYONE knows who Koko B. Ware is.
I can remember as a child telling my Uncles and other family members that I was a fan of wrestling. These were not people who watched it. But they knew who Koko B. Ware was. He was the fun guy with the parrot.
Before going on, I ask that you take a breather, have a shot or beer, and come back to finish reading this. Because this article (and the Hall of Fame) isn't meant for "analysts" and pundits; it is meant for a moment of nostalgia.
In WWE, Koko didn't win any titles. He didn't have any main events. And yes, he lost a lot more than he won. He was a jobber. He was the guy that would come out first or second on the card.
Koko was never meant to be "the guy". He was meant to get the crowd going, to jump around with cool moves, to do gimmicks, to entertain. Why? Because the guys in the back depended on it.
We should all recognize that a great PPV or event is built from the first bell. With his induction, Koko represents a group of wrestlers ("Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, The Bushwackers, George "The Animal" Steele, etc.) who are the best at working that portion of the card...and for that alone he deserves it.
So for this year's Hall of Fame, just sit back and enjoy.
2009 Hall of Fame Card
"Ladies and Gentlemen" -- The Fink (Gene Okerlund)
1. Koko B. Ware (Honky Tonk Man)
2. The Von Erichs (Michael Hayes)
3. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (Ric Flair)
4. Terry and Dory Funk, Jr. (Dusty Rhodes)
Main Event: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (TBA)
*promoted by "Cowboy" Bill Watts (Jim Ross)
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