As WWE gears up for WrestleMania season, talk has inevitably turned to just which wrestling legends will be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame.
In this week's (subscribers-only) F4W Newsletter, Bryan Alvarez discusses some of the names talked about internally, noting that current WWE ambassador Mick Foley is considered almost certain, while throwing out some surprising names for the April show:
In keeping with the Madison Square Garden/New York theme, besides Mick Foley (who appears to be a lock) there is discussion of Rock (his WWE debut was at the Garden and him going in as the main event this year makes sense, although Foley would be a good main eventer and you could use Rock another year if you wanted to), Nasty Boys (New York gimmick), and Harlem Heat (same, plus Booker T is already there). They still would like to put Owen Hart in but that's not a lock (his wife will make such a thing very difficult) and HHH still desperately wants Bruno Sammartino in, but the odds seem long against that for a lot of reasons.
It's an interesting batch of names. Bruno Sammartino and Owen Hart would be worthwhile entrants but, as Alvarez notes, there are various obstacles blocking such a move and, sadly, it likely won't happen, next year or ever.
Putting in The Nasty Boys and/or Harlem Heat would be fine, but probably not anything fans could get too excited about.
Finally, the prospect of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson going is an intriguing one.
Considering he was one of the biggest names in the wrestling business, no one can argue that he doesn't deserve to be inducted.
But the Hall of Fame is, by its very nature, for stars of the past.
Rock, however, is very much a current star. Heck, by the time the Hall of Fame comes around he may very well be WWE Champion, depending on if he wins his title match at next month's pay-per-view. You can't get more current or relevant than that.
With this in mind, 2013 is probably way too soon to call time on his career. Hey, it's not even anything close to over yet.