On the night before WrestleMania, the WWE community gathers to honor legends who either blazed trails or contributed heavily to the success of sports entertainment.
The WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony is the second-most anticipated event of WrestleMania weekend after, of course, WrestleMania itself. Faces and heels put aside their in-ring storylines to sit together in awe of the honored performers, many of whom today’s roster grew up idolizing.
With each passing year, the HOF classes are becoming more exciting to watch. And unlike other sports where the athlete has to be retired for a certain amount of time before he or she can be considered for induction, the WWE Hall will call on performers who retired the year before.
Last year’s stellar class was headlined by Edge, whose neck issues brought an early halt to his ring career in 2011. The year before, the star of the show was Shawn Michaels, who hung up his ring tights in 2010 but still maintains a presence on WWE telecasts.
This year, published reports say that Mick Foley will be among the Class of 2013. His induction could be made official as early as next Monday night when Raw celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Whether Foley will be the sole centerpiece of that class depends upon who else gets the Hall call. There has been buzz about putting in the Undertaker or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with Foley since all three men have had their careers so intertwined.
But WWE likes to put space between its most popular inductees so that each person gets the main spotlight to himself or herself. So with Foley apparently going in this year, look for Taker and Rock to get their moments in the sun in 2014 and 2015.
Many of the current superstars in the audience that night will look upon that stage and think about how it would feel for them to be standing up there years from now soaking in the adulation.
Let’s take a look at 12 of the stars on the current roster and analyze their chances of getting in the Hall. We will break down these stars into three groups—Sure-Fire Lock, Should-Go and Still-Needs-Work.
Up first, the Sure-Fire Locks...