Mick Foley to Enter WWE Hall of Fame: Top 5 Potential Inductors

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2013

Mick Foley to Enter WWE Hall of Fame: Top 5 Potential Inductors

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    The WWE recently announced that Mick Foley has earned a well-deserved Hall of Fame induction.  Mick Foley teased uncertainty toward the induction on his Twitter account, but only one question remains: Who will induct the hardcore legend? 

    An intriguing list of names comes to mind given Foley's tenured history in professional wrestling.  From former rivals to famous allies, Foley's short list of likely inductors is a list of Hall of Famers itself. 

    Those eligible to induct Foley have a well-documented history with the artist formerly known as Cactus Jack for better or worse.  They would also be able to make a formidable speech of the many accolades that have made Foley a Hall of Fame inductee. 

Honorable Mention: Jimmy Snuka

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    Mick Foley's professional wrestling career began as a spectator.  One night in Madison Square Garden, Foley witnessed "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka's iconic dive off the top of a steel cage on Don Muraco. 

    The match and innovative spot captivated Foley so much that he decided to dedicate the rest of his professional life to wrestling. 

    Jimmy Snuka is still under contract with the WWE, and would be an ideal choice to induct Foley.  Although his direct history with Mrs. Foley's baby boy is limited. 

5. The Undertaker

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    The Undertaker and Mick Foley took hardcore wrestling to a new level with their Hell in a Cell match in 1998.  Their rivalry from 1996 to 1998 is widely considered one of the top rivalries in pro wrestling history. 

    The Undertaker is a prime candidate to induct Foley from a historical standpoint.  But the WWE's tireless dedication to The Undertaker's supernatural character will limit him from such a human act. 

    One of The Undertaker's last kayfabe-breaking interviews came in 2010, and other such instances are few and far between. 

4. Tony Schiavone

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    Mick Foley's finest hour was nearly soiled the night he won the WWE championship. During the famed Monday Night Wars between WCW Nitro and WWE Raw, Tony Schiavone was produced to give away the result of Foley's pre-taped victory. 

    The bush league move backfired when droves of viewers switched channels to spark a ratings victory for WWE Monday Night Raw. 

    Tony Schiavone would be an ironic candidate to induct Foley, and though their notable history is quite brief, it certainly is significant. 

3. Paul Bearer

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    Paul Bearer was referred to as "Uncle Paul" when Mick Foley portrayed the Mankind character.  Paul Bearer joined forces with Mankind after an unthinkable heel turn on The Undertaker after a five-year alliance. 

    Bearer's history with Mick Foley didn't include very many iconic moments, however, and in Bearer's lengthy managerial career, he is more closely associated with The Undertaker than Mick Foley. 

2. The Rock

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    The Rock will obviously be on hand during WrestleMania weekend.  He'll be the guy breaking box office records while the WWE continues to hemorrhage in-house star power.  

    The Rock joined up with Mick Foley to form the Rock N' Sock connection, one of the most entertaining tag teams in WWE history. 

    The two teamed together sporadically from 1999 to 2004, and their partnership included a memorable "This Is Your Life" segment. 

    The Rock makes sense schedule-wise and based on his friendship with Mick Foley. 

1. Terry Funk

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    Mick Foley and Terry Funk had every type of relationship two pro wrestlers can have.  They've been rivals, allies, tag team partners and they even share a mentor-student type of relationship based on their hardcore styles. 

    Both men share the "hardcore legend" namesake and have had a litany of brutal matches over the course of more than a decade

    As a WWE Hall of Famer himself, and one of the all-time greatest in-ring performers, Terry Funk inducting Mick Foley would serve as an ultimate honor.