The rumored names for WWE’s 2013 Hall of Fame induction keep on coming, as recent reports from PWInsider (paid subscription required) suggest that Kamala is very likely to be an inductee in this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony.
Known as the “The Ugandan Giant" Kamala over his time in the WWF and WWE, the veteran wrestler achieved great success with the company through the '80s and into the '90s—feuding with the likes of Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Jake "the Snake" Roberts and the Undertaker.
Despite all of his great work in the WWF and WWE, he was never given a title—Kamala did win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship four times during his time away from the WWE from 1987 through 1992—and that remains one of the biggest injustices in the wrestling business over the last 30 years.
Does Kamala deserve to be in the WWE Hall of Fame?
The problem was that Kamala was in the WWF when it was dominated by Hulk Hogan and his extensive championship reign. The Ugandan Giant received title shots, but the company never pulled the trigger on a title change.
At least now Kamala can call himself a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
As great as this news will be for Kamala, though, the veteran has fallen on hard times as of late.
Kamala was forced to retire from wrestling after he had his left foot removed on Nov. 7, 2011, because of complications with diabetes. According to a report from The Miami Herald, the former WWE superstar also had to have his right leg amputated.
While this is a sad situation for the veteran brawler, the awareness that being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame could raise for diabetes research and the fiscal help this could provide Kamala would be huge bonuses.
The WWE is making the right move by inducting the Ugandan Giant, and finally giving the versatile worker the honor he deserves.
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