WWE Could Induct Degeneration X; Hall of Fame May Soon Need a Groupie Wing
According to reports, Degeneration X has been considered for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame.
The would-be ceremony has also been discussed as a hybrid Kliq/DX induction. This would mean that a group that was never booked in a progressive WWE storyline (the Kliq) may share wing space with the Four Horsemen.
It could be a procession conducted in the same manner that high school graduates receive their diplomas. Lucky for logic, this honor stands to eventually be rendered meaningless.
In fact, a year or two from now, the WWE Hall of Fame may return to the same dumpster it resided in when Vince McMahon's limousine driver was infamously inducted.
It was because of reckless decisions like this that nobody really missed the Hall of Fame when it vanished in 1996.
But since returning in 2004, the WWE seems to have taken the honor seriously. Names such as Harley Race, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair have all been inducted upon the institution's now-triumphant return.
Ric Flair has been inducted twice, which suits him better than anybody else in wrestling lore. After all, the man is a 16-time world heavyweight champion.
Flair's second induction came in 2012 with the well-deserved selection of The Four Horsemen. Unfortunately, it also seemed to be the beginning of a trend sure to re-bastardize the WWE Hall of Fame as a vanity project to sell tickets.
Names like Triple H, The Undertaker and The Rock are still wrestling on a part-time basis. This therefore renders them somewhat ineligible to go into the Hall (Koko B. Ware is a Hall of Famer, so nobody quite knows what the eligibility criteria is). Consequently, the WWE is quickly running out of Hall of Fame headliners.
In order to bridge the gap between now and the next golden age of inductees, the WWE looks to be countering with strength in numbers. Last year, it was the Horsemen. This year, reports are suggesting Degeneration-Kliq.
The NWO may be up for candidacy one day. One can only pray that all 500 members won't be receiving an invite.
Which stable should be next to be inducted?
WWE icons Vince McMahon, Mick Foley and The Big Show once teamed up as members of the forgettable Union stable. Next year could be their year. Naturally, Hacksaw Jim Duggan will have something to say about an extra five 2x4s being immortalized.
These mass inductions will certainly dilute the value of the WWE Hall of Fame. Singles careers will continue to overlap with group accomplishments, meaning more multiple-time inductees. This will become a laughable trend. Andre the Giant was the WWE's first inductee. Then came James Dudley.
Ric Flair was the first two-time inductee.
Wait until Sean Waltman gets two rings.
The WWE is becoming dangerously close to treating Hall of Fame rings as championships rather than lifetime achievements. The promotion is one step away from Money in the Bank contracts permitting the incumbent to cash in with an induction.
Hopefully WWE runs out of stables to induct before running out of common sense.
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