WWE Hall of Fame: 2013 Class Could Be One of the Best

Dean SiemonAnalyst IIFebruary 5, 2013

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Credit WWE.com

A few names have been announced for this year's WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013, and there are sure to be a few more announced before WrestleMania 29.

But with Monday's announcement that Bruno Sammartino will be inducted the night before WrestleMania, it just seems that this year's group of legends is possibly the best class to date.

It's also a perfect venue at Madison Square Garden, where Sammartino defended the WWF Championship (decades before the company changed to WWE) several times during the course of a record-setting championship reign of nearly eight years.

According to the announcement article on WWE.com, Sammartino was also the first wrestler to win the championship more than once, with a second title reign that lasted more than three years.

Sammartino also represents an era where he competed with other legends like Killer Kowalski, Gorilla Monsoon and George "The Animal" Steele.

The rest of the class that has been announced so far represents other eras in WWE history, ranging from the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s' Attitude Era.

Most classes have that range, but this one has so many unique figures in one class, and we've only announced four inductees.

You have three former world heavyweight champions and one of the best female wrestlers in the last three decades.

Bob Backlund, er, I mean Mr. Backlund, wrestled in the late 1970s and early 1980s before a semi-retirement that lasted until 1992. His career has been entertaining in many ways, and he's easily one of the best athletes we've seen in the WWE.

Mick Foley was most notable during the Attitude Era when he made hardcore wrestling mainstream, with the Hell in a Cell fall as one of the most recognized scenes in pro wrestling history. When you think hardcore, Foley is one of the first names that comes to mind.

Then you have Trish Stratus, who represents women's wrestling in the 1990s and 2000s. It was when we had a revitalization with the Divas, as she wrestled Lita in one of the best rivalries at a time where women's wrestling was hitting one of its highest peaks.

We know there is still a celebrity to be named, as history has shown us, but we already have what could be a solid class all on it's own.

With the variety of stars representing different eras of professional wrestling, it's hard to pick another class that could top this year's group.

Fans can only hope WWE doesn't ruin this illustrious class by inducting David Arquette.

In the comments below, who else do you think should be added to this year's class?