10 Active Superstars Who Have Earned Their WWE Hall of Fame Spot
Induction into the WWE Hall of Fame is an accolade that WWE gives to only a handful of former wrestlers every year, and it is a big validation for the hard work they have put in.
There are plenty of retired or semi-retired wrestlers who many feel belong in the Hall, and it is usually the same list of people.
Up until this year, the biggest exclusion was Bruno Sammartino, but now that he finally agreed to be inducted, we can check him off the list and move Randy Savage into the top spot.
There are also numerous active WWE Superstars who have done so much for the sport and the company that their spot is all but reserved already.
This list will be in no particular order, and it only features full-time Superstars. This means Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker will not appear here. This also means that Superstars out on injury will be included, since they would be full-time if not injured.
Unless John Cena does something completely unforgivable, he is a lock for a future Hall of Fame spot.
Over his decade-plus career in WWE, he has done just about everything there is to do and then some, and he has proven himself to be one of WWE's most charitable performers on top of that.
Cena holds the record for granting more wishes for the Make A Wish Foundation than any other athlete, and he continues to devote time to other causes while continuing to wrestler every week.
Cena does everything WWE asks of him, making him the ultimate company man. He is reliable and rarely gets bad press for anything.
He has his share of haters, but Cena has established himself as one of the most reliable performers in the WWE, almost never botching a move and having great matches week after week, year after year.
He has held more WWE titles than anyone else and is someone who is very capable of breaking Ric Flair's record if he keeps going for a few years.
Whether you like him or hate him, there is no denying that Cena has done what it takes to earn himself a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
For over 15 years, Mark Henry has been a loyal performer and ambassador for WWE, and they finally rewarded his years of hard work by booking him as World champion.
The Olympic weightlifter could have easily taken his talents to WCW when everyone else was jumping ship, and he probably would have gotten lost in the NWO shuffle like everyone else.
Instead, Henry stayed loyal to WWE, even when he was booked to look like one of the weakest powerhouses in the history of the business.
He kept his head up, kept improving on the mic and in the ring, and eventually, he earned his spot at the top of the SmackDown roster as champion.
Henry is not given his due by some fans, but he is someone who is a great role model, humanitarian and athlete, and that is something to be commended.
Another monster who is often overlooked by the smarks out there is Big Show. Paul Wight is someone who could retire tomorrow and be in the Hall of Fame by next year.
Not since Andre The Giant has someone of Big Show's stature done so much in this business, and in many ways, Big Show has surpassed Andre.
Andre did not have the surgery Big Show had to his pituitary gland to help fix his gigantism, which cut his life and career short in comparison to Show.
Big Show has the distinction of having held every active title in WWE, as well as many of the retired titles. He is an 11-time tag champ, and he has been one of WCW and WWE's biggest attractions.
Being a giant makes it easy for Big Show to appear dominant, but he has continued to add new moves to his arsenal over the years to keep himself fresh, not solely relying on his size.
Randy Orton is another decade-plus veteran of WWE that has done a lot for the company and secured himself a spot next to his father in the Hall of Fame.
Orton is one of the most physically gifted workers WWE has, and during his career, he has had many great matches and feuds.
Orton has tested the waters with acting, but he seems like someone who will either retire or spend his life in the wrestling business.
Orton has been on the back burner in WWE for quite some time, but he manages to keep having good matches month after month.
His dropkick alone deserves its own spot in the HOF.
Rey Mysterio is only 38, and he has already been in the business professionally for 24 years.
That is something to brag about.
Rey is quite possibly the most well known luchador in the world, and he has managed to keep himself employed when most of the wrestlers he came up with have not found as much success.
Mysterio has slowed down a bit due to injuries over the years, but he never comes back unless he can put on a good show.
His tag team with Sin Cara ended too soon, and he is someone who will always get a huge pop whenever he comes back to WWE.
How much longer Mysterio has left in him is something only he knows, but when he does decide to hang up his boots, he will have a spot in the HOF waiting for him.
CM Punk is someone who had a clear goal in mind and stopped at nothing to achieve it.
Punk started at the very bottom and clawed his way through the indy scene, TNA and Ring of Honor to get to WWE.
Against all odds, CM Punk managed to exceed everyone's expectations and became one of the WWE's most popular superstars.
His wrestling ability is second to none, and his mic skills are on par with some of the best wrestlers in history. There is little downside to the straightedge superstar.
His epic title reign is something that will be remembered for decades after he is gone, but his entire career will be what earns him a spot in the hall of fame.
He has done it all as a babyface and a heel. He is one of the most versatile superstars in the WWE today, and he is someone who will be in the hall of fame for sure.
Kurt Angle may be in TNA right now, but nobody will argue that he won't end up in the WWE hall of fame some day.
The only gold medalist in wrestling has stood in the ring with the best of two generations of wrestlers, and he has never lost a step.
In the WWE, Angle found the kind of success that many could only dream of, and in TNA, he has helped raise the credibility level substantially.
Angle has put his body through Hell over the years, and he may not want to stay in the business full time for very much longer in order to extend how long he can compete.
Hopefully some day, he ends up back in a WWE ring to cap off what has certainly been a Hall-of-Fame career.
Nobody in wrestling has the resume Chris Jericho has, and his spot in the hall of fame has been secured for a long time.
Jericho is one of only a handful of Superstars to hold titles in the original ECW, WCW and WWE, but that is just one of his achievements.
He is also the first WWE Undisputed champion, a record 9-time Intercontinental champion and a New York Times best seller.
Jericho is so popular that he can seemingly write his own ticket in WWE, coming and going as he chooses.
Very few Superstars have had the type of success Jericho has had in or out of the ring, and he is a shoe-in for the HOF when he eventually retires from the ring.
Edge certainly deserved his HOF induction after being forced to retire due to an injury, but Christian is still going strong.
He has been out on injury for quite some time, but he has plenty of time left in him to add to his already prestigious legacy.
Christian is a wrestler that is reliable enough to put in big match situations, popular enough to keep a feud interesting and charismatic enough to make people care.
His time as a tag team wrestler is well known and admired, but his singles career has also seen plenty of success.
Christian might not be a headliner when it comes time to induct him, but he has certainly earned his spot.
Kane and the Undertaker may be one of the best-known duos in WWE history, and it is not just because of the Undertaker.
Kane has earned the right to call himself a living legend by managing to have a long, successful career with few injuries and many highlight reel moments.
Whether he is a vicious heel, a comedic babyface or a silent monster, Kane has always been entertaining.
Kane has found a new energy after being paired with Daniel Bryan, and he seems to be the best he has been in his career, both in the ring and on the mic.
He can make people laugh or cower in fear, and that is a skill you cannot measure in wins and losses.
How much longer the Big Red Monster has in him will mostly depend on how long he can keep himself uninjured, which is something he has managed to do very well throughout his career.
Undertaker would be an ideal candidate to induct Kane into the HOF, but other great choices would be Mick Foley or Daniel Bryan.
All 10 of these Superstars have been World champions, but they are more than that. Every name on this list has also earned their spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, and it is just a matter of time until they end up being inducted.