WWE Hall of Fame: Constructing a Future Class That Would Rival 2013's
The 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class is packed with legends and multi-time champions and will easily be the best class ever inducted.
The night before WrestleMania 29, Bruno Sammartino will finally go into the Hall of Fame, a move that some say legitimizes the whole thing. He is the longest reigning WWE champ in history and one of the company's first and biggest stars.
Bob Backlund is a former WWE champ as well and at one point, the face of the company. Mick Foley is a beloved performer from WWE's most beloved era. Trish Stratus is the best female wrestler seen inside a WWE ring since Fabulous Moolah's prime.
Even the celebrity wing gets a big name this year.
Donald Trump hosted two WrestleManias and was a major part of another, in which he and Vince McMahon put their hair on the line in the Battle of the Billionaires.
The already loaded class expanded recently when WWE announced that a certain five-time WCW champ would join the aforementioned names.
That's a group that delivered decades of dominance and a stockpile of memories.
How could WWE ever top this Hall of Fame class?
As surprising as it might be, there is a potential class that could rival the one from 2013 and in some ways, surpass it. Should the following names go in at once, 2013's position as the best ever will suddenly get tenuous.
The Top Female Wrestler
Lita and Trish Stratus put on some of the best women's matches in WWE history including great battles between each other.
Trish said in a recent interview—with Ministry of Slam Radio (via CagesideSeats.com)—that she agreed with her fans’ choice of having Lita induct her. Perhaps then, Trish could return the favor.
Lita stood out as one of the most agile, most daring and most talented female stars in the company. There have been few American women willing and able to pull off hardcore matches and battle inside a steel cage.
She is the most deserving WWE woman yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Our imaginary Hall of Fame class is off to an awesome start.
The Attitude Era Star
Inductee: The Undertaker
Want to top the star-studded 2013 class?
Including one of the company's greatest performers, a man some consider the best ever, is a sure-fire way to do just that.
The man who has become the face of WrestleMania has sustained a lengthy career with an impressively long list of highlights. Undertaker has evolved and improved with the years, refusing to be left behind by the shifting WWE landscape.
Being the best big man ever and having both the best gimmick and the best entrance in WWE history makes any class Undertaker is a part of far greater.
The Underrated and Overshadowed Champion
Inductee: Randy Savage
Bob Backlund doesn't get talked about as one of the all-time greats nearly enough and the same goes for Savage. Even at the 2013 Hall of Fame ceremony, Backlund is sure to be overshadowed by Bruno Sammartino.
That's how Savage must have felt for the majority of his WWE career.
Despite being a better in-ring storyteller and a better talker, it was Hulk Hogan that was WWE's main man for so many years.
Still, winning the WWE title twice, winning the King of the Ring and being the greatest Intercontinental champ ever, as named by WWE.com, makes Savage a more-than-worthy candidate for the Hall of Fame.
The video package will show clips of his matches with Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Ric Flair, Ultimate Warrior and Rick Rude.
The major stumbling block is that Lanny Poffo is apparently demanding (h/t WrestleZone.com) that the Poffo family be inducted together or not at all.
Should WWE find a way to convince him otherwise or come to some arrangement, Savage can be an invaluable part of the ultimate Hall of Fame class.
The Additional Worthy Candidate
Inductee: Several to Choose From
Without Booker T, the 2013 class was peerless. Adding him was a big-time bonus.
The class that would compare to 2013's could select from a number of big names, champions or otherwise, to serve as the equivalent bonus.
Rick Rude, Jake Roberts and Ultimate Warrior are all deserving candidates. Those three men were instrumental as characters and as performers in the '80s and '90s.
Putting any one of them alongside the other names on this list fortifies the list, giving it a boost of impressiveness.
Inductee: Mr. T
Fans can argue over the validity of whether celebrities should be a part of the WWE Hall of Fame at all. Mr. T, though, is the most deserving celebrity to join that institution.
Donald Trump hosted two WrestleManias and played a part in another, but Mr. T helped build that franchise.
His celebrity brought in eyes to the burgeoning product that was WrestleMania. His name helped bring attention to the main event where he and Hulk Hogan took on Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper.
The match itself ranged from sloppy to chaotic, but its energy and the buzz it created changed wrestling forever.
Having Mr. T join Mike Tyson, Drew Carey and Trump is the best option left when sifting through the celebrity choices.
The Face of the Franchise
Inductee: The Rock
The Rock isn't going to have to wait 20-plus years after he retires before he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. That is assuming he doesn't start to vehemently disagree with the direction of the company—as Sammartino did.
Adding The Rock to this hypothetical Hall of Fame class puts it on an elevated level. The way that Sammartino was the face of the franchise throughout the '60s and '70s, The Rock spent much of the Attitude Era and beyond as the company's biggest star.
The best entertainer and the best talker in the business makes this class just as good as 2013.
Should The Rock and The Undertaker not go in together, 2013 is safe. Should they join forces in this fashion then WWE will have a new best class ever.