WWE: Top 5 Fringe WWE Hall of Famers from the Current Active Roster
WWE’s current active roster features an amazing amount of talent. The roster is deep, yet Vince McMahon acknowledged that new stars need to be made during the latest WWE conference call to stockholders.
When looking 10 to 20 years into the future, the landscape of WWE will definitely be different with current talent retiring or going into semi-retirement.
There are many WWE Superstars who are pretty much guaranteed to be in the WWE Hall of Fame in the next 10 years, such as The Undertaker, Triple H, Kane, The Big Show, Randy Orton, John Cena, Chris Jericho, CM Punk and maybe even Brock Lesnar.
It is probably agreed by most that the above WWE Superstars will be in the WWE Hall of Fame sooner than later.
There are many other WWE Superstars who could be potential WWE Hall of Fame Candidates. This list will look at those current WWE Superstars who have been affiliated with WWE for less than 10 years.
Some of these choices may cause debate amongst readers since WWE does not have any strict criteria for their Hall of Fame. One notable exception from this list is Sheamus who will most likely be in the WWE Hall of Fame at some point based on being near or main event status much of his WWE career.
5 Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro (U.S. Championship)
Kofi Kingston’s contributions to WWE cannot be denied. Since late-2007, Kingston has been a solid fixture on WWE programming.
A multiple-time champion holding every WWE title except for the WWE Championship and WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Kingston has proven himself when given the chance.
Originally billed from Jamaica, Kingston’s initial persona was as a happy-go-lucky guy who smiled all the time. Becoming a more serious competitor and identifying more with his real background, Kingston is now billed from Ghana, West Africa.
Being able to evolve with a persona created by WWE is definitely one sign of a talented individual. Hopefully, Kingston will be able to continually change with the times in WWE.
Kofi Kingston is an extremely likeable WWE Superstar, and if he continues on the path he is on in WWE, he will be a future Hall of Fame member.
4 Wade Barrett
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett was in the main event at a WWE pay-per-view event (TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2010) against John Cena during his WWE rookie year. He also proved himself to the WWE Universe by becoming the NXT Season 1 winner. If nothing else, this shows just how much WWE has invested in Barrett.
Forming not just one but two rookie groups, Nexus and The Corre, Barrett quickly made a name for himself in WWE.
Through injuries and championships won and lost, Barrett has maintained his status as one of WWE’s premier strong-style brawlers.
The one thing that Wade Barrett could really use right now is a memorable feud. With a few intense feuds, Barrett could be well on his way to top WWE championship gold.
If Barrett continues on the path he is on, he could become the first British-born WWE Champion or WWE World Heavyweight Champion. His entry into the WWE Hall of Fame will be pretty much secured if he is able to become one of the top champions.
3 Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan receives anger management class
Daniel Bryan is one of the most technically sound pro wrestlers in WWE presently. He has captured the hearts and minds of WWE fans with not only his technical skill but his comic prowess.
A former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and current co-holder of the WWE Tag Team Championship with Kane, Bryan has been a major fixture on WWE television since 2011.
Although he has been with WWE off and on since 2009, Bryan really became a main player when he won the Money in the Bank WWE World Heavyweight Championship contract match in 2011.
Since feuding with and teaming with Kane to form Team Hell No, Bryan’s star has constantly been on the rise. He has had in an integral role in feuding with The Shield and has been prominently featured on most recent WWE pay-per-view events.
Bryan could be WWE Champion or WWE World Heavyweight Champion at any point again. He is not only skilled in the ring, but is extremely entertaining in backstage vignettes and in interacting with the WWE Universe.
He is future WWE Hall of Fame material for sure.
2 The Miz
A special look at The Miz: WWE Main Event
The Miz’s rise to the top of WWE is one of hard work and dedication to the craft of professional wrestling. His recent turn from a booed bad guy to a cheered good guy goes to show how far he has come from the hazing he received from JBL upon entering WWE.
Definitely more than a “reality TV” star, The Miz has been an integral part of the WWE product since first teaming with John Morrison and creating “The Dirt Sheet” web-show on WWE.com.
Going from a host on SmackDown to a WWE Champion, The Miz has transcended what a pro wrestler is by becoming a true multi-media superstar for WWE. He is often shown on WWE programming speaking to elementary school students at "be a STAR" rallies and recently starred in The Marine 3: Homefront.
The Miz could be in the WWE Hall of Fame alone for the public relations work he does for WWE as a spokesman.
Of course, The Miz often reminds fans that he headlined WrestleMania 27 against John Cena.
No matter what role he has had in WWE, The Miz has excelled. Be it as a host, a pro wrestler, or a commentator on WWE Main Event, The Miz is a future WWE Hall of Fame member.
1 Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show
Alberto Del Rio has taken the arrogant millionaire persona and turned it on itself by turning from a bad guy to a good guy. This is something that WWE did not do with “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase in his heyday.
Being able to take such a heelish persona and change to become one of WWE’s top faces is a credit to Del Rio’s connection with the WWE Universe. Del Rio has embraced and been embraced by the WWE audience.
With Del Rio’s dynamic persona, he can become a hated arrogant bad guy again at any time and still garner a response from the fans.
Del Rio is a former WWE Champion and WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Being involved in high-profile feuds with the likes of CM Punk, Jack Swagger and Sheamus, Del Rio also has the distinction of being the only winner of a 40-Man Royal Rumble match.
In the coming years, Del Rio will most likely retain his position as a top-talent in WWE. His connection to the WWE Universe and high-profile status is sure to guarantee him a future spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
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