WWE Never Say Never: 2014 Hall of Fame Class Could Mend Several Fences
WrestleMania season's emphasis on promotion and cash-grabbing always seems to bring the forgiving spirit out of the WWE brass.
Over the years, WWE has proven to be an enterprise that makes enemies just as quickly as it makes stars. Yet if the potential for business presents itself, even the deepest of grudges are prone to dissolving. The potential is never greater than between the months of January and April.
Brock Lesnar in 2012 and Hulk Hogan in 2002 are just two of the many big names who returned to the WWE, with future WrestleMania programs in mind, despite falling out with the promotion at one point or another.
With the landmark WrestleMania XXX on the horizon, it's open season on big names regardless of where they stand with the sports entertainment giant.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Pro Wrestling Torch) reported that WWE recently entered a bidding war for the services of the aforementioned Hulk Hogan.
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And while WWE reportedly remained conservative in its valuation of Hogan as a post-prime free agent, its interest in the Hogan brand name points to a commitment to make WrestleMania XXX live up to its milestone number.
Attitude Era mainstay Chyna was one of the hottest acts in WWE during her prime. Her messy breakup with Triple H and very public post-WWE struggles with substance abuse and pornography were more than enough to mar her efforts in breaking the glass ceiling for female performers.
Her accomplishment as the first ever female Intercontinental champion won't be replicated any time soon because of WWE's understandable rules against man-on-woman violence in the PG era.
Similar to the concept of inter-gender wrestling in the WWE, Chyna has been all but erased from the promotion's history. WWE will make a passing reference at Hogan swinging from a wrecking ball before bringing attention to Joanie Laurer.
It wouldn't be surprising to find out that WWE protocol banned talent from mentioning the country of China.
But with WrestleMania XXX in need of a strong class and the idea of a D-Generation X induction being thrown around, Chyna just may find herself back in the good graces of Titan Towers.
As recently as July, PWInsider (h/t Lords of Pain) reported that Chyna may be invited to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame alongside fellow D-Generation X members.
Bret Hart's own improbable return to the WWE in 2010 would be one of the few returns ranking higher on the far-fetched scale. Chyna's return will rank similarly in intrigue.
Also intriguing is The Ultimate Warrior making his peace with the WWE ahead of WrestleMania season. Featured on 2K Sports' WWE 2K14 video game, Warrior was welcomed back to the WWE by Vince McMahon with this tweet:
In 2005, Warrior was the subject of The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior. The DVD was an absolute hatchet job by WWE intended to chronicle a mercurial career.
WWE's comparably peaceful relationship with Warrior will prove beneficial should the promotion need a draw for a hallmark Hall of Fame ceremony.
Then there's Randy Savage.
The Macho Man is undoubtedly the most blatant snub of a WWE Hall of Fame that gains credibility by the year—celebrity wing excluded. There would be no better time to induct Savage into the Hall of Fame than during the 30th edition of a pay-per-view juggernaut he helped build.
Savage was one of those rare wrestlers who never returned to the WWE after his departure in 1994. Unfavorable rumors about his departure only intensified in his prolonged absence.
The biggest questions surrounding a speculated blackballing from WWE remain unanswered.
A posthumous induction of Savage will not be as much of a draw as one of biggest wrestling stars in history returning to accept the award himself.
Nevertheless, few memories would be as pivotal in immortalizing WrestleMania XXX while creating interest in the 2014 Hall of Fame than a grand acknowledgement of Savage's work.
WWE will have several decisions to make regarding the promotion of its forthcoming WrestleMania pay-per-view. Some decisions are bound to result in water under the bridge.
As much as the word "business" carries a cold overtone sure to make enemies, that same concept may also mend fences in 2014.
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