The Weekly Top Ten: Future Hall of Famers From The Past Decade
Today is Wednesday, so its time for another Weekly Top Ten.
This list will feature 10 stars from the last decade (2000-2009) that have a place in the WWE Hall of Fame waiting for them.
With any list, questions will form about why a person made the list and why another person did not. If you have any questions or feel I might have left some one out, let me know in the comment section.
If enough people agree with you, it might be Comment's Pick in my next slide.
Every one on the list has captured our imagination in some way, shape, or form.
They also gave us some of the finest moments from the last decade.
Each is worthy to be place among the all-time greats.
So with that out of the way, let the Hall of Fame ceremony begin.
Lita has done a lot in her career to make herself Hall of Fame worthy.
She helped set the standard for future WWE Divas. She can also take credit for being the first woman in the WWE to bring high-flying action to the Woman's division.
Lita is also a five time Woman's Champion, won Feud of the Year in 2005, and was Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Women of the Year," in 2006.
The former champ also had success as a manager.
Let's not forget she helped the Hardys grab Tag Team gold and managed Edge during his first series of WWE Championship runs.
Who should be her induction class: Trish Stratus
Kane stood on top as one of the biggest and the baddest, big man, during this era.
He feuded with every one on the list in one way or another.
Overall, Kane stands out as a 10-time World Tag Team Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, a former Hardcore Champion, ECW Champion, and WWE Champion.
He has filled the gaps whenever the WWE needed him, and can work as a main-eventer, or a middle carder.
He has enough achievements to make it into the Hall of Fame some day.
Who should be in his induction class: Any one
8. The Hardys
The Hardys are one of the most successful tag teams in WWE history. They held the Tag Team titles six times in the WWE.
The Hardy Boys were kings of the ladder match and help create the trilogy of TLC matches with the Dudleys, Edge and Christian.
They also had success as singles competitors. Jeff Is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Matt Hardy is a former ECW and US Champion.
The two helped establish the great tag team division in the Attitude Era and will go down as one of the top tag teams to ever grace a WWE ring.
Who they should be in their induction class: Edge and Christian, or Lita
7. Trish Stratus
What can you say about Trish Stratus?
She is without a doubt one of the greatest Woman's Champions to ever compete in the WWE.
Trish started out as mere eye-candy, but transformed into the Diva all fans grew to love.
She has many accomplishments to her name, among them being a seven time Woman's Champion, as well as, "Diva of the Decade" for the 2000s.
She is another wrestler who has been apart of many story lines with people on the list. One of Trish Stratus greatest moments came when she competed in the main event on RAW with Lita, her long time rival.
The Hall of Fame may come sooner than most realize for this former champion. She is easily one of the most popular Woman's Champions of all-time.
Who should be in her induction class: Lita
6. Edge and Christian
They are another tag team that could be placed among the list of the greatest of all-time.
Without them and the Hardys, the Tag Team division of the late '90s and early '00s, might not have taken off the way it did.
Edge and Christian are seven-time tag team champions as well as the kings of TLC.
The tag team similar to the Hardys, have found some success as single competitors also.
Edge is a nine-time World Champion and Christian is a two-time ECW Champion, as well as, a three-time Intercontinental Champion.
Get your cameras ready for the five second pose, this time, at the Hall of Fame ceremony.
Who should be in their induction class: The Hardys or Chris Jericho
Triple H started out the decade as WWE Champion and finished it as one of the most dominant characters in the WWE.
The Game has had an outstanding career in the ring.
During this time he led two of the biggest stables in WWE history. The first was DX with the New Age Outlaws and X-pac, the second was Evolution with Ric Flair, Batista and Randy Orton.
He maybe known as, a the person who hogs all the power in the WWE, however the opposite is true.
During this decade of dominance, we have seen HHH put over Randy Orton, John Cena, Batista, and The Hardys, while never losing ground in the World title picture.
HHH is a 13-time World Champion, two-time European Champion, five-time Intercontinental Champ, 3three-time Tag Team Champion, former Royal rumble winner, and King of the Ring winner.
The next thing you can add to that list of accomplishments is a ticket to the Hall of Fame.
Who should be in his induction class: Shawn Michaels
4. Chris Jericho
"I am the best in the world at what I do."
The quote alone is Hall of Fame worthy, but the person behind it might go down as one of the greatest champions, and mic workers of his generation.
Chris Jericho has done it all.
He was the first Undisputed Champion, beating The Rock and Stone Cold in the same night, to do it. The only person that can claim that feat.
Jericho is also a record breaking nine-time Intercontinental Champion.
Like Kane, Jericho has also filled in the gaps whenever the WWE needed him to. He can play the selfish heel character, the tweener, or the crowd favorite without missing a beat.
In all, Chris Jericho is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WCW Champion, and the first ever Undisputed Champion.
He is a certified lock to be placed among the greats in the WWE Hall of Fame.
The real test for him will be, how many more times will he be a World Champion before he calls it quits?
Who should be in his induction class: Edge and Christian
The Undertaker is one of the most feared competitors to ever set foot in the WWE.
He began his career back in 1984 and since then has not shown any signs of slowing down.
Where do you begin when discussing The Undertaker's achievements?
You can start with the now 18-0 undefeated streak, but his career is much more than that.
Taker is deserving of the Hall of Fame because of his actions and leadership in the ring and out.
He has consistently been one of the voices of reason in the company since his first days in the WWE starting in 1990.
He has remain the rock of the company since those days and has helped mentor a lot of the stars on the list.
Undertaker stands out as a seven-time World Champion, six-time Tag Team Champion, Hardcore Champion, Royal Rumble winner in 2007, and of course undefeated at Wrestlemania.
There is no need to say more, Undertaker already has reservation for a Hall of Fame spot waiting for him.
Who should be in his induction class: Kane or Shawn Michaels
2. Shawn Michaels
"The Heartbreak Kid," Shawn Michaels, has had a great run in the WWE.
He started with The Rockers, feuded with Bret Hart, created DX, became a World Champion, was WWE Commissioner, and carried all of his fans through the long and sometimes difficult road that was HBK's career.
Michaels is the prototype for a showman. He has put on greater matches than any wrestler before him, throughout his entire career.
HBK will forever be a legend among legends, whether it be the ladder match vs. Razor Ramon, or the instant classics Michaels and Undertaker put on at Wrestlemania 25 and 26.
Shawn Michaels is the first grand slam champion, a four-time World Champion, a European Champion, six-time Tag Team Champion, three-time Intercontinental Champ, and the Royal Rumble winner in 1995 and 1996.
Even the way he went out showed how much of a wrestling legend he is, putting on perhaps his greatest performance to date.
Luckily us fans get to see Shawn Michaels make one more return at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Who should be in his induction class: HHH or Undertaker
1. The Rock
I had to take a double look.
I researched far and wide and was simply shocked when I heard The Rock was not in the Hall of Fame.
He is "The most electrifying man in sports entertainment."
The Rock is, for sure, one of the all-time greats.
He has battled in some of the WWE's biggest matches in the past decade and was one of the leading champions in the company.
The Rock is a nine-time World Champion, a six-time Tag Team Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, Royal Rumble 2000 winner, and the sixth Triple Crown Champion in the WWE.
Although he left the WWE a bit early to pursue a acting career, he still worthy of Hall of Fame status, and his place among the greatest of all-time.
Who should be in his induction class: Any one.
The Rock could carry the whole ceremony, just give him a microphone, and watch him work the crowd.
Hall of Fame Honorable Mentions
Bound To Make It
11. Big Show
12. Rey Mysterio
14. Crash Holly and the 24/7 Rules Hardcore Championship
15. Kurt Angle
Got Some Work To Do
17. John Cena
18. Randy Orton
20. Mickie James
Comment's Pick WWE's Greatest Ladder Match Of All-Time
After being attack and beaten up about Jericho vs Michaels,(well ok, I will admit, I may have gotten it wrong on this one) the Comment's Pick goes to Ibrahim Adaci, vikky vikram, Andy, and Sterling Eby.
But the person that stops me in my tracks and made me see why this match was great, was none other than Svyato Rovenchuk, The Toronto Made Classic.
We debated back and forth, coined a new phrase for BR slides(Eye of the Beholder Slides,) and in the end he stopped me from picking, Matt Hardy vs Edge 2005, for this spot.
Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels Ladder Match in 2008, at No Mercy, was considered the best match in 2008.
As Svyato and others have indicated, what made this match great was the fact that it told a great story.
It also had a classic finish with Lance Cade running interference, allowing Jericho, to walk away with the win.
One of the great moments in the match was the tug of war battle between Jericho and Michaels for the title hanging up above the ring.
Another classic moment came when Jericho back suplex Michaels, through the announcer table, off the ladder.
If you have not checked out last week's Top Ten yet, or missed a slide, by all means go back and look at some of the one's from past weeks.
Weekly Top 10 List From The Past
- WWE'sGreatest Ladder Match of All-Time
- Greatest Female Wrestlers of All-Time
- Greatest Managers of All-Time
- Top Ten Acts & Concepts That Should Return to the WWE
- Top Heels From the Past Decade
- Kings of Hardcore: Greatest Hardcore Champions
And as always, tune in every Wednesday, for The Weekly Top Ten.
See ya next week!