7 Wrestlers Who Should Be Inducted Into a WCW-Themed Hall Of Fame
With Wrestlemania being in Atlanta this year, there has been much talk, and speculation on whether or not there will be a WCW theme to the Hall Of Fame.
Even though it is still several months away, I thought it would be fun to look at who might be the top candidates if they did decide to run with this idea.
Of course not all of the people selected made their mark only in WCW, but they did at some point appear there, and had a significant impact on wrestling in general.
Which is keeping in line with the spirit of the induction process itself.
So let us have a look at the lucky seven.
The Fabulous Freebirds
The Fabulous Freebirds, Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts were groundbreakers back when they first formed back in 1979, in that, three man teams were pretty much unheard of at the time.
They gained their popularity and fame while competing in World Class Championship Wrestling, and having a legendary feud with future Hall Of Famers, The Von Erichs.
They were also one of the first to use entrance music. First using "Free bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which is where the trio got their name, and then later "Badstreet USA" which was sung, composed and co-written, by Hayes.
Also, when holding Championships, they would be allowed to rotate which two of the three could defend them, thus creating what is now referred to as the "freebird rule" which has been used by various other teams such as Demolition, The Midnight Express, and even The Spirit Squad.
Although their time in WWE was short, they were a part of the "rock n wrestling" period. And their ties with the WWE lives on, as Michael Hayes is currently the head creative writer for Smackdown.
Barry Windham, son of Hall Of Famer, BlackJack Mulligan, was a staple of WCW, and the WWF off and on for many years.
Most will remember him for his early years in the WWF, as one half of the U.S. Express tag team with partner Mike Rotunda.
Which is good, because his other appearances as, The Widowmaker, and The Stalker, were mostly forgettable. He did however try to revive the Blackjack gimmick with JBL, but that didn't last very long either.
Of course his biggest claim to fame was his involvement with the Four Horsemen in WCW.
Which is ironic since it was only a few years before joining the group, that Windham and Flair were having memorable battles that lasted 60 minutes or more.
Although Windham has won many Championships, most of them were as a part of the NWA, with a handful coming from WCW and WWF.
Windham may be a dark horse to be inducted, but his legacy and association with the Horsemen along with being the son of a Hall Of Famer, might be enough to get him in.
And since we are talking about The Horsemen, that brings us to my next pick.
Arn Anderson. The Enforcer himself. Who better to represent the Horsemen, other than Ric Flair.
There are many who believe that there could be a Horsemen sub theme to this years induction, which could include not only the previously mentioned Barry Windham, but also Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard. But for now, the honor should go to Arn.
Even before his involvement with Flair and company, he was teaming with Ole as one half of The Minnesota Wrecking Crew, replacing Gene Anderson.
The Crew was very well known in Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling, and would be the foundation for things to come.
Of course like so many others, Arn, along with Tully Blanchard, spent some time in the WWF.
With Bobby Heenan as their manager, they became the "Brain Busters" and were the team that ended Demolition's historic 478-day reign as Tag Team Champions.
Anderson did eventually go back to WCW, and reunited with Flair to reform The Horsemen, which saw various members come and go.
These days, we still see Arn from time to time, as he became a road agent for WWE, and occasionally has to break up backstage brawls.
Ron Simmons? DAMN !
Yes, I just had to throw that in. Hopefully though, that will not be the only thing that Simmons is remembered for.
Going back to his WCW days, he first tasted success when he, along with Butch Reed, formed the team known as Doom.
They had many battles with the Steiner Brothers, The 4 Horsemen, and The Road Warriors, and are credited with being the first recognized holders of the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
Of course, Simmons' biggest accomplishment was substituting for Sting in a match against Vader, and winning the World Heavyweight Championship. He would hold the Title for 5 months before losing it back to Vader.
Then came his move to the WWF, where he was subjected to the torture of wearing a ridiculous gladiator outfit, and being called Faarooq. But he was managed by Sunny, which I'm sure made things a bit easier to bear.
Then of course came his runs with both the Nation Of Domination, and the Acolytes. Of course we will always remember the APA, his team with JBL, which was where his now famous one word catchphrase of DAMN ! was born.
Although Rude never won WWF Heavyweight Title, and only won the Intercontinental Title once, he will always be remembered for his feuds with both The Ultimate Warrior, and Jake Roberts.
At the time, he was without a doubt one of the best heels in the company, and was definitely one of the most charismatic men to ever compete in the WWF.
His time in WCW was where he gained a vast majority of his Titles winning the International World Heavyweight Title 3 times, and the United States Championship once.
But Rude was never somebody who needed the gold. He was the epitome of what a good heel should be. A solid wrestler who knew how to work a crowd, and was an expert at cutting a promo.
Its sad that he passed away so young, but much like his fellow NWO member and friend Curt Hennig, he should be included in this year's Hall Of Fame class.
The Road Warriors
What really needs to be said as to why this duo should be inducted. In fact, it was a bit of a shock that they didn't do it when Wrestlemania was in their hometown of Chicago.
The only reason I can think of is that Animal still competes from time to time, and as late as 2007 was in All Japan Pro Wrestling, teaming with Hawks old partner Kensuke Sasaki, reforming his version of The Hell Raisers.
That being said, if the WWE did go with a WCW theme for the Hall Of Fame this year, then including the Warriors is a must. Their matches in The War Games, and the Scaffold Match at Starcade 86, are legendary.
But they also have had epic feuds with some of the biggest names in wrestling. Such as, The Four Horsemen, The Powers Of Pain, The midnight Express, The Steiner Brothers, Sting and Lex Luger, and the list just goes on and on.
Even if there is no theme to this years edition, The Warriors are long overdue to be included in the Hall Of Fame, which would be the final honor to a team that is by many considered to be the best tag team of all time.
Of course what list of potential Hall Of Famers (from WCW) would be complete without Sting?
The only person who's name is bigger than Stings, when it comes to being linked to WCW, is Ric Flair, and he is already a member of the H.O.F. club.
But while Flair was "The Man" in WCW, the Stinger was "The Franchise" He is also perhaps the most well known wrestler, to have never competed in WWE.
Which of course begs the question, why should be be inducted? Of course the obvious answer, is that you don't actually have to have competed in the WWE to be inducted into its hall of fame.
It is all about your contributions to the wrestling community as a whole. And Sting's accomplishments in WCW are many.
But without even discussing Championships, there is other evidence as to why Sting would be considered worthy of being in the WWE Hall Of Fame. Just take a look at some of the DVD's that have been put out over the years for various wrestlers.
When you get to the matches that are hand picked as somebodys "best of" and favourites, one name keeps popping up.
Yep, Sting keeps showing up again and again on WWE DVD's. In fact, you could almost make your own "Best Of Sting" DVD, by collecting all the matches that show up on everybody else's DVD's.
The sad part though, is that of everybody on this list, this is the one person who will definitely NOT be inducted, simply because he is currently active in TNA.
The best case scenario would be for Sting to not re-sign with TNA when his contract is up. Then he would be free to work with the WWE, perhaps on his own DVD set.
Make some appearances, and then maybe he could be included in the Hall Of Fame. After which, he could do whatever he likes. But I'm not holding my breath.
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