WWE Hall Of Fame: Five People Who Should Be Inducted Now
In 1993, Vince McMahon started the WWE Hall of Fame.
Though it has been heavily infiltrated by wrestlers who actually worked for or with the McMahon family, there has been respect thrown to those who never were connected with the McMahon promotion.
Here is a list of five people who should be inducted immediately for their contributions to professional wrestling.
Demolition dominated wrestling like no other tag team in the promotions history from 1987 to 1990. They are the record holders for both the single longest tag title reign and the most combined days as reigning champions. They also won the belts three times in their time with WWE.
What makes their title reign even more impressive is the fact they did it in an era where the WWE had the most polished tag teams in the promotions history.
Ranging from the Hart Foundation, the British Bulldogs, the Rougeau Brothers, The Islanders, The Rockers, the Killer Bees, Strike Force, Powers of Pain, the Brain Busters, and the Twin Towers, amongst others, Demolition took on all comers and were victorious time and time again for 478 days.
After they lost their title by disqualification to the Brain Busters, they soon regained their belts. Ax became ill and was eventually replaced by Crush. Demolition, with Crush and Smash, lost the belts to the Hart Foundation in SummerSlam and never regained the titles again.
Smash stayed on and even had some success as a singles wrestler and eventually morphed into the Repo Man. Crush left WWE for awhile, then returned to wrestle Smash in SummerSlam, where he won. They soon left WWE and went on the independent circuit.
Ax, feeling better now, tried to revive Demolition but was told to desist by WWE. He tried to sue for the right to use the gimmick, but lost. Crush passed away in 2007 of an unknown cause.
The team still reunites from time to time to wrestle on the Legends circuit and other events.
While many members of the other tag teams are inducted already into the Hall of Fame, Demolition has yet to be.
Maybe there is still bad blood with Vince McMahon in regards to Demolition trying to revive the gimmick outside of his promotion, but the facts of what the team did accomplish cannot be overlooked nor forgotten.
They broke the records set by the Valiant Brothers, who are both inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as well. It is time Ax and Smash join them, because they are definitely one of the greatest teams ever.
Their finishing move, "The Demolition Decapitation", was memorable and vicious. Rick Martel, a three-time WWE Tag Team champion himself, can attest to this after being knocked out cold from it once.
The Great Muta
Keiji Mutoh, known as The Great Muta to most Americans, is a legend in Japan.
He joined WCW for a few years in 1989, even winning the World Television Title once. He also brought innovative moves with him, the Shining Wizard and the Muta Lock (a reverse STF).
He was an amazing athlete known to take risks. His moonsaults and Dragon screw moves were especially creative, as was the fact he could walk along the top rope as easily as if he were walking on the mat itself.
Mutoh is continuously considered one of the greatest singles wrestlers of all-time, though he has also won tag team belts over 10 times in Japan.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him the third-best singles wrestler in the world, out of 500 wrestlers, in 2002 and the 25th best of all-time in the PWI years.
PWI was created in 1979, and Mutoh and Jushin Liger are the only wrestlers to be named in every edition of the PWI 500.
Though he never wrestled with the WWE, many wrestlers have used the Shining Wizard. He surely falls under the category as a contributor to professional wrestling.
Called "Banana nose" by many heels, Russell is a true legend in the Memphis wrestling world.
He wasn't just the play by play man, he rang the bell to begin matches and would often leave his broadcast table to conduct interviews.
From 1959 to 1997, he was the voice of wrestling in the South. With promotions like the Continental Wrestling Association, run by Jeff Jarrett's dad Jerry, they had perhaps their most fame in the early 1980's when comedian Andy Kaufman joined them and dubbed himself the “Intergender Wrestling Champion”.
Jerry "The King" Lawler, who also rose to fame under the promotion, began a feud with Kaufman. Kaufman teamed up with Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart to take on Lawler several times, and eventually the kayfabe feud spilled onto national television on "Late Night with David Letterman" in an historic scene that saw the two "brawl" on stage.
Russell did appear as the ring announcer in the movie "Man on the Moon," which told Kaufman's story.
He was known for his amiable style and facial expression, which have influenced many followers. Russell was also named "Best Television Announcer" four straight years by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Though he never did work for WWE, Russell did join WCW for three years. He became nationally known then, but his historic impact during the days of territory wrestling cannot be dismissed.
Many viewers appreciate good announcing with their wrestling action, and Lance Russell is one of the greatest ever to do so. He deserves induction for his contributions.
Adonis joined the American Wrestling Association in the late 1970s, where he teamed with Jesse "The Body" Ventura to win the tag team titles.
Both he and Ventura joined the WWE in 1981, and Adonis was soon feuding with world heavyweight champion Bob Backlund and Intercontinental title holder Pedro Morales.
He also won the tag team title with Dick Murdoch, defeating Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson, the father of Hollywood star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. They held the belts nine months before losing and splitting up.
After an injury that shelved him, his weight ballooned up to over 400 pounds at one time. He still was very athletic, and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan became his manager.
It was during this time he began using the "DDT" as a finishing move. Jake "The Snake" Roberts began using the move a few months later and nicknamed the move, thus he is now given credit for inventing it.
Adonis then began carrying a briefcase to the ring, which held a bottle of spray called "Fragrance" inside of it. He would then use it on opponents, something that Rick Martel would copy several years later.
Now with manager Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart as his manager, "Adorable" Adrian Adonis was invented. An effeminate androgynous character with make up caked on his face, the wrestler "Goldust" in today's WWE is a replica in many ways.
Adonis was known to go to the ring wearing women's clothing and accessories, taking it a step further than Goldust ever did.
In Wrestlemania II, Adonis had one of his bigger moments by quickly defeating Uncle Elmer. He soon began feuds with Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog, and George "The Animal" Steele. He then began a talk show called "The Flower Shop."
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper then began a feud, where Adonis beat him in a match, covered Piper with lipstick, then destroyed the "Piper's Pit" set. Piper soon returned the favor by destroying the "Flower Shop," setting the stage for confrontation.
In Wrestlemania III, the two had a hair vs. hair match. Adonis lost after Brutus Beefcake assisted Piper, then Beefcake ended up cutting off most of the hair himself.
Leaving WWE shortly thereafter, Adonis rejoined the AWA. He hurt his ankle, forcing him to not be able to wrestle a tour of Japan. The AWA stopped paying him, so Adonis tried to rejoin WWE unsuccessfully.
A few months later, while wrestling the independent circuit, Adonis was killed along with two other wrestlers in Newfoundland when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a moose. He was just 33 years old.
In his short time, Adonis was managed by such legends like "Classy" Freddie Blassie, Heenan, Hart, Paul E. Dangerously, and Sir Oliver Humperdink.
He also was given the Stanley Weston Award by Pro Wrestling Illustrated for his recognized lifetime achievement by a pro wrestling personality.
Innovative, flamboyant, athletic, and a excellent heel, Adonis was taken from us much too early but there is no denying his impact. Besides his DDT and Fragrance gimmicks, there have been many wrestlers who have tried to emulate his "gay stylist" act, as well as his androgynous character.
Adrian Adonis should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for his everlasting impact on wrestling. One we all will continuously witness for as long as we watch wrestling.