The WWE Hall of Fame is a nifty little thing. Each year, some of our former squared circle icons are enshrined into these hallowed halls where they are immortalized for generations of fans to appreciate.
For those who plan to make the pilgrimage to Stamford, CT to see the hall itself, there's something you should probably know:
There isn't actually a physical Hall of Fame.
On the eve of WrestleMania each year, there is an induction ceremony where fans can catch one final glimpse of their hero before they ride off into the sunset. That is really great, but the fans that get to see that in person represent a small portion of the "WWE Universe."
And yet, that's all they get: a ceremony.
While WWE has reportedly stored tons of artifacts in a warehouse and kicked around the idea of establishing a physical home for their hall, I still am left to wonder how many folks would actually go see it.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum reports an average of 350,000 visitors pass through the turnstiles each year; the Pro Football Hall of Fame only sees over 200,000 each year.
True, neither Cooperstown or Canton are the short jaunt from NYC that Stamford would be, but baseball and football unquestionably have bigger followings.
So, based on the number of visitors the two most popular sports in America attract, how many should WWE expect to come?
There's actually one distinct advantage WWE holds over its more popular counterparts however—the entire company travels together.
What if the WWE packed up whatever artifacts and plaques they keep in that warehouse and put it on the road? If you've been to a live event, you've probably seen the fleet of big rigs WWE hauls their rings, sets, announcers' tables and other items needed for each show.
Pack that stuff a little tighter, or just tell Big Show he has to transport his own wardrobe to free up space.
Before and after each RAW or SmackDown, fans could trickle through a space setup somewhere in the arena displaying plaques, photos, costumes, old championship belts and an assortment of other items.
Plus, digital signage could be used to promote WrestleMania box sets, throwback t-shirts legends used to wear or whatever else they may want to push to squeeze another buck out of us.
It's the classic win-win—fans get to see some cool artifacts and WWE has an opportunity to make more money.
At pay-per-view events, where the arenas are set up days in advance, WWE could then charge an entrance fee for fans to come visit. For these events, a Hall of Famer or two could be there to take photos and sign autographs.
PPV in Portland, OR? Have "Hot Rod" show up. Down in Houston? Pay Shawn Michaels to work for a day, and watch the people line up.
As of now, the WWE Hall of Fame is just sort of there.
We know about it, but for most of us, we don't get a chance to experience it or appreciate it except once a year—on television.
WWE: Please, make us appreciate it.
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