Hey Bleachers, My name is PS Maraj and this is a list to determine 15 individuals who will without a doubt, be in the WWE Hall of Fame, by the year 2020.
Now, while the prestige and honor of being inducted into the WWE HOF has been questioned frequently by the iwc, as well as by some wrestlers and wrestling legends like Bruno Sammartino, the fact is that it is the most legitimate Hall of Fame for Pro Wrestling, in the world. As such, unless you are a celebrity who's worked with Vince before, you will have had to accomplish a great deal in the business of professional wrestling in order to be inducted.
Also, you will have to have a decent relationship with Vince, so don't expect to see guys like Ultimate Warrior here.
So, here are fifteen people who will definitely be inducted by 2020, in no particular order.
Earlier this year, Adam "Edge" Copeland was forced to retire from pro-wrestling due to neck injuries. This was a very sad day for all of pro-wrestling, especially for WWE, as Smackdown has since been unable to recover from the loss of its top star, despite Vince's trying to replace him with Randy Orton.
In Edge's 13 year career with WWE/F, he pretty much accomplished everything that a person can accomplish in WWE and that is in no way an exaggeration. He is a four-time WWE/F champion, a seven-time World Heavyweight champion, a five-time intercontinental champion, a one-time US champion, a 14-time tag team champion (and those were when the tag team belts actually mattered) and he's a former King of the Ring, the first ever MITB ladder match winner, the 2010 Royal Rumble match winner and the 14th triple crown champion in history.
Edge will certainly lead his induction class and will most likely be inducted in 2013, since Wrestlemania 29 will probably be in his hometown of Toronto. Of course, there is also the probability that he will be inducted next year, but I'm pretty sure the man who will lead that ceremony is the next guy on this list.
Who should induct him—His longtime friend Christian of course.
It really is a tragedy that it took the death of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time for Vince to finally put aside personal issues and put him in the Hall of Fame, where he deserves to be.
Arguably one of the greatest in-ring workers of all time, as well as one of the most charismatic mic workers in history, Randy Savage without a doubt deserves to lead the 2012 Hall of Fame class next year.
Check out his accomplishments (and remember, titles were a lot harder to obtain in Savage's day than they are now): In WWF, Savage was a two-time WWF champion, a one-time intercontinental champion and the 1987 King of the Ring. In WCW, Savage was just as successful, winning the WCW world title four times. Savage was also famous for having some of the greatest feuds of his time. His feuds with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat will be forever remembered in the hearts of the fans, as will his match with Steamboat at Wrestlemania 3, which is widely considered the greatest match in WWE/F history.
Who should induct him—Vince McMahon
Arguably the best enforcer of all time, Arn Anderson is another guy who honestly should have been inducted a long time ago. He may not have ever been a world champion, but like I said before, titles were a lot harder to win in his day. He was also a member of perhaps the greatest stable in the history of all time, The Four Horsemen, with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard and Ole Anderson. His accomplishments, plus his current association with WWE, make him a shoo-in for the HOF sometime in the coming years.
His accomplishments include being a one-time WWE tag team champion, a four-time NWA/WCW Television champion and a one-time NWA National Tag Team Champion.
Who should induct him- Jerry Lawler
Yes, self-proclaimed "Sexiest Man Alive" will certainly be in the WWE Hall of Fame by 2020. This man was one of the greatest, most over heels of all time, as well as one of the founding fathers of Degeneration X. His wrestling abilities were also great and together with his mic skills, they made him a former Intercontinental champion in WWE, a three-time WCW heavyweight champion and without a doubt one of the best wrestlers of the Golden Era.
Who should induct him—Triple H, fellow founder of DX.
Along with Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind, I fully expect the hardcore legend Mick Foley to be a WWE Hall of Famer by 2020. Foley is widely considered to be one of the most hardcore, extreme wrestlers to ever work for Vince McMahon. The man was willing to take any bump to entertain the fans, even if it could seriously endanger his physical well-being. His resilience was showcased at King of the Ring 1998, in his hell in a cell match with The Undertaker. Foley allowed the Undertaker to actually chokeslam him off the top of the 16-feet-tall cell, through the Spanish announcer's table. Not only that, but after it looked like Foley would be carried backstage for medical attention, he got back to his feet, climbed up the cell and took another chokeslam, this time through the roof of the cell. He even got up after that to finish the match.
In addition to his crazy spots, Mick Foley was also incredible on the mic. If you want to see some of Mick's best mic work ever, I recommend you search "Cane Dewey" on Youtube.
Mick's successes in WWE include being a three-time WWF champion, a one-time Hardcore champion and an eight-time tag team champion. He is also a former WCW tag team champion, a former ECW tag team champ and a one-time TNA World Heavyweight champion.
His successes, plus the fact that he still has a good relationship with Vince, makes him a definite future hall of famer.
Who should induct him—I think it'd be a great idea to have the Rock induct his old friend and partner.
Arguably one of the greatest female professional wrestlers in history, as well as one of Vince's favorite divas ever, there is no doubt Trish Stratus will be inducted into the Hall of Fame sometime in the near future. Trish Stratus has no doubt worked very hard to get where she is today, having at first been used only for sex-themed story lines. Her improvement in the ring and on the mic would lead to her becoming one of the most popular and successful women in the history of the WWE.
Just look at her accomplishments. Trish is a seven-time WWE Women's Champion (the most in history), a one-time WWE Hardcore champion, a three-time WWE Babe of the year and the WWE diva of the decade.
Who should induct her—I think it would be epic to have Lita induct her.
With "Big Daddy Cool's" recent signing with WWE, it is a safe bet that the former WWE champion will be inducted into the Hall of fame sometime in the next nine years. And he undoubtedly deserves it. Kevin Nash's accomplishments in the business include being a five-time WCW champion, a one-time WWE champion, a former Intercontinental champion, a nine-time WCW tag team champion and a two-time WWE tag team champion, as well as being the third triple crown champion in history.
Nash is also credited for being a founder of one of the most influential stables in pro-wrestling history, the NWO. One thing's for sure, Nash will definitely get into the HOF before his old friend, Scott Hall.
Who should induct him—Either Triple H, Shawn Michaels or both.
Like Kevin Nash, Booker T's chances of getting into the Hall of Fame increased dramatically when he decided to sign with WWE at the beginning of 2011. He definitely won't be getting any awards for his announcing, but the accomplishments he has had in the business are certainly Hall of Fame worthy.
Perhaps the most successful WCW star to also achieve main event level in WWE (other than Goldberg) Booker's accomplishments include being a five-time (five-time, five-time) WCW champion, a one-time WWE World Heavyweight champion, the only "Champion of Champions" in history, a one-time Intercontinental champion, a four-time US champion (three in WWE, one in WCW), an 11-time WCW tag team champion, a three-time WWE tag team champion, the 2006 King of the Ring, the 16th triple crown champion in history and the eighth grand slam champion in history.
Who should induct him—His old partner, Goldust.
Y2J Chris Jericho, one of the greatest wrestlers of WWE's PG era and arguably the most well rounded wrestler the world, (being a singer, a bestselling author and a former contestant on Dancing With The Stars) is definitely worthy of being in WWE's Hall of Fame and he will be sometime in the next nine years.
I do not know for sure whether he will ever return to WWE on a full time schedule, but as a wrestling fan, I hope that he does. Whether he does or not is irrelevant because either way, he WILL be a WWE Hall of Famer by 2020.
He is also in Vince McMahon's good books, having remained loyal to him since debuting in WWF in 2000. Also, the fact that Jericho is now a well known star, thanks to his appearance on DWTS, many see him as a pioneer, being the first guy since The Rock, who was able to achieve mainstream success outside of WWE.
Just look at his accomplishments, Jericho is a six-time world champion in WWE, holding the World heavyweight title three times, the WCW title twice and the WWF title once. He was also the first man to ever hold the WCW and WWF titles at the same time, which made him the undisputed WWF champion. Also, Jericho is a seven-time tag team champion in WWE, has held the Intercontinental title a record of nine times and is a four-time WCW cruiserweight champion and a one-time WCW television champion.
Who should induct him—The man whose illustrious career he helped start, John Cena.
As one of the oldest and most accomplished legends of professional wrestling, the only reason that Bob Backlund is not in the Hall of Fame already, is that he still thinks he has one more run left in him, despite the fact that he is over 60 years old. If that isn't a strong case of Randy Robinson syndrome, I don't know what it is. Backlund will most likely come to his senses soon though and allow himself to be inducted.
Here are some of his accomplishments: Backlund is a four-time WWWF/WWF champion, a one-time WWF tag team champion, a three-time NWA Western States heavyweight champion and a one-time NWA Georgia tag team champion.
Who should induct him—Vince McMahon himself.
Say whatever you want about Rey Mysterio's mic skills, gimmick, backstage politicking and refusals to put people over at times, it doesn't change the fact that Rey is one of the most successful cruiserweights in professional wrestling history and a staple in WWE's current PG era.
Rey Mysterio is the most over face in WWE right now, aside from Cena and Orton and has shown us in the ring countless times that he is one of the best workers in WWE today. As for Mysterio's ultimate underdog gimmick, it is old and stale to some fans right now, but it is perfectly suited to the Master of the 619 and has made him extremely popular as a babyface.
His accomplishments are many and they include being an eight-time cruiserweight champion (five in WCW and three in WWE) and a two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He is also a three-time WCW tag team champion as well as a four-time WWE tag team champion, a two-time Intercontinental champion, the 2006 Royal Rumble match winner and the 21st triple crown champion in history.
Who should induct him—Either Vickie Guerrero or Sin Cara (who will have beaten him in his last match at Wrestlemania)
This man was an exceptionally talented wrestler who died before his time, essentially because he remained loyal to Vince McMahon. That fact alone should make Owen Hart a future Hall of Famer. But the fact is, Owen's natural talent and potential would've made him a future Hall of Famer even if he hadn't died. As of right now, the only reason Owen has not joined his father and brother in the HOF yet is because his widow still blames the company for his untimely passing and refuses to let it happen.
However, with Bret Hart reconciling with Vince McMahon and WWE, it is only a matter of time before the King of Harts is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Before his death, Owen was an exceptionally talented wrestler and seemed to have a very bright future ahead of him. In fact, many believe that he would eventually have surpassed his legendary brother, Bret "The Hitman" Hart. His accomplishments include being a one-time WWE European champion, a two-time Intercontinental champion, a four-time WWF tag team champion and the 1994 King of the Ring.
Who should induct him—His brother, Bret Hart.
Arguably the absolute best mic worker in wrestling history who will be in the main event of Wrestlemania 28 against the current face of WWE, John Cena, The Great One will definitely be inducted by Vince sooner, rather than later.
The Rock was one half of the face of the Attitude era, the other being Stone Cold Steve Austin. His charisma and mic skills were legendary and along with his above-average in ring ability, they led to The Rock becoming an extremely over face which in turn led to him achieving more fame and success in his seven year career than 99 percent of all wrestlers achieve in their entire lives. Dwayne Johnson is now a very successful movie star in Hollywood and as we saw during his return to WWE in February and his subsequent appearances, The Rock has lost none of his charisma and can still cut a better promo than pretty much everybody in the current locker room (though CM Punk could probably give him a run for his money).
The Rock's accomplishments in WWE are many. Rock is a seven-time WWE/F champion, a two-time WCW champion, a two-time Intercontinental champion, a five-time WWE tag team champion, the 2000 Royal Ruble match winner and the sixth triple crown champion in history.
Who should induct him—Either Stone Cold Steve Austin or John Cena.
There is simply no chance in hell (pun intended) that Triple H will not have been inducted into the Hall of Fame by 2020. For one thing, he is one of the most accomplished wrestlers in history, he's great on the mic and he's great in the ring. He's also Vince's son-in-law, so my guess is that Vince inducts him about a year before he hands his company over to him.
Triple H's accomplishments can match just about anybody in wrestling history. He is a 13-time world champion in WWE, with eight of those being WWE title reigns and five being World heavyweight title reigns. He is also a five-time Intercontinental champion, a three-time WWE tag team champion, a two-time WWE European champion and the second Grand Slam champion, as well as being the 1997 King of the Ring and the 2002 Royal Ruble winner. In addition to these accomplishments, he is also one of the founding members of DX, the founder of the stable Evolution and a former member of the Kliq. Not to mention the fact that he is poised to own the WWE in the future.
Who should induct him—This one's a no-brainer, Shawn Michaels of course.
We end this list with arguably the greatest WWE superstar of all time, The Undertaker. I don't think I need to tell you why Undertaker deserves to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame after he retires, but I will anyway.
He has been with WWE for 21 years and he's been a pro wrestler since 1984. Since the start of his WWF/E career, Undertaker has never strayed far from the main event, but he has never exactly been the "face" of the company, instead allowing people like The Rock, Stone Cold and John Cena to take on that role.
A big part of his success has been attributed to his incredible gimmick, "The Deadman." He plays this role to perfection and while it may seem tuned down recently as opposed to the satanic Undertaker of the late '90s, it is still perhaps the best gimmick in the business today. Undertakers in-ring abilities are surprisingly good for someone of his size.
He has had many five star matches in his career against numerous opponents. As for his mic skills, don't let the fact that he doesn't talk much any more delude you as Undertaker's mic skills are always perfectly suited to his gimmick, whether it's the biker gimmick of the attitude and post-attitude era or the deadman gimmick he is most famous for.
I see the Undertaker disappearing after Wrestlemania 28, after winning his match, having one last match at Wrestlemania 29, which he loses, putting and end to the streak and his career. He will have a big retirement tribute the next night on RAW, but he will not be there. I don't think he will ever be seen again on WWE television until he is inducted at Wrestlemania 30, as the leader of his induction class He'll probably be inducted with his old manager, Paul Bearer.
Undertaker's accomplishments in WWE/F are many and telling. they include being a three-time World Heavyweight champion, a four-time WWF/E champion, a one-time WWF Hardcore champion, a six-time WWE tag team champion, a one-time WCW tag team champion, the 2007 Royal Rumble and of course, his legendary 19-0 undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.
Who should induct him—The boss, Vince McMahon.
Here are some guys who didn't quite make the cut:
Lita (She should be but it's not a sure thing that it'll happen before 2020?
Kane (A few years after 2020, I think)
Kurt Angle (Maybe a few years after 2020, Vince will probably be pissed at him for a while for jumping to TNA)
Sting (I don't see him leaving TNA for a while, and even after he does Vince would probably take some time to induct him)
Big Show (same as Kane)
Paul Heyman (A very real possibility, because of all he's done for the business. but I'm not sure Vince would go for it)
Michelle Mccool (Very successful during her time and is married to Undertaker so she may be inducted soon. I still expect her to have a last run with the company though)
Miss Elizabeth (same year as Savage probably)
Michael Cole (probably a few years after 2020)
Chyna (probably never, but who knows?)
Feel Free to mention guys you think should've been included. Remember, this isn't about guys who necessarily deserve it, but guys who will definitely get in.
Hope you guys enjoyed this slideshow and a shout out to all the Youtubers whose tributes I used.