Here are the seven men and women that I would inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. These are people who I feel have contributed allot to the business and left a mark on the industry they so dearly love.
Terry Funk: I can’t think of any one more deserving of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame than Terry Funk. He was the total package. He had skill, charisma, and hardcore undertones. Being a former NWA and ECW Champion Funk paved the way for stars like Mick Foley to show case their hardcore style to the world. Having legendary matches with the likes of Ric Flair and many more Funk is a shoe in for the Hall of Fame someday, but is 2009 the year? I hope so.
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat: How do William “The Refrigerator” Perry and Pete Rose get in the WWE Hall of Fame and innovators like Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat are left out after all of their years of hard work. He held almost every NWA title available to him and spent most of the late '80s and early '90s jumping from WWF to WCW. Steamboat has had legendary matches with the likes of Ric Flair and Randy Savage that are still viewed regularly to this day. He should have been inducted years ago.
Randy Savage: The poster boy for “Hall of Fame rejects” Savage may be the one person that will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I hold out hope for “The Macho Man” as he is just as important to wrestling history as a Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair.
He has left a bitter taste in the mouth of the WWE when he jumped ship to WCW never to return again. He was a two time WWE Champion and held the WCW title several times as well. He is a wrestling legend and denying him that status would be a big mistake by Vince McMahon.
Alundra Blayze: A talented young girl that took the AWA by storm in the late 1980s. She held two AWA Women’s Championships and even held the WWF Women’s title three times before taking it with her to WCW and throwing it in a trash can on national television. Mae Young and the Fabulous Mollah may have lit the women’s wrestling torch, but Alundra Blayze carried it long after they were gone.
The British Bulldogs: Davey “Boy” Smith and the Dynamite Kid were one of WWEs greatest tag teams in my mind. Second best only to their chief rivals, The Hart Foundation. They started out in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Alberta under the leader ship of wrestling legend Stu Hart. The two remained in Stampede until McMahon bought the company and they were called up to the main roster.
The Bulldogs held several tag team titles in Canada, but will best be remembered for having one of the most successful World Tag Team title runs in the WWE that lasted for nearly a year. The Dynamite Kid and Davey “Boy” Smith will also be remembered for bringing tag team wrestling to a national stage in the WWE.
Bruno Sammartino: This guy should have been inducted years ago. I hear people talk about how the Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage deserve to be in the WWE Hall of Fame and I think that is BS when a living legend still isn’t inducted. The fact is that Sammartino does not want to be inducted.
Stating several times that he does not like the direction the WWE has been going over the past two decades and wants nothing to do with Vince McMahon. He has been invited to be inducted several times, but refuses to be inducted. Still Bruno Smammartion is a trail blazer and he deserves to be inducted despite his disgust of the sports direction.
The Von Erichs (Mike, David, Kerry, Chris, and father Fritz): With Wrestlemania 25 being held in Texas its only proper that the WWE inductee some Texas Wrestling legends and living in Texas myself I know allot about the Von Erichs. My Grandfather told me all the stories about when he use to go watch the Von Erich boys wrestle at the Old Sportatorium in Dallas in the heyday of the WCCW.
Having legendary feuds with The Fabulous Free Birds and so many more the Von Erichs are wrestling legends in Texas. All of them are gone know with the exception of Kerry who is the only son of Fritz who’s life did not end in tragedy, but the Von Erich legacy lives on.