WWE Hall of Fame 2019: Early Projections for Next Year's Class of Legends

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 6, 2018

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Don't be surprised if WWE's 2019 Hall of Fame class has Extreme Championship Wrestling's imprint stamped all over it. A trio of former ECW world heavyweight champions have a great shot of going in next year.

WWE and ECW star Bam Bam Bigelow was rumored to get his turn this time around, but other names were called first.

With WrestleMania and the Hall of Fame ceremony heading to the New York-New Jersey area in 2019, chances are good he gets the induction he deserves.

An ECW original and a world champ from when Vince McMahon reshaped the brand in the mid-2000s are poised to join him in the Hall.

Ahead of WrestleMania 34, WWE will honor Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, Hillbilly Jim, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett, Mark Henry and Kid Rock. In many ways, that list follows recent Hall of Fame patterns. The company has  selected a celebrity, a tag team and a female star as part of the class as it has done often in recent years.

Who will fill those roles next time around? The following is a look at a collection of viable candidates. 

             

Christian 

His brother-in-arms and longtime tag team partner Edge is already in, and now Christian's time is coming. 

Captain Charisma's WWE resume is laden with championship gold. He won everything from the European title to the World Heavyweight Championship. He twice won the ECW crown and claimed nine tag titles. That kind of mantle makes it easy to sell Christian as a Hall of Famer.

His classic bouts alongside Edge against The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz made for key contributions to WWE history. 

He was a part of the beloved Attitude Era, which is a plus. His longevity makes him a sure thing. The timing is right for Christian to get a Hall of Fame invite, too. 

It's now been four years since his last match, which preceded a quiet retirement.

             

Jon Stewart

Andy Kaufman is well-deserving as a celebrity inductee, and the same goes for Cyndi Lauper. WWE, though, will likely want to go more contemporary as it did with Kid Rock this year and Snoop Dogg in 2016.

Stewart, the former host of The Daily Show, is the safer bet over Kaufmann and Lauper for that reason.

His WWE appearances were all memorable. He and Seth Rollins had a brief feud. He interfered in a John Cena match, leading to him being on the wrong end of an Attitude Adjustment. Stewart was also the host of SummerSlam 2016.

Stewart is no longer tied to a busy schedule and is clearly a huge fan. He's likely to happily accept a Hall of Fame nod and bring some mainstream buzz to the proceedings.

             

Miss Elizabeth

Before WWE goes any further in honoring the women of its long history, it has to salute Miss Elizabeth. Randy Savage's valet remains one of the characters fans remember most fondly.

The late manager was frequently front and center during the Rock 'N' Wrestling era. She was the center of the Mega Powers exploding angle. Miss Elizabeth's onscreen wedding with The Macho Man was big as any match on the 1991 SummerSlam card. Her reunion with Savage is an absolute classic moment.

Throw in her work as a manager with WCW, and WWE has plenty of footage to air for her Hall of Fame video package.

She remains one of the snubs fans gripe about every year. Eventually, WWE will have to pay attention to that and go with an obvious choice. 

             

Bam Bam Bigelow

The Beast from the East will have his Hall of Fame moment, it's just a matter of when. It looked at first that Bigelow might get in this year, but Jarrett, Jim and Henry got the nod instead.

Last December, BodySlam.net's managing editor Brad Shepard tweeted a list of names set for the Hall of Fame:

Other than Bigelow, all of them will be enshrined on Friday. 

It's not a lack of accolades that led to that. He was an ECW world champ, a finalist of the first King of the Ring tournament and headlined WrestleMania XI. Many consider him to be the most athletic super heavyweight of all time on top of that.

The fact his home state of New Jersey is hosting WrestleMania 35 makes it highly probable that he will be a part of next year's ceremony.

                 

Demolition 

The tag team wing of the WWE Hall of Fame won't be complete without Demolition.

The company has enshrined a handful of teams from various eras. The early '90s hasn't been represented well enough. Ax and Smash (and later Crush) will change that.

Former women's champion Madusa called for Demolition (and others) to get their Hall of Fame nod last year:

She's right. The masked team of bruisers is definitely deserving of a Hall of Fame invite. 

Until The New Day broke their record, they were the longest reigning tag champs in WWE history. Demolition had classic battles with duos such as The Hart Foundation and The Brain Busters. They were the centerpiece of a division in arguably its golden age.

Every year Demolition's name isn't called during the annual Hall of Fame announcements, it's a surprise.

Ax and Smash of Demolition.
Ax and Smash of Demolition.Credit: WWE.com

                 

Rob Van Dam

Mr. Monday Night has shown up at recent Hall of Fame nights as a guest, but it would be no shocker if he was one of the guys in a tux next time.

Van Dam is a former WWE champ, ECW titleholder, a Money in the Bank winner and a six-time intercontinental champion. For a stretch, he was among the hottest stars around. He was twice awarded Most Popular Wrester from Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

Like recent headliners, Goldberg and Kurt Angle, RVD was a star in the early 2000s. Fans young and old are familiar with him. 

WWE can play on the still-strong ECW-related nostalgia. That's an especially smart move when WrestleMania will be so close to the Philadelphia-centric promotion's old stomping grounds. 

Unless he is angling for another WWE run or two, a Hall of Fame spot is the next logical step for Van Dam. 

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