Hey there wrestling fans and welcome to another countdown of Pounding 7’s. This week it is pretty clear cut, as I will countdown the top 7 former WWE wrestlers who need to be inducted into the Hall of Fame THIS YEAR. These wrestlers I feel are long overdue to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. People typically use the term “If Koko can get in…then” Well what about Drew Carey, Snoop Dogg, just to name a couple. These guys have no business in the Hall of Fame, but these guys do. So sit back and enjoy. Lets get to the countdown.
It is fitting that Vince asks this question about the Hall of Fame
Who makes the decision to induct wrestlers into the Hall of Fame? Is there a committee or something that votes, or suggests?
Im going out on a whim here and saying that you are not THE Vince McMahon asking me this question. If you are I will simply say LOOK IN THE MIRROR BUDDY! Vince McMahon has the final decision when it comes to inducting certain wrestlers into his Hall of Fame. Of course he has a board of directors, and he has Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in his ear, and is all about listening for suggestions on who should be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. However, it is 100 percent up to Vince on if he gives the go ahead.
For years, Jonathan Coachman has been one of the most irritating people in WWE. His constant shilling of other storylines, at the expense of the match he was currently calling became pretty irritating, and he was a pretty bland guy. He had no personality or charisma, and had no ability to make me care about a match, wrestler or angle. In short: He sucked. WWE agreed, since there were a couple of occasions when Jim Ross was taken off TV in favour of The Coach, but never managed to sustain his role on the show.
But then… it happened.
August 24th 2003. SummerSlam
In what was one of the most shocking heel turns in years… actually, I’m serious about that. NOBODY saw it coming, and it was executed almost perfectly. The camera revealed that someone had hit Shane McMahon with a chair – but who?! It was then revealed that the Coach had turned on McMahon. Absolutely brilliant stuff, since it was so fucking bizarre and out of nowhere.
Here are the top 7 wrestlers who need to be inducted into this years WWE Hall of Fame.
King Kong Bundy- One of the greatest big men to lace up the boots. King Kong Bundy is one of just a select few individuals that has main evented a Wrestlemania for the World title and is not in the Hall of Fame. This would be long over due, and I think needs to happen now.
Haku– Maybe a sleeper pick to enter into the Hall of Fame, but Haku was one of the greatest heels in wrestling for nearly a decade. He would face off against guys like Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior virtually every night for two years for either the WWE World title or the Intercontinental title.
Brutus Beefcake- If it was not for a freak injury. You could say that Brutus the Barber Beefcake would be a former Intercontinental champion. He would have been had he not have been hurt, instead the Ultimate Warrior got that spot, and while it took many years, the Warrior got his induction. Beefcake was a work horse and a business guy, he needs to be a Hall of Famer.
7. Vader– Perhaps the greatest of all the big men not named Andre the Giant. Big Van Vader is a former WCW Champion, and had a nice stint in the WWE where he nearly became WWE Champion. With the recent news that Vader only has two years to live. This year would be the year to put Vader in the Hall of Fame, so he can ride out into the sunset knowing he was one of the best and was appreciated for all he did in the ring.
6. The Dudley Boys– The Dudleys recently announced their retirement from the sport of professional wrestling. It would be only fitting that the one team who dominated the tag team ranks for so many years, can cap off a Hall of Fame induction to their resume.
5. The British Bulldog– A fan favorite, a heel, a main eventer, or a side kick. No matter what role Davey Boy Smith had, he worked well at. He was another man for the business and even in the most ridiculous of circumstances or matches, the Bulldog made the best of it, and was a main event player most of his career.
4. Owen Hart- A personal favorite, but most deserving. Owen Hart should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago. Despite the differences between Vince McMahon and Owen’s wife, the right thing to do is to induct Owen into the Hall, and have his brother, Bret do it. It would be awesome if both Owen and the Bulldog made it the same year. Why not now?
3. Ravishing Rick Rude- When Rude made his WWE debut back in 1987, he came off a nice run in the NWA. He made an immediate impact and defeated the Ultimate Warrior to win the Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania V. This was the first time that the Warrior was pinned in the WWE. Rude, a former World Champion deserves to be on this list.
2. Daniel Bryan- If Daniel Bryan is in fact retired, and has no plans to return to the ring. The WWE needs to cap off a great career that was sadly cut short. His run in the Independent circuit alone would put Bryan on this list. However, as a former World Champion, WWE Champion, IC and US champion, and a tag champion. Bryan may have accomplished more in a five year period than most major superstars don’t even accomplish in a whole career.
1. Mike Rotunda (I.R.S.)- For those that know me, you probably knew Rotunda would be the top of the list. A former multiple time tag team champion in two stints in the WWE, and again in WCW. Rotunda found his place as Vince McMahon gave him the IRS gimmick. This was supposed to be a joke, that was not supposed to last. However, Rotunda made the gimmick one of the most talked about gimmicks in history, and is still used today. It needs to happen, and his two sons Bray Wyatt, who may have a major match at Wrestlemania, and Bo Dallas should do the honors to induct their father.
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