Chair Shots: WWE Hall of Fame 2013 Predictions
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:08:35 AM
Welcome back everybody to Chair Shots, the column that should have gotten its flu shot when it had the chance. This upcoming Monday night on Raw’s 20th Anniversary Special, the first inductee into the 2013 Hall of Fame class will be announced. There has been a lot of talk about who will get inducted this year, with a lot of speculation on whether or not Bruno Sammartino has finally accepted his invitation to be inducted. I too have been very curious as to who we will see this year, so I’ve come up with my own predictions on the Class of 2013. For a lot of people, the WWE Hall of Fame is nothing more than a popularity contest, or Vince McMahon’s way of recognizing those people that have kissed his ass for many years. If you’re on Vince’s bad side, don’t expect to get inducted. Should it be that way? Absolutely not, but that doesn’t stop the reality of the situation. Let’s take a look at some of my choices, and who I think will make the cut in 2013.
There is always one big highlight of each induction class. Last year it was Edge, who had just retired due to a major injury that forced him out of the business. While some people questioned his induction so soon after his retirement, it was met with an overall positivity that is hard to argue with. There are three names that I have come up with for this year’s class
As I previously mentioned, Vince and company have been trying to get Bruno into the Hall for years. However, Bruno has adamantly declined each and every invitation, due mostly to his dislike of what Vince has done to the business over the last 20+ years. In my mind, Bruno is being a bit stubborn. He’s stuck in the days of when he wrestled, and wrestling, like everything else, has adapted to the times. It may not be what he remembers, but that doesn’t mean that what he did for the sport is any less significant. Triple H has apparently been wooing Bruno for a while now, but little has been heard about how those talks are going. An interesting wrinkle might have been thrown into this last week however, when CM Punk talked down towards the wrestlers of old who only wrestled once a month. While he was in character, someone like Bruno who has been known to be sensitive about his legacy, may not have appreciated that comment very much.
Induction Chances- 75%
The Ultimate Warrior
Love him or hate him, The Warrior is one of the bigger names of his era that has not yet been inducted into the Hall of Fame. At the height of his popularity, the Warrior captivated a large portion of the WWE Universe. While he’s never going to be known as a great in-ring tactician, what the Ultimate Warrior brought to the WWE was excitement, energy, and just a little bit of crazy. Over the years, Warrior has continued to grace us with often time’s non-sensical ramblings, and one can only imagine what his acceptance speech into the Hall would sound like. I think the Warrior has a good shot at being added this year, but only if Bruno has declined his invitation.
Induction Chances- 80% (dependent on Bruno’s decision)
Oh I can only continue to dream. The fact that Randy ISN’T in the Hall is a travesty. Savage’s contributions to the world of professional wrestling are numerous, and leaving him out at this point is beyond comprehension. There has been talk that the only way his brother will let him be inducted is if they induct the entire Poffo family, but other than Randy himself, there doesn’t seem to be a case for that. Of course, Randy and Vince did have bad blood as well, apparently relating to an incident regarding Stephanie, so that is also against him. Vince holds a grudge, that much we know, and hopefully one of these years, we will see Savage in the Hall, but it’s not going to be this year.
Induction Chances- 20%
Over the past few years, important tag teams in the business have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. This year, I think we will see another one, and it’s the only team I’m going to mention in this section. They are a team that broke new ground in the sport of professional wrestling, and one of its members has been a loyal member of Vince’s staff for many years. That team is none other than….
The Fabulous Freebirds
With the loss this past year of Buddy Roberts, The Freebirds were once again being remembered by wrestling fans everywhere. This trio of Good Old Southern Boys brought swagger, charisma, and danger to the wrestling ring. Terry Gordy was the muscle of the group, and could hang with any of the biggest men in the sport. Buddy Roberts was the smallest member of the group, but dangerous in his own right. However leading the pack was the one and only Michael P.S. Hayes, one of the most charismatic wrestlers ever to step foot in the squared circle. His long flowing blonde hair gave his the essence of a true rock star, and he backed it up inside the ring. The Freebirds battles with The Road Warriors are legendary, and an induction into the Hall of Fame is long overdue.
Induction Changes- 90%
There are always one or two mid-card wrestlers who have made a great impact on the sport that get honored at the awards ceremony this year. For 2013, I believe we’ll see the third member of a very important wrestling family be inducted; one that unfortunately is no longer with us.
If you’ve been watching wrestling for any period of time, you know what happened to Owen. It was a tragic death that stopped the wrestling world in its tracks. No one could have ever imagined such a thing would happen, especially during something that had been done numerous times in the past. I watched that PPV live, and it is forever ingrained in my memory. We can only imagine what great things Owen would have accomplished had he been with us today. It’s time to induct Owen Hart into the Hall of Fame.
Induction Chances- 85%
This is a name that has been floated around in the forums recently, and it got me thinking a lot about whether or not he should be inducted into the Hall or not. During his time in the WWE, Big Bossman was a force to be reckoned with, but he never seemed to be able to get to that next level. He had a brief Main Event run, but seemed to forever be stuck back in mid-card range. I enjoyed watching Big Bossman, which is about all I can ask for a wrestler- to entertain me. But has he created enough of a legacy to be in the WWE Hall of Fame? I’m not sure, but with some of the other names that have been placed there (like Koko B. Ware), Bossman would surely seem to warrant a spot.
Induction Chances- 50%
Jake “The Snake” Roberts
This one is sort of personal to me. Jake Roberts is my all-time favorite wrestler, bar none. Every time he got on the screen, I was mesmerized by what he brought to the WWE. His promos were riveting, his in-ring action and psychology were second to none, and quite honestly he flat out scared me sometimes. Jake has had many battles with addiction over the years, and recently has adapted the DDP Yoga form of rehabilitation. DDP has done a lot for athletes since his retirement, and he’s another name I think we’ll see in the Hall soon. The odds of Jake being inducted are slim, but in my mind he more than deserves it. Jake Roberts re-invented the wrestling “heel” and there has never been another like him. I wish him success in his rehabilitation, and I wish him a Hall of Fame bid- soon!
Induction Chances- 30%
This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony is in Madison Square Garden, the site of the first Wrestlemania. Because of that, I think we’ll see one of two names inducted into the Celebrity wing of the Hall this year. If you can follow where I’m going with this, I think you know who I’m talking about.
As part of the very first Wrestlemania, Mr. T was fully ingrained in the world of professional wrestling for quite some time. He tagged with Hulk Hogan in the Main Event of Wrestlemania I and boxed Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania II. I’m actually quite surprised that Mr. T. hasn’t already been added to the celebrity wing, and I think with this year’s induction being at MSG, this may be the year we see him join.
Induction Changes- 90%
And if we don’t get Mr. T., I think we’ll get Wendi Richter’s manager at Wrestlemania, the one and only Cyndi Lauper. A good friend of Captain Lou Albano, Cyndi was a huge part of the Rock and Wrestling Connection that occurred at the birth of Wrestlemania. She often had wrestlers appear in her music videos, and has made more than one occasion in the WWE over the years, including the embarrassing segment with Wendi, Roddy Piper, and Heath Slater not that long ago. Cyndi not only has one of the best voices in music, but she’s also a friend of the sport, and for that she deserves a spot in the Hall.
Induction Chances- 90%
Now there will probably be one or two more names announced, as 5-6 inductees seems to be the norm. Primo and Epico have been lobbying for Carlos Colon to be added, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him added to the list. The WWE has always had a good relationship with the Colon family, and it could bring Carlito back into the mix as well. I expect there will be a surprise name as well that we wouldn’t expect, but overall I think this year’s class could turn out to be very enjoyable. What do you think about my picks? Who would you put in the Hall of Fame this year? Leave me your comments and suggestion.
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