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Criteria for the WWE Hall of Fame

Shooting_Palanx

The Rock is cooking atm..
Was just curious what you guys think the criteria should be? I understand that the WWE hall of fame is different in its approach when inducting people as opposed to other Hall of Fames, but if you had a piece of paper what criteria would you put down that inductees would have to meet? For me personally:

- Longevity
- Impact in the industry
- Career Achievements

Those are just 3 things for me, and to be honest alot of the previous inductees have just not met alot of these criterias. For e.g. as much as I love the bush whackers, can you honestly say they had a hall of fame type career? What do you guys think?
 

Millz

Better Call Saul
Staff member
V.I.P.
The name I always think of is Koko B. Ware...that dude always lost and yet he's in the hall. He didn't win any titles either and his career wasn't even that long. Its a joke he's in there. Bushwhackers...eh...I get it...but they didn't do much either. But they were over...as was Koko.

Fact is there is NO criteria when it comes to Vinnie Mac...it's whatever he feels at the time. I wish they had rules to get in but guys, wrestling is a work and so is the Hall of Fame haha
 

Shooting_Palanx

The Rock is cooking atm..
The name I always think of is Koko B. Ware...that dude always lost and yet he's in the hall. He didn't win any titles either and his career wasn't even that long. Its a joke he's in there. Bushwhackers...eh...I get it...but they didn't do much either. But they were over...as was Koko.

Fact is there is NO criteria when it comes to Vinnie Mac...it's whatever he feels at the time. I wish they had rules to get in but guys, wrestling is a work and so is the Hall of Fame haha
Its funny because when I bring this topic up with my wrestling buddies they say the same thing. Wrestling because it's scripted shouldn't surprise you when it comes to the Hall of Fame choosing. The very notion that they don't want Chyna in the Hall due to pornography, yet they have sunny in there? Ridiculous lol
 

Millz

Better Call Saul
Staff member
V.I.P.
Its funny because when I bring this topic up with my wrestling buddies they say the same thing. Wrestling because it's scripted shouldn't surprise you when it comes to the Hall of Fame choosing. The very notion that they don't want Chyna in the Hall due to pornography, yet they have sunny in there? Ridiculous lol
Exactly...it makes no sense at all and she'll get in eventually. WWE is just a weird place sometimes haha
 

EdgeHead

Registered Member
The name I always think of is Koko B. Ware...that dude always lost and yet he's in the hall. He didn't win any titles either and his career wasn't even that long. Its a joke he's in there. Bushwhackers...eh...I get it...but they didn't do much either. But they were over...as was Koko.

Fact is there is NO criteria when it comes to Vinnie Mac...it's whatever he feels at the time. I wish they had rules to get in but guys, wrestling is a work and so is the Hall of Fame haha
In certain cases, you have to look outside of their work in WWE to explain why a specific wrestler is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. For instance, you could look at Junkyard Dog's WWF career and wonder why the heck was he ever inducted considering that he didn't have much success. However, he was VERY charismatic and popular with kids - the way that John Cena has always been - and he was a cult-like figure during the Mid-South Wrestling days. People who witnessed that era still talks a lot about it through this day and if you ever watched the Legends of Mid-South DVD WWE released a few years ago, then you'll understand why JYD was inducted.

But if you wanna complain about an induction, the most abhorrent one I've ever seen - not counting celebrities - is SD Jones. Yes, THAT SD Jones who jobbed to King Kong Bundy in 5 seconds at the original Wrestlemania event.
 

Shooting_Palanx

The Rock is cooking atm..
In certain cases, you have to look outside of their work in WWE to explain why a specific wrestler is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. For instance, you could look at Junkyard Dog's WWF career and wonder why the heck was he ever inducted considering that he didn't have much success. However, he was VERY charismatic and popular with kids - the way that John Cena has always been - and he was a cult-like figure during the Mid-South Wrestling days. People who witnessed that era still talks a lot about it through this day and if you ever watched the Legends of Mid-South DVD WWE released a few years ago, then you'll understand why JYD was inducted.

But if you wanna complain about an induction, the most abhorrent one I've ever seen - not counting celebrities - is SD Jones. Yes, THAT SD Jones who jobbed to King Kong Bundy in 5 seconds at the original Wrestlemania event.
Junkyard dog for anyone is definitely hall of fame worthy definitely one of the most over wrestlers ever during the territorial days. But you can totally make an argument for the bushwhackers, kamala and what not. I only give cadence if they made a lot of behind the scenes impact on the industry I will let them be. The Godfather for instance, I don't consider him hall of fame.
 

EdgeHead

Registered Member
I'll give you that for The Godfather, although he was insanely over with the Pimp gimmick.

In the case of the Bushwhackers and Kamala, I think you could apply the same logic than for JYD. Before they were the Bushwhackers, Butch & Luke were the Sheepherders and they were one badass tag team. Even in the 70s. I would have to check for Kamala but I remember seeing some of his stuff in World Class as well and maybe yeah, he would fall in the Godfather category.

I certainly won't dispute your criterias, though.
 

Shooting_Palanx

The Rock is cooking atm..
I feel just about every wrestler in the NWA days would be classified as a hall of famer due to their impact in the industry. Not necessarily hall of fame careers, but just body of work. It's a bit iffy in some areas, and than way out there in some. Do you think Rikishi is a hall of famer? He was the sultan, and had a great run in Too Cool, could've been one of the top if the Austin Getting run over storyline worked out.
 

EdgeHead

Registered Member
I feel like the Rikishi heel turn in that "Whodunnit" angle with who ran over Austin fell flat because it literally came out of nowhere and they didn't follow through much with it afterwards as Rikishi was paired up with Haku the minute Haku bolted from WCW to return to WWE. Everything was focused again on Triple H and that was the problem; Rikishi was just made the henchman of Triple H in the situation while such an out-of-left-field turn of events should've required all of the spotlight to be on Rikishi. It's like when Seth Rollins betrayed the Shield in 2014. No one expected that it would be Rollins turning on Ambrose & Reigns (there were some hints a few weeks prior that led us to believe it'd be Ambrose) and when it did happen, all the spotlight shifted to Seth Rollins. That's why Rollins' heel run was so effective; because the focus was on the right guy. The Authority was just a supporting cast in this situation.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
There is not criteria like it’s been said already. If you are good in Vince books and you had a decent career, there’s a lot of chance you will be inducted.
 
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