WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2018

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  1. d_henderson1810

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    Here is who I would like to see the Hall-Of-Fame Class Of 2018 be.

    Headliner:- The Undertaker

    Tag-Team:- The Midnight Express

    Diva:- Sable

    Deceased Wrestler:- Davey Boy Smith

    Celebrity:- Cyndi Lauper

    Others:- Christian, Mike Rotundo

    What do you think of this class?
     
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  2. Y 2 Jake

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    Mike Rotundo might well get inducted into the Hall of Fame but he's not somebody I'd chose to be in the HOF. For me, his most interesting work was when he was playing a boring tax man.
     
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    Pretty sure this section is for the WZ Hall of Fame, not the WWE Hall of Fame. Either way, same difference, both are pretty silly. Your list is fine. WWE should just use it and not waste any more time on the decision making.

    Could you book this year's December PPV cards as well so no time is wasted on that irrelevant event?
     
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  4. The Perfect Max

    The Perfect Max I Am Jericho

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    I don't see any reason to rush particular inductions like The Undertaker's. Let him have his time in retreat for a while. Plus, with the waning number of potential headliners, it's always beneficial to keep some in the back pocket for future ceremonies.

    Midnight Express is a likely candidate though. After the Rock n' Roll Express this year, it's definitely a likelihood now. Davey Boy Smith, like Owen Hart, has deserved it for some time, but it's doubtful for me. I hope so though.
     
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  5. Navi

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    Your list is fine, needs to be a bit longer though, but that being said, it's okay for now.

    The only issue is Davey Boy Smith. Yes he should be in the Hall of Fame and so should the British Bulldogs as a tag team. The only thing I can think of is the Dynamite Kid is still alive and wheelchair bound, and isn't he kind of salty about the WWE as a whole. I'm sure Vince doesn't want that going viral on him.

    Sadly the WWE will wait till they are both gone and then induct them. It's a shame that they won't do it sooner as one is still alive to enjoy the accolade, but yea really can't induct one without the other.
     
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  6. LBGetBack

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    I thought he was quite good. As a kid, I absolutely hated IRS and wanted to see him get his ass kicked. That's the sign of a good heel. Smashing Brutus Beefcake's face with the briefcase, destroying Tatanka's headdress and stuffing feathers in his mouth while he was tied up in the ropes...he really could get me worked up as a kid.

    He generally put on solid matches too.

    Rick Martel absolutely needs to be in, though. I'm shocked that he's not in yet. He was consistently one of the best tag team and midcard solo wrestlers in WWF from the mid 80's to the early 90's.
     
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  7. shooter_mcgavin

    shooter_mcgavin Mid-Card Championship Winner

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    I was thinking the same until I realized that the names that can headline a HOF is running dry. Aside from Goldberg, Lex Luger, Undertaker, and The Rock there's no one really I can think of in between now and 5 years from now.

    Cena, Jericho, Bryan and Triple H are guys I can see headlining a HOF but I don't see that for, at least, another 5 years.

    I honestly think WWE wasted a year by inducting Piper and Hogan, Foley and Sammartino at the same year. That alone would have give the WWE 2 extra years.

    Another name I can think of that can headline a HOF is Eric Bishoff due to the sheer impact he had in the industry alone. But is the WWE willing to have a non in-ring performer headline a HOF?

    Of course one option is
     
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    Nice class for what it's worth theirs a couple of problem with it, first davey boy. Like somebody else wrote, the problem is that they won't induct him until dynamite kid is decease as well because of the backlash it might cause. Dynamite hasn't being shy about his hatred of wwe and davey boy smith over the years and inducting davey without dynamite might anger him and start shooting on wwe.

    Cyndi lauper, I love the idea but again it's something we're I think she really doesn't care about them now mostly because mr. T got inducted before her or something of that nature so her induction might never happen.

    Sable, again she deserve this but I think she just happy being lesnar's wife right now and doesn't really care about being inducted

    Christian deserve this but I think it's to early for him to get inducted when so many others guys on his level haven't been inducted yet. I think guys like vader, luger, arn anderson, bagwell, tatanka and brutus beefcake just to name a few deserve to get in before christian.

    I think the midnight express is a great pick for the tag team but It was everybody is hoping to see after what happened this year. But the reality is that while the midnights we're great, they never really wrestled in wwe so I think it would be harder to convince vince to inducted them over team that we're wwe creation or at less wrestled in wwe.

    For the other 2, rotundo and taker, why not at this point who else do they have as big name main event level star to headlines the hof, but again it all depends on if taker truly decided to retire or it's just the same situation as last year and they can convince him to wrestle one more match.. as for rotundo, you needsomebody to fill up the class and he did enough in both wwe and nwa/wcw to deserve a spot in the hall of fame.
     
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    You do wonder where all the headliners will come from. NWO and other factions may be a possibility. Vince could headline but he doesn't seem the type. DB is another option. At some point mathematically the well runs dry. I wonder if they have a plan.

    Is Big Show a headliner? Kane? Hardys? Lesnar?

    I guess I could just see them going a year here and there with no definitive headliner. Even this year Angle kind of felt like a step down considering he spent longer in TNA.
     
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  10. Issa Genesis

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    Let's really run down the list of headliners you have.. Rock, Triple H, Big Show, Taker, Goldberg, Batista, Cena, and Lesnar. Lets not forget still lurking as well to be headliners are Punk, Orton, Bryan, and maybe Kane. Triple H contract expires in 3 years as an in-ring performer and I don't expect him to re-sign. As for John Cena, while he will never leave WWE completely I don't see him wrestling much longer. I see Cena slowly becoming The Rock and just making pop ups here and there and wrestling every now and then while never officially retiring. As for Big Show and Kane, I think they're good as done and if Show's match with Strowman was his last then it was the perfect way to go. I would say that Show and Takers are locks to go in this year.

    So getting to the 2018 class:

    HEADLINER: THE UNDERTAKER:undertaker2:

    Tag Team/Stable: nWo (Hogan, Nash, Hall)
    Mid-Card Name: Big Show

    Women's Name/Deceased Competitor: Chyna

    International Legend: Vader

    Pioneer: William Regal

    Non-Wrestler: Vickie Guerrero
     
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  11. sikkbones

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    No, no, no.
    If you're going to induct a non wrestler with the nwo it has to be bishcoff.
     
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  12. d_henderson1810

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    I forgot about Rick Martel.

    I put Rotundo because of his career where he wrestled in a few places.

    I would like to see Martel in, though, not only because he deserves it, but then 2K will have him be DLC for their HoF DLC Pack in their video game, and Martel is the No 1 Legend I want in a video game who hasn't appeared in one yet (he was supposed to be in the HoF DLC last year, as an opponent for Stan Hansen, but for some reason, Hansen wasn't in as DLC, so they removed Martel as well. I hope he is in WWE2K18).
     
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  13. Psykohurricane55

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    I don't see them inducting Chyna anytime soon, while alot of fans wants them to induct her, i think their still some hard feeling over some of the stuff she said toward HHH and WWE. Plus she's still a polarizing figure that's could possibly be a big headache for the WWE if they induct her know just based on not just her porno career, but also her drug addiction that pretty much lead to her death. That kinda why Miss Elizabeth and Lex Luger haven't been inducted yet and both really deserve to be inducted but their checkered pass With Lex being arrested for drugs possession and indirectly the death of miss elizabeth and the fact that elizabeth died of and drug overdose pretty much means that they might never induct them and they deserve it as much if even more then Chyna.

    So i really don'T see Chyna get inducted next year, they acknowledge her when she died but for now, that's probably the only thing they will do for her fans and personally i really don't mind because i really never was a fan of hers anyway.
     
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  14. d_henderson1810

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    Davey Boy had a worthy career, not only with the Bulldogs, but in his own right as well, winning the European and WWE Intercontinental Title. He has had solo runs with WWE and WCW. Also, they usually put in a deceased Legend, and he is the main one not yet inducted.

    Dynamite might be bitter, but the way he has spoken about WWE over the years, why should Vince care what Dynamite wants?

    I'm surprised if Lauper turned down the nomination, but the only reason I can think that she hasn't gone in is that I thought I heard she had some falling out with WWE at some stage. Shame if she never goes in, as she has probably done for WWE as a celebrity than 90% of the celebrities in the HoF at the moment.

    Christian definitely should have gone in before the Godfather. Once you have Godfather in the HoF, any other midcarder is fair game.

    Rock N Roll Express hasn't really wrestled in WWE either (except for that month where Smoky Mountain and UWF did matches in WWE in 1998), so non-involvement in WWE may not be an issue. A bigger problem is Jim Cornette's bitterness towards WWE, and I think he needs to be on board for it to happen. It depends on whether Cornette can put aside his own personal feelings in order to see his team honored.
     
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  15. Navi

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    I can see why you think Davey Boy should go in and I agree with you, but being part of the British Bulldogs was a huge part of his career. To almost totally ignore that without mentioning or inducting Dynamite Kid, would be really petty on the WWE's behalf. I mean it's like inducting Jeff Hardy, who in my mind has had a better career than Matt Hardy, and not putting the Hardy Boys first.

    Dynamite Kid has said some pretty bad things about the WWE and if I remember correctly weren't he and Davey Boy in fact cousins. I remember reading a long time ago and they had a falling out and never spoke to each other after it. So it would be one hell of a speech if the Dynamite Kid ever got on the Hall of Fame stage. So that's why I think Vince will wait.

    Also with regards to Christian. Edge in already in, so Christian should go in as well. He has retired and well why not.
     
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  16. OYDK

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    They should be alright in terms of headliners for the next little while. If they were hurting for names, they could always induct the NWO and DX as a headlining faction. I'd bet on either Goldberg or Taker headlining next years HOF class, maybe even the next two, and from there you still have The Rock, Batista, and HHH as viable candidates who could go in tomorrow if need be. An argument could even be made for people like Rey Mysterio, The Big Show, and Kane. I don't see many people complaining if Owen Hart headlined a class considering the circumstances. By the time you run through those names, you'd have Cena, Orton, Bryan, Punk, Jericho, and Lesnar as legitimate options. That's like, 15+ years worth of headliners right there.

    As for the rest of the 2018 class, who knows. I'd like to see either Sable or Chyna go in but I don't see that happening anytime soon. If Vince was willing to put them in at this point, I doubt we would have gotten Beth Phoenix this year. There's so many tag teams that they could choose from; Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The New Age Outlaws, Edge and Christian, The Midnight Express etc. I could see Bischoff going in based on his reception at this years ceremony.

    So many options, I'm not even going to try to put a lineup together.
     
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  17. d_henderson1810

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    Of those three, I think Miss Elizabeth is the most likely to be inducted, sown the track.

    In fact, I thought it would have been cool to induct her along with "Macho Man" Randy Savage, as she was managing him through most of his career.

    The reason why I think she will get down the track is that she was more of a "victim" and has created less waves. Down the track, when people forget that she died of a drug overdose (and if the rumor is true that Liz took the drugs to commit suicide, to escape Lex's beatings) then she will be seen as a more sympathetic figure.

    Of course, it may depend on whether Lanny Poffo would have any objection, or if he feels that Savage would have. I heard Savage and Elizabeth's marriage was stormy.

    Lex won't get in, because, as well as the other reasons, I think he has sounded off about how he was used in WWE, and that they didn't put the belt on him at Wrestlemania X.

    Chyna won't go in for all the reasons we have heard.
     
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  18. FromGlasgow

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    I agree with all the names on your list and think most of those names will go in at some point, I agree with others of the Dynamite Kid being deserving I feel he's the most deserving name who isn't there especially from his matches in Japan, He was so innovative nobody came close to matching him back in the day skills wise.
    So many others worthy of an induction like Demolition, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart, Brutus Beefcake, King Kong Bundy, Bruiser Brody, Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff, Rick Martel, Vader, Lex Luger, Steiner Brothers, Honky Tonk Man, Dick The Bruiser and The Crusher.
    I hate the fact that they have a celebrity wing of the hall of fame but I think if any celebrity was to be inducted it should be Andy Kauffman, In my opinion he done more for wrestling than any other celebrity in history by far and even sold his injured neck for a long time, Gave Memphis wrestling worldwide fame, He played a heel and didn't go out to make himself look good like most celebrities who appear.
     
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  19. ShinChan

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    I would rather keep Thr Undertaker as backup for a couple of years. He's going in for sure as he should but the timing isn't right as of now.

    I would like Goldberg to be the headliner of next year. His last run in WWE just ended at Wrestlemania and it was quite successful as well. But I do remember reading that considering the success of Goldberg's stint, Vince might want him to return again for a while. Have Trish Stratus and Lita gone in yet? If not, I won't mind either of them.
     
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    Great selections. Those are all the ones I've been wanting in for a long time now. The only thing I would change is I would put Demolition instead of The Midnight Express (although they should still be in for sure)
     
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  21. THTRobtaylor

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    Actually, they easily can... Davey had a career on his own, and in many ways eclipsed Dynamite. That's what he's salty about rather than anything else... He felt bitter that Davey "abandoned him" when the truth is he had ruined his own career and body.

    The more awkward issue is the Benoit influence thing with Dynamite... if they induct him, the press make that connection again and that's before he gets a live mic...

    Davey going in works on Summerslam 92 alone... throw in his team with Owen and you pretty much can skate over the Bulldogs WWF run... Bret inducts, Harry accepts... it's not rocket science.

    The easiest way though and most likely is to induct The Hart Foundation stable as a group - that way Bret shows up and becomes a 2 time HOF'er like Flair, Neidhart goes in so the original team gets covered... but they also get Pillman, Davey AND Owen in without the focus being on Owen... It's a harder one for Martha to nix as she's actually ruining it for others... if they agree to limit Owen's footage as part of it, then it's the most realistic way he goes in... and they have 3 "dead guys who should be in" off the list in one go.

    As for my list... I think more likely is:-

    Co-Headliners: Goldberg (Hogan returns to induct) & Jericho (celeb inductor... possibly someone from a metal band like James Hetfield - fits with a later idea)

    Tag Team/Manager: Midnight Express & Jim Cornette

    Woman: Molly Holly

    Mid Carder: Rick The Model Martel - Must go in at some point and will probably get the revisionist treatment Rude did by flat out naming him a former World Champion for his AWA. If not Martel, then I could

    Dead Wrestler - Like I said, should be Davey... but won't be. Can see them going for Crash if Molly is also inducted. Can also see them going for Pillman as it'd be 20 years since his death.

    Celebrity - Motorhead... inducted by Trips and they have a performance at Mania but with Hetfield stepping in to sing Trips theme... after all it's gonna likely be HIS last match...alternatively they do it at the HOF and Jericho performs with Motorhead... could see that just as easily.
     
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    Kinda just wanted to point out something that not many people know about davey boy smith and his feud with dynamite kid. It really got nothing to do with davey having a bigger career then dynamite, it's mostly because Davey boy back stabbed dynamite by stealing the british bulldog moniker. The fact is that they both we're recognize has the british bulldog and then Davey when behind his back and registered the moniker for himself so that dynamite couldn't get and money from they're matches as a tag team.

    Also if you believe what Bret Hart wrote in his book, the only reason the summerslam 92 match was as great as it was was because Bret was able to carry Bulldog to a great match. Davey boy was drunk that night and could remember anything they we're suppose to do and i'm not really surprise because it happened alot with davey boy.

    Again i really hope the Davey gets inducted someday because i was a huge fan of his, but because of some of his demon and the fact that dynamite is still alive, i really would wait until dynamite dies before inducting him just to be on the safe side or if you want to inducted him without making to much of a fuss, just induct to whole attitude era version of the hart foundation.
     
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  23. sikkbones

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    I like the motorhead idea... But it would better to see metallica doing the game if you're going to have hetfeild there...

    Anyone but Jericho tho... That would be weird.
     
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  24. Nate DaMac

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    Just a few things here.

    Bulldog as a a singles star was much bigger than the British Bulldogs. They could put him in either way.

    Sable was garbage and putting her in front of a live microphone would be excruciating but I can't really argue they she doesn't deserve it.

    If they really want to put in a deceased wrestler from a somewhat recent era other than Bulldog, the next man up certainly isn't fucking Crash Holly. Brian Pillman or Umaga would be better options.

    Other people to consider would be Vader, X-Pac, Demolition, Raven, New Age Outlaws, Dudleys, Goldust, William Regal, Kane, Hart Foundation (Jim & Bret,) Etc.
     
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    Like I said... Crash would fit if Molly/Nora was going in... not saying he deserves it ahead of Pillman in particular... but it's neat and easy if she, Bob and Crash got inducted together in some way. With the Womans tourney coming up and how she was lauded by Beth last year, it seems logical they'll pick her... but they can't really do that without the others also going in.

    Umaga? Nah, not when Rosey has just died too... 3 minute Warning perhaps? But might be seen as too much in favor of Reigns/Anoai family...as they never were a great team. Could they doo an Anoai family induction to cover all the guys not in there like the Von Erichs? Possibly...One neat way round it might be Haku/Tonga who is universally loved and known as part of that "group"... he could be a clever way to get Rosey/Umaga etc mentioned but not have it be about them. or of course The Rock...

    As for Davey and Dynamite, the name is part of it... but also that Davey jumped at the chance to go back to the WWF after the Rougeau incident when Dynamite wouldn't go... That DIANA had already worked out to trademark the name made a bad situation worse... the situation actually was VERY similar to when he went back post Montreal... so Dynamite probably felt even more bitter as he'd "done it twice".

    The problem is, The Bulldogs had such a checkered and relatively short history in the WWE, that it's not worth the risk of giving Tommy the platform. Wheeling him out with a live mic, having the crowd and the world see him and not understand him would be quite bad image wise and could appear "cruel". Whatever Bret's "view" on Summerslam, it was Davey who SOLD the arena... Bret had a lot to do with the match, but he didn't wrestle a broom either. Davey still had to hit his spots and keep up... and the event is remembered for his win/reaction to that more than any one spot Bret "carried him through".

    Remember along with Rude, Davey is pretty much agreed the best guy never to be a World Champ... Rude, Hennig all had a title somewhere else but Davey never got that and got screwed a few times by Vince on it...

    Owen is a big obstacle or rather Martha, but he other one at the mo is probably Harry... If he's under contract elsewhere, it's unlikely they can use him to accept the award. As he's now using the name etc... If they do decide to get him back (and they should) then Davey going in/induction and him taking the name officially in the WWE would be a good angle to kick him off with.
     
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