WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2012

The last full one to date.Edge

This was obvious from the moment Edge said that he had to retire due to injury.  While Edge is a FAR cry from one of the all time elites, he does have arguably the most impressive resume ever provided you don’t dig too deep into it.  There was never a title that he didn’t win and he held more championship than anyone in company history.  You have to put him in the Hall of Fame for that alone.

 

Four Horsemen

For me this is the real headliner.  They’re the greatest stable of all time and had one of the most powerful rosters ever.  If any team or faction is allowed in it should be them and that’s all there is to it.  Easy yes.

 

Ron Simmons

I go back and forth on this one.  Simmons was indeed the first black man to hold a world title and had a decent tag career with Bradshaw.  That being said though, he never was much of note as WCW Champion and the vast majority of his career was spent as a glorified enforcer.  Is it enough to get him into the Hall of Fame?  I can let him in with a yes, but it’s a yes that is so shaky that a stiff breeze would change my mind.

 

Yokozuna

This is another good example of someone who was very good when he was good and very bad when he was bad.  When he was bad, he was a disturbing looking man due to his enormous weight.  WHen he was good, he was the top heel in the company for the better part of  a year.  That being said, it was quite a solid year and I think that alone is enough to make him world champion.  I can go yes here again, but it’s also not a solid yes.

 

Mil Mascaras

Think what you want about the numerous stories involving his ego and refusal to sell a lot of stuff, Mascaras is a HUGE star in Mexico and one of the biggest stars in the history of wrestling.  He appeared in the WWF back in the 70s through the 90s as well as having major appearances worldwide.  This is another of those guys that you have to have in a wrestling Hall of Fame if you want it to be taken seriously.

 

Mike Tyson

I usually dislike the celebrity inductions, but given how big a deal Tyson was in 1998, I have no problem here.  Tyson was a huge boom to WWE and made Wrestlemania 14 as big of a deal as it was.  Another easy yes here.

 

That’s it for the complete Hall of Fame classes up to this point.  As is the case with 99% of stuff WWE does, a lot of it is great, a lot of it is poor, a lot of it scratches your head and makes you wonder what they were thinking.  The WWE Hall of Fame can’t be taken seriously due to how easy it is to get in along with some of the older inductees.  The problem is they’ve inducted too many people, making further classes far weaker by comparison.  There are also a bunch of names that need to be inducted but haven’t been for whatever reason, so it’s hard to take this thing seriously.  It’s fun to see though and that’s the important idea.

 

I’ll look at the 2013 class on the day of the inductions.

1 comment

  1. Chrisman says:

    Completely true to form, Shawn Michaels somehow ends up putting Mascaras over in his book