Earlier today on WWE.com, there was a feature where the current WWE Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston paid a visit to what is called the “Secret WWE Warehouse”. This warehouse inhabits all of the gimmicks that were used in the yester-year days of the World Wrestling Federation.
Kofi went down memory lane by checking out the infamous “Golden Casket” from the casket match between The Undertaker and Goldust from “In Your House 8: Beware Of Dog”. He came across Brutus The Barber Beefcakes clippers, even Mr. Yamaguichi-San’s Kitana from Raw in 1998.
For those who may be unfamiliar, do the words “Choppy-Choppy” ring a bell? There were not any limitations to Kofi’s nostalgic journey, but it made me think, what if there really was a physical WWE Hall of Fame? If there was, these items would move from the warehouse to the Hall of Fame location.
And why is there not a Hall of Fame location? This is a component that doesn’t really connect to me. Since the WWE virtually owns 90% of all past professional wrestling, they would not have to worry about lack of items and/or artifacts, since everything is legally theirs.
An actual Hall of Fame would be a prime money maker, where you are just maintaining a scaled down museum. It’s not like a restaurant where you are constantly purchasing goods on a daily basis, since the goods are already there as is. Just a staff, property and maintenance is what you pay for.
A viable question would be, where would the Hall Of Fame location be?
Many feel New York would be the most ideal place since New York is the birthplace of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. However taking into consideration of property values, New York could be costly.
What about Florida? Vacation/tourist capital of the United States, near the “Happiest Place on Earth” Disney World, and the weather is always right. With the exception of Tropical storms. You can even throw Los Angeles, Cleveland, Chicago or even Las Vegas into the mix as well.
But more importantly, not only is it right for fans to have this taste of history all year round (not just reduced to Wrestlemania Fan Axxess), but its right for the past, present and future Hall of Fame inductees to have something to show honor and recognition for all of their hard work.
An actual home.
The likes of Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Gorilla Monsoon, Classy Freddy Blassie, Andre The Giant, Lou Thez, Bret “The Hitman” Hart and many more should have personalized exhibits displaying their work, while most of them are still here with us to see this physically happen. A Hall of Fame ring is impressive, but something that can be shared with the entire world, goes much deeper.
A few years ago, Vince McMahon made public mention that the actual Hall of Fame lives in his head. This proceeded WWE Hall of Famer Superstar Billy Graham to sell his Hall of Fame ring. hopefully this would be something that will be reconsidered…for the legends.
Maurice D. Proffit is a writer for Rant Sports