Since we are now officially on the road to Wrestlemania 29, not only are we anticipating a stacked card of matches that will have us talking for years to come, but it’s the night before Wrestlemania that really stays with us.
Every wrestling fan will be able to relate with this anticipation as we set our sights on to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Before last Sunday’s Elimination Chamber Pay Per View, four names were announced to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
As of 2012, there have been a total of 107 inductees: 84 members inducted individually, six tag teams, one stable and one wrestling family. Needless to say, within its 20 years of existence, the Hall of Fame is relatively packed and may be on the brink to being a watered down version of what it could be.
Shouldn’t the WWE be more selective in terms of inductees?
A question like this should not be asked when we are talking about Hall of Fames of any caliber. It is safe to assume that going into Wrestlemania, season that the anticipation of finding out said nominations for the class is rather high, so the Hall of Fame will always be preserved as one of the main focal points of Wrestlemania weekend.
Considering that the WWE does is having an average of 7-8 inductees per year and some inductees are going into the hall relatively too early, scaling back on names would do little harm.
The names that are usually announced are names that could easily headline the list of inductees. Take for example the list we have this year so far. The list consist of legends such as Bob Backlund, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus and Bruno Sammartino.
All four of these names could headline a hall of fame inductee class on their own, being followed by men and women who had a hand with booking, promoting in the NWA days, or officials being involved with pro wrestling.
This suggestion would be the only ideal way to preserve the hall’s honor and truly make sure that it does mean something. When you have so many lead names in one class, you take away from the integrity. If the WWE’s main purpose for stacking the Hall of Fame class with top names is just to fill the arena with fans for the one night, then priorities need to be rechecked.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports