We get it. It’s the WWE Hall of Fame. It’s where Koko B. Ware gets a place, but Randy “Macho Man” Savage does not.
It’s not necessarily the be-all, end-all hallowed halls of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Still, the WWE needs to draw the line somewhere, and inducting the Ultimate Warrior into the Hall of Fame is bad for the Warrior and for the WWE. He was immensely popular for a few years, but he simply does not deserve to be alongside Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Bret “Hitman” Hart and Rowdy Roddy Piper.
The Warrior and the WWE have both said a lot of bad things about each other over the years. It looks bad for both of them to join forces when it so obvious that the WWE just needs a big name to induct into this year’s HOF.
From a business standpoint, Warrior did great things. He headlined Wrestlemania and Summerslam shows, but he also hurt the business. He hurt other wrestlers, he no-showed several events and he was known as a guy that worked stiff and put other wrestlers’ careers in jeopardy.
Warrior had creative differences with the WWE, but the bottom line is that he never stayed around long enough to cement himself as a true WWE icon. When he was on top, everything was great. When he wasn’t, he disappeared, typically under a cloud of performance-enhancement drug accusations.
The Warrior also professes to be a huge supporter of Savage, the most obvious snub for the WWE HOF. On principle alone, he should stand against induction, or demand that Savage be inducted with him.
If Warrior really wants to be in the HOF, the WWE should welcome him back and see if he can play nice for a year on the roster without berating, alienating or insulting anyone. Let’s see if he has changed. Let’s see if the WWE has changed. Put him in the HOF in 2015. To do it now simply shows that the WWE doesn’t believe Jake “The Snake” Roberts is a big enough headliner.
The only thing that will save this if the WWE announces that Savage will be inducted with Warrior.