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As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com continue to update our existing lists.
As we slowly put together our Top 50 all-time players for every major team we constantly continue to update our existing ones. For the second time, we are updating the first franchise 50 we ever posted, the Washington Nationals.
Since the last time we revised our Washington Nationals two things have changed.
The first is that since our last revision in two and a half years ago, we have relaxed the dependence on advanced statistic and put a higher reward on individual seasons. We think this allows for a more equitable balance on traditional and advanced metrics.
The second and of course obvious change is that two full seasons have passed. This list is now up until the end of the 2017 Season.
The entire list can be found here and we certainly encourage you to take a look at it and let us know your thoughts and opinions.
Prior to that we wanted to make you aware of a few major changes on the list since the last revision.
Max Scherzer debuts at #9. While his tenure with Washington has certainly been brief, three All Stars and two Cy Youngs already make him one of the most successful hurlers in Nationals history.
2014 Silver Slugger Anthony Rendon makes his first appearance at #22.
As you may have deduced, the entire list has been shuffled.
We will be unveiling the Top 50 All-Time Dallas Stars next.
It is another sad day in the world of Professional Wrestling as Leon White “Vader” passed away due to congestive heart failure at the age of 63.
White got into professional wrestling after a brief career in the National Football League where he most notably appeared for the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl. A patella injury forced him out of the game but like so many football players at the time he moved to the world of professional wrestling.
Trained by Brad Rheingans, White would be given the name of “Baby Bull” Leon White, which would later morph into “Bull Power”. He was not a top of the card guy but his size made him an instant attraction and an asset coveted by other promotions. The first to take advantage of that was New Japan Pro Wrestling and they did not waste anytime making him an instant star.
Directly following a successful win over Riki Choshu, the now named Big Van Vader challenged and soundly thrashed a tired Antonio Inoki, which led to a riot at the Sumo Hall. The promotion was subsequently banned from the facility for nearly two years but Vader instantly became a major star in Japan.
This would usher in the best period of Vader’s career. He would win an eight-man tournament where he would win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title and in the process would become the first gaijin to win the belt. During his second reign with the championship (beating Choshu for the belt) he would make wrestling history by becoming a World Champion on three different continents at the same time. He beat El Canek in Mexico to win the UWA Title and Otto Wanz to capture the Catch Wrestling belt.
With continued success in Japan and Europe Vader would be also used by World Championship Wrestling albeit sparingly for the first two years. He would defeat Sting for the WCW Heavyweight Title in 1992 and his series of matches with him were among the best in the company. The big man would win the championship three times and would also have notable feuds with Ric Flair and Cactus Jack. He would be fired from the company following a backstage confrontation with Paul Orndorff, but by that time the WWF was calling.
His first match for the WWF was a performance at the Royal Rumble where he was introduced with Jim Cornette as his manager. Vader was positioned as a monster heel and top contender and after he went through former champion Yokozuna it was expected that he would have a long run against WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Michaels. The two would fight at Summer Slam 1996 but the two did not mesh and Michael’s political stroke would push him slowly down the card. He would have later title matches against the Undertaker but his last year in the company (1998) would see him losing match after match and essentially being regulated to a “jobber to the stars”.
While Vader was not the same physical specimen he was earlier in the decade he was still a name and he was rejuvenated. He won the All-Japan Triple Crown twice, the Tag Title with “Dr. Death” Steve Williams and would also later win the Pro Wrestling NOAH Tag Titles with Scorpio.
Throughout the 2000’s and early 2010’s Vader would compete independently.
Vader announced through Social Media that due to his heart issues his doctor had given him only two weeks to live though despite his announced illness, Vader continued to work independents with his most notable performance being a win over Will Ospreay that took place over a Twitter war.
In recent months, Mick Foley had mentioned on his Facebook page that he would like to see Vader enter the WWE Hall of Fame while he was still alive. Obviously any induction now would be posthumous. We had him ranked at #24 on our Notinhalloffame list.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Leon White at this time.
Terrell Owens has really made himself the centerpiece of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony hasn’t he? This is a pretty impressive accomplishment considering that he won’t even be there.
Today, TMZ showed Owens speaking about the honor of being a Hall of Famer to the Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles. This has certainly raised some eyebrows as people have wondered why he would say it such a great honor when he is skipping the ceremony, though it again should be reiterated that he never said anything about it not be…just that he will celebrate in his own way.
Other Hall of Famers have sounded off on Owens’ decision. Former Defensive Back Rod Woodson had this to say to NFL Network:
“I really don’t care if he comes or not. But what bothers me more than anything is that in T.O.’s life, he’s had different things that happened to him in his life, but there’s people who helped him come along through his childhood, high school, college, to get to the point where he’s at to be one of the better players to ever play in the National Football League … you can be there to acknowledge them. And they lose out, because he’s thinking, ‘It’s all about T.O.’”
It is hard to dispute this logic. Would TMZ mention this if he were going to the ceremony in Canton? Of course not!
This is the first time that a player who was alive and in good health has skipped out on the Hall of Fame induction.
We know this much, this story has some legs left.
First off, our apologies as this took longer than anticipated, but we are finally ready to unveil our new WWE list of those to consider for their Hall of Fame. With the exception of our Rock and Roll list, the 375 wrestling performers we have ranked are the largest that we have here at Notinhalloffame.com.
While the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame saw twelve of our ranked wrestlers (28. Bill Goldberg, 36. Stan Stasiak, 40. El Santo, 43. Jim Londos, 45. Jeff Jarrett, 65. Mark Henry, 84. Lord Alfred Hayes, 104. Hillbilly Jim, 180. Ivory, 182. Sputinik Monroe, 188. Hiro Matsuda and 191. Boris Malenko) selected however nobody from our top 25 was chosen. As such there is not much of a difference between last year’s list and this one.
Still, we always adapt and we have made some changes that we are excited to tell you about!
Here is the new top ten:
1. Vince McMahon. Love him or hate him, he is the WWE and the reason why many of us watch professional wrestling. McMahon was ranked #1 last year and will likely hold this spot until he is
dead. Triple H said that the only reason he isn’t in is because Vince wouldn’t let him! Literally this is the case of “over his dead body”.
2. The Undertaker. Speaking of the dead, The Undertaker returns at #2. The “Deadman” is certainly on the last leg of his career though we don’t know how many matches he has left in him. This
is only a matter of time as he will likely go in as soon as the WWE feels that he is finished.
While there were no additions in our top 100 there are certainly new names on our Notinhalloffame.com WWE list.
The highest new entry is R-Truth, who based on our mandatory age limit (discussed above with Chris Jericho) is now on our main list. Truth debuts at #189.
As always we here at Notinhalloffame.com continue to look at others who we may have missed. As such we have some new entries on our now Notinhallofame.com WWE 375.
Former AWA World Heavyweight Champion, The Mighty Igor debuts at #244. Former regional faux Japanese headliner Kenji Shibuya makes his first appearance at #271. Former Cleveland legend Johnny Powers debuts at #313. The final three entries, which are new are Count Billy Varga #373, Neff Maivia #374 and Akira Taue at #375.
Notably Daniel Bryan who was ranked #9 has been put back into our futures.
You know what we want you do to!
Take a look at our new list and cast your votes and offer us your opinions.
As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thanks you for all of your support!