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Chavo Guerrero Sr.

It is virtually impossible to watch WWE programming without seeing a second (or even third) generation performer.  As of this writing, thirteen members of the current roster have a parent who competed as a professional wrestler, and there is a lot of indication that this number will grow.  Florida Championship Wrestling (the training ground for the WWE) has many more second generation sports entertainers waiting to continue the legacies put forth by their parents.

Interview with "Jumpin" Jim Brunzell

It was about two years ago that I had the pleasure of interviewing, Brian Blair, known mostly to wrestling fans as one half of the 1980’s World Wrestling Federation tag team, The Killer Bees.  It seemed only fitting that I made an attempt to talk to his tag team partner, “Jumpin” Jim Brunzell.

Like Brian, Jim Brunzell accomplished far more in professional wrestling than just what people saw in the late 80’s under Vince McMahon’s juggernaut of a promotion.  A former football player for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Brunzell would star in the American Wrestling Association for years as both a tag team wrestler and solo competitor and was known for his scientific mat wrestling skills and likable personality.  

Carlos Colon to the WWE HOF



Tonight on the tapings of Friday Night Smackdown, it was announced that Carlos Colon will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.  Colon debuted in professional wrestling in 1966, but citing a need for a solid promotion in his native Puerto Rico, he co-created, the World Wrestling Council, which would become a major promotion.

Colon would become the promotion’s champion multiple times, and his decades long feud with Abdullah the Butcher is still legendary on the Caribbean Island.  In 1983, it appeared to the WWC faithful that he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair when he defeated Flair in San Juan, however this was not recognized by the NWA, and Carlos was referred to as the “Universal” Champion in Puerto Rico from then on.

In regards to the WWE, Colon’s highest profile appearance was as a participant in the 1993 Royal Rumble.  Since our website’s inception, Colon has been lodged in the top twenty of those who should be considered for the WWE Hall of Fame.

Carlos Colon is the father of former WWE Superstar, Carlito, and the father and nephew of Los Matadors, who formerly wrestled as Primo and Epico.  We congratulate Carlos on this honor.

RIP: Dusty Rhodes

It is a sad day in the world of professional wrestling as it was announced by the WWE that Hall of Famer and former multi time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, passed away today at the age of 69.  Rhodes was still employed with the WWE at the time of his passing assisting with the younger talents in the developmental system and he had made multiple appearances on Monday Night Raw over the past few years. 



Rhodes first gained prominence as one half of the Texas Outlaws with Dick Murdoch, where they would become one of the world’s top tag teams.  After striking out on his own, he would become a major star in Florida and would eventually be a three time champion in the National Wrestling Alliance with notable feuds against Harley Race and Ric Flair.  In the late 80’s, Rhodes would have his last major run in wrestling with the WWF, peaking with a mixed tag team win over Randy Savage at Wrestlemania VI.



“The American Dream” still worked in wrestling for WCW and the WWE in booking and administrative capacities and two of his sons, Cody and Dustin would become champions themselves. 



We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Dusty Rhodes.




RIP: Roddy Piper

The phrase “part of my childhood died today” is thrown around so much I often wonder if the people who utter those words really mean it.  I can tell you now at this moment as I sit in an airport waiting to board a flight back home that is exactly how I feel upon learning that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died of natural causes at the age of 61.

I won’t go into a detailed biography on his career.  If you were a wrestling fan in the 1980’s like I was you know exactly who the “Hot Rod” was.  While so many people gravitated towards Hulk Hogan and “Hulkamania” it was Piper who I wanted to be as a kid.  I tried to talk like him, act like him and even had a friend of mine pretend to be my bodyguard, “Ace”.  I remember making a compilation VHS tape (Remember those) of his best matches, interviews and every Piper’s Pit I could get my hands on. 

Decades later, I would listen to his podcasts and while I never met him, in becoming friends with Chavo Guerrero Sr., a man who befriended a young Piper in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s I had the pleasure of hearing stories about Piper, all of which made me love Piper even more. 

I apologize to all of you for as much as I want to give you a heartfelt tribute to Roddy Piper, for the first time in years I find myself at a real loss for words. 

Needless to say, all of us at Notinhalloffame.com offer our condolences to the friends and family of Roddy and as for me, I am going to try to catch a classic Piper’s Pit on YouTube before I fly across country.  Somehow, I know that it will put a smile on my face and remind me of how much he entertained me not only as a kid but also as a grown man. 



Layla retires. A WWE HOFer?

In between the deaths of WWE Hall of Famers, Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper, a former title holder in the WWE retired to little fanfare.

The winner of the 2006 WWE Diva Search and former WWE Woman’s Champion and Diva’s Champion, Layla El has announced that she will be retiring from professional wrestling at the age of 38.

The former England born Miami Heat cheerleader, did not make that much of a splash after debuting in the WWE, and really wasn’t focused much until she was moved to the ECW brand and was paired with Brooke and Kelly Kelly as “Extreme Expose”, a dance troupe who did get somewhat regular television time on the E’s third brand.  The group would disband and while she would wrestle on occasion but it was not until she was drafted to RAW where she would be able to show a little more of her personality.

It was shown initially with a pairing with Steven Regal and that heel persona would serve her even better on Smackdown where her pairing with Michelle McCool as “LayCool” was easily the highlight of both of their careers. 

Layla’s retirement asks us this question…is she a WWE Hall of Famer?

Our gut instinct is that she is not, and while she is a former women’s champion and someone who helped change the ethnic makeup of the women’s roster, the fact was that she was just a passable wrestler and we are not even sure that she makes our top 300 list once we revise that in the upcoming year.



Wrestling fans, we would love to hear your take on this one!



Bret Hart hopes Owen Hart will get into the WWE HOF next year

On a recent TSN periscope chat with former multi-time WWE Heavyweight Champion, Bret Hart, a lot of candid comments were made, which included his opinions on his youngest brother, Owen Hart and the fact that he is not in the WWE Hall of Fame.



I’m hoping next year at WrestleMania that he’ll be inducted and I’ll be really sorely disappointed if he’s not. It’s really overdue.”

Many have speculated that the omission of Owen to the Hall is largely due t his widow, Martha, who has been very vocal about her dislike of the WWE and has previously been in multiple litigations with the “E”.  Bret did not allude to this but did discuss how they had to tiptoe around her in the creation of the upcoming Owen Hart DVD and that she has made a fool out of herself in regards to trying to obliterate the legacy of Owen Hart in the WWE. 

Bret would add that if Owen does not go into the WWE Hall of Fame next year, he won’t attend another one until the tag team of he and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart were selected.

He would go on to add that he would like to see his fellow Hart Foundation faction members, The British Bulldog and Brian Pillman in, as well as former Tag Team Champions, Demolition

Could Bret influence the powers that be (namely Vince McMahon) that an induction for Owen should happen next year?  Considering the scandals involving Jimmy Snuka and Hulk Hogan that have taken place recently, it might be prudent not to rehash a dark day in wrestling history, even though the resume of Owen Hart shows he belongs and frankly would make us very happy. 

Is Hulk Hogan out of the WWE HOF?

Wrestling fans all known that Hulk Hogan hasn’t been having a good year.  In light of his recent scandal in which he uttered racial slurs towards African-Americans, he was released from his contract and was removed from many aspects of the WWE’s media platform and his name is not on the company’s Hall of Fame website.

It needs to be noted that the WWE has never publically stated that they have removed Hogan from the Hall (nor have they with Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka who will go to trial for the murder of his mistress from over thirty years ago), however from comments he has just made on Ric Flair’s podcast, he appears to think that he has been removed:

“That Hall of Fame ring is my life and it’s just so sad that I’ve been taken out of the Hall of Fame and I don’t have a presence anymore in the wrestling business. But I’m going to cherish that Hall of Fame ring.”

While it is still unclear as to whether Hogan is or is not in the WWE Hall of Fame, his passion towards it shows how much many of the professional wrestlers hold it dear. 




Daniel Bryan Retires

We think we speak for many professional wrestling fans in that we were hoping that this was an angle.

It wasn’t.

After a statement on his Twitter Account, Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan announced his retirement at the end of tonight’s Monday Night Raw in what was an emotional segment. 

Bryan, who was trained by WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels in the late 1990’s, was an independent wrestling darling who would become a superstar in Ring of Honor Wrestling where he would become their champion.  Bryan, would quickly become known as a wrestling machine would become a star amongst the traditional wrestling fans, but he had yet to become a true worldwide star.

That would change in 2010 when he was signed with the WWE and was assigned to the NXT show, with The MIz as his “pro”.  Following a brief firing after an angle where he used a necktie to choke announcer, Justin Roberts, Bryan would win the United States Title from the Miz and slowly work his way up the ladder.

Bryan would win the World Championship after he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase over The Big Show but it was his Wrestlemania title defense that indirectly turned him into a much bigger star. 

He would lose his championship to Shamus in an eighteen second match, resulting in the following night a feverish chant of his name the next night on RAW.  The WWE Universe felt cheated out of a high quality match, and his stock continued to rise, as did his charisma.  Following an entertaining tag team with Kane, Bryan received a Championship Match against John Cena at Summer Slam and he would defeat Cena, only to be attacked by special referee, Triple H and lose his title to Randy Orton who was the Money in the Bank Winner that year.

It appeared that Daniel Bryan would never get the opportunity to have an extended run with the championship but fate, as it often does, intervened.

Following the 2014 Royal Rumble, CM Punk abruptly quit forcing a change in plans and Daniel Bryan was vaulted into an angle with Triple H and a Wrestlemania XXX title shot where he won the championship to the delight of the fans at the New Orleans Superdome.  Sadly fate would intervene again as he would have to forfeit the championship due to shoulder surgery.

We know the rest of the story.  Bryan came back only to again be forced out, but this time from a concussion, and one that would force his retirement as an in ring professional wrestler.

It is expected that the WWE will eventually induct Daniel Bryan to the WWE Hall of Fame, though we do not expect that to occur this year. 

We will be ranking Bryan in our April revisions.



Like so many websites we would like to thank Daniel Bryan for all of the great matches and memories that he has given us through the years and we wish him the best in his post wrestling career.

The Godfather to enter the WWE HOF

It was announced today that Charles Wright, who portrayed, “The Godfather”, “Papa Shango” and Kama Mustapha in the WWE, would be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame.

Wright first trained to be a professional wrestler in 1989 and at the insistence of his friend, the Undertaker, he was brought in to the WWF in early 1992.  He was given the persona of Papa Shango, a voodoo priest and he would feud with the Ultimate Warrior.  The Shango character received a mixed reaction from the fans and by 1993 he was sent to the USWA, who had a reciprocal relationship with the WWF.

Wright would return to the WWF, but this time as “The Supreme Fighting Machine”, Kama and would be a member of the Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation.  His highwater mark for this gimmick was a Casket Match loss against The Undertaker at Summer Slam 1995.  Shortly after the Royal Rumble in ’96, he would disappear again.

He would return a year later to join another faction, this time with the Nation of Domination.  He was not featured much, but when the group splintered off, Wright evolved into the “Godfather”, a wrestling pimp who would bring “hos” to the ring.  Within months, he would become one of the most over wrestlers in the company and would win the Intercontinental Championship.

He would later be part of another faction, which saw him renounce his ways and become the “Goodfather”, and was a member of the Right to Censor group, but that was shortlived and he would go back to the gimmick that made him famous until he semi-retired in late 2002.

Always on good terms with the WWE, Wright would make period appearances, including a Royal Rumble appearance in 2013.

Wright will be inducted by his real life friends, Ron Simmons and John Bradshaw Layfield, which might end speculation that JBL will be inducted as their has never been anyone who was an inductee and inductor in the same night.

We at Notinhalloffame.com had The Godfather ranked at #148, which again gives credence as to why he we rank so many.

We would like to congratulate Charles Wright for earning this accolade.

Our WWE List has been revised. Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho added

We have another major update here at Notinhalloffame.com.

Our Notinhalloffame.com WWE list has finally been updated and as has happened every year has expanded.  This year we have gone from 333 to 365. 

Why the 10 percent increase in entries?  Simply put, the creation of the WWE Legends Wing has opened up a large amount of pre-WWE wrestlers who were not previously considered to be recognized on our list. 

First off, let’s get to the new Top Ten, which has showcases some new entries.



#1.  Vince McMahon

McMahon returns to the top spot and love him or hate him nobody can deny that he belongs.

#2.  The Undertaker

This is about as close to a lock as it gets. 

#3.  The Rock

See above.  How can he not get in?

#4.  Triple H

The only thing keeping Triple H out of the HOF is Triple H.  As an existing executive, it is his whenever he wants.

#5.  Bruiser Brody

Every year, Brody climbs in the rankings. This is his first year in our top five.

#6.  Kurt Angle

Angle may never work for the WWE again as an in ring worker, but he has done more than enough to be a Hall of Famer for the WWE.

#7.  Ivan Koloff

The former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion is at his highest rank.

#8.  Chris Jericho

While Jericho is as of this writing an active WWE competitor, his age (45) brings him to our automatic threshold for the active WWE Notinhalloffame.com list.

#9.  Dave Batista

The former World Champion and climbing actor comes in at number 9.

#10.  Daniel Bryan

The former three-time World Champion breaks through to the top-ten with the surprising retirement.   This is his debut on the Notinhalloffame.com WWE list.


There are a plethora of other new entries into our WWE Hall of Fame countdown.

They are:



22.  Rob Van Dam

“RVD” is a former World Champion and a major star of both the 90’s and 00’s.

46. Jim Londos

Londos is a former World Champion from the 1930’s.

59. Joe Stecher

Stecher is a former World Champion from the 1910’s and 20’s.

77. Wild Bill Longson

Longson is a former World Champion from the World War II era. 

85. Stanislaus Zbyszko

Zbyszko is a former World Heavyweight Champion and major star from the 1920’s.

94. Whipper Billy Watson

Watson was an icon in Toronto and a former World Heavyweight Champion from the 1950’s.

114. Bronko Nagurski

Nagurski is a former NFL Champion and a former World Heavyweight Champion from the 1930’s and 40’s.

127. Ray Steele

Steele is another former World Champion from the 1930’s.

152. Yvon Robert

Robert was the World Champion in the 40’s and was a large star from Quebec.

174. The Great Gama

Gama was a legend in India and popularized the business there.

185. Santino Marella

The former Intercontinental Champion recently retired and was one of the best “comedic” wrestlers of all-time.

199. June Byers

Byers is a former Women’s Champion who took over the mantle from Mildred Burke in the 1950’s.

212. Bob Orton Sr.

The patriarch of the Orton family won a plethora of regional titles throughout his career.

227. The Great Khali

Khali is a former World Heavyweight Champion and remains a major star in India.

240. Beth Phoenix

Phoenix is a former WWE Women’s Champion

246. John Pesek

Pesek was a former World Champion from the 1910’s and 20’s.

257. Orville Brown

Brown was a former multi-time champion from the 1940’s.

283. Everett Marshall

Marshall was a former champion from the 1930’s and 40’s.

294. Bert Assirati

Assirati was a British strongman who was a star in the U.K. for decades.

296. Dick Shikat

Shikat won the world title twice in the 1930’s.

301. Steve Casey

Casey was a major force in the business in the Boston area in the late 1930’s.

305. Missy Hyatt

Hyatt was the “First Lady of WCW” at one time and a top heel in the UWF.

309. Gus Sonnenberg

Sonnenberg was the World Champion in the 1930’s.

314. Baron Michele Leone

Leone was a major star in Southern California for years.

322. Michelle McCool

McCool is a former Diva’s Champion.

326. Steve Blackman

“The Lethal Weapon” is a former six-time WWE Hardcore Champion.

327. Ed Don George

Ed Don George was a champion in the 1930’s.

330. New Jack

The ECW veteran was a three time Tag Team Champion.

331. Terri Runnels

Terri was a WWE Diva for nearly seven years.

335. Layla

Layla was a former WWE Diva’s Champion

340. Danny McShain

McShain was a multi-time former Light Heavyweight Champion.

342. Earl McCready

McCready was a solid performer in the British Commonwealth throughout the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

344. Bill Apter

Apter was the owner of a series of magazines that took pictures that are still used today.

346. Candice Michelle

The former Godaddy spokesgirl was WWE Women’s Champion.

349. Danno O’Mahoney

O’Mahoney was a fixture in wrestling in the 1930’s.

351. Sandor Szabo

Szabo was a star in California for well over a decade.

354. Lillian Garcia

Garcia is one of the longest tenured employees in WWE history.

363. Rockin’ Robin

Robin was a former WWF Women’s Champion. 



In the Fall of this year we intend to expand this to an even 400.

We think you all know what we want you to do!

Take a look at this list, the new entries and cast your votes and opinions!

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you for your time and your support.











A Look at James Ellsworth’s Underdog Comic Book Story in the WWE

The World Wrestling Entertainment has rolled the dice outside the industry many times in the past. Some, like the XFL, flopped miserably but made significant innovations still used today in most American football coverage.

Others, such as the WWE Comics, which will soon hit the stands in November, according to IGN, are promising – not to mention fitting for their brand. In hindsight, the former seem like a bad idea, hence the failed result, considering that one is a sports entertainment brand and the other is a legitimate and established professional game. On the other hand, the professional wrestling company’s journey into the world of comic books looks like a match made in fictional heaven.

Nowadays, various media entities resort to comic books – so much so that it somewhat looks like the easiest, safest way out. On the flipside, the viewing public constantly craves such stories to be brought to life on screen. Aside from the success in these popular visual mediums, Pocketfruity discussed how these fictional characters transcended to different gaming platforms – both console and online. In short, comic books, based on the website, “have had a huge resurgence in the larger culture… sparking a near-endless demand for these stories.” The WWE, however, did the exact opposite, as they flipped the tables and immortalized their superstars into the colorful pages of these books.

In this Vince McMahon era of professional wrestling, it seems like the two foremost requirements of landing a job with the company is a well-defined – borderline hulking – physique and a larger-than-life attitude on the microphone. These facets not just make a good wrestler on screen, but a likely comic book character altogether. However, in this so-called New Era of Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens and AJ Styles, there’s one superstar that sticks out like a sore thumb, a man, who on paper neither looks like a wrestler nor a comic book superhero.

James Ellsworth entered the bright lights of the WWE on the July 25th edition of RAW in an enhancement match versus Braun Strowman. As expected, Strowman demolished the – in pro wrestling parlance – jobber in a quick albeit brutal fashion. More than a month later, the lanky indie wrestler from Maryland, who is also the head promoter of local indie show Adrenaline Championship Wrestling, made his SmackDown LIVE debut against no less than the champ AJ Styles.

Fans, or the WWE Universe, saw this hilarious sketch as somewhat another squash match starring James Ellsworth, a David-vs-Goliath type of booking featuring a chinless indie darling and a literal world-beater in AJ Styles.

However, as the stipulation would have it, Styles’ current rival Dean Ambrose was designated as the special guest referee. With plenty of help from the former champ Ambrose, Ellsworth pulled off the impossible and pinned the champ. The following week, SmackDown LIVE GM Daniel Bryan put him in another match opposite Styles, this time with the WWE World Championship belt on the line.

People raved about it on social media; the event was the perfect storm so to speak. James Ellsworth has a memorable catchphrase about any man with two hands has a fighting chance, he has undeniable in-ring presence, and most of all, the WWE Universe loves him. Ellsworth even has authentic merchandise on WWE Shop. The title match went on as planned. AJ beat him to a pulp – with only a “No Chin Music” (a play on Shawn Michaels’ patented “Sweet Chin Music”) as his defining moment. In the end, James Ellsworth pulled off another stunning upset, this time via a DQ, as AJ Styles deliberately failed to stop punching after the obligatory five-count.

Though, AJ Styles still retained his belt, James Ellsworth gained something greater than a precious title. He’s now an unlikely new WWE Superstar, who on just his third official live show with the company, main evented against a recognized champion. Yes, he doesn’t have the looks nor the abilities of a future WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, but he – to borrow the great Chris Jericho’s words – has the definite “IT” factor. James Ellsworth is light years away from having the most physically intimidating body in the business, but his story, his underdog journey to the big league has the makings of a theoretically exciting WWE Comic.

Bill Goldberg to the WWE HOF?

There has been a lot of speculation that the return of Bill Goldberg will culminate in him headlining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

As WWE fans know, Goldberg returned to the WWE after a twelve year absence and will be facing the last man he wrestled, Brock Lesnar.

Fans may remember that their contest at Wrestlemania XX was far from a classic.  Goldberg’s contract was set to expire and he had made it clear that he would not be resigning.  It had also leaked that Lesnar would be leaving to try a career in the NFL and you had a match between two people who were on their way out and leaving the WWE on acrimonious terms.  The two were booed out of the building and the highlight of the match was special referee, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin stunning them both. 

However that was 12 years ago.

Goldberg remains in great physical shape and Lesnar would become a UFC Heavyweight Champion and you now have a match that fans are looking forward to, which will take place at the Survivor Series in Toronto.

The former WWE and WCW Champion was brought back in slowly as a downloadable character for WWE2K17, the video game.  In the past, this has brought the Ultimate Warrior to the fold and brought Sting in to the “E” for the first time.  Both of whom would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame shortly after.  There is a lot of reason to think that this could happen with Bill Goldberg.

Currently ranked #29 on our Notinhalloffame.com WWE ranking, he would be a bona fide headliner for the next WWE Class.  While this is not official, we are expecting this to happen.

RIP: Jimmy Snuka

It is a very sad day for the WWE, as one of their greatest superstars of all-time, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka passed away today.  He was 73 years old

Before we get to what has dominated news about Snuka in recent years, let’s take a quick look at his decorated in ring career:

Born in Fiji in 1943, Snuka did not wrestling until 1970.  His first taste of true success in the wrestling industry took place in ’73 when he went to work for Don Owen in NWA Pacific Northwest.  He would win that regional championship six times as well as their version of the tag team titles multiple times with Portland mainstay, Dutch Savage. 

He would spend the bulk of the 1970’s wrestling across various NWA territories.  Superfly would win the Texas Title in 1977 but achieved a higher profile in Mid Atlantic with a tag team with fellow future WWE superstar, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff.  Snuka would also win the United States Title from Ricky Steamboat.  Following a run in Georgia he would travel north to New York and become a top performer for Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation. 

Debuting in 1982 as a dastardly heel with his manager, Captain Lou Albano, Snuka would main event quickly, receiving title shots against the then World Champion, Bob Backlund.  In a notable steel cage match in Madison Square Gardens, Snuka would attempt a “superfly splash” off the top of the cage, missing the champion but dazzling the fans.  He was just a great athlete and his pioneering aerial skills made it hard for him not to turn face, which he did later in the year, aligning with former Champion Buddy Rogers and then feuding with Albano’s other charge, “The Magnificent Muraco, who was the promotion’s Intercontinental Champion. 

The feud with Muraco, culminated again at MSG, where this time Snuka hit the splash from the top of the steel cage (albeit after the match, which he lost), which even today remain one of the most iconic moments in WWE history. 

Jimmy Snuka would feud with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper for the next year, and at this time Snuka was one of the top faces in the company, and for many fans the top star.  He would appear in the corner of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at the first Wrestlemania, though he would depart the promotion later in the year and work for Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association before returning in 1989.

By this point, in his 40’s, Snuka was still popular but no longer a main event player.  His next three years saw him put over stars, such as The Undertaker, Rick Rude and others, and he would join Eastern Championship Wrestling (the eventual Extreme Championship Wrestling) and become their champion.

In 1996, the World Wrestling Federation inducted him into their Hall of Fame, and he even performed in that weekend’s Survivor Series.  He would continue to wrestle sporadically after, and even appeared at Wrestlemania 25, teaming with Piper and Steamboat in a 3 on 1 handicap match against Chris Jericho.  Even in declining health, he wrestled in independents and was a fixture at signings and conventions, however late in his life he was known for a near 34 year old death of his former girlfriend, Nancy Argentino.

Argentino died in 1983, and while Snuka was the prime suspect in her death, no charges were ever laid, though Snuka did lose a civil suit (which he never paid) to the Argentino family.  He was finally charged in late 2014 with third degree murder, but only twelve days ago, he was found mentally unfit to stand trial.

While the last few years of Snuka’s life was certainly controversial, the wrestling fan in us would like to remember the great in-ring moments.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Jimmy Snuka at this time.

RIP: Chavo Guerrero Sr.

This is one of the saddest days for us at Notinhalloffame.com and for me specifically, Kirk Buchner, the owner of this site.

My friend, Chavo Guerrero Sr., passed away after a battle with liver cancer.  He was 68 years old.

I am not going to speak now about his decorated career, which while extensive, is not the way I will remember him.  To me, Chavo was a man whose heart exceeded his muscles, whose passion for wrestling was only matched by his pride of being a member of the Guerrero family.  He was proud, always told you what was on his mind and possibly the most genuine man I ever met. 

A few years ago, I interviewed him for our site and shortly after he asked me to work on his autobiography, which other than the epilogue we have finished.  Chavo helped us out with a YouTube video, counting down those who should be considered for the WWE Hall of Fame, and his expertise and charismatic way in which he discussed people who were his former co-workers was as entertaining as he was in the ring.

My heart goes out to the Guerrero family and his many fans. 

Amigo, you will be missed.    

More WWE HOF Inductors announced

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony has announced additional inductors, as former WCW Executive and RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff will be inducting Diamond Dallas Page and current WWE Diva Natalya will be inducting former multi-time Women’s Champion, Beth Phoenix.

Both Dallas Page and Eric Bischoff cut their teeth in the wrestling industry in the American Wrestling Association in the last 80’s.  The two, though not together would both have failed tryouts in the then named World Wrestling Federation but would find themselves in World Championship Wrestling, Bischoff as a low level announcer and Page as a mid card manager, though the two friends would find themselves ascend through the 1990’s in much larger positions. 

As Bischoff gained charge of WCW, Page would slowly morph into one of the top workers and would feud with Eric Bischoff and the New World Order, even so much as being on opposing tag teams on a WCW Pay per View.

In the case of Nattie Neidhart, she an on-screen pairing with Phoenix in a “pin-up string” tag team.  Both Neidhart and Phoenix were precursors to the “Women’s Revolution” and were both accomplished performers in the ring and were physically stronger than their peers.

This announcement adds to Jim Cornette as the inductor for the Rock and Roll Express, John Cena as Kurt Angle’s inductor, the A.P.A. as Teddy Long’s inductor and Ricky Steamboat inducting Rick Rude.

Minor additions to our WWE Futures Section

A quick note on our WWE Futures sections as we have added three names to that section.

Paige, Colt Cabana and Natalya have been added.

Paige, who currently serves as the Smackdown Live GM, was forced to retire from in ring competition a few months ago. Due to her youth, we are putting her on the Futures section as she could mimic Daniel Bryan and return one day.

Colt Cabana, who most recently was sued (unsuccessfully) by WWE doctor Dr. Chris Amman currently works the indies and does commentary (and occasionally wrestles) for Ring of Honor. He has a forgettable run as Scotty Goldman in the WWE in 2008 to 2009.

Natalya has been with the WWE since 2007 and is a former Divas and Smackdown Women’s Champion. As she is 36 (which is certainly not old), there arguably could be less time left in wrestling than there is in what she has already accomplished.

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“The Ultimate” Warrior

There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the Ultimate Warrior, and honestly a lot of it is justified. His detractors point to his lack of wrestling ability and incoherent interviews. They are right, as the vast majority of his matches were not wrestling clinics and more often than not, you really didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. With all of that said, there was a huge population of wrestling fans that made the Ultimate Warrior one of the most popular wrestlers of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

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