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RIP: Chyna

At the age of 45, groundbreaking professional wrestler Joanie Laurer, who performed professionally as “Chyna”, was found dead in her home in California.  It has been speculated that she died from a drug overdose and was already dead for nearly two days when her body was found.

When she entered the WWF in the late 90’s as the bodyguard of Hunter Hearst Helmsley, the wrestling world had never seen anything like her.  Chyna did not look like any other woman who had previously been associated with the industry and she was a physical match for many of the men, so much so, that she began to wrestle against them.

In the process of becoming the first female (and only) Intercontinental Champion, Chyna embarked on facial reconstruction and breast augmentation surgery and became a sex symbol.  Arguably, at one point she was amongst the top five in popularity in the WWE.  She was not able to come up with a contract agreeable with the WWE in 2001 and she would part ways with the organization, though the story had been put out that she felt forced out following her former boyfriend’s (Triple H) tryst and eventual marriage with the owner’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon.

Chyna’s career would spiral downward including a stint in pornographic films, which as per a podcast with Steve Austin, indicated that this is what would keep her out of the WWE Hall of Fame, though he did refer to her as a Hall of Famer following her death.  Chyna has been lobbying hard in the past year to get into the Hall.

We here at offer our condolences to the friends and family of Joanie Lauer at this time.

Stephanie McMahon comments on Chyna and the WWE HOF

This is interesting.

Today TMZ asked Stephanie McMahon whether the recently deceased Joanie Laurer (Chyna) would ever get into the WWE Hall of Fame.  Her answer alluded to a strong possibility that the “9th Wonder of the World” will enter the Hall:

“I’m SURE that we will see Chyna in the Hall of Fame at some point in the future. I’m not sure exactly what year that will be, but there’s no denying her contributions to WWE.”

As known by most of you, the history between Stephanie and Laurer is a personal one as Stephanie’s husband, Jean Levesque (Triple H), was formally with Chyna and left the latter for the former.  Shortly after this occurred, the contract of Laurer was not renewed, and many have argued that it was a downward spiral for her ever since.

A year ago on Steve Austin’s Podcast, Triple H was asked directly if he felt that Chyna should be in the WWE Hall of Fame, and his answer reflected her career in pornography and essentially that a publically traded company would have a hard time inducting her into the Hall.  That being said, many of her peers (including Austin) have stated that Chyna should be in the Hall and prior to her death she was campaigning for a future induction.

As the WWE has been enshrining a female every year, a posthumous induction for Chyna could be possible, especially considering the clamoring for it to happen.

Based on how they handled Randy Savage’s death (and eventual induction) we suspect that she will not get in next year, but perhaps in the year after. 

Either way, we know it will be fascinating!

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

We have another major update here at

Our 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 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 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 thank you for your time and your support.

Our WWE Celebrity List gets a major overhaul.

We here at have put in a lot of effort in regards to the WWE section, but we have not exactly given as much attention as we should to the Celebrity Wing. 

That has changed today.

We have had in the past seen celebrities enter the WWE Hall of Fame who frankly were not on our radar (namely Snoop Dogg) so expansion seemed like the natural thing to do.  As such, our top 10 has expanded to 29, and here is the necessary information to the new entrants.

Here is the 29 Celebrity possibilities for the WWE Hall of Fame:

1.  Muhammad Ali

2.  Cyndi Lauper

3.  Andy Kaufman

4. Floyd Mayweather

5. Lawrence Taylor

6. Regis Philbin

7. Shaquille O’Neal

8. Maria Menounos

9. William Shatner

10. Hugh Jackman

11, Stephen Amell

12. David Arquette

13. Dennis Rodman

14. Tom “Tiny” Lister

15. Motorhead

16. Jon Stewart

17. Ronda Rousey

18. Bob Barker

19. Ozzy Osbourne

20. Pamela Anderson

21. Alice Cooper

22. Seth Green

23. Jerry Springer

24. Chuck Norris

25. Mickey Rourke

26. Snooki

27. Limp Bizkit

28. Kevin Federline

29. Kid Rock

The entire list can be found here and we encourage all of you to cast a vote and give us your opinion.

We will be working on our future WWE section next, but rest assured we will have a lot more to do here.

Thank you again for all of your support and look soon for our next WWE section. 

The WWE Futures Expand

We have a minor update here at regarding our WWE section.

We have added several names to our WWE Futures section, this being the performers with whom will likely move to the main list in upcoming years.

They are:

The Bella Twins
The Miz
Michael Cole
A.J. Lee
Christopher Daniels
Wade Barrett

The entire list of Future Candidates for the WWE Hall of Fame can be found here and as always we encourage your votes and comments.

Bret Hart discusses the WWE HOF and the Freebirds induction

Bret Hart has never been shy to let his opinions be heard and he had some interesting things to say regarding the WWE Hall of Fame.

Of course, that is news to us!

In an interview with House Money Studios, Bret Hart, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 cited that he was “embarrassed that there’s so many great wrestlers out there that have never been given their credit”.  He cited specifically Rick Rude, Demolition, The Rougeau Brothers and most specifically his younger brother, Owen Hart, who died in the ring in 1999.

Bret is actually lobbying for the entire Hart Foundation to get inducted and is urging his fans to sign at, though we know that with Owen’s widow, Martha, being fervently against the WWE, it is difficult to see that happening.

While Bret was vocal about who he would like to see inducted with him, he was equally outspoken as to whom he is not fond of being WWE Hall of Fame inductees, namely, the Fabulous Freebirds, who were inducted last year:

Why have they been overlooked when you can induct the Freebirds, who never did squat in WWE? Ever. Never drew any money, never did anything. When I remember the Freebirds, they were all drunk and passed out at the gate at one of the airports in my first day in WWF. None of them even made the show that day, they were too drunk to make their plane.”

Hart isn’t wrong in that the Freebirds were barely in the WWE, however the WWE Hall of Fame has inducted many wrestlers who have not competed there. 

We await the next from Bret Hart regarding the WWE Hall of Fame.

We are sure he will have a lot more to say about in the future!

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 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.

Mick Foley wants to see Vader in the WWE HOF

On his official Facebook page, Mick Foley campaigned for Vader to get into the WWE Hall of Fame.  Our apologies, as generally we do not include an entire quote form a Facebook page, but we thought it would be relevant in this case.

From Mick Foley:


I have been talking with Leon White the past few weeks, so I knew the news might be coming. But seeing it in print this morning was a shock nonetheless. Leon is dying. He has been told by doctors that he may have less than two years left to live. His legacy is so important to him, and he has told me that being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame would mean so much on both a personal and professional level. On a global level, Vader was one of the greatest attractions the pro wrestling business has ever seen. I have talked with people at the highest levels at WWE, and hope and pray that Leon's name will be included in the class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.”

From our take, Vader, who while he succeeded more in the WCW and in Japan, is a WWE Hall of Famer through and through.  He is currently ranked #24 on our list.

In our eyes, this is not a case of Vader getting fast tracked to the WWE Hall because he may not be with us in two years, rather it is a scenario where this is a performer who deserves to be in period.

We are hoping that Leon White will get to see this wish come true.

Diamond Dallas Page to enter the WWE HOF

It has been leaked and reported by multiple sources that Diamond Dallas Page will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame this Wrestlemania weekend.

Page is (or soon to be was) ranked #47 on our WWE list.

The first time that DDP entered the wrestling scene was as a manager in the American Wrestling Association in 1988.  He would manage the tag team of Bad Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) to the AWA World Tag Team Champions, and while this was a promotion that was deep into its decline, it was still national exposure. 

When the AWA folded, Page returned to Florida where he was a club manager and did sporadic work for Florida based independent promotions.  Most notably his love of professional wrestling was evident as he drove his pink Cadillac to Toronto so that he could appear as the chauffeur for Rhythm & Blues at Wrestlemania VI. 

Page would be signed by World Championship Wrestling in 1991 and would manage the Fabulous Freebirds and the Diamond Studd (Scott Hall), however he noticed that he was as large if not larger than the people he managed.  In his late 30’s, DDP decided to train to become a professional wrestler.  His peers scoffed at him.  Fans ignored him.  However a funny thing started to happen.  He was getting to be pretty good.

By 1995 Dallas was a regular performer on Pay Per View and would win his first championship, the WCW Television Title.  He would feud with Johnny B. Badd over the title eventually losing the belt to him and was forced to leave WCW when he lost a loser leaves town match to the Booty Man.

Page would be back shortly after and would win the “Lord of the Ring” at Slamboree 1996, however it was that winter when his star really began to shine.  He was asked to join the New World Order by his friends, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, which he declined, setting him on track to become one of the top faces in the company. 

1997 would see Page ascend to the main event where he feuded with Randy Savage and would later with the United States Title.  He would also have a memorable and high drawing main event where he tagged with basketball star, Karl Malone against Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman.  The only thing that Dallas Page hadn’t done yet was win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. 

At War Games 1998, Page would win the match to earn a title shot against Bill Goldberg at Halloween Havoc.  DDP didn’t win, but he took Goldberg to what was believed to be his best match at the time.  The following year, Page would win the title in a four corners match.

World Championship Wrestling would suffer a serious decline through horrible booking decisions, but Diamond Dallas Page remained a highlight of the company to the bitter end.  He would win the Word Title twice more and the Tag Team Titles on multiple occasions prior to the organization being sold to the WWE. 

Page had a lofty contract that he could have sat on and made money without wrestling.  That wasn’t the type of guy that he accepted a buyout of his AOL contract.  He would make his debut as the “stalker” of the Undertaker’s wife, Sara, and while Page was used poorly in the WWE, he did win a title (European) and competed at Wrestlemania.

He was forced to retire due to injury, and while he made sporadic appearances elsewhere, arguably his biggest contribution in wrestling and in lifestyle in general; DDP Yoga.

Dallas began yoga in the 90’s and found that it helped him so much that he developed a program called “Yoga for Regular Guys”.  This would evolve into DDP Yoga, which has not just become a go to for professional wrestlers but has exploded into a huge workout phenomenon. 

Going back to wrestling, this was the man who put a program that saved the life of WWE Hall of Famers, Jake “The Snake Roberts and Scott Hall.  Had it not been for the efforts of Page, it is certain that Hall and Roberts would not have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and very possible that those two would not be alive today.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Dallas Page last year and in our conversation with him, we know that he was happier when Scott Hall and Jake Roberts were chosen then when he was (or in that case, would have been) selected.

We here at would like to congratulate Diamond Dallas Page for this honor and we can not wait to see who will join him in the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class. 

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

Kurt Angle to the WWE HOF

This one makes us very happy.

It was announced today that the WWE Hall of Fame will be inducting Kurt Angle into this year’s class, where he is likely to be the headliner.

A two time NCAA Champion, Angle won the Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.  He would translate that ability and arguable took to the Professional Wrestling game quicker than anyone in the past thirty years.  Angle would debut on WWE Television in 1999 and in a twelve month period would win the WWF European, Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Championship.

He would stay with the WWE until 2005 and is a six time World Champion with the promotion.  He has main event multiple pay per views, including Wrestleania 19, where defended his belt against Brock Lesnar. 

Angle has also been a champion in TNA and IWGP.

As Angle did not leave the WWE on the best of terms, this day must feel especially sweet.  Angle has been lobbying to get back to the WWE in an in ring capacity, which the WWE is likely fearful of due to the severe wear and tear of the former Olympian. 

Regardless, we are absolutely thrilled to see Kurt Angle enter the WWE Hall of Fame and return home regardless of the capacity.

Hodge Podge of HOF News

Let’s try something new here.

We’ll combine a few news items that we think our noteworthy in the “Hall of Fame” world. 

Let’s start with the WWE.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, former ECW World Heavyweight Champion was asked if he ever saw himself in the WWE Hall of Fame in the future.  He didn’t exactly imply he wanted in, nor did he have kind words to say about the institution itself:

“It’s such a fake Hall of Fame.  I’d only do it because I need the money. I don’t know if I would mother--- everyone or if I would take it graciously, but I don’t consider it a real Hall of Fame. It’s not like the Baseball Hall of Fame or the Football Hall of Fame. They let anybody in it, anybody who could draw money. The real wrestling Hall of Fames are in Iowa and Amsterdam, New York. They look for donations because they’re so broke, but they have s--- from the 1800s.

Vince’s Hall of Fame only has s--- from Vince’s company. If you didn’t work for his company, you’re not in the Hall of Fame. That’s nothing to do with how good you are, it only matters who owned them.”

Notably, Sabu inducted his uncle, The Original Sheik into the WWE Hall of Fame, and he is ranked currently #79 on our WWE List. 

In what is our constant news from the world of Curt Schilling, he told TMZ that he doesn’t care about the Baseball Hall of Fame anymore.

Whether or not he means that or not, the fact will remain that he will be intertwined with Cooperstown until he gets in.  Ironically, he will be less associated with the Baseball Hall of Fame if he were to get in.

As we have stated many times before, we know this story isn’t going away soon

Going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former Head Coach, Lovie Smith has said that his former player, Devin Hester, who is expected to formally retire soon, goes down as one of the most prolific Returner in NFL history.  He is a three time First Team All Pro Selection, is 8th all-time in Return Yards and 3rd all-time in Punt Return Yards.  Hester was considered a game changer for years during his time as a Chicago Bear.

Should Hester retire, he will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022. 

As always, the world of Halls of Fames continue, and we will always be paying attention!  

The Rock and Roll Express headed to the WWEHOF

According to the reputable pro wrestling website,, The Rock and Roll Express will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

While the team comprising Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson did not have the most prosperous runs in the then named World Wrestling Federation, the tandem is considered a revolutionary force in tag team wrestling and is still held in very high regard today.

Formed in 1983 in Memphis from the mind of head booker, Jerry Lawler, The Rock and Roll Express were an instant hit in the area.  Showcasing their love of Rock and Roll and high flying ability, Ricky and Robert were fan favorites and especially loved by the female demographic.  The Rock and Roll Express would become stars in Tennessee, but a move to the Mid-South territory would see them meet their greatest rivals, the Midnight Express.  The two teams would tear the house down in show after show, but before long both duos would travel work and begin work for Jim Crockett Promotions.

In the NWA, Morton and Gibson would achieve their greatest success.  Four times they would hold the NWA World Tag Team Championship.  They would have notable feuds with the Midnights, the Russians (Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff & Khrusher Khruschev), Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez and The Four Horsemen.  With the exception of the Road Warriors, the Rock and Roll Express were the most popular in the territory and one of the most successful. 

Following a run in the AWA, the Rock and Roll Express would return to the NWA, though they were used more in a mid-card role.  The two would feud with each other in 1991 in the now named World Championship Wrestling, but they would reunite for a healthy run in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, where they would be 10 time Tag Team Champions.  In the latter half of the 1990’s, they would compete for the USWA, WCW and were in the WWF as part of the Jim Cornette’s NWA stable. 

It has been reported that the WWE Performance Center has made watching tapes of the Rock and Roll Express required viewing, especially the selling of Ricky Morton as the “face in peril”. 

If this is true, we here at would like to congratulate Rocky Morton and Robert Gibson for earning this accolade.

Teddy Long named to the WWE HOF

Speculated over the last month, Teddy Long has officially been named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017, joining already named inductees, Kurt Angle and the Rock and Roll Express.

Getting his start in Georgia Championship Wrestling as part of the ring crew, Long got into the ring as a last minute replacement for a referee, a role he would have for years and was regular fixture at NWA events.  Long would segue into managing after a fast count pin costing the Road Warriors the Tag Team Championship.  He was fired as a referee and became the manager of the Skyscrapers, the tandem of Danny Spivey and Sid Vicious who would feud with the Road Warriors. 

Long would later manage Norman and following the dismantling of the Skyscrapers, he took over the reigns of Ron Simmons and Butch Reed (Doom) who would become the first African-American World Tag Team Championship.  Doom would break up in early 1991 and after the his remaining protégé, Johnny B. Badd turned face, Long would occasionally be used as a broadcaster.

Long would be in the corner often for Ron Simmons during his championship run and in the mid 90’s he was a face manager for lower card workers, but was never in another major angle in WCW again.  He would leave WCW for the WWF and would become a referee again.

History would repeat itself as after four years, Long would once again come back as a heel manager.  His charges included D-Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, Jazz, Christopher Nowinski, Mark Henry and Mark Jindrak.  While Long was entertaining, he did not have any major storylines, but in 2004, that would change when he would be named the General Manager of Smackdown.

Often, these positions don’t last long, but Teddy was in that role off and on for nearly ten years.  He was involved in major angles with Edge, Vickie Guerrero, the Undertaker and John Laurinitis.  It is unlikely if we will ever see a non-McMahon in an on-screen authority role longer with a tenure that reached Teddy Long’s. 

We here would like to congratulate Teddy Long on earning this honor. 

Beth Phoenix named to the WWE HOF

The WWE Hall of Fame has announced another member of their Hall of Fame, and as projected by many sources, it is former Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix.

After a run in the developmental territory, OVW, where she was their women’s champion, Phoenix would debut in the WWE in May of 2006 as an ally of Trish Stratus who was then feuding with Mickie James.  It would be a shirt run, as Phoenix suffered a mandible injury that kept her out of action for nearly a year.  She would return in July of 2009, though this time as a heel and adopting the “Glamazon” persona. 

Over the next five years, Phoenix would be regarded as one of the strongest and most athletically gifted women on the roster.  She would become a one time WWE Diva’s Champion and three time WWE Women’s Champion, though her most notable WWE memory for most was appearing in the 2010 Royal Rumble where she eliminated The Great Khali.

The induction of Beth Phoenix continues the tradition of the WWE Hall of Fame inducting one female per year.

We here at would like to congratulate Beth Phoenix for earning this honor. 

Ravishing Rick Rude to be inducted into the WWE HOF

Let’s take another big name off of the list. 

As broken by Ryan Dilbert at Bleacher Report, the late “Ravishing” Rick Rude will be inducted into this year’s class at the WWE Hall of Fame.  Dilbert was granted an exclusive interview with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, who has been given the honor of inducting Rude this year.

Born Richard Rood in 1958, Rude grew up in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, where he went to the same high school (at the same time with fellow future professional wrestlers, Curt Hennig, Nikita Koloff, John Nord and Barry Darsow.  Rude would become a professional wrestler in 1982, after getting a college degree in Physical Education (Anoka-Ramsey CC) and would bounce around from varying territories, and with each jump, he would rise up the card.

Rude would find himself working for Fritz Von Erich in World Class Championship Wrestling, where he would become the promotion’s champion.  The year after, the would move to Jim Crockett Promotions, where under the management of Paul Jones, he would begin a tag team with Manny Fernandez and would become the NWA World Tag Team Championship.  Rude would be lured by the World Wrestling Federation, and he lost the tag team title in a phantom title switch to the Rock and Roll Express.

Now aligned with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Rude’s first feud when he entered the WWF in ’87 was against former Heenan client, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, though that would be replaced by a much hotter feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts the following year.  That program started when Rude tried to give the “Rude Awakening Kiss” to Jake’s wife, Cheryl, who was sitting at ringside.  Rude would then move on and feud with the Ultimate Warrior, and would win the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania V, a match that to date was the best of the Warrior’s career and showcased Rude’s ability to make his opponent to look good.

Warrior would reclaim the championship at that year’s Summer Slam, which would then see Rude feud with a returning Roddy Piper.  Following Warrior’s WWF World Championship win over Hulk Hogan, Rude was named the #1 Contender and though he received many world title shots, he was not able to wrest the belt against him.  Following his last major championship shot at SummerSlam, Rick Rude would leave the WWF shortly after.

Rude would make a major return on the national stage, debuting under a mask (a very bad one) as the Halloween Phantom at Halloween Havoc 1991.  He would unmask near the end of the show and would become the cornerstone of the Dangerous Alliance, a heel stable led by Paul E. Dangerously.  Rude would promptly take the United States Title from Sting and embroil in a long feud with Ricky Steamboat and later Dustin Rhodes. 

Following this, Rude would go after the NWA World Heavyweight Title, which was back under the fold of WCW.  Rude would defeat Ric Flair for the belt, but it following the withdrawal of the NWA from WCW, the belt would be renamed the WCW International Title.  Rude would become a three-time champion, the last of which he never lost, due to Rude suffering a career ending injury in Japan where his back crashed into a raised platform while receiving a suicide dive from the ring.

The ravishing one would retire and cash in on his Lloyd’s of London insurance policy, though the wrestling bug would come biting once again.

In 1997, Rude would make sporadic appearances in ECW in a brief program with Shane Douglas, but he would be a surprise return aligning himself with the new faction, D-Generation X.  That too was brief, as he would join WCW following the Montreal Screwjob and in one night he appeared on both RAW (which was taped) and Nitro as a member of both DX and the New World Order.  He would leave WCW in 1999 and was allegedly training for a potential return to the ring. 

That would never happen as Rude would pass away at the age of 40 due to heart failure.

With Steamboat’s announcement, the Dragon is the only known presenter for this year’s Hall of Fame Class.

This will necessitate the removal of Rick Ride from our list where he was ranked #20 on our list.  Following the induction ceremony, we will work on redoing our new wrestling list.

The ceremony will take place on Friday Night, March 31, two days before Wrestlemania.

Eric LeGrand named this year's WWEHOF Warrior Award Recipient

The WWE Hall of Fame has announced that former Rutgers football player, Eric LeGrand will be this year’s recipient of the Warrior Award at this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony.

While playing for the Scarlet Knights, LeGrand was severely hurt, suffering a spinal cord injury in a game against Army in 2010.  While he would become paralyzed from the waist down, many doctors speculated that he might not be able live.  Since the accident, LeGrand has becpme a motivational speaker and has raised significant finds for spinal cord research.

The widow of the Warrior, Dana Warrior, will do his induction, who in previous years inducted Connor “The Crusher” Michalek and Joan Lunden. 

While LeGrand has never made an appearance on WWE programming, however when was chosen mentioned that he was a lifelong fan of the WWE.

We here at would like to congratulate Eric LeGrand for earning this accolade.

John Cena to induct Kurt Angle to the WWE HOF

With Wrestlemania only a few weeks away, the WWE Hall of Fame is naturally closing in.  As such, some of the inductors have been announced for this year’s inductees. 

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat had already been named the inductor for the late “Ravishing” Rick Rude, and today it has made known John Cena will be indicting Kurt Angle and Ron Simmons and John Bradshaw Layfield will be inducting Teddy Long.

Cena is an excellent choice.  His first televised match was against Angle, and in later feuds with the former Olympic Gold Medalist, Cena would become legitimized in the eyes of many WWE fans. 

Teddy Long once managed Ron Simmons when he was one half of Doom with Butch Reed in WCW.  Simmons and Layfield teamed together as the A.P.A. in the WWE and though they had no on screen relationship with Long on WWE television, they are all backstage friends.

We here at are looking forward to what we think should be entertaining speeches from this group of presenters. 

Jim Cornette to induct the Rock and Roll Express

We love this!

It was announced today on WWE.Com that Jim Cornette will be the inductor for the Rock and Roll Express’s WWE Hall of Fame induction.

On his podcast, Cornette stated that he would be honored to induct the tag team but he speculated that due to comments he has made about the world’s biggest wrestling promotion after he was fired over a decade ago that he would never be invited.  We think that he must be pleasantly surprised by this news.

Cornette was the long time manager of the Midnight Express, comprising “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey and later “Sweet” Stan Lane, and it was team that feuded with the Rock and Roll Express for years and over differing promotions.  It is near impossible to think of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson without imagining Cornette holding a tennis racket berating the fan favorites. 

With Cornette appearing on WWE TV again, perhaps this could lead to an eventual induction for Cornette himself, who we feel is very deserving. 

He is currently ranked #23 by us on our WWE HOF list.

I think we can all agree that the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony just became a lot more interesting!

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.

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