We aren’t really sure what we think of this one.
It was strongly speculated and for the most part assumed that Kevin Von Erich would be inducting the Fabulous Freebirds into the WWE Hall of Fame. It was announced today that this would not be the case.
Current WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E. and Xavier Woods will have that honor, and for us this is a bit of a head scratcher.
The Von Erich/Freebirds feud set the World Class territory on fire and it seemed fitting that the last surviving member of the Von Erichs, Kerry, would be the one to induct the Freebirds, and based on comments made from other wrestlers and fans, that was the belief too, although a case (though much weaker) could be made for the current WWE Tag Team Champions.
Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts instituted what is still referred to as the “Freebird Rule”, in which the trio would choose which two members would defend the Tag Team Championship, a rule that has been used by groups after and is currently utilized by the New Day. Both groups were charismatic and featured members whose wrestling styles were vastly different from one another.
Still there is no existing link between the groups, other than the fact that Hayes has worked with the company for the past twenty-one years. It is also curious (or maybe we are reaching) that three African Americans have been asked to induct a group who flew the Confederate Flag, and does have a member (Hayes) who has had past racial insensitivities in the company as the inductors.
With all due respect to the New Day, is there really a more fitting inductor than Kevin Von Erich?
Moving on, it was also reported that Vader will be the inductor of Stan Hansen.
This is also a little bit of a surprise as barring a match the two had in Japan which involved Hansen nearly blinding “the Mastadon” and the two are not exactly synonymous with another, though who are we kidding?
We are going to watch this regardless!