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Compared to the other Halls of Fame that we discuss on our website, this one is hands down the most fun and the hardest to calculate. Keep in mind, that there is no actual WWE Hall of Fame where fans can go and see their heroes. There are no set criteria to get in the WWE Hall of Fame. Wins and losses don’t exactly matter when the matches are predetermined. It does not even seem to matter if you even wrestled for the WWE as some of their inductees never drew a paycheck from Stamford. This is as subjective as they come so with that we made a criteria of our own which did incorporate (in no particular order) impact, ability, innovation championships won, legacy and their use in the WWE. The only rule we set was that the wrestler in question was not currently an active competitor on a full time basis.

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Many times, wrestling promoters talk of someone who has the “look” of a wrestler.  Looking back in the past twenty five years or so, it seems difficult to find anyone who had the designation more than Sid Eudy.
In WCW, “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes rose up through the ranks to be a dependable upper card babyface.  He may have been the son of WCW booker Dusty Rhodes, but his place on the card was established by skill as evidenced by the fans not turning on him, like they did with Eric Watts later.  Despite his position on the…
(“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, “Sweet” Stan Lane & “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey)Despite the temptation, this entry will focus on the tag team and not the entire package that featured the dynamic Jim Cornette.
More often than not if you ask people who the greatest Native American wrestler, more often than not the answer is Chief Jay Strongbow.  With Strongbow played by an Italian American that answer never seemed right to us.  Sometimes the answer would be Jack Briscoe though since he never wrestled with a “stereotypical Native” gimmick, his name does not come…
A graduate of Larry Sharpe’s “Monster Factory”, no other graduate fit the bill of a monster better than “The Beast from the East”, Bam Bam Bigelow.  He was a large man (nearly 400 lbs) and though he wasn’t the first of his size in the business, he was the first to debut such incredible agility.
Having the distinction of being the first man to regain the first recognized version of the World Heavyweight Championship, Joe Stecher also was one of the youngest, winning his first of three world titles at the age of 22.  Stecher, who was always in the shadow of Frank Gotch, never had the dream match with the retired former champion but…
We could have ranked Billy Gunn on his own.  As one half of the Smoking Gunns, the Billy & Chuck tandem, and an up and down solo career post DX, he could have garnered a top 200 spot.  We also could have ranked the Road Dogg as a single as he had a lengthy career without Gunn.  Clearly we chose…
Tag team wrestling is a staple of modern professional wrestling, and has been for a long time, however it was not until the Fabulous Kangaroos came into being in the 1950’s that a tandem proved that that a pair of wrestlers could be marketable. Dressed as “traditional” Australians, carrying boomerangs and entering the ring to “Waltzing Malitda”, the Kangaroos were…
It is easy to say that because he had access to Ted Turner’s resources he was able to mount an offensive against the WWE. Just because you have the resources doesn’t mean you know what to do with it.
The man who is probably the greatest American Amateur Wrestler of the 1950’s (and arguably among the greatest five of all-time), Danny Hodge was able to generate a very successful professional career. He would become one of the premier Junior Heavyweights of the National Wrestling Alliance, and would hold that title on eight occasions. On top of winning titles, he…
Only in Professional Wrestling could the most known German competitor not actually be German.  Many wrestlers cashed in on the image of the evil Nazi that still resonated from the Second World War, but only James Raschke drew money with it, which was quite ironic considering his All American background.
Don Leo Jonathan may have been born and raised in Utah but it was in Canada that he found his home.  Jonathan’s size and wrestling acumen allowed him to become a true international superstar and he traveled the world winning titles and headlining cards.  As mentioned he was most comfortable in Canada and it was for the NWA in Vancouver…
A legitimate amateur wrestler and all around tough guy, Karl Gotch was one half of the WWWF World Tag Team Champions with Rene Goulet back in 1971.  Gotch’s style struggled to make him a star in America, but it translated well in Japan where his mat based style of wrestling made him popular.  Gotch was a huge influence on later…
This one was actually our hardest to rank.  Mitsuharu Misawa has been called by many to be the best wrestler that Japanese wrestler of his time; which is saying a lot!  The problem is that he never set foot in a WWE ring, nor had he real exposure to North America, which has to be considered a factor for a…
Although he would receive mention on WWF and WWE broadcasts through the years for his innovation and popularity, Edouard Carpentier never has seemed to be a serious contender for the WWE Hall of Fame. Carpentier won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1957, though the falling out with his promoter and the NWA led to a splintering of the championship.
We remembered one of Jim Neidhart’s last WWF appearances when Shawn Michaels courted him to join DX.  He told Neidhart about how he used to carry Bret Hart and he became overlooked.  This may have been a scripted line, but in the early years of the Hart Foundation, it was actually true.
There have been many wrestlers who were great amateurs and were able to parlay that into a successful career in professional wrestling.  Mike Rotundo was one such wrestler, though people really paid attention when he dropped the nice guy vanilla toast persona and showcased a side that nobody thought he was capable of.
Like Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi rose up the ranks to become of the top stars of All Japan, and subsequently one of the most respected wrestlers in the world.  The tough grappler was credited with the invention of many high impact offensive moves that have been liberally stolen in the States.  Despite the high regard he is held in, the…
The first half of Kevin Sullivan’s in ring career was solid, but fairly non-descript.  He was lean and muscular and was often in the mid card or in tag teams of which ever promotion he worked.  In his mid thirties, Sullivan’s career did an about face with the advent of a devil worshiper gimmick that had never been done before.
Say what you want about Sable’s limited wrestling ability, but she is one of the select few who at her peak was more over than 95 percent of the male roster.  She was the female face of the Attitude Era, and had the Women’s Championship belt reinstated essentially for her.  Rena Mero will never be confused for any great (or…