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Todd Rundgren speaks about the RRHOF

In a recent interview with Fox News, Todd Rundgren was asked about his second Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.  His reaction bordered on apathy, yet respectful of the desire of his fans, a trope that we see often from many in his position.

He had this to say:

Fox News: “When it comes to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, some artists are all for it. Others feel it’s a popularity contest. What’s your stance?”

Rundgren: “Well, I’ve never taken it seriously for one thing... When they decided that this was a good idea, I already had like three careers *laughs*. So personally, I never saw that kind of acknowledgment — you know, just some arbitrary bunch of people get together and hands out awards at a fancy event according to rules nobody really understands. I never cared about it. I have made no secret about that.

I have to say that I am upset at the fact that they pulled this stunt — vote and essentially ignore the fans. For years, I have tried to get [my audience] to be realistic about it. But for years, they felt it was an important thing for them, for me to be up there… The treatment towards the fans does upset me. They seem to be out of the whole process. And I believe their say matters the most in this whole process.”

Rundgren is correct in that his fan base is fervent about Rundgren getting in.  He has been eligible for the Hall since 1995. His current ranking on our latest Notinhalloffame.com Rock list has him at #11.

We know for sure that there will be more drama coming regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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RIP: Rene Goulet

It was announced today by the Cauliflower Alley Club, that former WWWF World Tag Team Champion, Rene Goulet passed away at the age of 86.  Goulet had passed away in May of this year, but the family has only made the announcement of his death public today.

From Quebec, Goulet began his career in 1957, and would spend a lot of his career in the American Wrestling Association.  He was in the WWWF in 1971 where he and his partner, Karl Gotch would win the Tag Team Titles.  Goulet was also the tag team partner of Andre The Giant in the 1981 World Tag League, which they would win.  

Late in his career, Goulet was used as enhancement talent in the WWF for a few years before transitioning into a long term agent for the company.  In our latest ranking for those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame, Goulet was listed at #148.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Rene Goulet.

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Review: Knives Out (2019)

Cast:

Jamie Lee Curtis                        Lynda Drysdale

Don Johnson                             Richard Drysdale

Christopher Plummer                Harlan Thrombey

Michael Shannon                      Walt Thrombey

Katherine Langford                   Meg Thrombey

Jaeden Martell                          Jacob Thrombey

Riki Lindhome                           Donna Thrombey

Danial Craig                              Benoit Blanc

Chris Evans                               Ransom Drysdale

Ana De Armas                           Marta Cabrera

Toni Collette                             Joni Thrombey

This week was a little change from the norm; instead of putting in one of the blu-rays that I had bought over the years and still had not watched, we decided to go to the movies. This was primarily due to the fact that we had some free passes! Now, as I have mentioned previously, my wife and I are retired, so we are on a “fixed income” so when we get free passes, we hoard them until such a time that we find something worthwhile to watch on the big screen at the Cineplex!

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Batista named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Less than an hour ago, it was announced that the New World Order (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman) will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.  It has how been announced that Dave Bautista will be joining them in the Hall. 

Dave Bautista cut his teeth in the WWE farm promotion, Ohio Valley Wrestling as “Leviathan”, and the 300 pound behemoth would be brought up shortly as “Deacon Batista”, the henchman of D-Von Dudley when he was doing his reverend gimmick.  That didn’t last, and he was moved to the RAW brand and placed in a faction with Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton.  As his wins piled up, his momentum shot up, and he was placed in a program against his mentor, Triple H, who he defeated in the main event of Wrestlemania 21 for the first of what would be six World Heavyweight Championships. 

Batista left in 2010 to pursue an acting career, and he came back in 2014, winning the Royal Rumble, but he would not stay long.  He returned to acting, and became very successful, most notably as Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Batista made one last comeback, and lost to Triple H at Wrestlemania 35

The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 2, 2020, as part of the Wrestlemania 36 weekend.

Batista was ranked #9 on our latest Notinhalloffame.com list of those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame.  He will be removed when we do our revisions in April.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our congratulations to Dave Bautista for his impending induction.

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The New World Order named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020

This was early.

We haven’t gotten to the Royal Rumble yet, and it has been announced that the New World Order will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.  The announcement came from ESPN.  The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 2, 2020, as part of the Wrestlemania 36 weekend. 

While there were many members of the NWO, only Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan and Syxx (Sean Waltman) will be inducted.

The New World Order angle tipped the ratings war in favor of World Championship Wrestling for nearly two years. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash appeared on WCW television as “invaders” and at the 1996 Bash at the Beach Pay Per View, Hulk Hogan joined them and turned heel.  That night, he declared his group as the “New World Order”, and it was the hottest angle that wrestling had seen in years.  Sean Waltman, who had wrestled as the 1-2-3 Kid in the WWE, joined as the sixth member of the group (Syxx). 

The four chosen members of the New World Order have already been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  Hogan entered in 2005, Hall (as Razor Ramon) in 2014, Nash in 2015, and Waltman as a member of D-Generation-X last year.  They join Ric Flair, Bret Hart and Booker T as two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductees.

At different times, the New World Order had The Giant (The Big Show), Ted DiBiase (inducted in 2010), Vincent (Virgil), NWO Sting, Elizabeth, Eric Bischoff, Buff Bagwell, Michael Wallstreet (Mike Rotundo), Bubba Rogers (The Big Boss Man, inducted posthumously in 2016), Scott Norton, Randy Savage (inducted posthumously in 2015), Konnan, Curt Hennig (inducted posthumously in 2007), Rick Rude (inducted posthumously in 2017), Louie Spicolli, Dusty Rhodes (inducted in 2007), Brian Adams, Scott Steiner, The Disciple (inducted as Brutus Beefcake in 2019), Stevie Ray (inducted with Booker T as Harlem Heat in 2019), Horace Hogan, Lex Luger, Sting (inducted in 2016), The Disco Inferno, Bret Hart (Inducted in 2006 and again in 2019 with Jim Neidhart in the Hart Foundation), Jeff Jarrett (inducted in 2018), The Harris Twins, Booker T (inducted in 2011 and again in 2019 with Stevie Ray in Harlem Heat), and Shawn Michaels (inducted in 2011 and again in 2019 with D-Generation X)

It is unlikely that any of those other members of the New World Order will be added.

The group extended into two factions (black and white & NWO Wolfpack), Japan and was reincarnated in the WWE.

 We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our congratulations to the four members of the New World order for this impending induction.

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Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Another huge day has happened as the Modern Baseball Era Committee has announced that Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons will be joining the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

Miller spent 17 years (1966-82) as the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Under his guidance, players salaries increased by more than ten times.

Simmons was an eight-time All-Star who accumulated 2,473 Hits with 248 Home Runs over a career spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves.  In his initial Hall of Fame ballot, Simmons only lasted one year where he received 3.7% of the ballot.

Missing out were Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Dwight Evans and Lou Whitaker.  In our latest Notinhalloffame.com baseball list, Simmons was ranked #9.  It will be a pleasure to remove him, when we revise our list in February.

To receive induction, a candidate needed to receive 75% of the ballot.

The Modern Baseball Veterans Committee consists of:

HOF Players: George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith & Robin Yount.

MLB Executives: Sandy Alderson, Dave Dombrowski, David Glass, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin & Terry Ryan.

Media/Historians: Bill Center, Steve Hirdt, Jack O’Connell & Tracy Ringolsby.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer our congratulations to both Ted Simmons and the family of Marvin Miller at this time.

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25. Chris Mills

Playing his first four seasons of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Mills would average at least 12 Points per Game in the last three of those four years.  Starting at Small Forward in those three seasons, Mills peaked at 15.1 Points per Game in 1995/96 and was considered stable (though not necessarily spectacular) at both ends of the court.  He would overall average 12.6 Points per Game in his 319 Games as a Cav.
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