As we once again enter into WrestleMania season, it’s time to start thinking about who might be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame. We already know that Batista is headlining, but who else will join him?
Here are a few of our picks (non-posthumous) that we’d like to see inducted very soon.
10. THE NASTY BOYS
If you were a wrestling fan in the early 90s then no doubt you were a fan of The Nasty Boys. Managed by Jimmy Hart, Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags were regular fixtures of WWF programming, defeating The Hart Foundation for the Tag Team Championships, as well as feuding with The Legion of Doom, Money Inc., and The Rockers. They would eventually leave WWE, never to return (outside of that tryout match on SmackDown) but still hold a place in the hearts of wrestling fans of a certain age, and no matter how nasty they were, they still deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the wrestling boom.
Career Highlight/s: Defeating The Hart Foundation at WrestleMania VII
9. THE STEINER BROTHERS
We’re not sure what it would take for WWE and Scott Steiner to mend their relationship, but if guys like Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior can find their way back home, then there’s no reason why Rick and Scott can’t do the same.
The Steiner Brothers were once upon a time one of the greatest tag teams ever, wrestling all over the world, for various organizations, against the very best names in the business. Even their WWF run saw them put on great matches with The Headshrinkers, Money Inc., and The Quebecers. Heck, it was even Vince McMahon’s idea to turn them against each other way before Scott turned heel in WCW. Who knows what could have happened if they’d stuck around, but their short-run in New York shouldn’t diminish their legacy as one of the all-time greatest teams.
Career Highlight/s: 5 times NWA/WCW Tag Team Champions
8. LEX LUGER
Lex Luger is a former 2 x WCW World Heavyweight Champion and the joint 1993 Royal Rumble winner. For much of that same year, Luger had a rocket strapped to his muscular frame, with Vince McMahon himself eyeing the master of the torture rack as his next Hulk Hogan. Things didn’t quite work out that way, and Luger has fallen on hard times over the years, but there is no denying the impact he has had on the wrestling business.
Career Highlight/s: Defeating Hulk Hogan by submission to become WCW World Heavyweight Champion
7. BULL NAKANO
Women’s wrestling has come a long way since the Bra & Panties era, but a few years before that women like Bull Nakano were putting on wrestling clinics every week on Monday Night RAW. Current female wrestlers such as Paige have often talked about how much of an influence Nakano was on their careers, so it’s only logical she gets her moment in the sun and joins Alundra Blayze in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Career Highlight/s: Defeating Alundra Blayze to become WWF Women’s Champion, a reign that lasted for 134 days.
6. SYCHO SID
The legend of Sid Vicious and his failed piss samples and softball obsession might have tainted the man in the eyes of fans, but as a character, he was a dominant part of the wrestling scene for much of the 1990s and early 2000s, winning World Heavyweight Championships in both WCW and the WWE
Career Highlight/s: Former WCW and WWE Champion, member of the Four Horsemen
5. JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER
Jushin Liger finally hung up the boots at Wrestle Kingdom 14 and retired from the sport of professional wrestling. While ever the former 11-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion was active for NJPW he was always going to be overlooked for the Hall of Fame, but in 2020 it’s a whole different ball game. Plus he’s appeared under the WWE banner twice, once in 1990 when WWE visited Japan, and again in 2015 as part of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn which is more than Abdulah the Butcher can say.
Career Highlight/s: 11 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championships, undefeated in WWE.
It’s probably a given that Demolition would already be in the Hall of Fame if it wasn’t for the class-action lawsuit they filed against WWE back in 2016. But that was almost 4 years ago, which is a long time in the world of professional wrestling, and it is about time that the former longest-reigning WWF Tag Team Champions ever received the praise they deserve.
Career Highlight/s: Formerly the longest-reigning WWF Tag Team Champions of all time.
Always the inductor and never the inductee, Christian was a huge player during the Attitude Era and has remained one of WWE’s most popular inactive performers. The former World Heavyweight Champion is often overlooked because of his association with Edge, but for everything, Captain Charisma has accomplished since debuting back in 1998 he is deserving of his own spot, as well as a spot as one-half of the most entertaining tag teams of any era.
Career Highlight/s: Former World Heavyweight Champion.
2. JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD
Whether you love him or you hate him, there is simply no one reading this that can argue against JBL being inducted into the Hall of Fame. It’s just a question of when. Bradshaw made his debut in 1995 and is still an on-air personality to this day. Just take a moment to let that sink in – JBL has been around WWE almost as long as The Undertaker, albeit taking a very different road to the top that saw him as a Blackjack, an Acolyte, a beer-drinking ass-kicker, and a smug rich bastard.
Over a career spanning 24 years, he has held numerous singles titles, including 18 runs as Hardcore Champion, a number of tag team titles, and provided commentary on some of the biggest matches of the last 10 years. Maybe his time will come when he stops upsetting people online, but if the WWE was going to wait for that to happen then it might be a few more years until Bradshaw becomes a Hall of Fame inductee.
Career Highlight/s: Formerly the longest-reigning SmackDown champion in history.
1. WILLIAM REGAL
William Regal made his professional debut in 1983. It took him until 1998 to make it to the WWE, and then, after being fired and rehired, he became one of the greatest heels the company has ever produced. Whether he was beating people up or playing the fool, Regal is an old-school performer that has so much to offer the wrestlers of today. He may never have won a world championship – in either WWE or WCW – but he’s as good as – and probably better than – anyone whoever did.
Career Highlight/s: Former WWE King of the Ring, Former Intercontinental, European, Hardcore and Tag Team Champion and WCW TV Champion.
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