It’s a sad truth that many of our favourite wrestlers have passed away, and most long before their time. For reasons aplenty, these same legends may have been snubbed by the WWE when it came to selecting inductees for the Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be recognized posthumously.
So, as we enter what WWE loves to call ‘the road to WrestleMania’, let’s take a look at 10 posthumous WWE Hall of Fame inductions that need to happen.
10. MATT BORNE
Matt Borne (real name Osborne) began his pro wrestling career back in the 1970s but is best known for his early 1990s run in the WWF as Doink the Clown. No matter what anybody says about the Doink character, with Borne under the facepaint the gimmick was gold. Borne was an evil clown heel who hated children, but could also wrestle with the best of them. There is an argument for the Doink the Clown persona to be inducted, but whether that happens or not Matt Borne deserves his spot.
Career Highlight/s: Wrestling as Doink against Bret Hart at SummerSlam 1993.
9. BAM BAM BIGELOW
With his bald head, missing tooth and bad attitude, Bam Bam Bigelow cut a frightening figure when he reemerged in the then WWF in kate 1992. The New Jersey native had previously appeared as a babyface alongside Hulk Hogan in the 1980s, but this was a new Bigelow, one that took crap from nobody and quickly became a dominant heel taking top guys like Bret Hart to the limit. His biggest moment though came in 1995, when he headlined WrestleMania XI against former New York Giants All-Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor a match that set up an eventual babyface run before he left to join ECW and eventually WCW.
Career Highlight/s: Main eventing WrestleMania XI against Lawrence Taylor.
8. ‘DR. DEATH’ STEVE WILLIAMS
If your only exposure to Steve Williams was his botched WWE run in the 90s then he’s probably the last guy you’d think of as deserving a spot in the Hall of Fame. For everyone else though, his inclusion is undeniable.
Career Highlight/s: All Japan Triple Crown Winner
For a number of years, John Tenta was the top heel in the entire WWF, which in turn made him the top heel in the US in the eyes of many wrestling fans. The man known as Earthquake was one of Hulk Hogan’s greatest foes, challenging the perpetual World Champion time and time again, main eventing arenas all over the world. How Tenta has been omitted is a mystery, especially compared to other names that have already received the honour of joining the Hall of Fame.
After a successful solo career, Earthquake joined forces with Typhoon to form the Natural Disasters tag team, even going on to win the Tag Team Championships. Later in his tenure, Tenta would defeat Yokozuna in a sumo match and then found himself repackaged as Golga – a popular but bizarre character – during the famed Attitude Era.
Career Highlight/s: Headlining SummerSlam 1990 against Hulk Hogan
6. MISS ELIZABETH
For much of the 1980s and early 1990s, Miss Elizabeth could do no wrong. As the quiet, reserved valet and love interest of Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage, she was part of some of the eras greatest storylines, including the breakdown of the friendship between Savage and Hulk Hogan. The circumstances around Miss Elizabeth’s death have kept her out of the Hall of Fame thus far, but surely enough time has passed to allow her to take her rightful place in the Hall of Fame?
Career Highlight/s: Coming to the aid of Macho Man Randy Savage at WrestleMania VII, her involvement in the “Mega Powers Explode” storyline.
5. THE DYNAMITE KID
The story of the Dynamite Kid is pretty depressing. Once one of wrestling’s greatest talents, the former WWF Tag Team Champion suffered a career-ending injury that left him a broken and bitter shell of the athlete he once was. But before all of that, Dynamite was a trailblazer in the sport, way ahead of his time, and potentially one of the best wrestlers ever to lace up a pair of boots. With his death in December 2018, perhaps its time to celebrate one of wrestling’s lost legends, a highly flawed individual but an excellent performer.
Career Highlight/s: Former WWF Tag Team Champion with Davey Boy Smith
4. BRIAN PILLMAN
Not only was Brian Pillman an incredible in-ring talent, but he would also become one of the most talked-about and exciting characters in wrestling when he unleashed his Loose Canon gimmick upon the world. Pillman’s time in WWF may not have been his best years, but he spent enough time as part of the main storylines during Bret Hart’s heel turn, that he will forever be cemented in the memory of fans young and old. It’s just a shame to think about what he could have been if he’d not been hurt prior to signing his WWF/WWE deal, or what he could have offered the talent today as a trainer.
Career Highlight/s: Battling Jushin Liger over the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship, finding his Loose Canon persona, and the “Pillman’s Got a Gun’ segment on Monday Night RAW.
Leon White was easily one of the greatest big men in the history of professional wrestling. He proved this all over the world as the masked heel Big Van Vader, winning world championships everywhere he went. Sadly he passed away in June 2018 meaning any induction now will have to be a posthumous one, even more gutting after seeing the reaction he got when he inducted Stan Hansen in 2016.
Career Highlight/s: 3-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, 2-time All Japan Triple Crown Champion, 3-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion
2. THE BRITISH BULLDOG
Davey Boy Smith’s Hall of Fame snubbing is one of the most confusing, considering how integral he was as a babyface in the early to mid-1990s, and as a heel from 1995 onwards. Bulldog was one of those rare characters that could be a hated heel in the States but a beloved hero the very next day back home in England, and the WWE always relied upon him to draw money whenever they toured across Europe. According to a recent interview with Triple H, there are plans to induct The British Bulldog into the Hall of Fame, it’s just a matter of when.
Career Highlight/s: Defeating Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship at Wembley Stadium in 1992.
1. OWEN HART
What is there to say about Owen Hart? Not only was he one of the best heels of the pre-Attitude Era, but he was also one of the most beloved and most entertaining wrestlers ever to step foot in a WWE ring. His tragic death is the only reason he’s not already a Hall of Famer, but it absolutely must happen and must happen while his elder brother Bret is around to induct him.
Career Highlight/s: Defeating Bret Hart at WrestleMania X.
Which of the many late, great Superstars of wrestling would you like to see inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame? Let us know in the comments section below.