Five Notable Omissions in the WWE Hall of Fame

Five Notable Omissions in the WWE Hall of Fame  The WWE Hall of Fame is not loved by everyone. It’s often a case of who is on good terms with management rather than rewarding those who deserve to be inducted. Now that Vince McMahon has retired, it’s probably a case of getting in the good books of Triple H that counts most. Here’s a list of five notable omissions in the WWE Hall of Fame.

The Dynamite Kid

The British Bulldog Davy ‘Boy’ Smith is in the WWE Hall of Fame but not his tag partner The Dynamite Kid. Now that’s just not right. Tom Billington was one of the most innovative performers of his day. Sadly he’s no longer with us and his at times crazy high-flying performances left him in a wheelchair. He didn’t have the singles career in WWE that Smith but did win the tag titles and had some amazing matches in Japan.

Owen Hart

No one can deny that Owen Hart doesn’t deserve to be in the WWE Hall of Fame. The sad way in which he died and the bad blood between his widow and WWE is the main reason he’s not. Perhaps now with Triple H having more power in the company, something might be able to be done so Owen can be inducted. It does show however that out-of-the-ring politics do tend to determine who’s in the Hall of Fame and who isn’t.

Jim Cornette

The same rule applies with Jim Cornette. He’s so outspoken and often seen as a relic of the past. Cornette does still talk a lot of sense at times though and has enjoyed a great deal of success in wrestling as a manager, promoter and commentator.

He is controversial though and his runs with wrestling companies have been getting shorter in recent times. The big question of course is would WWE let him loose on a live mic at the induction ceremony?

Professional wrestling is of course predetermined (sorry if that’s surprised anyone) but it’s still popular to bet on in NJ, where you can check odds and wager legally at sportsbooks like BetRivers or WynnBet.

Johnny Saint

Here’s a controversial one but why not induct the former World lightweight champion? There are too few British wrestlers in the WWE Hall of Fame. Saint was a genius in the ring, just watch the old World of Sport videos online. Matches against Steve Grey, Mick McManus and Mark Rocco are absolute classics.

He’s been on the WWE payroll in recent years both as a trainer and his managerial position in NXT: UK. Recognising his talent by inducting him into the WWE Hall of Fame would show respect for British wrestling.

Cyndi Lauper

Not a wrestler of course but a very notable absentee in the celebrity wing. If Mr T. is in there, then surely Cyndi Lauper should be. Vince McMahon put everything on the line when staging the first WrestleMania. Lauper was a key part in the task of making professional wrestling something that could be huge in the entertainment market.

Her work on MTV and the first WrestleMania event was so important for the company. It’s time that the singer/songwriter was in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Fun WWE Facts You May Not Know

Fun WWE Facts You May Not Know  Since its inception in the early 1980s, the WWE has been a staple of mainstream wrestling. If you ask anyone who’s not a wrestling fan which wrestling promotions they’ve heard of, the WWE will almost certainly top the list, with promotions like Total Nonstop Action potentially also appearing on that list. As you might expect from a company with as long and storied a history as the WWE, Vince McMahon’s promotion has plenty of interesting facts in its past. Here are some fun WWE facts that you may not know.

Some legends have never won a title belt

Despite being renowned wrestling icons, there are several WWE legends who have never actually won a title belt. These include Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Bam Bam Bigelow, and even Vader, whose presence struck fear into the hearts of his opponents. Of course, winning a title belt doesn’t necessarily translate to being a good wrestler; after all, WWE storylines tend to favour characters over technical wrestlers, so winning a title just meant you had Vince McMahon’s approval when it came to your gimmick.

The first Royal Rumble was won by “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

Another legend who’s never won a WWE title belt is “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, but he has another accolade to his name: he managed to achieve victory in the first ever Royal Rumble competition. Duggan entered 13th and lasted 14 minutes, achieving three eliminations whilst in the ring. So what’s his secret? Speaking to Betway casino, Duggan confirmed that the key to winning a Royal Rumble match is to “try to stay away from people”. The longer you’re in the ring, the more chance you have of winning, after all.

There’s only ever been one WrestleMania cage match

The WWE has only ever seen one cage match at WrestleMania. That match was in 1986 and it took place between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy, with Hogan eventually emerging victorious and hanging onto his title belt. We’re cheating a little with this one, as there have been a couple of Hell in a Cell matches at Wrestlemania; still, since the victory stipulation for these is different to cage matches, we’re not counting them as cage matches.

Daniel Bryan holds the record for longest Royal Rumble innings

Technically speaking, the longest Royal Rumble innings ever belongs to Daniel Bryan. He managed to remain in the ring for an impressive 76 minutes and 5 seconds at 2018’s Royal Rumble competition. However, it would be fair not to count this match as it was a special extended version in which 50 participants made their way to the ring instead of 30. If we only count 30-man Royal Rumbles, the record belongs to Rey Mysterio, who stayed in the ring for over 60 minutes in 2006.

The Undertaker was a basketball player before he was a wrestler

The Undertaker is one of the most iconic WWE legends of all time. Even people who don’t watch wrestling and don’t engage with it know who The Undertaker is, but they might not know that he was a basketball player prior to entering wrestling. It makes sense; he’s a hulking giant of a man, so he would be well-disposed towards basketball. He played for two years in Texas, then developed an interest in professional wrestling, and the rest is history.

Vader was the WWE’s first cover star

When the first ever WWE (then WWF) Raw magazine debuted in 1996, fearsome wrestler Vader was chosen to be its first cover star. The cover depicted Vader crouching over his opponent, with the headline proclaiming “Mastodon On The Loose!”. Vader would then go on to appear on the cover of the magazine 12 months later, with a bloodied image of his face in his trademark mask serving as the cover image. That image was accompanied by an altogether more sombre headline: “The Mastodon Survives The War Of His Life!”.

Only one WrestleMania event wasn’t a title match

The only WrestleMania event that didn’t feature a shot at the WWE Championship (or the WWF Championship, as it was then) was the original WrestleMania in 1985. The main event in this match saw Hulk Hogan and Mr. T teaming up to take on the tag team of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful. Hogan and Mr. T emerged victorious, but there was no belt on the line. McMahon and his team would rectify this mistake with WrestleMania II, which was the first WrestleMania to feature a WWE Championship title bout.

The WWE is full of families

There are plenty of major wrestling families and dynasties in the WWE. We all know about brothers like Eddie and Chavo Guerrero, for example, but did you know there are several other Guerrero wrestlers, including Chavo Sr, Mando, and Shaul? The Rock also belongs to a prestigious WWE family that includes Rikishi (who previously wrestled as Fatu), Yokozuna, and Peter Maivia, a legendary impresario in the WWE world who has tutored and coached many other wrestlers.

There are only five wrestlers who have won five separate titles

Only five wrestlers have ever been distinguished enough to win five different titles. Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Jeff Hardy, Christian, and RVD have all won five titles, with variations on the Intercontinental, Hardcore, Tag Team, European, and main WWE Championship belts, as well as the United States championship and other belts. Of course, other WWE wrestlers have held these titles at various times, but only those five have held five belts during their careers.

Who Could Win the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble?

Who Could Win the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble?  January is when we’ll learn a lot more about who will be in the main event at WrestleMania 39. The Royal Rumble is being held on January 28 and sees 30 men hoping to be the last wrestler left in the ring and earning themselves a title shot in April on the biggest show of the year. Who are the leading candidates to win this match?

The Rock

It was back in 2000 that The Rock won the Royal Rumble in New York. Anyone in the state who wanted to bet on that victory wasn’t able to do so at that time. Now they (and residents in neighboring New Jersey) can do just that and may well back a winner if doing so.

A lot depends on the availability of the former WWE champion. If he can fit in one last run with WWE, then a match with Roman Reigns (who he is related to in real life) would be the perfect WrestleMania main event. Can The Rock beat The Tribal Chief and take his place at the Head of the Table?

Cody Rhodes

Rhodes returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38 for a feud with Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins. That went down a storm but then came an injury that put him on the shelf. Will he return in the Royal Rumble and be the last man standing? A lot depends on whether WWE see him as a WrestleMania main eventer.

Drew McIntyre

2020 saw the Scottish wrestler win the Royal Rumble. This year has seen him challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal title but hasn’t really been in the title picture much since then. He may well be in the final four and there are betting odds available at these New York legal mobile sportsbooks for that but he doesn’t look like being the winner.

Riddle

Is Riddle someone who should be in the main event at WrestleMania? That’s the decision that WWE has to make when deciding who is going to win the Royal Rumble? His partnership with Randy Orton was a success and he’s had a strong feud with Rollins. One problem here is after losing a title challenge to Roman Reigns, he’s barred from another title shot against him.

Brock Lesnar

Lesnar won the 2022 Royal Rumble, so can he make it two in a row? It’s difficult to rule him out but it would probably take the dethroning of Roman Reigns for it to happen. We’ve seen Reigns v Lesnar far too much already.

Seth “Freakin” Rollins

He’s been mentioned in this article already but could he win the Rumble for the second time? The 2019 winner remains near the top of the card even if he is so irritating. He knows how to put on a good match though and a Reigns v Rollins match at WrestleMania 39 would be interesting, if Rollins could get the fans cheering for him.

AJ Styles

It was at this event that AJ Styles finally made it to the WWE. He’s been the champion since then but in recent years has been in the tag division or in mid-card feuds. WWE know that Styles wouldn’t let them down if put in the main event. He’s an outsider but again could be worth betting on to make the final four.