10 People Who Don’t Deserve To Be In the WWE Hall of Fame
There’s no greater honor for a pro wrestler than being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Some seem destined from the start, others earn it over a long and lucrative career. However, when looking at the list of inductees, we can’t help but notice some names should’ve been left off.
William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry
It’s easy to see why he doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, as his only appearance for the WWE was when he competed and lost in a battle royal at Wrestlemania 2. The winner was the late, great Andre The Giant who didn’t even get an induction ceremony.
This Mexican luchadore was recently announced as part of the 2012 class of the WWE Hall of Fame. You shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t know who he is, many WWE fans don’t. He was the first masked wrestler in Madison Square Garden, and often feuded with “Superstar” Billy Graham over the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. His most notable achievements did NOT come in the WWE.
Koko B. Ware
We are not saying he didn’t have a good career, or isn’t deserving of any recognition. But HOF? It seems a bit much. He is mostly known for being a “jobber’, someone who’s always on the losing end when matched against other established stars. His biggest claim to fame is being the first wrestler to fall victim to The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver in the Undertaker’s debut match. Is that what The Hall should celebrate? Losing?
George ‘The Animal‘ Steele
Best known for tearing the ring turnbuckle off with his teeth and showing his green tongue to the crowd, George ‘The Animal’ Steele is a true head scratch-er. He was hardly athletic and his most memorable moments came in his interviews, where he barely managed to utter a word. It’s hard to understand why ‘The Animal” would be in the hall over say ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. But we do have to give him credit, as he has battled Crohn’s disease since 1988 and hasn’t let it stop him.
Abdullah The Butcher
Having spent most of his career being cut open, attacking people with forks and even being electrocuted in an electric chair, Abdullah was more known for being a hardcore legend who could take pain, not a wrestler of any great skill. Being brutal and headlining Wrestlemania in front of thousands of people are two different things. If there’s hardcore hall of fame, he’d be a first ballot shoo-in. Plus, he was never IN the WWF/WWE!
At the risk of ‘The baddest man on the planet’ reading this and eating our unborn babies, we have to say, the Celebrity wing of the HOF is a total sham! He may be one of the greatest boxers of all time, but not a wrestler. His induction came because he got involved in the feud with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels, and counted the victory at Wrestlemania XIV. So there you go, get paid, show up and eventually be inducted into a hall of fame in a sport you don’t compete in. Now are you questioning its legitimacy? Imagine how the accomplished wrestlers feel.
Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura
The former Governor of Minnesota never really had much success in the WWE. He’s better known for being a match commentator alongside owner Vince McMahon.
Another example of the absurdity that is the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame. The baseball commentator made it in for two appearances, WrestleMania III and IV. Really the only thing most people remember is when he was choked by the late, great Andre The Giant. If that’s all it takes maybe former Golden State Warriors coach P. J. Carlesimo should get a look.
The former Cincinnati Red is mostly remembered for appearing in three consecutive Wrestlemanias XIV, XV, and 2000 (XVI) where he would ultimately take a tombstone piledriver from ‘The Big Red Machine’ Kane. Maybe he’d take one of those to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The current host of the Price is Right appeared in the 2001 Royal Rumble match. Drew stood in the ring looking pretty confident until our favorite celebrity attacker Kane was introduced. He then showed just how brave he was by jumping over the ropes, thus eliminating himself and running away. That’s it. So, if you’re a celebrity looking to add “Hall of Fame” to your resume, just show up to a major WWE PPV event and you’re golden.