On December 9th, 2019 it was announced that WWE would induct the nWo (Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman) as well as Batista into the WWE Hall of Fame. The New World Order’s contributions to not only the WWE (and WCW) but the wrestling world as a whole are well documented, with the group being one of the best factions in wrestling history.
Batista’s resume is definitely worthy of a Hall of Fame nod. He is a four-time World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WWE Champion, as well as being apart of another great faction, Evolution. Not to mention, his status in Hollywood is rising by the minute, which is obviously a win-win for both him and the WWE alike.
We will obviously see more names pop up in the coming weeks and months for who else will join the nWo and Batista in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020, but I wanted to look at some names who we could potentially see in the Hall of Fame, be it this year, or in the coming years.
If Christian is going into the WWE Hall of Fame, I don’t expect it to be this year with the nWo and Batista headlining. A lot of wrestling fans thought this was the year for “Captain Charisma”, as his tag team work alone is some of the best the WWE has ever seen.
Christian is a 9-time WWE Tag Team Champion, 7 of which were with his childhood friend Edge, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Christian also won the World Heavyweight Championship twice, the Intercontinental Championship 4 times, and the ECW Championship twice.
As I said earlier, Christian’s tag team work alone is enough to get him into the Hall of Fame, but his singles action shouldn’t be overlooked at all. He’s a Grand Slam Champion and his nickname “Captain Charisma” is very fitting, as his connection with the crowd is definitely one that other wrestlers wish they could have.
This is one that definitely could happen this year, as it would obviously be a posthumous induction. Vader unfortunately passed away last June, but his legacy will live on forever. Before Vader’s passing, Mick Foley took to Facebook in a post petitioning Vader to be put into the HoF, which had many fans behind it.
Vader’s time in WWE may have been short and not all that newsworthy, but his time in other companies is enough for the WWE to induct him in my opinion. He held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times, as well as the IWGP Heavyweight Championship three times, and was the 1993 Wrestling Observer, and Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Wrestler of the Year in ’93 as well.
Vader is definitely one of the best to ever do it, and him not being in the Hall of Fame at this point is something many fans think is preposterous. But this could be the year that Big Van Vader could be inducted.
Wrestling fans have always felt strongly about Miss Elizabeth being in the Hall of Fame. Her not being inducted brings many fans wondering why. Miss Elizabeth is the long time manager (and once wife) of “Macho Man” Randy Savage and many other wrestlers in that period.
Miss Elizabeth’s career is full of big, memorable moments. She was the reason the Mega Powers (Hogan and Savage) exploded, her wedding with Macho Man was one of the biggest things that year, and her running into the arms and being lifted on the shoulders of Macho Man still brings tears to my eyes.
From Randy Savage to Hulk Hogan, to Brutus Beefcake and Dusty Rhodes, Miss Elizabeth was the manager for many of the businesses greats, something that definitely shouldn’t be overlooked, and is absolutely Hall of Fame worthy.
The Steiner Brothers
Here’s one that may come out of left field, but at one point, Rick and Scott Steiner were considered the best tag team in wrestling, and for good reason. In the ring, they are two of the most soundly gifted wrestlers you could find.
In the WWF/E, they are two-time WWF Tag Team Champions, and in WCW they were 7-time NWA/WCW World Tag Team Champions. The brothers were inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014, as well as being Wrestling Observer’s Tag Team of the Year in 1990. The Steiner Brothers were one of the pillars in the WCW tag team division.
The reason I bring up The Steiners is due to their great in-ring skill. The bulk of their accomplishments may have happened in WCW, but since WCW and WWE are pretty much the same company, why not? The only reason it may not happen is due to how vocal Scott has been about the WWE and Triple H. But hey, there’s at least a 33 1/3 chance of it happening right?
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