So, with the newest female inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame announced, I thought I’d give my two cents on Women in WWE’s Hall of Fame.
Remember, this is just opinion -don’t be a bitch about it.
The WWE Hall of Fame. An account of the all-time greats who have ever graced WWE with their presence, either in or out of the ring.
No-one is going to argue that you have to earn your place in the annals of WWE, to be showcased in such a manner is the highest honour the company can give.
But what actually constitutes an induction?
The Hall of Fame is vast, and growing each year. The night before WrestleMania, the inductees are inducted in an inducting ceremony that inducts them.
Induct. That word has lost all meaning…..kind of like the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame WWE boasts is a crowd pleaser, if nothing else. And why wouldn’t it be? Our favourite personalities from the past getting a night of recognition is great.
But the charm and allure of any Hall of Fame lies in it’s exclusivity.
WWE’s Hall of Fame includes stars such as Tatsumi Fujinami and Antonio Inoki. Two legends of wrestling, yes. But their work in WWE was minimal in contrast to their extensive and illustrious body of work elsewhere. Likewise, Aja Kong and Manami Toyota are two of the best, if not the best, women’s wrestlers in the history of the sport. But they do not warrant an induction into WWE’s Hall of Fame.
Let’s take a look at the female inductees;
-The Fabulous Moolah; 1995
-‘Sensational’ Sherri Martel; 2006
-Mae Young; 2008
-Wendi Richter; 2010
-Trish Stratus; 2013
-Madusa/Alundra Blayze; 2015
-Beth Phoenix; to be inducted 2017
Now here’s the sting of opinion; there are two women I don’t think belong there.
Wendi Richter’s induction was an apology for being suckered with the ‘Original Screwjob’ (WWE brought in a masked Moolah to screw Richter out of the belt in 1985 after a contract dispute between Richter and WWE), this is the basis for her induction, whether anyone wants to acknowledge it or not.
I don’t think Beth Phoenix did enough to warrant an induction. She was an amazing competitor and her work was impeccable, but that’s it. She didn’t change the game, she didn’t make a difference. That’s just the way it is.
2013 – present has seen a woman be inducted each year. I feel this cheapens the whole affair, as each year WWE seem to scramble for a token woman to induct. To me, this feels like pandering to the women and that particular sub-set of fans, again sapping the legitimacy of the concept of a Hall of Fame or a Legend.
The following women are, in my opinion the only women worthy of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the future;
-the most over women the company has ever seen, changed what it meant to be a WWE Diva.
-hands down the best female manager in the game, had iconic moments with then-husband ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and captured the hearts of fans everywhere.
-was one of the first women to oppose traditional sex appeal standards at the height of the Attitude Era, her difference from the other women made her stand out. Her work as a manager, actively involving herself in her clients matches was groundbreaking at a time where women were little more than eye-candy.
-Mickie James’ talent in the ring and in the mind is what, to me, warrants an eventual induction. Her work in psychology during her introductory feud with Trish Stratus is what made Mickie stand out. No woman before or since has managed to utilise psychology as well as her.
That’s my WWE Hall of Fame listing for the women of the company.
Let me know what you think, or if you think I may have overlooked someone.