COMMENTARY | With the announcement that Razor Ramon will be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame, the Class of 2014 is complete. In all, the WWE will induct seven new members into its hall of fame in 2014. As always, the worthiness of each new inductee is a hot topic of conversation among pro wrestling fans. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most worthy, take a closer look at how worthy each member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is of induction.
Carlos Colon: 5
Carlos Colon is a legend in Puerto Rico, but he achieved little fame in America. Besides having a great pro wrestling career, he is also perhaps the greatest promoter in Puerto Rican history. His World Wrestling Council (WWC) promotion has lasted over 40 years. He defeated Ric Flair for the NWA title, but the NWA doesn’t recognize his reign.
Jake Roberts: 8
Like current WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts never needed to be World Champion to get over in wrestling. Roberts was a master of ring psychology and his DDT is one of the greatest finishers in wrestling history. Now that he has overcome his personal demons, Roberts is clearly worthy of WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2014.
When you consider every aspect of what it takes to be a great wrestler, Lita could do it all. Admittedly, she joined the WWE at the perfect time in that she could truly shine in the Attitude Era. Lita could work storylines, she could do anything in the ring, and she complemented male wrestlers. The only thing she lacked in wrestling was longevity.
Mr. T: 2
I know the WWE Hall of Fame has a celebrity wing. And every year I cringe when the yearly celebrity is announced. But Mr. T does not belong in the WWE Hall of Fame. The success of his 1980s angle was totally due to Piper and Hulk Hogan. Also, the awful punch he threw in WrestleMania II should disqualify him from the WWE Hall of Fame.
Paul Bearer: 8
The fact that William Moody previously worked as a funeral director had to help him play the Paul Bearer character so well. At a time in wrestling when managers were going out of style, he was the perfect sidekick for The Undertaker and Kane. Now that he is entering the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, the late Paul Bearer can truly “rest in peace.”
Razor Ramon: 7
Since the WWE is inducting “Razor Ramon” and not “Scott Hall” into its hall of fame in 2014, that lowers my rating slightly. Ramon was a great character in the WWE, but he achieved greater fame as Scott Hall in the NWO. However, his ladder match against Shawn Michaels and his success defeating substance abuse make him a worthy inductee.
Ultimate Warrior: 6
For a brief moment, The Ultimate Warrior appeared destined to reach the heights of greatness in the WWE that only the likes of Bruno Sammartino and Hogan had reached. However, backstage politics and bizarre behavior led to an all too short WWE career. This part of his history cannot be ignored when rating his WWE Hall of Fame credentials.
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