The WWE Hall of Fame was introduced in 1993 with the sole inductee of Andre The Giant. The company saw the hall of fame as the best way to honor the then-recently deceased star. Each year, the company announces a new hall of fame class featuring stars of the company’s past. Many of WWE’s all-time greats have been inducted including Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, The Iron Sheik, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Rice Flair. Every year as Wrestlemania season begins, the WWE fans being to wonder who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Many fans feel that great stars of the past are overlooked in favor of poorer choices. Many top stars of the promotion’s heyday have been snubbed by the hall of fame.
If you were a wrestling fan in the 1980s and didn’t know the name “Macho Man” Randy Savage, it is possible you lived under a rock. Savage debuted in 1985 and quickly rose to the top of the WWE roster. With tons of charisma and impressive athleticism, Savage conquered the world of professional wrestling. Many fans still consider Savage’s Wrestlemania III bout with Ricky Steamboat to be the greatest match of all time. Savage always impressed audiences and never failed to entertain with his antics. In 1994, Savage jumped ship to WCW, the WWE’s biggest competitor. Savage continued his career there until the company closed its doors in 2001. With Savage’s career having been a large part of WWE’s past, he seems like a sure candidate for the hall of fame. However, he has yet to be inducted. Many thought he would be inducted after his tragic death in 2011 but this never came to be.
The 1990s saw WCW and WWE go head-to-head in a ratings war on Monday Nights. Each promotion had to showcase the very best of its talent in order to beat the competition. WWE’s top star was undoubtedly Stone Cold Steve Austin. WCW’s top draw was Sting. Sting had been a mianstay in WCW since the company’s humble beginnings. He was given the nickname of “The Franchise” as he was always loyal to the company, having never stepped foot in a WWE ring. Sting had many classic feuds with “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Vader, Hulk Hogan and Lex Luger. Sting would continue his career with the company until the final Nitro broadcast in 2001 when he faced long time rival, Ric Flair, to close the show. Although Sting has never wrestled in WWE, the company now owns all rights to WCW’s video library. Sting’s entire WCW career is in WWE’s possession. Fans feel that Sting should be immortalized along with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart.
Owen Hart tragically fell to his death during a WWE show in 1999. Owen had come from the Hart family wrestling dynasty and rose to fame as the brother of Bret Hart. Owen’s in-rin ability was among the greatest of any technical wrestler in history. Hart was full of charisma and enchanted fans with his passionate promos and solid in-ring work. Owen’s career with WWE spanned nearly a decade and saw him capture WWE tag team gold and the covetted WWE Intercontinental Championship. Owen was a top star in the WWE’s midcard and was detined to become WWE champion. As WWE continues to have issues with Owen’s widow, it is unlikely we will ever see the star inducted into the hall of fame. However, there is no denying that Owen has earned a spot among the other legends of wrestling. Each year WWE expands the hall of fame while these stars are ignored. Fans often become angered over the oversights.
Perhaps, WWE will eventually induct these amazing legends of the ring but until then, fans can only hope for their favorite past stars to be immortalized. It seems more likely with each passing year that these stars will be included but, nothing is definite in the world of professional wrestling.