Ahh the Hall of Fame, long heralded as the pinnacle of a WWE Superstar's career. First set up with the ambition of hailing the very best that WWE has to offer, the Hall of Fame has started to go just a little bit downhill in the last few years. Although the greatest WWE wrestlers of all-time are in there, those years of hard work have been slightly tarnished by the fact relative nobodies have been able to waltz into it. The celebrity wing of the HOF has definitely put a bit of a stain on what should be just a collection of the most loved stars of all-time, however, some of the athletes inducted have been a little questionable at times too.
This list of the 15 stars we don’t want to see is full of Superstars or celebrities who will most likely make the Hall of Fane at some point in their careers. Some are included because they really don’t deserve to be there in terms of wrestling, others because they offered nothing in their cameo appearances. But there are also some inclusions who do deserve a spot in the HOF, but as is the case with our first entrant, an entry to the hall would be far too much of a publicity stunt at this point.
The death of Chyna earlier this year was a truly harrowing and tragic moment for anyone associated with the WWE. Having regularly updated fans on social media and via YouTube, everyone knew the one thing she truly wanted was to be recognized again by the company she served so well.
14 The Great Khali
Like Hornswoggle (who we'll see shortly on this list), The Great Khali will be inducted into the HOF due to the fact he has a strange figure and because WWE loves marketing to different markets. A behemoth of a man, the former World Heavyweight Champion made up for his lack of English and wrestling ability with his height and that is probably going to be enough to get him into the hall, along with the fact that WWE wants to bring in fans from India.
13 Stephen Amell
You know things are looking bleak when a SummerSlam match revolves almost entirely around another television show. The focus here is that the WWE is a TV show and as such it’s insane that they would put over another program. They wouldn’t have done it with WCW…
12 The Bella Twins
Thankfully for us all, the Bella’s have improved over the last couple of years and have been far more bearable than in years before. Another example of the changing times in the WWE that has turned many hardcore fans away, Nikki and Brie are the two standout stars of the Divas era. They're also the two standout stars of Total Divas, the McMahon’s attempt at a scripted reality show.
X-Pac is good friends with Triple H, in the same way that Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall are good friends with Triple H. The difference? X-Pac’s the only one (aside from Trips) not to be in the HOF. The conclusion? X-Pac will inevitably make his way into the HOF.
10 Shaquille O’Neal
Next year, Shaquille O’Neal will likely face off against Big Show at WrestleMania in a match that is sure to go down in history* (*it won’t go down in history). You have to take your hat off to Show, who has consistently taken on people who aren’t wrestlers on The Grandest Stage Of Them All. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a big one - that match against the sumo dude wrestler (Akebono) was not.
9 The Boogeyman
As unlikely as it is, The Boogeyman may very well one day find himself in the HOF. Having been entertaining during his original run, the worm eating/clock breaking horror film character didn’t even push for any titles. As such, his run didn’t last for too many years and we all thought that was that.
8 Stephanie McMahon
The Billion Dollar Princess has certainly given her all to the WWE over the years and one day, she will become a part of the Hall of Fame. It can definitely be argued that she deserves it for the work she has done backstage and it’s most likely she will take over once Vince McMahon steps back from his position. Having done the dirty work earlier in her in-ring career (sarcasm?), Steph is now happy being a part of The Authority and appearing on TV every now and again.
7 CM Punk
Ok, so CM Punk and the WWE aren’t exactly on speaking terms right now. But this doesn’t mean he will never make amends with the company. When you consider Bret Hart, who literally spat in the face of Vince McMahon, came back to programming years later, Punk will likely do the same one day.
6 Flo Rida
There are some celebrities for whom a spot in the Hall of Fame is richly deserved. Arnold Schwarzenegger for instance gave time to the WWE despite being one of the most famous men on the entire planet, adored by fans in his brief appearances. But for the likes of Flo Rida, the same can’t really be said.
5 Jeff Hardy
Insanely popular amongst many teenage girls, the shining star that Jeff Hardy had has well and truly faded with the wider audience of regular WWE viewers. With his best days coming as part of The Hardy Boyz in the late 90s and early 2000s, Jeff couldn’t get himself in order and was unable to properly kick his drug habit. This made him a real liability, as shown in recent years where he has been in a different world with TNA.
4 Michael Cole
In reality, Michael Cole has the perfect job. He’s been lucky enough to work in the WWE for more than two decades, is a household name in millions of homes and gets paid very nicely to sit behind a table and do what no end of people do; watch TV. Sadly for Cole, he’s not very popular at what he does.
Having spent the best part of a decade failing to escape from the mid-card and tag team scene, John Bradshaw Layfield transformed from a long haired bruiser to the money driven, suit wearing, limousine riding champion of the mid 2000s. It’s hard to know how exactly this change came about, without Bradshaw seemingly set for little chance of reaching the very top before that.
2 Jon Stewart
Over the years (and even throughout this list) there have been some interesting celebrity appearances in the WWE. Luckily, most of the time they do their own thing, promote their own brand and don’t get shoved too far down the throats of the audience. Whenever Jon Stewart turns up however, WWE becomes The Daily Show for a few minutes.
Hornswoggle was successful in the WWE due to his look, because there wasn’t really much else going for him. A relative mute for the first couple of years, he went from being Finlay’s little leprechaun to Vince McMahon’s illegitimate son. And then he was the anonymous Raw GM, the worst possible conclusion after months and months of build-up. And then he was in 3MB.
It’s probably going to be a few years down the line until we see Hornswoggle make his way into the illustrious HOF, but it will indicate everything that is wrong with the annual ceremony. The Hall of Fame should celebrate the best of the best, the people who consistently entertain, amaze and inspire. Hornswoggle didn’t do any of those things and as such, he does not warrant a place.
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