WCW has some harsh words for the WWE Hall of Fame and their induction process.
Not considered the most respected of professional wrestlers in the industry, former WCW and shortly lived WWE talent Buff Bagwell sat down with Chuck Carroll of CBS Sports to talk about his wrestling career, his final match before retirement this coming May, injuries and what he thinks of potentially being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Most fans would consider Bagwell to be anything but a sure thing for the Hall of Fame. While he had a nice run as a mid-carder in WCW and was part of the famous NWO faction, potentially being one of the group’s more popular lower-level stars, his time in WWE lasted only a matter of weeks before he was unceremoniously let go for being both physically and mentally out of shape and not ready for life as a WWE Superstar.
— WCW/nWo (@nWo4lifeWCW) December 23, 2017
His reputation in wrestling is that of being a superstar that was tricky to deal with and very much about himself. He had a tendency to rub people the wrong way, and while he looked like a million dollars, his in-ring skill wasn’t ranked nearly close to the top of the heap when it came to WCW or WWE talent.
A string of injuries this past year have required Bagwell to consider retirement from the ring and after an independent wrestling show in May of 2018, Bagwell will hang up the boots and let his injured shoulder and hip rest.
Bagwell was asked about his opinion on the WWE Hall of Fame and whether or not he believes he has a shot. The interviewer noted a recent lawsuit Bagwell dropped over royalties from the WWE Network. Bagwell responded that he couldn’t care less about a Hall of Fame induction.
He explained, “I 100 percent couldn’t care less, and I don’t mean that ugly… Teddy Long is in the WWE Hall of Fame, and The Total Package, Lex Luger, that is in a wheelchair, that everybody in the world knows, is not. Take those two, and it diminishes the WWE Hall of Fame tremendously.”
Bagwell did admit, however, that if invited, he likely wouldn’t turn the invitation down. He said, “I mean, don’t get me wrong. If I got in it, I’d be very proud and say I made it and here’s my ring. But at the same time, if I didn’t get called by them, I won’t lose an ounce of sleep over not getting in the WWE Hall of Fame.”
The good news for Bagwell is that he probably won’t be invited, so this isn’t an issue he’ll have to worry about.
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