Not In WWE Hall Of Fame: 50 Wrestlers, Managers, Factions & Others


I can’t see WWE inducting her, because it means reminding people of what happened. They could get around it by adding her as a legacy inductee, but she deserves more than that. We’re better off remembering the good times. RIP Elizabeth Hulette.

Probability: Unlikely

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#29. The Nation Of Domination

Achievements: WWF European Champion (D’Lo Brown), WWF Intercontinental Champion (The Rock)

It may surprise younger fans, but the Nation of Domination was massively successful. Before the group you see below, the stable was bigger, popular and controversial for being pro-black. When The Rock was added to the group, Faarooq fired a lot of its members. It was the beginning of the end, as The Rock slowly undermined Faarooq’s leadership and took over by March 1998. The stable disbanded by the end of the year.

The legacy of the stable is one of being brave enough to push African-American stars forward with a powerful message. They would not be oppressed, and together would fend off any adversity. Living in more progressive times, I think it would be a friendly message for newer fans to realize how much the stable changed things. However, you need The Rock there in some capacity. You’d preferably want the whole Nation there, as it doesn’t work otherwise. Standing together as the Nation one more time is not something I believe WWE would actively aim for, although I’m sure many would appreciate it.

Probability: Unlikely

#30. Owen Hart

Achievements: WWF Intercontinental Champion, WWF European Champion, WWF Tag Team Champion, King of the Ring (1994), USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion.

Martha Hart owns all the rights to Owen Hart’s likeness, and other than releasing video footage, there is no way WWE can induct Owen Hart without her approval. AEW is introducing the Owen Hart Cup, because she has given Tony Khan permission to do so.

As long as Martha owns the rights, this is an impossibility. However, Owen Hart’s children could inherit his likeness and decide otherwise… but I don’t think they’d go against their Mother’s wishes. We should all recognize this will never happen, and can you really blame Martha for that? Why would she want WWE to make any money off his name? If I was her, I would do the same. It’s good enough we can remember him somewhere, even if he never worked for AEW.

Probability: Impossible

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#31. Raven

Achievements: ECW World Heavyweight Champion, ECW World Tag Team Champion, NWA World Heavyweight Champion, WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, WCW Light Heavyweight Champion, WCW World Tag Team Champion, WWF/E Hardcore Champion.

If WWE ever wants to get a little “extreme” with its inductions, start with someone like Raven. While his WWE career left much to be desired, he did a lot for ECW and WCW, so he’s achieved everywhere he has worked. The best thing about Raven is he’s one of those guys who has a lot of stories, and is smart enough to articulate entertainingly. He wouldn’t be risky like others. We know his speech would be done with class and grace, like Rob Van Dam’s.

Raven helped lead the way in an era when wrestling morphed from a colourful kid’s TV show, in to something dark, violent, and less insulting. I’d say he was the best heel in ECW by a mile, and his feud with Tommy Dreamer helped make the promotion must-see. I think it would be awhile yet, till WWE considered this a possibility, but I’m sure Raven would jump at the opportunity.

Probability: Likely

#32. Rick Martel

Achievements: AWA World Heavyweight Champion, WWF Tag Team Champion, WCW World Television Champion.

From 1980 to 1982, and again from 1986 to 1995, Rick Martel served as a reliable hand in WWE’s mid-card. For many years, Martel held the record for the longest time served in the Royal Rumble. He’s mostly known for “The Model” character, along with his tag team victories with different partners: Tony Garea, Tom Zenk (Can-Am Connection), and more famously with Tito Santana as Strikeforce. He is also a former AWA World Champion and WCW TV Champion.

Since retiring in 1999, Martel has had a good relationship with WWE. They included him as a playable character in the WWE2k18 and 19 video games, which shows they are on talking terms. An induction could happen any year, but it would be at WWE’s discretion.

Probability: Likely

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#33. Sable

Achievements: WWF Women’s Champion

The story of Sable isn’t straightforward. Yes, she was crazy popular at her peak, to the point it helped WWE claw back some business from WCW in the Attitude Era. But she didn’t want to wrestle, while WWE desperately wanted her too, so they agreed she wouldn’t take bumps. This got her considerable backstage heat, because it told the roster she would reap the rewards while not putting others over. After a while, Sable didn’t like the environment and looked elsewhere to pursue a movie career. On the way out, she issued a $110 million lawsuit against WWE for sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions.

They settled out of court, and Sable disappeared for a while. She returned to WWE in 2003 and worked for about a year before leaving again, this time on good terms. Now in a relationship with Brock Lesnar, they were married in 2006 and have children together. However, she hasn’t appeared on TV since Lesnar was in the UFC, so the chance of returning is slim. Sable had an enormous impact on business in the Attitude Era, to the point we could say she’s deserving of recognition. But a Hall of Fame induction? It’s a tough one. I don’t think Sable would care for it. WWE would see some money in that, but Sable doesn’t need money… she’s married to Brock Lesnar.

Probability: Unlikely

#34. Shane McMahon

Achievements: WWF European Champion, WWF Hardcore Champion, WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion

I think it’s painfully obvious that anyone called McMahon would eventually get in to the WWE Hall of Fame. Shane McMahon has so many career highlights, he’s done more than any McMahon in the ring. This gives him more of a right to an induction in the fan’s eyes.

Unlike his dad, I don’t think he would mind an induction while he’s alive. It’s a matter of timing, though. When do you put Shane in? Do you slot him in to a class which is lacking? Or do you have him as part of a bigger class, so his induction doesn’t stand out as much? Knowing Shane McMahon, he would probably want to stand out as much as possible.

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