Probability: Very Likely
Achievements: IHW Entertainment Hall of Fame
Slick is the first African-American manager in WWE. When Freddie Blassie was struggling with his health, Slick helped by picking up many of his clients. Once Blassie left, Slick took over all of his duties and inherited a valuable team of superstars. Here are some names Slick supported:
- Akeem (a.k.a. The One Man Gang)
- Art Crews
- Big Boss Man
- Big Man Steel
- Bobby Jaggers
- Boris Zukhov
- Bulldog Bob Brown
- Butch Reed
- King Kong Bundy
- Earthquake Evans
- Hacksaw Higgins
- Hercules Hernandez
- Iron Sheik
- J.R Hogg
- Lord Humongous
- Madd Maxx
- Moondog Moretti
- Nick Maniwa
- Nikolai Volkoff
- Paul Roma
- Rick Martel
- Shotgun Yan
- Timothy Flowers
- The Warlord
WWE has always liked Slick enough to bring him back with other legends. To me, it feels like an induction is inevitable.
Probability: Very Likely
#36. Stacy Keibler
Achievements: WCW Nitro Girl Search (1999), WWE Babe of the Year (2004)
Well, if Torrie Wilson is in… then Stacy Keibler has to follow at some point, right? We all know what girls like Torrie & Stacy were for. They were the eye candy playing to WWE’s older male demographic, and Stacy Keibler had a lot of fun doing that.
She wasn’t shy, as she wrestled, managed, and showed off her long legs at every opportunity. She never needed to win titles, because it was all about the sex appeal. Whatever she could do to bring more eyes to the product. Fully expecting her to be inducted by her friend Torrie Wilson, when WWE feels the time is right.
Probability: Very Likely
#37. Sycho Sid (Justice/Vicious)
Achievements: WWF Champion, WCW World Heavyweight Champion, WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, USWA Texas Heavyweight Champion.
Sid is another big man who WWE has not mentioned since leaving. After going to WCW, the backstage producers encouraged him to use more aerial moves. He was reluctant, but he tried adding their request to his game. In a Four Corners match with the WCW World title, he suffered a career-ending injury while performing a dropkick from the top. His leg fractured so badly it was too graphic to be re-aired. Doctors said he would never run again. Sid tried to sue WCW for encouraging him to go to the top rope, but WWE bought the company.
It took 3 1/2 years, but Sid finally rehabbed his leg enough to wrestle again. WWE did not ask him to return until 2012, when he defeated Heath Slater in what was his last match on global television. Sid is a playable character in recent WWE video games, so there is an agreement there. He’s a multi-time World Champion for a reason, so one day I believe he will get his chance.
Achievements: ECW World Heavyweight Champion, FTW Heavyweight Champion, ECW World Television Champion, ECW World Tag Team Champion, WWF Hardcore Champion, WWF Tag Team Champion.
Unlike Raven, I don’t think Taz will be inducted in to the WWE Hall of Fame soon. Why? Because Taz was ingrained in the system for a long time, and he left because he was sick of the micromanaging and “vibe”. He wanted nothing to do with anyone called McMahon.
The elitist, pompous attitude, along with the insulting micro management, made it so he didn’t want to work. Taz wanted out of there, despite the years of making substantial money and learning so much. He’d had enough, and it’s difficult to imagine WWE and Taz wanting to do business with each other. If they were to do an ECW-style Hall of Fame induction, then perhaps? They might entice Taz with that. Otherwise, I feel like he’d prefer to focus on AEW and his son Hook’s career.
#39. The Glamour Girls
Achievements: WWF Women’s Tag Team Champions, NWA World Women’s Tag Team Champions, LPWA Tag Team Champions, LMLW Tag Team Champions.
Judy Martin & Leilani Kai were the original Women’s Tag Team Champions. They were dominant, and should have paved the way for a generation of women’s tag teams. This didn’t happen, because Fabulous Moolah screwed them and the Jumping Bomb Angels over. Moolah sabotaged them by telling a Japanese promoter that the Glamour Girls would claim the titles. Kai & Martin tried contacting Pat Patterson, but they couldn’t get hold of him, so they went through with it. When they got back to America, Patterson was irate over them going in to business for themselves and screwing up their plans.
He refused to listen to their explanation, because Moolah had got there first, and he trusted her word over theirs. They were set for a big payday at WrestleMania, but Moolah screwed it up for them. WWE deactivated the tag team titles in mid-1989. WWE did not bring back the tag titles til 2019. When it did, there was no mention of the previous title, The Glamour Girls, or the Jumping Bomb Angels. This is a part of history WWE likely wants to avoid, and again, it’s all because of The Fabulous Moolah.
Probability: Very Unlikely
#40. The Great Muta
Achievements: IWGP Heavyweight Champion, IWGP Tag Team Champion, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, NWA World Television Champion, WCW World Tag Team Champion, AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, AJPW World Tag Team Champion, GHC Heavyweight Champion, Wrestle-1 Champion.
The Great Muta is undoubtedly the most famous Japanese wrestler to crossover to the United States. Even now, I can’t think of anyone who was more popular than The Great Muta during his run in the late 80s/early 90s. WCW and New Japan had a close working relationship, so The Great Muta fought hard against his main rival Sting, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, and more.
He was really mysterious, yet the fans loved him, and his name still carries weight. Muta popularized “The Mist”, which would later be used by Tajiri, Malakai Black, and many others. He’s also known for making the Muta Lock (inverted Indian Deathlock) and the Shining Wizard famous. I think an induction is unlikely though, because 1) he never did business with WWE, and 2) Muta has never expressed an interest in sports-entertainment. While Muta is most definitely deserving, it just wouldn’t feel natural for all involved.
#41. The Midnight Express
Achievements: NWA World Tag Team Champions, NWA United States Tag Team Champions.
I think even if Jim Cornette never gets inducted in to the WWE Hall of Fame, he could die a happy man knowing he inducted The Midnight Express. He often cites them as the greatest tag team of all time, and there’s definitely an argument to be had. You can’t argue with them being one of the most popular teams in wrestling history. WWE tried their own version with Bob Holly and Bart Gunn (with Cornette as manager), but it wasn’t the same.