All careers, no matter how grand and amazing, must come to an end. It is heart wrenching to see our favorite wrestlers step out of the ring at one point in their lives, but it’s a cycle we all can’t escape.
But not all careers end on a sad note. Some wrestlers that lived out rewarding careers are further recognized by being inducted into an elite group, the WWE Hall of Fame. Aside from belts and accolades, every wrestler wants in on this group.
The WWE Hall of Fame was first created in 1993. The first inductee, and the reason the group was built, was none other than Andre The Giant. It went on hiatus after 1996 but made a triumphant return in 2004. Since then, the WWE inducts several Hall of Famers yearly in an event prior to the grandest wrestling stage of them all, WrestleMania.
There’s currently 147 WWE Hall of Famers and the number will continue to grow each year. We can’t determine the exact criteria for getting in, but we can easily tell just by looking into the career of a wrestler. Some of today’s wrestlers have fantastic careers behind them and they are without a doubt, Hall of Fame material. Let’s count down some wrestlers that are sure to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one day.
10. Jon Stewart
Before you yell out from the top of your lungs in seeing The Daily Show’s host on this list, keep in mind that the WWE has begun inducting celebrities that have been in the WWE ring before. Some inductees include Snoop Dogg and err… Donald Trump.
Out of all the celebrities that entered the WWE ring, Stewart was one of the more prominent ones. Stewart entered the ring in SummerSlam 2015 and smashed John Cena on the back with a steel chair, costing him the World Heavyweight and U.S. championships.
9. Brock Lesnar
There’s a reason why one of Brock Lesnar’s monicker is The Beast Incarnate. With his athleticism and sheer power, he may just as well be that. Lesnar began his stint in the WWE way back in the early 2000s. He went on to win numerous feuds and held several belts.
His biggest claim to fame in wrestling is probably being the “1 in 21 and 1,” after ending The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania 30. Outside the WWE ring, Lesnar is an accomplished mixed martial artist, being one of the very few heavyweights to defend his UFC belt.
8. Randy Orton
Randy Orton is a third-generation wrestler. His grandfather Bob Sr. was also a wrestler and is the father of yet another WWE Hall of Famer, “Cowboy” Bob Orton. Randy began his wrestling career in 2000, but his fame truly propelled to new heights during his days in Evolution alongside Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista.
He has numerous accolades under his name including being a four-time World Heavyweight Champion, the 2009 Royal Rumble winner, a 2013 Money in the Bank winner and many more. Orton not only continued his family’s legacy, but he also brought to a point where it’s never been to before.
7. Big Show
Although not as big as Andre The Giant, Big Show made a lot of contributions to the WWE ever since debuting in 1999. Since then, Big Show has been on the good and bad side of fans, and even won several championships. Despite his physique, Big Show does very well in keeping up with his fellow wrestlers.
Big Show went on to winning the second annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31, an accomplishment that suits him very well.
The Big Red Machine and the Undertaker’s on-screen brother is most famous for his pyrotechnic-heavy entrance and his intimidating physique, but Kane has been on WWE’s roster for a long time now.
His loyalty and accolades in the WWE are sure to be rewarded with an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame once he finally steps down.
5. Chris Jericho
Y2J’s wrestling career is actually quite interesting. Despite not always being there in the ring, Chris Jericho manages to rile up crowds whenever he’s around. He may not always be active, but back in the day, he had a ton of skills to back up that mouth of his.
Jericho has a handful of championships in wrestling. He’s a six-time World Champion and nine-time Intercontinental Champion. He also held several other belts in the WWE, and also belts in the original ECW and WCW promotions. Perhaps his defining moment is when he became the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion in 2001, beating both Steve Austin and The Rock.
4. Triple H
One day, we’ll all be bowing down to the king when he gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. Triple H has a long career riddled with championships here and there. Most of the time, he’s the villain we all love to hate. But seeing him wrestle in his brute and dominant style reminds us why he’s one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history.
Nowadays, Triple H gets on our nerves as part of the WWE’s Authority. But way back when, he had crowds excited through all of DX’s shenanigans and Evolution’s pesky ways.
3. John Cena
Literally everyone around the world knows who Cena is. He began his stint in the WWE way back in 2000 when he was called The Prototype. He didn’t gain popularity until 2002, after nearly beating Kurt Angle in an open challenge. From then, it was a quick rise to superstardom for Cena.
Aside from being one of the most popular wrestlers, Cena remains an admirable person outside the ring. He has over 500 Make-A-Wish wishes granted, making him the celebrity whose done it the most. With all his accolades, deeds and a huge following, we’re 100% sure that Cena will be inducted into the Hall of Fame immediately after he retires.
2. The Undertaker
Known in real life as Mark Calaway, The Undertaker has an astonishing 36-year career in the WWE. Throughout his career, this towering presence has donned several personas, but his best and most memorable one will forever be The Dead Man.
He has attained several championships, Slammy awards and so much more. His biggest accomplishment may be the 21-match win streak at WrestleMania. We can’t deny that the Undertaker has done a lot not only for the WWE, but the entire professional wrestling business, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame would be the perfect close to his career.
1.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
The Most Electrifying Man In All of Sports Entertainment is yet to receive his Hall of Fame ceremony, but it’s a no brainer to think that The Rock will be inducted one day. Unlike most wrestlers on this list, The Rock had a short lived career that he began in 1996 and ended in 2004. He is rarely seen in the WWE ring these days, but when he does come through, his presence is felt worldwide.
It doesn’t matter if The Rock is a face or a heel; the WWE Universe loves him no matter what. His wrestling skills are top-notch, despite not training for it his entire life, but his charisma may have single-handedly built the WWE Universe we see today.