The legendary Macho Man Randy Savage is the latest addition to the WWE Hall of Fame. the late wrestler will be inducted during Wrestlemania 31 in San Jose, Calif. in March.
Macho Man is a two-time WWF Champion and four time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, so he’s certainly worthy of being included in the Hall of Fame because he’s simply one of the best of all time. The 1987 King of the Ring Champion will be inducted by Hulk Hogan, who himself was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
Many of the greatest of all time are in the WWE Hall of Fame including Andre the Giant, Ric Flair and Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, there are quite a few notable superstars and innovators in WWE world that have yet to earn their place in the hallowed hall. Some may never receive the honor. Here’s a look at the 10 best wrestlers and wrestling personalities who have, shockingly, not yet been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
10. Lou Thesz
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame? Check. National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame? Check. Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame? Check. Puroresu Hall of Fame? Check. WCW Hall of Fame? Check. The list goes on and on.
Lou Thesz has been inducted into a plethora of wrestling hall of fames, but he has yet to make it to the WWE Hall of Fame. He was a pioneer and innovator, but he is notably absent from the WWE Hall of Fame. Of course, much of his wrestling career happened before the WWE was even launched, so that is likely the reason he has not been inducted.
Kane inducted his former manager, William Moody AKA Paul Bearer, into the WWE Hall of Fame just last year. One day, it may well be Kane’s turn to receive the same honor.
Ask any wrestler expert or aficionado and they will tell you that Kane is a future WWE Hall of Famer. Kane is one of the most versatile and talented wrestlers ever to do battle in a WWE ring. He is a WWE and ECW champion, and his more than 20 year career has garnered him a huge and loyal fan base that is clamoring to see the Big Red Monster make it into the WWE Hall of Fame.
8. Big Show
Big Show is almost certainly going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the future; the only thing standing in his way is the very short list of wrestlers who may be more worthy of being inducted before he his.
The WWE typically only inducts one marquee name per year into the WWE Hall of Fame, so some top talents simply have to wait and bide their time. Big Show inducted Big John Studd into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004, and the 11-time world tag team champion will almost certainly be inducted himself one day, too.
7. Triple H
Triple H is not unfamiliar with the WWE Hall of Fame, having been the presenter at a number of induction ceremonies for past inductees. He inducted Killer Kowalski in 1996, “Superstar” Billy Graham in 2004, Ric Flair in 2008, Shawn Michaels in 2011, and even celebrity inductee Mike Tyson in 2012.
Next month Triple H, real name Paul Lévesque, will be inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame, so his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame may not be far behind. His extraordinary career and strong ties to the WWE today make him a shoo-in for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
6. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle has not been shy about voicing his concern that he is not part of the WWE Hall of Fame. He has said: “I’ve been inducted in every amateur and pro hall of fame. Except WWE and that is next. I will be the only one. It’s in honor in TNA, but WWE needs to give me my props. We will see someday. Much love.”
His time in the WWE was short lived, and he arguably made a much bigger impact in other wrestling leagues like TNA where he is the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. He even took home a gold medal at the Olympics in 1996 for men’s freestyle heavyweight wrestling.
His limited appearances in the WWE must certainly have something to do with this legend’s absence from the WWE Hall of Fame. However, the fact he recently made his first appearance in the WWE means it’s much more likely that Sting will one day be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
There has been speculation that Sting could be inducted as soon as 2016 since Wrestlemania 32 will take place next year at AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas; Sting currently lives in Dallas.
4. Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon is known more for being a wrestling promoter than a wrestler, but he has wrestled on occasion. But of course, numerous non-wrestlers have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, including non-WWE celebs like Drew Carey.
Wrestling personalities that weren’t fighters like announcer Jim Ross and manager Paul Bearer have been inducted. However, the biggest non-wrestler in the history of the WWE is not in the hall of fame. Vince McMahon made the WWE into a powerhouse in entertainment through his business acumen and his highly entertaining in-ring persona, but he’s conspicuously absent from the Hall’s lineup.
In 2013, when Triple H was asked why McMahon wasn’t in’t the Hall of Fame, he unambiguously responded “Cause he won’t let us put him in”.
3. Owen Hart
His father Stu and brother Bret are both in the WWE Hall of Fame, yet the Blue Blazer Owen Hart is not. Hart was one of the true greats of the WWF, and his career was both inspiring and tragic, as he died in the ring after falling from the rafters in the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri during the Over the Edge pay per view event in 1999.
Bret Hart has campaigned for his brother to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but it hasn’t come to fruition. Owen Hart’s widow has been extremely critical of the WWE after Owen’s death, and that’s likely a significant factor in Owen not being awarded with Hall of Fame recognition. As long as Martha Hart is at odds with the WWE, it will likely never happen.
2. The Undertaker
His manager Paul Bearer is in the WWE Hall of Fame, but the Undertaker is not. Most maintain that the Undertaker will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame sooner rather than later, and there was even speculation that he could even have made it this year.
The Undertaker is, however, in another hall of fame. In 2004, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
The Undertaker is known to have one of the greatest winning streaks in all of sports’ history. He went undefeated in Wrestlemania VII to Wrestlemania 29. His streak ended last year when he was defeated by Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXX. This streak alone cements his eventual induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
1. The Rock
The Rock will undoubtedly make the WWE Hall of Fame one day, and it will probably happen pretty soon. However, he’s not in there yet. So, what’s the hold up?
His biggest rival of his generation, Stone Cold Steve Austin, is already in the WWE Hall of Fame, but the Rock isn’t. Stone Cold is still a major player in the WWE, but his time in the ring is over because of injuries. The Rock, on the other hand, is still very much a part of the WWE inside the ring – despite being a huge Hollywood star. He has said he is reluctant to enter the Hall of Fame if it would end his wrestling career.