The WWE Hall of Fame is nearly as mysterious as the Nazca Lines.
Exactly how did those guys get there?
Some clearly belong, like Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan. But Abdullah the Butcher? Really? Nobody grew up watching him on WWE television. Koko B. Ware? He was entertaining, but his run was not long and he never held a WWE title. Mil Mascaras? A legend and icon, but he never headlined, much less appeared in a Wrestlemania.
If the WWE is going to oddly open the Hall of Fame to essentially any professional wrestler, here are 5 guys who belong there for their contributions to the WWE:
1. Barry Horowitz
He always gaev himself a well-deserved pat on the back. One of the WWE’s consummate jobbers, he spent more than 10 years in the WWE and was one of those familiar faces on WWE television. A decent worker, he knew that it was his job to lose, which always made him a winner.
2. Iron Mike Sharpe
The Canadian Brawler was one of wrestling great jobbers. With a black arm brace around his right forearm, Sharpe knew how load up and deck his opponents with his brace, leaving viewers left to wonder whether he was hiding something underneath. Sharpe was also a talker. He grunted and groaned his way in and out of the ring. He stalled and snarled and did everything he could to frustrated his opponents and fans. Sharpe never won a match on TV, but he was still a legend, and anyone who watched wrestling in the 1980s knows he was as important and as prominent as the top stars.
3. Rene Goulet
The No. 1 Frenchman wrestled all over the United States and entertained fans with his dreaded “claw” that he would apply to wrestlers’ stomachs. In the WWE he was mostly a jobber, but Goulet had an impressive background. He was the first person to defeat Ric Flair. He wrestled in the first match ever on USA Network, losing to Tito Santana. Goulet was a familiar character, like the old man who lives down the street who’s always nice to you and says hi when you walk by. Goulet never headlined WrestleMania, but he wrestled most of the big names who did.
4. Marty Jannetty
The other half of the Midnight Rockers, Jannetty was outshined by Shawn Michaels, who left his buddy to become one of the biggest names in wrestling. Jannetty was arguably as a good of a worker as Michaels in the early 1990s. He was colorful, energetic and athletic. He helped make the Rockers one of the sport’s most exciting tag teams. Jannetty battled personal problems, which limited his upper mobility. Yet, he will always be remembered for talking HBK’s chin music, then getting thrown through the Barbershop window and coming up bleeding. Jannetty was the guy who helped turn HBK bad, and he played the role to perfection. Jannetty could have been another HBK had a few more things fallen on his lap. Still, he was a great one and deserves to be remembered his such.
5. Randy “Macho Man” Savage
Imagine that one day Peyton Manning is not in the Hall of Fame a decade after he retires from the sport. That is kind of silly. Actually, that’s an outrage. The Macho Man is as famous as Hulk Hogan. He’s a household name. He won every title imaginable. He transcended the sport, appearing in movies, television shows and television commercials: “Snap into a Slim Jim, Oh Yeah!” Savage made professional wrestling. With his great promos, stellar ring work and all-around perfection, Savage was everything good about the WWE for more than a decade. Savaged died young from a heart attack. He deserves to be in the HOF. Many rumors persist about why Savage is not there (he may have upset CEO Vince McMahon in a really bad way). It doesn’t matter. He belongs in the Hall of Fame. It’s just the right and fair thing to do. Remember, Koko B. Ware is in the HOF.