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14 Wrestlers Who Still Aren’t In The WWE Hall Of Fame Source:

Every year during WrestleMania weekend, the WWE inducts a handful of wrestling legends into the Hall of Fame, something that has increasingly become a huge honor in the business. In 2017, the names that highlight the list are Rick Rude, Kurt Angle, and Diamond Dallas Page (even with DDP spending the bulk of his wrestling career outside of the WWE). As the Hall of Fame grows, there are still some notable standouts that the WWE has failed to put into the Hall so far, for various reasons — some professional and some personal. Let’s take a take a 14 wrestlers who still aren’t members, even though they likely will be someday.

14. The Rock

Hey, did you know that The Rock is not actually a member of the WWE Hall of Fame? While he did induct his father and grandfather into the Hall several years ago, The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment and the biggest mainstream movie star wrestling has ever produced has never been inducted himself. We could run through his accolades if you want, but they’re pretty well-known, and let’s face it, if you haven’t heard of The Rock, we’re not sure where you’ve been for the last twenty years. Clearly, the day will come one year where they’ll need a headliner and The Rock will be free in between making six dozen movies a year, but for now, it’s a curious oversight that has kept Rock on the outside looking in. Source:

13. Victoria

With Trish Stratus and Lita safely ensconced in the Hall of Fame, attention should be paid to another one of their contemporaries. Victoria never reached the same level of mainstream success, but was nonetheless an excellent and dedicated cornerstone of the WWE Divas division for many years, and was at least partially responsible for some of the best women’s matches of that era. She also re-invented herself as a character many times in order to keep up with the changing times, and had a longevity far surpassing either Trish or Lita. While she’ll never be talked about as being at the same level as her much more successful peers, Victoria’s contributions to a high point of women’s wrestling in WWE can’t and shouldn’t be overlooked. Source:

12. Chyna

Listen, we all know why she isn’t. Ex-girlfriends of the married future CEO of WWE probably aren’t going to get much consideration even if they don’t have the checkered history of Chyna. But setting aside her litany of personal problems (which is valid, because otherwise, there’s no way Sunny could have gotten in), Chyna did do a lot worthy of note during her time in WWE. She was the first female Intercontinental Champion, and the first female entrant into the Royal Rumble. She was a prominent member of D-Generation X, and present for many of their biggest moments. And whether they were good matches or not, she was legitimately one of the first females in wrestling to ever wrestle against men and be treated as an equal performer. The amount of groundbreaking accomplishments she had during her wrestling career are staggering, and it’s a shame she won’t ever get recognized for them. Source:

11. The Steiner Brothers

For those who remember the Big Bad Booty Daddy (and he’s pretty hard to forget), Scott Steiner is undeniably a Hall of Fame candidate just for his memorable run as Big Poppa Pump. He was a multi-time WCW Champion, and a centerpiece of WCW in the final years. But even before he bleached his hair and donned a chainmail headdress, Steiner was something special, and as a team with his brother Rick, they were unstoppable. Their matches in WCW in the 80’s and 90’s were textbook examples of tag team wrestling at its finest, and if not for existing at the same time as the Road Warriors, The Steiner Brothers probably would have been considered the most dominant tag team of that era. Scott was seen as a wrestling protege, and there’s a story that Ric Flair himself wanted to make Scott the NWA World Champion, a plan which only didn’t come to fruition because Scott refused to leave his brother Rick behind, and stayed as a tag team wrestler. Source:

10. Goldberg

You could argue that Goldberg wasn’t around long enough to truly be Hall of Fame-worthy, but frankly, the Ultimate Warrior was only really relevant for roughly two years and he’s got a statue and an award named after him. There is no doubt that, veracity of his undefeated streak aside, Goldberg helped carry WCW after the nWo angle began falling off a cliff. If the company had actually been well-run, he’d probably be a no-brainer for Hall of Fame inductions (although probably not the WWE Hall of Fame, because if WCW hadn’t been run by dyslexic monkeys, it would probably still be around). The fact that he survived the downfall of WCW and still became a relatively big star, with both movie and TV credits to his name, and is still talked about to this day, proves that he was probably one of the most successful wrestlers WCW ever created from the ground up. The good news for Goldberg is, his recent return makes him pretty much a sure thing, possibly as early as this year. Source:

9. Christian

This one came up on the Steve Austin podcast, with both Austin and Christian’s best friend and tag partner, WWE Hall of Famer Edge both saying that Captain Charisma unreservedly should be in the Hall of Fame. His accomplishments do get overshadowed by the fact that Edge went on to greater heights, but Christian has many accolades to hang his hat on. Even if you discount all the tag team titles won with Edge, he’s still a multi-time Tag Team Champion and Intercontinental Champion. In addition, he held the ECW Championship twice and carried that brand for an extended period. And to top it all off, he is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, and no matter how long the reigns or how many World titles there were at the time, that’s still a major accomplishment. This doesn’t even count his time in TNA (because WWE certainly won’t), where, after he left WWE as a disrespected, under-utilized and career midcarder, Christian built himself up into a legitimate main event talent and showed the world that he was more than what WWE had allowed him to be up to that point. Source:

8. Demolition

For years, they were the longest-reigning Tag Team Champions in WWE history, until The New Day broke their record in late 2016, and yet, Demolition has largely been ignored in WWE’s history books. Created in an attempt to mimic the success of the Road Warriors, Ax and Smash became a phenomenon in their own right, as a pair of bruising heavyweights who simply ran over their smaller competition, and the fans eventually grew to love the act. Unfortunately, the combination of the Road Warriors actually signing with WWE and a medical condition which sidelined Ax basically ended their WWE run, and more recently, legal unpleasantness between WWE and the former tag champions has all but ensured their legacy will remain in the shadows (and almost certainly played into WWE making sure their biggest claim to fame with the company was erased). It’s not impossible that things will get resolved to the point that Demolition ends up with a Hall of Fame induction eventually, but that point is definitely in the far future for now. Source:

7. The British Bulldogs

While you may know about Davey Boy Smith, who had a long and fairly good career in WCW and WWE, it was as one-half of The British Bulldogs along with Dynamite Kid. As a team, in an era highlighted by some of the best tag teams in WWF history, including The Hart Foundation, Demolition, the Legion of Doom, the Killer Bees, Strike Force, and the Mega Powers (okay, that last one was short-lived), the Bulldogs were considered by many to be the top of the heap. The Bulldogs first rose to fame in Stampede Wrestling, the Calgary-based promotion that was the starting point for some of the best wrestlers to ever grace the squared circle. They honed their craft in Japan, gaining a reputation as one of the best teams on the planet, before finally arriving in the WWF in the mid 80s. Although they only held the WWF Tag Team Championships a single time, they were without a doubt the cream of the tag team crop at the time, having some of the most memorable matches in WWF history. Source:

6. Brooklyn Brawler

There have been very few employees as loyal to WWE as Steve “Brooklyn Brawler” Lombardi, who was part of the company for over 30 years. He spent most of his long career as one of the most recognizable jobbers in the industry, and remained in WWE in a backstage role until 2015, working closely with wrestlers as a road agent. He also appears on pretty much every retrospective DVD ever released, since he was around for so much of wrestling history. He’s one of the most respected veteran performers in the company, and an instantly recognizable character. Pretty much every top star who has passed through WWE has something to say about the Brawler, most of it good. Plus, there was that one time he beat Triple H! We’re not saying that Brawler should headline a Hall of Fame class, that just wouldn’t feel right. But as one of the true icons of WWE’s history, the Brawler deserves to be enshrined in the Hall. Source:

5. King Kong Bundy

The man also known as “The Walking Condominium” is often forgotten when talking about the big, fat heels of the 80’s, which is a shame, because in a world of giants, King Kong Bundy definitely stood out. His match with SD Jones at the first WrestleMania has been the stuff of legend for years (even if the “nine second” assertion is clearly not true), and he was even in the main event of WrestleMania 2, facing WWE Champion Hulk Hogan inside a steel cage. Bundy does not get enough credit for being a very mobile big man in his prime (obviously, he inevitably slowed down as he aged, which is probably why more modern fans don’t remember him as kindly), and at his peak, he was portrayed as one of the most dominant heels in WWE, claiming that his Avalanche finisher was so devastating that he only accepted victory after pinning his opponents for a full five count, as opposed to the traditional three. Few, indeed, were the wrestlers who could manage that feat against the enormous Bundy. He never won any championships in WWE, but he was a mainstay in the company for most of the 80’s and 90’s, and fully deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. Source:

4. Sid

Sid Justice was never a very good wrestler. His promos were mostly unintelligible and sometimes downright head-scratching. None of that mattered once he got into the ring, however, as Sid simply had a massive presence that made fans want to see him in action. When he was a face he was beloved, and when he was a heel he was downright hated, and over his career, fans have always been willing to pay money to see Sid in action. He was a multiple time WWE and WCW World Champion, briefly a member of the legendary Four Horsemen, and faced off with some of the most memorable names in pro wrestling, such as Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and The Undertaker. And as crazy as his promos might have been, nobody will ever forget his classic lines, such as claiming that he was twice the man that Kevin Nash was, and also, he had half the brain. Shockingly, not the weirdest thing Sid ever said, but memorable nonetheless. Source:

3. Vader

People who remember Vader for his mostly lackluster WWF run (outside of a spectacular debut where he left the Royal Rumble match in chaos and then attacked WWF President Gorilla Monsoon on the following Raw) would do themselves a favor by going back and watching his earlier work in WCW and Japan. Simply put, the Man Called Vader was a monster in every sense of the word, wrestling with a level of physicality that was astonishing. His brawls with Sting, Ric Flair, and Cactus Jack are as legendary as they are brutal, with Vader playing the role of both the unstoppable force and the unmovable object to perfection. Also, for a man of his size he was extraordinarily agile, capable of pulling off top rope moonsaults with a skill which exceeded that of much smaller men. Vader was also one of the men who popularized the powerbomb as a deadly move. And if that weren’t enough, take a look at this massive piece of headgear that he would wear to the ring, complete with glowing eyes and billowing smoke. Source:

2. Andy Kaufman

Now we’re going fairly far back into history, for a new induction into WWE’s Celebrity Wing. Andy Kaufman was either a genius or a madman, or perhaps both. He was often accused of taking a joke too far, and such was the case when he introduced his long-running routine of being the World Intergender Champion, “wrestling” women half his size and cutting incredible heel promos while doing so. It had always been Kaufman’s dream to be a pro wrestler, and he would get his chance when, as part of his act, he ended up on the wrong side of a challenge from Memphis’ favorite wrestler, Jerry “The King” Lawler. Make no mistake, Lawler was and is a legend in Memphis, and a match with Kaufman received national and international media attention. After a quick and brutal match won by Lawler, both men appeared on David Letterman’s show, with Kaufman claiming a broken neck and threatening to sue. Then, in a moment that has gone down in both television and wrestling history, Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler, who responded by punching Kaufman in the face. The entire thing was played off as real, although Lawler admitted years later, as part of the promotion for the Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, that it was all faked. It was possibly one of the greatest wrestling angles ever performed, and if Drew Carey can be a Hall of Famer for his Royal Rumble performance, then Kaufman should have been in there long ago. Source:

1. Owen Hart

A man whose career was mostly defined by his relationship with his older brother Bret, Owen Hart was an incredible competitor in his own right. He was an innovative high flyer and a superb mat technician, with an astonishing amount of charisma and, according to the tales of the many victims of his infamous pranks, a sense of humor that is beyond compare. It’s almost certain that Owen Hart would have been immortalized in the Hall of Fame by now if not for the fallout from the tragic accident that killed him. It’s well-known that Owen’s widow has prevented WWE from using him in any sort of promotional fashion, including a Hall of Fame induction. Hopefully, a recent and long-awaited Owen Hart career DVD is a sign that things are changing on that front, and the two-time Slammy Award-winning Black Hart will eventually receive his due. Source:

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.