WWE Hall Of Fame Standards, No More PPVs, Peak Of The Yes Movement, Kaval In WWE

What would you you say the standards are for being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?

There are a couple aspects to the WWE Hall of Fame to look at when analyzing who is in and who is out. I want to make it clear that it is an honor to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, so I’m not trying to say there isn’t that aspect. However, there are other aspects such as how WWE can use inductions commercially to make money. Remember, the Wrestlemania Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is about selling tickets to an event where tens of thousands of wrestling fans are in the same city. It also increases the hype and visibility of Wrestlemania, thus promoting it at the same time. Further, WWE is able to use inductees to release new merchandise, DVDs and other materials they would have not had success in licensing and releasing commercially had it not been for the Hall of Fame exposure.

Inducting Bruno Sammartino was probably the best thing to ever happen for the legitimacy of the WWE Hall of Fame, however, let’s be clear it is still very much up to Vince McMahon as to who is getting inducted. There is no formal selection process with objective voting like there is in professional sports. There is also a timing aspect as WWE wants inductions to coincide with relevant themes to maximize interest. In other words, it’s no accident The Ultimate Warrior is headling the 30th Anniversary class. He was a big part of the WWE 2K14 video game and the Hall of Fame is the next step.

We could make a very long list of people that should be in and people that probably shouldn’t be in, however, it’s up to Vince McMahon and the WWE brass as to who ultimately gets inducted. The WWE Hall of Fame is the most legitimate Hall of Fame in pro wrestling but it’s not a legitimate Hall of Fame in the sense of objective voting with a formal selection process. As for standards, mainstream relevance, the ability to draw and of course a storied career all play significant parts.

With Wrestlemania 30 moving to the WWE Network does this mean WWE will no longer have their pay-per-views available to customers that want to order in a traditional sense?

When WWE announced the WWE Network last month in Las Vegas it was their hope that current pay-per-view providers would continue to carry their shows. However, that’s not been how it’s happened as some of their providers are concerned about the WWE Network offering the shows much cheaper, thus eliminating the need for a traditional provider. Dish Network immediately dropped all WWE pay-per-views and will not be carrying Wrestlemania 30 next month. Their latest statement puts the blame entirely on WWE and they point out they aren’t alone.

In my opinion this only hurts the providers as WWE is willing to leave existing agreements in place. The fact of the matter is traditional pay-per-view is a lapsed model and those that do not embrace digital distribution are going to get left behind. WWE is the first over the top network but they aren’t the first streaming service. WWE knew the WWE Network would cannibalize their pay-per-view business but were willing to take the risk in favor of the newer model. It is a risk, however, a risk with a huge reward and one that puts them in front of all competition.

So to answer your question, WWE pay-per-views will remain on some traditional providers, however, I expect the 85% of US households covered for Wrestlemania 30 to only decline. WWE made the decision to move their pay-per-view business to the WWE Network and the day is coming when it will be the exclusive provider for the events.

If Daniel Bryan wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXX, do you think the Yes Movement will still be as over with the crowd?

This is a topic for debate and one that will not be answered until it happens. There is a very good argument to be made that the money in Daniel Bryan is in him as the proverbial underdog, however, everyone gets a payoff sooner or later. Will he take the payoff and decline in popularity or will he take it and rise in popularity? Some peak, while others become legends. I can’t tell you which Bryan will be as it all depends on how the crowd responds. Steve Austin made good on his payoff, so did The Rock. Others haven’t been as fortunate and you can probably name them, however, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Considering how he was utilized and admitted in an interview that WWE wasn’t his top priority, how did Low Ki (or Kaval) go the company in the first place?

Low Ki signed with WWE in 2009 and was called up from the company’s developmental territory in 2010. I think the possibility of facing Rey Mysterio in a dream match was certainly a motivating factor as well as signing with the biggest and most successful pro wrestling promotion on the planet. He’d arguably accomplished everything on the independent scene and in Japan so why not try to embrace the WWE opportunity? It wasn’t for him and it’s not for everyone. To be a WWE star you have to be committed to traveling 300 days out of the year and that type of lifestyle is not an easy one.

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July 2012: When do you think that The Undertaker will retire? - Many speculated this year’s match against Triple H at Wrestlemania XXVIII with The Undertaker going 20-0 would be his last, however, Undertaker felt great after the match and reportedly has more left in the tank. I’ve even heard there has been talk of him working before Wrestlemania XXIX next year. We’ll see what happens but it wouldn’t be wise to begin projecting Undertaker’s retirement.

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  • Dave Barton

    Wonder how much revenue has been generated from putting Koko B. Ware in the HOF…

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      A bizarre induction, I agree.

      • Jesse Sherwood

        I can agree somewhat, but Koko B. Ware was a mainstay of the Southern territories. Sure, he did little in WWE other than holding the distinction of having the first loss on the very first Raw, but his work in Jimmy Hart’s First Family in the CWA and his time as Stagger Lee was extremely entertaining. He never really rose above a mid card role, but he was great at what he did.

        • Dave Barton

          I always enjoyed his ringwork. In WWE he was a great family-friendly character, and I admittedly only got to see his non-WWE work when he was a low/mid-carder for the UWF…but HOF-worthy, I just can’t see.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

            Yeah I agree with both here. Very notable name as Jesse mentioned but I’m not sure HoF worthy, especially considering who is not in.

          • Scott Davies

            I think WWE induct guys like Koko b Ware, because you get show stealers. I think everyone remembers The Iron Sheik’s induction speech. So they add a guy like Koko to settle the crowd down for the headline guy.

  • TT

    The Hall of a Fame doesn’t have much credibility when Drew Carey and Pete Rose are in but Macho Man isn’t but as you said it is Vince’s choice and I think its more likely that even David Arquette will get inducted before him.

    • illdecide

      Warrior was one of the biggest WWE/Vince bashers of the 2000′s, if he can get inducted there’s hope for Macho yet hopefully.

      • Hazmatt23

        If I’m not mistaken, Macho isn’t in for the same reason Owen isn’t. The family won’t sign off of it for one reason or another. It’s not Vince and WWE keeping them out and I think eventually they’ll both be in there.

        • opie

          The story about Savage was that he wouldn’t accept an induction unless his dad and brother were inducted. Let’s be real: Lanny doesn’t deserve to be in (despite managing the greatest tag team of all time — The Beverly Brothers!). Who knows how true this story is? There’s always the other thing that kept Macho Man and Vinny Mac-Mannequin from ever working together again. Maybe that factors into it. As for Owen…Martha will probably have to pass away first.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I believe it. Randy Savage got WCW to induct his Dad into their Hall of Fame and some people weren’t happy about it. He held his Father in very high regard. Lanny was great – certainly no worse than Koko B Ware

          • John

            Owens brother has said Martha will never allow it, and only his kids, who are 22 and 18, could possibly make it happen. I would love to see it one day but i totally understand why Owens family aren’t interested.

          • opie

            It’s hard for me to imagine a scenario where Martha is convinced to let Owen in.

          • Stoney

            Get Triple H to talk to her, after all he got Bruno Sammartino to join the WWE

          • opie

            Right, because Triple H and the Hart family already get along so well . . .

      • Bob’s Diner

        Savage never bashed McMahon or WWE. There was obviously something personal between he and McMahon (something Vince alluded to in 1997 when he said he would never trust Savage ever again) and that is what had him blackballed for so many years

    • Mario

      Obviously , these individuals were inducted in the celebrity ( having had an impact in the WWWF- WWF-WWE ) division . For instance , legitimate HOF sports or others have a ‘builders’ category .

      • TT

        That may be but I would rather they focus on the actual wrestlers who built the WWE rather than a guy who took a few chokeslams or another who eliminated himself from a Royal Rumble.

  • AlphaMale

    The WWE Hall of Fame is definitely the most widely known hall of fame in professional wrestling and it gets the most attention, but I don’t get how it can be called the most legitimate hall when it’s up to Vince McMahon’s whims. The fact that it doesn’t currently include Randy Savage is only one of the many reasons that it’s lacking. The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in New York is definitely the most legitimate. I mean the WWE Hall of Fame is a huge honor and accomplishment, but most legitimate? No way

  • Padres4life

    the people that turn on Bryan after he wins are hypocrites because they were cheering him on to win the title so why would they turn on something they wanted?

    • Jay El Bee

      No it just backs up what I’ve been saying all along, a lot of people only liked the guy for his chant. Give the guy the WWE title or even just adding him to the main event of the biggest show of the year and all of the sudden people start voicing their real opinion on the guy.

  • opie

    Ken Shamrock, HOF Class of 2015!!!

  • Bob’s Diner

    “As for standards, mainstream relevance, the ability to draw and of course a storied career all play significant parts.”

    If this were true, Koko B Ware wouldn’t be in there. And about 90% of the inductees have no mainstream relevance at all

  • JJ

    Sorry, but when ppl like Drew Carey are inducted, your HOF loses most of its credibility.

  • Uzoma Iwuagwu

    That’s too bad for Low Ki. I’m a fan of his in-ring work and I felt that he could’ve been a great mid-card worker by either Intercontinental or United States Champion. He would’ve succeed as a Tag Team wrestler, too. While he probably wouldn’t have gotten the main event status and success that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have, he could’ve done well as a mid-carder or tag team wrestler at best. Do you agree, Richard Gray?