I saw on eBay that the WWE Hall of Fame rings for both Paul Bearer and Abdullah the Butcher were listed for sale. I know the ring for Paul Bearer never sold as the lister pulled it but I am curious what WWE thinks of this? What are your thoughts?
The Washington Post got the scoop on Paul Bearer’s WWE Hall of Fame ring. Apparently a family member sold it to someone who listed it on eBay. However, the listing was removed and the ring was not sold after the seller was contacted by Bearer’s family. You can read their coverage at this link.
The WWE Hall of Fame ring of Abdullah the Butcher was for sale as of late February 2015, however, I am unable to confirm if it was ever sold.
As for the WWE reaction, the rings are a gift to the Hall of Famers. They are given to commemorate the career of the inductee and are something that many Hall of Famers wear with pride. However, such items also carry significant monetary value from fans and collectors. If the ring doesn’t mean that much to the person that gets it or if they need money, they could opt to sell it. I’m sure this doesn’t surprise WWE in the slightest and they understand that before presenting the rings to them.
I don’t have a problem with WWE Hall of Famers selling their rings or of family members of deceased Hall of Famers selling the rings. While I would like to think if I ever achieved such an honor, I’d wear my ring with pride, I understand how someone could need the money and could opt to sell it. You have to remember a lot of the inductees are decades past their prime and sadly, a lot of people do not save their money. If they can sell their ring for tens of thousands of dollars, they may see that as a more sensible solution than putting it in a cabinet for safe keeping.
So while some may see it as disrespectful, I see the rings as gifts and the person that receives it should be able to do what they want with it. If they can’t, it’s not a gift at all.