It seems that WWE fans are having a mixed reaction to the announcement that Torrie Wilson is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019. Some people think she's worthy of being inducted while others think that she doesn't deserve an induction based on her time in WWE. I'm here to tell you that if you think she's unworthy, you're wrong. No debate. No argument. You're wrong. Torrie Wilson absolutely deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame.
I’ve heard people say she doesn’t deserve it because there are other women who deserved it more. Here’s why you’re wrong to use that argument. The Hall of Fame isn’t a singular event, it happens every year. Are there other women that deserve to go in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely! Molly Holly, Victoria, Gail Kim, Jazz, Chyna (individually). Those are just off the top of my head. However, just because Wilson is going in the Hall of Fame this year, doesn’t mean those incredible women won’t get inducted in the future. Not to mention, that reaction never happens with the men. No one ever said, “Mark Henry shouldn’t go into the Hall of Fame, The Rock hasn’t even been inducted yet!”
Others have said that she should be inducted because she didn’t “contribute” to the company other than posing in Playboy and being a sex symbol for WWE. Torrie Wilson was exactly what WWE wanted her to be in that era. They wanted her to be a sex symbol; they wanted her to be there to drive eyes to the product. She was damn good at it, too. Don’t forget that the “E” in WWE stands for entertainment. In the era she was in women barely got a chance to prove themselves in the ring. Would she have been a tremendous in-ring worker? Maybe, but we’ll never know now. However, when I think of the women in the 2000-2010 Ruthless Aggression era she is one of the first women who come to mind. That is Hall of Fame worthy in my book and should be in yours, too. If we’re excluding any woman who leaned into the “sexy” gimmick during the Attitude era through the Ruthless Aggression era then we’re barely going to have ANY women to induct from that era. Trish Stratus is considered by many to be one of the most iconic women in professional wrestling and she also was a sex symbol. That doesn't detract from what she accomplished one bit.
“She didn’t even wrestle that much!” You might respond. Yes, maybe she didn’t wrestle as much as others. However, if WWE were to induct Vince McMahon or Stephanie McMahon into the Hall of Fame no one would question if they were worthy. If, and when, Paul Heyman gets inducted into the Hall of Fame no one will ask how many matches he wrestled. Torrie was, first and foremost, an entertainer and a wrestler second, like many others in WWE. As I said earlier, being successful in WWE is more about being a talented entertainer than being a talented wrestler. Obviously, being a talented wrestler is helpful, but not crucial to success. Hell, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, two of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, weren’t exactly technical experts in the ring but they were incredible entertainers. Just like there are incredible in-ring workers who never got their career off the ground because they weren’t good entertainers. Torrie Wilson entertained people. Period. End of discussion. As an entertainer, and a damn good one at that, she deserves her Hall of Fame spot.
It doesn’t matter if there are other women who also deserve to be inducted. It doesn’t matter if she wasn’t the world’s best professional wrestler. And if you think she doesn’t deserve to be inducted because she posed for Playboy, you can take your sexist bullshit out of her. She was on the road 300 days a year just like anyone else, she busted her butt for the WWE, and she entertained fans more than many. Fact is, Torrie Wilson earned her spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, without question. Is Torrie Wilson Hall of Fame worthy? Damn straight she is.