…With the Road to Wrestlemania 35 set to begin next month, it’s not too early to think about the night before it. I’m talking about the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019. There are alot of names being thrown around, most of which have been speculated for over a decade prettymuch.
The biggest one is the group NWO:
Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash: NWO.
They were WCW’s version of DX during their legendary run on WCW. The superstars themselves cleared this up already many times but Kevin Nash (Diesel during his first WWE run) and Scott Hall (Razor Ramon during his WWE run) left WWE because their contracts were expiring and they decided to sign with WCW. When WCW folded, Nash and Hogan returned to WWE. Scott Hall left the business and had bouts with substance abuse. With help from Diamond Dallas Paige, he got clean and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an individual. Nash and Hogan were inducted as individuals as well.
…For those who don’t know, the real reason Owen Hart hasn’t been inducted already–and WWE has wanted to induct him forever–is because of his widow. May 23, 2019 will mark the 20th Anniversary of his untimely death. WWE ackowledges “the incident” with a caption that plays at the beginning of the event acknowledging his death.
WWE took tremendous heat for its decision to continue the rest of the card that night and the timing couldn’t have been worse given the fallout from the Montral Screwjob was still fresh in the minds of the Hart Family at the time of his untimely death. Yes it was a freak accident and WWE could have handled it better than they did. It’s one business decision Vince said he wished he did differently because of how deeply hurt the Hart family already was from Owen’s death, then to have the show go on as if it didn’t happen.
Vince has personally begged Owen’s widow Maria Hart to allow his induction but she has refused to give her permission, let alone talk about the matter. The documentary WWE recently put together on Owen Hart’s WWE career and Mark Henry’s indirect reference to Owen Hart during his induction last year appears to have softened her position. There are rumors she has met with Stephanie McMahon earlier this year after years of being pressured by prettymuch everyone. We will find out in the coming months if this will be the year it happens.
…Yes, Glen “Kane” Jacobs is on the short list of Superstars who may be inducted into the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame. Him getting consideration before The Undertaker aside, he has obviously had a Hall of Fame career going almost 20 years.
In case folks haven’t heard by now for some reason, Glenn Jacobs was elected Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee earlier this year. He has been pushing for his hometown to host a PPV event and as mayor, it’s certainly become easier for him to do that. A Hall of Fame Induction would be a nice touch, also. As for who would induct him, it would have to be The Undertaker.
The Master of the 619…some say like the Hardys, he may be looking to end his in-ring career with WWE. What better than a Hall of Fame Induction?
…It’s all but confirmed Matt Hardy will be a part of the 2019 class. Could his brother Jeff join him? Both Hardys have had amazing singles careers but they will always be known for their legendary Tag Matches and specially Ladder Matches.
Matt Hardy announced his retirement after Summer Slam but walked that back a bit a few months later, leaving open the door for one-off appearances from time to time. Jeff Hardy is on the Smackdown roster and is committed to competing for as long as his body will allow but there are signs he might not make it to Wrestlemania 35. My guess is either Matt Hardy will be inducted alone or they will be inducted together. As for who, obviously it would be either Lita, The Dudleys or Edge and Christian.
…While her in-ring career was cut short between her nearly 2 year absence and then forced retirement, folks forget she has been a professional wrestler since the age of 13. I do think WWE would induct her if not this year then in a few years for the same reason they inducted Mark Henry: Out of respect for her dedication to the company.
For those who don’t know, Paige suffered the same neck injury that ended Edge’s career 13 months ago during a house show. That ended her in-ring career. She recently shot down rumors circulating the internet that WWE cleared her to wrestle. She responded to the rumors saying the rumors are not true and she can never wrestle again because of the risk of complete paralysis. Edge was forced into retirement because of the same kind of injury so…yeah.
Anywho, that’s my short list. All of ’em are certainly possible. We’ll have to wait and see in the coming months.
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