Again, I apologize for not posting more on this blog. I just wanted to express my thoughts on recent events that not only embrace the present and future of pro wrestling but also embraces its past.
So far (and I don't know if they will go any further), I am impressed with the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class. I pay even more attention to it and think that it's more legitimate now that Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund -- two of the longest reigning champions in WWE's history -- are finally in the hall.
The 2014 class -- The Ultimate Warrior, Jake"The Snake" Roberts, Lita and, most recently, Paul Bearer -- is a good class. In the Warrior and Roberts, you have two tremendously popular characters. With Roberts in particular, it is a great moment in a recent life that has had some difficult bumps in the road, including his most recent cancer surgery. Lita was one of the greatest Divas ever and Paul Bearer was a very exceptional manager.
I don't think the class needs a celebrity induction this year and I'm not sure who would be a good selection anyway. I do believe one more solid performer would be good to add.
A lot of people want to see the late, great Randy "Macho Man" Savage inducted this year and that is way overdue. Definitely one of the more popular wrestlers in WWE history. I'm not sure that Savage left the WWE on the best of terms and that could be why he is not in there already.
Two wrestlers I really want to see inducted are "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff and the original tag-team specialist Tony Garea. Koloff pulled off the first really big wrestling upset of my lifetime in 1971 when he beat Sammartino for the WWWF championship in Madison Square Garden. Garea won the federation's tag team titles six times with four very diverse partners (Haystacks Calhoun, Dean Ho, Larry Zbyszko and Rick Martel). Garea also worked behind the scenes for the WWE for many years. This may be a personal preference as to why Garea may not be in the hall -- he may not want to.
By the way, you could make an interesting choice for Martel in the Hall of Fame since he was in two of the most popular tag teams in WWE history -- his team with Garea and in Strike Force with Hall of Famer Tito Santana. Also, Martel was the AWA Heavyweight champion and later came back to the WWE as a heel (The Model) and did well.
Those are just some of my thoughts. I am happy that I will be able to see the ceremony live on the WWE Network. I will have thoughts on the Network in a later post.