The 2014 Hall of Fame class is set to be inducted on Saturday night with some of the greatest superstars taking their place amongst wrestling’s elite.
The Ultimate Warrior was the first person to be inducted and is probably the most anticipated, he was as great on the mic as he was in the ring and he was one of the superstars that the WWE Universe hoped would be brought back to host the biggest ever Wrestlemania. Hulk Hogan took on that role instead and Warrior finally takes the place he should have taken a long time ago.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts was next and after he had battled a drug addiction and made an appearance on this years “old school Raw” it finally looked like he was back in a good place in his life. Merely weeks after this appearance he was sadly diagnosed with a kind of muscular cancer. The legend guaranteed that he would fight it off and his appearance on Saturday night will make it not just memorable, but emotional as well.
Lita is the only female to be going into the Hall of Fame this year, following he good friend Trish Stratus last year. Lita should have also gone into the class years ago. The four-time women’s champion defined female wrestling back in the late 1990s but was never going to go into theclass before the seven time champion but it was inevitable she would be inducted this year and it was announced that she will be inducted by her partner in crime Trish Stratus.
Paul Bearer deservedly takes his place in this year’s class, his death last year played an integral part in the build up to CM Punk v The Undertaker at last year’s Wrestlemania. The legendary manager of both Kane and The Undertaker should have had the chance to see himself inducted into a place he deserves to be. Sadly he won’t be able to but hopefully WWE will play this as respectfully as they can and have Undertaker or Kane induct Bearer this weekend. It’s also worth noting that Undertaker has changed his ring gear this year in honour of Paul Bearer.
Carlos Colon, the father of former WWE superstar Carlito was the biggest shock from this year’s class. He is also the father of Primo and uncle of Epico who are now known as Los Matadores. But after the rumours of the Wrestlemania one main event being set to be inducted, Carlos came as a big surprise to the WWE Universe but still merits his inclusion. It was rumoured that his induction was part of a deal that would see WWE purchase the World Wrestling Council video library, this would be something of great value for WWE as they look to promote the new network abroad.
Mr T. is this year’s celebrity inductee, following his appearances at both Wrestlemania one and two, the former A-Team star helped to make Wrestlemania the phenomenon it is today and it’s great to see that he is finally been seen for the work he did with the company. Hulk Hogan would be the perfect person to induct him after he was his partner at Wrestlemania one against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
Razor Ramon is the final inductee into this year’s class, it was decided that Scott Hall was being inducted as Razor because Vince McMahon was proud of the character and Scott Hall himself could be inducted in as himself at a later time as part of the NWO. The character was the first real bag guy WWE had and his match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 10 is still one of the greatest matches in WWE history. Hopefully Razor will do one of his classic bad guy speeches on induction night as WWE Universe finally see one of the best bad asses rightfully going where he belongs.
The Hall of Fame ceremony is live on the WWE Network on Saturday night from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans as WWE Superstars past and present will be in attendance to see all of the six superstars take their place amongst the legends of wrestling.
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