WWE Hall of Fame is supposed to be a prestigious group of performers who have given their time, energy and, in some cases, lives for the industry that the fans love.
Whilst some wrestlers’ induction into the Hall has been thoroughly questioned over the years, there is no denying the effort that these men and women have put into performing and entertaining the fans. However, the same argument cannot be made for the Celebrity Wing.
This portion of the Hall of Fame is reserved for the famous, non-wrestling personas who have contributed to WWE over the years. There are some justified cases of celebrity inductions; Mr. T main evented the very first WrestleMania, Mike Tyson played a big part in the main event of WrestleMania XIV, even Donald Trump hosted two WrestleManias and participated in the Battle of the Billionaires at WrestleMania XXIII.
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However, there are some celebrities for whom an induction is nothing short of insulting – highlighted by this year’s celebrity induction, Snoop Dogg.
Yes, Snoop has been a long-term supporter of WWE and has appeared in numerous segments over the years, but he has never been involved in anything truly remarkable. Inducting Snoop seems more like a publicity stunt than anything, a way to draw mainstream attention to the WWE by involving a popular musician.
Snoop Dogg’s induction, in my opinion, casts a huge shadow of doubt over the whole celebrity wing. If the WWE are to induct celebrities into their Hall, then they should be celebrities who have actually made sizeable contributions to the company.
Andy Kauffman, the entertainer who brought huge attention to wrestling in the South by engaging in a feud with Jerry Lawler; Cyndi Lauper, whose involvement in the WWE in the mid-eighties might have been responsible for the very concept of WrestleMania itself; Lemmy, the Motorhead frontman who passed away just last year, who wrote entrance music for Triple H, Evolution and The Authority and performed at numerous WWE events. These are the celebrities who should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Instead, we get Snoop Dogg.
If the WWE continue to induct celebrities who have had a minimal impact on their company ahead of those famous faces who really have made massive contributions, then the prestige of the celebrity wing, and indeed the entire Hall of Fame, will decline massively and, eventually, all respect for the wing may be lost forever.
Whatever your opinion on Snoop’s induction, you have to agree that, at WrestleMania, when he stood next to guys like Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds, and Stan Hansen, it didn't look right.