Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WWE Hall Of Fame Yay Or Nay - Sable


Note: Because I happen to have recently re-read Vince Russo's book Forgiven recently, I was reminded of a couple of factors that play a factor in my point of view




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Hello and Welcome to the Basement... and welcome to WWE Hall of Fame - Yay Or Nay?

As stated, the goal here is to take various pro wrestling performers and to see if they should be inducted into the WWE at some point... last week's subject was Sean 'X-Pac' Waltman (you can read my opinions on him here: http://www.fredcasdensbasement.com/2016/04/wwe-hall-of-fame-yay-or-nay-sean-waltman.html)

Now for week two... well, is Sable's career  ready for the grind I'm going to put it through?

Back in 1998-99, there was arguably no one hotter with doing so LITTLE in the world of Pro-wrestling than Sable, the ex-wife of Marc Mero and current wife of the Vanilla Gorilla Brock Lesnar...

Debuting at WrestleMania in 1996 at WrestleMania 12 escorting Triple H to the ring only to then become aligned with her then husband (the before mentioned Marc Mero), Sable was someone who the WWE used as the 'new Miss Elizabeth'... and this in no way was underplayed since Marc Mero had the moniker 'Wildman'... unfortunately, injuries plagued the former Johnny B Badd, leaving Sable to do little more than model WWE merchandise during RAW.

But then enter Vince Russo... who had the hots for her... as detailed in his book 'Forgiven', and he used a one night's pop from a crowd to push for her to become a wrestler... and killed off the carers of her own husband in the process

But I'm getting ahead of myself... Let's get to some positives as far as her career is concerned, during her first run with the WWE in the 90s, she was at her best as a manager for her husband, and when he mistreated her, much like a decade earlier with The Macho Man and Elizabeth, it helped fueled her popularity. I will not deny that at her peak, Sable was probably as popular as Stunning Steve Austin and Flex Kavana.And when she returned in 2003, she was a perfect villain foil for Torrie Wilson and Stephanie McMahon, plus she was kept out of the ring with very rare exceptions. Also she did help make the Oddities fairly enjoyable.

The negatives....her entire 'in-ring' career is because of Vince Russo... and she was a terrible performer... and thanks to the WWE Network, you can see exactly how bad she was... even though she was popular... you have to remember that time period was the 'Attitude Era' and a lot of garbage was popular in wrestling at the time... and then there is her 'greatest moment', power bombing Marc Mero... which in turn killed off his opportunity to work with Steve Austin in a main event level program, but those plans were nixed thanks to this one moment. To put this in perspective, this would be like Miss Elizabeth dropping a big elbow on Randy Savage, if that happened, Savage's career would've been dead in the water.

So what's the verdict as it relates Sable's case for the WWE Hall of Fame... she doesn't have a long career, but if stayed in the role that she was best suited for, It's probably safe to say she would've been as a great manager or a spokes model for the the WWE since she was already incredibly popular. But since she was Russo'ed... her in-ring career has to be taken into account, and well that's what kills her case.

But then there is what I'm calling the 'Godfather' rule, which is probably going to extend to a lot of the dregs of the Attitude Era, and that's 'Hey if you were popular at all from 1997 to 2001, what you did here is going to get you into the Hall of Fame'.... and with that the verdict is this.

In my opinion Sable should NOT go into the WWE Hall of Fame, but you know she will... hell she's married to Brock Lesnar so that takes it all the more likely, it's just a matter of when.

Next week, the case for Tommy Dreamer will be put on the table

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