Yay Or Nay For The WWE Hall Of Fame: Stars From The First Clash of the Champions
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This Sunday is WWE Clash of Champions, which replaced Night of Champions as the night where all titles in the WWE were on the line… but with the brand split, it’s gonna be a RAW only show, and I’m waiting to see what matches get added to the show before making my predictions (probably either on Wednesday or Thursday)
Still, a thing that bothers me is that the WWE didn’t call it ‘Clash of the Champions’, which was the name of the of the NWA / WCW events that were TBS specials, either to build towards pay-per-views or even as direct comeptition to the WWE, such as the case with the first one in 1988 or March 27, 1988. And I figured it would tie in well
Now looking at the first Clash of the Champions… let’s see whose already in the WWE Hall of Fame.Jimmy Garvin is in, The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Paul Ellering, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillion, Ric Flair and Sting. Pretty good amount of people.
Let’s run down whose left
Mike Rotunda 5 time WWE Tag Tema Champion, 3 time NWA TV Champion and a former NWA World Tag Team Champion, not to mention having championships success in Florida, probably best known as IRS, and the father of Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt. Had a decently long career but seemed to get stuck in the mundane a lot, particularly in WCW. He should get in at some point
Kevin Sullivan Debuted in the early 70s, wrestled in just about every major territory, Florida, New York, San Francisco, Memphis, Gerogia, could be argue really broke out in 1982 during another stint in Florida, and then hit the national Stage with Jim Crockett Promotions in 87. In addition to being a wrestler, was a decent manager and had a lot of Tag Team championship success, winning the Tag Titles at least once in nearly every placed he’s worked. Was a booker for WCW during WCW’s rise in the mid 90s which you can hear talk about while smoke is blown up his backside by MSL on MLW Radio. All things consider Sullivan should get into the WWE Hall of Fame, probably more of being a name who was big in Florida who is still alive.
Precious – Manager and Wife of Jimmy Garvin… had some memorable moments in World Class Championship Wrestling, but isn’t all that memorable.
The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) & Jim Cornette – The case of this combination of the Midnight Express along with Jim Cornette can be found n this: The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette 25th Anniversary Scarapbook… good luck find it, because it’s out of print. Toss in Dennis Condrey too, the Midnight Express is arguably the last tag team, to draw serious money over 10 year period in on a large start
The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) – Excellent Tag Team that suffered from the Rock N Roll Express normally beating them to various territories first. They held the NWA United States Tag Team Titles twice, but with the passing of Tommy Rogers in 2015, and the fact they weren’t as big a tag team name probably limits their chances of going in… I kind of doubt they will go in, particularly since some other less memorable folks are already in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Ivan Koloff and The Powers of Pain I talked about before, I still think Ivan Koloff should go in
Paul Jones…. He was big in the Mid-Atlantic Territory and had success in other territories, and was a manager for a big part of the 80s on TBS’s World Championship Wrestling program… but he’ll probably never even get consideration from the WWE cause thinking about what I’m most familiar with… he just wasn’t great,
Which brings me to Lex Luger – Former NWA and WCW Champion, Former United States Champion, Tag Team and TV Champion… is one of of 9 men to be a WCW Triple Crown Champion (Holding the WCW World, Tag and US Titles) and even in rarer company holdies those titles and the WCW TV Champion making him a Grand Slam Champion (Accomplished by 6 men) Body Slammed Yokozuna, made some of the biggest impacts during the Monday Night RAW by jumping to WCW on the first Nitro in 1995 and defeating Hulk Hogan for the WCW in 1997… without question he should be in the WWE Hall of Fame, and the fact he isn’t yet is a crime in my opinion
Anyway that will just about wrap this up… coming up this week, we will of course be pulling something From The Vault, got my predictions for Clash of Champions, This Week With The Superheroes, Tales from The TARDIS, Comics From The Basement and all sorts of other goodies. So till next time my friends and you are my friends… have a good done