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SLAM! Speaks - The WWE Hall of Fame
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff

Cartoon by Annette Balesteri, our SLAM! Wrestling Editorial Cartoonist

As Wrestlemania XXI draws closer, the Slam! Wrestling staff will be sharing their thoughts on the "grandaddy of them all". The chatter starts this week with a look at who the Slam! gang things belongs in the WWE Hall of Fame. Here's what we had to say:

Bob Kapur

My choice for the next person to be entered into the Hall of Fame is the late, great Ray "Big Boss Man" Traylor. One of the biggest stars of WWE during the late 80s/early 90s, Traylor was involved in numerous top-tier feuds, including a memorable run with Hulk Hogan. Outside of the ring, he was, by all accounts, a genuine class act who devoted a lot of his time to working with charities. A Hall of Fame spot would truly honour the career and life of this great person.

Jason Clevett

You expect me to pick only one? While I am sure many feel Bret Hart should be in right away, he is still relatively young and there are a lot of legends that deserve a spot before him. Most of those selected are from the 80s on; what about guys like Afa and Sika (they need to induct some tag teams – Demolition, Legion of Doom, Bulldogs, and so many others) or Bob Backlund? I think Backlund definitely should be an entrant if Iron Sheik and The Hulkster are going in.

John Milner

Randy Savage

Jaya Roopasingh

If Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan are being inducted, I think it would be really cool if they also inducted Ric Flair. It's hard to think of one of them without thinking of the other two. Plus, you would get to see Piper and Flair go eye to eye again.

Chris Sokol

If I had to choose one wrestler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame who has yet to be inducted, I would choose Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Nobody revolutionized the top spot like Hart did. He's won every major championship that WWE offers, and basically lifted the company on his shoulders for quite some time. If Hogan can be
forgiven, so can Hart.

Jon Waldman

While I think legends like Bob Backlund and Bret Hart deserve spots in WWE's HOF, the name that floats to the top of the list for me is Arn Anderson. The Enforcer has done so much in the business inside and outside the square circle, and he has yet to really be recognized for all his accomplishments. His time in WWE has also been significant as a road agent, and back in the day as a member of the Brainbusters.

Now it's your turn. Who do you think belongs in the WWE Hall of Fame that has yet to be inducted? E-mail us with your thoughts and we will post the results next week.

Greg Oliver

Accepting the fact that Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon will always have their differences, and that Bruno probably won't ever be inducted while still alive, I'm going to argue for Bob Backlund. Unlike Bruno, he had a decent comeback in 1994 that had him fit in fairly well in the crazy '90s. His crazy act was refreshing, and his brief title reign brings back good memories, as opposed to, say, Diesel. Of course, he was the real WWWF champion from 1978 to 1983, as well as WWWF tag champ with Pedro Morales in 1980. And he was legit as an amateur too.
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