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CheapShots: Why Aren’t They In The WWE Hall Of Fame?



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Upon reviewing the WWE Hall of Fame names of past and present the other day I was shocked when two names stood glaring out to me from my phone that have yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Since we get the Hall of Fame ceremony every year I guess it is safe to say that the majority of anyone who was anyone in the WWE will find their way to the Hall of Fame at some point. But, the two names I am about to mention surprised me, that they have yet to be inducted, especially when they have been passed over by subpar wrestlers. Do politics have anything to do with this? It is a possibility. But based on per talent alone, these two names should have been inducted by now.



Big Van Vader has yet to be inducted into the hall of fame. Wait? seriously? Vader was a beast, in the days when there were no beast to be found. If he was in his prime and around today he could easily give Brock a run for his money. Vader was 6’5 and 450lbs. A man that big, that could still pull off a summersault off of the top rope.(sorry Brock) He was known for his brute force, agility, and mat-skills, making him one of the best that ever laced up his boots. He was a huge deal in NJPW (holding the NJPW heavyweight Title), along with being a top Heel in the 90s in WCW (Holding the top prize there 3 different times). His matches with Sting were instant classics. Vader was also inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame way back in 1996. His run in WWE was lack luster, and never lived up to his past accomplishments, due to poor booking. But his resume reads better then must that are in the Hall of Fame right now.

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Holding the record for the most Tag Team Titles in all of professional wrestling with 51 altogether makes them the most decorated Tag Team of all time. Love them or hate them that title goes to The Midnight Express. Now I know that they never laced up their boots in a WWE locker room but there are also a few wrestlers who haven’t either and they have found their way into the WWE Hall of Fame. They will still get an occasional mention on WWE, with never having wrestled there shows their lasting effect on tag team wrestling. One of the greatest feuds of all time, was the Rock’N’Roll Express against the Midnight Express. Don’t believe me? Go watch some classic Rock’N’Roll and Midnight matches. I’ll wait right here. They weren’t the biggest team, but could hold their own against the Road Warriors, and were quick and agile enough to keep up with the Rock’N’Roll Express.  They were also one of the first Tag Teams to do cohesive moves, some that are still performed today. If anything their contribution to Tag Team Wrestling alone  should get them a nod from WWE.

I have yet to figure out the way the politicking works to get inducted into the Hall of Fame, I’m not sure it is all about who you rub noses with to get the nod that is deserved. (Most likely Vince and HHH) But, the list of wrestlers who have yet to get recognized for their accomplishments is quite astounding. Will they some day get the notoriety they deserve besides living on the WWE Network? Maybe, but given who has been inducted it is sad these great acts have gotten passed over, especially given the lasting effect they have had on the business. Every dog has his day, But these dogs should have had theirs by now.


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Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans



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Either last week or earlier this week (my days are running together so I don’t remember), Stephanie McMahon was at a summit called ‘Game Changer’ and she made the following comment: ‘We’re successful for one reason only – we listen to our fans.’

The internet smarks ROASTED Stephanie over this comment, mocking her for claiming that WWE listens to their fans when, in their minds, that is clearly not the case. Why? Because Roman Reigns, not Braun Strowman is champion, among other things. Clearly, any company that makes Roman Reigns champion over Braun Strowman isn’t listening to their fans, or at least, their REAL fans. You know, the all-knowing, smark community who know how to run a multi-billion dollar business better than the people who work there do.

I’ve tackled this ‘Real fan’ nonsense in the past and I’m really not in the mood to do it now and the issue of Braun Strowman being champion is an article unto itself. However, let’s be clear here: WWE DOES listen to their fans and the fans they listen to are the fans that buy stuff.

WWE first, last, always, and forever, is a business. They need money to survive and being a publicly traded company, they need money to keep the shareholders happy, that means they have to know who and what makes the money to keep the shareholders happy and keep the company afloat and who is making them the most money is Roman Reigns.

Don’t give me that look. Don’t roll your eyes at me and grumble about him being over pushed and/or shoved down your throat. I can name several people in WWE not named Roman Reigns that are over pushed. The bottom line is that Reigns moves merchandise, his stuff sells and sells really well. Having been to a few WWE TV/PPV tapings, I can tell you that Reigns’ stuff can get a little tough to find and is usually the most requested item.

Now before any of you make snide comments about Reigns having more stuff to sell, I checked WWE’s shop are and compared the number of Roman Reigns shirts to the number of shirts for AJ Styles, in terms of shirts including: T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and what’s available for both genders, Roman Reigns had thirteen shirts available while Styles had twenty. Thirteen different shirt designs to twenty and that doesn’t include hats, gloves, or the non-wearable stuff available.

Oh, Reigns’ stuff is bought by women and kids, so it shouldn’t count? Here’s my question: So what? It’s still money that SOMEONE is spending on merchandise. If WWE didn’t want women and kids to buy their stuff, they wouldn’t be marketing stuff for women and kids. Why? Because women and kids are FANS!

For those of you still grumbling, here’s some food for your thoughts: Why should WWE listen to their ‘real’ fans? No, I’m serious. Why should they listen to fans who cheer something one week, boo it the next, demand that indy darlings get pushed despite getting mediocre pops from Main Roster audiences, and pay more attention to beach balls and time clocks than the matches? Why should they listen to people who BRAG about spending a lot of money on tickets just to boo one person they don’t like?

WWE is like any company, they listen with their bottom line, and what they’re hearing from fans is that the fans like Reign because that’s the stuff that sells the best. And before you say one thing about about Reigns’ stuff being more available at TV tapings and Live Events, I’ve been to a RAW taping, a RAW PPV, and a SmackDown/205 taping and while Reigns stuff was at SmackDown, there was also a lot of Styles and Cena stuff available at RAW events and I’m not hearing any complaining about that.

Maybe the problem isn’t that WWE isn’t listening, it’s just that your views aren’t the what the majority paying fans think or want. WWE is catering to what most of their fans want, not just the small minority that can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want.

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Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?




Why Finn Balor should “Quit” The WWE

After seeing KO burst into tears on Monday night RAW two weeks ago and “quit” there were a slew of videos about why KO “quit”. The biggest one was to revitalize his character. So in playing the devils advocate why not have the first Universal Champion quit? Here’s why!

After Balor won and “lost” the title after 2016 SummerSlam he’s had and up and down career in the main roster. The once longest reigning NXT champion was a phenomenon when he joined the NXT, but once he hit the main roster, while fan support is still there it is fleeting. He had a brief reunion with Gallows and Anderson which might’ve singled a heel turn to fans, a feud with Rollins for the IC title and has had back to back to back matches against Baron Corbin. None of which have done anything for the superstars character. A heel turn might have helped a few months ago, but the repetitive booking has kind of killed that momentum. 

With Finn away from the scene for a while it might help the WWE reevaluate the talent that is Finn Balor, it might also give Finn time to figure himself out too. With a WIN to his name against Elias, it seems like the co-founder of the Bullet Club may either turn to his alter ego The Demon, or perhaps a superstar shakeup is in order and he should be in place to get Balor back in the limelight. Right now, Raw seems packed full of main card talent that is either starting a faction of sorts I.E. Braun, Drew and Dolph or is turning on The Shield. 

Listen, while SmackDown Live is producing the better show, it is not like the talent on there is being utilized any better. Nakamura is in limbo with the U.S. title, Aj and Joe are having a great feud in terms of promos, but not in the squared circle. The only thing that brings SmackDown Live as the A show is really their tag division and the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch feud. 

So maybe a frustrated Finn goes away, and comes back as The Demon on SmackDown Live and interjects himself in the feud between AJ and Joe, maybe he causes friction between The Club and AJ and they “screw over” AJ during a title match, the possibilities are endless moving Balor to team blue, but what this boils down to is WWE needs to make this move while Balor is still a fan favourite and what I mean by that is that he will always have the crowd behind him, but even the loyalist fans can get bored. 

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