Latest Names Being Considered For The WWE Hall Of Fame, Reaction To Chris Benoit’s WWE Encyclopedia Entry

– With next year’s WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the company plans to pay homage to the famous area.

Besides Mick Foley likely being enshrined, there is discussion of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) and Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) being inducted, according to Johnson made his debut at the famous arena in 1996, while Harlem Heat was a New York-based gimmick. In the case of The Nasty Boys, who hail from Allentown, Pennsylvania, the two were billed from “The Streets of New York City” during their time in World Championship Wrestling.

Company officials would also like to honor Owen Hart, who defeated Bret Hart in a memorable WrestleMania match at Madison Square Garden in 1994. Despite the push for Owen, the enshrinement is unlikely to materialize because his widow would not allow it. Hart’s brother Smith revealed on Twitter earlier this year, “Because she blames the wrestling business in its entirety for his death. “She is the sole owner of his estate. With Martha, there will never B a way, perhaps his kids may eventually make the choice. But thats at least 20 yrs in future.”

Plus, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, is said to “desperately” want Bruno Sammartino enshrined, but it’s considered a long shot for a multitude of reasons.

– Though WWE has attempted to distance themselves from Chris Benoit since his career and life ended in a murder–suicide on June 24, 2007, the recently released WWE Encyclopedia features a sizable entry on the late wrestler. According to, this move has many people in WWE “baffled,” with his entry taking up more than half of a page.

The bio acknowledges Benoit emulating Dynamite Kid after seeing compete when he was 12-years-old, training in Stu Harts’s famous Dungeon, wrestling all over the world, making a name for himself in WCW before jumping to WWE, and fulfilling his destiny when he captured the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX in a Triple Threat Match versus Triple H and Shawn Michaels. There is no acknowledgment of the double murder/suicide, though he is addressed in the past tense.

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  • Two Cents

    I wondered about his involvement in the book myself. Benoit’s exit from the world is a true stain on the life/career he had before it. I am glad WWE at least acknowledges his contribution to the wrestling world despite what happened. That triple threat match is one of my favorites to date as well.

    • The Guest

      I think this might be a one time only thing because this is an “encyclopedia.” Encyclopedias have to have integrity and credibility or they simply aren’t valid. This is one of the times where you kind of have to mention him, but I wouldn’t expect it to be a trend.

      • Two Cents

        That I would agree with.

      • Noach

        Since when does a professional wrestling anything need to be on the up and up? Just saying.

        • The Guest

          Uh, let’s see. When you’re dealing with promoting, advertising, etc.

  • Josh Foley

    interesting list for wwe hall of fame, hopefully chris benoit’s absence in records thing thats goin on ends, it destroys history which also makes the business look bias

    • Hershey Maxwell Barber

      Agreed. It’s about the wrestler/character not the human being.

  • TheKillingMoon

    They should scrap the idea of inducting Hogan’s nutsack. Door Knob and Saggy guy don’t deserve shit.

    • DEX

      Ahh shut the fuck up, you immature little bastard. Grow the hell up you idiot.

      • TheKillingMoon

        You should take your own advice cretin.

    • Craig DeBoard

      Agreed but the reality is they’re running out of people to induct and are getting desperate. Sure there are a ton of other guys but most of them are either pissed off at WWE (like Honky Tonk Man) or WWE refuses to budge on how they induct someone (such as Savage and the Poffo family). As a result they’re left with two fat pieces of garbage who never brought anything really to wrestling other than injured workers because they had no clue what they were doing in the ring.

      • Bob Skelton

        I’ll agree Savage should of been Inducted a long time ago !!
        How about Dustin ” GoLdust ” Rhodes ?..Or WCW’s DDP ?..Or Lex Luger !

  • April Kaulitz

    the rock should have been induction into the wwe hall of fame this year instead of Edge . hall fame was in the rock home town of Miami .

  • Scott Kinnard

    Are you telling me that those no talent Nasty Boys might get into the Hall of Fame before Rick Martel, Rick Rude, Brian Pillman, ect? Especially Rick Martel. Why is he not in the Hall of Fame?

    • Craig DeBoard

      It has nothing to do with ability and everything to do with who WWE is willing to work with for the event and who is willing to work with WWE. I agree, Rick Rude deserves it. Hell, all of the guys you mentioned do.

    • Bob Skelton

      Definitly Rude & FLy’n Brian Pillman !!

  • fan

    putting a killer in a book like that…wrestling matches are pre-determined events. NOT REAL!!!! it is not the same as an encyclopedia that deals with real factual t hings. Putting him in this, a killer,.and ppeople out there think this is ok..can’t imagine why the world is so f’ed up!!!

    • Craig DeBoard

      You’re an idiot. Grow up.

  • Andrew Campbell

    The Rock is long overdue for a Hall Of Fame induction, but as much as I would like to see my childhood hero inducted live and in person, I think they should hold off on his induction until he stops wrestling for good.

  • Chris Savage

    how is the rock not in already come on