Hall Of Fame News: Savage & Tyson?, Vince’s Vision
– Lanny Poffo appeared on a podcast hosted by Steve Wilton and commented on the possibility of Randy Savage being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. Poffo said he did not hear from WWE after his brother passed away last May and that he has not heard from them regarding enshrinement into the Hall. Lanny claimed last year during an interview that Randy would have only accepted enshrinement into the Hall if the Poffo family went in as a group (Lanny, Randy and Angelo) like the Von Erich family.
– Jim Ross says that he believes Mike Tyson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at some point. Ross was asked about Tyson’s chances on Twitter Thursday night, to which he responded “Absolutely.” Tyson was part of the angle that gave rise to Steve Austin’s ascendency to the WWE Title level in the 1990s and has guest hosted RAW in 2010.
– Jerry Lawler recently spoke with the Miami Herald, talking about Vince McMahon’s view on the WWD Hall of Fame. Lawler talked about not wanting to be inducted in 2007 initially and told McMahon that, saying he didn’t think his career was over.
“I’d always related the Hall of Fame to baseball and football where you don’t go in until a couple of years after your career is over,” Lawler said. “So I said to myself and Vince, ‘I don’t feel my career is over. I still want to compete. I still want to perform.’ He said, ‘You have to understand. The WWE Hall of Fame is not like baseball and football in that sense. It’s not that you have to wait until someone’s career is over. If you look around, there are guys in there who still compete, still perform. We just do it to honor and acknowledge what you have accomplished to this point.’”
Lawler also says in the interview that he would like to see Andy Kaufman, whom Lawler did his famous angle with, inducted into the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame. “I’ve pushed for him to be there,” he said. “The match I had with him, and that whole scenario I think opened the door and changed the face of wrestling to what it is today…Every time you look around Hollywood stars want to be on Monday Night Raw or involved in WWE. I think it all started with Andy Kaufman. I think he really deserves to be in there.” Lawler also said he’d like to see Memphis wrestling announcer Lance Russell inducted.