Latest Names Being Considered For The WWE HOF, Reaction To Benoit’s WWE Encyclopedia Entry

Posted by Matt Boone December 28, 2012 3 Comments

- 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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    • acky6

      Benoit should have his place in wwe hall of fame !! . if just for his in ring success its not fair to punish his fans for what he did in last moments of his LIFE !!! and NO i dont agree with what he did ? .

    • Derp.

      I am rarely this surprised. I was almost positive that the people of power within the WWE wouldn’t even dare put Benoit in their encyclopedia, simply based off their behavior, trying to completely erase his name from their entire history. But I am pleasantly surprised. I think, if possible, people need to seperate his career from his personal life. What he did should not inflict the outstanding career he created and lived through, at least not to the extent that it had. There is no denying everything Chris Benoit has accomplished. While in no means I condone what happened in 2007, I am extremely proud that they did what was right, and put him inside their encyclopedia. I’m not going to get my hopes up and believe he will someday be inducted into the HOF, I’m not that much of dreamer. But deep in my heart I know he will always deserve it. Chris Benoit has earned his spot, it’s a shame that his final hours will forever blacken his legendary career.
      They did the right thing.
      R.I.P Chris, Nancy, and Daniel.

    • Ice

      Its ironic that WWE wants to keep a distance to a wrestler who went balistic and killed his family and then suicide on his own, within his own home and not during an Event. Yet, WWE continually want to induct Owen Hart whom died during their show.

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