Powered by LiquidWeb NEW SEARCH FEATURE! IT WORKS!
Search all of OO for news, columnists, and articles about your favorites!

 
News  -/-  Recaps  -/-  Columns  -/-  Features  -/-  Reference  -/-  Archives  -/-  Interact  -/-  Site Info
 

Donate to Online Onslaught!
CLICK HERE TO HELP KEEP OO ALIVE!
MAIN PAGE
NEWS
     Daily Onslaught
RECAPS
     RAW
     SmackDown!
     PPV
     NWA-TNA
     Heat
     Velocity
     Other 
COLUMNS
     Obtuse Angle
     RAW Satire
     The Broad
         Perspective

     Inside the Ropes
     OOld Tyme
         Rasslin' Revue
    
Circa/Dungeon 
     Title Wave
    
Crashing the
         Boards

     Deconstruction
     Smarky Awards
     Big in Japan
     Guest Columnists
     2 Out of 3 Falls
     Devil's Due
     The Ring
     The Little Things
     Timeline
    
SK Rants
    
The Mac Files
     Sq'd Circle Jerk
     TWiFW
FEATURES
     RAW vs. SD!:
         Brand Battle
 
     Cheap Heat 
     Year in Review
     Monday Wars
     Road to WM 

     Interviews
REFERENCE
     Title Histories
     Real Names
     PPV Results
     Smart Glossary
     Birthdays 
ARCHIVES 
INTERACT
     Message Boards
     Live Chat 
SITE INFO
     Contact
     OO History

If you attend a live show, or have any other news for us, just send an e-mail to this address!  We'd also love to hear from you if you've got suggestions or complaints about the site...  let us have it!

 
DENNY'S DUNGEON
Hall of Fame 2005: So Far, So Good
February 4, 2005

by Denny Burkholder
Courtesy of WrestleLine.com

 

A few weeks ago in Circa, I mocked up my own personal choice for a WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2005. This week on Smackdown, WWE let us know the first five names on the list, with the idea that the bigger names are forthcoming.
 
While WWE's selections are mostly different from mine, I have to say they're doing well, so far. (And I'm sure the folks at WWE live and die by my opinion on the matter, har har.)

Let's take a look at the 2005 inductees WWE revealed this week:

 

PAUL "Mr. WONDERFUL" ORNDORFF

Excellent, excellent choice. And if the rumors are true that Hollywood Hogan is on his way into the HoF this year, then the induction of Orndorff in 2005 is better still. Not only will Mr. Wonderful get his due as one of the greatest main-event heels of the Hulkamania era, but his biggest rival will be staring across the stage at him during the ceremony.

If the cameras happen to catch Orndorff and Hogan in a friendly handshake, I will undoubtedly get visions of Orndorff pulling the Hulkster into a short-arm clothesline, reliving the infamous doublecross of 1986 all over again.

THE IRON SHEIK

Of the five announced inductees, Sheik and Orndorff are the two I had on my original list. Therefore, once again, I concur with the choice. Hopefully his acceptance speech is more understandable than his promos were. It will be odd, though, to see the Iron Sheik in a situation where he has to thank people and express gratitude. Somehow I don't think "Iran Number Von! Russia Number Von! America? HACK-PUT!" would cut it this time.

All kidding aside, I am happy to see the Iron Sheik in the Hall of Fame. He's one of those classic characters that would belong in the Hall of Fame even if he'd never held the WWE World Title. The fact that he did (briefly) reinforces him as a choice, but it's the icing on the cake, as opposed to the reason he should be a Hall of Famer. Nice to have his buddy Nikolai on stage with him, too. Will they give each other's induction speech?

"COWBOY" BOB ORTON

Show of hands... who is surprised at this choice?

There are a few different schools of thought on why Bob Orton gets into the Hall of Fame in 2005, all of them with a grain (or several) of truth:

-- Orton was a more-than-capable mat wrestler in his prime and made a good heel. Orton may never have been a champion in WWE, but he was a solid go-to guy (sidekick, if you will) to the top heels of the era, from Harley Race to Don Muraco to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

-- Until Randy came along, "Cowboy" Bob Jr. was the most famous of the Orton wrestling clan, and WWE is usually very receptive to families with wrestling tradition. If nothing else, it proves he is/was a "lifer," and truly belongs as part of the pro wrestling fraternity. It's worth honoring a guy like Bob Orton, Jr., because pro wrestling is his life, and he would truly appreciate it.

-- As opposed to inducting Bob Orton in five years, WWE can exploit the occasion this year to help keep Randy Orton in the limelight. Randy Orton will no doubt take the stage to give a speech on behalf of his father.

Would it seem odd if Orton, Orndorff, and Hogan made it into the Hall of Fame this year and Roddy Piper had to wait longer?

NIKOLAI VOLKOFF

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Volkoff requests that you all rise and respect his singing of the Soviet National Anthem.

Come on. You know he's gonna sing it. It's the closest thing to a catch phrase the guy had in his career.

Volkoff wasn't on my list either, and there are several people I think should go into the Hall of Fame before he does. Still, I respect this choice. Fans from the 1980s really do remember him as one of Hogan's top adversaries, and he and the Iron Sheik going into the Hall of Fame together is probably a fitting way to do it.

Not to mention that Volkoff is, by most accounts, a pretty well-liked guy among the wrestlers. It's always nice to see a good person get rewarded. Maybe we'll all get to put the memory of Volkoff's Million Dollar Man association, and the cents symbol on his tights, behind us for good.

"MOUTH OF THE SOUTH" JIMMY HART

Since Jimmy Hart is arguably Hulk Hogan's best friend from the wrestling business, his inclusion in the Class of 2005 seems to bode well for the Hogan rumors. If WWE announces next week that Brutus Beefcake is getting into the Hall of Fame this year, too, we can bet Hollywood Hogan will only be a formality at that point.

But on the subject of Jimmy Hart, he's another deserving guy. Along with Mr. Fuji, he's one of the few managers that spent a reasonable amount of time in WWE that isn't in the Hall of Fame yet. Even before WWE, Jimmy Hart had quite a run in Memphis with Jery Lawler and the famous Andy Kaufman feud. Hart's got history with everyone from Randy Savage, to Hogan, to the Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine, King Kong Bundy, the Hart Foundation, and tons of other legendary wrestlers, so he earned his spot. Congrats, Mouth.

But please, leave the damn megaphone home this time, OK? 

 
E-MAIL DENNY
BROWSE THE CIRCA ARCHIVES


  
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Bonding Exercises
 
RAW RECAP: The New Guy Blows It
 
PPV RECAP: WWE Night of Champions 2012
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: 18 Seconds? NO! NO! NO!
 
RAW RECAP: The Show Must Go On
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: The Boot Gets the Boot
 
RAW RECAP: Heyman Lands an Expansion Franchise
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Losing is the new Winning
 
RAW RECAP: Say My Name
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Deja Vu All Over Again
 
RAW RECAP: Dignity Before Gold?
 
PPV RECAP: SummerSlam 2012
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Backfired!
 
RAW RECAP: Bigger IS Better
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Hitting with Two Strikes
 
RAW RECAP: Heel, or Tweener?
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Destiny Do-Over
 
RAW RECAP: CM Punk is Not a Fan of Dwayne
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: The Returnening
 
RAW RECAP: Countdown to 1000
 
PPV RECAP: WWE Money in the Bank 2012
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Friday Night ZackDown
 
RAW RECAP: Closure's a Bitch
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: In-BRO-pendence Day
 
RAW RECAP: Crazy Gets What Crazy Wants
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Five Surprising MitB Deposits
 
RAW RECAP: Weeeellll, It's a Big MitB
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: #striketwo
 
RAW RECAP: Johnny B. Gone
 
PPV RECAP: WWE No Way Out 2012
 
RAW RECAP: Crazy Go Nuts
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: You're Welcome
 
RAW RECAP: Be a Star, My Ass
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Needs More Kane?
 
RAW RECAP: You Can't See Him
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Lady Power
 
RAW RECAP: Big Johnny Still in Charge
 
PPV RECAP: WWE Over the Limit 2012
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: One Gullible Fella
 
RAW RECAP: Anvil, or Red Herring?
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Everybody Hates Berto
 
RAW RECAP: Look Who's Back
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Care to go Best of Five?
 
RAW RECAP: An Ace Up His Sleeve
 
PPV RECAP: WWE Extreme Rules 2012
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Sh-Sh-Sheamus and the nOObs
 
RAW RECAP: Edge, the Motivational Speaker?
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: AJ is Angry, Jilted
 
RAW RECAP: Maybe Cena DOES Suck?
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: No! No! No!
 
RAW RECAP: Brock's a Jerk
 
SMACKDOWN RECAP: Back with a Bang
 
RAW RECAP: Yes! Yes! Yes!
 
PPV RECAP: WWE WrestleMania 28

 

 

 


All contents are Copyright 1995-2014 by OOWrestling.com.  All rights reserved.
This website is not affiliated with WWE or any other professional wrestling organization.  Privacy Statement.