DEADSPIN: Even With Chyna And The Honky Tonk Man In It, The WWE Hall Of Fame Is As Cynical As It Looks

By David Bixenspan – March 1, 2019


Last week, WWE announced that the D-Generation X stable would be the headline inductees at the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony over WrestleMania weekend in April. This week, The Honky Tonk Man was added to the lineup of honorees.

If the WWE Hall of Fame is going to exist, it should have all those wrestlers in it, but as usual with WWE it’s not quite as simple as that. What makes these selections particularly interesting is that the DX group includes the posthumous induction of Chyna, who had been persona non grata in the promotion for years, even after her death. Honky Tonk Man, for his part, had long been a vocal critic of the company, although relations have improved between the two in recent years.

This calculation regarding how much longstanding institutional grudges are worth has become something of a pattern where the Hall is concerned, particularly in terms of finding a suitable “main eventer” to sell tickets each year. That has often meant that former stars, previously on bad terms with WWE, smoothed over the relationship before signing on for an induction. Often, a licensee, usually 2K Sports, will facilitate the deal after getting approval to license that person for the video game. Pro wrestling is a business, always. But it’s personal, too.

But what exactly does all of this mean to anyone? For fans, especially the element of the fandom that is into WWE exclusively and on a super hardcore level, the induction is a special occasion to celebrate the careers … Read the Full Story HERE

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