We often argue on what zaniness Vince goes through in picking inductees and I think the perception that there are more jokes in than there really are. I looked over the list from the WWE website and there are a handful of celeb jokes but most are legit wrestlers. Are they really HOF? Some are and some arent but they were names. Here is the full list.
2012: 4 Horsemen, Edge, Mil Mascaras, Ron Simmons, Yokozuna
Abdullah the Butcher
Andre the Giant
Antonino Rocca (huge star in the 50's who caused a riot in MSG)
Anrnold Skaaland-better known as Sammartinos mgr and company employee, but also a rassler
Baron Mikel Scicluna- mid card heel in the Sammartino era.
Big John Studd
Cowboy Bill Watts
Superstar Billy Graham
The Blackjacks (Mulligan (Windhams dad) and Lanza)--great heel team I saw many times live
Bullet Bob Armstrong
Bob Orton Jr- major part of early Wrestlemania era
Bob Uecker (JOKE)
Bobby the Brain Heenan
Bobo Brazil- worldwide headliner in 60-80s
Buddy Rogers- the original Nature Boy who was first champ off WWWF when Vince Sr broke with NWA
Captain Lou Albano
Chief Jay Strongbow-mid card face and longtime company employee
Drew Carey (JOKE)
Eddie Graham- big name in Florida and one of the most influential NWA territorial promoters ever
Ernie Ladd- Big Cat main evented everywhere, I saw him many times and he had monster heel heat. Helped book too
Fabulous Moolah-most famous womens wrestler and also ran her own stable of women wrestlers
Classy Freddy Blassie- healined all over the world, caused heart attack deaths in Japan when bloodied Rikidozen and long time WWE company employee. Muhammid Ali copied Blassie for his promos but thats often mistakenly credited to Georgeous George.
The Funks-Terry and Dory Jr
George the Animal Steele
Gerald Brisco- great amatuer wrestler, jr heavy champ in NWA, tag team with big brother Jack, long time company agent and employee
Gordon Solie-greatest announcer ever in the biz.
Georgeous George- was king of the world during the 50's early tv days.
The Grand Wizard-great manager
Greg the Hammer Valentine
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Chief Peter Maivia-big during my childhood and Rocks grandfather. Popped out Billy Robinsons eyeball in a bar room brawl.
Howard the Fink Finkel. Long time ring announcer
Ivan Putski-was huge in Texas before joining WWF
Jack Brisco- possibly the greatest legit wrestler of all. Great amatuer record, NWA champ, legendary fued with Dory Funk Jr on the NWA belt. The ONLY wrestler of legendary status to quit and never return. He got pissed while traveling in a blizzard to a WWF show and walked out, never to return.
James Dudley (JOKE- was Vince McMahon sr.s chauffer)
Jerry the King Lawler
Jesse the body Ventura
Jimmy Mouth of the South Hart
Jimmy Superfly Snuka
Johnny Rodz (JOKE) prelim wrestler who ran a wrestling school. For some reason Vince liked him.
Killer Kowalski- tore off Yukon Erics ear with a knee drop, main eventer for years. One of Sammartinos biggest heel opponents.
Koko B Ware
Maurice Mad Dog Vachon- one of my all time favs. Olympic amatuer wrestler whose gimmick was a brawler.
Mil Mascaras-worldwide main eventer babyface for decades. Starred in tons of lucha movies
Ted Million Dollar Man DiBiase
Mr. Fuji- half of great heel tag team with Professor Toru Tanaka (he should be in) and longtime mgr
Nick Bockwinkel-great AWA champ
Prescious Paul Ellering (Road Warriors Mgr)
Paul Mr Wonderful Orndorff
Pedro Morales-was the Puerto Rican champ after Sammartino as the tried to create a 2nd money draw like Sammartino but he was neveras popular.
Pete Rose (JOKE)
Rocky Johnson-main eventer and father of Rock
Sensational Sherri martel
The Shiek-worldwide mega heel, owned the Detroit territory and was the master of juice along with Abby
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stu Hart- legit amatuer, long time promoter and wrestler of the influential Calgary STampede promotion
Tony Atlas- longtime main eventer (was in the dressing room in Puerto Rico when Brody was murdered)
The Valiant Brothers-long time main event heel tag team
Vince McMahon Sr
The Von Erichs
The Wild Somoans
William Refrigerator Perry (JOKE)