The worst-kept secret in wrestling was officially announced on Raw this week: Mick Foley is the first member of the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. It’s certainly a well-deserved honor for Foley, who has arguably suffered for his craft more than any other man in the wrestling biz. His acceptance speech will surely be a poignant mixture of comedy, genuine emotion and a few cheap pops for the Madison Square Garden crowd. And unless WWE pulls a real rabbit out of its hat, a safe bet is that Foley’s induction will be the must-see segment of the schmaltzy ceremony (the big question: will he wear sweatpants with a tuxedo jacket)?
Almost important as choosing inductees for the Hall of Fame is selecting just the right inductor for each. Foley is a man with many friends and admirers in the wrestling world, so a number of men are probably putting in dibs for the gig.
Here are 10 viable contenders for the honor, and the pros and cons associated with each.
10. Paul Bearer
Pros: Uncle Paul, as Mankind used to call him, is a beloved creature from WWE’s past, and would surely have some great tales to tell. It would be fun to see him “out of character,” which would be the only sensible way for him to handle such a role. Fans would then get to see a different side of Bearer (aside from the yowling, pasty-faced, obese mortician).
Cons: Never having wrestled against Foley, Bearer wouldn’t be able to speak from direct experience about Foley’s notorious toughness. Essentially a comedy character now, Bearer wouldn’t necessarily convey the gravity that WWE likes to associate with its Hall of Fame. Despite his time as Mankind’s manager, Bearer will always be more closely associated with the Undertaker, and perhaps WWE will want to “save” him to be involved in ‘Taker’s inevitable induction.Continue To The Next Section In This Post ›››