As you should already know Cagesiders, earlier this week WWE announced Mick Foley as the first member of their 2013 WWE Hall Of Fame class, to be inducted on April 6th, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A more than fitting choice, given that he grew up watching wrestling in the arena and had one of the best matches of his career there, a classic Street Fight at the 2000 Royal Rumble where he put over Triple H super strong, helping Hunter to become the hottest heel in the business.
Foley is expected to be sharing the spotlight with "The Game" once again, as Hunter's D-Generation X squadron is rumoured to be the other big name induction this year. The members of the group that will be a part of the ceremony along with HHH is likely to be Shawn Michaels, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman, WWE trainer Billy Gunn and WWE producer "The Road Dogg" Jesse James. Despite repeated overtures to return to the company, for obvious reasons, WWE doesn't want to touch the emotionally unstable porn star Chyna with a rusty old barge pole, while Rick Rude is a big enough name that he deserves his own separate induction and everyone has long since forgotten that Tori was once part of the stable.
That still leaves four or five supporting slots left to fill for the 2013 WWE Hall Of Fame show. Here's the latest rumours on who will get the nod this year to join Foley and DX in the prestigious event, courtesy of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and PWInsider.com:
- Talks are still ongoing with Bruno Sammartino, the king of MSG from 1963-1980, and Triple H may even personally travel to Pittsburgh to attempt to convince "The Living Legend" to accept the honour. It would be quite the feather in Hunter's cap if he could pull this off, but most think that Bruno will never agree to it while Vince McMahon is still running the company, who he has a longstanding grievance with.
- WWE is also courting Bob Backund, who held the WWE Championship as a babyface from Feb. 20th, 1978 to Dec. 26th, 1983 and as a transitional heel champion in late 1994, and thus headlined MSG more than anyone else who isn't in the Hall Of Fame other than Bruno. Like Bruno, Backlund hasn't accepted yet either.
- Another person WWE has spoken to is Kamala, who was one of Hulk Hogan's biggest drawing opponents of the mid to late 1980s and had a memorable feud with The Undertaker in 1992. He could certainly do with the money, as he's struggled to make ends meet ever since having both his feet amputated and had been relying on charity handouts to get by. However, "The Ugandan Giant" is the type of guy who'll turn down the offer if he isn't given a fair financial deal in his eyes, so he also isn't a lock.
- Also being considered is Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who they may be willing to risk this year, given that he's attempting to turn his life around with the help of Diamond Dallas Page's yoga and is believed to be clean. Of course, being back in the spotlight would be the toughest test of his sobriety to date and WWE may decide it's too soon to chance it.
- The same hitch with the "Macho Man" Randy Savage still remains. The Poffo family says that they'll only allow Savage to go into the WWE Hall Of Fame if his father Angelo and brother Lanny are inducted too, in accordance with his late wishes. With enough big names locked in for the ceremony already, I doubt this will be the year WWE gives in on this sticking point.