WWE Hall of Fame 2015: Early Projections for Next Year's Class of Legends

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2014

WWE Hall of Fame 2015: Early Projections for Next Year's Class of Legends

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    The 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony is over, and what a show it was. At an hour over the original estimated time, the event was packed full of great speeches.

    WrestleMania XXX is Sunday, but people are likely to start speculating about who will be in the 2015 Hall of Fame class.

    Some names are always in the mix, but a few on this list may surprise you.

    This slideshow will look at seven people who could potentially make up the 2015 Hall of Fame class. This is all speculation, so take it with a grain of salt.

Kevin Nash (As Diesel)

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    With Scott Hall being inducted this year and Shawn Michaels having been in for a couple of years, it seems like the next logical move is to induct Diesel.

    Kevin Nash is part of a well-known group of Superstars who were friends backstage and champions in the ring. It almost seems impossible that he wouldn't be in the running.

    He has had a very successful career in WWE and WCW, holding world titles in both and being part of several big matches and storylines.

    As one of the founding fathers of the NWO, Nash is someone who is always going to be a big part of wrestling history, and he is at a point in his life where the Hall of Fame is the last accolade he has yet to achieve.

Randy Savage

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    With Lanny Poffo taking part in WrestleMania events, it seems like the possibility of Macho Man going into the Hall of Fame is greater now than ever.

    Poffo seems to have moved past whatever issues he had with WWE, and even if the whole family doesn't go in with his brother, Lanny would probably be happy to see his brother get a fitting tribute in the end.

    Macho Man is always in the conversation when it comes to names missing from the Hall of Fame, and it will stay that way until he ends up being inducted.

Bam Bam Bigelow

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    The late Bam Bam Bigelow is someone who does not come up very often in HOF discussions, but he should.

    He was a huge part of wrestling, spending quality time in ECW, WCW, WWE and other promotions around the world.

    He headlined WrestleMania XI against Lawrence Taylor, won tag gold with Vader, held titles in several promotions, had a memorable cameo in the movie Major Payne and even saved three children from a burning house while suffering burns on 40 percent of his body.

    Bam Bam Bigelow's signature tattooed skull is one of the most iconic images from wrestling in the '90s, and he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Luna Vachon

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    Another wrestler who is no longer with us but deserves to be in the Hall of Fame is Luna Vachon. Lita paid tribute to her during her induction speech, but many of today's younger fans might be unfamiliar with the name.

    Luna was one of the most unique and frightening women who ever wrestled. She was adopted into the Vachon family by Butcher Vachon, and that meant she had a family legacy to live up to.

    Along with Butcher and Mad Dog Vachon, Luna represents one of the toughest families in wrestling, and she spent time in WWE, WCW and ECW before retiring from the ring.

    She had a mohawk haircut and lines drawn on her head that looked like veins. Combine that with muscles and a crazy personality, and she provided a very memorable character.

    She also managed some of the biggest names in the business like Bam Bam Bigelow, Shawn Michaels, Goldust and Tommy Dreamer.

    Luna Vachon seems like a natural choice for the Hall of Fame. Hopefully the right people in WWE realize that soon.

Sting

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    You all knew he was going to be on the list, so we may as well get it out of the way.

    Sting obviously deserves to be in the HOF, but he has been enjoying the easy schedule of TNA for so long that a lot of young WWE fans might not know who he is—or The Icon could be one of those Superstars who might have the kind of lasting power where everyone is aware of him.

    Either way, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and it seems like something that could actually happen lately.

    He is done with TNA, and if WWE wants a big name to headline next year, he is an obvious choice.

    Sting has yet to step foot in a WWE ring, so hopefully we get at least one match from him before he goes into the Hall of Fame.

Dutch Mantel

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    Wayne Keown has gone by many names. Dutch Mantel, Uncle Zebekiah and Zeb Colter are how fans will know this man, and it is an undeniable fact that he belongs in the HOF.

    He is responsible for the training and promoting of some of the most iconic names in the business, and his time inside and outside the ring has turned him into a living legend.

    As the leader of The Real Americans, we have seen him find a new audience, but he has been part of the wrestling business in one way or another for more than 40 years.

    And the clear choice to induct him is JBL, whom Mantel helped get started in WWE as Justin Hawk Bradshaw back in the day.

The Rock

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    WWE always wants a huge name for the headline slot at the Hall of Fame. While many big names have yet to be inducted, the real megastars are starting to run out.

    The Rock is one of the last people who reached the level of success he had who is not in the Hall of Fame, and unless the winds change, his in-ring career is likely over.

    He would be a huge name to stick on the marquee, but it would also be a well-deserved accolade for The Great One.

    While he did not spend as many years in the business as many of the other huge stars, he left a bigger impact than 99 percent of the men who have stepped through the ropes.

    His speech would be great because he is a great talker, and having him slated for WrestleMania weekend as part of the ceremony means one more match is even likely.

    These are the seven performers who make a good class for the 2015 Hall of Fame. Whom do you want to see inducted next year?

     

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