The Stomping Ground: A Hall of Fame Conundrum
by Mike Gojira on March 18, 2011

Greetings, one and all! It is I, your esteemed host, Mike Gojira and I’m back with another mind-blowingly stupendous (read: mediocre) column.

This week I thought I’d take a look at a situation that pops up this time every year (not The Situation, who ABSolutely bombed at the Trump Roast). The Hall of Fame is upon us and as always everyone gripes about who should be in and who will never see a wing in this non-existent building dedicated to them. Now, everyone always brings up the usual suspects: Macho and Elizabeth, Benoit, the Gobbledygooker, the Shockmaster, the Legion of Doom, Harvey Whippleman…the list of ring greats goes on. However, here are some people that I believe deserve entry for one reason or another, so hear me out.

The Referees
Not once have I EVER heard a case for putting officials in the HoF. We’ve got this wrestler and that wrestler, this celebrity and that celebrity, but never guys like Mike Chioda or “L’il Naitch” Charles Robinson. It’s obvious why Earl, Dave, and Brian Hebner are an afterthought since they’re currently on the outs with Vinnie Mac, but what about long time referees like Robinson, Chioda, Jimmy Korderas, Nick Patrick, and Tim White? You can’t honestly tell me that they aren’t an integral part of a match. They do much more than take a minor bump and pretend not to see a legal tag. Referees help set up spots, assist in calling audibles, and are trained to officiate. They put in years of service and often call more than one match in a night. They are truly the unsung heroes of this business and it’s a shame they have yet to be represented with a single induction.

Jim Johnston
This man is an icon in the WWE. He has produced over a bajillion theme songs over the years and is long overdue for HoF treatment.

Donald Trump
Trump has been at odds with McMahon onscreen more than any other celebrity guest. He started the Guest Host stint (I know, not something I want to remember either), participated in Wrestlemania in a Hair vs Hair match with McMahon (represented by Babyhead Lashley), and I’m sure wouldn’t hesitate to show up in the near future.

Lawrence Taylor
The man main-evented Wrestlemania XI against Bam Bam Bigelow, but unfortunately is currently involved in some legal trouble. Unless he’s found innocent, there’s no way he’s going in. What a shame.

Mr. T
Allegedly, T was upset that he was snubbed for Pete Rose as the first celebrity inductee. I would be too, but come on. Both sides need to get over this and make up.

Since there is a tag team wing, why not a faction wing? The Four Horsemen would be a lock as the first faction inducted as well as, if you want to include them as a faction, The Fabulous Freebirds. If the entire Von Erich clan can get in at the same time, why not?

Any other non-wrestlers or factions you’d like to see inducted? Hit me up with your thoughts in the comments.

Random Thoughts
As has been previously mentioned by two of my colleagues in The Rager and No Chance, Smackdown seems to be more about promoting Raw’s feuds for Wrestlemania than their own. Honestly, there are three matches from the Smackdown card (Big Show vs The Corre, Edge vs Del Rio, and Rey vs Cody) and 60 minutes of Smackdown is often dedicated to recapping The Rock/The Miz/John Cena. We get that USA is more widely viewed than SyFy (can’t believe I just typed that), but isn’t that all the more reason to promote SMACKDOWN? To get more eyeballs glued to the TV? To speak in questions, like a Valley Girl?

Rock’s promo to start off Raw on 3/14 was going well until they started to play that shitty “serious background music” (forever known as SBM) because evidently the fans are too stupid to understand that he’s angry now. WTF? I thought that shit was reserved for Kane’s promos. Speaking of which, either regain the rights to Kane’s previous theme or bring back the old creepy one. I’m tired of the generic version that makes it seem like the ‘E doesn’t want to put any more effort into his character (Jim Johnston, I’m looking at you).

Cheap Plugs
Aside from my fellow columnists mentioned above, here are some of the best currently up this week:

Our Roundtable ringleader Kelly Floyd has a great 10 Thoughts article on EXW you can find right here.

Chantal is back with her latest Hotties ‘n’ Notties if you click on the red font.

My pal Pulse Glazer has returned from reporting week-old news to deliver a eulogy for Norine Stice. It’s a good, heart-felt read.

Until next week….so long, and thanks for all the fish.

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  • JJ

    I would love to know how they even go about selecting members for the hall of fame. I was looking at the list and there is some questionable talent in there.
    1. must be on good terms with Vince.
    2. never had bad publicity, unless you made vince alot of money.
    3. Your schedule isn’t busy and you can show up to the hall of fame ceremony.
    4. You have a project to promote.

    They need a jobber wing and it will only have 1 guy in it, Iron Mike Sharp, that guy was on superstars everyweek, always grunting and growling.

  • JJ

    Oh wait! they have a jobber wing already and it contains Koko B ware!

  • Kyle Sparks

    I’ll probably get in trouble from SOMEONE for this and likely be accused of not knowing my stuff, but any list of referees would be empty without former NWA official Tommy Young.

    He did the Steamboat/Flair matches, and actually did referee a couple of matches in WWE on Raw during the so-called NWA-invasion of the late 90s, as “the NWA official.”

  • Steven Gepp

    Iron Mike Sharpe was a legend! Leave Iron Mike alone!

  • CB

    Great read Mike, been saying that about the refs for years. Watch Lil Naitch during the matches he officiated, he moves, he bobs his head, makes his counts, calls audibles he gets from the earpiece, it’s really an art form.

    As for jobber hall of fame: Barry Horowitz and Conquistador # 12

  • flamingwombat

    Jobber HoF

  • flamingwombat

    …demands Iron Mike Sharp, Tiger Chung Lee, Mario Mancini, and Jose Luis Rivera.

  • sideshowbob

    Horowitz, Sharp and Barry O have GOT to go in as a trifecta..
    Just since they havent been mentioned yet.. Abe Knuckleball Schwartz and Xanta Klauz..

  • Mike Gojira

    How about Glacier?

  • Aaron Glazer

    For the record, Koko had one of my ten favorite Flair matches ever. He was a jobber, not a bad worker (Koko in Memphis, Jake in Mid-South and a 2/3 Falls with Jumbo go along with the mostly obvious stuff).

  • CB

    Two more:

    Induct “Local Jobber” and have someone represent them on stage while inviting all of them to the ceremony.

    Induct Jim Powers!!!!!

  • JJ

    Mr. Gepp, I agree Iron Mike was a legend, in no way was I mocking him. He was always entertaining in the ring.

    How bout Owen Hart, he will probably eventually be inducted but he had 2 great characters as Owen Hart one of the great heels and as the blue blazer.

  • Mike Gojira

    Owen will most likely be inducted the next time Mania takes place in Canada.

  • CB

    Not if Martha has anything to say about it.

  • sideshowbob

    Well I’m gonna shoot the rest of my credibility on this one.. He was at a Wrestlemania, was on a commentary on Raw, announced in WCW, wrestled in WCW, brought you Debra, and was a member of the 4 Horseman, Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael..

  • Mike Gojira

    Let’s go out back, Old Yeller. I’ll put you out of your misery.

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