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Bruno Sammartino and the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013

By February 5, 2013

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Two years ago, I wrote an article detailing the five biggest snubs in the Hall of Fame. I guess someone read that article because three of the men originally listed in that article will be at Madison Square Garden when the 2013 induction ceremony takes place. Two of them will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the third has since returned to the ring and will possibly be the reigning WWE Champion when the ceremony takes place.

First off, I'd like to say that it is about time that Bob Backlund and Bruno Sammartino were inducted. As a New Yorker, for the past few days I've been hearing people gripe about Michael Strahan not making it into the NFL Hall of Fame on his first try. Waiting one year is nothing when compared to Bob and Bruno who have been waiting twenty years to give their induction speeches.

Inducting them has also solved a huge credibility problem for the WWE Hall of Fame. With them on the outside while many less qualified wrestlers have been enshrined, many fans viewed the WWE Hall of Fame as a joke and not nearly as prestigious as their baseball equivalent. This year, perceptions might have changed as the WWE has finally inducted the longest reigning and the third longest reigning WWE Champions in history into the WWE Hall of Fame while MLB and the baseball writers have made sure that the all-time hits leader, the all-time home runs leader, and the man to win the most Cy Young Awards won't enter theirs.

As far as Hall of Fame Classes go, this is shaping up to be the best one yet as almost every era of the company has been represented with a top-tier talent. Bruno was the biggest star in the company for two decades and then Bob Backlund carried that mantle for the next five years. Mick Foley was one of the men that helped WWE overtake WCW during the Monday Night Wars while Trish Stratus has been the biggest female star of the new century.

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