WWE's Hall of Fame has certainly lost its lustre in recent years, as it has now become the most tedious event over WrestleMania weekend. In fact, it might actually be the most tedious wrestling event of the entire year.
There are a ton of reasons why WWE's Hall of Fame has become such a snoozefest, but instead of focusing on all of them, I want to focus on the three biggest things that would help improve the event from a fan perspective, and from a legitimacy perspective, meaning no more undeserving inductees.
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So, with that in mind, let's get started!
#3 Remove Quotas
It's pretty well-known by now that WWE wants to hit quotas for their Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and unfortunately, the company policy for its HOF inductees has led to a few undeserving inductions.
To sum it up, every year WWE tries to have at least one female inductee, a celebrity inductee and a tag team which has allowed Beth Phoenix, Ivory, Koko B. Ware, The Bushwackers, and Tony Atlas to get into the Hall of Fame. Of course, it goes without saying that all of the aforementioned acts don't really deserve to be in the HOF.
Removing quotas would hopefully ensure that people who didn't have great careers would be kept out of the Hall of Fame. Obviously, WWE won't take anyone out of the HOF, so the people who have already gotten in will stay in, but making this change would limit the number of undeserving inductees from year-to-year.
#2 Limit the number of inductees
Here's the list of all the inductees from this year's WWE Hall of Fame ceremony: Ivory, The Dudley Boyz, Mark Henry, Hillbilly Jim, Kid Rock, Jarrius Robertson, Jeff Jarrett, and Goldberg.
Let's look at it like this, if WWE would've had their Hall of Fame ceremony, but only inducted Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, and Mark Henry, would the event be less successful or draw fewer fans? Probably not.
It shows there's no need to induct 8-10 people into the Hall of Fame every year because it takes too long. Keep it at three to four inductees per year, as that would ensure that the event wouldn't drag on too long, and on top of that, we wouldn't have to see people being inducted who don't exactly deserve it.
#1 25-Minute Speeches
This year's WWE Hall of Fame featured Hillbilly Jim giving a speech which clocked in at about 40 minutes. To put it in perspective, he gave a longer speech than previous Hall of Fame inductees such as Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, and Steve Austin. On top of that, his speech ended up being longer than this year's headliner, Bill Goldberg.
It's pretty clear that some of these men and women don't know when enough is enough, so WWE should institute a 25-minute rule for speeches at the Hall of Fame, and if someone goes over that time limit, even by one second, you send someone out to get them off stage like they did with Mr T back in 2014.
So, if you go with 3-4 inductions every year at 25 minutes (or less) per speech, then you cut the event down from around four hours, to a little under 90 minutes. Sounds much better, doesn't it?
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