5 Female superstars who should be inducted into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame

Paige: Will 2020 be her year?
Paige: Will 2020 be her year?
Paul Benson

The WWE Hall of Fame came into existence in 1993, thirty years after the company's inception, as a breakaway organization from the National Wrestling Alliance.

It was principally introduced to acknowledge and pay tribute to the recently deceased Andre the Giant. Full Hall of Fame classes followed in 1994, 1995 and 1996 before the ceremony was discontinued until 2004 when it was resurrected to coincide with the twentieth edition of WrestleMania.

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In 1995, The Fabulous Moolah became the first female performer who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Moolah had dominated women's wrestling for decades and it made sense that she would warrant induction. Although in recent years, her unsavory methods to keep herself on top were publicly revealed.

It wasn't until 2006 that the second female performer, Sensational Sherri was enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Since then, WWE has inducted sixteen more female performers into its Hall of Fame classes. With the Women's Revolution in full swing in WWE in 2019, it is likely that far more female performers will be rewarded inductions in the future. Members of the current roster such as Ronda Rousey, who is already a UFC Hall of Famer, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Becky Lynch would be leading candidates and potential class headliners in future.

In 2019, WWE inducted three; Torrie Wilson, Chyna, as part of D-Generation X and Luna Vachon as part of the Legacy Wing.

There are plenty more deserving female performers who deserve induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Will 2020 see more than three women take their rightful place in the Hall. It won't be long until we find out.

This slideshow looks at five female acts who are leading candidates for induction in 2020.

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#5 Miss Elizabeth

Miss Elizabeth: The first lady of wrestling during the late 1980s and early 1990s
Miss Elizabeth: The first lady of wrestling during the late 1980s and early 1990s

The fact that Miss Elizabeth, the first lady of wrestling in the 1980s is not yet in the WWE Hall of Fame is a true travesty.

The likely reason that she is not yet enshrined is almost entirely due to the tragic manner of her death.

Elizabeth died on May 1, 2003, due to an accidental overdose of painkillers mixed with alcohol. She was just 42.

Prior to her untimely demise, Elizabeth had managed her real-life husband, Macho Man Randy Savage to the Intercontinental and WWE Championships and was a major part of many of WWE's most famous moments from the mid-1980s to early 1990s.

Elizabeth had a second career in WCW, beginning in January 1996, where she was once again united with Savage, despite their real-life divorce several years earlier. She managed Savage and Ric Flair before she wound up as a member of the nWo.

She remained in the company until 2000 when her contract expired.

For a generation of fans, Miss Elizabeth is the female performer they remember more than any other. Her Hall of Fame spot is guaranteed. Maybe her induction will finally arrive in 2020.

#4 The Bella Twins

The Bella's: Hall of Fame worthy
The Bella's: Hall of Fame worthy

The Bella Twins are seen backstage as WWE royalty owing to their long tenures with the company and their great success in WWE's reality shows, Total Divas and Total Bellas.

Brie and Nikki debuted in 2008 and became renowned for their "Twin Magic" routine where during a match, the non-wrestling Bella would hide under the ring and at an opportune time would switch places with the competing Bella to earn an advantage in a match.

Both women have been the Divas Champion, with Brie holding the title once and Nikki, twice.

Now officially retired, the pair would appear to be leading candidates for induction.

Nikki's second Divas title reign is the longest in the belt's history, holding the strap for 301 days, six days longer than AJ Lee, who had previously been the division's standard-bearer.

Nikki dropped the strap to Charlotte Flair on September 20, 2015, in something of a passing of the torch moment to the current era of women's wrestling in WWE. Nikki was also one half of the main event of the first-ever all-female WWE pay-per-view, Evolution opposite Ronda Rousey.

With their mainstream fame and long WWE careers, it is not a question of if the Bella Twins will be inducted. It's just a question of when.


#3 Sable

Sable: Was WWE's biggest female star from 1998-99
Sable: Was WWE's biggest female star from 1998-99

Before she retired to Brock Lesnar's farm in the 2000s, Sable was one of the hottest acts in all of wrestling in 1998-99.

Despite her poor acting skills and limited in-ring ability, Sable's dazzling looks catapulted her to the top of the industry.

Sable made her debut in WWE at Wrestlemania XII in March 1996, accompanying Triple H to the ring for his match with The Ultimate Warrior. She then began managing her then real-life husband Marc Mero before she became an important character in her own right in late 1997 as she split on-screen from Mero when she overshadowed him in popularity.

Her in-ring debut shortly followed at Wrestlemania XIV. Luna Vachon made Sable look like a Superstar, carrying her inexperienced foe to a top-class performance in the famous mixed tag team match, in which Sable partnered with Mero against Goldust and Vachon.

Sable won the re-activated Women's Championship at the 1998 Survivor Series in a decent effort versus champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Jacqueline. Her reign lasted until May 1999, when she was stripped of the belt, live on television in 1999's version of the Montreal Screwjob. Ironically, Shawn Michaels was involved once again as the then Commissioner reversed the finish of a bout which Sable had just won over Debra.

Sable left the company shortly afterward and filed a lawsuit against WWE, leaving on extremely bad terms.

Sable surprisingly returned in 2003 for a short-lived run as a non-wrestling character before disappearing from the limelight completely in 2004.

Sable's star power was rivaled only by Stone Cold, The Rock, and Bill Goldberg during her 1998-99 peak and for that reason alone, she is worth her spot in the Hall of Fame.


#2 Bull Nakano

Bull Nakano: Will WWE see fit to enshrine her in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2020?
Bull Nakano: Will WWE see fit to enshrine her in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2020?

Bull Nakano may be unfamiliar to the modern wrestling audience in the West but rest assured, there are few more deserving female performers for a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Nakano retired way back in 1997 but returned for a one night only event in 2012 when she re-enacted many of the most famous matches and moments from her glittering career.

Nakano wrestled for WWE between 1994 and 1995, wherein she reigned as Women's Champion for 134 days, bridging reigns from WWE Hall of Famer, Alundra Blayze.

Prior to her journey to the West, Nakano wrestled primarily for All Japan, contesting blistering matches the likes of Aja Kong and Akira Hokuto. She held the All Japan Women's Championship for three years between 1985 and 1988.

WWE may not induct her into the main portion of the Hall of Fame due to her less than stellar profile in the States, but she must be a leading candidate for induction into the Legacy Wing.


#1 Paige

Paige: Would be the youngest WWE Hall of Famer ever
Paige: Would be the youngest WWE Hall of Famer ever

At only 27 years of age, Paige may seem like an unlikely candidate for a Hall of Fame berth, but the English born star has now been retired from in-ring duties for almost two years. Her surgically repaired neck does not appear to be up to the rigors of an in-ring return and the likelihood is, despite her young age, that she will never wrestle again.

Prior to her untimely retirement, Paige had reigned as Divas Champion twice and was one of the leading forces behind the Women's revolution in WWE.

In April 2018, Paige was named General Manager of the SmackDown brand; a position she held until December 2018 when the McMahon family returned to take the reigns of both Raw and Smackdown with no General Managers.

In 2019, Paige managed The Kabuki Warriors, curiously, before they found success as Women's Tag Team Champions. She has also guest commentated on several matches and events and is clearly well-liked by WWE top brass despite her lack of a clear role.

She is currently working as a regular contributor to Fox's WWE Backstage show wherein she passes her opinions on the latest happenings within the company.

2019 also saw the release of a biopic on her life story, "Fighting With My Family" which starred such A-list stars as The Rock, Vince Vaughn and Nick Frost, which was very well received by critics and audiences.

Paige has been a part of the WWE system for almost a decade and the time is right for her to be permanently enshrined in history as a WWE Hall of Famer.

Edited by Shruti Sadbhav

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