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5 former WWE Champions who need to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

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#4 Ivan Koloff

Ivan Koloff: Ended Bruno Sammartino's record WWWF title reign
Ivan Koloff: Ended Bruno Sammartino's record WWWF title reign

It is quite incredible that Ivan Koloff does not have a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. Had he not passed away in February 2017, there is every likelihood that we would have been enshrined in the main ceremony in 2017 or 2018.

The 2019 Hall came and went with no mention of Koloff yet again.

However, he is more than worthy. Koloff is most famous for being the man to end Bruno Sammartino's record-breaking seven-year reign with the WWWF Championship (the forerunner to the WWE Championship, currently held by Kofi Kingston).

On January 18, 1971, Koloff defeated Sammartino to lift the strap to the sound of stunned silence in Madison Square Garden. Sammartino famously stated that he believed he had gone deaf due to the lack of noise. Koloff's reign was a transitional one as he dropped the title to Pedro Morales the following month.

However, despite the brevity of his solitary title run, the significance of the reign that he terminated ensures that Koloff is one of the biggest omissions from WWE's Hall of Fame.

Koloff enjoyed a long career before and after his title run for many different companies and was a superstar everywhere he went.

This induction is long overdue and perhaps it will finally happen in 2020.



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