There are 183 inductees (including groups and families) currently in the WWE Hall of Fame, which was established in 1993. Every year beginning in 2014, Canadian Bulldog's World has published a list of 50 potential inductees who should be nominated to the HOF but haven't. Since that time, 16 suggestions from our previous lists (Big Boss Man, Bill Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, The Dudley Boyz, The Fabulous Freebirds, Haystacks Calhoun, Hillbilly Jim, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, Larry Zbyszko, Lou Thesz, Randy Savage, Ravishing Rick Rude, Rikishi, The Rock & Roll Express and Sting) have gone on to Hall of Fame induction.
Who's left to receive professional wrestling's top legacy honor? Many people, including wrestlers, managers, announcers, promoters, celebrities and really, anyone else who made a significant contribution to the wrestling industry.
In addition to replacing those that have since received Hall of Fame rings (or their families, in some cases) since 2014, we've also re-ranked the potential recipients as necessary and removed a few that no longer seem quite as important as they did just two years ago. Along these lines, we've removed Daniel Bryan from the list, as his recent return to the ring suggests his active career is very much still in play. All new additions to this list are noted accordingly.
In counting down the Top 50 WWE Hall of Fame Prospects, we looked at the following criteria:
They had to have performed in front of U.S. audiences at some point in their career.
While retirement isn't absolutely crucial for inclusion, they should at least be nearing the final years of their active wrestling career.
They can't be currently working for a competitor (New Japan, ROH, Impact, etc.) in an active, in-ring capacity.
They can't be (living) members of The McMahon Family. Not to say some aren't very deserving in their own right, especially Triple H... but they haven't been inducted in the past.
They can't be Chris Benoit. As Jim Ross and others have pointed out, it's unlikely a clear-headed Benoit would have even wanted himself in there, knowing the legacy he left behind.
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50) Brian Pillman
Brian Pillman was an innovator, both as WCW's first Light Heavyweight Champion and a loose cannon character that often represented the spirit of The Attitude Era. Pillman was also a member of key teams and factions including The Hollywood Blondes, The Four Horsemen and The Hart Foundation
1) The Undertaker
The Undertaker is arguably one of the five most iconic names in wrestling history and is more deserving than anyone else of future inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame. A 30-plus year veteran of the ring and one of its most consistent headliners, The Undertaker's matches with Hulk Hogan, Triple H, The Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Kane and numerous others are the work of a legend - and his WrestleMania streak cemented The Dead Man's wrestling legacy.
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