What is the criteria for inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame?
The totally unexpected induction of New Japan Pro Wrestling über-legend Tatsumi Fujinami in 2015 seemed to herald a sea change of technical performers who largely made their name outside of the company. But in reality, it was perhaps more realistic that A) WWE wished to legitimise the Hall by inducting an overseas performer once per year and or B) Fujinami had a tangential association with the company by holding a title it once recognised many moons ago.
In reality, it's solely Vince McMahon's call, and he is notoriously erratic. To underscore that, Fujinami wasn't followed into the Hall a year later by a fellow Japanese talent, of which there are countless worthy of the honour. Instead, for WWE's non-US born inductees, the company cast their eye in the direction of The Bushwackers. Fujinami they ain't.
As we said, the criteria is erratic.
WWE doesn't tend to induct 10 names at once - and at this rate, with the company still so geared toward nostalgia at the main event level, it might not be able to get away with inducting even five for much longer. But what follows is a series of educated guesses, bearing the massively politicised nature of the institution in mind...