It's been a busy few days for wrestling blogger Brad Shepard. After first 'breaking' the news that WWE were exploring an XFL revival he followed it up with another tweet, supposedly revealing the first five names chosen for WWE's Hall of Fame class of 2018.
Shepard's tweet is entirely sans source, and hasn't been picked up on as widely as his previous exposé, leading the auto-condimenters amongst us to take it with a pinch of salt. Still, there seemed to be some basis to the frankly ludicrous XFL story - albeit substantiated by Deadspin's David Bixenspan - so maybe Shepard's on to something via his mysterious insider.
Nonsense or not, all the names on the list seem perfectly viable, though honestly, at this point pretty much any ex-WWE wrestler who isn't Chris Benoit is a likely candidate. After all, The Godfather qualified, so it's basically a free-for-all.
At least two (technically, three) of the names have wider implications for WWE's future plans on television. One potential inductee is long overdue, another fills a quota, and the final matriculant threatens a horrendous concert. That is, if the list is not complete and utter b*llocks.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.