10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About The Godfather

Light up a fatty for this pimp daddy and 2016 WWE Hall of Famer!

Last week we exclusively revealed some of the remaining inductees comprising the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016 would be. The name that stood out on that list, at least for me, was The Godfather. Real name Charles Wright, The Godfather gimmick graced WWE screens between 1998 and 2000 before coming back briefly in 2002. In the years since, WWE have wheeled him out every now and again for a special appearance, such as a guest spot in the Royal Rumble. This week, The Godfather confirmed on his Twitter account that he was going into the Hall. The name jumped out at me because Charles Wright did not, in the opinion of many, have a Hall of Fame career. The Godfather was certainly a memorable character, with his catchy entrance music, outlandish gimmick and eminently quotable catchphrases, but a Hall of Famer? He's a former Intercontinental Champion, yes, but so are a lot of other midcarders from those halcyon days. They don't all warrant an induction into the Hall of Fame. Never possessing the talent for a main event spot, The Godfather recognised his limitations and WWE knew how and where to present him, too - he was the perfect opening match guy, someone you put on first at house shows to get a pop and warm up the crowd. He never had anything resembling a classic match and wasn't involved in any particularly outstanding storylines, but fans still remember him, and that's a crucial thing to remember. He was over. Besides, with Koko B. Ware in the Hall, it's really redundant at this point to talk about merit. What is worth talking about, however, are the things WWE don't want us talking about and, while never a backstage politician or a pill-popping hell-raiser, there's plenty about The Godfather's WWE career that they won't want you to remember. Who fancies a trip down memory lane, via the Ho Train?

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