100 Wrestlers NOT In WWE Hall Of Fame - Ranked

Ranking The Rock, Vince McMahon, Sable, and other legends missing from WWE's Hall of Fame.

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The ground rules for a list such as this are likely to stir as much debate as the rundown itself, but it's telling that the most ludicrous collection of legends could trigger such a spirited discussion.

Most discerning wrestling fans spend 11 months of the year noting how riddled and diddled Vince McMahon's Hall Of Fame is before donating 30 days to screaming their voices hoarse for a favourite that may not yet have made the cut.

In recent years, the Hall as said hello and goodbye to Hulk Hogan, welcomed a beloved female in only via male-dominated trojan horse and afforded midcard punchline Hillbilly Jim 40 minutes to knock out anecdotes without endings.

Playing out in the dystopian ThunderDome, this year's combined 2020/2021 ceremony will welcome the Bella Twins and Jushin 'Thunder Liger' alongside Kane and The Great Khali. The Hall of Fame is as bananas as WWE itself, and the criteria as obtuse as ever.

WWE is blitzing through potential Class headliners so quickly there won't be any left in five or six years Still, That there were more than 100 candidates for this list highlight how much work is still to be done.

100. Taka Michinoku

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Why They SHOULD Be In:

A 315-day reign as WWE's first Light Heavyweight Champion brought an underrated fun factor to the company's midcard scene. Though he didn't peak as a wrestler until leaving the company, Taka's two matches with his mentor, The Great Sasuke, in 1997 stand among the era's finest hidden gems, and he'd later transition into a new role as an effective undercard comedy act with Kaientai. Indeed.

Why They AREN'T In:

He hasn't wrestled for WWE since 2002 and was a jobber for much of his time there, with most of his best work going down in smaller promotions like Michinoku Pro and Kaientai Dojo.

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