After a wrestler has captured championship gold, toured the
world, evoked emotion from millions of fans, and has their face plastered on
questionable merch, for many, the only thing left for the final act of a wrestling career
is a place in WWE’s Hall of Fame.
It has been a gripe of fans and industry insiders outside of
the WWE machine that the Hall of Fame does not have a physical location. Some argue
that this somewhat cheapens the honour and reduces it to the evening of the ceremony
and a HOF tag on a wrestler’s convention sign. Even if it is imaginary, many of
wrestling’s most desired trinkets are (see Vince McMahon’s brass ring), it remains the end goal for many a performer.
A Hall of Fame induction has become a rite of passage for
countless wrestlers, cementing them as legends. The ceremony itself allows
for the honoured to thank their colleagues and fans, and for them in turn to
show their appreciation.
However, some wrestlers have more personal reasons why they refused a Hall of Fame nomination, turning down an opportunity that countless others would jump through hoops for...