With the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony scheduled to take place in the “World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden, in New York City on April 6, 2013 (airing as a one-hour special on the USA Network the night after WrestleMania on April 8), several big names with connections to the Garden are being considered as inductees on the biggest weekend on WWE’s calendar, reports F4WOnline.com.
On November 17, 1996 at Survivor Series, a young man by the name of Rocky Maivia made his debut, joining Marc Mero, The Stalker, & Jake “The Snake” Roberts for a 4-on-4 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match at, you guessed it, Madison Square Garden. That young hopeful would go on to be known as The Rock, a major league movie star and nine-time World Champion. Now, one of the most popular Superstars in WWE history is one of the top names considered for the 2013 Hall of Fame and, with “The Great One” already scheduled to appear regularly on WWE television and pay-per-views from January to April and beyond, WrestleMania weekend will be the best time to get The Rock into the Hall of Fame.
Another legend with roots in Madison Square Garden is, probably, one of the most unlikely WWE Superstars in history, Mick Foley. Way before he was known as Mankind, Dude Love, or even Cactus Jack, Foley’s legendary career was inspired by one fateful night in Madison Square Garden. Foley, then a student at the State University of New York, attended a WWE show in MSG. While in attendance, Foley saw Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka dive off of the top of a steel cage onto Don Muraco, a moment that Foley accredits to inspiring him to becoming a professional wrestler. Foley’s path to the WWE from that point is well documented as Foley jumped around to WCW and ECW before finally landing in the WWE, where he garnered success as a three-time WWE Champion and the first Hardcore Champion in the company’s history. Mick Foley was and is one of the earliest considerations for the 2013 Hall of Fame.
In addition to The Rock and Mick Foley, other names being considered include the ten-time WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) and The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags & Brian Knobs), who have won over a dozen tag team titles, including the WWE, WCW, and AWA.
For several years now, the WWE has wanted to induct the late, great Owen Hart into their Hall of Fame, but their plans have consistently been dashed by Owen’s widow, Martha Hart, who is the sole holder of Owen’s estate. Martha places all of the blame on the WWE for Owen Hart’s tragic death in 1999. The eldest Hart brother, Smith, commented on Twitter earlier this year, “Because she blames the wrestling business in its entirety for his death. She is the sole owner of his estate. With Martha, there will never be a way. Perhaps his kids will eventually make the choice, but that’s at least 20 years in the future.” One of Owen’s most famous matches took place in Madison Square Garden, where he defeated his brother, Bret “Hitman” Hart, in an unforgettable WrestleMania match at WrestleMania X in 1994.
As reported on in the past, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events Paul “Triple H” Levesque is really pushing to get Bruno Sammartino inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame and, while Triple H and Sammartino are on good terms, Sammartino is far from being on good terms with WWE’s Chairman and the man responsible for all of the major decisions in the WWE, Vince McMahon. Sammartino has told Triple H that, as Vince is still the man in charge in the WWE, he will never agree to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sammartino has made it known publicly that he believes that Vince has been detrimental to the company that Vince’s late father created, essentially disagreeing with the way that Vince does business. While Vince is not crazy about the idea of inducting one of his biggest detractors, he realizes Bruno’s contributions to the wrestling business, not to mention how much it means to his son-in-law, Triple H.
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