#TWDSPORTS : WWE Hall of Fame: Class of ‘13

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There are certain hallmark moments that you can’t place a price tag on. The WWE Hall Of Fame is that defining priceless moment that holds celebration and admiration from peers in sports-entertainment.

It personifies exceedingly unique, once in a generation performers who embody undying persistence, larger-than-life attitude, unbridled passion and a model of consistency.

 

It’s about those fierce, relentless competitors who pave the way for a trail of next generation imitators; whilst sailing to immortality.

Like a vocational endeavour in life, it’s not about who’s most naturally gifted…It’s more so the tenacious individual who seeks to make the sacrifice, and assuming reliability in completing the task. It’s about the men and women who are willing to run with the ball harder than they could envision, even when doubt attempted to overshadow.

The championship title echelons in sports-entertainment are equitable to promotional incentives; whether it be in the oval office in Washington, D.C, or on the frontline manufacturing autos in Detroit, Michigan…Dreams do come true.

These five iconic superstars now join and elusive club – WWE Hall Of Fame. 

 

Booker T

Booker T grew up in poverty in Houston, Texas; and later led a life that led to incarceration. Booker T epitomized the spirit of the American dream in becoming one of sports-entertainments most widely-respected and supremely talented all-around superstars of his generation; as Booker found – pun intended – guided hope against the ropes. An invigorating African-American pure athlete; Booker T’s decorated title reigns, trademark catchphrases, consummate professionalism and inimitable one of a kind style undeniably ushered the doors of opportunity for current Black WWE superstar: Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, David Otunga, Brodus Clay, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil. Now can you dig that?

 

Donald Trump

Entrepreneurial genius Donald Trump came out on top of the hair versus hair, battle of the billionaires with WWE chairman Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania 23.

 

Initially, before the egomaniacal feuding came to full fruition, McMahon and Trump collaborated in promoting Wrestlemania 4 and Wrestlemania 5 at TrumpTowers in Atlantic City, NJ; which successfully showcased the savvy marketing acumen of Donald Trump in the world of sports-entertainment; in the golden-era where Trump staged iconic ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson bouts during the Catskill, New York-native sluggers heyday.

Prior to the events at TrumpTowers, the predominate casino-oriented demographic were treated to never-before-seen fan access during Wrestlemania weekend in a PR-bid to bolster ticket sales and generate finer fan interest. Trump is a business icon who will provide you with two infamous words if you stand in the path of his vision.

 

Trish Stratus

Toronto-native Trish Stratus carved out reputable six year domination in sports entertainment (2000-2006); with six WWE Women’s Championship title reigns to her name. A former glamour fitness model turned sports-entertainer, Stratus shattered barriers which had previously restricted and undermined the importance of female athletes in WWE, with her overwhelming popularity, beloved persona, Barbie doll beauty and pursuit of perfecting her craft…It’s time to rock and roll.

 

Mick Foley

Mick Foley – New York Times best selling author, three time WWE Champion, and now – a stand-up comedian. The three faces of Foley in Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love; which were conceived by the larger-than-life persona from Long Island, seemingly stirred the passionate emotion of the WWE universe in every promotion he worked (WWE, ECW, WCW).

Foley’s barbaric hardcore style, intensely cutting-edge promo skills and natural ability to elevate talent to the next plateau in their career marks irrefutably valid reasons why ‘The Hardcore Legend’ finally belongs in the WWE Hall Of Fame.

 

Bruno Sammartino

At age fourteen, Bruno Sammartino spent fourteen months hiding from Nazis in the mountains of Abruzzi, Italy. During his stay, rheumatic fever almost claimed the life of the future WWE Champion. After much adversity, Sammartino moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to begin a new life with his family. Bullyism plagued the Italian, who decided to combat the naysayers by training daily at a hard knocks YMCA gym. The rest as they say is history. Sammartino didn’t possess the magnetic charm of The Rock, or the technical mechanism of Daniel Bryan., but Sammartino did hold the brute strength of an ox (bench press: 569pds – Dead lift: 700 pds – squat: 715 pds) and the heart of a champion.

 

Bob Backlund

All-American Minnesota native Bob Backlund brought his collegiate, boy-next-door, traditional, technical-based style to the WWE forefront two decades before 1996 Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle dreamed of transitioning to the squared-circle, a decade before Scott and Rick Steiner were disposing NCAA competition at the University of Michigan, and before current WWE superstar and collegiate standout Jack Swagger was even born. Backlund competed in the golden era of WWE; that saw the long-reigning champion go one-on-one with a pantheon of all-time greats.

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WRITTEN BY :  Dean Perretta [ @Dean2185 ]

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