Category: 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame

Historical Candidates (Dylan Hales)

ylan Hales (co-host of the Wrestling Culture Podcast and former VOW TNA Impact reviewer) joins Joe and Rich to talk all things historical as we discuss the final category in the 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. Who’s going in? Who’s falling off? Why do current wrestlers love John Tolos and why are The Anderson’s not in yet?!

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Japan Candidates (Alan Counihan)

The great Alan Counihan (host of DKP on WrestlingObserver.com and Fighting Spirit Magazine contributor) joins the show to breakdown the Japan region of the 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame. We discuss the candidacy’s of Akira Taue, Jun Akiyama among others, predict inclusions, who will fall off and discuss some additions to make in the coming years.

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Fixing the Ballot: When to Plead Ignorance in the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame

To the outside world, the conversations we’re having this week about the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame must seem ludicrous. There’s that old adage that if you get it, no explanation is necessary, and if you don’t, then none will do. So there’s no point in even pretending our discussion regarding who “deserves” this “honor” isn’t sort of stupid, right? WRONG!

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Modern US/Canada Candidates (Dylan Hales)

The flagship category of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame — modern United States and Canada and who better to bring on then former Voices of Wrestling TNA Impact reviewer and one of the preminient minds on professional wrestling, Dylan Hales. We discuss the Rock and Roll Express’ long road to the Hall of Fame, who is on the chopping block, if the Fabulous Moolah is the worst candidate on the ballot, why Edge is receiving so much momentum and of course, we’ll talk about the always controversial Sting!

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Australia/Pacific Islands/Caribbean/Africa (Matt Farmer)

The most unique category of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame is the Australia/Pacific Islands/Caribbean/Africa region and who better to break it down than wrestling historian Matt Farmer. We discuss the oddities of the region, the status of Carlos Colon, reasons why he hasn’t gone in already, difference between Australian and New Zealand candidates and much more!

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WON Hall of Fame: Sting’s Candidacy (Shake Them Ropes)

Rob McCarron and Jeff Hawkins, of the Shake Them Ropes audio podcast on Voices of Wrestling Podcast Network, chat for an hour on the WON Hall of Fame candidacy of Sting. We go through the WCW icon’s career, his best matches, his legacy, and reasons why he has such a strong following as well as a strong dissenting base on his WON Hall of Fame portfolio. Sting’s support amongst voters has been waning in recent years, but he’s still a much talked about figure, especially as a possible WWE debut finally draws near.

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Non-Wrestlers (David Bixenspan)

WhatCulture, F4WOnline and Fighting Spirit Magainze contributor David Bixenspan joins Joe and Rich to discuss the Non-Wrestler region for the 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame! This is a category within a category with some very interesting names ranging from “Mean” Gene Okerlund to Jimmy Hart to the promoter and booker ranks with Jerry Jarrett, Jim Crockett Jr and Sr and even wrestling journalism with PWI’s Bill Apter. We discuss who should go in, who we’d vote for, voter trends, possible amendments to the ballot and much more!

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Mexico Candidates (Matt Farmer)

Wrestling historian Matt Farmer joins Joe and Rich to discuss the Mexico region for the 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame! We discuss who should go in, the addition of trios, voter habits, HOF resumes and much more with one of the preeminent historians of this region.

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European Candidates (John Lister)

We’re joined by Fighting Spirit Magazine contributor and British wrestling expert John Lister to talk all about the European candidates on the 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. We discuss best picks to enter the Hall this year, who is in danger of dropping off, the always controversial Big Daddy and much more!

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Gordy List: Brock Lesnar (2014 WON Hall of Fame)

Perhaps the most interesting case of the great unknown of MMA’s place in the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame voting is that of The Beast Incarnate himself, former UFC World Heavyweight Champion, current WWE World Heavyweight Champion and in 2012, a first-timer to the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot: Brock Lesnar.

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Is CM Punk a Hall of Famer?

This year, the always controversial CM Punk makes his debut on the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. Since he was mentioned as a contender in last year’s Hall of Fame issue, there has been a lot of talk about Punk,...

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Introduction & Changes to the Ballot (Observer Hall of Fame)

It’s the first of many Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame podcasts were planning on doing over the next few weeks, in this inaugural episode we’re joined by David Bixenspan of WhatCulture.com, Figure Four Weekly and Fighting Spirit Magazine to introduce the ballot, discuss changes, new candidates and much more!

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