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The Most Surprising Inductees in the WWE Hall of Fame

What constitutes a WWE Hall of Fame induction? Is it championships? Or, is it popularity? Can a wrestler get in simply for wrestling for a decade with middling success? Does it matter how well-received said wrestler is in the locker room? What about the behind-the-scenes contributions a wrestler makes to the future of the business? A lot of factors are involved.

At the end of the day, this is a sport where the winners and losers are chosen by someone in a position of power. In that regard, you're always going to run into subjectivity. As long as subjectivity rears its head, questionable inductions are going to exist.

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Razor Ramon

It shouldn't shock anyone that Scott Hall is in the WWE Hall of Fame. He belongs among professional wrestling's elite. But, what's odd about his induction is that it was announced late into Wrestlemania season, and he went in as Razor Ramon. Not Scott Hall. Basically, the WWE didn't make it as big of a deal as they should have. The rumor is that the nWo will eventually be inducted as a group. Hall should get his rightful pomp and circumstance then. But, for now, his spot in the Hall of Fame feels rather inconsequential.

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Rikishi

Rikishi was one of the most popular acts of the Attitude Era. Few acts were as over with the crowd as Too Cool. Few moves were as over as the Stinkface. When the lights went out after a Rikishi victory, the crowds were ready to party. That's what Rikishi was - one big walking party. But, his career isn't as littered with championships as you might imagine. He had one brief run as Intercontinental Champion and three reigns as a tag team champion. The WWE never really got behind Rikishi as a main event player, though. He had one good heel run when he feuded with The Rock. Outside of that, his prime didn't last all that long.

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The Godfather 

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If Charles Wright goes in, I don't think there's any criticizing this induction. Wright's characters include The Godfather, The Goodfather, Kama, and Papa Shango. The man's a legend in his own right and is entertaining no matter which role he plays. But, he didn't go in as Charles Wright. He went in as The Godfather - one short Intercontinental Championship reign and one Tag Team Championship reign with no main event runs to speak of. His presence in WWE for the better part of two decades, along with his locker room presence, is what earned him his spot in the Hall of Fame.

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The Bushwhackers 

The tagline for The Bushwhackers' induction reads, "they won over 20 regional tag team championships in the AWA, NWA, UWF, and Stampede Wrestling." Granted, Butch and Luke had one hell of a 40-year career. They were definitely one of the most popular tag teams of the WWE in the early 1990s. Particularly, kids loved them - doing their trademark dance and dancing around during their entrance. That itself was odd, considering The Bushwhackers were known for incredibly violent and bloody matches wherever they wrestled before WWE. Still, without a single reign as WWE Tag Team Champions, it makes one wonder what exactly they're looking for when inducting tag teams.

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Koko B. Ware 

Ware is an absolute legend in Memphis, Tennessee wrestling history. But, when it comes to the WWE, he was never anything more than a mid-carder. In the early 1990s, he did little more than put over young talent, including tag teaming with a young Owen Hart as a part of High Energy. Now, his charisma, outlandish outfits, and personality are Hall of Fame caliber. But, by putting him in the Hall of Fame, you're essentially saying he belongs in the same class as guys like Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, and Bret Hart. I don't necessarily buy that, and all of this makes it a little unclear as to what exactly the WWE wants its Hall of Fame to be.

It may sound like I'm being critical, but I think it's actually a positive thing to allow wrestlers in who maybe didn't win boat loads of championships or main event handfuls of Wrestlemanias. All of these men dedicated their lives to the WWE, worked hard enough and had enough career longevity to warrant induction. The door has opened for others. We saw it this year with the induction of The Rock n' Roll Express. They never achieved much in WWE, but deserve this recognition. I'm sure we'll see this trend continue, which could bode well for guys like Val Venis, Raven, and Men On A Mission...

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Stoney Keeley is the editor of The SoBros Network and covers the WWE for WrestlingNews.co. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley@WrestlingNewsCo