It appears that WWE are ready to cause controversy with the televised sections of this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony.
Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio recently that the company will only televise the inductions of Bruno Sammartino, Trish Stratus and Donald Trump, snubbing Mick Foley, Booker T and Bob Backlund.
Already, many have reacted strongly to the news, wondering how Mick Foley – one of the main reasons for WWE’s rise in the late 90s and a former three-time WWE champion – could be left off the special, particularly in favour in Trump. Now of course, Trump does bring a level of celebrity to the occasion, something WWE has always been fond of, but it still seems mind-boggling that Foley would be left off the broadcast.
Admittedly, they only have an hour of TV time to work with, and Sammartino’s induction does deserve prime billing, but are Trish Status’ and Trump’s inductions really worthy of limited airtime as opposed to one of the wrestlers responsible for so much success during the company’s much-vaunted Attitude Era? Another thing to remember is that Trish is being inducted by Stephanie McMahon, while Trump’s induction is being handled by Vince McMahon? Have we just found our answer to why those inductees’ moment in the spotlight will get the TV coverage?
Foley has commented on the reports on his Twitter account tonight;