The WWE Hall Of Fame was established to celebrate the great and good of the professional wrestling world and enshrine their legacies forever. Now Jim Ross, an inductee into the WWE Hall Of Fame himself has discussed why he thinks it’s only a matter of time before a former two-time world champion is inducted himself.
Lex Luger competed in the World Wrestling Federation from 1993 until his departure in 1995. Although Luger had a relatively short stay in the company, he is best remembered as an All-American hero who bodyslammed the mighty Yokozuna on the 4th of July 1993.
In the wider wrestling world Lex Luger is probably best known for his runs as WCW World Champion which came either side of his stint in the WWF. Luger first won the title at The Great American Bash in 1991 before memorably defeating Hollywood Hogan on Monday Nitro. Nitro was the home to another landmark moment in Luger’s career as he shocked the world when he defected from the WWF to WCW and made his first appearance back in the company unannounced on the inaugural edition of Nitro.
Luger’s life has not been without controversy however. He was charged with thriteen felony counts of drug possession following the death of Miss Elizabeth at the home they shared together. Ultimately Luger was fined $1000 and sentenced to five years probation with Elizabeth’s death ultimately being ruled accidental.
Now Jim Ross who joined the WWF a few short months after Luger in 1993 has spoken about the possibility of Lex Luger being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame on his Grilling JR podcast.
For Jim Ross, he believes it is only a matter of time before Luger gets his moment in the sun:
“I believe that Lex Luger will be in the WWE Hall of Fame. I think it will be a popular decision when it occurs because he’ll be allowed, in his two or three minutes he’s allocated, which we’ve talked about before is ridiculous. Don’t induct so damn many people. Have a manageable number of people so they have the appropriate time, using common sense and logic, to tell their story. He’s got a hell of a story to tell.”
“So, I believe that Lex will be in the WWE Hall of Fame at some point in time. That’s just my take on it. I don’t have any insider knowledge and all that good sh*t, I haven’t talked to Dave or anybody else about it. I think cooler heads will prevail at some point in time and he’ll be inducted. But, I think this burning of the bridges, how he conducted himself on his exit, things like that contributed to him. But if they want to tell stories and they want a visual, Lex obviously thank God still alive, here’s a guy that can be rolled onto the stage to tell his story. He’s in a wheelchair. So, if you’re looking for a story, this could be a great story. A story of success because Lex found true happiness in his faith and many heathens don’t give a shit about faith to any degree.”
“So, I think he’ll be in and I think it’ll be a great induction. I truly believe that. I think it’ll be great. So, we’ll see, but I think that some old wounds just don’t heal as quickly as others. When you embarrass the company to some degree and look, here’s the thing, Vince put the Warrior in, so I don’t know that Lex did anything more egregious by a long shot than the Warrior did to WWE. Do they still have that Warrior Award? And you and I are discussing Luger going to the Hall of Fame? It’s a no-brainer. I think Vince is smart enough to know. He didn’t like posthumous inductions and I — but it’s a story, it’s a real story that he didn’t write I just think there’s a lot of reasons you would do it.”
Mick Foley, another inductee into the WWE Hall Of Fame has also called for Lex Luger to be given the recognition he believes Luger’s career deserves with his own induction in the Hall Of Fame.