Dave Kaplan on why The Assassins should be in the Hall of Fame



By Dave Kaplan

I’m writing to further support the case for the Assassins as deserving members of the Observer Hall of Fame.

The case is based on the fact that achievements attained by the Assassins are comparable or superior to their colleagues already in the Observer Hall of Fame.

The Assassins were superior workers, worked on top and drew money in multiple territories, and had longevity. Members of the Hall of Fame should be at the top of their craft in at least one key area.  In Joe Hamilton, you had one of the best interviews in the history of the business. 

These credentials should be good enough.  Yet, there is one more intangible to consider.  Based on my understanding of the rules, Mr. Hamilton’s career after the retirement of Tom Renesto is not be considered.  I maintain it should indeed be considered and recognized as further qualifications for the Assassins.

Mr. Hamilton continued to achieve many of the same things that made the Assassins

Hall of Fame worthy.  He wrestled at a high level for at least another dozen years, mostly on top, in multiple territories.  Mr. Hamilton also played a role in several major angles over the years.  He was in the ring for the classic Ole turn on Dusty.  After reading the excellent piece on the history of wrestling on Thanksgiving, I’m reminded Mr. Hamilton participated in the first Starcade and other important Thanksgiving cards.  Mr. Hamilton was a key opponent during the initial stages of the Dusty turn and helped it gain momentum.

You ask anybody who watched Championship Wrestling from Florida in the 70s and 80s and they will tell you Mr. Hamilton is a Hall of Famer. They will cite the unforgettable El Santo angle which popped the territory, his attack of Buddy Colt during the Dusty turn that made him truly hated and who can forget his believable interviews filled with believable sincerity of pure disgust for Dusty Rhodes.

Finally, although I’m a fan and supporter of the Midnight Express, I maintain the Assassins resume is even better or, at worst, comparable based on all the qualifications of a viable Hall of Fame candidate.   We can debate that subject in more depth another day.

David Kaplan

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