Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:46
Since the Freebirds are in as a group (and in my opinion they should be in) is there a case to be made for the original Horseman, or the Windham Horseman as a group?
Also why do you feel that there is less emphasis on tag teams in the hall of fame (I know in the modern era they are not as important, but in the earlier years tag teams were very important)
Is it possible for you to maybe do an article on the past history and importance of tag team wrestling? (It could possibly help observer voters understand the significant of The Andersons, The Rock & Roll Express, and Midnight Express)
I could be wrong but I can’t help but think that the “modern view” of tag-teams as mid-card players has an impact on how voters look at the tag teams of the past.
DM: Actually I see the Andersons and Rock & Roll Express doing really well in the ballot, just not crossing the finish line. It would be harder for the Dudleys or Hardys, who held a ton of titles but didn't main event as many big shows, although the Dudleys did in ECW. Regarding the Horsemen, the big problem is that if you look at records, how many times did they actually team up together. The Freebirds teamed for years in different territories. The Midnight Express teamed up. The Horsemen were a revolving group where, except for rare occasions, they didn't work much as a four-man team. I could definitely see Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson as a team, since they were one of the best teams of the last 30 years, but the teams that make it are those who actually teamed up in a lot of matches, not just a few.
Just like to say how absorbing I found the Hall of Fame show, and it got me thinking - with the evolution of wrestling in North America seemingly edging towards television and rights fees being the greater focus than house shows and PPV numbers, do you see a possibility in the not too distant future of a factor of consideration for the ballot (or even induction) being drawing ratings? If so, do you think there are any wrestlers not in the Hall of Fame who may find their cases strengthened by this?
All the best,
DM: People should be evaluated based on what is important at the time. Today it is a lot harder to define, but a long successful run on top is impressive because there are less spots on top with major companies than any time in history.