On today's Pardon My Take, Triple H joins the show once again. The business executive, professional wrestler, and actor chatted with Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter about Wrestemania week, Vince McMahon squatting, and much more around the WWE universe. One interesting topic that was also brought up was regarding the Hall of Fame selection process. What are the qualifications to make it, and how does one get picked? Triple H answered those questions below:
Mr. Cat: So, one of my favorite parts about Wrestlemania is the Hall of Fame. And Kane is getting inducted this year, one of my favorite wrestlers of all time. How does the Hall of Fame voting process work? Because we like to make fun of, like Baseball Hall of Fame. They're all just old writers who are, you know, stuck up their own ass. Who decides the Wrestling Hall of Fame? How does that go down?
Triple H: So there's a lot of people that put in suggestions on it from within the company, so writing teams, you have people in television production. So across the board, there's a lot of people putting input into it and then it gets whittled down by different departments until we get to a base of more people than we need. And then Vince makes the final call on where it's going to go from there.
Mr. Cat: I love that. So, it's Vince. He gets to decide.
Mr. Commenter: It's like whoever will get the highest ratings, Vince is going to put those guys in.
Triple H: To a degree, I think it's a little bit of that. You know, Vince looks at Hall of Fame as, or, WWE looks at Hall of Fame as a moment of entertainment as well. So, it's not just about who's going to go in that moment. It's a part of a show.
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Mr. Cat: But all Hall of Fames should be like this, that's what I was getting at. If you're the commissioner, if you're the president, if you're the owner, you basically become God. Vince McMahon gets to be God. And he's like, all right, you're in, you're out. And that's how it should be. Not writers, none of this other stuff. It's just one person deciding all of it.
Triple H: You know, it's a funny thing for me whenever I see stuff like that, I watch people go, well, who decides this? And why is it decided that way? And it's so biased. It's terrible. But anybody that decides, if you let one person decide, it's always biased. Because at that point, it's just opinion. Music Hall of Fame, what's good music? It's opinion. You know, so all those things become opinion. Who should be in, who shouldn't be in, it's all opinion. I guess to your point, at the end of the day, if it's your gig, you get to have the opinion.
Well, there you have it. There may be some recommendations, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to Vince McMahon. And I agree with this approach. Baseball writers have a lot of power, and as much as I love sticking up for Big J's, someone in Vince McMahon's position should be deciding who is a Hall of Famer and who isn't. Good for the WWE.