So as the year rolls on and we draw closer to Wrestlemania season it’s only natural to turn attention to who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and whilst we know the obvious candidates, we know it’s a matter of when, not if, these top tier candidates will be inducted. But I thought it was time to look at the less obvious stars of today and their claims to be inducted into the greatest achievement in wrestling should they finish their careers right now.

So for the purpose of this article I have removed the obvious top current wrestlers. So we can remove the likes of Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Kane, Triple H, The Undertaker, The Rock, Chris Jericho, John Cena, Randy Orton, Nikki Bella and Natalya. I have also decided to focus on in ring talent so we can also remove the likes of Vince, Shane and Stephanie Mcmahon as well as Michael Cole, JBL, William Regal and backstage workers like Roaddogg, X-Pac, Lex Luger, Fit Finlay, Dean Malenko, IRS, John Laurinitis and Kevin Dunn. Now that all of those are out of the way let’s look at what we have.

Mark Henry

Whilst we know that he is technically retired from professional wrestling and currently working backstage as a producer, I am willing to bend the rules a bit for this certified Hall of Fame career that only finished earlier this year. From his successful powerlifting career to henchman for the Nation of Domination he settled into his ten year contract pretty quickly. His gimmick change to Sexual Chocolate and his weird sex addiction storyline still couldn’t dampen his career. The World’s Strongest Man went on to have a decent feud with The Undertaker before winning the ECW championship before opening his own Hall of Pain on his way to winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Henry has had a certain Hall of Fame career

Goldust

With The Undertaker gone he is the longest active wrestler on the roster and 5 returns to the WWE. Beginning his career switching between WCW and WWF he finally caught on with the fans with the Goldust gimmick in 1995 when he feuded with Razor Ramon and won the Intercontinental Championship. He had stranger and stranger twists on his gimmick until he left for WCW again in 1999. He returned in the 2002 rumble and went on to win the Hardcore belt. He formed his most successful tag team with Booker T not long after and won the tag team belts. He floated from TNA back to WWE and even to New Japan for a while. He came back and teamed with his half-brother Cody and also had a good team with R Truth. Goldust is a definite for the Hall of Fame when the time comes

The Hardy Boyz

I was there for their return at Wrestlemania and to say the place went bananas is a massive understatement. If the Citrus Bowl had a roof I’m sure it would’ve been torn off. These guys need no introduction. They are 6 time tag team champs. They have both had successful singles runs with WWE. They were in the infamous TLC matches. They left in 2009 and 2010 before finding themselves in TNA where Matt revived their careers with their famous broken gimmick. Anyone who was big in the Attitude Era is sure to end up in the Hall of Fame and the Hardy Boyz are no exception

The Miz

With an already Hall of Fame worthy career The Miz is not done yet. He is arguably the best performer on the current roster and he just keeps getting better. From a tough enough competitor to his run in ECW in which he teamed with John Morrison and the birth of their widely popular show, The Dirt Sheet. He went on to make more memorable tag teams with Showmiz, The Awesome Truth and Mizdow, winning titles all along the way and beating Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania. But this 7 time Intercontinental champion, 2 time US champion, 6 time Tag champion and WWE champion will probably be best remembered for his awesome (no pun intended) work with his latest 2 runs with the Intercontinental title. He claims to have brought back prestige to the title and it’s hard to argue with him.

Kofi Kingston

This entry may shock a few people but all I ask is you hear out the facts before you make up your mind. He is a 4 time Intercontinental Champion, 3 time US Champion and a 7 time Tag champion. He is a 10 year veteran who was growing stale in the mid card before joining forces with Big E and Xavier Woods and completely reinventing himself into a member of the most popular and successful tag team in the last 20 years. He has been a memorable tag team wrestler with Evan Bourne, R Truth, CM Punk, Big E and Xavier Woods but he has also been a very decent singles wrestler with his most memorable feud being against Randy Orton. Oh and did I mention that he steals the show every January by creatively avoiding elimination in the Royal Rumble? He may not seem like it at first but Kofi is definitely in the Hall of Fame conversation.

Daniel Bryan

Daniel may have only had a short run in WWE but he has had a huge wrestling career. He is known as a founding father of the now successful ROH. He was known as an Indy star and wrestled at the peak of nearly every known wrestling company in the world including ROH and TNA. When he got to WWE as part of Tough Enough he was essentially buried to the point of being voted off the show. He was fired for being too violent in the initial Nexus invasion but he returned shortly after. He toiled away in the mid card winning the US championship before climbing to the top of the mountain winning the World Heavyweight Championship and was absolutely buried again at Wrestlemania by Sheamus. The WWE universe didn’t sour on him though as he went on to form Team Hell No and become the most popular tag team on the roster whilst winning the tag belts and giving us the birth of the legendary ‘YES’ chant. He beat John Cena for his first WWE championship before being screwed out of it immediately by Triple H. He was involved in a feud with Bray Wyatt leading to a 5 star match at the 2014 Rumble but it was his ever growing popularity that forced WWEs hand leading to him being added to the main event of Wrestlemania and ultimately winning the title in one of the most memorable moments ever. He was sidelined for almost a year before coming back to win the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania 31 before being forced into early retirement and then becoming inaugural GM for Smackdown. Whilst his career was cut short Daniel Bryan caught lightning in a bottle like not even the likes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold or the Rock could.

Charlotte

Ok, so while she may not have the career that some of these other candidates have she has been head and shoulders above the rest of the ‘Women’s Revolution’. She is now a 5 time women’s champion as well as being the first woman to hold the NXT, Divas, Raw and Smackdown women’s championship. She had an amazing streak of Pay Per View victories. She has the history of the Nature Boy on her side along with his influence on Triple H and looking at history it takes a lot less achievements for women to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The lack of genuine candidates for the women’s division means she is already in line for a Hall of Fame induction but considering she has been doing this for less than 5 years I’m sure she will have a far more impressive resume once