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Jeff Jarrett named to the WWE HOF

Hell froze over again in the WWE Hall of Fame again as it was announced that Jeff Jarrett will become the next member of their institution.Jarrett was last seen on WWE television in 1999 when he dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Chyna and allegedly held up the company for a large payout (his contract has lapsed the day earlier). When Vince McMahon purchased WCW on that RAW he openly said that Jarrett was “G-O-N-E, Gone” and he was not expected to ever be welcomed back.But as they say, anything can happen in the WWE!The son of former wrestler, Jerry Jarrett, Jeff Jarrett started his career in Continental and moved to the USWA when his father formed the Memphis based promotion when the company merged with the recently acquired World Class. Jarrett would emerge as the number two face behind Jerry “The King “ Lawler and he would win multiple championships there. The USWA would begin a working agreement with the WWF, and Jarrett would debut in late 1993 as “Double J” Jeff Jarrett, an aspiring country musician who was using the organization to propel his music career. He would languish in the mid-card throughout 1994 but would win the Intercontinental Title from Razor Ramon at the 1995 Royal Rumble and with the exception of a brief vacation of the belt due to a controversial ending in a defence to Bob Holly and a two day stint where Ramon had won the back the belt, Jarrett held the title going into the summer of that year.At the In Your House II Pay Per View, Jarrett would pull double duty, first lip-synching his “hit”, “With My Baby Tonight” and would later lose his title (due to botched interference by the Roadie) to Shawn Michaels. Jarrett and the Roadie would leave abruptly after the show due to a pay dispute, but Jarrett would return briefly later in the year, only again to leave without notice. Jarrett would this time go to WCW and after a period of “free agency” would join the Four Horsemen and defeat Dean Malenko for the United States Title, though woul

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The Basketball Hall of Fame announces their 2018 Finalists

As is tradition during NBA All Star Weekend, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the Finalists for this year’s class:The Finalists are:Ray Allen: Allen is a two time NBA Champion (Boston 2008 & Miami 2013) and was a ten-time All Star. Allen is still the all-time leader in three pointers. An All-American at the University of Connecticut (1996), Allen also was a member of Team USA’s Gold Medal win in 2000.Maurice Cheeks: Cheeks was a four time NBA All Star and four time selection for the All-Defensive Team. At the time of his retirement, Cheeks was fifth all-time in both Steals and Assists. Lefty Driesell (Coach): Driesell is to date the only coach to win 100 Games at four different schools. Inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, Driesell has a coaching record of 786-394.Hugh Evans (Referee): Evans was an NBA referee from 1972 to 2001 and officiated nearly 2,000 Games.Grant Hill: Hill was a 19 year veteran who was a First Team All-NBA Selection once and Second Team All-NBA Selection four times. He is also a two time NCAA Champion at Duke and was an Olympic Gold Medalist for Team U.S.A. in 1996.Jason Kidd: Kidd was a ten time NBA All Star and was five times chosen for the First Team All-NBA roster. Kidd also was a four time First Team All-Defensive Selection and is second all-time in the NBA in Steals. He was a two time Olympic Gold Medalist with Team U.S.A. (2000 & 2008) and also is a NBA Champion with the Dallas Mavericks (2011).Steve Nash: Nash was a two time NBA MVP (2005 & 2006) and was a three time First Team All-NBA Selection. Nash was a five time Assists leader and he still is the all-time leader in Free Throw Percentage.Rudy Tomjanivich (Coach): While “Rudy T” has a case to be a Hall of Fame inductee as a player, this nomination is as a coach. Tomjanavich took the Rockets to back-to-back titles (1994 & 1995) and also was the Head Coach for Team U.S.A. at the 2000 Olympics.Chris Webber: Webber was the 1994 NBA

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Ivory to the WWE Hall of Fame

It was announced today (and not a large surprise based on leaks that have been rampant) that Lisa Moretti, who competed in the WWE as Ivory will be this year’s female inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame. Moretti was a member of GLOW in the 80’s where she competed as Tina Ferrari, made her debut in the WWE as the valet of Mark Henry and D-Lo Brown in 1999 (we are deliberately omitting her one off as one of the Godfather’s hos) and winning the Women’s Title twice that year, the first time from Debra McMichael, the second from The Fabulous Moolah.2000 would be her best year in the WWE where she joined the villainous and puritanical Right to Censor faction and she would defeat Lita in a four way match to win the Women’s Title for a third time. She would feud with Chyna over the latter’s posing for Playboy. Their program would culminate in Chyna soundly thrashing Ivory for the title at Wrestlemania X7.Ivory would stay contracted to the WWE for the next few years but was not involved in any major storylines. When she was not wrestling she would occasionally broadcast and also served as a trainer on Tough Enough. Her contract was not renewed in 2005. While Ivory wrestled at a time where most of the women competed in non-athletic gimmick matches, fans knew that Moretti was a decent wrestler and was capable of far more than she was allowed to do and is a genuine pioneer for the female workers of today.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Lisa Moretti for obtaining this honor.

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Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem & Wyld Stallyns enter our Fictitious Rock and Roll HOF

We have been a little late with our official announcement on this but our Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to work on the Class of 2018!If you haven’t noticed already, Wyld Stallyns and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem were chosen for the Class of 2017.If we are to believe fictional rock and roll history, Wyld Stallyns (from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) created music that brought peace throughout the universe. If that is true, then this is a group that should have been inducted immediately!Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem were the house band for the Muppets on their eponymously named show and have appeared in all of their later movies and programs since. More notably, they actually appeared last year in a live performance at a music festival in California. With the induction of these two acts, voting has commenced on our 2018 Class, which you can all vote for here.As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you for your continued support.

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John Mellencamp headlines the Songwriters Hall of Fame

While we don’t rank those who are not in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, it has always been an institution that we have had respect for and report on whenever they have a major announcement. It doesn’t get any bigger for them then when they have chosen a new class!The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Class consists of John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Bill Anderson, Jermaine Dupri, Steve Dorff, Allee Willis and the members of Kool & The Gang.For many (and essentially us) the headliner is John Mellencamp, who is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A legend of the heartland rock scene, Mellencamp had ten top ten hits including a number one with “Jack and Diane”. He also had a number one album (American Fool) in 1982.Alan Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year. The native of Georgia had 38 songs reach the top five on the Country & Western chart. “Whisperin” Bill Anderson, who is also a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (2001) had seven songs go to number one and wrote many hits for other Country musicians. Steve Dorff wrote hits for Eddie Rabitt and George Strait and others and was also successful in writing television shows.R&B mogul Jermaine Dupri wrote or co-wrote many hits for Usher, Mariah Carey and many others. Allee Wills collaborated with Earth Wind & Fire and the Pointer Sisters among others in the R&B field. The members of Kool & the Gang who are inducted are Robert “Kool” bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James “JT” Taylor. The official induction ceremony will take place on June 14.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class.

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If Jim Thome has his way Chief Wahoo will not be on his plaque

Only a few days ago the Cleveland Indians announced that the controversial “Chief Wahoo” will be stricken from the uniform from the 2019 season on. Jim Thome is making sure that it won’t be making another appearance permanently in Cooperstown.Thome, who was inducted in his first attempt and will go in as an Indian is requesting that the “C” will adorn his cap. While the final decision on the hat on the plaque lies with Cooperstown there is no reason to think that there should be an issue. There are fourteen Hall of Famers who went in as Indians and only one (Early Wynn) has Chief Wahoo on the hat. The rest have no logo or a varying version of the “C”.As for why Thome made this decision he had this to say:”I know my decision would be to wear the ‘C’ because I think it’s the right thing to do, I think I need to have a conversation with the Hall of Fame because of all the history and everything involved. I just think that’s the right thing to do.” From our point of view, we applaud the decision of Thome and are again congratulating him on entering the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The 2018 Pro Football HOF Class is announced!

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the latest class and may of those that pundits pegged to be selected will soon receive a new blazer for their closet and their likeness in Canton.Let’s take a look at those who were chosen:While this is not the headliner for most for Notinhalloffame.com we are most thrilled by the selection of Senior Candidate, Jerry Kramer. Kramer had been the only member of the NFL 50th Anniversary Team not be to enshrined and this injustice ended today. Kramer was a two time Super Bowl Champion and five time NFL Champion with the Green Bay PackersRay Lewis and Brian Urlacher were selected both on their first ballot. Lewis was as close to a slam dunk cinch as you could get as he was a former two time Defensive Player of the Year and two time Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens. The Linebacker was also a seven time First Team All Pro.Urlacher spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears where he was a five time First Team All Pro. He was the 2005 AP Defensive Payer of the Year.Brian Dawkins (Weapon X) was also chosen. The Safety was a sixteen year veteran predominantly playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and was a four time First Team All Pro and nine time Pro Bowl Selection. Rounding out the defensive side of the ledger is Robert Brazile, A.K.A., “Dr. Doom”. Brazile went to seven Pro Bowls in a career spent only with the Houston Oilers.Two Wide Receivers were chosen in Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, the two most dynamic and controversial players in that position of their era. Moss gets in on his first ballot while Owens, who actually has better career statistics was made to wait until the third. It is difficult to think that having T.O. wait was not a message.The final inductee is former executive, Bobby Beathard.Those who were not selected were Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae and Everson Walls.We will be revising our Notinhalloffame.com Foot

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Pedro Martinez to headline the 2018 Canadian Baseball HOF Class

Three new additions have been added to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, two of which are very familiar faces to longtime Canadian baseball fans.Pedro Martinez, who is already in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, now enters his second Baseball Hall. The native of the Dominican Republic pitched four seasons (1994-97) for the Montreal Expos where he compiled a 55-33 record with a 3.06 ERA. Martinez would win his first of three Cy Young Awards (1997) as an Expo. Former Toronto Blue Jay, Lloyd Moseby, joins Martinez. Moseby was with the Jays for the entire decade of the 80’s where he was one third of an incredible outfield with George Bell and Jesse Barfield. As a Blue Jay, Moseby would win a Silver Slugger (1983) and had 1,319 Hits with 149 Home Runs. He was also an All Star in 1986.The third inductee is baseball historian William Humber.The induction will take place on June 16th in St. Mary’s Ontario.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest inductees to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Glen Perkins retires

Minnesota Twins closer, Glen Perkins announced on Twitter that after twelve seasons in MLB (all with Minnesota) he will be retiring from the game.Perkins was a 1st Round Draft Pick (22nd overall) in 2004 and he would debut for the Twins in 2006. In 2008 he was a starter but he was relegated to a middle relief role. He would however become a the team’s closer in 2012 and from 2013 to 2015 he was named an All Star and recorded 30 or more Saves.A torn labrum took him out of the lineup for most of the 2016 and 2017 season and he only pitched 10 Games in the last two seasons. The Twins bought out his contract after the ’17 campaign.Perkins retires with an overall record of 35 and 25 with 120 Saves.While we don’t expect Perkins to receive any serious Hall of Fame consideration, should he make the ballot it would be in 2023.We here at Notinhalloffame.com wish Glen Perkins the best in his post-baseball career.

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The Dudley Boys going to the WWE HOF

As been long expected it has been officially announced that the Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray & D-Von) will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.Originally forming in ECW as a collective of “half-brothers from Dudleyville”, Bubba Ray and D-Von were breakout heels and would become the dominant tag team in the Philadelphia based promotion. In 1999, the WWE came calling and unlike previous ECW stalwarts, Public Enemy, the Dudleys got over in the WWE and they became major tag team stars.The Dudleys would participate in the famed TLC Match at Wrestlemania 2000 and would become nine time Tag Team Champions there both as heels and faces and would participate in multiple main events. The duo would be released in 2005 and for a decade they would compete in various promotions, such as New Japan and TNA, and though they were not permitted to go by the Dudleys, they were still an over tandem regardless of wherever they were.They returned last year in a part nostalgia/enhancement role for a one year period.We did not have them ranked as they were active in the WWE last year and were both under 46 (though Bubba Ray is now 46), which is the age that we considered mandatory to rank a wrestler regardless of their activity. The Dudleys were in our Futures section and will be removed when we do our overhaul in the spring.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Dudleys for earning this accolade.