Bam Bam / Hall of Fame
January 23, 2007
I was rather annoyed this week with an email I received regarding my comments that it would be a nice tribute to Bam Bam Bigelow if WWE inducted him into the Hall of Fame this year. The email basically stated that Bam Bam shouldn’t be put in this year because, “If he hadn't died, he wouldn't have been inducted. So why induct him just because he died? Is dying really something that people deserve to be remembered for?”
This annoyed me on several levels; one being that I was never suggesting that he be inducted because of his death but that he deserved a spot and inducting him now would be a fitting tribute to his career, I also was amazed that someone would actually email me to disagree with a statement I made about a friend who had died. Regardless of the validity of my statement telling me my view on my recently deceased friend is wrong, is very disrespectful.
With my annoyance out of the way lets take a look at Bam Bam’s contributions to this business and decide if he does, in fact, deserve a place in the Hall of Fame. Bam Bam wrestled on WWE for approximately 4 years, with another 4 years in WCW, he worked ECW for over a year, and was also a major force for NJPW. He held the IWGP Tag Team Titles, the WAR (Japan) World 6-Man titles, the ECW Television Title, the ECW World Heavy Weight Title, 2-time holder of the WCW Tag Team Titles, as well as the WCW Hardcore Title. He main evented the very first Survivor Series, and main evented WrestleMania XI when main eventing meant a lot more than it does today.
There was only one World Title back then and Bam Bam main evented over then World Champion Diesel as he defended against Shawn Michaels. Not only did he main event but he did so by carrying non-wrestler Lawrence Taylor to a great match that was worthy of that Main Event spot. His presence and contributions in Japan were monstrous, as well as his huge contributions to the success of ECW. Bam Bam to this day is considered one of the most dominant and skilled big men in wrestling history. He is more than deserving of a Hall of Fame Induction.
So with Bam Bam deserving of a spot the question remains do they induct him this year or wait so that the induction does not appear death related. The email also stated that this was a mistake they made with Eddie Guerrero and that they should have waited a year or two before inducting him. I think this is absurd. The whole point of the Hall of Fame (in my opinion) is to honour those who contributed greatly to this industry. It is a way for us to remember the greats of the past. Bam Bam is on our minds and in our hearts now. Now is the time to remember him and the Hall of Fame is a means by which we can all do this.
When a love one dies it is common to hold a wake, a gathering of loved ones where they get together to remember and honour the friend they lost. The don’t do this a year or two after the fact to no appear like they are remembering him just because he died, they do it at the time that they are all remembering him and missing him the most. If WWE decides to honour Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow with a Hall of Fame induction this year, it will provide all of us who knew and cared for him to remember him and pay tribute to his significant contributions to this business. Anyone who could view a Hall of Fame induction for Bam Bam Bigelow as unwarranted didn’t know the man.