WWE have revealed this evening, the second man to be inducted into the 2016 WWE Hall Of Fame; Attitude Era legend The Godfather. This comes following the announcement early in 2016 that Sting being the first man announced in January.
The hallowed WWE Hall of Fame has been an annual tradition since 2004, with the first ceremony taking place in 1993 in honour for the late Andre The Giant. Over the years the majority big names in WWE and professional wrestling being inducted; Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior.
Before his high profile run as the Godfather, Charles Wight shot to heights as Papa Shango when he unsuccessfully interfered in the main event of WrestleMania 8. Charles mis-timed interfering in the match between Hulk Hogan and Sid, which would have resulted in a DQ. Various hold backs prevented a main event run against The Ultimate Warrior. Wight left the company post Mania 1993. Wight returned to WWE in 1994 where he aligned with Ted DiBiase Million Dollar Corporation, where he feuded with The Undertaker stealing and melting down his powerful urn. The Papa Shango character was shelved in the end of 1995. In 1996, Wight debuted as Kama only to leave WWE fairly soon later.
Once again, Wight returned to WWE in 1997 where he joined the Nation of Domination group as Kama Mustafa. Over time Wight became known as the “Godfather” of the Nation with his relationships with women. In 1998, the Kama name was dropped officially for the Godfather. Following the breakup of the Nation, the Godfather took his singles career to new heights clinching the Intercontinental Championship from Goldust in April 1999.
With WWE debuting Smackdown on UPN in September 1999, the Godfathers character was on the end of huge criticism from the famed Parents Television Council (PTC). As a result his character was massively toned down. In protest WWE debuted a group known as the Right To Censor, a paper group of preaching the good of the world and eradicating the wrongs from WWE. Now known as the Goodfather alongside Val Venis, Stevie Richards, Bull Buchanan and Ivory. Another short run as the Godfather in 2002 didn’t lead to much success and was last seen on Raw Roulette.
Don’t get me wrong, Charles Wight was a long run in WWE, however was never solid as a character. With the various forms having short runs before being dropped. The Godfather character did receive huge popularity due to its highly sexualised content; however what did he really do during the Attitude Era?
I get it, if WWE are inducting Charles Wight into the Hall Of Fame, but the character alone is very double standards. Triple H has gone on record saying that Chyna will not be inducted due to her post wrestling career in adult entertainment. Charles Wight has affectively done the same, albeit no naughty videos. So why is it okay for WWE to induct a Pimp but not Chyna? It is very baffling and double standards on WWE’s behalf.
The Godfather had a successful WWE run during the Attitude Era, but does his impact as a character qualifies him into the Hall Of Fame? Whose next? Gilberg for his 14 month Light Heavyweight Title run?
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