Former WWE ring announcer Tony Chimel recently shared his thoughts on the WWE Hall of Fame and his chances of being inducted in the future during an appearance on the “Monday Mailbag” podcast with former WWE referee Mike Chioda.
Chimel, who worked for WWE for many years as both a ring technician and announcer, stated that he doesn’t see himself ever being inducted into the Hall of Fame. He also expressed some criticism of the Hall of Fame, saying that it’s really just another venue for WWE to make money and that they are more concerned with selling tickets than recognizing the contributions of those behind the scenes.
“First of all, I don’t ever see that phone call being called to me. There’s so many people there that have been there for so long, and all [WWE is] worried about is how many tickets [they] can sell. It really doesn’t mean much, the Hall of Fame. It’s really just another venue for them to make a crap ton of money.”
However, Chimel did acknowledge that there are people in the Hall of Fame who deserve to be there and mentioned that he was happy to see referee Tim White inducted this year. He also expressed confusion over the Warrior Award and suggested that White could have been inducted based solely on his merits as a referee.
If he were to be inducted, Chimel said that he would love to have either Edge or John Cena induct him. While he doesn’t see it happening, Chimel’s contributions to WWE as a ring announcer for many years are certainly deserving of recognition.
What are your thoughts on the WWE Hall of Fame? Do you agree with Tony Chimel’s criticism that it’s just another venue for WWE to make money? Leave a comment.