Every year around this time, WWE slowly releases the list of superstars that will be inducted into its Hall of Fame. As this happens, there are various debates that inevitably ignite.

Some of these debates -- often the topics most talked about on Twitter -- make no sense to me. This column won't completely eradicate arguments pertaining to the WWE Hall of Fame, but consider these thoughts before you engage in your next debate:

You cannot compare the proper WWE Hall of Fame to the “Celebrity Wing” of the WWE Hall of Fame.

JR blogged about this as well, and I agree completely: there is no way we should be comparing the two. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, night to day, Bret Hart to William Perry.

Here's a common yet nonsensical question: “Why is Mike Tyson going into the Hall of Fame this year when Randy Savage and Bruno Sammartino aren't in there yet.” Of course Mike Tyson deserves to be in the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. In fact, he deserves to be there perhaps more than any other celebrity, as he was pivotal in creating buzz for WWE during the Attitude Era – read my blog that dives into the numbers if you don't believe me.

Do I think Randy Savage deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame? I would love to see him inducted, yes (you could even argue that the entire Poffo wrestling family, with father Angelo and brother Lanny, should be inducted). Do I think Bruno Sammartino deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame? Looking at his accomplishments, of course I do. But they deserve to be in the proper WWE Hall of Fame. The celebrity wing is in jest, a tip of the hat to celebrities who brought their name power (or sometimes lack thereof) to WWE for any period of time. Any celebrity ever associated with WWE at any point in time could be inducted into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame and I wouldn't care. Elvira, Alex Trebek, Chuck Norris, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jon Heder, The Muppets, Donnie Wahlberg, Hugh Jackman, even Dennis “Mr. Belding” Haskins for appearing on Z! True Long Island Story (unless there are plans to make a Z! True Long Island Hall of Fame). Induct them all! And when future Celebrity Wing inductees are announced, I absolutely will not compare them to Shawn Michaels, Andre The Giant, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin and the rest, because they don't deserve to be, nor are they expected to be.

WWE owns its own Hall of Fame

If you look at Hall of Fames in major sports, you will notice a different setup than the one that exists in WWE.

Take hockey, for example. This is from the Hockey Hall of Fame's website:

HHFM is a non-profit corporation without share capital and a Registered Charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada).

Looking in the sponsors section you will see that the NHL is a sponsor of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This means that the NHL, the world's largest professional hockey league, does not own the Hall of Fame for the game it is promoting. In fact, the physical Hockey Hall of Fame includes lots of memorabilia from non-NHL events (Olympics, international series of games, etc.), and like the WWE Hall of Fame includes players that never played in the NHL (Vladislav Tretiak) or made their name most famously elsewhere.

Now let's look at Cooperstown. Even visiting the website you see no trace of the MLB, the world's largest professional baseball league. It too is owned privately.

Same thing with football. Looking at the FAQ of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we find this:

Why should I make a cash donation to the Hall of Fame? The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution that is independent of the National Football League (NFL).

Three of the most major sports in North America have established Hall of Fames that are independent of the biggest league for their sport, but are affiliated with those leagues and work in cooperation with them.

There is, in fact, another Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. This entity is also independent of any pro wrestling organization, including WWE. Many PWHOF inductees are also in the WWE Hall of Fame (The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Antonio Inoki, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper and Ric Flair, to name a few).

Despite this, professional wrestling seems to be the biggest example of a Hall of Fame that is owned by the biggest organization in that field (WWE) and is perceived to be recognized as the official Hall of Fame by the majority of the audience. Many members of the WWE Universe may not know that another Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame even exists. We certainly know the reason why – with its global audience, WWE is able to market and promote its own Hall of Fame, while the other one in Amsterdam, N.Y., is tucked away at the side with limited marketing and advertising.

For this reason, though the complaints will always rage on, it’s a waste of time to lament why certain WWE legends are not in the WWE Hall of Fame. Earlier we talked about Randy Savage and Bruno Sammartino, both of whom are inductees in the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. If you feel so strongly that guys you like are being slighted and aren't getting their due, there's an alternative available for you. But WWE reserves the right to induct who they want and when they want, because it’s their Hall of Fame! Personally, because the Hall of Fame induction ceremony is my favorite night of the year in WWE and I understand and accept the circumstances, I don't let factors beyond my control or comprehension get in the way of my enjoyment of the ceremony.