WWE Hall of Fame 4/9/13

Tonight, we celebrate the men and women that have paved the way for today’s superstars. Tonight, we celebrate the WWE Hall of Fame.

We are in Madison Square Garden, and our host for the evening is Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Our first inductee is Mick Foley.

It’s amazing where Mick started, and where he finished in his career. But he always was passionate, and someone who could relate to the fans, in some way.

Terry Funk is here to induct him.

“I love him like an ugly brother”.

Here comes Mick, he talks about the amount of days combined that Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Mick held the WWE Title. But numbers do not matter, it’s how you define the moments that define greatness.

He brings up he will always remember Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s Madison Square Garden match, and it was fitting that he gave the “I Love You” sign. He has accomplished so much in his career, but he never beat Chris Jericho.

Chris gets on stage, and lays down for Mick. Here comes CM Punk to serve as the referee. Mick wasn’t going to drop the elbow, but the temptation was too good to pass, so he does.

1….2….3….

And Mick in only the way he does, tells his wife, “Yo Adrian, I did it”.

Coming up next, Donald Trump’s induction.

Earlier in the night, we see clips of Bob Backlund’s induction. Well deserved.

Now it’s Trump. I know people crap on this, but he has made history in the wrestling business. He’s earned this spot.

Vince McMahon is now inducting Donald.

Donald Trump, Vince says is a Wrestlemania institution. Wrestlemania 23, Hair Vs Hair, Vince had to shave his head, after Bobby Lashley beat the late, great Umaga.

The crowd is booing even before Donald comes out, and here he comes.

Escorted by The Bella Twins, and THAT is why they are back.

Commercial time.

When we came back, Trump is still being booed, until he brings up meeting Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 4. But he is known as “The Battle of the Billionaires”. Trump brings up it was the highest rated PPV, and I don’t think that is true any longer, since The Rock vs Cena broke it last year. Trump challenges Vince to a match at Wrestlemania 30.

Trump is now heeling the crowd, which was wise.

He talks about his accomplishments, but the crowd doesn’t care. He considers this as being his highest honor of his life. He thanks Vince, and his entire family, and truly loves us.

Still to come tonight, “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino, and next….Booker T.

We see clips of Booker T’s induction. It’s great to see Booker T’s brother Stevie Ray induct him.

We even get to see a Hall of Fame Spin-A-Roonie.

Trish Stratus, Canada’s greatest gift to the United States is next.

Stephanie McMahon is here to induct Trish, and she has new music, it seems.

Trish looks as beautiful as always.

Her body of work is a group of women that are empowered, and can kick ass in the ring. She is talking about Tori, Ivory, Jackie, Jaqueline, Mickie James, and of course her best friend, Amy, otherwise known as Lita.

One of the reasons Trish retired back in 2006 was to take care of her Mom, who was battling through Cancer. She says now she is cancer free.

She wants to thank her husband, Ron. The crowd is booing him, which is funny.

Her chapter of WWE is their chapter that they went through together. Her last message is in September, she is delivering a little Strausfaction.

Awesome news to hear, and thank you Trish.

Next, Arnold Schwarzenegger inducts his good friend, “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino.

Arnold talks about the first time he met Bruno, was at a competition he had in bodybuilding, back in the 1960’s. He couldn’t believe judges in America are bigger than the competitors. But he was informed that he was one of the greatest wrestlers, so he met the man after the competition. They formed a bond, talking about how he lived the American Dream, and became such a legend in the business.

He introduces us to Bruno, and we go to a commercial break.

It’s hard to believe that he sold out 187 events at Madison Square Garden. He has held the World Championship for a total of over 4,000 days. It’s been 50 years since he had won the WWWF Title. And to headline Madison Square Garden at the time meant exposure. Because of MSG, he was automatically the headliner of every event he competed in.

Those 24 or 25 years took a toll on a wrestler’s body. You pay the price, but he was ready when he retired. He is now with his wife, and family to support. But unfortunately, he had some serious injuries, and he never took a pain-killer. But he still was a lucky man. The medical field in Pittsburgh took him on, he required 8 major surgeries, and he is 78 years-old, and because of those gifted gentlemen, he still trains 6 days a week, and is in great shape.

When promoters give you an opportunity, you headline. When the fans show up, you can headline again. If they didn’t you weren’t a headliner. He was fortunate enough to sell out, and because of the publicity, he was able to make a great living.

He thanks the opportunities, and grateful for the friends, promoters, fans, and anyone else, and he owes all the success he had to the fans. He thanks us for the support, and time we showed him throughout the years. Thank you, and God Bless.

The show ends with all of the Hall of Fame members come out, and Vince raises Bruno’s hand, ending this show on a good note.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

It’s always fun to watch these events, and I buy the Wrestlemania DVDs, so I watch these ceremonies in its entirety, but tonight was no exception. The fact that Bruno Sammartino, who always had a grudge with Vince McMahon, and the way he promotes, yet agrees to be honored is just incredible. It reminds you that grudges are never good, because at the end of the day, it never solves anything. What were your thoughts? Share them with me here.

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2 Responses to WWE Hall of Fame 4/9/13

  1. adztheman says:

    I’ll watch it when I get the chance this week, and like you, will buy the DVD when its avaliable this summer…but why did everybody seemingly get to choose their inductors, and Trish didn’t? She wanted Amy (Lita) to do the honors..

    And how about an end to the ”celebrity wing”?

    Let’s handicap the 2014 class..

    Axe and Smash–Demolition..when Tag Team Wrestling mattered…

    Miss Elizabeth

    Lita

    • So Trish didn’t choose Steph? Say it ain’t so…LOL It would have been perfect if Lita had inducted her, but I still liked what Steph had to say.

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