WWE Hall of Fame 4/2/16

Tonight, WWE honors the legends that have paved the way.  We honor Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds, Stan “The Lariant” Hansen.

We kick it off in 5 minutes.

We are in Dallas, night 2 of Wrestlemania Weekend.  Our host of the evening is Jerry “The King” Lawler.

The Godfather kicks things off.

The APA are here to induct The Godfather.

Godfather was a huge friend of APA, but they can’t go into complete detail about his life, because this is a family show.

Godfather in complete pimp clothes.

And here come the ho’s.

It’s time once again for everybody to come aboard the Ho Train!!

Godfather wants to thank his family, his parents, kids.  He wished a happy birthday to his Grandson too.

Godfather was a part of something special in “The Attitude Era”, and he thanks WWE for allowing him to be himself.

Charles Wright and The Godfather are one of the same.

Thank you to the fans for making everything so special.  He keeps this speech very short, but he tells the guys to always cherish these moments, because they will never come back.

And on that note, it’s time once again, he loves the fans.

The ho’s come out to dance.

Stan “The Lariant” Hansen is now.

Vader is here to induct Stan Hansen.

Stan had strength and power, and power is where you sell the tickets.  Stan was able to go from A to B and deliver a blow.

Stan had conditioning, and he never was tired.  Stan was a mentor and friend to Vader.  They teamed together in Japan.  They created one of the greatest tag teams in Japan, even being tag team champions for All Japan Wrestling.

Vader talks about the Tokyodome story where Stan sung at Vader, and his eye socket fell.

Here comes “The Man”.

Stan is stiff, so was Leon.  Stan appreciates being a part of this class.  He wants to start by thanking God for giving him a set of lungs, and a set of legs.  Because without him giving Stan those things, he never would have had a career.  He wants to thank JBL, because he continues to keep his name, even after retiring for so many years.

Without the opponents, you couldn’t do what you had to do.  He thanks those opponents, because they are all in this together.

Stan thanks his wife, Bruiser Brody said that if 2 women can love them for who they are, they will have it made.  And that is what happened.

He is proud of his children, he wants to thank Terry Funk for breaking him in the business.  He appreciates Terry and the entire Funk family.  He wants to thank the talent in Amarillo, Texas at the time, including Bob Backlund, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Jumbo Teruda.  But his trip to here started at the Sportatorium in Dallas.  Fritz Von Erich, Red Bastien, who was the booker and he faced “High Chief” Peter Maivia.  And he wants to thank Rick Martel, who he has to face when Rock was 19 years old, and he had the pleasure of working against him many times.

One time, Rick beat him in 9 seconds, so Stan has done some jobs.

Bruno Sammartino, he brought him in WWWF.  It was like a dream, one night, he is at Knox, Texas, then next month, he is at Madison Square Garden.  He talks about being nervous that night, because he picked Bruno up, broke his neck, and was out for 4 months.  But he has never held that against him, and he thanks Bruno for that.

Vince Sr. sent him to Japan, and there were two guys who helped his career, Tiger Jet Sinh.  And Pete Roberts.

Stan had the pleasure of working with Andre The Giant.

Stan owes his Japan career to Andre The Giant.  He made a deal with Giant Baba and All Japan Wrestling, working for 26 years.  He had the opportunity to work with Brody.  He worked with many great talent.  He wants to thank all of the carpenters who have been in wrestling his career.  This is to them, guys getting Stan Hansen ready for the main event.  What a pleasure, and honor it is to be in Dallas, Texas.

Stan leaves us with his yell.

Shane O’ Mac is in the house.

Our next inductee is Jacqueline Moore.

The Dudley Boyz are here to induct Miss Jackie.

Jackie chose The Dudleys to induct her, which is such a big deal.  They were good friends, and for her to be inducted in her own home town.

The one word they can describe Jackie is tough.  One of the biggest compliments you can give a wrestler is one of the boys, and Jackie truly is one of the boys.

Jackie can’t dance, but she can do the dab.  She will do one for us here tonight, but seriously she has been a very close friend to them, and to Devon’s family.  Jackie will be a friend, for life.

Here she comes.

She is so honored to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  When she was a kid, she would watch Wrestling on TV, and was a big fan of The Von Erichs, and one time, she saw a commerical on how you can be a wrestler.  So who did she meet?  Skandor Akbar.  He saw something special in her, and why he trained her.  She had traveled all around the world, and when she got a call from WWE, she knew she would make it.  She was honored to win the WWE Women’s Championship 2 times.  She is honored to be a part of the WWE for so many years.  She thanks the fans.  She wants to thank the wrestlers.  Trish, Lita, Molly Holly, Terri Runnels, Victoria, and Sable.  She wants to thank the guys as well, and most importantly, she wants to thank WWE for allowing her to be a part of this.  It was an honor.

Very short speech here.

We are live in Dallas, Texas.

A video honoring the inductees over the years.

Our next inductees are The Fabulous Freebirds.

I love all four members are being inducted here.  Michael P.S. Hayes, Buddy Roberts, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, and Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy.

The New Day are inducting them.

The Dallas faithful love New Day.

Why are The New Day inducting The Fabulous Freebirds?  Why?

Why?

Why?

They have a lot in common….they all love to sing.  They all love to dance.  They all love to run together.

They all love to have fun.  Freebirds love America, and so do they….U.S.A.

But the main thing they learned from The Freebirds is family doesn’t always mean being related by blood.

Families are your chemistry, they are your best friends.  They have learned this, but also added it to their lives.  These two men are Xavier’s brothers.  Just like The Freebirds are brothers, so thank you for showcasing that.

The Freebirds were the first group to use rock music as their theme, so technically Freebirds Rock.

We all do the Freebird Clap, and here they come.

Wow, Jimmy Garvin is bald, I never expected that.

Michael gives it up to New Day.

55 years ago, Chief Jay Strongbrow took him to the ring, when he was 9 years old, and he felt at home since.  37 years ago, is the day they became brothers at Tommy Rich’s birthday party.  32 years ago, at Texas Stadium records broken, tomorrow night, at Wrestlemania 32, that record will be smashed.

They talk about living together for the first time, nobody had the key.  So Terry kicked the door down, that was his “key”.

They miss them so dearly, and are still their brothers.  He would give anything to be with them.

They introduce Ray Gordy and Buddy Jack Roberts Jr.

Ray Gordy speaks first.

Growing up, he went to World Class every Friday night.  They would always ask Ray who his favorite wrestler was.  Such a crazy question, Kevin Von Erich of course.  But when he got older, he realize just how good Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy was.  He wants to thank WWE for giving them this night together.  And he thanks the fans for this special moment.

Buddy Roberts Jr. is fired up.  He wants to thank WWE for inducting The Freebirds.  He asks his mom to stand up, his father had a great career, over 2 decades with The Freebirds and The Hollywood Blondes.  He traveled thousands of miles, and lived every single moment.  The car rides were his favorite part.

More stories from The Freebirds.

They thank The Von Erichs, “Gentleman” Chris Adams, and 2 women who served as his valets.  Jimmy thanks his wife, his grandchildren, children.  He was blessed to be a Freebird, and without the fans, he never would have had a chance to express his art, or to party with Michael, Terry, and Buddy.

Michael pays tribute to World Class.  He brings up “Iceman” King Parsons, “Gentleman” Chris Adams, “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin, Precious, and Sunshine.

Michael thanks God, he thanks his mother.  He thanks Pat Patterson, The Briscoes, the agents and producers.  “Hollywood” John Tatum, who is here.  He wants to thank the writers.  Everyone who works for WWE works hard to make sure the fans get a product that puts a smile on your face.  He brings up without Afa and Sinka, The Wild Samoans, there would be no Freebirds.  Just to show how carzy Michael is his two ex-wives.  His first ex-wife Carol for believing in him before anyone else did.  His second ex-wife Lori, for giving him a crazy and wild time, it’s their fault for marrying him.  But he also wants to thank The McMahons.  Stephanie and Paul took care of him when  he was at a dark place in his life.  When is Shane going to settle down?  Linda is the only McMahon who isn’t crazy.  And didn’t he almost accidentally pee on Linda on an airplane?  Thank God he did not, and if he had, it would have been on Linda.

The reason he didn’t make a good husband was because he is already married, to this business since he was 14 years old.  He is the very example that you can do anything you want.  And now he is a Hall of Famer.  And he wants to show us the one love of his life, Jo-Jo Hayes, the dog who passed away 2 years.  Don’t worry about missing the time that you don’t have, but rather remember the time you did have, and cherish every moment.  That person who told him that was legendary Kevin Von Erich, who comes on the stage.

Well done.

Kevin talks The Freebirds as brothers.  Kevin gives a shout out to Buddy, Terry, Kerry, men that we have lost.  He tells Ray Gordy he was right about his father, he loved his family and he was such a good man.  Everyone knows about his family, he thought money did it, fame did it for you, but no, it’s family.  His two boys stand up, and he tells the fans their cheers can make him fly.  He is so grateful.  People say to him poor kid, no he is a lucky man.  Thank you Michael and Jimmy, because although they beat each other up, it was great TV.

Jimmy won the over/under pool, which means it’s time to sing Badstreet USA.

Our next inductee is The Big Bossman.

“The Doctor of Style” Slick is here to induct Bossman.

Slick talks about being Bossman’s friend, he brings up his tag team with Akeem, known as The Twin Towers.

Regrettably, on September 22nd, 2004 the world lost a father, and a wrestler.  But God gained a gentle giant.

His wife and daughters are accepting his award.

This is actually very touching, Ray Traylor was a good man, he enjoyed the business, he loved his family.  His wife had the night stick and his daughter assured them they didn’t have pepper Steak, which is cute, talking about the 1999 angle Bossman had with Al Snow.

Snoop Dogg is next.

John Cena is here to induct Snoop.

Snoop has had been on WWE TV 2 more years than Cena.  Snoop has more Wrestlemania appearances than 10 wrestlers competing tomorrow, combined.  And he is a proud member of WWE Universe.  He has been a part of the family, and when Snoop shows up, he is never a visitor, this is his home.

Cena shares that he got to make music in Snoop’s recording studio, and this brings Snoop.

Snoop grabs a selfie with the crowd.  He wants to thank WWE, and the WWE Universe.  He is honored being a part of the 2016 Hall of Fame.  He wants to give a shout out to John Cena.  He also had the opportunity to work with great wrestlers like Randy Orton, Mark Henry, DX, and especially HB-Schnizzle, and of course, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and one of his favorites The Undertaker.  And he wants to give a shout out to his cousin, “The Boss” Sasha Banks.

He remembers taking her to Wrestlemania in 2008, to see her meet all of her favorite superstars, and now to see the fans giving her some love, and to see her picture on the billboards, it’s crazy.  He is very proud of her.

Snoop remembers watching wrestling with his Grandpa, and going to the Los Angeles Auditorium, to see how big wrestling has become.  So many wrestlers have inspired him.  Tony Atlas, Rocky Johnson, The Junkyard Dog, the late, great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, and the original of swag himself…..the limousine riding, the jet-flying, wheeling and dealing “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair….WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Snoop ends this with a rap about wrestling.

Next up is Joan Lunden, recipient of the Warrior Award.

Dana Warrior, Warrior’s wife is inducting Joan.

Dana is channeling Warrior in this speech, which is glorious.

Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and for the first few days, she was very down.  But then she made the decision to not only fight for herself, but fight for anyone else who is going through the battle.  She also wants to thank WWE for giving her this platform, and for Dana Warrior, whom she has gotten to know the last few years.  Together we will fight cancer.

Now comes our main event, Sting is inducted next.

“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair is here to induct Sting.

Ric honors Dream and “Hot Rod” both of whom we had lost this year.

Ric also wants to give a shout out to his daughter Charlotte, who wrestles tomorrow for the Divas Championship.

Now, the man called Sting.  “The ICON”.

In 1988, WCW made the decision to go face to face with Wrestlemania, called Clash of the Champions.  Dusty asked who he wants to face.  He talked about the kid who was on fire.  They went out there for 55 minutes.  He never flinched, he listened.  The body, the haircut, he always looked the part.  He always told him to make money in WWE, but his career spoke for itself.  He and Steamboat had great matches, but they would always compete.  But when Sting gets in the ring, they worked like magic.  Flair trusted Sting, and you know his offense.  A big reason why Flair liked being a heel, he just had a few moves, but he could take bumps and can talk.  But their Clash match had a 7.7 rating.

But what gets to Flair, when you wrestle Hunter, you better be ready to go.  Same for Shawn Michaels, Flair puts Shawn over, saying he carried him in their Mania 24 match.

He spent 3 decades wrestling Dusty, Steamboat, and Sting.  The 3 biggest rivalries he has ever had.  Sting knew the sacrifices you had to make, they always worked holidays down south.

Sting was “The Franchise” and even not talking for a year, when they did that buildup in 1997.  They have that same amount of respect for one another.  The man called Sting.

It was a year ago on this day Sting made his Raw debut, in this arena.  He didn’t know anything about wrestling, until he was in his 20s.  He saw The Iron Shiek, Big John Studd, Andre The Giant, Hulk Hogan and he was hooked.  So he and Jim Hellwig, you know him as Warrior got into the business together.  He was a California guy, and Warrior talks about Waffle House.  Well, Sting didn’t know what a Waffle House was.  The ’83 T-Bird was their house, because they didn’t make much money, and couldn’t afford a hotel.

He made a deal with God that if he made some money, he would give back.  Be careful what you wish for, cause you will get it.  Some good, some bad.  He started main eventing, he competed with Ric Flair, and won the NWA Title back at Great American Bash 1990.  He never thought he would be making merchandise.  He was lifted out of a helicopter, Panama Beach and Cleveland.  The last night of Nitro, and Vince was in Cleveland saying he bought WCW.

Many people coming up to him, and saying they wanted to be a wrestler, because of Sting.  Seth Rollins, at Night of Champions.  Seth is competing, he landed on Sting’s neck, and when he came back, he apologize for what happened.  He told Sting he dressed just like Sting for Halloween.

Sting had many great moments like, tagging with Robocop.  He talks about The Crow Sting, when he was stoic, and Nash asked him if he can just spoon with him.

Many different faces of Sting.  We had the “surfer” Sting.  The “Crow” Sting.  The “Wolfpack” Sting, and what about “Joker” Sting?  Can he say that, cause he had fun doing that too, in TNA.

He also had changes in his life, being pinned by God.  And now he is right with God, right with his family, and he is humbled by that.

Talk about humbled times, because now he competed at Wrestlemania, and he will forever be grateful for that.

He thanks Jim Hellwig, for being his first tag team partner.

Fans want one more match, and they chant for Undertaker.

He wants to give a special shoutout to Brian Wang, Jeff Cavalier, his trainer and his wife helped him get ready for his 2 matches.  “Rossy” Jim Ross, for giving him great advice.  He wants to thank Michael Hayes and The Freebirds for taking him under their wing when he first came to the business.

He wants to thank Roaddog, for telling to make sure he had his Life Alert necklace before his match with Seth.

He thanks Ric Flair, for literally taking him under his wing when he first got started, because he didn’t have to do that, and he is always grateful.

He wants to thank his pastor, his children, who have all grown up.

You talk about second chances, he was married for a year with his second wife, Sabina.

And he wants to thank the fans, and they give back to him.

Without the fans, there wouldn’t be the wrestlers.  And the only thing that is for sure for Sting is there is nothing for sure.  Until now.  On this very moment, at this very moment, he is going to finish his career at WWE umbrella, and he is very proud of that.

Sting is officially retiring tonight.

He has the bat, Sting has the shades.  And the fans are chanting thank you Sting.

This isn’t goodbye, this is just see you later.

And with that, the show ends with Sting’s music.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

Always an enjoyable show.  I can literally say I grew up a Sting fan.  I started to watch WWE because of Hulk Hogan, but I started to watch WCW because of Sting.

So, thank you for doing everything you did to entertain us.

Wrestlemania is tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Kevin Gillman
I have had this blog up for a few years, writing every Monday night and anytime in between. Always check the site out, send me a comment on what your thoughts are for the current state of wrestling.

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