WWE Surprised Everyone, Sting’s Unlikely Last Match, Mr. T’s Bizarre Speech, WWE HoF As A Closed Event

When did you know The Undertaker was going to lose?

Unlike last year, there was no talk of the streak ending at Wrestlemania XXX. Anyone that claims there were rumblings about the outcome being anything other than Undertaker going 22-0, isn’t being honest. There was a swing in international betting odds during the pay-per-view, which implies the outcome leaked but we didn’t hear about it until it happened. We have new information about the streak ending and the match itself that you can read at this link. I will give WWE a lot of credit, however, as they made sure this didn’t get out because this wasn’t talked about at all, even by people very close to the company.

What is Sting’s status?

There was talk at one point of having Sting at Raw the night after Wrestlemania 30 in NOLA but we still haven’t confirmed he has a WWE contract. As we noted here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Sting’s travel was handled by the promoters of Wrestlecon and he left after his appearance. Sting said he only wanted one more match, one against The Undertaker, but that looks as unlikely as ever.

What did you think of Mr. T’s Hall of Fame speech?

Mr. T provided some unintended humor to the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony but his speech showed WWE officials they need to screen Hall of Fame speeches, especially from outsiders. As I stated in Richard Reacts to Wrestlemania 30, I felt Mr. T was rude for going so long with his speech. He is a worthy WWE “celebrity wing” inductee and I’m glad he loves his mother and is proud of his faith. However, to speak for that long at an event where he was a guest, was disrespectful to the legends that rightfully earned that time. Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, Scott Hall or anyone else earned the right to go up there and talk for as long as they wanted. However, a guest should be more courteous. It was not the time or place to deliver a bizarre sermon/eulogy.

Do you feel that the Hall of Fame should be a closed event? Every time the camera would go to someone the crowd would cheer even if it was at the most inappropriate times (and sometimes confusing the person talking.) At some times it really ruined the mood of a speech when a chant would start and the presenter was trying to figure out what was going on. I think it would come off much better if it was at a theatre invite only broadcast on the network.

It’s very much an honor to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, however, let’s not forget it serves a dual purpose and is a commercialized event where WWE profits. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony always sells out and provides WWE a grand opportunity to give fans a reason to spend the entire weekend in the Wrestlemania host city. I thought the crowd at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was great this year and they weren’t disrespectful to any of the legends. So to answer your question, absolutely not. The WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony should remain exactly how it is and I enjoyed watching it on WWE Network.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2013: What was your opinion of the debut of The Wyatt Family on WWE Monday Night and who do you see them feuding with in the near future? - I was thrilled with the debut of Bray Wyatt and company on this week’s Monday Night Raw. Social media is a great tool but it’s full of humor. We had one reader dismissing the faction before they even debuted. After they debuted, I saw people calling the faction a failure because the crowd chanted “Husky Harris” and promising they’d be reduced to job roles within six months. Hey, they’d chant “Michael McGillicutty” at Curtis Axel but it’s impossible to chant the name McGillicutty. There is absolutely no way of knowing a gimmick’s future after one week. We have to see how things play out and give them a chance to settle in. Just as you cannot judge a sports team after one game, I feel some are wanting to put a stamp on The Wyatt Family after a couple minutes into it. You can’t do this in wrestling. There will be people that will do it, however, it’s not smart. Bray Wyatt received very high marks in developmental and has people, such as Chris Jericho, that know what they are talking about putting him over. I think there is a lot of potential in the faction but don’t take my word for it, take Jericho’s word. He’s a future WWE Hall of Famer and one of the most successful workers in the history of this business. However, I will also caution, just as we can’t promise The Wyatt Family will fail, we can’t promise they’ll succeed either. We need to give it some time and see where it goes. My initial reaction was a positive one.

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  • Quintin

    I usually agree with you but on Mr. T’s speech, it was not bizarre or anything, if anything I have a new found respect for him and I have a better view of what a mother has to go through and I respect my mom alot more because of Mr. T’s speech…it ran long but it was good and yes the man is a man of faith and when you have God in you, we like to talk bout it….it sure was better than Lita and Warrior rambling on and on for idk how long!

    • Charles Prince

      I thought it was rude the way he was cut off. Mr. T was the highlight of the show.

      • Quintin

        I agree with you Charles!

      • Bob’s Diner

        Absolutely. Even Hogan looked unimpressed, as Mr. T left the stage apologising.

    • Xavier

      100% agree. His speech was truly from his heart.

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

        It was from the heart and he took the honor serious, both which are commendable. However, his speech took time away from others. Others more deserving of the honor. There has to be a “middle ground” here. Trump didn’t seem to care at all, Mr. T seemed to go a little overboard. I’d like to see someone that respected the honor but at the same time limited their speech out of respect for the true WWE greats.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Donald Trump was not instrumental in the success of the first WrestleMania. He’s just a rich dude and a friend of Vince McMahon that jumped on the WrestleMania bandwagon and then participated in a silly angle 20 years later. Really not sure why you keep comparing the two

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  • Ben

    Could it have been possible that Taker felt he was injured during the match and then did the honours for Brock? I may be assuming but I cant imagine Taker would be the kind of guy who would take a win just for his name if he felt like in a real physical situation it would be unbelievable, perhaps he felt his ring days were over and the time was right to end it.

    • Cubed56

      Taker decided well before WM Lesnar was going to end the streak.

      • Ben

        Well perhaps this was his logic beforehand. In a real life scenario i cant imagine anyone over Lesnar.

        • Xavier

          Taker hand picked Lesnar to end the streak as far back as 4 years ago

          • Austin

            Is there proof to that? I’m not doubting you, just curious.

  • Cubed56

    If anyone doesn’t listen to The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio here, I recommend finding a way to listen to his radio broadcast from today, he has an epic rant on the streak ending at WM. It was the absolute truth and made me laugh so damn hard.

    • Xavier

      Send me that link when you get a chance

      • Cubed56

        http://jimrome.com/audio/1691-the-jim-rome-show/jim-rome-hour-2-482014/.
        Hit the play button and forward to the 19:30 mark.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Awesome – thanks dude.

        • ron

          Which recording? The link takes you to a list of them a and while I don’t mind listening to Jim Rome I don’t want to go thru them all to find it

          • Cubed56

            Its in hour 2 of todays show.

          • ron

            Thank you

      • Cubed56

        Its in hour 2

    • Ty

      I can’t stand Jim Rome

      • Cubed56

        Fair enough, its still worth listening too

  • Matt

    Hall of Fame crowds are the best!

    • Bob’s Diner

      They really, really aren’t.
      Any crowd that chants “WHAT?!” during a Hall of Fame speech is bad

      • Xavier

        Amen to that lol.

      • Snap

        Agreed. It’s enough to make you embarrassed to be a wrestling fan.

  • Tone

    why can’t Sting still wrestle Undertaker?? He never said he wanted to end the streak he just wants one match with Taker. If Undertaker is up for it, it would still be a huge match. You already knew that Sting wasn’t going to break the streak so at least now you have no idea who would win…

    • ClintMurphy

      because like many predicted, it seems lesnars match may have caused some serious damage

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Undertaker has been on borrowed time for years now. This year, he was seriously injured and it was a bad situation backstage. I do not think it’s worth the risk to his long term health or overall well being to try to go again.

    • Xavier

      This is why?

      • Bob’s Diner

        HAHAHAHAHA brilliant!

  • Tone

    oh and Mr. T spoke at my school back in 95 and he pretty much said the exact same thing about his mom and family. I don’t think it was rude or intentional just the way he is….

  • Quintin

    Ummmm Richard did you really delete you comment from what I posted? I mean I respect you and all but it seems as if you are a cowardly heel and you retreated.. oh well nice website Richard

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      I deleted my comment because it was uncalled for. I think it’s strange to blame Mr. T’s speech on God, however, if that’s what you believe it’s your right. So I apologize. However, I have a feeling you are looking for a debate and it’s one I’m not interested in ;)

      • Quintin

        Ok, I can respect that!

    • Quintin

      Cant take the heat Richard?

      • The Leader

        Shut up Quintin, don’t start no stuff won’t be no stuff.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

          To be fair, it was my comment that started it. And like I said, I apologize for it.

  • jdl

    A guest should be more respectful? He’s Mr. T, a bigger cultural icon than the vast majority of the WWE Hall of Fame and easily the most famous person inducted this year. I’ll admit he shouldn’t have gone on as long as he did, but he gained nothing from entering the HoF, without Mr. T professional wrestling would not have reached the heights it did. He helped to usher it into the fabric of American entertainment.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      “without Mr. T professional wrestling would not have reached the heights it did”

      I think that’s a reach. He was a great celebrity tie-in but so was Donald Trump in the “Battle of the Billionaires.” Celebs/athletes have always been a part of the business but Hogan and Piper should get the credit before T.

      • Ty

        If BA Baracus doesn’t get involved with WrestleMania, then I don’t think it’s a reach to say that WM could have been a flop. Mr. T’s appearances brought wrestling a ton of coverage outside of it’s own world. At the time he was a global icon. Let’s say that his appearances flopped, would WWE even consider bringing in Donald Trump years later? I’m not saying that he deserves all of the credit but at least give the man the respect he deserves.

      • ClintMurphy

        Im sick of this without this person such and such wouldnt have suceeded comment, im sorry but its just asinine, no one person can do it, it was a joint effort by many, so please stop using that phrase

  • K!NG

    Richard hate to say it but mr.T deserved to be in there wrestlemsnia wouldn’t be anything if hogan didn’t chose him as his partner. And if anything was dis respectful lita tossing down a lucha mask is it.

  • Wrestling 008

    Let me begin by saying Taker is 49. Now 3 years ago Taker walked upto Lesnar at UFC and said ”you wanna do it?” There were rumors back in 2011 that Taker wanted his streak to end that year and apparantley he chose Lesnar as his first pick then. Now a lot of people say Lesnar is unworthy to end the streak. But Lesnar is a legend, hes beaten some of the biggest names in WWE, main evented the second greatest WM of all times (WM 19), caused Taker more trouble between 2002-2003 than anyone in Taker’s illustrious 24 years WWE career (though that was Taker’s Biker persona not the Dead man persona). Lesnar is one of the worthiest pick to end the streak, which had to end cause you cant expect Taker to go into his 50s and continue. Some argue it should have been a young guy like Roman Reigns. Remnember Ezekial Jackson? He was a young talent who beat Christian to become the last ECW Champion ever, then joined The Corre, feuded for the IC title and became a forgotten jobber. What a slap to the face of ECW!!!! Imagine Roman Reigns beat Taker and ended up like that! What a slap it would be to the legacy of Taker!!!! So then if we were to protect his legacy, there wouuld be four worthy guys left: Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Chris Jericho and The Rock. Now you see how popular a heel like Lesnar was before ending the streak and the amount of heat he is getting now? They couldnt afford to do that to guys like John Cena and The Rock because they need them as popular baby faces, merchandises and all and WWE has never considered pushing Jericho in any form since he lost the WHC in 2010..

    Undertaker has been going on in the WWE alone for 24 years, before becoming a part timer in 2011 he was more active than majority of the young wrestlers and have taken more bumps than many of them in the year 2009 alone, and has produced classic matches both hardcore and technical like the HIAC with Mankind at KOTR 98 and the best match of the pg era, the one with HBK at WM 25. Between 1990-1999 he was one of the most dominant and feared force in the WWE, took a weaker role as ABA between 2000-2003 before resauracting the characterwis most feared character in WWE history in 2004. His matches at WM since the one with Orton at WM 21 all have been a classic, but the one with Lesnar was mediocre. He is losing it.. Do you want him to continue to his 50s and tarnish his legacy like Ric Flair one of the victim of his legendary streak? Or do you want him to call it a career, one of the most illustrious one and retire with honor like HBK? With this loss Taker should appear on Raw April 14 and call it a career, quiting as one of the greatest and most accomplished wrestler of all times.. Also this match has solidified Lesnar’s legacy and made him a living legend. It was the perfect way for the streak to end, the perfect way for Taker to retire!!!!

    Also one might criticize the lackluster (to a certain extent) way the match was builled, but it only magnified the surprise. Wrestling is about unpredictability (hasnt been for a long time), and this was in all aspects an unforseen and unpredictable outcome….

    • Wrestling 008

      I know I posted this before, but I wan everyone to know my thoughts….

      • Mysterion

        Bit arrogant…

        • Xavier

          I thought his post was dead on actually

          • Mysterion

            No, the post was. But surely it’s choice to read it?

    • Gary Robert

      sustaining a massive concussion and having a horrible match b/c of it is the perfect way he should retire? It may have been the perfect IDEA leading up to the match in his mind, but b/c of the injury it was far from perfect, unfortunately. Also, based on the injury, its hard to say he is “losing it” as the last 5 matches he’s had at Mania while healthy, imo, were the best on the card each year. He may have looked like he was “losing it” but we now know it was b/c of a severe early concussion, and its a shame the streak and career ended on that note and below average level of match.

  • D.L.

    Mr. T’s mom should have broken the streak. Not Brock.

  • John

    I enjoyed Mr. T’s speech because it was humorous.. I’d much rather someone gave a long speech that was funny than a long speech that was boring like Lita did.

  • Bob’s Diner

    What did people want from the Hall of Fame? More time for the Kliq to act like the cool jocks at a high school reunion? More time for Lita to ramble and bore everyone? I don’t really see how he was taking time away from anything important – they were airing it live on the network, so it didn’t impact on any programming and they can easily edit it down. Or out, if they really want. As far as I’m concerned, he and Warrior (can’t believe I’m saying that) were the highlights of the entire ceremony

  • Morgan “The Retro Goat” Hench

    I don’t mind that Mr. T was inducted, he deserves to be in the celebrity wing. I mind that his speech was, what? Forty five minutes long? Not to mention it had virtually nothing to do with why he was there. I think he speech was passionate, but it didn’t need to go on that long without him saying anything about why he was being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

  • robsoden

    Cud never understand why sting didn’t go to wwe couple years ago,wud love to c him there,but he’s getting on a bit now,don’t think he cud have that good of match anymur,despite being a huge fan for 20years