WWE Hall Of Fame Results (3/31/17)

Welcome to the WWE Hall of Fame 'Open Thread' and basic results and discussion.

Hall of Fame Results
Friday, March 31, 2017
From the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Reported by Kendra Bunyon

DDP's video starts with the most beautiful moment of Levesque calling him and telling him that he'd be inducted this year. DDP told Paul that he loved him. Tears in all eyes. A great opening video for one of the best in the industry.

Eric Bischoff comes out to induct DDP. Bischoff sold DDP's heart, passion, everything great that is Page.

DDP's Diamond Daughters are all lovely, but the man in the middle speaks of his start and all the fun stuff, as well as what we love from DDP. He is the anomaly, but hurting that Dusty Rhodes isn't there to be with him tonight.

Shout outs to the biggest names, and he worked with all of them, but they were also his mentors and friends. DDP makes everyone want to be a better person.

Jerry 'The King' Lawler out to kick off the video for the Rock 'N' Roll Express! And that video reminds us just how great they were, and what they did for tag wrestling.

Jim Cornette acknowledged that his speech was highly anticipated, and would never live up to it, but he had his pages of notes and hoped to be done by Saturday night. At only 9:08pm EST Cornette ends his great speech and brings out the Rock 'N' Roll Express.

Rock 'N' Express sold it big time, and while they didn't outright retire, it seemed like their swan song.

King announced the Ravishing Rick Rude video which was lovely and touching.

Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat came out to give the induction speech for Rude. Steamboat, as always, was endearing and honest.

Rude's wife, son, and daughter came out to accept the induction. His son spoke and stole our hearts the way his father did as a consummate heel.

Beth Phoenix's video reminded the fans of just how great she was when she was dominating on the WWE.

Natalya came out, was in tears from the start, and pushed her cat on Instagram. She talked up Beth in a lovely way.

Beth talked up everyone who helped her, including Molly Holly who not only gave Beth a box of ring gear to get her started but also paid Beth's tuition at OVW so she could follow her dream. The love Beth showed for everyone who helped her, worked with her, married her, or was birthed by her was inspired. She about brought the house down, even when the WWE turned everything to Edge in the middle of her speech. Their older daughter wasn't impressed by any of it.

King announces the video for this year's Warrior Award, Eric LeGrand. The video was, as expected, beautiful. Dana Warrior comes out to present the Warrior Award.

Eric LeGrand came out and stole our hearts with his enduring spirit and love of the wrestling industry.

King announces Teddy Long's video, and it showed all the greatness, and bumbles that are Long. APA comes out to induct Long. JBL tells us a lot of things about Long that weren't all common knowledge but showed us what a great man Long is.

Long told stories but got serious talking about his love for his wife and family, before trying to form a tag match for APA.

What a wonderful video for Kurt Angle!

John Cena out to induct Kurt Angle.

Kurt Angle gave the best, most self-deprecating speech the WWE HoF has ever seen. He ended the night with much laughter, heart, and destroying his suit drinking two quarts of milk.

  • CJ Blaze

    Kelly Kelly is there for Beth! That feud was one of the first memorable Divas feuds I remember from when I became a fan.

    • That’s cute. I really don’t like her, but she looks great.

  • CJ Blaze

    I missed Alexa’s interview, but she is looking stunning!

    • Jaw droppingly beautiful.

  • CJ Blaze

    ICYMI – JR returning at Mania to likely call Shane vs. AJ!

    • I so want him back. I love JR so much.

  • CJ Blaze

    Pat <3 I need to read his book.

    • I so want to hang out with him.

  • GKP

    Bayleys FIANCE???

    As Ron Simmons would say… Damn!

    • He is yummy! But she looks AMAZING!

  • there’s something i havent seen in forever. the do not try this at home video

    • They really need to do more of them.

      • yes. I think once every hour of televised programming.

        • Thank you! I have thought the same thing for years. Further, wrestlers talking about their major injuries in them, and bits of surgery and rehab put in them.

          • it hadn’t even occured to me that I hadn’t seen the video in a while until I went through my Wrestlemania Challenge and watch 27 and saw the video the played immediately after the Trips/Taker no holds barred match. I have always thought that is the most important thing the do is that video package.

          • Agreed, and I think I might start a Twitter campaign.

  • CJ Blaze

    ‘Swerved’ commercial. Honestly forgot about it and I think I watched every episode.

  • Dustyn

    Hey all! Because I’m in Canada, we get the Network through regular TV, and often it’s ahead a bit. So I don’t spoil anything for Takeover or WrestleMania, what part are you guys currently at?

    • CJ Blaze

      Opening video for the legends

      • Dustyn

        Mine just cut to the arena. So about 30-45 seconds ahead. I’ll keep that in mind, haha!

    • Opening video for the HoF.

  • S.A.M.

    this really is one of the best classes WWE has put together for their Hall of Fame

  • I am so very happy to see DDP get inducted. I’ve been fighting for that for years.

  • S.A.M.

    DDP is a living example of no matter what age you are, if you have the drive to achieve, you can do it.

  • i am legitly crying right now

  • CJ Blaze

    Love this guy. I even tried his yoga lol.

  • It Doesn’t Matter what The Rock thinks. DDP is the real People’s Champion.

  • Dustyn

    Did anyone see if Hall or Roberts were interviewed during the Red Carpet?

    • Nope, didn’t see them at all, even in the background, but that doesn’t mean anything.

      • Dustyn

        Okay

        • CJ Blaze

          Just saw Hall in the crowd.

  • GKP

    Damn, Bischoff is grey.

  • CJ Blaze

    He’s looking.. old.

  • gee bischoff is 61 years old.

  • That was about as classy of an induction speech as you can get. You can tell Eric really does adore DDP.

  • CJ Blaze

    Saw a red head in the crowd. Be on the look out to see if Eva is there or not.

    • I saw Becky, not sure about Eva, but keep looking.

  • BY golly They are right! DDP Deserves this!

  • DDP as Dusty is jaw dropping!

  • S.A.M.

    DDP is reminding me why i loved him so much growing up watching WCW.

    • And why I tuned into WCW over WWF for so long.

      • him and sting in the waning years were the only reasons to tune in.

  • S.A.M.

    is that Christy Hemme behind Hall?

    • CJ Blaze

      Yep!

      • S.A.M.

        didnt expect to see her haha

        • CJ Blaze

          True. She’s been gone from TNA off and on, but I wasn’t sure where should stood with WWE.

  • Just saw Christy Hemme. Is she too injured to work the ring these days?

    • I think so. I knew she was supposed to be in Orlando this weekend though I assumed it was for the WrestleCon thing.

      • Maybe to be tossed from the ring? Can’t say I’d hate to see her back on the E for a moment.

        • I always loved her so i would be up for that but I don’t know if she has a place in wwe with all the female announcers/ring announcers/interviewers.

          • I would love to see her back. I adored her from word go.

          • I did too. Maybe she could be a Valet to put someone over.

          • She could absolutely do it.

          • That would be the only role she could fill. WWE has a ton of people already to fill anything else she could do if she can’t wrestle.

  • S.A.M.

    DDP is an inspiration on so many levels.

  • Jerichco’s induction will bring the house down!

  • CJ Blaze

    Dang

  • I never noticed how jacked up Ric’s teeth are before.

  • S.A.M.

    Thank You DDP!!

  • Dustyn

    Awesome speech!

  • Oh yeah DDP’s birthday is next week. Happy birthday!

  • That speech was more than worth the wait and the fighting for. I couldn’t be happier for the man.

  • S.A.M.

    damn even at the Hall of Fame Roman gets no love. if ever a clue for what to do with him

  • This is probably the most anticipated Induction speech of all time.

  • Xavier

    Good speech by DDP.

    Now it’s Jim Cornette time. Don’t disappoint me Jim

  • CJ Blaze

    I saw my grandfather, who is not an emotional guy at all, wipe his eyes during DDP’s speech.

  • S.A.M.

    well this should be interesting to say the least

  • Dustyn

    Here we go, haha!

  • Xavier

    And here we go *in my Joker voice*

  • Jim has me Cracking up

    • I loath the man, but he is killing it.

      • I have to like him on some level. Damn it be that he’s from my state.

        • Not even if he was from my hometown.

  • CJ Blaze

    Oh lord I’m hooked

  • CJ Blaze

    Oh, these are the guys that worked Total Nonstop Deletion a few months ago.

  • CJ Blaze

    These two seem like a lot of fun.

  • S.A.M.

    Roman is a heat magnet. jeeeezz

  • CJ Blaze

    Dusty being mentioned in every speech just goes to show how important he was. Never really knew of his impact until his death.

  • CJ Blaze

    Ziggler sitting with Dana Brooke?

    • S.A.M.

      they are dating arent they?

      • CJ Blaze

        I had heard rumors

        • S.A.M.

          seems like the rumors are true

  • Muhammad Ali should have been an inductee this year for the celebrity wing.

  • sounds almost like a retirement speech.

  • S.A.M.

    dammit that just brought a tear to my eye. that bond both of those two share

  • S.A.M.

    holy cow, it’s been 10 years since Lawler got inducted. time sure has flown by.

  • I was looking at the Guide for Spectrum (Formerly Time Warner Cable) the Wrestlemania PPV block is from 6:30 PM until 5 AM.

  • looks like I’m going to miss Teddy Long’s induction. 🙁

  • Dustyn

    I heard that like last year, WWE has contacted PPV providers, informing them to be prepared for and over-run, upwards of one hour.

    • My local Cable subscriber just said screwed and combined the replay block with the main block.

  • Dustyn

    Steamboat looking good!

  • S.A.M.

    i could just sit here and listen to Steamboat share all these stories all day

  • Eric

    Anyone having audio issues on the network?

    • S.A.M.

      nope. was having loading issues during DDP’s speech but seems to have righted itself

    • I’ve had it stop and struggle a bit, but that’s local, not on their end. Otherwise, nothing here.

    • CJ Blaze

      Nope

    • Eric

      It was my iPad acting strange…nothing wrong with the network

  • GKP

    FFS someone has hacked Stone Colds Twitter account. Why now of all times must bad things happen in the Wrestling world?

    • S.A.M.

      how bad is it? since i dont have a twitter

      • GKP

        It’s been taken by some people calling themselves Team Terminal Power. That’s all I know right now.

        • S.A.M.

          smh

          • GKP

            He seems to have it under control now, that’s good.

  • S.A.M.

    seeing that video reel from Rick Rude’s career just makes it more clear how much it has inspired the current Glorious Bobby Roode gimmick in NXT.

  • S.A.M.

    damn Rick Rude’s son is quite the big man

    • Dustyn

      I’m not 100% sure, but I think he had a try out with WWE a few years back.

      • S.A.M.

        wouldnt surprise me

  • Dustyn

    Great acceptance speech, very well spoken.

  • S.A.M.

    so excited for Takeover tomorrow night

  • Yup I don’t get to see teddy Get inducted. 🙁

  • Dustyn

    Totally unrelated to the show, but I’m seriously considering going to WrestleMania next year. Being in Canada, I normally use one of our Canadian airlines. I was looking at pricing, and both Delta and United were a fair bit cheaper. Is one better? Stay away from both? Haha!

    • I have to say I’m not impressed with Delta, but that was years ago. Remember, I’m old.

      • Dustyn

        Thanks for the input, and you’re not old, you’ve just seen lots happen, haha!

  • That package makes me think Santino needs to be inducted as a mid-card inductee.

    • S.A.M.

      i could see that happening one day

    • CJ Blaze

      He should

  • CJ Blaze

    Always loved watching the Glam Slam.

  • S.A.M.

    oh myspace. what a fun but short lived life you had

  • GKP

    How would you all feel if Beth Phoenix announced her inclusion in the SD Womens Championship Match?

    • CJ Blaze

      I’d love it!

    • Dustyn

      I dig it!

    • Honestly, I’ll be shocked if she wasn’t asked.

    • S.A.M.

      i would absolutely love that!

  • S.A.M.

    Beth looks great

    • GKP

      When doesn’t she?

  • time for me to go to work. #OvertimeSucks

  • CJ Blaze

    Magnus is with Mickie!

  • CJ Blaze

    Friendship goals <3

  • Dustyn

    Chimel!

  • S.A.M.

    this is awesome!!!!

  • Rwc

    Awesome speech Mrs Beth Phoenix!!!!

  • Dustyn

    That was nice, great speech!

  • sam

    Beth’s speech was just phenomenal. Tony Chimel..how awesome is that.

  • She’s far too pink for my liking

    • I’m all about pink. (You should see my pink and blue medieval tent on my FB page.) I’m always in pink, and much of my medieval garb is pink. That being said, I can see why you’d think that, but I love that her paper matches her dress.

      • I think that’s what’s overkill for me (the paper that is) haha

        • I’ve found that some of the papers have been distracting tonight, but her’s matches so well.

  • GKP

    Site was down for me, weird.

    • CJ Blaze

      I just heard someone else had issues too, but nothing has happened for me.

  • GKP

    Goldberg walked out! Why tho.

    • Bathroom?

      • GKP

        People saying he was flipping people off and leaving. Could be tired of the boos he’s been getting throughout the night.

        • Shit! I’ll see what I can find out.

          • GKP

            Him and his family are really gone. But then again apparently the majority of the wrestlers are too. There’s quite a bit of empty seats.

          • To be fair a lot have kids that need tucking in.

          • I was shocked when I saw empty seats.

  • S.A.M.

    for Eric Legrand to have that view on life despite his tragic injury is really inspirational

  • GKP

    No celebrity induction. Would’ve been perfect for Motorhead to go in.

    • Rwc

      That cause any one they induct gets Booed!!!!

  • Rwc

    I see why WWE wants to reduced the number of inductees. The show is really getting long now

  • S.A.M.

    i still love that APA theme song

  • The way the led lights are shining off Ron Simmons’ afro, it makes him look like he’s been superimposed

  • Dustyn

    Teddy looks good and lots of energy! Turns 70 this September!

  • S.A.M.

    Holla Holla Holla

  • CJ Blaze

    Lovin that suit

    • I have an audio interview (somewhere) with him where I asked about his suits and completely threw him off because no one had asked him about his suits. Of course I cannot find that recorder. I also have Gangrel and Funkasaurus on there.

  • CJ Blaze

    There it is lol

  • S.A.M.

    oh bless Teddy Long

  • CJ Blaze

    Beth & Teddy were both key characters when I began watching 6-7 years ago. Pretty cool to see them here tonight.

  • S.A.M.

    im ready for it to be true, to be damn true

  • Xavier

    A let’s go MIZ chant lol

    • S.A.M.

      a preview of Sunday lol

    • The look on Miz’s face was great.

      • Xavier

        He’s never heard those chants before lol

  • GKP

    “Lets go Miz” chants lmao

  • Both Cena and Angle’s music induce ‘sucks’ chants.

  • S.A.M.

    Kurt walking out to that theme. it is perfect

    • I’m shocked at how many times they used that music in the WWF before they gave it to Angle.

      • S.A.M.

        i only remember it being used with The Patriot before Kurt

        • They also used it for a PPv, possibly an In Your House. I just watched it recently and was shocked to heard it then, and I heard it another time just before the PPV.

          • S.A.M.

            kinda like how Somebody Call Yo Mamma has been passed around haha

  • Dustyn

    Definitely one of the most, if not the most deserving inductees in recent years.

  • S.A.M.

    DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!

  • Xavier

    Is Lesnar sitting in the audience?

    • S.A.M.

      i havent seen him

  • Dustyn

    This is fun!

  • S.A.M.

    this is just too freakin awesome

  • Dustyn

    That was a great show!

  • Dustyn

    If they let this go nearly 2 hours long, I wonder what they’ll do with Mania?

  • CJ Blaze

    What a great night as always. Wrestling is awesome.

  • S.A.M.

    man that was great.
    see y’all tomorrow for Takeover
    Goodnight everybody!!!