WWE is inducting it's Class of 2014 to the WWE Hall of Fame, starting tonight, April 5th, 2014 at 9pm EST. We will have live reactions and thoughts of the ceremony as it airs live.

The list of inductees is impressive.

  • The Ultimate Warrior
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts
  • Razor Ramon
  • Lita
  • Paul Bearer
  • Carlos Colon
  • Mr. T

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  • Nice video package, highlighting previous inductees to the Hall of Fame.
  • Jerry "The King" Lawler is our emcee for the evening.  Get the drinking games ready.  Take a swig for every bad joke.  
  • Jerry says this is a celebration, and says it's an honor to share the stage with these inductees.
  • Jerry introduces a video package about Wrestlemania, played to the music of Kid Rock.  
  • Nice video package highlighting WWE over the years, with special focus on Wrestlemanias and charity.
  • Then.  Now.  Forever. 
  • Looks like Lita will be the first inductee of the evening.  Nice video package for her.  
  • Trish Stratus comes out to introduce Lita.  She looks stunning, as always.  
  • Stratus puts over being the one to induct Lita into the Hall of Fame.  She feels it's fitting, how close they were.  They had careers that paralleled each other.  She puts over headlining Raw.
  • Stratus talks about Lita's time with "Team Xtreme."  She talks about how she was an equal in the group, and how they created a dynamic that everyone can relate to.
  • Stratus compares the two of them to Peanut Butter and Jelly, "wrestlers and spray tan."  Funny.
  • "Making her long-dress debut..."  
  • Very nice introduction for Lita.  Spoken like a true friend.  
  • Lita comes out and looks absolutely fantastic. Lita has aged very well.
  • Lita says she's taking it all in.  She compares her career in WWE to one big "roast."  She thanks everyone for the moment.
  • She tells a story about a travel agent.  She told a travel agent that she wanted to go to Mexico to become a professional wrestler.  She bought one ticket to Mexico City.  She went to Mexico on "official business" - to become a professional wrestler.
  • Lita talks about her "preparation" to become a wrestler.  Funny story.  She tells a story about how she thought she bought a ticket for a lucha libre show, but it ended up being a circus.
  • Lita says describes her first experience at her first lucha libre match, and how amazing it was.  She talks about being sat with the commentators, and watching everything unfold.  
  • She talks about her first day breaking in, and she took pictures of all the bruises she got that day.  
  • Lita talks about the mask that one of the luchas (Rayo de Jalisco) left behind.  She took it, and still has it to this day.
  • She talks about seeing Rey Mysterio.  She talks about Arn Anderson making it possible to meet Rey.  
  • She says she owes both Rey and Arn a Miller Lite, and she has them for both men.  She and Trish share a wheat grass shot.  Funny.  
  • Rey Rey wants his beer.  Funny.  He and Arn toast. 
  • Lita talks about how she ended up at an ECW show.  Heatwave 99.  She teamed up with Roadkill and Danny Doring.  
  • First pay-per-view, as well as her first in a string of wedding proposals.  She talks about Danny Doring proposing to her with a condom.
  • She talks about her "marriage" to Edge, and Kane.  She puts over her "slutacular" wedding dress.
  • She talks about the stupidity of her storyline with Edge and Kane, and name-drops Gene Snitsky.
  • She talks about how a fan knitted her a baby blanket based on the story.  Lita talks about how great it was working with Kane. 
  • Lita says she got injured during a stunt scene filming a television show.  She was hurt bad enough that a stunt person did her moves.
  • She headed back down for more WWE work, but was coerced into having her neck looked at - turns out it was broken in 3 places.
  • She was told that she needed the surgery, and she would make a full recovery, but she'd never wrestle again.
  • She decided that she wanted to talk to Stone Cold Steve Austin before the surgery.  She talks it over with him, goes to a different doctor, and then continues to her career. 
  • Lita starts thanking everyone that helped her out.  Tommy Dreamer.  Victoria.  Ace Steel and others.  Luna Vachon.  Terry Taylor, Doctor Tom (Pritchard) and Jim Ross.  Mickie James.  Essa Rios.  The Hardy Boys, The Dudley Boys, and Edge & Christian.  She thanks the crew behind the scenes and mentions Frank (Bullock).  She talks about the punk rock scene.  
  • Lita encourages the fans to find their punk rock, lucha libre, or whatever it is to help them become whatever they want to be.  
  • Her music kicks in.  Kind of seemed like they may have cut her off.
  • A very nice speech from Lita, although it was fairly lengthy.  Some fans on Twitter seem upset it took so long.  I didn't mind.  It was an interesting story.

 

  • Jerry Lawler comes back out to introduce our next inductee, Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
  • Nice video package for Jake. 
  • Jerry Lawler introduces Diamond Dallas Page, except he calls him DDT.  Nice job, Jerry.  You had one job.
  • DDP says he's proud, humbled, and honored to introduce Jake.  He says tonight is his 58th Birthday, and he can't think of anything better because two of his boys are "rising up to receive the recognition they deserve."  He thanks Triple H.  "Very cool man."
  • DDP says without Dusty Rhodes, there was no Diamond Dallas Page.  Page says he was lucky, because he didn't just have one mentor - he had two.  He says he lived with Jake Roberts back in 1994.  WCW had just fired him.  Jake called him up and they were talking.  Jake split up with his girlfriend, and needed a place to stay.  So he talks to his wife at the time, Kim.  Kim agreed - but under one condition.  No snakes.
  • He talks about how he started learning from Jake Roberts, then one day, he sees Jake on the floor with a 12-foot black cobra.  He hears laughter - it's his wife laughing.  
  • The next day, Jake is freaking out - "Big problems.  Snake's gone!"  DDP says Jake isn't scared of the snake - he's scared of Kimberly.  
  • Jake found the cobra in the vanity.  Says that Jake told him to let the snake just chill out.  "He'll be out in the morning."
  • Jake left and didn't come back for three days later. Funny story.
  • DDP talks about how Jake taught him how to get over both in and out of the ring.  
  • DDP says this is a debt that he has been working on paying back ever since.
  • DDP puts him over as the master of ring psychology.  He talks about his interviews, his glances, everything.  He puts over the feuds with Ricky Steamboat, Rick Rude, and Randy Savage.
  • Dallas talks about how 18 months ago they started another journey together.  He called it a "wild rollercoaster."  He called it The Resurrection of Jake The Snake.  He says 18 months ago their dream was to be on this stage this very night.  
  • DDP says dreams can come true, as long as you're willing to put the work in.  He says Jake Roberts has put the work in.  
  • DDP introduces Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
  • Jake looks fantastic and is practically in tears before even really making it to the stage.
  • "All of a sudden I forgot what I was gonna say."
  • Jake says he's always loved professional wrestling, and he's always loved the men that did professional wrestling. Jake puts over the men that paved the way for him.  
  • Jake says he hated wrestling, because his father wrestled, and he never saw him.  He blamed wrestling, but it wasn't wrestling's fault.  It was the man himself, and years later he himself would do the same thing.
  • Jake talks about how he walked away from the responsibilities of raising a family because he loved wrestling.  He says he wishes he shared the time more wisely.
  • When you can get into the ring and control the emotions, make a child smile, or make an old woman pull a knife and try to cut you.  
  • Jake starts to say something but he cuts himself off, says he needs to filter himself.  He says "Oh what the hell" and he's edited out.  Pretty sure he says "fuck with people's emotions."
  • "Today I'm 58 years old... I'm not gonna lie to you like Dallas." Funny.
  • Jake talks about how much it hurts because he "can't play anymore."  He calls out Ricky Steamboat.  Ricky stands up.  
  • A nice "You still got it" chant breaks out.  Jake says he doesn't.  He says his heart and his mind still want it, but it reaches a point when you can't do it justice.
  • Jake says he fell in love with the "woman called the ring."  He says he couldn't cheat on her, and it was the only woman he never cheated on.  
  • Jake starts to talk about his struggles with addiction, and the pain he shared with his family.  
  • Jake is really pouring it all out right now.  Jake talks about how rought it's been and how he's actually been jealous about those that didn't make it, those that passed too early.  He says he didn't want to commit suicide because he didn't want to hurt his children anymore.
  • He said one person stuck his hand out - Diamond Dallas Page.  Jake calls Page a stubborn "son of a bitch."  He pokes fun at DDP and says he "saved his life."
  • Jake talks about his shoulder surgery and how the fans all chipped in and paid for his shoulder surgery.
  • He says the fund-raiser woke him up and told him that someone does in fact care.
  • Jake says he was given an insane amount of talent.  "You guys got a little of it, I wasted a lot of it."  
  • Jake says he is so happy to be here.  His whole family is here.  He has a hero, one that is 18 months old.  A child comes up to the stage - him and his sister were born premature and have had ten surgeries.
  • Jake says he's not gonna go on because he wants to get back with his family - he asks them to stand up.  
  • Jake says he loves his family because they gave him a second chance.  "And god bless the WWE because they gave me one too."
  • Fantastic, fantastic speech from Jake.  I mean, really, what can be said?  My words do not do it justice.  If you missed it, seek it out.

 

  • Jerry Lawler is back on stage.  There's a dumb skit with Hornswaggle, El Torito, and Jerry Lawler.  Lawler gets head-butted in the crotch.  He introduces a video package for Mr. T. 
  • Jerry Lawler introduces "Mean" Gene Okerlund to induct Mr. T.  
  • Mean Gene cuts a joke about two guys chasing him around in the parking lot with shovels.  He says he had to sneak out of the house to write this speech.
  • Mean Gene talks about Wrestlemania 1. He talks about Mr. T's movie career, his sense of fashion, etc.  Mean Gene introduces Mr. T's son, T Junior, who will actually introduce Mr. T himself.  And he does.
  • Mr. T reads his speech, pretty much line for line.  He kind of sounds robotic.  He reads a prayer on stage.   
  • Mr. T asks the fans to allow him a chance to talk about his mother.  He promises not to be too long and he hopes not to bore them.  
  • T talks about how his mother raised them.  He talks about growing up with drugs and alcohol and violence around him, but not in his home.  He puts over his mom as the greatest person he knows.
  • Mr. T calls himself an "old fashioned momma's boy."  
  • Mr. T continues to talk about how hard his mother worked and how she raised him.  He talks about the "credits" the universe piled up for her as she worked through her pregnancy with him.  
  • Mr. T talks bout the song he wrote for his mother. "Treat Your Mother Right."  He wanted her to know how much she meant to him.
  • The fans start "What-ing" Mr. T.  Steve Austin is cracking up.  Mr. T says he's just trying to tell us how he feels about his mother.  He cracks a smile. 
  • "This is Awesome."  Yeah, ok. 
  • "It's not where you come from, it's where you're going that counts." 
  • He talks about all the things his mother did for him.  
  • I'm not going to transcribe this any more.  He loves his mother.
  • Mr. T goes on, and Corporate Kane interrupts him.  They told him his time is up.  Fantastic. 

 

  • Jerry Lawler back on stage.  He loves Mr. T's mother, and he pity's the fool that doesn't.
  • Lawler introduces Kane, who comes out to induct Paul Bearer
  • A video package kicks in immediately. A great package about Bearer, really.  
  • Kane takes a shot at Mr. T, cutting into the time he had to talk about "his daddy."  Funny.
  • Kane talks about how William Moody getting his start into pro-wrestling.  He talks about how some of his friends got in as well - Michael Hayes and Robert Gibson.
  • Kane talks about how Paul Bearer was really a mortician.  Kane talks about his brief in-ring career, then his time as Percival Pringle III.  He managed dozens, then came over to WWE and managed The Undertaker.  He talks about how eventually he switched to managing those who would go against The Undertaker, and eventually, it brought about Kane.  
  • Kane says he's biased, but he feels the Undertaker/Kane saga was the best piece of epic storytelling WWE has ever done. 
  • Kane talks about his time with Bearer, and how Bearer used to rib him.  He tells a great story about how Paul Bearer made him drive once.
  • Kane says out of everyone in WWE, Kane owed him the most.  
  • Kane talks about Moody's passing last year.  He talks about his "participation" at Wrestlemania 29, and Kane says it was a fitting memorial being involved in The Undertaker's match.
  • Kane introduces Michael and Daniel Moody, accepting the award on behalf of their father.
  • They thank the WWE Universe, and give one more "Ohh yes" for Paul Bearer.
  • The lights drop out and The Undertaker's bells ring.  He comes walking out to the stage, in character.  He's carrying The Urn.  He drops to his knee and raises it in one hand, in tribute to William Moody. Perfect.

 

  • Jerry Lawler introduces the video package for Razor Ramon.
  • Nice video package for Razor.  
  • Kevin Nash comes out to introduce Razor Ramon.  Fitting choice.  Nash starts talking "The Bible says.... (laughter)... that gray hair is a sign of wisdom."  
  • Nash talks about how he was invited to leave the precious "Vinny Vegas" gimmick and become Shawn Michael's body-guard.  Nash talks about watching these two, not only in the ring, but in the car.  He learned from them.  
  • Nash really puts over Scott Hall, and talks about how the three of them would stay in a room together for safety more than anything.
  • Nash says he was born with a biological brother, but he gained four more in the business.  He says this is more emotional than he thought it would be.  
  • He introduces Razor Ramon, who looks fantastic. 
  • Ramon talks about his first pro-wrestling show, and his first pro-wrestling match.  He says no matter how things were in the real world, when he stepped through the curtain, he was in control.
  • He talks about treasuring the relationship he had with the fans as a performer.  He thanks the fans.  "Thank you Razor" chant.
  • He thanks those that mentored him and guided him along the way.  
  • "Hard work pays off, dreams come true.  Bad times don't last, but bad guys do."  His music kicks in.
  • X-Pac, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Kevin Nash come back out to the ring to give him a huge hug.  They pose for a picture together. Nice moment. 

 

  • Jerry Lawler comes out to introduce the next inductee, but Bad News Barrett interrupts him.  He's got some bad news.  He gives the superstars a piece of advise - "Remember the moment, drink it all in, because this is the closest any of them will get to being in the Hall of Fame."  Fantastic.  Even the talent is laughing.
  • The video package for Carlos Colon kicks in. They put over his cultural impact in Puerto Rico, and his matches against Ric Flair, Randy Savage, and Abdullah the Butcher.
  • Lawler introduces his sons, Primo, Epico, and Carlito.  
  • Carlito cuts a funny promo about how his time got cut.  Funny stuff.  "This is why I left, ladies and gentleman."  
  • Primo talks about his father watching wrestling as a child, and how he knew he wanted to be a wrestler.  He talks about his father's journey to become a wrestler.  Epico talks about when his uncle came back to Puerto Rico, and he started his own federation.  
  • They talk about his expansion throughout the Carribean.  They announce Carlos Colon to the stage.
  • Carlos reads from a sheet.  Very standard speech.  He says he never expected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 
  • Colon talks about his marriage and the traveling.  He puts over his family and how they've nearly all become wrestlers.
  • Colon thanks Abdullah the Butcher, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Tully Blanchard, Dutch Mantell, The Funks, The Briscoes, The Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, and other.  He says he's honored to join Pedro Morales.  
  • Colon cuts a chunk of his speech in Spanish.  He gives a shoutout to his mother.  He continues speaking in Spanish and thanks us all.

 

  • Lawler introduces the video package for the final inductee - The Ultimate Warrior.
  • Lots of clips of the talent talking about Warrior.  
  • Linda McMahon walks out to induct The Ultimate Warrior.  She says this has been a fantastic evening.
  • Linda says Warrior asked her to induct him.  She says this is her favorite WWE event, because they get to induct past legends, and inspire others to become legends.
  • She says he is a motivational speaker, and he will surely motivate others. She talks about how he changed his name legally to "Warrior" because he believed so strongly in those fundamentals. 
  • Linda talks about his charge to the ring, and he ran around the ring two-three times.  She jokes about how he probably couldn't stop running.  
  • Linda says he wasn't the easiest guy to be around, and he could be difficult to convince that his way wasn't always the best way.  Linda says when he came back for his final WWE Tenure, he personally asked her to be her contact.  She talks about how he would occasionally vent to her over the phone, and he would yell and scream.
  • Linda puts him over as a devoted husband, father and patriot.
  • Linda introduces Warrior, accompanied by his two daughters.  A very nice moment as the youngsters hug and kiss him on stage.
  • Warrior snorts into the mic immediately. 
  • He says this is the most anticipated speech in sports entertainment.  
  • He talks about his wife and how they've been together since 1986, and they've worked through some things and he loves her.  His mother is in the audience too.  He puts his mother over better than Mr T did.  He talks about his children, and says the most awesome thing he will ever do is be their father.
  • Warrior jokes about the rag he has because he sweats a lot.  
  • Warrior says he was backstage talking to himself, saying how awesome it all was.  He jokes that a talent came up to him and said it was awesome that he was finally being inducted, but he jokes that he was really talking about DDP Yoga.  Funny.
  • Warrior talks about "the" DVD that was produced about him a few years ago.  He says it's like the DVD never existed.
  • He tells a story about being at Titan Towers in Stamford.  
  • He says if you really want to try something, try his "brand" of self destruction.  After 18 years in exile, you can still come back and headline the Hall of Fame at the 30th Wrestlemania.
  • A "One more match" chant breaks out.  He dismisses it but says it's kind.
  • He says he never met anyone in this business that hasn't taught him something, even if it wasn't something that he didn't want to do.
  • Warrior name drops "Steve Borden" aka Sting.  He says they trained for a bit, then went to "Mid-Southern."  I thought it was Mid-South.  He name drops all the guys they worked with.  
  • Warrior tells a story about Ted Dibiase stiffing him with clotheslines.  
  • Warrior jokes about the name change to WWE from WWF.  "I can't believe that Jerry McDevitt got his ass kicked by those Wildlife people."  
  • He talks about his journey to making it up to New York to work for Vince.  
  • Warrior thanks Steve Lombardi aka The Brooklyn Brawler.  He thanks everyone that helped him out.  He talks about not really being one of the boys, and how when he saw all these people talking about how he was an asshole, it made him angry, but it really broke his heart.
  • Warrior talks about how lots of guys that couldn't handle ribs wouldn't stick around.  He stuck around.
  • Warrior says someone told him recently he was a good guy.  He says he was and is a good guy.  
  • He thanks the crew that makes events like this happen.  He puts the ring crew over big-time, and suggests they have an award for those guys.  He wants to see a "Jimmy Miranda" award for the crew.  
  • Warrior cracks a joke about Vince living to see Wrestlemania 75.
  • He says he wouldn't be there this evening if it wasn't for the fans.  He says the Ultimate Warrior is a legend, and the fans are legendary.
  • He says the real fans fought amongst the lies and fought for his induction.
  • A "Thank You Warrior" chant breaks out.  He spins it and thanks the fans. 
  • Warrior says he appreciates the opportunities he was given and the reason he and Steve got those shots was because they minded their manners and appreciated the work others did.
  • Warrior puts over Vince McMahon and how Vince taught him to use his imagination and creativity.  He ran with it.  
  • He tells a story about how he met with Vince McMahon with a journal of notes he could do for him.  He showed Vince that day he was dedicated and after that he got a meeting with him whenever he wanted.
  • Warrior misses being on the road and says it was awesome doing that.  He says it was awesome being larger than life.  He says in this business, there are few legitimate tough guys.  The rest of us "play that role."  
  • Warrior puts over John Cena and his work with Make a Wish.
  • Warrior talks about how Ray Lewis recently got dressed up in Warrior gear.  He says wrestlers don't put on hockey gear, football gear, etc, but other performers put on wrestling gear.  That's how powerful it is.
  • Warrior says there isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't think about the business. 
  • He says he's become really good friends with "blowing up" in the ring.  He says he's blown up now.  He laughs and says pushing beyond what he could do is what made him who he is.
  • He stands still and gathers his thoughts for a moment.  He says lots of people weren't sure how he would act, and that people said he didn't know where the gimmick stopped and started.  He says these days people are still working their gimmicks.
  • He says "The DVD was just wrong."  
  • He says he's announced a multi-year ambassadorship with WWE.
  • Warrior pulls out a letter that Vince wrote him.  I guess it was a check. 
  • He says Vince McMahon was a good fortune teller, because today The Ultimate Warrior is a legend.  
  • "No more match.  No more match."
  • Warrior says the WWE needs people that have their time there, and when their time is up, they step to the next level and help the next group step up.
  • Warrior thanks everyone for coming tonight and wishes everyone to enjoy Wrestlemania.

Well... it was an interesting night, to say the least.  We had some very lengthy speeches, some unnecessarily so.  Jake Robert's speech, by far, was the most touching, but the moment for William Moody was pretty special in of itself.

On that note, I'm going to bed.  Join us for Wrestlemania 30 coverage tomorrow!  Goodnight, folks!