got lazy and was beaten by a substitute wrestler. He didn't cry until he got back to the locker room because he let his mother and everyone else down. It was the worst thing to ever happen to him and the best because he never gave up.
He went nuts screaming about how hard he worked and never gave up and is fitter than anyone else here. He began ranting about the marks Sgt. Slaughter left on his body. He asked if anyone remembers the last time he was in MSG...because he doesn't either.
Backlund pointed out Betty Skaaland in the front row and spoke lovingly of her husband, Arnold who managed him. He warned HHH not to laugh at him and HHH went all serious...then Backlund said he was laughing too. This is awesome.
Backlund asked his brother to come on stage and put him in a side headlock. He pointed out a young athlete he works out with.
Vince McMahon snuck out on stage in a funny manner and told Bob he was done. Bob played it off and said he was waiting for a signal.
Backlund went nuts with a rant about the young athlete andrew cuomo getting better every day and pushing HHH to sign him. They ended the speech with Bob going nuts. HHH got on stage and they did some silly back and forth. Bob kept going and going and Vince came back out and they turned the lights out and played music. Bob kept going.
This was the most entertaining, odd, awesome speech ever. I hope it doesn't get edited. It was way out there in outer space
Vince McMahon came out to induct him. The fans chanted thank you. Vince said he needed to thank the fans.
He said Donald Trump was an institution, hosting Wrestlemanias and attending shows. They showed the clip of Jesse Ventura wanting Trump to back him politically and said that might be where Trump got the idea to run. Vince said that next to himself, Trump might be a great President. The crowd cheered for Vince and he asked them if they wanted him to be President. Place went nuts.
Vince compared himself to Trump and discussed their similarities. This led to talk of the Wrestlemania 23 Battle of the Billionares. Vince said Donald cheated, leading to the worst moment of Vince's life. They showed Vince being shaved bald.
Vince said he considers himself a handsome elderly gentleman but he said he's the ugliest bald man ever. Someone yelled Hulk Hogan and cracked Vince up. Vince said he never carries a grudge and introduced Trump. The crowd was booing the hell out of Trump all this time, which was cracking up Vince. He even asked the crowd if they would let him come out before they boo him.
Trump came out and was BOOED. He said, "Tough people."
He said he and Vince had a great relationship starting when his casino hosted Wrestlemania IV and he had such a great time they invited WWE to come back the following year, the only venue to have it back to back.
He talked of the battle of the billionaires and said it was the best PPV and gate in wrestling history. He challenged Vince to fight next year and said he would be happy too. He thanked the fans for their warm welcome.
He pointed out his son. The crowd booed him. They then popped for his daughter Ivanka. Trump pointed out his wife.
He said tonight was a major honor. He said this is his greatest honor including his best sellers and the star on the walk of fame.
Trump thanked Vince and Linda and said he loves the fans, even the ones that don't love him.
Arnold Schwarzenegger inducts Bruno Sammartino. He thanked Vince McMahon and HHH for inviting him here. He said the Garden was packed and asked where were all of us when his last film came out.
He praised the WWE stars for being the great athletes and inspirational figures. He asked what he could say about Bruno and praised his lifting abilities. Arnold said he knew about power and lifted 400 Lbs. Last week...Chris Christie out of his chair.
He talked about Bruno being champion for 11 years and set the record for the most sellouts. He said tonight is another so he broke the record.
Arnold said he wanted to make a movie on Bruno's life but Bruno said he wanted an actor to play him. He is pretty funny tonight.
He talked about his first meeting with Bruno and how he was a great immigrant story, chased by the Nazis. They moved to Pittsburgh and was bullied because of his accent, so he began his journey and the bullies disappeared.
He introduced Bruno.
The crowd gave him a massive roar and chanted his name and then welcome home. Bruno was stunned and said My My My you turned the clock back 50 years. He said he was ready to run to the ring but he's an old man today. The crowd chanted for one more match.
Bruno said maybe it was our parents or grandparents here but he thanked us for bringing him back to those days. He thanked Arnold for inducting him. He said they became good friends in the 60s and 70s and said his acting and political careers were amazing. He said he was very grateful he was here.
Bruno said to be inducted is very special because you are being recognized for his contributions to wrestling but in this case, for it to happen here in MSG is so special. He headlined MSG more than anyone in the history of the venue. He said he can hardly believe it but it was 50 years ago he became the WWWF champion.
He talked of slamming Haystacks Calhoun in the Garden and he thought the roof was going to burst. He said he was thankful for what MSG did for him. He said there may be bigger and nicer arenas but around the world, everyone knows MSG.
He said MSG would give him publicity and put him on the covers of the wrestling magazines. That made him a headliner anywhere he went in the world because of MSG.
Bruno said he was one of the luckiest men in the world. A third of his town in Italy was wiped out by The Nazis. His father had come here to build a future and when the war came, his dad was stuck here and his mother was left to take care of them. They hid in a mountain and she had to make a 24 hour journey to... (Continues on next page)