During a recent interview with FOX News, Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter claimed that he was “unanimously voted in” to the WWE Hall of Fame by his peers. As you’d expect, that seems to counter the common perception that all WWE Hall of Fame decisions are made by Vince McMahon himself.
For what it’s worth, Slaughter joined the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004. That was the first class from WWE’s relaunch of the Hall of Fame in conjunction with WrestleMania XX so some changes have likely been made since then. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On his WWE Hall of Fame induction: “Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the number one thing that you’re shooting for. You don’t win titles, you earn titles, and to earn the right to be a Hall of Famer and voted in by your peers — I was unanimously voted in. I was still wrestling, actually, and it was a great honor.”
On his Hall of Fame speech: “I knew what it was like for me to think of what I wanted to say, who I wanted to thank. And as anything, there’s time limits. Wrestlers can talk the chrome off a bumper, so you have to try to get it all into one 10-minute conversation — your whole career, your whole life and who to thank. So it’s a pretty big deal and I really enjoyed it. This year it’s going to be at the Barclays Center, and I look forward to it because it’s my favorite time of the week when I hear the stories and hear who they thank and how they got there.”