Event: WWE Hall Of
Airdate: Saturday, April 5th, 2014 (WWE
Location: The Smoothie King Center in New
Results by Matt
Alright everybody, here we go! The WWE Hall Of Fame “red carpet” pre-show
special has concluded and the intro for the live special itself is beginning
now. Stay tuned!
Introduction: Jerry “The King” Lawler
After the usual elaborate video package introduction, the host of tonight’s
ceremony, WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler is brought out. Lawler makes
his way to the podium and begins by thanking everyone for coming out. He says
tonight is a celebration. He says it is his honor to share the same stage as
this year’s WWE Hall Of Fame inductees. Lawler introduces a video package that
is narrated by the Kid Rock song “Celebration,” which is one of the official
WrestleMania XXX theme songs.
WWE Hall Of Fame 2014 Induction: Lita
After the video package, Jerry Lawler introduces Lita’s video package. After
the video package wraps up, Lawler introduces WWE Hall Of Famer Trish Stratus.
Trish makes her way to the podium to begin her induction speech for her friend
and former opponent, Amy “Lita” Dumas.
Trish talks about it being an honor to induct Lita. She says Lita is the
godmother to her child. She says her first and last matches in WWE was against
Lita. She says they both retired at about the same time. She talks about the
chemistry that the two had throughout their careers. She talks about the biggest
moment being when they got to main event WWE RAW.
She talks about how Lita was different. She dressed different, she wrestled
different, but she was relatable. She talks about Lita’s days as a member of
“Team Extreme” with Matt and Jeff Hardy. Trish runs down some of Lita’s
accomplishments and then brings out to the stage, the first inductee to the 2014
class of the WWE Hall Of Fame — Amy Dumas, better known as Lita.
Lita’s music hits and out walks Lita in a long red dress. Lita says she’s
going to take a minute to soak this in. The fans all chant “Lita.” As she
continues to talk, the fans erupt in a giant “thank you Lita” chant. Lita tells
a story about a travel agent. She talks about calling a travel agent to make a
trip to Mexico to learn how to be a professional wrestler. She talks about
having money stashed on her during her trip, and then pulls out a $20 bill from
her bra to reveal that she still has that mindset to this day.
She talks about going to Arena Mexico, which she refers to as the Madison
Square Garden of Mexico. She runs down a bunch of details on her first time
being in attendance at a wrestling show in Mexico. She relates the excitement
she felt that night to the excitement everyone is going to feel on Sunday night
at WrestleMania XXX.
Lita pulls out a mask that she stole from someone who was at the show that
night in Mexico. She mentions that it was also the first time she saw Rey
Mysterio. Mysterio is shown smiling in the audience. The fans boo something, but
I can’t figure out what. They chant “put the screen back” (I believe that’s what
they were saying). Again, not sure what’s going on with the boo’s or that chant,
just recapping what I’m hearing and seeing.
She says she didn’t see Mysterio that night in Mexico, but did run into Arn
Anderson. She says she told Double A that she wanted to be a pro wrestler and
that she was trying to find Mysterio. She says Anderson said he’d help her find
him. She talks about being near the elevators in the hotel and seeing Mysterio
coming out of one of them. Double A is shown smiling in the crowd. She mentions
that she owes Arn a Miller Lite for something. Some ladies come out with a tray
of Miller Lite’s. She says she owes Anderson and
Mysterio one, so the beers are presented to them each. Trish joins Lita
at the podium for a shot of wheet grass. Anderson and
Mysterio get their beers and everyone cheers. Anderson walks over to
where Mysterio is sitting and they both drink their beers in honor of Lita.
Everyone cheers again.
Lita continues telling her story about how she became a pro wrestler. She talks about
being at ECW Heatwave 1999 and everyone breaks out into an “ECW” chant. She says
she was teamed up with Roadkill and Danny Doring. She says Doring got down on
one knee to propose to her, but instead of a ring, he proposed to her with a
condom. She says that’s not to be out-done by her proposal from “The Rated R
Superstar” Edge. Then she talks about being proposed to by Kane. These are all
storyline proposals, obviously.
She talks about being chosen by director James Cameron for the season finale
of a television show. She talks about getting her neck broken during an accident
while shooting a stunt scene. She talks about watching RAW in the hospital. She
says she was told that if she coughed or sneezed she could be paralyzed. She
says while sitting there, she decided she wanted to talk to “Stone Cold.” With that said, Steve
Austin is shown sitting in the crowd. The fans explode with cheers when seeing
him. She talks about Stone Cold taking her to Dr.
Youngblood, who fixed her up and because of that, she enjoyed six more years in
She thanks a bunch of people. During her thank-you’s, we get our first
glimpse of Jim Ross in the audience, as he’s seated next to Steve Austin as Lita thanks
him for bringing her matches to life with his commentary. She runs down a bunch
of other thank you’s, too many to list in this space. She wraps up finally,
after a solid 30-40 minutes of talking.
WWE Hall Of Fame 2014 Induction: Jake “The Snake” Roberts
After Lita’s lengthy speech, Jerry Lawler comes back out and introduces a
Jake “The Snake” Roberts video package. After the
video package, Lawler
introduces Roberts’ inductors, the leader of DDP Yoga, Diamond Dallas Page.
DDP makes his way out to the podium to a pretty good reaction. As soon as he
begins to speak, the fans break out in “DDP” chants. He mentions that tonight is
his 58th birthday. The fans break out into a loud “happy birthday” chant. He
says he’s so happy that not only is one of his boys, but two of his boys rising
up to get their recognition. He thanks Dusty Rhodes for helping him get into the
bvusiness. He says not only did Dusty help him, but so did a guy called Jake
Roberts. He credits Jake for helping teach him the art of professional
wrestling. DDP tells some stories about living with Jake, how Jake was
crazy with his snake in his house, etc. He talks about how Jake lost the snake
in his house and how he was afraid of DDP’s wife at the time, Kimberly, finding
DDP gets emotional and choked up when talking about how he has been trying
for years to pay Jake back for all that he gave and taught him over the years.
DDP finally wraps up his introduction by telling the story of helping Jake get
clean and sober, and then brings out the newest inductee into the 2014 class of
the WWE Hall Of Fame, Jake “The Snake”
Jake comes out to a huge pop, looks emotional, and then soaks in the
immediate “thank you Jake” chants from an all-standing crowd in New Orleans. He
begins by mentioning that “all of a sudden he forgot what he was going to say.”
He remembers. He says that he’s always loved professional
wrestling. He says he’s always hated ties. He talks about his complicated
relationship with his father, who was also a wrestler (Grizzly Smith).
He continues by talking about how he fell in love with wrestling. He cuts
himself off when going to say something controversial. He ends up saying it
anyways, but it is bleeped out. Whatever it was, was “‘blank’ people’s
emotions.” He says he’s 58 years old and jokes about DDP’s age. He talks about missing being able to wrestle. He
says he can still do a little something. He says he can get a few cheers, DDT
someone, etc. He points out Ricky Steamboat in the crowd. The fans interupt Jake
with a loud “you still got it” chant. He says, “no, you’re wrong.” He says his
heart and his mind “still want it.” The fans applaud. He says it reaches a point
where you can’t do it justice.
He talks about being a rotten son of a bitch. He talks about cheating on
every women he’s ever met, except the women he calls the ring (the wrestling
ring). He talks about the alcohol and the drugs. He says you get tired of lying
to your children. He gets emotional and the fans rally behind him with
He talks about being jealous of his friends who died. He says he’d get angry
at god for not taking him. He says for some reason, one person stuck a hand out,
and that person was Diamond Dallas Page. He says he was doing drugs and alcohol
everyday and didn’t want to live. He says DDP, however, is the most positive son
of a bitch on this planet. He says DDP won’t shut up. He says DDP saved his
life. He talks about needing shoulder surgery and not having insurance. He talks
about the fans helping to chip in to help pay for his shoulder surgery. He
thanks the fans for sending in $30,000 to pay for the surgery and it woke him up
and made him realize somebody does care about him.
He talks about god giving him a great deal of talent and apologizes for
wasting a lot of it. He says tonight, however, he’s so happy. He talks about
having family here tonight. He talks about having a hero who is 18 months old. A
little baby is shown in the crowd. Jake asks for the baby to be brought on
stage. The baby is handed to Jake. He says this young man has a sister out
there, but before he can continue, the kid grabs the mic. The fans laugh. He
talks about how the kid has had a ton of surgeries, as has his sister, and tells
Vince McMahon that at WrestleMania 50 this kid will be in the main event. He
asks for his family to stand up. We see Jake’s family standing up in the
audience. He thanks them for giving him a second chance. He thanks WWE for
giving him a second chance as well. Jake’s music hits again.
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