Daily Archives: April 3, 2016

WWE Hall Of Famers Receive Rings (Video), Sasha Banks Backstage Family Photo, Stardust Teaser

WWE posted this video with the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame class receiving their rings from Triple H and Vince McMahon.

– We’ve heard reports from fans at WrestleMania 32 Axxess, where Stardust appeared in the ring and mentioned that we may never see him again if he doesn’t win the WWE Intercontinental Title Ladder Match at WrestleMania 32 tomorrow, then teased the return of Cody Rhodes. Stardust has made similar teases on social media over the past few months.

Sasha Banks tweeted this photo with her mom and cousin Snoop Dogg backstage at the WWE Hall of Fame tonight:

Family ?? @SnoopDogg #WWEHOF pic.twitter.com/8b6XdcJU5L

— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) April 2, 2016

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WWE Hall Of Famers Receive Rings (Video), Sasha Banks Backstage Family Photo, Stardust Teaser

WWE NXT Signs Tag Team, Sasha Banks WrestleMania Axxess Video, New Tyler Breeze Episode From Dallas

– The Sasha Banks WrestleMania 32 Video Diary continues below with footage from Axxess.

Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano were officially signed to WWE NXT this week, according to PWInsider. The two have been working on limited deals for several months now. They worked a match at the NXT TV tapings during Axxess today.

– As seen below, the latest episode of “Shootin’ The Breeze” with Tyler Breeze features some WrestleMania 32 Week action in Dallas:

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  • WWE Hall Of Famers Receive Rings (Video), Sasha Banks Backstage Family Photo, Stardust Teaser

  • Sasha Banks On Going From Triple H’s Entrance To Title Contender At WrestleMania

  • Sasha Banks Teases WrestleMania 32 Surprise (Video), Scott Hall Gets Props, “Be A Star” Rally Video


WWE NXT Signs Tag Team, Sasha Banks WrestleMania Axxess Video, New Tyler Breeze Episode From Dallas

Correction On Kalisto's WWE Hall Of Fame Date, Randy Orton Update, WWE NXT Tapings Crowd Shot

Randy Orton appeared on the WWE Hall of Fame pre-show tonight with his wife Kim and mentioned that he’s 2-3 months from getting back. He also joked about a possible RKO outta nowhere at WrestleMania 32.

– In a correction from earlier, AAA star Sexy Star did not appear at the WWE Hall of Fame with Kalisto tonight, it was his wife Abigail. We apologize for the error. Below is a photo of the two from a fan who also thought it was Sexy Star:

What in the hell is Sexy Star from AAA doing at the Red Carpet?! #WWEHOF #LuchaUnderground pic.twitter.com/93QmB20zqH

— ??Princess Stella?? (@CHO_FAIRYSTELLA) April 2, 2016

– Here’s a shot of the crowd at the WWE NXT TV tapings during WrestleMania 32 Axxess today:

What a scene earlier today from #WrestleMania #Axxess pic.twitter.com/zyG1cN2FMq

— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 2, 2016

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John Cena Makes Surprise Appearance At WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

WWE Superstar John Cena made a surprise appearance at Saturday night’s WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where he was revealed as the individual who would induct Snoop Dogg into the Hall of Fame’s celebrity wing.

This was Cena’s first appearance on WWE programming ever since undergoing surgery back in January.

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John Cena Makes Surprise Appearance At WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Shinsuke Nakamura's WWE NXT TV Debut, AJ Styles Speaks from AT&T Stadium (Video), More on NXT

– Shinsuke Nakamura will make his WWE NXT TV debut on Wednesday’s show, which was taped today at WrestleMania 32 Axxess. He will face Elias Samson.

– “No Way Jose” Levis Valenzuela will also debut on that episode against Alexander Wolfe.

– It’s possible Wednesday’s show is a special episode that runs longer than 1 hour as several matches were taped today for what appears to be the April 6th episode. We will keep you updated when more information becomes available.

– WWE posted this video from AT&T Stadium with AJ Styles talking about making his WrestleMania debut on Sunday against Chris Jericho. Styles says his family will be in attendance for the match.


Shinsuke Nakamura's WWE NXT TV Debut, AJ Styles Speaks from AT&T Stadium (Video), More on NXT

Live WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony and Pre-show Coverage

– The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet Pre-show opens up from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Byron Saxton welcomes us. He’s joined by Maria Menounos. Maria says she’s honored to be back with WWE. Saxton sends us over to Renee Young and she’s with WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Renee asks about Charlotte defending the WWE Divas Title at WrestleMania 32 and Flair gets a bit emotional, saying it’s almost overwhelming. He talks about inducting Sting tonight and being at ringside with his daughter tomorrow, saying it can’t get any better. He teases Charlotte’s gear will be stealing the show tomorrow. Renee sends us back to Byron and Maria. Maria talks about new WWE correspondent Cathy Kelley and says she’s like a kid sister. They have worked together in the past and Maria is proud to introduce her. She sends us to Cathy on the floor with The Miz and Maryse. Miz talks about paying tribute to the ones who paved the way and because WWE is live, you never know what people are going to say. Cathy comments on how good they look and Miz shows his wife off. Cathy calls them the perfect couple and we go back to Renee.

Renee is with Sasha Banks on the floor. She says tomorrow night will be the fight of her life and she can’t wait. She talks about getting emotional over seeing the Divas front and center on AT&T Stadium. She says it wasn’t John Cena or Triple H, it was the Divas and they’re taking over. She also talks about how cool it is for Jacqueline to go into the Hall tonight. We go to Maria and Byron. They’re with Jerry Lawler, his fiance Lauren and her son Peyton. Lawler says there’s a really good video for the Legacy Award tonight. Lawler, tonight’s host, sends us to a break as we see Mark Henry being interviewed on the red carpet.

We come back to Renee and now she’s with WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino. He says tonight is going to be spectacular and he’s looking forward to it. Bruno talks about Stan Hansen going into the Hall tonight. Bruno gives some tips for keeping speeches short. Renee asks about the WWE World Heavyweight Title match on Sunday. Bruno says we’re in for a treat and both men are in great shape. He believes the audience is going to go wild for the match tomorrow. Maria and Byron are with Dolph Ziggler. Besides the Hall of Famers, Ziggler talks about how it’s cool to catch up with guys like Kevin Nash and Scott Hall backstage. He says he’s constantly butting heads with Michael “PS” Hayes backstage about what’s good and what’s not for the fans but apparently Hayes has something special planned for tonight. Cathy is with The Ultimate Warrior’s widow Dana and her daughters. She praises Joan Lundren and says she exemplifies what her husband talked about. She says she loves the choice and thinks it was a great one. Cathy comments on how much Warrior’s daughters have grown and they agree. Dana talks about how hard it was losing Warrior but says he raised them right from the time they were born and she knows her girls will grow into incredible Warrior women. We go to Renee with Ryback and his date Priscilla. Ryback talks about opening the show tomorrow and says they’re going to do it right. He says he’s taking the United States Title from Kalisto. Maria and Byron are with Randy Orton and his wife Kim. He says he’s about 2-3 months away and jokes about a possible RKO outta nowhere at WrestleMania 32. They talk about the inductions and joke around about Snoop Dogg being high. We come back from a break and Renee is with “Road Dogg” BG James, his wife and daughter. He talks about the Hall, WrestleMania and says Roman Reigns will bring it but Triple H has the experience. Cathy is with WWE Hall of Famer Lita and Corey Graves. Lita talks about her own induction and Graves says he’s really looking forward to Stan Hansen. Lita agrees. Graves says The Freebirds are going to steal the show. Everyone is excited about Hayes’ suit tonight. Byron and Maria are with The Usos and Naomi. They’re all in a good mood and talk about inducting Rikishi last year. They all do a Rikishi dance with a dab. Cathy is with Sgt. Slaughter. He says he’d like to give her some orders. Slaughter also talks about some of tonight’s inductions and mentoring younger WWE talents. He says he really pulls for the underdogs and hopes Dean Ambrose beats Brock Lesnar. They salute each other and we go back to Maria and Byron.

Sheamus is with Byron and Maria now. Maria offers to put the braids back in Sheamus’ beard for WrestleMania tomorrow. We hear the crowd erupt and it’s Hacksaw Jim Duggan making his entrance. Sheamus talks about Stan Hansen’s induction. Renee is with Sami Zayn next. She asks how he’s doing after the Shinsuke Nakamura match and he’s beat up but feels good. He says it’s rare that he’s still this amped about a match the next day. He says the fan response has been overwhelming and the post-match response from the NXT fans was overwhelming. Sami also talks about making his WrestleMania debut tomorrow and says it really hasn’t hit him yet but it will when he walks out and sees the people. We go to Cathy with Emma and Zack Ryder. They talk about being at Six Flags and WrestleMania. Big Show is with Maria and Byron next. He teases surprises for WrestleMania and says this really might be the biggest of all time. He also praises Sting. We go to WWE United States Champion Kalisto and his wife Abigail, who is wearing a mask. We get another break and also get interviews from The Dudley Boyz. Renee is with Dean Ambrose now. She talks about how he’s wearing a suit. He says Brock Lesnar disrespected him and needs to be punished. He says he might not look this good come Monday morning so he’s going to celebrate tonight. Byron and Maria lead us to a video on the Dusty Rhodes statue reveal at Axxess.

We come back to Steve Austin. He talks to Maria and Byron about how Dusty influenced his career. Austin talks about how tonight is special and how he traveled with Jackie. He also comments on Stan Hansen and how he paid money to see The Fabulous Freebirds when he was younger. Cathy is with Booker T and Sharmell. Booker talks about his 5 year old son wanting to fight at WrestleMania and says he would support his kids if they wanted to get in the business. Renee is with The Bella Twins. Nikki Bella, wearing her neck brace, talks about her recovery. Maria and Byron are with Roman Reigns and his wife. He says he’s rested and ready to go for tomorrow. He’s happy to be here, very blessed and happy to be here with his wife. Reigns says Michael Hayes has helped him so much and he’s looking forward to that induction, saying it will be top notch. Byron, Cathy, Renee and Maria all close the show together and that’s it for the pre-show.

– The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony opens up with a video package for tonight’s inductees. We’re live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas as the familiar voice welcomes us. WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler makes his way out to the stage to host.

Lawler leads us to a video package for who he says was his idol, The Godfather. Lawler brings out “The APA” JBL and WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons to do the induction. Simmons says there’s no better way to kick off tonight than a reunion of The APA. JBL says there could have been a third member of the group, The Godfather. He says The Attitude Era wasn’t on Monday nights, it was the three of them seven nights a week. JBL goes on and Simmons interrupts him, joking that it wasn’t a character for The Godfather, it was real. They joke about a “train” and JBL jokes that Godfather had to dumb his character down to get on TV. They still have the munchies from riding with him. Most of the stories they can’t tell, like the one where he was naked with just the Intercontinental Title on… Simmons interrupts him again and reminds us it’s a family show. JBL says they used to help recruit for “the train” and Simmons tells his wife Meredith, if she’s watching, that none of this is true. JBL tells her he was just kidding. Simmons says if they had to do it all over again, they couldn’t ask for a better riding partner. Simmons says it’s an honor to stand with one friend and induct another friend. JBL talks about all the different gimmicks in the Hall of Fame and Simmons says now we have a pimp. They introduce The Godfather and out he comes strutting with his pimp cane. He stops and looks like he’s waiting for his train. Finally, four “hoes” come out and dance with The Godfather. He sends them on and makes his way to the podium.

Godfather asks what’s up and says once again, it’s time to jump on The Ho Train. He says he’s missed us so much. He thanks his parents first, saying they’re at home watching on TV. He thanks them for all their support. He thanks his 4 kids in the crowd. He gives a shout out to his grandson, who turns 7 today. He’s in the crowd but isn’t feeling good. Godfather asks everyone to help him wish the kid a happy birthday and they do. He says there will never be another Godfather but if you weren’t a part of The Attitude Era, check it out on the WWE Network. He says there was nothing like it. He thanks the powers that be in WWE for allowing him to be himself. He says Charles Wright and The Godfather are very close to the same person. He names Cheetah’s in Las Vegas. He says he always felt the love from people and says the love was given right back. He’d love to tell a lot of road stories but like The APA said, people will get in trouble. He says he won’t be out here long because he’s a part type of person and we’ll let some of those long-winded guys go. He tells the younger guys to cherish their time in the business because it won’t come back. He calls for everyone to hop on The Ho Train one more time as his music hits and out come the girls again. They all dance as we go to break.

We come back and Lawler leads us to a video package for Stan Hansen. Lawler tells us we can see Hansen’s Lariat on the WWE Network and asks what people are waiting for if they haven’t subscribed already. Lawler introduces Vader and out he comes with no mask. Vader taunts the crowd and gets them to pop. He slams his coat down and poses. Vader says he wanted to take his coat off in case Hansen came out with one of those famous lariats. He’s taken a few of those in his career and they don’t feel good. He brings up Hansen breaking Bruno Sammartino’s neck at Madison Square Garden and says it started there. We see Bruno nodding in the crowd. Vader talks about meeting Hansen in the AWA. He points out Scott Hall and others in the crowd. Vader says two things you need to be a pro wrestler are strength and power, you need to be an athlete of any kind. He says Hansen had plenty of both. He talks about how powerful Hansen was and how extraordinary his conditioning was. Vader says you couldn’t find a better mentor and friend. Vader says Hansen wasn’t just a big man, he’s a wrestler in every sense of the word and one of the best to ever step in the ring. And that’s the bottom line, because Vader said so. We see Steve Austin clapping in the crowd. Vader talks about more about the AWA and has Hall stand up. He says Hall had a small apartment and saved him a lot of money by letting him sleep on the floor. Vader thanks him and talks about teaming with Hansen in Japan. He says they created one of the best, most intimidating tag teams there’s ever been in Japan. He talks about working for All Japan Pro Wrestling and Giant Baba. Vader says he’s had requests to tell a story from the Tokyo Dome. He says it was sold out and they were going at it in a 30 minute match. They beat the living hell out of each other when his eye came out of the socket. He says somehow they put it back in and finished the match. The crowd pops. Vader brings up WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki, who he says has a God-like presence in Japan, and how Inoki wanted his big Mastadon helmet in the ring. Vader didn’t think Hansen would allow him to bring it in. Vader says he was bringing it in the ring and Hansen swung the rope, breaking Vader’s nose. Vader knew then it would be a tough night. Vader says next thing he knew, the lights went out in the Tokyo Dome. Or so he thought – he got his ass kicked and his eye was hanging on his cheek. Vader says this nice man will come out smiling but he knows the truth, Hansen is dangerous. But he loves Hansen and that’s why he’s here. Vader stops to put on glasses but they’re red gimmick glasses with an eyeball hanging on a spring. The crowd pops. Vader introduces Stan “The Man” Hansen and tells fans to stand up.

Hansen comes out with a black cowboy hat on and a woman on each arm. He hugs Vader and they have a few words. Hansen says Leon is quite a man and his kind of man – big, strong, agile and stiff as a board. Hansen gives Vader more props and says it’s an honor to be here. He says this was unexpected and he appreciates being in this year’s Class. Hansen thanks God for giving him a set of lungs and legs. He jokes that he was short-changed on his looks but that’s OK, he’s come to live with that. Hansen thanks JBL for keeping his name out there while he’s been retired. Hansen appreciates JBL just mentioning his name. Hansen says there’s 1,000 opponents he would love to talk about because they are important. He says you’ll never be successful without an opponent. Hansen gets a little lost and apologizes for it. He says he’s going to start talking about what he’s supposed to. He praises his wife and says he was lucky enough to find her. She’s in the crowd and he says he tells her everyday how much he loves and appreciates her. We see her and his kids in the crowd. He thanks them all and says he’s proud of them for making their own decisions and not riding his coattails. Hansen thanks WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk for breaking him in, mentoring him and being an opponent. He thanks the whole Funk family for breaking him in. He thanks others he worked with in Amarillo, Texas for helping him get in the business. He thanks WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund and we see him in the crowd. Hansen says Backlund is the best athlete in pro wrestling. Hansen says it was an honor to wrestle Backlund in Madison Square Garden. He talks about working with Chavo Guerrero in Texas in his early days. Hansen brings up the Sportatorium in Dallas and that gets a pop. He also names Friz Von Erich, The Rock’s grandfather Peter Maivia and Rick Martel. He praises Martel for knowing how to fight. Hansen talks about when Martel beat him in 9 seconds and says he’s putting that out there to tell everyone he’s done a few jobs. The crowd pops for that too. Hansen says his mother always brought up how Martel beat him in 9 seconds when she heard his name. He talks about ending up at Madison Square Garden at 25 years old against Bruno Sammartino, when he broke Bruno’s neck and put him out for 4 months. Hansen praises Bruno for being full of class and says Bruno never held that against him. Hansen says he calls Bruno every so often and thanks him. Hansen goes on and thanks Vince McMahon Sr. and Andre the Giant for his career in Japan. He talks more about his career and Texas before wrapping up. We go to a break.

Back from the break and Lawler leads us to a video package for Jacqueline. Lawler tells everyone to put any tables up before introducing The Dudley Boyz. Bubba Ray Dudley says it’s great for them to be back home in the WWE Universe and fans pop. Bubba says tonight is really cool because it’s special for Jackie. He recalls Mark Carrano telling them that Jackie wanted them to induct her. Bubba says they’ve done a lot in the industry and been blessed but they haven’t inducted anyone yet. He mentions Jackie being inducted in the city where she started. He says like The Godfather, there are a lot of stories they can’t tell about her. He says the one word that comes to mind is tough. Not just tough for a woman, a tough human being in general. Tough like The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young tough. D-Von Dudley goes to talk but Bubba cuts him off. Bubba says D-Von only says testify. D-Von jokes that he might put Bubba through a table tonight. D-Von jokes that he’s sick and tired of Bubba so Bubba can get his own tables. Bubba says Jackie will always be one of the boys. D-Von says Jackie is probably one of the cheapest people he’s met. He jokes on her avoiding tolls on the road. Bubba talks about how she avoided paying her share of the rental car. D-Von talks about how Jackie has been extremely close with his family over the years. He’s happy to say Jackie is one of their few friends for life. D-Von says it’s an honor and a privilege to induct Jackie Moore. Out she comes with a few models but she doesn’t need them. She dabs at D-Von’s request and hugs them both.

Jackie says she’s honored to be inducted. She shouts back at a fan who loves her. She talks about being a big fan of The Von Erichs on TV when she was younger. She saw an ad for prospective pro wrestlers on a TV guide and she called it. She went to the tryout and met Skandar Akbar. He thought she had something and trained her. She says when she finally got a call from WWE, she was so excited because that meant she finally made it. She says she was fortunate enough to win the WWE Women’s Title and then hit her pinnacle when she won it a few years later. That’s the high point she will always remember and the rest is history. She’s thankful for her time with WWE and the people she met. She thanks the fans, her family and friends, Trish Stratus, Lita, Molly Holly, Terri Runnels, Victoria and Sable. She says there are too many guys to mention but it was a pleasure working with all of them. She thanks WWE for the opportunity and that’s it for her speech.

Back from a break and Lawler takes a moment to honor the pioneers that paved the way. He leads us to a Legacy Award video package and they welcome the following inductees into the 2016 WWE Legacy Hall of Fame: Ed “The Strangler” Lewis, Lou Thesz, Frank Gotch, George Hackenschmidt, Mildred Burke, Pat O’Connor and “Sailor” Art Thomas. Lawler leads us to a video package for The Fabulous Freebirds.

We come back and WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day are out to a pop. They’re wearing matching suits but do not have their titles. They dance around the stage before taking the podium. Kofi Kingston speaks first but the “New Day rocks” chants take over. Kofi talks about how good they look in their suits but says tonight is not about them, it’s about The Fabulous Freebirds. Kofi says people are wondering why The New Day is doing this induction. Kofi says the two teams have a lot in common. Xavier Woods says they love to sing and dance. Kofi says they’re both multi-man well-oiled units. Big E gets a pop for saying his unit is well-oiled. They do some comedy and Big E says both teams just like to have fun. They go on and Woods says what they learned from The Freebirds is that family doesn’t mean you’re related by blood. He says family is brotherhood, who you train with, who you ride with, your chemistry, your best friends. Woods says they apply that to their in-ring work and their everyday life. He says Kofi and Big E are his brothers just like The Freebirds are. He thanks them for teaching The New Day that. Kofi talks about how The Freebirds were innovators, being the first team to come out with rock music. Kofi gets a “Free Birds Rock” chant going until Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” interrupts.

Michael “PS” Hayes and Jimmy “Jam” Garvin come out as “Freebird” kick in and the dance around like the old days. We see Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and their family in the front row watching. Hayes is wearing a fanny pack but does not have on a flashy suit, surprisingly. Fans chant again and Hayes says they need oxygen. Garvin agrees and says he hasn’t danced like that in a long time. They get fans to give it up for The New Day. Hayes goes to leave and they joke about working bets on how long the speech would go. Garvin can’t catch his breath. He talks about being put in a ring at 9 years old and it felt like home. Garvin says he became brothers with Hayes 37 years ago and it’s been a wonderful ride. Hayes joked about how he always stays in trouble in WWE. Garvin talks about setting an attendance record in Texas and says it will be smashed tomorrow at WrestleMania. Hayes tells a story about how they got a 2 bedroom apartment and the door was kicked off the hinges on the first day when nobody had a key. They had a pretty wild party and says that’s just one story that comes to mind. Garvin talks about how much they miss Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts. He says they are still their brothers and he would give anything to have them here now. Hayes guarantees tonight we will feel their presence tonight, like always. Hayes to make it a little more special, we have their kids. He introduces Ray Gordy, known to WWE fans as Jesse, and indie wrestler Buddy Roberts Jr. They come out and hug Garvin and Hayes.

Ray says his favorite wrestler was always Kevin Von Erich but when he got into the business, he realized his dad was one of the best big man ever. Ray says on behalf of his sisters, he thanks WWE for honoring the memory of his father. He thanks the fans and says without them, none of this would be possible. Buddy is up next and he says everything he planned on saying is out the window. He thanks WWE, Hayes, Ray and Garvin. He says this means a whole lot. He says his mom is here and doesn’t want to be recognized but he asks her to stand up. Roberts says his dad had a great career for more than 2 decades, he traveled thousands of miles and loved every minute of it. He says traveling the road and being with his brothers was most important to him. Roberts thanks everyone and the Hall of Fame music hits. Ray says he would like to hear a few more Freebird stories and the music hits again. Garvin and Hayes come back to the podium. Garvin says this is a family show and they’re restricted on stories. Fans boo. Garvin says they’re going to push the limit because all that can happen is Hayes get fired. Garvin tells a brief story about Roberts urinating on him. He says they had a wonderful time and he misses him dearly. Garvin wants Hayes to tell a story now. Hayes talks about being taken to a strip club in the early days with the Von Erichs and he knew if he was to stay out of trouble, clubs were a bad idea. He says he tried to stay in the car but Kerry and David tried to carry him in the club. He ended up walking in on his own. He jokes about how this wasn’t your average strip club, one woman looked like she was someone’s aunt and fresh off her third baby. He says she looked good after some Jack Daniels & coke. He talks about being confronted by a member of a biker gang, asking what gang Hayes was in. Gordy saw the whole thing, came over and got slapped by the guy. Terry grabbed the man and Hayes grabbed his friend. Gordy realized the man had a wooden leg. Hayes was worried about getting stabbed in the back and Gordy was worried about taking down a guy with a wooden leg. Hayes says they went to let the guys up but one reached in his vest for a gun. Hayes and Gordy went for a back door but it was locked. They went through the front door and to the street. He says thankfully the guy had a wooden leg and couldn’t catch up. The guy fired a few shots with his gun and Gordy just laughed because the guy missed. The crowd pops at Hayes’ punchline. Everyone stands and chants “Free Birds Rock” again. Garvin thanks everyone and says everything he did with the boys was well worth it. He says being valet for a day with David Von Erich will live on in his mind forever because it was a lot of fun. He talks about his feud with “Gentleman” Chris Adams. Garvin praises his wife, who is at home, and says they have been together for 47 years. He loves her to death and will love her even more when he gets home. The “whooos” go out over the crowd and Garvin says that’s what he’s talking about. He talks more about his family and says he has been blessed in many ways but he was blessed to be a Freebird long before anyone probably knew it. He says it was a wonderful experience. He thanks the fans again and says he will forever appreciate the opportunity to party with Gordy, Buddy and Hayes. Hayes pays tribute to World Class Championship Wrestling and the world famous Sportatorium. He names Iceman King Parsons, Chris Adams, Precious and Sunshine. Hayes says there are so many people he needs to thank but he doesn’t have time and we don’t want him to. Hayes thanks God from the bottom of his heart, his mother who is at home watching live. He says she was his greatest motivator. He says she had a unique way of doing things with him. He thanks Pat Patterson, Gerald and Jack Brisco, everyone he works with in WWE, the producers and agents, “Hollywood John Tatum,” who he asks to stand up. Hayes thanks the WWE writers he works with and says fans aren’t going to like this. They boo. He says we have no idea how hard the writers and everyone else in the company works. From the people at the studio, to the mailroom and up the 4th floor… everyone works overtime to make sure we have a product that puts smiles on our faces. Hayes says he thought the “smiles on faces” campaign was stupid at first but he went to a live event and saw smiles on everyone’s faces. He gives a shoutout to The Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika. Hayes says to prove how crazy he is, he’s seriously going to thank his two ex-wives. His first, Claire, was the only one at the time to believe he could do this. His second ex, Lori, gave some of the best times he had. He thanks them both and says it was their fault they married him. Hayes says he’s found something out recently, because of the family in the front row – the McMahon family. We see Triple H and Stephanie. Hayes says when he was in a bad place, they reached out and helped him get in a better place. He says Stephanie has always had his back and been the sister he never had. We see Shane McMahon and his wife. Hayes says Shane keeps him up at night and says he needs to settle down. Hayes points out Linda McMahon, beside Triple H, and says she’s the only one in the family not crazy. Hayes wonders if he accidentally urinated on Linda on an airplane one time and says if he did, it was her fault. Hayes says his marriages didn’t work out because he already had a wife – he’d been married to the business since he was young. Hayes says he’s the last person you would think would b-e on a stage as a WWE Hall of Famer. He gives a shoutout to the WWE NXT “kids” he loves. Fans chant “you still got it” at Hayes. Hayes tells them to love this business and if they do, it will love them back. He says he had one love that turned out good, his dog. He introduces us to Jojo Hayes and shows her on the big screen. He says he misses her and she passed away two years ago, which crushed him. He recalls words from Kevin Von Erich and introduces the WWE Hall of Famer. Von Erich hugs them both and then they raise hands together. Von Erich talks about being brothers and accidentally calls The New Day “new gay guys” but gives them props. He gives props to Terry Gordy’s family and Buddy Roberts’ family. He says Gordy put his family first and he will never forget him. Von Erich says losing his own family gave him a chance to look at life differently. He says family is more important than fame or money. He points out his sons Ross and Marshall in the crowd and they stand up. He goes on about how lucky he is and congratulates The Freebirds.

Hayes and Garvin come back to the podium and Hayes leads us to a performance of their “Badstreet USA” hit. Hayes takes the mic to the crowd and shouts out The Iron Sheik. Hayes fist bumps with The Kliq and Diamond Dallas Page. He greets others and makes his way back to the stage. Hayes wishes Dallas a goodnight and makes his exit. We go to a break.

We come back and Lawler leads us to the video package for The Big Boss Man. Out next comes former manager and “The Dr. of Style” Slick to do the induction. Slick cuts a promo on about how he only wants $20’s and $50’s in the collection plate tonight. He starts talking about Ray Traylor and says people took notice when he walked in a room. He says Boss Man had a smile that could light up any arena. He knew Boss Man was the definition of a Superstar when he first saw him and his rise to the top was no accident. Slick credits Boss Man for his success and says the world lost a star, a hero, a father and husband but heaven gained a guardian angel. Slick says for a man that was always tough and strong, Boss Man was a humble man that loved his family. He says there’s no better way to pay tribute to the family he loved and the business he lived for than to induct Boss Man into the Hall of Fame. Slick introduces Boss Man’s wife Angela and his daughters, Lacey and Megan. Boss Man’s music hits and out they come. His daughter Lacey thanks the fans for keeping their dad’s memory alive for all these years. She wishes he could be here because he would be tickled. She says this is great and recalls attending WrestleMania in 2001. She says this all normal for her because she grew up in the business. She says her dad had a really cool job. She says seeing guys dressed like Warriors, Greek Gods and policemen was normal for her, as was guys in spandex. She recalls how some of the stuff her dad did in the Attitude Era embarrassed her and he made it clear he did it for the business, like taking Rikishi’s rear end to the face. She says it’s hilarious looking back now. She says Boss Man would be honored and she wishes he was here. She says it was awkward explaining to kids at school that her dad didn’t steal Pepper the dog and feed it to Al Snow. She jokes about it and some of his other moments. She says he was just a big sweetheart outside of the ring. She thanks everyone again for keeping his memory alive. Boss Man’s wife raises his legendary nightstick and gets a pop. She says he had the stick in the ring but he had his heart when he came home. She talks about how much Ray loved his family and gets emotional. She says no matter what mood he was in, he couldn’t stay mad at anyone. She says he enjoyed being funny and making people feel good. He loved kids and did so much for the community. The day he died he was out doing things for the community. She talks about how he loved his brothers in the business. She says they have had a great life and they will always remember Ray. They appreciate the legacy he left behind. They thank everyone again and Boss Man’s music hits. We go to a break.

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The Iron Sheik At WWE NXT Takeover: Dallas + WWE Champions To Appear On "The Today Show"

WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik attended Friday night’s NXT Takeover: Dallas event.

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According to reports, the WWE World Heavyweight and Divas Champions following WWE WrestleMania 32 are scheduled to appear on “The Today Show” this Monday, April 4th. That means they will be flying from Dallas, TX to New York City following the event unless they appear via satellite. That is highly unlikely though. The Champions will likely fly from Dallas to New York City and then back to Dallas for RAW.

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​WWE Releases 3 NXT Takeover: Dallas ‘Fallout’ Videos + Kofi Kingston Wins 2K’s Tournament – Videos

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WWE released the following “Backstage Fallout” videos from the WWE NXT Takeover: Dallas event featuring Sami Zayn, American Alpha, and WWE NXT World Heavyweight Champion Finn Balor:

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​Brock Lesnar Discusses The Size Of WWE’s Crowds, The Money In His Bank Account, & More

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Lesnar on how he approaches his job with WWE: “This is a job and I’m not caught up into it like maybe I’m supposed to be. I approach this as, I’m a skilled worker. I clock in, I clock out. People pay to watch me and, by chance, I guess they find me entertaining. … When I look back and what I’m proud of is the money in my bank account.”

Lesnar on not caring about the size of the crowd: “There could be five people in the stands or 100,000 people, I don’t treat it any differently. I approach the competition the same. That’s just my mentality. I don’t get caught up in the business. I show up, I do my job, I collect my check and I go home.”

Lesnar on his recent increased schedule with WWE: “Vince (McMahon) got his checkbook out and he’s writing more checks. But I have a limit and we’re at that limit right now.”

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My Two Centsss – WrestleMania 32 Predictions (Will WWE Finally Turn Roman Reigns Heel?)

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My Two Centsss – WrestleMania 32 Predictions (Will WWE Finally Turn Roman Reigns Heel?)
By Super Chrisss
Apr 2, 2016 – 5:53:28 PM

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Have you recovered from the insanity which was NXT TakeOver: Dallas last night? I don’t think I have. I already re-watched the event and it’s already a front-runner for live special of the year, without a doubt. But we must move on from TakeOver and start focusing on what is supposed to be the best show of the year: WrestleMania.

I was asking myself this morning why I was so pumped for this year’s show despite the build-up being lacking (and that’s a nice choice of words). Then it hit me – one year ago this very week, I wasn’t getting ready to host my buddies over to watch WrestleMania with me as we do every year. One year ago, I was battling pneumonia in a hospital bed, and coughing my lungs out. So not only did I miss the build-up to WM31, but I missed WM altogether. Believe me when I tell you that watching a Pay-Per-View several days after it has aired – let alone WrestleMania – just doesn’t compare to seeing the show unfold live, surrounded by your friends. If missing WM last year due to a near-fatal illness taught me anything, it’s to not take anything for granted. To quote Daniel Bryan, I am “grateful” to be able to watch WM live this Sunday, crappy build-up non-withstanding.

But enough with my sob story. We have not one, not two, but THREE pre-show matches to discuss before getting to the main card itself. Let’s go!

Kickoff Match: The Dudley Boyz vs. The Usos

I have mixed feelings about this tag team match not making the final card. For starters, you have two teams who are deserving of wrestling at WM: The Usos, who despite being the anchor of the division for years, have yet to wrestle on anything other than the pre-show, as well as The Dudleyz, a team who returned to the company in great shape last year and haven’t appeared at ‘Mania in many, many years. Then again, their feud is not deserving of being considered WM-worthy. The Usos vs. The Dudleyz feels like a feud which deserves a spot at a regular Pay-Per-View, but not WrestleMania. Circumstances might be much different if one of these teams were the current tag champs, but alas, they are not. Jimmy & Jey will get a huge victory, but since it’s not on the main card, will it really matter?

Winners: The Usos

Kickoff Match: Team Total Divas vs. Team B.A.D. & Blonde

I was dying during last Monday’s Raw when Eva Marie made her surprise return to Raw – as a face, no less – and got booed out of the building by Brooklyn. The only thing more hysterical than Eva’s return and crowd reaction was how angry so many people on social media got about Eva’s insertion in the match. Considering this match isn’t even on the main card, I couldn’t care less about Eva getting involved. It sucks that talented divas like Paige and an also-returning Emma won’t be on the actual show itself, but at least we won’t have to sit through this heatless match, especially with another divas match EVERYONE wants to see on the same card. I’m guessing Team B.A.D. & friends win because Eva can’t play nice with others. What a shocker!

Winners: Team B.A.D. & Blonde

Kickoff Match for the United States Championship: Kalisto (c.) vs. Ryback

Everyone and his mother have complained about how the ladder match should have been for Kalisto’s U.S. title instead of Owens’, with Owens vs. Zayn one-on-one taking place instead, so I won’t beat a dead horse. Instead, I’m going to thank WWE for putting a match with very little build-up (if that’s possible, given the card) which I don’t care to see on the pre-show. Ryback has been working as a heel on TV but mostly as a babyface at live events, which makes no sense. Ryback as a heel is a terrible idea, by the way: did WWE forget how poorly his last heel run went not even two years ago?. It’s sad to see how far the U.S. title has fallen since John Cena dropped it to Alberto del Rio last October: the championship has been defended on the pre-show twice this year, including this Sunday at WM. I’m guessing Kalisto retains and then feuds with a soon-to-turn heel Sin Cara until Extreme Rules. Sorry, Big Guy.

Winner, and STILL U.S. Champion: Kalisto

Handicap Match: The New Day vs. The League of Nations

I was able to keep a cool head when WWE announced Eva Marie for that divas tag team match, but I cannot pretend to be satisfied with WWE’s decision to make this match non-title. Despite being WWE’s hottest tag team in quite a while, the WWE Tag Team Championship gets the shaft at WrestleMania once again. The past two years, the tag team title match was bumped to the pre-show. This year, the tag champs are still on the card, but there titles are no longer being defended. Why? Because this a grudge match all of a sudden? Why can’t The League of Nations want to hurt New Day AND take away their titles? It just makes no sense to me. I was one of the few who was defending this match-up when it was announced a few weeks back (since I enjoyed New Day’s chemistry with Barrett & Sheamus at Roadblock), but removing the titles from the equation kind of kills my excitement. I assume LON win, and to be fair, they should – it’s a handicap match and out of the four members of one team, TWO are former world champions. I love The New Day but unless someone comes to their aid, I can’t see LON losing.

Winners: The League of Nations

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (c.) vs. Sami Zayn vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Stardust vs. Sin Cara

There are a number of people in this match I feel bad for. Firstly, the champ, Kevin Owens. Has it become an unwritten rule backstage in WWE that if you’re the IC Champion heading into WrestleMania that either you’re going to be forced to defend your championship in a multi-man match, compete in a non-title match or be forced to work the pre-show instead. It sure has felt that way for several years now…

Next, Stardust. Yes, Stardust. Wasn’t he supposed to work a singles match against Stephen Amell? Wasn’t he supposed to work a singles match against his brother Goldust the past several WrestleManias? It seems that WWE just doesn’t want to push the younger Rhodes for whatever reason. I’m glad he’s a part of this match, but a singles match with Amell would have been much more appetizing.

Also, Dolph Ziggler. He may have lost a step in terms of character and work-rate, but the man has played a very large role in the midcard for nearly a decade. Can’t WWE award him with at least ONE singles match at WrestleMania? It’s getting ridiculous now.

I also feel bad for Sami Zayn. Much like Dean Ambrose last year, Sami was poised to be the big babyface challenging the evil Intercontinental Champion one-on-one after months of build-up. Instead, WWE decided to throw five other guys into the match. Just like Ambrose, I no longer see Sami walking away from Dallas with the belt.

One guy who I do NOT feel bad for is Zack Ryder. This guy is having the best start to 2016 possible. Not only is he dating Emma, but he’s probably making a good living working both NXT and the main-roster consecutively. Last Monday, Ryder got a huge win on Raw, defeating the legendary Chris Jericho. Just because this might be his one and only WrestleMania match – for a championship, no less – I’m picking Ryder for the unexpected win.

Winner, and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Zack Ryder

Third Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

You have to wonder if WWE has a surprise or two planned for this year’s Battle Royal since it was reverted to the main card at the last minute. Looking at the list of confirmed participants, there’s not really any name who excites me by winning it. Tyler Breeze winning would be a nice surprise, but he seems stuck in the WWE doghouse for whatever reason. Mark Henry winning in his home-state of Texas and possibly his last WrestleMania ever would be a nice touch, but WWE haven’t played up that scenario whatsoever. I suppose Big Show could win to be a two-time winner, but so what? With four spots remaining, I’m thinking either The Wyatt Family (minus poor, injured Luke Harper) grabs those or we see some NXT faces make their WM debut. In fact, that’s my prediction: Samoa Joe enters the Battle Royal, wins it, and debuts on Raw the following night.

Winner: Samoa Joe

Triple Threat Match for the Divas Championship: Charlotte (c.) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch

Could we be on the verge of seeing the best women’s match at WrestleMania of all-time? I honestly think we are. Last year, Paige & Aj vs. The Bellas was pretty entertaining. Ten years ago, Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus was an awesome, nine-minute battle for the Women’s Championship. THIRTEEN years ago, at WrestleMania 19, Trish, Jazz and Victoria had a very good three-way for that same championship. Judging by what I’ve seen three of the four NXT Horsewomen do in NXT, I strongly believe the bar for women wrestling at WM is about be set even higher this Sunday at Dallas. If given even more time than Mickie vs. Trish did, then I struggle to see why Becky vs. Sasha vs. Charlotte won’t go down as the greatest female match in WM history.

Up until a few days ago, I was pretty sure Charlotte would retain before moving onto a one-on-one feud with Sasha. But then news broke that WWE is planning on bringing back the aforementioned and retired Women’s Championship this Monday during Raw. I can’t see the heel Charlotte doing such an action, nor the “Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch. So my money is on the BO$$ to get rich on Sunday and truly usher in a new era of women wrestling on WWE’s main roster.

Winner, and NEW Divas Champion: Sasha Banks

Aj Styles vs. Chris Jericho

Much like Balor vs. Joe at Takeover last night, I was expecting WWE to announce a gimmick for this rematch between two of WWE’s best in-ring performers. I suppose the difference between this and their Fast Lane match is that Jericho is now 100% heel. Fine by me: I could watch these two wrestle all day. I’m sure both these guys watched Zayn vs. Nakamura last night and want to do everything in their power to give their version of a five-star match at WrestleMania. Their past three efforts have all been good-to-great, but not amazing. If they don’t pull out all the stops at WM, I’ll be disappointed. Truth be told – I don’t think any of us will be disappointed, at least not with this match.

It’s funny that I just compared Aj vs. Jericho to Zayn vs. Nakamura because both have very similar stories. Much like Zayn, Jericho wants to prove that he is the very best and intends on defending ‘his’ company. Meanwhile, Aj is a veteran but a newcomer to WWE with something to prove. Styles will mirror Nakamura in victory as well.

Winner: Aj Styles

No Disqualification Street Fight: Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose

It’s crazy how I went from being so pumped to wanting to see this match following the Raw after Fast Lane, to wanting to see Dean Ambrose wrestling for the world title the night after Roadblock, to being hyped all over again for Ambrose vs. Brock not even one week later. With all due respect to the rest of the card, this is the match that has me anticipating WrestleMania 32 so badly. I’m getting the vibe that we’re going to see a different version of Brock Lesnar’s best match since rejoining the company several years ago; I’m talking about Brock’s SummerSlam 2013 match against CM Punk. Much like Ambrose, no one thought Punk could measure up to The Beast, that we would get a squash match. However, Brock vs. Punk was amazing and I think Ambrose vs. Lesnar will be just as epic, if not more so. After seeing his former Shield cohorts wrestle in the main-event of last year’s Mania while he curtain-jerked the show, Ambrose is determined to prove why he should be the one who main-events WM every year. I don’t think Ambrose can slay The Beast, but that won’t stop The Lunatic from putting on his third consecutive MOTY candidate.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (c.) vs. Roman Reigns

Something has to give. I refuse to believe that WWE will go the predictable route and have The Undertaker defeat Shane McMahon (which allows The Authority to retain their rule over Raw) and The Game to drop the title to a “babyface” Roman Reigns. That’s boring. I’ll tune into Raw on Monday, but there won’t be much incentive for me and many others to do so other than a force of habit. Many people – myself included – want change. If WWE puts this match on last, they’re going to regret it. Reigns got booed pretty heavily last year vs. Brock Lesnar (the same guy who ended The Undertaker’s Streak just one year earlier) and it will be worse on Sunday, especially if/when he wins the title. Obviously, it’s too late for them to call an audible and have Seth Rollins run down with a Money in the bank briefcase to ‘save’ the main-event, so instead they’re going to have to book this match earlier in the night than expected. No way can Reigns/HHH close the show. Reigns will win the title, the fans will boo, but Reigns’ night isn’t over just yet.

Winner, and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Roman Reigns

Hell in a Cell Match: Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker

Much like Mr. Tito, I’m betting this match closes WM32, and rightfully so. It’s the hardest match to predict, and no matter who wins, the victor won’t be booed out of the building. Despite both competitors being locked inside the cell, expect plenty of current and former wrestlers to interfere. In fact, I’m expecting this match to be a true throwback to The Attitude Era days by being very, very overbooked. There’s no way Shane McMahon can realistically defeat The Undertaker, so he’s going to need outside help, and lots of it. However, Vince cannot allow to lose control of Raw so he will surely call on reinforcements and plan Bs, Cs, Ds, you name it – there will be so much going on in this match. In the end, though, I predict WWE will give in to the fans have new world champion Roman Reigns interfere on Shane’s behalf, attacking and destroying Undertaker, allowing Shane to pick up the win. Not only does this turn Reigns heel, but Shane also goes to the dark side, as they gain control of Raw as a new Corporation. Such a move may very well turn Triple H babyface and to face off against Reigns & co., he’ll enlist the help of some NXT guys (since the main roster hates his guts). That’s the kind of booking which would get me psyched for the post-WM season.

Winner: Shane McMahon


YOUR Two Centsss: Who do you think will get involved in one of WrestleMania 32’s main-events: John Cena, Seth Rollins, The Wyatt Family, or other?

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