Thursday, 29 October 2015

The WWE Hall of Fame 2014 [05/04/14]

After a star-studded day at WrestleCon, the night would follow with the 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place with some of the great legends we already had a chance of spending some time with earlier in the day. Now for the Hall of Fame, fans can usually go wearing whatever they like, but it's not a night of wrestling. It's a night that celebrates the careers and contributions made to the industry by some very special individuals. It's a night where we pay respect, and we were all suited up ready for the occasion.

Evolution was ready to go


The Hall of Fame would be held at the same arena as the upcoming RAW on Monday, which is usually the case. Both would be held at the New Orleans Arena (now known as the Smoothie King Center)



I won't go into a great amount of detail about the Hall of Fame ceremony itself as it is a long night of speeches and not everyone is into that. I'm a pretty serious fan, and it's a essential part of WrestleMania week for me - but I know that's not the case for everyone. So therefore, I'll discuss some more memorable moments that I remember personally, and if you want to see the full thing for yourself you can always find it online or on  the WWE Network.



 
 

I want to address one thing in particular right off the bat, and that was the booing during some parts of Lita's speech. This had nothing to do with her speech. It may have come off that way on TV, but as someone who was actually there I can get into why people were booing. They usually have screens above the arena, which people use to watch what's going on as them it provides them a clearer view of the stage area. For the most part of the beginning they had those on, so even people right at the back could see what was happening. Keeping in mind that the seating layout is a little different when it comes to the Hall of Fame. Now when they turned those off - THAT's when those boos starting coming in (right about after the time Lita's puts the mask on the podium). People were annoyed because now they didn't have a clear enough picture of what was going on. Not because of anything that was said during the speech.



Diamond Dallas Page would take up the stage to induct Jake 'The Snake' Roberts and said he was so happy that on his birthday, both his boys, Scott Hall and Jake were going into the Hall of Fame. DDP even got a "Happy Birthday" chant. DDP is one guy that NEEDS to be in the Hall of Fame too.



 

My personal favourite speech of the night came from Jake 'The Snake' Roberts. There was something about the way that he spoke that was entrancing. He started out slow and soft and everyone got really quiet. I guess it's true what he said all those years ago about not having to speak loudly because people would listen harder if you didn't shout. That was the case right here for sure. It was a very gritty and real speech - it felt like a really good promo even. You felt his words when the man spoke.

 

Mr T's speech that followed was the completely opposite to what had come before it. As you all know, this was the night where we learnt exactly how much love Mr T had for his mother. Awesome! Pretty funny too :)



What a speech :D Kane had to come out before long and cut him short

Kane comes out to say a little about Paul Bearer


We were pleasantly surprised when we got to see The Undertaker come out to pay his respects to the late Paul Bearer during his Hall of Fame induction.





Say 'Hello' to the Bad Guy!


The Kliq
It's always great to see the Kliq back together again, and Razor Ramon being inducted was a special moment because I'd followed a lot of his career and everything felt like it came full circle because Nash, Hall and X-Pac were the first ones we met on the Road to WrestleMania and now they were here in front of us at the Hall of Fame!

Carlito, Epico & Primo about to induct Carlos Colon
Carlos Colon - 2014 Hall of Fame inductee
They saved The Ultimate Warrior for last - good booking if you ask me :) Linda McMahon would be the one to introduce him and induct him FINALLY into the WWE Hall of Fame!









That concluded the Hall of Fame ceremony - a night of great speeches and reflection - paying tribute and respect to some of the men and women who paved the way for the business. A night out from the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania. What a time to be alive! :)





 

Adjacent to the Smoothie King Center was the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Home of WrestleMania XXX. But before that, it was time to celebrate a little and head out to Bourbon Street!

 
Was special meeting Carlito on the way to the Bourbon street right after he'd been on stage at the HOF, and at that time we didn't know that we'd be ending up in the same club as him eventually.

We also bumped into Sheamus, who had just come out of the bar right as we were walking down the street, surrounded by people and he was cool enough to talk to us and get a picture with him. There were a bunch of people crowding around but he spoke to us and was in good spirits!

 

The bar was located opposite one of the two hotels where the WWE talent would be staying, so we decided to head in to see who else was around. We found Drew McIntyre who was pretty heavy in conversation and just generally looking like he didn't want to be disturbed. Albert (a.k.a. Tensai, Prince Albert, A-Train) was on the way out, and we asked him for a pic and he said: "Make it quick"

Pat Patterson was sitting right at the edge of the bar and was having a conversation with a lady, we waited until he was finished until we bothered him. He was super cool about us taking pictures with him. Everything was happening so fast, it didn't sink in till a few minutes later that we just met the FIRST ever WWE Intercontinental Champion!

 

Referee Tim White with Rihan and I
We spent a little bit of time in the bar and got a beer and talked to referee Tim White who was very cool to us and offered us some advice about staying safe in New Orleans - almost like the advice you'd get from an uncle. He was kind enough to sign my Encyclopedia (which he didn't originally think he was a part of but I showed him otherwise). After heading outside again, about to go to our original destination, we bumped into a couple more superstars:

Sami Zayn with Rihan

Me & Sami Zayn

Rihan with Hunico
So we were on track now and heading to Bourbon Street to enjoy the rest of the night. Bourbon Street was buzzing with the party feel - people were chanting "We The People" across balconies, wrestlers were around and about and everyone was having a great time, and New Orleans was the place to be!





The World famous New Orleans hand grendade





One of the best nights out while we were over there in Nola, as the drinks came in and the memory of the night slowly faded away after an amazing day at WrestleCon and an unbelievable Hall of Fame ceremony. The next stop would be fast approaching in less than 24 hours and it was the main event, the granddaddy of them all: WrestleMania XXX...


STAY TUNED!
Thanks for taking the time to read...
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