That was Jake “The Snake” Roberts holding his grandson. He easily gave the best speech of the night. Mr. T? Lita? Carlos Colon? Not so much.
First, the most awkward moment in the ceremony was Mr. T’s entire speech. It was tedious and irritating to hear. “My bruthas never raped anybody!” You’re not supposed to rape anybody. “My bruthas never killed or robbed anybody!” You’re not supposed to kill or rob anybody. What the hell was he bragging about? I felt like Chris Rock in that “Niggas vs. Black People” routine he did in the 90s.
I lost count of how many times he mentioned his mother. He mentioned it so much that he forgot his (brief) wrestling career. He sounded more like he was giving a eulogy than an acceptance speech at a Hall of Fame ceremony. It ended in the most awkward way. Kane looked embarrassed to have to be the guy telling him his time was up.
I was bored by Lita’s speech. It went on way too long and I didn’t like the pauses. She’s a niche personality whose speech could only be good for a niche audience. I didn’t care for her “I was a girl in a boys club” story because frankly, that’s not my cup of tea. It’s not a badge of honor. Think about how easy that is. Look at Lita and just think about it.
I missed the majority of Carlos Colon’s speech. Something tells me this induction has more to do with business than merit. Maybe the WWE wanted to add WWC material to their library and Colon getting inducted was a package deal. It was great to see Carlito though. He sounded like he was being a little too honest but we all have moments like that in our lives. I wish he was more than what he was in his time with the WWE.
I thought DDP was the perfect guy to induct Jake “The Snake” and he gave one of the best speeches of the night. So did Kane. I didn’t realize until yesterday how good he is as a speaker.
Kevin Nash wasn’t the usual guy he is on shoot interviews – maybe he was too emotional to be. Who’s not happy to Scott Hall (or Razor Ramon) get inducted? Hall should’ve been given more time. I did like when the rest of The Kliq got onstage. Their group picture was golden.
And lastly, The Ultimate Warrior’s speech dragged but it was still great. It had thousands of false finishes and there were times it sounded scattershot. I didn’t know why he was talking about Wrestlemania 75. Or “blowing up in the ring.” Or travel gear. I was amused at how he constantly put himself over. It’s nothing none of the greats do – Bret Hart, who was in the audience, basically swore in his book that he drew more money in the 90s than Hulk Hogan in the 80s. Hogan is the king of self-booking. Triple H is a distant second. Stone Cold thought he was too good to lose to Brock Lesnar on “free” TV. And so on.
It was admirable of Warrior to bring up how WWE should have a “Jimmy Miranda Award” for all the backstage people who make the show happen. It would be amazing to see this because they really do deserve a lot of credit.
What made Warrior’s speech great was the intensity. Nobody brought the intensity like Warrior did. And when it was over, it was a fitting end to a ceremony that had a little of everything.