Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Sammartino, "The Living Legend" to Enter
WWE Hall of Fame
4, 2013 STAMFORD, Conn., February 4, 2013 WWE
(NYSE:WWE) announced today that Bruno Sammartino will
be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony
on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Madison Square Garden.
nicknamed The Living Legend, is a two-time
WWE Champion and the longest reigning WWE Champion
in history, holding the title for a combined 11 years.
His first title reign began on May 17, 1963, where
he defeated Nature Boy Buddy Rogers at
Madison Square Garden. After losing the Championship
in 1971, he regained the title on December 10, 1973,
defeating Stan Stasiak at Madison Square Garden, holding
the Championship until April 30, 1977. When he retired
from the ring, Sammartino became a color commentator
for WWEs syndicated Superstars program and stepped
back into the ring on special occasions. After his
departure in 1988, Sammartino was openly critical
of WWE, and for many years declined the offer to be
inducted into WWEs Hall of Fame, citing concerns
with WWEs content and culture.
my fans around the world, I am pleased to be joining
the WWE Hall of Fame, especially at Madison Square
Garden, said Bruno Sammartino.
sold out more than 200 shows at Madison Square Garden
and being the longest reigning WWE champion in history,
Bruno Sammartino is truly The Living Legend,
said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. This
is an extraordinary and historic moment to have Bruno
take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.
for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are
currently available through all Ticketmaster outlets,
www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
All tickets are subject to service charges and facility
fees. For more information on Bruno Sammartino, please
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Release - WWE Hall of Fame
AND THE FOUR HORSEMEN TO ENTER
HALL OF FAME
AU, January 12, 2012 WWE® announced today
that Edge and the Four Horsemen will be among the
2012 class of inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will take place Saturday, March 31 (US
time) at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, the
evening before WrestleMania® XXVIII.
his storied career, Edge, known as the Rated-R
Superstar, held every major title in WWE.
He is a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion,
Tag Team Champion and King of the Ring®. His final
match took place at last years WrestleMania
in Atlanta, where he defeated Alberto Del Rio
to retain the World Heavyweight Championship in front
of a sold-out crowd of more than 71,000 fans. One
week later, in an emotional speech on Monday Night
Raw®, Edge was forced to retire due to a neck
injury. Outside the ring, Edge is a New York Times
Four Horsemen, consisting of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson,
Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and manager
J.J. Dillon, were the most dominant group of the National
Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in the 1980s, transcending
the world of sports entertainment into all avenues
of pop culture. This grouping was the first of its
kind, paving the way for the likes of the NWO®,
Evolution® and DX®. While the Four Horsemen
would undergo many transformations over the years,
none would ever be as paramount as Flair, Anderson,
Blanchard, Windham and Dillon.
inductees will be announced on WWE programming over
the coming weeks.
for the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on
sale this Sunday, January 15 from 2 AM Australian
EDT and will be available through the AmericanAirlines
Arena box office, www.ticketmaster.com.au, Ticketmaster
outlets or by calling Ticketmaster on 136100.
a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated
media organization and recognized leader in global
entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio
of businesses that create and deliver original content
52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed
to family friendly entertainment on its television
programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing
platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than
145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than
500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered
in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los
Angeles, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul
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and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global
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News Media: Shawn Michaels' Speech At WWE Hall Of
Fame Induction 2011: 'Thank You' - 2nd April 2011
you. ["HBK!" chant. "Thank you Shawn!"
chant. Whoa! Some other chant.] The damnedest thing
on my way to my Hall of Fame speech, a damn roast
broke out. Thanks. I knew there was no way you was
gonna say anything nice about me. For the 15 years
we've known each other he never has, and he never
will. He's like the Fonz trying to say he's sorry.
know how tough it was for you to say . That was a
huge deal for him to even recognize that I worked
in this line of work for 36 years. You're not aware
of this, but we shared a big moment there. There's
some psychiatrists going, "They're starting to
nervous, so don't give me cat calls. [Cat calls.]
I've been going over what I'm gonna say. ["One
more match!" chant.] You're killing me with the
one more match thing. Seriously, I know it's good
TV, he'll have a nervous breakdown. We sold out the
building! He had a heart attack!
love you Shawn!"] I'm serious. For the love of
God, help me out here. I don't even know where to
start. You know there are things that go between ...
I can't say, I'm not supposed to say. That's one of
the reasons I was OK to retire. Coincidentally, this
is the first year where we're not doing it live. They'll
chop it up in post to make sure it's ok to air.
I was 19 years old, I didn't want to be a sports entertainer.
I didn't know at the time. I told my mom and dad,
I want to do what those guys do it on TV. Making it
was going to be going out in San Antonio and wresting
in front of 25 people. Fast forward, and I'm a 45-year-old
man, and I get to stand here and say thank you.
the way, I wasn't really aware of it. I was raised
by a loving family, sitting right down here, who loved
me every step of the way and supported me. But for
whatever reason when I started doing this line of
work at 19 I spent the next 26 years searching for
validation. I don't even know why. But what my peers
thought of me and what you thought of me was the most
important thing in my life. And I worked myself into
the ground. It was so important to me that you thought
I did a good job. I know that sounds patronizing,
but I want to thank you so much for giving me that.
very thankful to all the other inductees and especially
Triple H for making this fun and amusing. Because
as much as I've tried to not make it a deep and heavy
cry fest, I can't do it. There are no words to express
how much I lived and breathed to do this every night
for so many years. And it begs the question, how am
I gonna be OK away from this?
Monday the Undertaker had mentioned Shawn Michaels
will walk into the Hall of Fame with a ton of regrets.
If this had happened in 1998, that might've been true.
At that time, I was good at my job, but there's no
way I could've stood here with no regrets. And although
my family would've been proud of me, I know there
would've been a little disappointment for them and
a certain guy backstage whose name I'm not allowed
to mention. [Crowd WOOs. Guy next to me says "RIC
FLAIR!" I believe him!]
came back in 2002 after being told I'd never wrestle
again, for one more match. That was nine years ago.
I'm thankful I can stand before you with absolutely
no regrets. [Missed a part about God and his family.
Sorry.] Since they came into my life, I've had not
a regret. Not a second goes by that I'm not thankful.
The most precious gift of all is my little family.
I love you all so much, and I want to thank you for
being so selfless and letting daddy finish what he
was very important to me to come back and go away
on my own terms. I love my two children more than
anything in the world. Thank you so much for letting
daddy go wrestle. [I have a daughter. Totally about
to tear up.]
are countless WWE superstars that I've had to create
with. I'd love to mention everybody, but I don't want
to make this too long. I don't wanna be that guy.
[Crowd WOOs.] You guys are implying that. I'm not
saying that. Every year there's somebody, and we're
like, dude there's WrestleMania tomorrow. I'm gonna
assume you know who you are.
I did my best to make sure before I left to tell you
how awesome it was for me, and how much I appreciate
you guys [makes crazy hand gestures] putting up with
me when I wanna do something you don't do all that
much. I appreciate your time and patience. I appreciate
you being a part of my life. A lot of times all we've
got is each other. We're like guys in a fox hole together.
But when we're with each other, we're all we got.
We can stab each other in the back, but can't nobody
else do it.
wanna thank you for allowing me to be a part of that
fraternity. We're always gonna look at everybody else
and say you're not gonna understand it. And that's
OK. It's something we're gonna take to our graves.
lastly there's all of you. The WWE universe, the fans.
I love every one of you, even when you bother me at
5 in the morning, even when I cuss you, you still
come back and forgive me. You have been a part of
my life and family for so many years, it begs the
question, why would a 19-year-old kid from a wonderful
upbringing seek validation from strangers?
thing people used to always say that separated me
is that I could make a connection with you. I don't
know if I did a good job, but for the last 26 years
whether you were connected to me I have no idea, but
I was connected to you. I have never won Most Popular,
I wasn't the prom king, I wasn't the homecoming king,
so I guess in my adult life the most important thing
to me was that you believed in me and thought I was
good. On this night, 2011 Hall of Fame, I feel it,
I thank you, I love my ring. And I love each and every
one of you.
know this has been sappy. I can't help it. And if
you're not down with that, I got two words for you.
("Suck it!" from the crowd.)
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"The Dragon" Steamboat "Stone
Cold" Steve Austin
Erich Family, "Cowboy" Bill Watts, Koko
B. Ware. Howard Finkel "The Fink"
Roddy Piper Don
"Hitman" Hart Ric
"Superfly" Snuka Harley
"The King" Lawler Gordon
"Killer" Kowalski Andre
The Giant Vince
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame is
a hall of fame for professional wrestlers maintained
by WWE. It was officially created on the February
1, 1993 episode of the World Wrestling Federation's
(WWF), the predecessor of WWE, Monday Night Raw television
this episode, the sole induction of WWF alumnus André
the Giant, who had died the previous week (January
27, 1993), was announced; his death was the reason
for the creation of the Hall of Fame.
André's induction, the WWF continued the process
of inducting members into the Hall of Fame. For these
inductions, ceremonies were held to formally induct
the candidates from 1994 to 1996; no video footage
has ever been released by WWE of these ceremonies.
After the 1996 ceremony, the WWF stopped the inductions
of wrestling personalities into the Hall of Fame without
a formal announcement.
In 2004, WWE relaunched the Hall of Fame to coincide
with the twentieth anniversary of WrestleMania.
ceremony, like its predecessors, was not broadcasted
on television, however, it was released on DVD on
June 1, 2004.
with the 2005 ceremony, WWE broadcasted the final
few inductions into the Hall of Fame on Spike TV (2005)
and on the USA Network (2006 - present); these were
aired on tape delay. The first inductions were broadcast
on WWE's official website. The 2008 edition of the
Hall of Fame was broadcasted live on the USA Network.
Since 2005, the Hall of Fame ceremony has been packaged
as part of that year's WrestleMania DVD release. Although
a building has never been built to represent the Hall
of Fame, WWE has sought into constructing a facility
for the Hall of Fame. WWE's Executive Vice President
of Global Media Shane McMahon has stated that the
WWE has been storing wrestling memorabilia in a warehouse
for years, and that all items are categorized and
dated in case a facility is created.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is dependent upon
whether the candidate is on good terms with WWE. Former
WWE employees who often criticize WWE or currently
work with a different promotion have not been inducted.
Others, such as Bruno Sammartino, the longest-reigning
WWE Champion in the title's history, are alienated
from the promotion and refuse to be inducted, despite
having been asked several times.
As of 2008, there have been a total of 68 inductees,
with 60 members inducted individually and four tag
teams inducted. Thirteen of the inductees have been
inducted posthumously. André's sole induction
was the least amount of inductions into the Hall of
Fame in one year, while 2004 had the most, with 11.
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