WWE Hall of Fame “Live Blog” Teddy Long

Jerry Lawler should never say the word playa!

Michael Ps Hayes just called Teddy Long one of the best manager in WCW and WWE history. Lies are everywhere.

I will give Teddy Long credit for DOOM. It was an amazing team

Part of this video is showing how Teddy Long could never get his lines correct. That’s proof positive that he doesn’t belong, here but oh well.

The APA comes out to induct Teddy Long. I’d rather have seen DOOM do it. Butch Reed is still alive.

Someone forgot to tell Ron Simmons to wear a tuxedo.

Teddy Long is the cheapest human being in history- JBL

Scrooge is two- Ron Simmons

Good ribbing of Teddy Long about his cheapest.

Teddy Long history- driver of APA. Fun story of Teddy being pulled over for APA

He was around during civil war- JBL

These guys are fun. The whole speech is a rib on Teddy Long. He is a cheap guy, who is really old.

The serious time starts- talking about segregation, an American tragedy, which Teddy Long, being almost 70, lived through.

JBL quoting MLK is bizarre. Doesn’t he like appear on Fox News? Seems out of place.

Big Cat Ernie Ladd, Ron Simmons, JYD and Teddy Long- one of these things doesn’t belong here.

Teddy Long comes out. Here comes the Cheapest Human being on the planet- Teddy Long

Teddy Long is wearing a red suit jacket.

You’all aren’t loud enough for me- Teddy Long

Give me a holla holla holla- Fans kind of do it.

Thank you very much

I am cheap- Teddy Long. That’s a good fun quote.

Teddy Long started in 1983-1984 and made no money in his first job. Teddy got into the back and was a gofer for wrestlers to get into the back. Smart.

Ran as part of the ring crew. Teddy Long’s first match was a Texas Death Match with Ron Bass.

I am scared out of my mind- Teddy Long

Referring to manager, Teddy Long started riding from Kevin Sullivan and Eddie Gilbert. Learned quite a bit from the two of them.

Gilbert and Sullivan went to Jim Ross and Ross got Long into being a manager.

Long led DOOM, Johnny B. Badd, Ice Train, Scott Norton and Skyscrapers, among others.

Jim Ross hired Long in 1998 as a referee, and after a year- Teddy Long managed D’Lo Brown

I’ve had you under my nose all this time- Vince McMahon to Teddy Long

In WWE, Mark Henry, Chris Nowinski, Mark Jindrak and Rodney Mack- the whos who of who the fuck are you.

Teddy Long is longest running GM in pro wrestling history. His most famous reason is above. Tag Team matches playa!

Teddy Long thanks God, the McMahon family (pronounced MacMan, oh southerners)

Teddy thanks the WWE Universe and says goodnight.

Teddy does his catch phrases on the APA, offering to put them in tag match, or JBL in a one on one with the Undertaker

Although his inclusion is kinda of meh, that was short, sweet and fun.

Teddy Long

6 out of 10

 

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WWE Hall of Fame 2017: Live Blog: Warrior Award

Oh goodness gracious, its time for the Warrior Award.

This year it is presented to the former football player, Eric LeGrand, who was injured while playing football.

He also has a foundation. And that is what WWE likes.

I hate the Warrior Award. Specifically because the WWE and Dana Warrior have bastardized what Warrior originally asked for.

In 2014, three days before his death, Warrior asked for a Jimmy Miranda Award to go to ring crew, camera men and those who never get any recognition for their help and contribution.

WWE didn’t like this idea. Instead, they decided to use it as a marketing tool. And that’s all this is. Dana Warrior comes out each year and gives an award to a person whom is raising money through charity. Whether its the deceased Connor the Crusher with Connor’s Cure, Joan Lunden with Breast Cancer Awareness or Eric LaGrand with Team LaGrand of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation- helping those with spinal cord injuries

So, here it is- Dana Warrior comes on stage like a mom trying to be cool- talking to Enzo and Sheamus etc. She is not dynamic and this award has no place at the WWE Hall of Fame. I am fine with this award existing, but I stand by this statement The Warrior Award doesn’t belong during the Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Have it at Backlash or Summerslam or any other night. Just not here.

And to summarize Dana Warrior’s speech, her quote below.

We never know which dollar will help over the hump, maybe it will be yours- Dana Warrior- sounding like she is on a telethon

Eric LeGrand comes to stage and there is mic issue. Someone just got fired. Live mic issues are the WWE’s least favorite thing.

Eric LeGrand thanks God. He truly is a football player.

Thanks Triple H as a fan,. Cut to Triple H, who is very serious.

Good to know that LeGrand is a wrestling fan. That itself helps a little bit. We know Joan Lundren was NOT a wrestling fan.

WWE cuts to Warrior Award on podium during the speech. Its pretty obvious that Kevin Dunn is bored with LeGrand’s speech or Vince wants to remind the wrestling fans why this is happening.

Its the Warrior Award!

Eric LeGrand explains his injury. It sounds super crazy painful. Football is more dangerous than any other sport. I stand by this Adam Ruins Everything skit.

Eric just said, “That’s when I found the Warrior inside me” This will be featured on marketing for the rest of eternity.

I will give Eric LeGrand credit for his story. He is a hard worker. A man who didn’t ever give up. This is a story which is inspiring. It just doesn’t belong here.

WWE just cut to Titus O’Neill. His wife is sleeping on his arm. WHOOPS! Titus just got in more trouble.

LeGrand did explain why he loves wrestling. This is very nice. He explains why he loves wrestling, and although is a long and rambling speech about the Attitude Era it comes from the right place.

Eric likes Steve Austin and he likes Kane. This is literally sounding like a fan explaining why he likes wrestling.

Step over the top rope, that’s badass- Eric LeGrand

Kane won me matches in Smackdown vs Raw 2009- Eric LeGrand

I like Eric LeGrand, he is a nice fellow. I just wish this was over. He has gone on longer than Rick Rude did and is coming up to the time the Rock N Roll Express had.

 

 

Warrior Award 3 out of 10 (Out of place- let’s move on)

Eric LeGrand’s Rock Impersonation 2 out of 10

WWE flagrant marketing of charities- 1 out of 10

 

 

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Beth Phoenix

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Beth Phoenix

Class of 2017

Glamazon; Youngest Inductee Ever

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Hall of Fame Rating

3 out of 10

Unimportant

I feel like every year, there are at least one to two inductees that boggle the mind. And there is a very present reason for this. WWE follows a format. It is as follows: One Headliner, One main eventer/well liked/well known talent, one tag team or group, one deceased, one ethnic minority and one woman.  Some years, WWE will shift from this group, adding two or three “others”, which have given us inductions like Nick Bockwinkle and Larry Zybszko.

This format is what ruins the WWE Hall of Fame. This paint by numbers approach gives us our inductee today, 2017 WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix?

Me too Kevin Sorbo

Many critics of the Hall of Fame like to talk about how WWE has a headliner problem. “There just aren’t enough big names left.” I don’t agree. In the next few years, Goldberg, Undertaker, The Rock and Daniel Bryan will each headline a class. Add Batista, Chris Jericho and even Triple H and we are in 2024. WWE does have one major problem with running out of inductees. They are running out of living women to induct.

Skipping Chyna, Miss Elizabeth and Luna Vachon, all deceased- who after Trish, Lita, Madusa and Jacqueline is there to go in? Ivory? Victoria? Molly Holly? Bull Nakano?  WWE’s issue with trying to include a woman every year is that there just aren’t enough women wrestlers who have made an impact in American wrestling. Mildred Burke was women’s champ for 20 years; The Fabulous Moolah for 40 years Why? Because up until very recently, women’s wrestling was more of an attraction than a main focus.

For each Charlotte or Sasha Banks today, there were dozens of untalented “divas” who belonged no where near the ring. Candice Michelle or Cherry ring a bell? So, if outside of Lita and Trish, there are no other big names, what do you do?

Well if you are the WWE, you find a lady on good terms with the organization and is ‘notable’. As that could mean anyone, why not Beth Phoenix. (Plus she is Edge’s wife)

Beth Phoenix can be summarized by one word:  fine. She was a women’s champion on three occasions, and had a long…wait no..short 6 year wrestling career. The bar must be pretty low for this 36 year old (and now officially youngest inductee in history) to make it to the Hallowed hall while Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Cornette wait.

 

Well let’s look at the hallowed career and judge ourselves.

A few positives for Beth Phoenix. She had a killer song

She looked muscular in the time of models. She could work around all her competitors.

 

 

Anyone think Maria, Melina, Candice Michelle or Kelly Kelly were a legitimate threat to Beth Phoenix? No? Well all of them beat Phoenix at different points. Why? because WWE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH WOMEN!

Because of this factor. I have a challenge for you dear reader. Can you answer these three questions?

  1. Name a great Beth Phoenix match?
  2. What specifically is she known for?
  3. Name Beth Phoenix’s most memorable feud?

 

The answers of these questions are unknown. The closest I can answer is

  1. 3 minutes in Royal Rumble 2010
  2. Santino
  3. Santino

 

Partnership with Santino was all Santino Marella (much like his time with Maria and Kozlov- Santino makes people better)

Beth Phoenix’s inclusion is a joke. A WWE joke.  She wrestled from 2006-2012, most of which was highlighted by the retiring of Trish and Lita, the burial of Mickie James, the Undertaker’s wife being champion too much and models playing wrestler.

How could can she be? She’s better than Alicia Fox, but if Alicia Fox ever gets in the Hall of Fame, I will scream!!!

I’m tired of this old song and dance. WWE has to stop inducting people for the sake of it. No Godfather, No Bushwhackers, No Teddy Long and No Beth Phoenix

Why 2017?

Because it was easy. She is the wife of Edge, retired and a woman. That’s it. That’s why.

Opens Door For?

Anyone who shows a modicome of wrestling ability in women’s wrestling- Kelly Kelly or Layla perhaps.

Or any woman who appears in Royal Rumble- Kharma is next!

Reasons this shouldn’t have happened.

Miss Elizabeth, Luna Vachon, Chyna aren’t in. Also, please name something important Beth Phoenix did!