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!

WWE Hall of Fame 2017 “Live Blog” Beth Phoenix

“Perhaps none more deserving of a place in WWE Hall of Fame than our next inductee”- a lie told by Jerry Lawler

I’ll begin this live blog with this statement, Beth Phoenix is the youngest WWE Hall of Fame inductee ever. EVER!

I am not onboard with this induction in any way and is another example of WWE wanting to follow their format and inducting someone for no reason. UGH!

Phoenix’s accomplishments according to WWE

  1. First WWE women’s submission match
  2. First WWE women’s table match
  3. Was in Royal Rumble for 3 minutes
  4. Was with Santino- as the foil for his comedy

And that’s it. Good god, this is gonna suck.

Here’s Natalya.

Follow Natalya’s cat on instagram at 2paws

On second thought- please don’t.

OOOO.this was meant to be.  Way back when in 2006, Mark Henry told Natalya that she reminded him of beth Phoenix.

Oh great. Jesus. I am going to kill myself.

We deemed ourselves Mae Young and the Fabulous Moolah- Natalya

 

Thanks Roman

 

You know, there is a middle area in most WWE shows that sucks. We have reached that time here with the WWE Hall of Fame. Rude’s induction wasn’t good and Beth Phoenix’s praise by Natalya sounds stupid, contrived and a waste of time.

The only thing that would make this part of the night worse is for the Warrior Award to come next. (Which it is likely as Teddy and Kurt are all that is left)

To this day, I believe that Beth was my uncle Owen’s gift from heaven to me- awkward comment about Beth Phoenix

Give it up for Natalya’s destiny- (whatever that means)

The “incomparable” Beth Phoenix- a way Beth Phoenix has never been described until now.

HEY- Beth Phoenix dyed her hair back blonde

Beth Phoenix is married to Edge.

One more match- fans, hopefully sarcastically

I’m a mom now, don’t make me put you in a time out- Beth Phoenix

i’ll be frank- Beth Phoenix’s speech is super boring and I haven’t paid attention.

Watch it yourself- WWE network if you like.

I’m going to have a cigarette

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