WWE Hall of Fame: Powell’s live review of the 2020 and 2021 induction ceremony – Pro Wrestling Dot Net

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE Hall of Fame 2020 and 2021
Tampa, Florida at Tropicana Field
Streamed April 6, 2021 on Peacock/WWE Network

The show opened with a video package… Jerry Lawler served as the host of the ceremony and set up the JBL video package…

JBL Induction

JBL spoke of starting every game in the World League of American Football in his first season. He said he assumed the same thing would happen in season two, but he was cut and decided to become a pro wrestler. He spoke about learning from Dick Murdoch and teaming with Bob Orton Jr. in Japan. He also recalled getting white heat and being unsure if he would make it back to the locker room while working in Germany, but he was saved by Fit Finlay, whose mere presence caused a knife wielding fan to drop the knife. He also recalled the heat he got in Texas while working with Eddie Guerrero. He said he would never be on the stage if it wasn’t for Guerrero.

JBL also spoke of teaming with Ron Simmons in the APA. JBL spoke about wishing he could be in the ring and hearing Guerrero’s entrance theme or the Undertaker gong. JBL said he wanted to be serious for a moment. He said that anyone who felt he wronged them or said something about them, “Cry me a river, snowflake.” He said he doesn’t apologize to anyone and is a wrestling god.

The WWE PSA regarding the COVID vaccine aired…

Powell’s POV: Holy rush job, Batman. They have a lot of people to get through so it’s understandable that there are time limits, but it does beg the question of why they felt the need to induct two classes when they could have simply rolled over the class of 2020. For a moment there, I actually thought JBL might apologize to some of his detractors. I guess I should have known better. By the way, I’ll echo the vaccine PSA. I had my first short today. Let’s end this damn pandemic.

Kevin Patrick interviewed Rhea Ripley and Peyton Royce. Royce said she was happy the class of 2020 was being inducted after the long wait. Ripley spoke about being a fan of the Bella Twins and getting a chance to meet them…

Sarah Schreiber interviewed Randy Orton and asked him what the Hall of Fame means to him. Orton said it means a lot to him and he recalled inducting his father. He said the Hall of Fame seems to get bigger and bigger every year. He said he has relationships with each of the inductees and he was excited to hear what they had to say…

Patrick interviewed Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Kingston recalled the Bella Twins not knowing anything about pro wrestling when they started and now they are going into the Hall of Fame. He praised them for working hard… Lawler set up the Davey Boy Smith video package…

Davey Boy Smith Induction

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