WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremony Full Report, Your Feedback And Viewing Party
- Jerry Lawler comes back out and introduces the induction video for Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Lawler brings out Diamond Dallas Page to a big pop from the crowd. DDP thanks the crowd and gets his name chanted. DDP is proud, humbled and honored to be here tonight. He says there's some kind of divine intervention going on because tonight is his 58th birthday and he couldn't ask for a better present... the crowd starts chanting happy birthday to him. DDP says the fans are amazing. He is getting to see 2 of his boys rising up to receive the recognition they deserve. DDP thanks Triple H and says it's very cool of him. DDP says without Dusty Rhodes, there is no DDP. DDP says Dusty was his mentor but he had another mentor who taught him the art of pro wrestling. DDP says he lived with Jake back in 1994. DDP says he was just fired from WCW but Dusty and Jake believed in him at 36. DDP talks about how he talked Kimberly into letting Jake move in with them. Kimberly had one condition - no snakes in the house. DDP says he learned more sitting next to Jake on the couch watching their matches. He says Jake started to get him bookings on the road. He tells a story about a snake going missing in their home. DDP says he never stopped learning from Jake. Jake taught him how to get over in and out of the ring. Jake prepared him for the main events and the world championships to come. DDP says it's a debt he's been working on paying back ever since. This gets an applause. DDP looks to get emotional. He says Jake wrote the book on ring psychology. DDP says every single thing Jake did in and out of the ring had purpose. He praises Jake's in-ring work, his interviews and his feuds with Ricky Steamboat, Rick Rude and Randy Savage. All three names got pops. DDP says they started another journey about 18 months ago when they began living together again. DDP calls it a wild roller coaster. He calls it the resurrection of Jake The Snake. DDP says their big dream 18 months ago was to be on this stage, on this very night and here they are. The crowd pops. DDP thanks God. He says dreams can true as long as you're willing to put the work in. DDP says trust him, Jake has put the work in. DDP says to never underestimate the power you give someone by believing in them. The same goes with yourself. DDP proudly presents his mentor, his friend, his brother, the prodigal son, the one and only Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Jake's music hits and out he comes with a Diva on each arm.
- Jake comes to the podium and a "thank you Jake" chant starts up. Jake gets choked up and shakes his head. He says all of a sudden he forgot what he was going to say. He says he's always loved professional wrestling and always loved the men that did professional wrestling because they're special men, a breed of their own. Jake talks about seeing legends come up when he was a kid. Jake says he hated wrestling because his father wrestled and he never saw his father. Jake blamed wrestling and says that wasn't the truth, it was the man. Jake says he hated that but be damned if he didn't do the same thing. Jake says he walked away from the responsibilities of raising a family because he fell in love with something called wrestling. Jake says he didn't have a minute to spare in any day because he loved wrestling. He should have shared the time more wisely but doesn't regret his love for wrestling because there's nothing like it. Jake talks about controlling the emotions of fans. Jake almost says something inappropriate and says that was close. See DDP, he's getting better, he says. Jake changes his mind and says what the hell, "bleep" people's emotions as WWE edited it out. Jake says the rush from wrestling is addicting. Jake says it hurts he can't do it anymore. Jake points out Steamboat. A "you still got it" chant breaks out for Jake. Roberts says he's ashamed to say that the only woman he never cheated on was the ring. He says he was a rotten son of a b---h and it's not funny. Jake says at some point your heart becomes so sour you can't just love one woman. He says the other problems like drugs and alcohol start rolling in so you can medicate the pain you have from the ring and the pain from your family. Jake says that really sucks. He says you can't look the woman in the eye any more and you're tired of lying to your children. Jake gets emotional again. Jake asks what do you have left at that point, not much. If you're alone like he was, you make some bad choices. You decide you want to be gone. He would get angry with God when his friends would die. He didn't want to commit suicide because it would hurt his children. Jake says for some reason, one person sticks a hand out. That person for him was Diamond Dallas Page. Jake says he was hell bent, he didn't give a damn any more. He was drinking and doing drugs every day, he didn't want to leave. He says anyone who knows DDP knows how much of a stubborn, rotten no good son of a b---h he is. Jake says he's so positive and just won't shut up. Jake says Dallas saved his life and he knows this. Jake is so grateful that DDP saved him. Jake says DDP used the fans during the process. He talks about using Indiegogo to raise money for his shoulder surgery. Jake thought nobody gave a damn about him but fans chipped in over $30,000. Jake says that woke him up and showed him somebody does care. Jake says God gave him a great amount of talent. He says the fans got some of it and he's ashamed he wasted most of it. But he's so happy tonight. Jake says he's so happy because he's got some special people here. They're called family. Jake has a hero and he's just 18 months old. A man in the crowd brings a small boy up to the stage and Jake holds him at the podium. Jake talks about how the boy and his sister have had health problems. He tells Vince McMahon to get his writers ready because this boy and his sister will be at WrestleMania 50. Jake says he doesn't want to cry, he just wants to get back to his family. He tells his kids to stand up in the crowd and they do, with their kids. Jake says they are his heroes. He loves them and the gave him a second chance. Jake says God bless the WWE because they gave him one too. Jake thanks us and his music hits.
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