Kurt Angle sings his greatest hits at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

Showered with “welcome home” and “welcome back” chants, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle entertained thousands of fans last night during his induction ceremony, singing his “greatest hits” that got laughs from everyone in the arena.

First donning the ridiculous small cowboy hat that he wore in the backstage segment with Vince McMahon, Steve Austin, and Debra, Angle sang the “Jimmy Crack Corn” song with the crowd singing along.

He then put on the wig and the wrestling headgear, and asked for the crowd to clap along and rapped part of his song when he did the rap battle with John Cena. “I won a gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck,” Angle rapped as the crowd gave a helping hand.

And then came his favorite of all time…“I’m just a sexy Kurt!” Angle teased singing it and then said he won’t, but the crowd wanted it him to sing, so Angle, looking as happy as ever, gave them what they wanted. Shawn Michaels, in attendance as well, helped with the clapping and smiled as Angle sang the HBK song which was changed to suit him during their feud in the lead-up to WrestleMania 21.

The Olympic gold medalist then wrapped up an entertaining Hall of Fame induction ceremony by celebrating the only way he knows – downing two bottles of milk as the crowd chanted “You suck” along with his theme song.

President Trump’s WWE HOF page updated to reflect new job

WWE has updated Donald Trump’s Hall of Fame page to reflect his new position…President of the United States of America.

“After trading in his favorite television catchphrase “You’re fired!” for a national promise to “Make America Great Again,” Donald Trump won his first presidential campaign against key contender Hillary Clinton and officially took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, to become the 45th President of the United States – the first time in history a WWE Hall of Famer would ever hold the distinguished title of U.S. Commander-in-Chief.”

Even though Trump is a big WWE fan and a big friend of the McMahon family, WWE refrained from mentioning Trump at all during his run for President of the United States.

Only few hundred tickets remain available for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame

Only a couple of hundred tickets remain for the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony as thousands of WWE fans stormed Ticketmaster.com yesterday to snap up tickets.

Ticketmaster.com only has few tickets in the second and third tier available although third-party ticket sellers have their fair share of tickets for sale for a price more than face value.

WWE pushed back ticket sales for the Hall of Fame twice, first waiting for confirmation about Kurt Angle headlining the show. This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday instead of Saturday and will be held at the Amway Center.

Kurt Angle to headline the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2017

The WWE Hall of Fame will finally get its own Olympic gold medalist as WWE announced yesterday night that Kurt Angle will be the headliner for the class of 2017.

“Kurt Angle’s accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque. “He was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame.”

Triple H also added on Twitter later that he’s never seen an individual adapt and succeed in the wrestling business so naturally. Kurt Angle, tweeting right after the announcement, simply said, “I’m coming home!”

The 48-year-old made his pro wrestling debut in 1998, signing an 8-year deal with the WWE. Initially, Angle was sent to a developmental territory before making his full in-ring debut on WWE television at the 1999 Survivor Series.

Angle’s rise in the WWE ranks was quick and he won the WWE title in his first year, defeating The Rock. He continued to be one of the main eventers in the company, having epic feuds with the likes of Triple H, Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and many others.

Things turned for the worst in 2006 and after he was drafted to the ECW brand, Angle was fired from the company due to health issues, mainly addiction.

After leaving WWE, Angle quickly signed on with TNA where he had some of his best matches in his career. He was inducted in the TNA Hall of Fame in 2013 and had his farewell tour with the company in January 2016.

Throughout his WWE career, he won the WWE title 4 times, the World Heavyweight title, the WCW title once, and the WCW United States title once, the WWE European, Hardcore and Intercontinental title once, and the WWE Tag Team title once with Chris Benoit.

In TNA, he won the TNA World title six times, the X Division title once, and the TNA World Tag Team title twice with Sting and AJ Styles.

Kurt Angle becomes the second person to be inducted in both the WWE and TNA Hall of Fames. The first one was Sting.

WWE 2017 Hall of Fame ceremony tickets on-sale date pushed back again

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the on-sale date for the WWE Hall of Fame 2017 ceremony tickets has been pushed to the end of January.

Tickets were originally scheduled to go on sale yesterday morning, but then pushed back to January 20. Now the new date is January 27, with a pre-sale kicking off two days earlier on January 25.

WWE usually announces the headliner of the Hall of Fame on the same week that tickets go on sale to give the show the initial sales push, however, it seems that there’s no main eventer yet, although there was no reason given why the ticket sales were pushed back twice.

Ticket prices will be $27, $54, $80, and $110 plus additional taxes and fees. The show will take place at the Amway Center on Friday, March 31.

Lawler says him not hosting the Hall of Fame is a “BS rumor”

Wrestling journalist Bill Apter and owner of 1wrestling.com made a video to announce that Jerry “The King” Lawler will indeed host the Hall of Fame ceremony despite the report from PWInsider.com which said that Eva Marie will be hosting this year.

Apter, who is big friends with Lawler, texted him to ask him why he’s not hosting the gig this time around and Lawler apparently was unaware of the rumors, asking him where did he hear it. “BS rumor,” Lawler texted back, telling Apter to tell everyone to just enjoy the Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

The news of Eva Marie hosting the Hall of Fame did not go down very well with fans across social media and her name was trending on Twitter for quite a long time for all the wrong reasons.

PWInsider.com still has the story up and has not reacted to Apter’s video yet which disputes their story.

WWE Diva Eva Marie to host the Hall of Fame ceremony

PWInsider.com is reporting that Jerry “The King” Lawler will be given the day off on Hall of Fame night as his hosting gig has just been given to someone else.

For the first time ever, a Diva will be the MC for the evening, and the honor has been given to Eva Marie.

Only four other individuals have hosted the Hall of Fame ceremony since 2005. Jerry “The King” Lawler has done the show six times, Todd Grisham twice, Gene Okerlund once, and in 2008, Grisham and Okerlund hosted the show together.

The Total Divas star is certainly not the most popular Diva among fans mostly due to her inexperience in the ring despite being in the company for two years already. She was introduced during the first season of Total Divas and has remained one of the cast members ever since.

WWE fan and celebrity Maria Menounos will be returning to host the red carpet event which will kick off an hour before the ceremony at 7PM EST.

WWE to present The Warrior Award to Connor Michalek at Hall of Fame

WWE announced the creation of The Warrior Award, which will be presented at the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and will be given to those who show unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the spirit of WWE Hall of Famer the Ultimate Warrior.

This year, the first-ever Warrior Award will be given to Connor Michalek, an 8 year old Pittsburgh native who passed away last year from cancer. Connor’s bond with former WWE champion Daniel Bryan and other WWE Superstars and Divas was highlighted in a video that WWE produced which went viral. You can see the video below.

Dana Warrior, the widow of the Ultimate Warrior, and Daniel Bryan will be presenting the award to Connor’s father, Steve Michalek, on March 28 at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.

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John Laurinaitis to induct The Bushwhackers in the WWE Hall of Fame

Former Raw and Smackdown on-screen General Manager John Laurinaitis will be inducting Luke and Butch, the Bushwhackers, into the WWE Hall of Fame come March 28.

Laurinaitis, who started his wrestling career 1986 as Johnny Ace in Florida Championship Wrestling, was the flag bearer for Luke and Butch who at the time were known as The Sheepherders. Ace eventually then moved to the NWA teaming up with Shane Douglas as The Dynamic Dudes.

John Laurinaitis is so far the second confirmed presenter at the Hall of Fame, with the only other one confirmed being Hulk Hogan doing the honors for Macho Man Randy Savage.

USA Network to air one hour version of WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

WWE and USA Network issued a press release announcing that a one-hour special highlighting the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on Monday, March 30 at 11PM EST, immediately following Monday Night Raw.

This will be the ninth consecutive year that USA will be airing a version of the Hall of Fame. The WWE Network will be airing the ceremony live and in its full entirety on Saturday, March 28, from the SAP Center in San Jose, California.