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WWE HALL OF FAME REPORT – HART FOUNDATION (segment 3)
APRIL 6 2019
BROOKLYN, N.Y. AT BARCLAY’S CENTER
STREAMED LIVE ON WWE NETWORK
The speeches this year took place inside the ring in the center of Barclay’s Center. It meant a lot of fans were staring at the backs of the heads of those giving speeches, unfortunately, but it made for a better TV event with fans in the background instead of the screen backdrop.
Two #WWEHOF things: 1. There's only 3 upper level sections tarped off on one side and one more on opposite side – that's better than expected given the competition and HOF apathy this year. 2. New set this year, wrestlers will speak from the ring… @thewadekeller pic.twitter.com/yVWtzZ3Ctl
— Dan Blight (@danblight) April 6, 2019
THE HART FOUNDATION – Bret Hart and Natalya inducting
-Natalya walked out with Bret Hart. She said she had to put herself in her dad’s shoes when accepting this honor. She thanked her mom for having her dad’s back every step of the way. She also thanked Bret Hart. Cheers. She also thanked the fans for showing the Hart Foundation unconditional love since 1985. She said her dad’s favorite tag team to wrestle were the British Bulldogs. She said she knows Davey Boy, Dynamite Kid, Stu, and her dad are watching tonight from the best seat in the house. She said her dad’s favorite place to wrestle was New York City, hands down.
Natalya talked about The Hart Foundation inspiring so many wrestler such as Scott Dawson, Dash Wilder, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Sasha Banks, Bayley, the Singh Brothers, Beth Phoenix, Edge & Christian, Tyson Kidd, Teddy Hart. Harry Smith, Cesaro, and Sheamus were all inspired by the Hart Foundation. She said last year her dad was approached about writing a book. She encouraged him to document his life as a shot-putter and a football player. She said her dad said her in what would be their last text exchange, “But, Nattie, the greatest thing I ever did besides being a father to you three girls was being in WWE.” He told her at the end of the day, he was a wrestlers and that’s what he enjoyed the most. She then said, “Take it away, Hitman.”
Bret said it still hurts having lost Jim last summer. He said he’s the best friend he ever had and the most hilarious cell mate one could ever hope for. He said Jim made him laugh his ass of every day. “Every day was an adventure,” he said. Bret told a variety of road stories, including his reluctance to play a heel at first as part of the Hart Foundation. He joked that he finally agreed, but realized he never consulted Jim Neidhart along the way. He told some fun road stories including Neidhart reading a map upside down and driving them in circles.
In the middle of his speech, a fan charged into the ring and tackled Bret. The live stream cut away before any contact was made, but we saw Bret look startled to his right and Natalya look panicked. Then a few seconds later they came back to a shot of the crowd reacting with worry and then some laughs as wrestlers from the back charged out and stomped on the fan until he was dragged out by security. Heath Slater, Edge, Drake Maverick, Tyson Kidd, and Steve Corino were among the many in the ring. Davey Boy Smith Jr. charged into the ring and pounded on the fan until Big Show finally pulled him off. The fan was escorted past fans to the back as fans chanted “F— him up! F— him up!”
— WΞ FIGHT. WΞ OVΞRCOMΞ. WΞ BΞLIΞVΞ. (@AhYezzir) April 7, 2019
They dragged that guy out by his neck. Hopefully he's walking funny in jail.
— Scott Whipple (@SingleShotScott) April 7, 2019
Wild everyone flooded the ring
— Cards Against Humanity (@DecksFunny) April 7, 2019
Looked like Shane and Titus were the first ones to jump in the ring and had ahold of the guy. Other wrestlers that jumped in were Braun, Ali, Drake Maverick. When they ran the guy to the back it was Titus that had ahold of him. Fans chanted “fuck him up” and “asshole” and when…
— Amanda LaVore (@realacstealth) April 7, 2019
Dash Wilder knocked him out as he was getting carried out.
— James Lawrence (@TheMrJL) April 7, 2019
Bret: “In pro wrestling, lunacy is half the beauty.”
Bret quoting Jim Neidhart: “Most of the fun stuff happens after midnight, but the key to moderation is moderation.”
Bret quoting Jim Neidhart: “Recklessness and determination make life come alive.”
Bret quoting Jim Neidhart: “Never spend the second half of your life getting over the first half.”