During an interview with the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling, Bill Goldberg was asked if his Hall of Fame induction was the pinnacle of his career. He responded by airing out some grievances with the ceremony in New Orleans, and the way it all played out.
And he makes some really good points:
“Yes and no. It’s bitter sweet. I’ll start with the yes in that I was extremely and will always be forever honored to the people who chose me to be a member of the Hall of Fame period end of story. The people that I rubbed shoulders with in that hall I don’t deserve to be there by any stretch but did I enjoy being last when half the people left because of a six hour ceremony when people go on and on and on and unfairly try to encapsulate their five to thirty five to forty years in the business? It was an unfair and unceremoniously strange send off because it is just tough. You try to be professional in consideration for others and I’m not saying that the others were inconsiderate because they deserve their time and you deserve to sit out there and talk for an hour and make people understand how appreciative you are of the accolade and induction and the stories that encapsulate your career. It’s an injustice for people to not hear those things. But at the same time it makes for an extremely excruciating experience (laughing) sitting out in that crowd. Even more excruciating for someone that has to follow them and capture their career in a short period of time which is what I tried to do and hell, I forgot about Sting and he was sitting in the front row thank God and I forgot about a million people because I didn’t have time. I gave my suggestions to Mr. McMahon afterwards and than you carry on to the next night and you carry onto ‘Mania where you are introduced and I was out of there like a hot potato because as long as I am physically able and as I’ve said have the ability to do the things that I used to do, I’m not saying I want to be out there doing it but its tough being around. It is like being in pads and sitting on the side lines waiting for the coach to put you in but you can’t because you are ineligible. It’s just that I am a competitive person and it is tough to sit back and watch people do it whether it is wrestling or anything else. That transition that is kind of forcefully retire when you get this Hall of Fame induction I am just kind of uncomfortable with that whole situation. I am still walking tall.”
It’s hard to argue with any of his points here. The Hall of Fame ceremony has almost become a parody of itself. It ran so long this year it won’t be included in the WrestleMania 34 DVD release. Goldberg’s, the headlining attraction, ended up giving a speech to far fewer folks than the very first induction.
That doesn’t seem right.
He’s also correct that it’s a difficult situation because you don’t want to tell anyone being inducted they can’t take their time with their speech. WWE should try to find a middle ground, however, so that everyone gets a fair amount of time without taking away from everyone else.