2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductees react to epic Madison Square Garden enshrinement

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April 07, 2013

Trish Stratus then took the stage, introduced by WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon. The trailblazing Diva regaled the WWE Universe in attendance with tales of her incredible journey from medical student to fitness model to perhaps the greatest Diva in WWE history. Her list of thank-yous was so long, she had to bring a scroll.

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Next came the induction of six-time World Champion Booker T. Introduced by his brother, Stevie Ray, it was an emotional reunion for Harlem Heat, a team that held WCW’s tag team titles on 10 occasions. Stevie Ray recalled how they endured a tough upbringing and the passing of their father, and that developing a bond over professional wrestling enabled the brothers to embark on an incredible journey together. 

“We never thought about the Hall of Fame,” Stevie Ray told WWE.com after his speech. “I used to tell him, no matter the job, do your best.”

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Maria Menounos then made her way into The World’s Most Famous Arena to present her close friend, the legendary Bob Backlund. The former two-time WWE Champion then brought the Garden down with a passionate speech. When he was finished, he urged “Mr. H” — WWE COO Triple H  — onto the stage to do some calisthenics. The Game politely declined – “I’ve got a big match tomorrow,” he quipped, which Backlund respected.

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