On Friday evening, the WWE Network hosted the company's annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. While most fans associate WWE programming with violence and vitriol, the Hall of Fame is the exception to the rule. For one evening a year, the stars of yesterday come back to share stories and feelings from their careers, and fans appreciate it as a feel-good evening.
This year's show was no exception, with a Hall of Fame class that included Diamond Dallas Page, The Rock 'N' Roll Express, Rick Rude, Beth Phoenix, Warrior Award recipient Eric LeGrand, Teddy Long, and Kurt Angle. Needless to say, there was a lot of history up on stage, and it translated into a lot of amusing anecdotes. Though the show was long, it was packed full of laughter and emotion.
Many of the facts and stories shared by the wrestlers weren't exactly breaking news - hardcore fans know that Diamond Dallas Page drove Rhythm 'N' Blues to the ring at WrestleMania VI, and that Kurt Angle wore a tiny cowboy hat on TV - but there were also some brand-new bits of info that came straight from the sources on an evening designed for it.
Here are 10 things we learned from the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony:
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013