“I did what I did. I did a few things like moonsaults off the tops of cages, but usually I relied on wrestling and technique. A lot of people used to think you had to be really chancy, but I was never like that necessarily. If you know how to structure a match, you don’t always need that stuff. Other guys are starting to understand that, and I haven’t seen this much great talent in a long time. Obviously wrestling is doing something right.” — Kurt Angle
“It was a surprise. I had a message on my phone [from WWE] to call the number back. I think they got ahold of Ricky at the time. When they called, it was just like a suckerpunch. It just knocked us off our feet.
It’s an honor for Ricky and me to go into the Hall of Fame.”
— Robert Gibson (The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express)
“I’m humbled and honored, man. Just to be a part of it. I remember Dusty telling me one time, “You know, D, there’s only two things left in our business that’s still real: your first world title, and the hall of fame.” That’s gonna be emotional for me.”
— Diamond Dallas Page
“If you looked at all the boxes you would check to make a main event guy that would go down in history as one of the best, Rude checked all the boxes. He was an all-around package. He looked good, he could play the part, he knew what to do. He could take great bumps, feed the babyface when it was time to feed, and he would never run out of gas.”
— Ricky Steamboat, on 'Ravishing’ Rick Rude
“People think because I do a lot of talking on TV and stuff and that I am an outgoing person, well I am really not, I am kind of a loner. You guys were able to do that for me, and get me back out there, get me on this podcast, and get my name out there. This Hall of Fame thing, I am just honored to be apart of that. I really want to thank the WWE, the WWE Universe, Vince McMahon, Steph, Hunter, all those guys that gave me the opportunity to portray my talents and gave me a break, I just want to thank them all and say I appreciate it.” — Teddy Long
“When you are in WWE, you dream of that moment when you get to reflect on your career and the things that you did and you get that wonderful individual honor. It seemed so far off in the distance for me when I was wrestling. I didn’t know when — or if — I’d ever experience that feeling. I certainly didn’t think I’d have that opportunity this early in my life. It’s amazing and very, very humbling.”
— Beth Phoenix
I wanted to write down how the boys did at the concert because they were all so memorable and I don’t want to forget it, so here is goes:
S. Coups: was literally a wild animal let loose onstage. He appeared to have enjoyed every minute of it and really made everybody happy, and at the end he was extremely gratuitous in his thank you’s. He really stole the stage during hip hop unit’s performances and you could see him looking at the cameras a lot. Professional flirt, and I just wanted to hug him. I was blown away by how charismatic he is.
Jeonghan: I’m not trying to sound judgemental, but Jeonghan looked really fed up the entire time, like he didn’t want to be there. I know he seems self conscious about his English, but he didn’t even speak when the translator was there. He just paced around rather impatiently and didn’t really smile. The only time he seemed to be having fun was at the very end when they sang “Healing”. I really hope he’s doing okay and is in a rested mental state, because I know how stressful performances can be. Although, I must say that out of all the members, he was the most hypnotic one. Even just as he stood while the others were singing, one could not help but stare at him. He’s just beautiful, even more so in real life. I’d honestly just stare at him and wonder if he’s real.
Joshua: also rather quiet, but he performed very well. He did best on the vocal team’s ballads and knew exactly what expressions to have. He conveyed his emotions quite well. At the end, he offered a very heartfelt thank you to everybody.
Jun: he looked sexy af (what else is new lol) and nailed everything. He only spoke at the very end, and he just kinda laughed nervously and commented on how loud the audience was (they all mentioned it, but he looked traumatised). The audience cheered for him the most whenever he appeared and there were many Jun stans there.
Hoshi: I can’t even begin to describe the volume of the crowd when the lights first came up and Hoshi was standing with the members. They were screaming for him and he was so, so happy. He was easily the most pumped up performer the entire night. He was hopping, bouncing, cheering, screeching, etc. At the end, he got a bit choked up thanking the audience for worrying about him, and Chan even asked for people to give him a hand for performing. He spoke the most out of everybody at the end, just saying thank you for giving him energy over and over again.
Wonwoo: I never really got why people think he is hot until I saw him rap live. I can’t even begin to describe how sexy he was with his hair slicked back and a velvet choker on. It was unreal. His raps were total fire, as expected, and it was kinda funny to see such a composed man screaming “fuck” violently into the mic while contorting around. It was fascinating to see the passion light him up. I don’t remember what he said at the end, I’m sorry, but it was very short.
Woozi: words can’t even begin to explain how bloody talented this young man is. He was so into the rhythm and sound of his music that he moved with it better than any other members. He just has this innate understanding of it, and it really showed onstage. He did not speak at all really, but he was definitely memorable, especially on “Don’t Listen in Secret”. You could see him feeling the music when he sang and it was amazing.
DK: okay but seriously you could make a drinking game out of how many times he said “LAYDIIES AND GENTLEMEEEENNN”. It was so cute how eagerly he pumped up the crowd; he and Soonyoung definitely ruled everyone up. He was just the cheerful sunny Seokmin we all love, but live his voice is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. On broadcasts, the sound is just evened out, but live, Seokmin is indescribably powerful. His voice is just stunning, and I feel honoured to say I’ve heard him sing live.
Mingyu: charismatic cute fluff ball, even while swearing. He’s a brilliant rapper and performer, and he really warmed everyone’s hearts whenever he was onstage. He made a point to make people smile, and that meant a lot. His small speech at the end was also quite nice; he tried super hard to say it in English first and ended up just copying what Minghao said, haha. Then he switched to Korean again and it was just very cute.
The8: oh. my. god. Oh my god. This boy literally destroyed my very existence. He was so into everything, literally looked like he was at an amusement park. Also, he spoke a ton of English. It was precious at the end because he apologised saying his “English isn’t very good” and everyone freaked out protesting. Then he promised to keep learning it. So so sweet. I just wanted to hug him and thank him for all his hard work in both languages and performing, because it’s showing.
Seungkwan: similar to Minghao, he really engaged the audience and spoke a lot of English as well. He apologised for his English too, and actually looked sad for a moment like he couldn’t do his words justice, but everybody was encouraging him and I think it made him more brave. I think it was so genuine and really sweet, and you can tell what a sincerely kindhearted person he is.
Vernon: this charismatic badass slayed it. He was grinning from ear to ear and playing around with Minghao like a child, and at the end got so excited about the level of energy the audience had. He had way too much fun swearing by the way. Also, his smile is gorgeous in real life. He looked amazing.
Dino: the maknae stole the show!! This man can dance. His skills far exceed anything I expected of him; in real life, he’s just as polished as he is through a screen, which really blew me away. He has excellent control and lots of charisma, and his little thank you at the end was super cute. Also, he’s shorter than I thought he was.
Diamond Dallas Page to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame [February 20th, 2017]
RollingStone.com announced earlier today that former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page is the latest inductee for the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2017!
Page got his career start in 1988, working as a manager in the AWA for a team known as Badd Company (Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond). DDP managed the duo to win the AWA World Tag Team Championships before moving on to FCW in Florida to work as a commentator. In 1990, Page made his unofficial WrestleMania debut, driving the team of Rhythm And Blues to the ring in a pink Cadillac. In 1991, Dusty Rhodes signed DDP to a contract with WCW.
By 1996, Page’s career had panned out well enough to have captured the WCW World Television Championship, and he’d soon become one of the company’s top superstars. Before the company folded in 2001, Page would be a Triple Crown Champion, having also captured the WCW United States Championship, the WCW World Tag Team Championship (w/ Kevin Nash, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Kanyon), and a 3-time WCW World Heavyweight Championship. In addition to being a popular and accomplished superstar, Page also used his abilities in motivation to help save the lives of fellow superstars Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall. Often referred to as one of the best wrestlers to know on a personal level and one of the most professional men in the sport, Page is a welcome addition to the WWE Hall Of Fame!
My thoughts are such a mess right now… so let’s just dive in with a recap of each member:
S.Coups - Wow. My ult bias for Seventeen. He OWNED that stage. He was so much more intense with his dancing and rapping it left me shook with my mouth hanging open everytime I watched him (so the whole concert tbh).
Jeonghan - AN ACTUAL VISUAL GOD. Like, listen, if you don’t appreciate this man’s beauty then you’re blind. But also his vocals, especially during the unit songs, were just so amazing.
Joshua - Literally I couldn’t get enough of him, he was just all-around perfect. Great voice, great performance, great English, wow.
Jun - wOW. Jun walked onto that stage tonight and made it HIS. The My I performance left the entire audience in awe. He was constantly working it and reminding his stans as to WHY he was their bias.
Hoshi - This boy can move. My eyes kept being drawn to him because he knows how to make people watch him during his performance. Also he was super sweet and cute with the crowd, always saying “I LOVE YOU DALLAS!”.
Wonwoo - He literally could’ve stood on stage and did nothing and we would have lost it. He was such a cute softie during the talks but then he would change it up with his powerful deep raps during the songs. It was rough.
Woozi - By far the most impactful singer in my opinion. They were all amazing (don’t get me wrong), but Woozi’s raw passion and emotion and CONFIDENCE was just overwhelming. So proud of him.
DK - He thicc. Like slim thicc. There was a part where I was just staring at him during Habits because “wow he’s gorgeous” and also “wow look at those THIGHS” He’s so perfect I’m dead.
Mingyu - The only tall member (jklol). Told the crowd he loved us IN THE INTRO. Constantly being Mingyu and snatching every weak soul in the vicinity.
The8 - uM? Again. WOW? Outstanding in every sense. Even when there was 12 other men dancing and drawing the attention of the audience, I always found my way to him.
Seungkwan - Vocals vocals vocals. We all know he had golden pipes, but I was shocked on how steady and soothing his voice was all while remaining powerful. As always, super sweet and smiley with the fans.
Vernon - He snatched me. Like legit he’s one of my biases now. The English was greatly appreciated. The rapping was greatly appreciated. The disrespect however? Still appreciated smh I’m weak for Hansol.
Dino - DINO. WOW. I’m still not over his glow up from this past year or so. He’s so gorgeous, and he LOOKED me in the eye and SENT me a heart. I’m gone. The whole concert I think he was trying to get me to bias him because he was just doing. the. most.
So, uh. You know when you go to a k-pop concert and they come on stage and you’re like “oh they’re so tall!”. Yeah, definitely did not happen tonight. (except with Mingyu.) ;p
EACH MEMBER HAVING A DIFFERENT COLOR SUIT IN THE BEGINNING.
Sweet intros, cutesy VCR’s, Adorable always.
So many clean, crisp, perfected performances. Seventeen is known for their choreography and synchronization but it’s jaw-dropping when you see it in person. They move like one person and it’s so crazy to watch.
Vernon telling us that when they were backstage they were so excited about how excited and energetic the crowd was.
They were so sincere with us the whole time, it NEVER felt scripted or like they were just saying what they had to say.
Uh. The unit performances:
Hip-Hop Unit - Slayed. Every. Hoe. In. The. Building. They know they killed it. They know they’re hot. They just KNOW.
Performance Unit - They brought their game. They let Dallas know what K-pop is supposed to look like and left their footprint on everyone’s soul. Honestly I couldn’t tell you a lot about the vocals during these stages because I was just so shaken from the choreo. Dance on my grave.
Vocal Unit - AMAZING. I feel so guilty that I ever slept on them. They have talent oozing out of their bodies. Passion, emotion, intimacy. They harbored it in every word they sang.
MY I is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. So much chemistry both with Jun/The8, but also them with the audience. The choreography with that bungee-cord-thing? Iconic. Still don’t understand how they did it so seemlessly.
Dino sent me a heart. Still dead.
So sweaty. I’m drooling. (I could see S.Coups’s from my seat and I was highkey staring.)
Over 10 minutes of them just saying goodbye. You could really tell that they had a good time. Made my heart warm. <3
Well that’s all I can muster up right now. Don’t worry I’ll edit in the morning when I have a clear mind.