Sean Waltman who has been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame for the second time in his career has said there were no guest inductors at the 2021 ceremony.
Due to the pandemic, the WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony was filmed without a live audience a week ahead of when the event airs.
Waltman was part of the proceedings as he was inducted as part of the legendary nWo – alongside Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. Speaking to the Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, Waltman explained that there was nobody giving a speech about the inductees before they took to the stage.
“There were none. In 2019 I don’t think there were any then either. Were there? Jerry Lawler was out there hosting like he normally would and then it would go to a video package. It was almost like the video package was the induction.”
Sean Waltman was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame for the first time in 2019 as part of D-Generation X. Dx along with Harlem Heat and The Hart Foundation did not have anyone inducting them on that occasion.
Waltman continued, giving more detail about the day of the ceremony itself:
“I’m not going to lie, you know, they flew us in the night before, we took the COVID test and then they had us up and at ’em at 7 AM. We were at the building since 8 and it was, you know, it was a little rough. Especially coming from the West Coast and having the time difference and my body’s all screwed up. I got a little bit of jet lag right now, actually, but whatever.”
So we did a lot of sitting around for a while and then once things started going, they went quick. We started taking the pictures, doing the rehearsal. Which, the rehearsal, it was just walking through to get positions, I guess. If you flubbed your line, or whatever, you could just re-do it. Like, ‘hey, take-two,’ and then do it again, and they chop it up and edit. They’re the best at that. No one’s better than WWE at that. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that I did “take-two” more than once during the speech. Then I was so – I wanted to make sure I got to thank my wife, Angela and the kids, and so I did that at the beginning and then just, I went, ‘now that I got that out of the way [laughs].'”
The nWo was inducted as part of the delayed Class of 2020. Joining the nWo in that class were the Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, JBL, Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, and William Shatner. Host of WrestleMania Titus O’Neil is the recipient of the Warrior Award.
The WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony airs on Tuesday 6th of April on Peacock in the US and elsewhere on the WWE Network.