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Lawler is joined on today’s show by his co-host Glenn Moore.
Lawler opens today’s show speaking about the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which he will be hosting this weekend. He says that the ceremony has gone long on multiple occasions, and he recalls a couple of years when the show ran for 4-5 hours. Lawler speculates that WWE may have limited the amount of inductees this year in an attempt to limit the show’s run time.
Moore asks Lawler if there has ever been an uncomfortable feeling backstage when an inductee has an abnormally long induction speech. Lawler admits that does happen on occasion, and he informs that at one point there was a rough time limit for each inductee. Even where there was a limit, Vince McMahon was always very clear in saying that the night belongs to the inductees, so they should say what they want to say.
Lawler specifically recalls one occasion where McMahon was forced to speed things up. At the 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Kane was sent out by McMahon to wrap up Mr. T’s induction speech. Mr. T was upset at first that McMahon sent Kane out to wrap him up, because he was only in the middle of his speech. Lawler jokes that if that was only the middle of Mr. T’s speech they all would have been in for an awfully long night.
Lawler informs that William Shatner was his first choice to induct him into the Hall of Fame in 2007. When Shatner arrived at the building the day of the ceremony, he was shocked to learned that there was no teleprompter. WWE’s writers wrote him a lengthy speech, and he was forced to blatantly read from the papers at the show. The live audience turned on Shatner, and Lawler admits that he felt bad for his friend.