In case you haven’t been reading our incredible weekly WWE Network Lowdown feature (erm, why not?!), you may not have heard that on Sunday the WWE Network added up the complete Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for the 2004 – 2013 events.
Despite their claim that “every” Hall of Fame ceremony would be made available, sadly that was not the case. But we’re closer to it with this new update – yesterday evening the Network added three special shows which cover the earlier HOF ceremonies (1994 – 1996).
These three special shows feature highlights of those early ceremonies with wrap around segments hosted by WWE Hall of Famer, “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Renee Young. Regretfully, WWE does not have tapes of the complete shows from the earlier years, so they could not be added to the Network, hence why we have these highlights. It should also be noted there are audio issues with some of the video packages in the 1995 special.
Here’s a breakdown of each special, its runtime and which inductions are included:
Hall of Fame Look Back: 1994 (44 mins)
- Andre The Giant: Video Package (1993 inductee)
- Gorilla Monsoon: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Fred Blassie: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Arnold Skaaland: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Cheif Jay Strongbow: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Bobo Brazil: Video Package & Induction Speech (by Ernie Ladd)
Hall of Fame Look Back: 1995 (24 mins)
- Fabulous Moolah: Video Package (w/ audio issues) & Acceptance Speech
- Ernie Ladd: Video Package (w/ audio issues) & Acceptance Speech
- George Steel: Video Package (w/ audio issues) & Acceptance Speech
- Ivan Putski Video Package
- Pedro Morales Video Package
Hall of Fame Look Back: 1996 (47 mins)
- Pat Patterson: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Capt. Lou Albano: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Jimmy Snuka: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Killer Kowalski: Video Package & Acceptance Speech
- Valiant Brother: Video Pakcage & Acceptance Speech
We have also learned that the next edition of WWE Countdown will be titled…
The episode will count down the top 10 strangest and oddest tag team pairings in WWE history. Some of those likely to be included are: Stone Cold Steve Austin & Dude Love, “Headcheese” – Al Snow & Steve Blackman, and “Team Hell No” – Daniel Bryan & Kane.
You can check out this episode of WWE Countdown next Tuesday at 10pm EST.
As we’ve seen in recent weeks the trend has been to now add match compilation DVDs as Beyond the Ring specials. This week will be no exception as on Friday at 4pm EST a 2 hour version of the 2014 “Greatest Wrestling Factions” will be added to the Network. The official synopsis for the special reads as follows:
“Celebrate 20 of the coolest, baddest and most dominant stables in sports-entertainment history!”
That joins “Bret Hart: Dungeon Collection”, “DX: One Last Stand” and “John Cena: Greatest Rivalries” as recent additions to Beyond the Ring.
As always, check out a complete list of WWE DVDs and documentaries/features available on the Network here: WWE DVDs on WWE Network.
All of this content and more can be seen on WWE Network for just $9.99 per month, now with no commitment so you can cancel anytime. Click here to subscribe to WWE Network.
Under what category are they found? Cannot find them on the network?
They are located right at the very end of the Hall of Fame section.
Sorry if I’m not supposed to be posting links, but this was too good not to share.
I’d buy the bluray.. if two of the extras will be Snookie and Kane making it out in the coffin. -lol-
that’s, Snookie in one segment and Kane in a coffin in another segment…just to avoid any misunderstandings there.. 😉
on the Silvervision Tagged Classic’s KOTR 1995 there is footage from the ceromony, among it, Bill Murray sitting on a elephant. making a challenge to George “the Animal” Steele. 🙂
Shame they didn’t record the entire ceremonies from the mid-90s. It would’ve been nice to have them on DVD like all the others.
WWE absolutely taped a lot more of those early ceremonies than what showed up on the Network specials. When they first happened the WWF would show highlight packages on the weekend TV shows and there is footage of the other inductees that weren’t shown on the Network specials. Is it possible that a lot of that footage got ruined over the years and is not able to be shown? Possibly, but doubtful. WWE has footage going back to the early 70s that is still presentable for television so I can’t see why those shows from the mid 90’s would be damaged. The only thing I can think of is they probably did not tape the complete speeches(like they showed with Ernie Ladd) and they had to cut it off before it finished. Either way I’m pretty sure there is more footage of it. If you watch King Of The Ring 1995 you’ll see a highlight package of the 95 Hall Of Fame that includes more unseen footage.
Likewise with Survivor Series 1996 they show a highlight package of the 96 Hall Of Fame.
It’s very possible the 1995 tape was damaged, there are lots of audio issues on it. We can’t say unequivocally what the true case is, however it’s nice to see the earlier years weren’t completely ignored.
Thanks for the update! I am really surprised WWE didn’t tape these ceremonies. They took place in 1994-1996, not 1964-1966!