WWE HALL OF FAME: Apter and Resnick share personal stories about the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020 and 2021


Posted on 4/08/121 by VOC Nation



On the latest edition of Wrestling with History, Bill Apter
and Ken Resnick discussed the 2020 and 2021 WWE Hall of Fame
Class, including a possible building, Eric Bischoff’s impact
to the business, Scott Hall’s demons, and much more. Here
are some highlights:

Bill Apter on a physical Hall of Fame Building: “Way back
about 20 years ago when (WWE) was going to hire me, I was
going to be the curator of the Hall of Fame (back then).
They have talked about a physical location. They were
originally going to do it at the Debbie Reynolds hotel (in
Las Vegas), then at another place, and now they’re talking
about (putting it at) I think Universal or one of the theme
parks was going to (host it). They do have a traveling one;
every year at Wrestlemania at the fan fest they (display it)
… ideally they’d love to just have it in that area near the
Performance Center (in it’s) own separate building.”

Bill Apter on being upset that the Dynamite Kid wasn’t
included: “My chagrin here is that both of them are not
going in. I think that both of them should go in. Davey
Boy of course was in the (WWE) after Dynamite (Kid) was gone
and had more of a legacy in the (WWE) but I would have like
to have seen them both (get in)… (Davey Boy Smith) is so
deserving of this honor, I just wish they were both going
in.”

Ken Resnick on ribs helping morale: “In those days we were
on the road sometimes 25 (or) 26 days a month and every day
was a different city. Many times you’d be crisscrossing the
country, and the ribs kind of contributed to just breaking
up the monotony. I’ve had friends say ‘man it must have
been so great to be doing all that traveling,’ but all we
every saw was the airport, the hotel, and the arena!”

Resnick on Scott Hall’s early career in the AWA: “When
(Scott Hall) first came up to the AWA, he was quiet, he was
respectful, he was (during interviews) pretty shy and a bit
of an introvert… You had to be prepared because Scott was
not one of those that you could throw a question (and he
would) run with it. When he got (his) real first big push,
he was teamed with Curt Hennig. You talk about two guys
that could really work, grew up old school, respect for the
business, could pace the match, knew psychology, there were
never any problems with Scott in the AWA.”

Apter on Hall being changed by the WWE environment: “Once
Scott got to WWE and the culture of the WWE - a lot of the
guys were drinking (a lot) and doing drugs, it was like the
great rock and roll era. You’re on the road and you start
doing that stuff. He went overboard and he admits it. He
always told me (when I talked to him) ‘this is who I am, if
a promoter wants to book me this is what you get.’… Even
(Diamond Dallas) Page couldn’t really straighten him out.”

Resnick on how important Hogan was to the NWO: “I don’t
think that Lex Luger or Sting had the personality to be able
to mix in like the four did. It was a perfect fit. People
forget (that) Lex Luger back then was not the most
approachable guy or the most well liked. I just don’t think
that would have fit…and Sting had his own (unique) persona…
he would always flourish (best) on his own.”

Apter on Eric Bischoff: “Eric took very heated exception to
what we were printing in the magazines. He said to me, ‘the
war is not Turner-McMahon, it’s Bischoff-McMahon. I have
Turner’s money (but) I’m the person who’s battling with
Vince McMahon (and) the (WWE).’… It was not Turner it was
Bischoff, and he deserves all of the credit for getting all
those 83 weeks of incredible ratings. It was all his
brilliance, it really was.”

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