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Honky Tonk Man Says WWE Hall of Fame Isn’t a Real Hall of Fame, Credits Hulk Hogan For His Guitar Playing

March 6, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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– The Honky Tonk Man spoke with Wrestling Inc about a possible WWE Hall of Fame induction and more. Some highlights are below:

On the Hall of Fame not being legitimate: “The Hall of Fame, if it comes, it comes. It’s not something I pander for or I wait on. I’ve been critical of the Hall of Fame and some of the things they’ve done and how they do it. To the fans, I know that you’re gonna say I’m bitter, I’m hateful and all those things, but I’m not. It’s a TV show right now, it’s not a Hall of Fame. It’s not like you get a big $35,000 diamond ring like you see the Super Bowl guys wear…If you’re gonna do it, make it that kind of a thing. Don’t have the gimmicks go out and be the gimmick on TV. If they ask me to go out and say we want you to wear a jumpsuit I would just say, ‘If that’s what you want me to do, forget about it,’ because I’m not that character anymore. If you want me to be that character, put me on TV, give me a contract, use me full-time and I’ll do that.”

On Hulk Hogan teaching him to play guitar: “Hogan was the one who told me, because I knew I needed something other than ‘clank, clank, clank,’ he said try this, because he was a bass player. He said do this and showed me where to put my hand.”

On staying in touch with the old crowd: “I saw Hulk at WrestleMania down in Orlando, it was the first time I’ve seen him in ten years. I walked right into the store where he had his store set up down there and he looked at me and it was like, ‘What’s gonna happen? Is Honky Tonk Man gonna beat me up or what?’ I smiled, he smiled and it was like we were like teenagers again… Jimmy and I, we talk usually about once a month, periodically we’ll talk… People ask me when I see my cousin Jerry Lawler. I’ll see him in Winston-Salem and I’ll see him at Icons of Wrestling in Philadelphia next weekend, so we run across each other pretty frequently.”