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Jacqueline Announced For The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame

March 14, 2016 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– The WWE announced today through Fox Sports that Jacqueline is the latest induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. She joins Sting, The Godfather, The Big Bossman and the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy, Buddy “Jack” Roberts and Jimmy “Jam” Garvin) as part of this year’s class. Jacqueline spoke with Fox Sports about the announcement, here are some highlights…

On hearing The News: I was so overjoyed. It’s a great honor, it’s the highest honor to receive in WWE, and to be in my home town… it means so much to me.

On Breaking Into The Business: I started down here in Dallas. I trained with Skandor Akbar. I trained with him for about eight months before I had my first wresting match. It was on live TV, so I was a little bit nervous, but it went really good. Growing up, I was a tomboy, and I played sports, so getting into the wrestling business was pretty easy for me. And I traveled all around Texas to get the experience that I needed. I wrestled in Texas for about two years before I went to Tennessee, where I worked the Tennessee territory. That’s where I got a lot of my experience from.

On Her Confidence: When I first started out in the wrestling business, I was wrestling more men than I was women. The guys gave me more of a challenge, they challenged me more. That’s where I got my toughness from…. A lot of the women didn’t like to wrestle me back then because they said I wrestle too much like a guy. That’s how I developed more in the ring, from wrestling guys, and they didn’t take it easy on me either. They wrestled me just like I was another guy.

On Life Today: On the record, I’m not retired. I’m just not active right now. I keep busy. If push comes to shove, I can step in the ring right now. I might be rusty, but you don’t forget. It’s just in you, you don’t forget that… I’m keeping myself busy. I’m painting now, I do art paintings and drawings. That keeps me pretty busy.