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Teddy gets long-deserved induction
- Updated: February 15, 2017
Former manager, WWE referee and beloved Smackdown general manager Teddy Long will be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame, joining a class that includes the legendary Kurt Angle and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.
Teddy Long had a career in WWE spanning more than three decades. He has done almost every job involved in the business — from management to refereeing some of the most anticipated matches.
He, however, found his true calling as the general manager of Smackdown.
His catchphrase of “Let me holla at ya, playa”, punishing wrestlers by making them go “one on one with The Undertaker!” and his love for putting guys in impromptu tag-team matches was a staple of a long era of WWE’s ‘blue brand’.
Long was surprised by the announcement and felt privileged to have been part of the WWE Universe. He called his career ‘lucky’ and admitted he wouldn’t have reached this far without the chairman’s help.
“Well, I was really surprised, you know? I had thought about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and I thought ‘well, if they’re going to do that, I’m pretty sure my time will come one day’. And that’s what did happen.
“I was real excited, it’s such an honour to be a part of something like this. To go into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame… man, it’s just great. It doesn’t get no better than that.
“I just want to thank Vince McMahon and the McMahon family, and the WWE Universe, and all the people that just hung out with me and wanted some more Teddy Long. I’m just excited right now so I’m kind of lost for words,” he said.
He still makes sporadic appearances at events and is loved by fans across the WWE fraternity. His induction was thus just a mark of appreciation for someone who has worked so hard in popularizing the business.