It was announced today that Harlem Heat, the team of Booker T and brother Stevie Ray, are to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at this year’s ceremony. The duo will be joining already confirmed names Torrie Wilson, The Honky Tonk Man, and DX made up of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, X-Pac & Chyna.
With the announcement now official, the brothers sat down with USA Today to talk about their upcoming induction and how they felt when they received the news.
“I was speechless for a couple of seconds. The last thing I was thinking about was the Hall of Fame.
“I’m going to be honest with you, I hadn’t really thought about it. You know, I get the fans hitting me all the time with different things about Harlem Heat needs to be in the Hall of Fame, so on and so forth. But you never know, so I never gave it very much thought.”
“It was surprising, actually, I guess because one reason, my brother and I, we never actually wrestled in the WWE. My brother took a step aside at that point in time because he had a daughter, and he wanted to see her grow up and see her go to college. He got a chance to do that. But our career in WCW was awesome.
“My brother and I were together for eight and a half years in WCW and together another two years prior in the Global Wrestling Federation. So we had a career as a tag team, and to be recognized as one of the great tag teams of all time…. [there were] a lot of great tag teams that we competed against back in the day, like the Steiners, the Nasty Boys and the Road Warriors, Sting and Lex Luger, Public Enemy – so many guys we got a chance to grapple with back then, and to be recognized, it’s pretty awesome.”
This induction will make Booker T (along with Shawn Michaels) the second/third person to become a two-time Hall of Famer. He was first inducted in 2013 as a singles star. Funnily enough, his inductor was his brother which will likely come up in their speech at some point.
WWE’s Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.