The 2011 WWE Hall of Fame class finally introduced some diversity by bringing out a wrestler with no clear Georgia connections. And she's a female! During Sunny's extremely lengthy intro montage, one announcer exclaimed, "She's the most-downloaded celebrity on America Online!" Awesome. During her speech she mentioned her surprise at being crowned the queen of AOL over Pamela Anderson.
Atlanta's Abdullah the Butcher started a new streak of Peach State wrestlers, introduced by Terry Funk. Funk was fun to listen to. "I made so much money with him, I would marry him if I could." The SWAts BBQ restauranteur is still extraordinarily immense.
Dusty Rhodes (of Marietta, as all pro wrestlers are) brought out the Road Warriors next. Rhodes told a story about a '80s scaffold match at which Cobb County's Big Boss Man was supposed to catch Hawk, but wasn't able to. Pro wrestling is dangerous, y'all. As Hawk passed away in 2003, Animal and the tag team's manager took the stage, producing the most promo-ish induction speech of the night. If I had to pick anybody from the night to take the ring right now, it'd probably be these handlebar-stache'd gents.
Animal is also the father of Ohio State and St. Louis Rams LB James Laurinaitis. Sports!