Sean Waltman is set to join exclusive company as one of only eight people ever to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. Even bigger, he has a chance to be the only person ever inducted three times.
The four main members of NWO (New World Order), Waltman, Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash, are set to join the Hall as part of the 2020 induction class.
“About three weeks ago I got a call from Mark Carano. He’s the head of talent relations at WWE,” said Waltman in an interview with AfterBuzz TV. “Just out of default, when you see that number come up, in the past it’s always been usually not for a good cause. A lot of times it’s because you did something.”
Waltman admitted he almost didn’t answer the phone! But he’s glad he did.
“He’s like, ‘hey pal, you’re going in the Hall of Fame again,’” shared Waltman. “That’s a lot. Just one, just being inducted in the Hall of Fame in general. Twice is huge. Back to back years is ridiculous.”
Waltman was previously inducted in 2019 as part of the group, D-Generation X, so he’s the first person ever to be inducted for two teams.
Only four wrestlers have ever been inducted in the Hall of Fame twice (individually and part of a team): Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Booker T, and Bret Hart.
The 2020 WWE Hall of Fame induction will take place over WrestleMania 36 weekend in April, in Tampa, Florida. For Waltman and the other members, that makes it extra special.
“Scott started there. Hulk started there. I started there. Kev didn’t, he started in Atlanta. So for us, it’s really special,” said Waltman. “My family lives there, too. That’s where my mom, my sister, my nephews, other miscellaneous relatives live.”
With Waltman having now being inducted a second time for a group, he still has a change to be inducted again as an individual wrestler. While you might think that would be the most special feeling, Waltman admitted he doesn’t want it.
“I have no desire whatsoever to stand up on that stage by myself and be inducted as a single,” revealed Waltman. “To be apart of something bigger and greater than yourself is just an amazing feeling to me, and I don’t need that. I don’t need the me, me, me, what about me? I got plenty of me. I’m just happy to be apart of something greater than me.”
With the induction coming up, Waltman said he’s already going over his speech, and he said he has some things, and people to add from last year.
“Last year, I was incredibly nervous and I don’t like talking in public anyways, so there were people that I forgot to thank that I wanted to,” said Waltman. “Phyllis Lee. She helped me get into wrestling. My former partner, Kane, who’s the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee now. I really wanted to thank him and I felt so bad afterwards. Meant a lot to me when I teamed with him. Couldn’t ask for a better guy to be partners with.”
Waltman opened up a lot more about what this induction means to him and his reaction to being included with such an iconic group on his podcast, X-Pac 12360 on AfterBuzz TV. Make sure to give it a watch at the link above or a listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
The WWE Hall of Fame induction will take place Thursday, April 2nd, 2020.