Road Warrior Animal & Paul Ellering talk their WWE HOF induction

Apr 23, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck


WWE Hall of Famers Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis & Paul Ellering were two of the featured guests on this week’s live edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem. You can feel The Mayhem every Monday evening (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (,,,, & Join The Mayhem right now on Facebook (at, and follow The Mayhem on Twitter (at

Joe & Paul joined The Big Mosh & Paterson for their exclusive interview with The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (in their first on-air public appearance together since their WWE Hall of Fame induction), which is now available in Windows Streaming Media or via the official MNM Podcast on iTunes:

Road Warrior Animal & Paul Ellering/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio):

Road Warrior Animal & Paul Ellering/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast on iTunes):

Interview highlights courtesy of Paterson, MNM’s associate producer & official correspondent:

Why Animal classifies his experience at WrestleMania weekend and the induction of The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering into the WWE Hall of Fame as “an eye opener” & why he believes the WWE “did it right”: “It definitely was one of the highlights of my career. The WWE did it top notch. We had red carpet treatment. Everything was carte blanche, and for us, it was a culmination of our career. You hear about the Hall of Fame and you don’t know, but I’ll tell you what, if there is any other sports-entertainment Hall of Fame comes closer, I’d be surprised. It was definitely an eye opener. They did it right, they acknowledged us right, and it was definitely a good evening.”

Paul’s biggest & most prideful moment during WrestleMania weekend: “Just being there with the tremendous collection of talent at that level of the sport. Every one of them is a compelling symbol of what our sport is about. The biggest players that play at the highest level, and they were all there.”

Which tag team is the most deserving to be inducted next into the WWE Hall of Fame: (Animal) “The Midnight Express probably needs to be the next team, because they were excellent wrestlers, and they were around for a long time. Maybe The Steiner Brothers. Whether or not the fans think they’re Hall of Fame caliber or not, that’s up for the fans to decide or the office to decide; I can’t decide that.” (Ellering) “There’s a lot of good tag teams. It can go even farther back and go to Crusher & (Dick The) Bruiser, or Harley Race & Larry Hennig. They were a great tag team back in the AWA days.”

Why a post-Hall of Fame collaboration with the WWE is not likely to be in the works for Ellering this year: “I run my bar/restaurant (The Historical Rock Tavern & Eatery) here on the lake in Minnesota, and we’re just coming into the busy season, so my summer’s pretty busy. I have a hard time getting away. But then, next fall, things slow down, and I get into my dog racing with them and spend more time away from the business. It’s a nice deal for a family, because we all work together. I work together with my kids & my wife, so I really enjoy that.”

More is contained in Road Warrior Animal & Paul Ellering’s exclusive interview with the Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network, including their candid thoughts & comments on whether or not any additional names were discussed as their presenters into the WWE Hall of Fame before the official decision was made to have “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes as their inductor, The Phillips Arena crowd reaction & how the overall finished product of the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremonies came across on television, what gave Paul the idea of showcasing the Hawk action figure on stage during their induction speech, Animal’s planned collaborations with the WWE (and why you might be seeing him on television again sooner than you may think), how likely they feel the WWE is going to continue to induct wrestlers who gained success in other promotions besides their own, why tag team wrestling has the chance to come back around again, if managers can be used effectively in today’s industry as they once were, plus so much more! Order your copy of Paul Ellering’s “Wrestling the Itidarod” through his official website (located at Follow Road Warrior Animal right now on Twitter (located at, and get the latest news on his spring/summer book tour (where you can have your copy of “The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, & The Rush of Wrestling” personally signed) by logging on to Animal’s official website (located at

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