Hillbilly Jim Wants Hulk Hogan To Induct Him Into Hall of Fame
The 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happens the Friday night before WrestleMania 34. This year’s class will be headlined by Goldberg. He is joined by The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett, Warrior Award Recipient Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, Kid Rock and Hillbilly Jim. After being announced as one of the inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Hillbilly Jim said that he wants Hulk Hogan to do the honor of inducting him.
Jim said this past Saturday in an interview with TMZ Sports that it would be “as great as it could be” if Hogan would be the one to induct him. Jim described the impact Hogan had on his wrestling career by saying, “When I first came into the business, to get brushed up against the guy that was the most popular wrestler on Earth … it was wonderful what he did for me.” He added that being inducted by “The Hulkster” would be “cream on top of this thing.”
When Jim first appeared in the WWF in late 1984, he was portrayed as a fan known as Big Jim who routinely sat in the front row of live events who decided to try his hand at wrestling. After appearing as a guest on Piper’s Pit, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper offered his services to train him. Jim, however, chose to be trained by then WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan instead. A series of vignettes then aired on WWF programming in the early weeks of 1985, showing Hogan training Jim and providing him with his first set of wrestling boots for his in-ring debut.
Even though Hillbilly Jim has his mind set on Hogan honoring him, it may not be possible since WWE terminated Hogan’s contract in July 2015 and he has not appeared for the company since. The termination coincided with the publication of a racially insensitive video in which Hogan is heard expressing disgust with the notion of his daughter dating any black man. Hogan also admitted to being “a racist, to a point.”
In a statement to The Associated Press back in January, WWE reiterated its stance on Hogan by saying, “At this time, WWE remains committed to its decision.”
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