MMA Crossfire Exclusive – Pro wrestler Melissa Coates’ Wrestlemania diary: part 2
Pro wrestler and bodybuilder Melissa Coates journeyed seven hours to Wrestlemania and back.
In the first part, she reveals the 7-hour drive there was an adventure in itself.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
The emcee for the night, “The King” Jerry Lawler, amuses the crowd with his usual flair for memorable sayings (no “puppies” mentioned here though…its is the HOF after all, thank you to Jerry for restraining himself and taking on a dignified approach to this remarkable event).
Next up to be inducted in the WWE HOF 2014, Jake “The Snake” Roberts! Diamond Dallas Page (DDP), who has had a long friendship and association with Jake, comes out to do the introduction. He talks of how Jake the Snake was his mentor, and helped him so much in his early days understanding and learning the psychology of the business.
He also mentions several funny stories regarding Jake and his love for snakes.
He then brings us up to date on the Jake of today, and how Jake has had the courage to fight his individual demons of substance abuse to be the clean and sober man he is today (DDP is often credited for keeping Jake on track, with his DDP Yoga which is so popular today among wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike), the Jake the Snake of the 2014 WWE HoF.
Huge applause as Jake hits the stage, and he is looking dapper, healthy and in a jovial mood.
At least for the beginning of his acceptance speech anyway. I’ve met Jake at events several times, and I have to say he is one of the kindest, most real people I have met in the business.
He looks at you long and hard, but gentle and understanding. As for whatever has happened in life, the ups and downs, you can be sure Jakes has been there.
As is typical Jake, in his raspy throaty voice, he talks of the good times, but shifts to the bad times that shaped many regrettable things in his life.
He is a complicated man, but a real one, ready to acknowledge his mistakes, but also his perseverance and dedication to the hard work to correct his mistakes.
Or at least to learn not to do them again.
He mentions relationship breakdowns, not seeing his kids enough to form strong relationships, the temptations on the road that affected him badly during so much a part of his life.
The endless days and nights of travel. One of the biggest things that helped set him on his path to rehabilitation occurred when he needed surgery.
He said he thought no one cared.
But then wrestling fans responded in huge numbers with the needed capital and that love shown to him started him on his path to redemption. And here he stands today: a changed man, a clean and sober man, a WWE Hall of Famer, class of 2014.
The most suspenseful moment and anticipated speech of the night. Jerry announces the final WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014: The Ultimate Warrior.