WWE made the news known on Monday that legendary tag team Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class this year.
They join Torrie Wilson, The Honky Tonk Man and DX (X-Pac, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, and Chyna) as members of this year’s class.
The brothers spoke with USA Today, who broke the news, about getting the call from WWE officials about the honor.
Stevie Ray: “I was speechless for a couple of seconds. The last thing I was thinking about was the Hall of Fame. I’m going to be honest with you, I hadn’t really thought about it. You know, I get the fans hitting me all the time with different things about Harlem Heat needs to be in the Hall of Fame, so on and so forth. But you never know, so I never gave it very much thought.”
Although Booker T no longer wrestles in the WWE, he did make in-ring return when he took on ROW Heavyweight Champion Rex Andrews earlier this year in Texas City, TX at the Booker T. World Gym Arena under the banner of his Reality of Wrestling promotion. This marks Booker T’s second time being inducted into the Hall of Fame as he is also part of the 2013 class of inductees.
Booker T: “It was surprising, actually, I guess because one reason, my brother and I, we never actually wrestled in the WWE. My brother took a step aside at that point in time because he had a daughter, and he wanted to see her grow up and see her go to college. He got a chance to do that. But our career in WCW was awesome My brother and I were together for eight and a half years in WCW and together another two years prior in the Global Wrestling Federation. So we had a career as a tag team, and to be recognized as one of the great tag teams of all time…. [there were] a lot of great tag teams that we competed against back in the day, like the Steiners, the Nasty Boys and the Road Warriors, Sting and Lex Luger, Public Enemy – so many guys we got a chance to grapple with back then, and to be recognized, it’s pretty awesome.”
This year’s ceremony will take place on April 6, 2019 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which is the same weekend as WrestleMania 35.