One of the most successful tag-teams in pro wrestling history, Team 3D, were announced as the third inductees into TNA’s Hall of Fame at last weekend’s Slammiversary pay-per-view.
The duo of Bully Ray and Devon, who have won a total of 23 World Titles together, were announced by previous inductee Kurt Angle, and will be officially welcomed into TNA’s premier group at Bound for Glory in October.
Team 3D will join Angle, and The Icon Sting in the TNA Hall of Fame, a decision that has proved both surprising and popular. They were welcomed in Dallas by a long “we want tables” chant, a chant Ray dubbed the best they’d ever heard.
Ray told an emotional Devon that it was great to be standing in the ring with him again, before they shared a long embrace. Devon admitted that when he left TNA in August 2013, he vowed to never come back because he thought he was done.
He added that he and Ray were going to go out together, and if that means they’re going out at the Hall of Fame then they should ensure they go out in a blaze of glory.
Devon finished with his “testify!” gimmick, while he and Ray hit the corners to pose.
Angle, who announced the pair, applauded from in the ring after also receiving a lengthy chant from the fans.
Speaking on the official TNA website ahead of Slammiversary, Angle said:
“When you get to the level of being a Hall of Famer, it is the greatest feeling of honour. You’ll go down in history as one of the all-time best.
“In TNA, only one inductee is selected each year and so that is even more prestigious in my mind.
"Last year, I became the second inductee and I followed one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step inside a ring – Sting. Getting to this level takes a lot: being a great athlete, being an exciting character, telling a great story – and, above all else, being persistent and having real passion for this sport," he continued.
"You must love this business and put your heart and soul into it. If you do, great things will happen. So, I lift my hat to the next Hall of Famer to join our ranks because you are truly one of the greats.”
The Slammiversary event, which marked the twelfth anniversary of the TNA Wrestling franchise, first aired on Sunday 15th June in the US, before the show aired for the first time in the UK on Wednesday.
Critics were refreshingly positive about the show, praising the re-schedule main event: which saw the winners of the Austin Aries vs. Kenny King and Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe matches offered a shot at the World Title in place of the injured MVP. Both the X Division title match and the guest appearance of the Von Erich family also received widespread admiration and approval.
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