James J. Dillon

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WWE Hall of Fame
Miami, Florida
March 31 and April 1, 2012
 
The Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen at the peak of their success!
Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, JJ Dillon, Ric Flair and Tully Blanchard

Photo courtesy Pro Wrestling Illustrated
 
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HERE
 

 
JJ Dillon and Pam Morrison

Daughter Pam and I in the limo on
the way to the Hall of Fame ceremony
 

 
Dusty Rhodes

The "American Dream" introduces the Horsemen
 

 
Four Horsemen induction 1

The introduction and a standing ovation
... proud, but humbled!
 

 
Four Horsemen induction 2

Arn went last and spoke from the heart
... followed by another standing ovation!
 

 
A curtain call for the sold-out arena

A curtain call for the "sold-out" American Airlines Arena in Miami
 

 
Triple H and the Four Horsemen

Triple H adds his stamp of approval
 

 
End of the night

Deep in thought at the end of the
night surrounded by all-time greats
 

 
JJ displays WWE HOF ring

The hotel was exquisite, but
nothing compared to that HOF ring.
 

 
WWE Hall of Fame ring

My ring with my name engraved inside.
I may never take it off!
 

 
JJ and his family

JJ, Pam, Niki, Missy, with Geoff in front, and the "Nature Boy"
 

 
Missy and Mil Mascaras

Missy congratulates fellow HOF inductee Mil Mascaras.
 

 
JJ's family and Tully Blanchard

My family with Tully Blanchard,
a great athlete and a friend for life.
 

 
Afa Anoai, Geoff, Sika Anoai

Don't mess with Geoff ... he's tight with
Afa and Sika, the Wild Samoans, HOF 2007
 

 
JJ's family and Barry Windham

We were happy to see a healthy Barry Windham,
one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
 

 
Mike Tyson and JJ Dillon

"Iron Mike" tells me he could have run
with the Horsemen and he has me convinced.
 

 
Mike Tyson and JJ Dillon

Hey, Iron Mike!  Who was the leader
of the Four Horsemen?  Of course!!
 

 
Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and JJ Dillon

Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson ... mega movie star and in the main event, but still shows his respect for the Horsemen.
 

 
JJ Dillon and daughter Missy

Daughter Missy and I arrive
backstage for WrestleMania XXVIII.
 

 
WrestleMania 28 crowd

WrestleMania XXVIII as the stadium
fills prior to darkness.
 

 
WrestleMania 28 crowd

Sun Life Stadium in Miami is packed full.
What an atmosphere.
 

 
Aerial shot of WrestleMania 28

An aerial shot captures the magnitude of this event.
 

 
WrestleMania 28 stage

The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are introduced
as part of the WrestleMania XXVIII event.
 

 
Member of the 2012 WWE HOF

Another "goosebump" moment for a second
consecutive night.  Here we stand, a
part of the most successful event in
professional wrestling history.  WOW!
 

 
JJ and Geoff

It's time for the limo ride to the Miami Airport for the trip home.
Geoff asked, "You mean the Horsemen traveled like this every day?"
My answer? "Yes!  It's called stylin' and profilin'."
 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the congratulatory messages I received upon my induction into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania XXVIII Weekend in Miami.  I was honored as the leader of The Four Horsemen along with "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham.  Those of you who have followed my journey or have read my autobiography know that I have enjoyed a storybook career.  However, this honor was something that I never even dared to dream about which probably helps explain why for the first time in my career I have truly been at a loss for words to adequately describe my WWE Hall of Fame 2012 Induction experience.  I am so very proud, and yet, I feel humbled to have received this recognition.

I want to thank everyone at the WWE for bestowing this honor upon us and for the warm hospitality that was extended to my children and I while in Miami as their guests.  I particularly want to thank the loyal fans that have always supported professional wrestling and who have supported me throughout my career.

It was almost a quarter century since The Four Horsemen first came together, and as we reunited in Miami we found ourselves surrounded by superstars from the past and present including several of the great icons in the history of our proud profession.  We were joined by a multitude of fans many of whom had traveled to Miami from the four corners of the globe.  The Horsemen were embraced by all with open arms and the respect shown us was genuinely appreciated.

If the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Weekend was any indication, maybe the legacy of The Four Horsemen will live on forever!

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