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The Hall of Fame with Booker T & Brad Gilmore premieres on ESPN 97.5 tonight; WWE honors tag team

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Booker T. and Brad Gilmore are an exciting new addition to the ESPN 97.5 lineup and will get started on Monday, March 11. The show will air from 9-11PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The Hall of Fame will discuss all things sports and of course will feature plenty of wrestling, MMA, boxing and more.

Booker T. is not new to sports talk radio having hosted his own show in the Houston market for several years. He and Brad Gilmore can't wait to get started and will bring plenty of energy and hot takes three times per week. You can listen live on the radio or with the ESPN 97.5 radio app.

Meanwhile, Booker T and his tag team partner Stevie Ray - aka Harlem Heat - are being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

According to the press release:

The 10-time WCW Tag Team Champions, Booker T and Stevie Ray, also known as Harlem Heat are taking their rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Harlem Heat debuted in WCW after wrestling in the Global Wrestling Federation as "The Ebony Experience" and quickly became one of the top teams in the business. Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Harlem Heat the "Tag Team of the Year" in 1995 and 1996 as well they were ranked in the Top 25 Greatest Tag Teams of All Time. Booker T and Stevie Ray would team together until 2000 before finally reuniting for one last time at "The Final Heat" in 2015 and won the Reality of Wrestling Tag Team Championships. After winning 38 Championships between them and going into the Cauliflower Alley Club Hall of Fame in 2018, Harlem Heat solidifies their place in professional wrestling history by being inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2019.

The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 6th, 2019, the day before WWE WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium and will be televised on the USA Network at 7pm CST.

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Money in the Bank was this Sunday and while it was a solid entertaining pay per view, the big developments that came out of it were Brock Lesnar winning the Men's Money in the Bank contract, Bayley won the women's Money in the Bank contract, then after Charlotte beat Becky Lynch for the Smackdown women's title, Bayley swooped in and took it with an immediate cash in of her title match contract.

Fast forward to Raw and it feels very business as usual, the mixing of the superstars is just the new normal although they still are attached to the individual show branding, by that I mean Lars Sullivan came down to do an in ring interview on Raw but had a Smackdown logo by his name for some reason. Mick Foley came out and introduced a new 24/7 title that is open to everyone who basically shows up to work at the WWE, it's a watered down version of the old Hardcore title which is a nice call back but honestly, the belt isn't all that desirable looking. After Titus claimed it from a scrum of "B" and "C" list wrestlers, Robert Roode then took it from him and before Raw was over R Truth had taken the title from him.

Smackdown starting off with the return of Big E is great, making the New Day whole again and letting them enjoy and have fun with Kofi's title run is great. R Truth and the 24/7 title returned and it's a funny bit but surely this wasn't the point of the title, was it? I don't see the WWE introducing a title simply to be funny about it. Becky Lynch and Bayley tagging together was a good match against Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans, the match between Kofi and Sami Zayn was quick for a title match and then Dolph Ziggler running out was an interesting surprise. The rematch between Roman Reigns and Elias isn't what anyone was asking for and honestly the whole Shane McMahon is the bad guy bit is a little overplayed to me.

This week while it was a much better week than the ones building up to Money in the Bank, the reality is that the overall content hasn't been as good as it should be. Now they're shoe horning the next Saudi Arabia pay per view with a Goldberg vs Undertaker match, it's fairly obvious this is to play up the 90's nostalgia that's happening in Saudi Arabia and honestly its not exciting. Playing up these matches with video promos, no build up or story involved, it's lazy and disappointing.

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