Hillbilly Jim Talks About Avoiding WWE Before Getting Call To Be Inducted Into HOF

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WWE Hall Of Famer Hillbilly Jim recently appeared as a guest on The Toddcast Podcast for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.

On not originally planning to go to WrestleMania this year: "I wasn't really gonna go to WrestleMania this year because I had such an awful time last year. I said to myself, if I get home, I'm not gonna go to this again this year, I'm gonna stay off a year because we were in Orlando, Florida last year and I had the worst time getting up there and getting back from it. I was three hours delayed out of the airport getting in to Orlando. Then, the whole weekend down there, I was just out of sorts. Whatever I did, I seemed like I couldn't get caught up. It seemed like it was stressful and I didn't enjoy it. Then, lo and behold when I came back, tried to get back home, I was four hours delayed. So, I said, if I get home, I'm not going next year."

On the call he received about getting inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame: "8:30 that morning, [WWE] started calling me, and I was curious. Cause I know [WWE], when they want something, man, they're like the government... finally, they start calling again, I've gotta make a decision. I picked up the phone, and I call one of these numbers back for this guy named Mark Carrano. He was the one calling me, and he had Howard Finkle trying to call me and everybody. I said, I might as well handle this now. So here's what I did on that Sunday morning. I got his machine, I said Mark this is Billy, blah blah blah. Hope you had a good Christmas and a good New Year, I haven't talked to you a while. But look. I know you're trying to get me for WrestleMania in New Orleans, but I think I'm gonna pass this year.

"That was like getting hit in the ear by George Foreman. I wasn't ready for that. I totally was just trying to get out of going in the first place. I had no idea about this. I did not know this was in the workings. I didn't know they would offer this, I didn't know they had this going on. And my brain just knod of shut down, and I was talking like I had marbles in my mouth. And I said, 'Mark, I gotta reboot my brain, here. And so that's how I found out about it."

Check out the complete Hillbilly Jim interview at Soundcloud.com.

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