I thought the induction of Verne Gagne into the WWE Hall of Fame was the most bizarre and maybe saddest part of the second part of the documentary we saw in class about he demise of the AWA. I suppose it's most appropriate to honor Gagne in a national format, and the current organization of professional wrestling means that the context for celebrating Gagne has to involve the WWE, but it felt like watching a celebration of Jeter in Fenway park.
Of course, Gagne handled the induction with charisma. He made a few stabs at Vince and was clearly working with the irony at hand. The wrestlers in the audience seemed appropriately respectful, giving a standing ovation (I always think it's weird to see wrestlers at events like that, all dressed up and mostly behaving). But the whole thing just seemed overwhelmingly sad to me, and I felt like MacMahon was wearing two hats-- that of the patriarch of the wrestling industry who wished to celebrate a true legend because it was the right thing to do, and the pompous jackass who wanted to dance around his beaten, aged former industry competitor one last time.