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The first two hours (76:26 on the DVD) were never shown live via broadcast to the public. With the except of those in attendance at the live event, the public first got to see this portion of the program for the first time on the WrestleMania 21
(2005) DVD set. Spike TV aired the last hour at 11pm EST, which featured the inductions of Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan. See more
There are some differences between the portion broadcast on TV and the corresponding portions of the event on the DVD. Most of the edits/alternate footage on the DVD occurs in the spots where the commercial breaks were placed on TV.
- - The DVD excludes the start of the live broadcast where Jonathan Coachman (in voice-over) introduces the evening's previous inductees ("Cowboy" Bob Orton, Nikolai Volkoff, Iron Sheik, Jimmy Hart, and Paul Orndorff), who each stand up and wave to the crowd. He then introduces (or re-introduces to the live crowd) the host, Gene Okerlund, who comes out to his rendition of "Tutti Fruitti". He's already at the podium on the DVD version.
- - A few cuts were made to the Roddy Piper career retrospective on the DVD. The TV broadcast blurs an instance of Piper giving the middle finger to a referee, which is not blurred on the DVD. The DVD cut out the "Hollywood Came Calling" segment featuring clips from They Live and its director John Carpenter. At the very end of the retrospective, the DVD eliminates the show of Piper at Wrestlemania 3 and the Piper's Pit logo.
- - Ric Flair's speech (to induct Roddy Piper) was heavily edited on the TV broadcast. The full length (on DVD) is 12:44, on TV it was shortened to 4:45.
- - On TV, right after Ric Flair and Roddy Piper hug, Flair gives him the award and he steps up to the podium. On the DVD, this last part of the shot is replaced by a far shot and several crowd shots.
- - On TV there is a shot of Roddy Piper shaking his head right before he starts his speech, that was followed by a shot of the crowd in the balcony. On the DVD the Piper shot was removed, but the balcony crowd shot remains.
- - After Piper's speech there was a commercial break on TV, after which Jonathan Coachman reintroduces host Gene Okerlund who says "Thank you, Coach. The countdown is underway. Six down and one to go." The DVD omits the first part of Gene's line, with it starting on "Six down and one to go."
- - A few cuts were made to the Hulk Hogan career retrospective on the DVD. The Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling clip was cut out (on TV it was in between remarks from Vince McMahon and Will Sasso). Arnold Schwarzenegger saying that "he made wrestling so entertaining, so exciting" was cut (on TV it was in between remarks from Jimmy Hart and Jim Ross speaking over Wrestlemania 19 footage). After Bob Costas remarks that "he peaked at a time when wrestling was transitioning into the mainstream," on TV there was a montage of Hogan's public appearances. This 51 seconds of footage deleted from the DVD included clips from Rocky III, WWF's Tuesday Night Titans program, Live With Regis and Kathy Lee, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Satruday Night Live, CBS Morning News, Hogan's Right Guard and Honey Nut Cheerios commercials, TV Guide and Sports Illustrated magazine covers, and much more brief footage that was obviously cut to same money on royalties and licensing.
- - Before Gene Okerlund brings out Sylvester Stallone to induct Hulk Hogan, he says "Welcome back to the WWE 2005 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony." This line was cut from the DVD in order to present it as a continuous event (on TV they had just come back from a commercial).
- - On the TV broadcast, Sylvester Stallone came out to the Rocky theme music. On the DVD it was changed to some generic piano piece.
- - In the TV broadcast, after Hulk Hogan greets Sylvester Stallone, he mugs at the podium for a second, then steps away and does his famous "ear cup" pose to the crowd as the broadcast fades out for commercial. The DVD cuts to a crowd shot and then to Hogan's speech as soon as he gets to the podium, eliminating the "ear cup" pose entirely.
- - Hulk Hogan's speech was heavily edited on the TV broadcast. The full length (on DVD) is 21:34, on TV it was shortened to 9:31.
Followed by WWE Hall of Fame 2008