What was your first reaction when you heard from WWE that you’d be inducted into the Hall of Fame in your home state?
I was so overjoyed. It’s a great honor, it’s the highest honor to receive in WWE, and to be in my home town… it means so much to me.
How did you get your start in the business?
I started down here in Dallas. I trained with Skandor Akbar. I trained with him for about eight months before I had my first wresting match. It was on live TV, so I was a little bit nervous, but it went really good. Growing up, I was a tomboy, and I played sports, so getting into the wrestling business was pretty easy for me. And I traveled all around Texas to get the experience that I needed. I wrestled in Texas for about two years before I went to Tennessee, where I worked the Tennessee territory. That’s where I got a lot of my experience from.
What have you been up to now that your in-ring career has wound down?
On the record, I’m not retired. I’m just not active right now. I keep busy. If push comes to shove, I can step in the ring right now. I might be rusty, but you don’t forget. It’s just in you, you don’t forget that… I’m keeping myself busy. I’m painting now, I do art paintings and drawings. That keeps me pretty busy.
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