WWE News: Boxing Icon "Iron" Mike Tyson Gets Hall of Fame Nod

Gone Baby GoneContributerJanuary 30, 2012

As WrestleMania draws nearer, we continue to get announcements of who will receive the honor of a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Now word is coming out that former boxing champ and WrestleMania enforcer Mike Tyson has been chosen as the next inductee for the 2012 class.

According to TMZ.com:

The legendary boxer is going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame ... TMZ has learned.

Tyson will be inducted during the ceremony at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL on March 31. As has become tradition, WrestleMania XXVIII takes place the following day.

Iron Mike tells TMZ, "I am honored to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, but the most fun I ever had in the ring was with WWE."

Tyson's history with the WWE goes back to 1998 when, after a confrontation with Stone Cold Steve Austin on Monday Night Raw, Tyson served as special enforcer for the main event at WrestleMania XIV between Austin and Shawn Michaels.

I am assuming Tyson will join the "Celebrity Wing" of the hallowed Hall, where he will be alongside Pete Rose and Drew Carey to name a few. Hopefully, the WWE will finally get the "Macho Man" Randy Savage inducted this year as he is one of the biggest missing pieces to the Hall of Fame.

I must add that it is a shame that two of the biggest celebrity wrestling proponents of the '80s are still not in the Hall. As both Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper have yet to receive this honor. Chances are if it wasn't for those two "The Rock N' Wrestling" era may never have existed.