WrestleMania is known as an evening of high-profile matches with an array of celebrities present. Over the past several years, having celebrities at the grandest show of the year only makes the WWE look that much more powerful in the entertainment world.
Since the first WrestleMania in 1985 until the most recent in 2012, celebrities have appeared and made the show even grander. In fact, celebrities have become such a staple at the event that they now have their own wing in the WWE Hall of Fame.
With WWE WrestleMania 29 returning home to New Jersey for the first time in 25 years, questions of who might appear are already being asked.
While the event is taking place in New Jersey, the marquee for the show describes it is a duel event between New Jersey and New York. Since there are so many celebrities from both states, the WWE should focus on those who were born, lived or raised in either area to draw on that feeling of togetherness.
The following are 15 celebrities the WWE should have at MetLife Stadium for WrestleMania 29.
Known by many as “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen is one of the most well-known music artists from New Jersey. Many of his songs are about his home state and the very place to host WrestleMania 29.
Over the last few years, the WWE has added a musical performance to WrestleMania and there is no musician who represents New Jersey better than this man. Imagine him blasting one of his songs before the entrance of the main event.
Another great musician to hail from New Jersey is Jon Bon Jovi.
The WWE had two musicians play at the previous WrestleMania prior to each main event wrestler's introduction. Bon Jovi seems like the perfect counter to Bruce Springsteen. The two of them playing back-to-back songs would have the entire stadium standing and rocking their heads along.
It would be a great start to the main event before the bell even rings.
Donald Trump has appeared at several WrestleManias before, mostly notably to help shave chairman Vince McMahon’s head bald in his most recent involvement a few years ago. Indeed, the ever-vocal billionaire is already known by the WWE audience.
From shaving McMahon’s head to purchasing Raw, might McMahon finally gain revenge against Trump at the biggest wrestling show of the year?
The current governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, may not be a celebrity, but he is a known politician. He was also certainly crucial in helping to bring WrestleMania back to New Jersey.
With rumors that he is looking to run for president in the future, his presence would be great. If he was to run and become the president of the USA, the WWE could always speak about how they had a future president at WrestleMania.
When people want news, they turn on his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report. His humor, mixed with current news, is what people seem to want.
This would be great coverage for the WWE. Besides Colbert consistently plugging the event, he could have wrestlers come on the show to help hype their match or do a basic profile on a wrestler in his own comedic way. Colbert and his comedic genius would mean more PPV purchases.
If the WWE is going to have a comedian help advertise WrestleMania, they should have a serious broadcast journalist as well.
Kurt Loder works because MTV viewers are his audience. They're a younger crowd that can fit into the WWE demographic.
Picture a Jersey Shore cast member doing an interview with Loder and commenting about WrestleMania. Love that show or not, they have a large following of diehard fans.
While people may not associate Wendy Williams with wrestling, her show can only help the WWE. She has a daily TV show that airs five days a week to a large audience.
Granted, this audience may not watch wrestling, but it is still national TV.
Think about those who watch her show—they see her promote WrestleMania, so they purchase the PPV for their husband or children. It’s a great way to get free advertisement.
The retired NBA player Shaquille O'Neal has a history with the WWE. He’s appeared on their flagship show Raw and has had a physical confrontation with The Big Show already.
The WWE likes to have celebrities wrestle on their card, and these two men could have an interesting match. It’s already been teased and now that O’Neal is retired, the match seems possible and a certain money maker.
If the show is going to be inside a New Jersey stadium, there needs to be a representative from teams that play in that stadium. Bill Parcells is known throughout the NFL as a great coach, who has been in charge of both the New York Giants and New York Jets.
While there are numerous possible names from both teams, Parcells was born and lives in state, making him a great selection.
If MLB wanted someone to represent them, make it Derek Jeter. He is a household name when it pertains to baseball and the New York Yankees.
Having one of the best Yankees players is great in itself, but having one that is from New Jersey is even better.
His appearance will certainly be picked up by tabloid magazines and sport shows following the event, which would only help the WWE gain a larger audience in the future.
Besides being known as the host of Fear Factor, Joe Rogan is one of the top two announcers from the UFC. He’s very vocal on Twitter and his followers from both shows would help the WWE gain a new audience.
The always-excited Rogan could really help hype the show without even appearing on screen. This is of course if the UFC allows him any involvement with the WWE.
Speaking of the UFC, what if the New York native and current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was sitting in the crowd? The man has become such a force in the UFC over the past two years that his presence would make the biggest show of the year even more impactful.
The day after WrestleMania, UFC and WWE dirt sheets would be going crazy about a possible deal between the two.
Remember—they’re just dirt sheets.
In boxing, Muhammad Ali is considered one of the greatest—if not the best—of all time. He appeared at the first WrestleMania in 1985 and it would be so amazing to see him return.
Ali doesn’t have to do anything physical. His presence alone would be plenty. It would also provide the WWE with some more nostalgia if Ali were to return for one night only.
While WrestleMania is a huge night, and it's about being serious, there needs to be some laughter in the show.
That's where Artie Lange comes in. Born down the street from MetLife Stadium, this doesn’t get any closer to home.
While he’s no longer on The Howard Stern Show, his appearance would likely gain a few comments. It couldn’t hurt to have the satellite radio community talking, either.
New Jersey’s own Kevin Smith could take part in a backstage role. He is known in Hollywood for his movies that often revolve around the state.
The WWE seems to enjoy squeezing a segment with Hornswoggle in at every WrestleMania. Have Smith go back to his movie character Silent Bob and do a segment with Hornswoggle. Sounds like it could be worth a laugh.