Mr. T is going to the WWE Hall of Fame, fool.
He confirmed the news himself and talked about the honor on Twitter:
Many are called and few are chosen! I thank GOD I have been called and chosen. The rumors are true! The wait is over!— Mr. T (@MrT) March 18, 2014
Some may know the fool-pitying legendary actor as B.A. Baracus on The A-Team or as Clubber Lang in Rocky III, but others remember him for the vital role he played during the early days of WrestleMania for WWF.
The 61-year-old has been turning down a spot in the Hall for several years now, citing the fact that Pete Rose—who famously hasn't been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame for betting on games—got into the celebrity wing before him as a reason, per The Toronto Sun.
But with the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania on the horizon, Mr. T and the company have finally come to terms, and he will be inducted in New Orleans on April 5, per the WWE Universe Twitter feed:
In 1985, Mr. T teamed up with Hulk Hogan to defeat "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff in the main event of the very first WrestleMania. The next year, he once again defeated Piper, this time by disqualification in a special boxing match.
Not many years removed from his role in Rocky, and right smack dab in the middle of The A-Team's run, T's inclusion in WrestleMania was vital in increasing its popularity.
"WWE is honored to have Mr. T join the WWE Hall of Fame," said Vince McMahon in a press release, via The Wall Street Journal. "His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today."
Mr. T will join Rose, Donald Trump, Drew Carey, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William Perry as other celebrities/athletes to be put into the Hall, and although it's not yet known who will induct him, Hogan is obviously a good bet.
As many fans were quick to point out, this is long overdue:
Mr. T was extremely important to the company in the mid-'80s, and there's very little question that he deserves to be honored for his role.
Pity the fool who thinks otherwise.