WrestleMania 27 and WWE Hall of Fame: Top 10 Celebrities Most Deserving of Honor
With the hype surrounding WrestleMania, there is also the hype surrounding the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
Year after year, there is a big name, the leader of his class who is inducted with great fanfare. On the undercard of the ceremony, there are some smaller names, usually mid-carders.
There is usually one woman wrestler, also known as a Diva, who receives the honor. There is also a special section in the Hall of Fame reserved for celebrities who took part in some WWE events in various roles.
This year, for some reason, Drew Carey is the celebrity chosen to receive the honor, and it's not too early to speculate about who's next. I don't get why WWE inducts celebrities into its Hall of Fame. But, since WWE does it and we have to live with it, I started to think about which non-wrestling stars should make it.
With what we have seen so far, they have inducted just about anyone, so anybody can make it. However, I made an effort and tried to find the most deserving celebrities.
So, with no more introduction, let's see who made the cut. And don't forget to use the comment section to mention who else should make the list and who should not.
Motorhead delivered one of the best musical performances on a WWE stage.
At WrestleMania XXI, they performed Triple H's entrance song live to create an unforgettable moment and a unique atmosphere.
9. Ozzy Osbourne
The Prince of Darkness made his first appearance in WWE at WrestleMania II. He was ringside with The British Bulldogs when they won their first Tag Team Championship.
Twenty-three years later, Ozzy was once again involved with the company, as a Raw guest host, along with his wife. They did a pretty decent job and the crowd received them very well.
8. Bob Barker
Bob Barker received the Slammy Award for best Raw guest host on Dec. 14, 2009.
If the guest host concept irritated many fans, Barker did very well when he hosted Raw in September 2009. He was indeed the best host and, unlike many others, he was actually entertaining.
His involvement with WWE was limited, but it was memorable.
7. Chuck Norris
The legendary Chuck Norris was served in WWE in 1994 as the special enforcer for a match between The Undertaker and Yokozuna at Survivor Series.
Norris was involved to make sure no one would interfere on Yokozuna's behalf after what happened at the previous Royal Rumble, when a bunch of wrestlers knocked down The Undertaker to stuff him in a casket.
The martial artist managed to foil most wrestlers who tried to put their nose in the match, allowing The Undertaker to get Yokozuna into a casket for the win.
The most memorable moment was when Norris delivered a superkick to Jeff Jarrett that threw him upside down.
6. Lawrence Taylor
The Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow encounter at WrestleMania XI certainly did not deserve to be the main event, but it was still a decent match for a football player.
The showdown for the match was simply amazing, but the match should have been put just before the WWF Championship bout between Diesel and Shawn Michaels.
The whole feud was a great business decision to get the mainstream media's attention, and it was actually entertaining to watch the confrontation between The Million Dollar Corporation and Taylor's NFL buddies.
5. Floyd Mayweather
In the weeks before WrestleMania XXIV, Big Show made his return after an extended break due to injuries.
At the No Way Out pay-per-view, Floyd Mayweather interrupted Big Show's promotional segment. After a verbal exchange, the boxing champion threw a punch to Big Show, who bled abundantly.
On the following night's Raw, the angry 500-pound giant challenged the 150-pound boxer. The result was a very entertaining buildup, and Mayweather delivered very well in the various segments leading to WrestleMania.
The match itself won't be remembered as a classic, but the WBF Champion pulled out the best performance in WrestleMania's history for a non-wrestler in my opinion.
In August 2009, more than one year after his WrestleMania moment, he was the Raw guest host.
4. Mike Tyson
In 1998, the Baddest Man on the Planet, also known as Iron Mike Tyson, made a few-week stint with WWE.
Tyson was brought in as the outside enforcer for the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XIV between Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin.
However, in the showdown, he became a member of Degeneration-X, thus being in HBK's corner instead of a neutral outside enforcer. Then, in the end, Tyson turned coat and sided with Stone Cold to help him win his first WWE Championship.
Ultimately, Mike Tyson played an important role in a defining moment of the Attitude Era.
He also made a return as the Raw guest host on January 11, 2010. He was in the main event in a tag team match with Jericho as his partner to face DX.
However, Tyson revealed he made peace with Shawn Michaels and Triple H when he could be seen wearing a DX T-shirt. He then knocked Y2J out cold with a devastating punch that allowed Michaels to score the pinfall.
3. Mr. T
Mr. T was one of the biggest celebrities of the 1980s and headlined two WrestleManias.
At the first WrestleMania he was in the main event as Hulk Hogan's partner against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
The match was not a classic, but was still a huge draw and the showdown was maybe the most memorable part of the whole event.
At WrestleMania II, Mr. T was put in a boxing match against Roddy Piper. A few weeks earlier on Saturday Night's Main Event, Mr. T defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton in a boxing bout as well.
2. Donald Trump
Donald Trump, known worldwide as a great businessman, is a long-time WWE fan and friend of Vince McMahon.
In 1988 and 1989, the Trump Plaza was the host for WrestleMania IV and V. Trump could be seen front row at both events.
Fast forward 18 years later, at WrestleMania XXIII. Trump was then more involved with a rivalry against Vince McMahon in what was called "The Battle of the Billionaires."
In a match billed "Hair vs. Hair," both men picked a representative to battle in the ring. Trump picked Bobby Lashley to battle for him and McMahon selected Umaga.
Lashley emerged victorious and, according to the match stipulation, McMahon got his hair shaved. Then, following the haircut, Trump received a Stone Cold Stunner by Steve Austin, who was the special guest referee.
In 2009, Donald Trump was put in a new storyline. On the June 15 episode of Raw, it was announced that he bought the show from Vince McMahon. And, the following week, he sold it back to him for twice the price.
While he was the owner of Raw, Trump established the guest host concept that lasted several months, to the displeasure of many fans. But it can be argued that it was a good business decision.
1. Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper was a mega pop star in the mid-'80s, and she was Wendi Richter's manager for her Women's Championship match at the first WrestleMania against Leilani Kai.
She was more than just a one-time manager. The pop singer was associated with the WWF as a part of the Rock 'N' Wrestling Connection since 1983, when Lou Albano appeared in her video for the song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."
Cyndi Lauper became Richter's ally in her rivalry against The Fabulous Moolah in a crucial era for the expansion of the company. The legendary confrontation between a dad and his daughter in that video featuring Lou Albano was transposed on WWF programming.
It resulted in a historic match live on MTV. Richter, associated with Lauper, faced Moolah, managed by Albano. It marked the end of Moolah's nearly 28-year legendary reign as the Women's Champion.
It would be safe to say that the whole Rock 'N' Wrestling Connection connection was one of the kickoffs at the origin of WrestleMania, a mega wrestling show filled with various international stars.
With this association between MTV and the WWF, Vince McMahon started to push his company in the lights of the mainstream media, and the rest is history.