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WWE Hall of Fame 2012: Mike Tyson to be inducted in Miami

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The latest edition to the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2012 is none other than "Iron" Mike Tyson.

WWE.com has the story:

Boxing legend and pop culture icon "Iron" Mike Tyson will be inducted into the WWE's 2012 Hall of Fame class on March 31 in Miami, WWE announced to major media markets throughout the nation Monday. Among the most decorated pugilists in history, Tyson established his place in WWE lore in 1998 when he served as a special "outside enforcer" for the WWE Championship main event of WrestleMania XIV between Shawn Michaels and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Indeed, WWE is no stranger to inducting celebrities for the sake of increasing visibility and this is no different. Tyson, though, was arguably the biggest get for the company, considering he played a major role in helping turn the tide during the Monday Night Wars. WCW was dominating at the time, Vince McMahon paid an unbelievable amount of money to Tyson to get him to come in and do a program from Royal Rumble all the way to WrestleMania, where he would help Stone Cold win the title for the first time, and ratings soared.

An interesting aspect to this story is that WWE wanted to announce it on their own terms but the bloodhounds at TMZ got to it first even getting a quote from Tyson who said, "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 will be going in alongside Edge, The Four Horsemen and Mil Mascares. It's also expected that Yokozuna will be announced soon, though WWE has not made that official. The ceremony takes place on March 31 in Miami at the American Airlines Arena the night before WrestleMania 28.

Presumably, Tyson will be announced as going in on tonight's episode of Raw, which you can follow along with during the live blog right here.