We knew WWE would be inducting a non-wrestling celebrity into its Hall of Fame class 2013, scheduled for April 6, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York, we just didn't know what celebrity that would be. That is until today's announcement on WWE.com that mega-rich media mogul Donald Trump would be getting the honors.
From the WWE.com article breaking the news:
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, real estate mogul, best-selling author and perennial thorn in Mr. McMahon's side Donald Trump will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund and Trish Stratus in Madison Square Garden.
"Donald is a global icon whose status brought an unmatched level of publicity and grandeur to WWE," WWE Chairman and CEO Mr. McMahon said.
This is a fascinating choice if only because this year's Hall of Fame headlining attraction, Bruno Sammartino, has come out so strongly against celebrity inductions such as this. Then again, if any celebrity who never wrestled for the company has a claim to getting in it's probably Trump.
He was involved in multiple angles with the promotion throughout the years, most notably as one of the headlining attractions at WrestleMania 23 in a hair vs. hair match against Vince McMahon with the loser being forced to shave his head live on pay-per-view. The two didn't actually wrestle each other, instead picking their own wrestler representatives, and Trump's superstar ultimately won, leading to McMahon losing his locks.
A silly gimmick? Maybe, but it did bonkers business at the box office. In fact, until this past year's WrestleMania 28, it was the best selling event in the history of WWE. It might still be, actually, if the WrestleMania 28 numbers settle just below the record, a point that has been in dispute for months now.
Either way, Trump helped make WWE a lot of money and now he's being rewarded with a spot in its Hall of Fame. On his induction, "The Donald" had this to say:
"I've always enjoyed and respected WWE's brand of entertainment and look forward to the ceremony in my hometown at Madison Square Garden."
Thoughts on this, Cagesiders?