WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced that pop-culture icon Mr. T will be this year’s celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony during WrestleMania 30 Weekend on Saturday, April 5 in New Orleans that will be broadcast live, for the first time ever, exclusively on WWE Network at 9 p.m. EST.
Mr. T is one of the most iconic personas in entertainment history, starring in the hit television show “The A-Team” and the blockbuster film “Rocky III.” In addition to his Hollywood career, Mr. T also made many memorable WWE appearances in the mid-1980s.
In 1985, he was part of the main event of the inaugural WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden, successfully teaming with Hulk Hogan to defeat Rowdy Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff. In 1986, he defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper by disqualification in a special boxing match at WrestleMania 2 and also appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event program.
“WWE is honored to have Mr. T join the WWE Hall of Fame,” Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO, said in a release. “His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”
Mr. T is the latest celebrity inductee to enter the WWE Hall of Fame, joining Donald J. Trump, Drew Carey, Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William Refrigerator Perry. Other members of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class include Ultimate Warrior, Jake The Snake Roberts, Lita, Paul Bearer and Carlos Colon.
The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony occurs on Saturday, April 5 from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Tickets are currently on sale through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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