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Mike Tyson Going Into The WWE Hall Of Fame

Mike Tyson, Shawn Michaels, and Triple HIt appears that Iron Mike Tyson will be going back to WrestleMania, well weekend that is. Tyson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, thus bringing Tyson back to WrestleMania for the first time since WrestleMania 14.

Tyson will likely be this year’s one and only celebrity or non-wrestler Hall of Fame induction. He certainly isn’t the first professional athlete to go into the WWE shrine. Tyson joins Bob Uecker, William Perry, and Pete Rose with those honors.

[ad 6]Mike Tyson made his first appearance on WWE RAW at the height of the original Monday Night Wars between the WWE and WCW. Tyson’s appearance that night has become legendary. One of the most memorable moments from the wars came when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin gave Mike Tyson two middle-fingers and the two had to be pulled apart in a brawl. The moment has become so memorable and pivotal to the WWE’s success, it was named by WWE.com as the fifth greatest moment in WWE RAW history.

More importantly on that famous night, the WWE had big success in the ratings. WWE RAW generated a 4.0 rating as opposed to WCW Nitro’s 4.5. While the WWE did lose the battle that night, the event is credited as helping turn around the war. It was the first rating above a 3.6 in close to six months. It was less than three months later that the WWE finally beat WCW on a Monday night in the ratings. This moment was also critical to elevating Steve Austin and garnering mainstream interest for the WWE. All in all this was one of a handful of moments that helped turn the corner and the fortunes of World Wrestling Entertainment and Vince McMahon around.

In my opinion, the days of getting outraged over WWE celebrity Hall of Fame inductees are over. It is something that will happen every year and just something you have to get used to. In the case of Tyson, he probably has more business being in there than some of the wrestlers. If you take into consideration what he did for the WWE in 1998 for business, it is more than a lot of the fringe professional wrestlers in the Hall have ever done.

Let’s face it. The speech itself should be one of the greatest WWE Hall of Fame speeches of all time. This guy isn’t filtered and he certainly doesn’t have to worry about saying something that will bury himself to the office. I think it is a big coup by the WWE because Tyson’s celebrity with The Hangover hasn’t been as big as it is today in well over a decade.

[ad 6]Tyson will join Edge, The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, & JJ Dillon), Mil Mascaras, and Yokozona in the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame class. While no television broadcast has been announced, my hunch is that the USA Network will show it either live or via delay a couple of nights later.

All I know is somebody better keep a backstage camera on Flair and Tyson!

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