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WWE Hall of Fame: The Celebrity Wing

Doesn’t it always seem that Professional Wrestling seeks the approval from the mainstream media?  For years, the pseudo sport has always used celebrities from other sports and forms of entertainment.  Some have been successful, some not so much, but the goal of every “stunt casting” was always to broaden their appeal and attract a new audience.  The WWE Hall of Fame created a celebrity wing to honor such individuals; again with the hope of attracting attention.  Currently, the “wing” only houses Baseball legend Pete Rose, and one year phenom, William “The Refrigerator” Perry.  We at NIHOF aren’t exactly thrilled with idea of a celebrity wing, but since it exists, we feel that we have come up with a list of five potential inductees for the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.

The tradition of tying in boxing and wrestling has been a long one. Muhammad Ali was a huge part of that stemming from his match against Antonio Inoki, confrontations with Gorilla Monsoon and other assorted appearances while he was the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the…
One of the things that took the then WWF into the mainstream was its association with MTV and the “Rock and Wrestling Connection”.  The link came to them in the form of Cyndi Lauper, who in the mid 80’s was one of the biggest stars…
If there was a celebrity who totally immersed himself in wrestling more than Andy Kaufman did, we have no idea who it is.  His feud with Jerry “The King” Lawler was legendary and he played a heel better than the bulk of the WWE roster…
When the WWE began the program that saw Floyd Mayweather take on the Big Show at Wrestlemania, wrestling fans worldwide let out a collective groan.  How could this match be any good, people wondered and who did Paul Wight anger in his return to the…
Yes we know that this man should NEVER have had the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and the booking at that promotion’s timeframe could be considered among the worst in wrestling history.  Still, Arquette’s cross promotion did bring attention to WCW and his on screen persona…
During the year where the WWE had their idiotic “Guest Host” idea for Monday Night Raw, it was evident which celebrities were fans of the product and which ones had no idea what WWE stood for. Very quickly, when Maria Menounos hosted the show, it…
Lawrence Taylor may have been the undeserving recipient of the main event match at Wrestlemania XI, but he did not embarrass himself once he got into the ring.  He did all the necessary work leading up to the match (including a very realistic beginning to…
Clearly a fan of professional wrestling, William Shatner has appeared on WWE television a few times, the first of which saw him teach Jerry “The King” Lawler a lesson on RAW. Shatner would actually return to induct the King into the WWE Hall of Fame,…
Those who saw him perform in the ring will never say they saw a talented in ring performer, but when Dennis Rodman competed for WCW he did so at a time when he was among the most known Basketball players in the world.  His association…
Regis Philbin was a lot more than the guest Announcer at Wrestlemania VII. When other talk show hosts would shun wrestling, or be condescending to the performers when they were their guests. Philbin, who was a television personality for years before most people knew him…

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  • 210. Dutch Mantel
    210.  Dutch Mantel Dutch Mantel was a major star in the southern promotions throughout the 70’s and 80’s.  He wasn’t a tall or well built wrestler, but he had the art of wrestling psychology down and could always deliver a good match.  Mantel’s greatest gift to wrestling was what he did outside of the ring utilizing his mind as a booker (he has…
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