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 December 8

by Carolina

Here’s every non-wrestling celebrity WWE has inducted into its Hall of Fame. The WWE Hall of Fame was first created in 1993, with its inaugural inductee appropriately being wrestling legend Andre the Giant, who had passed away at 46-years-old earlier that year. While having a Hall of Fame for a pre-determined athletic event like professional wrestling might seem like a strange move, wrestling is an art form like any other, and there is definitely a class of performers who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the industry.

While there are still some surprising omissions from the WWE’s Hall of Fame ranks, the vast majority of top wrestling stars have gone in over the last nearly 30 years. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan (soon to be played by Chris Hemsworth in a biopic), “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, and more have all entered the WWE Hall of Fame, and all deserve to be there. Whether celebrity inductees like Donald Trump and Drew Carey deserve to share that same space is a much more contentious issue among wrestling fans.

It’s obvious that WWE began what it calls the Hall of Fame’s “celebrity wing” in an effort to draw more mainstream attention and add more star power to its annual induction ceremonies. And to be fair, some of the celebrity inductees have at least had a notable history with WWE, such as 1980s mainstay Mr. T. Others, though, were inducted after only a single appearance on WWE programming. For better or worse, here are all the celebrities who’ve so far taken their place in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Pete Rose (2004)

WWE Hall of Fame - Pete Rose

Pete Rose is a legendary professional baseball player and manager for the Cincinnati Reds. Sadly, Rose’s legacy was marred by his decision to make bets on games involving his own team, for which he got caught. Rose has been barred from the baseball hall of fame, but WWE put him in theirs in 2004. Rose took part in a funny recurring bit at WrestleManias 14, 15, and 16 where he got repeatedly brutalized by future See No Evil star Kane (aka Glen Jacobs).

William Perry (2006)

WWE Hall of Fame - William Perry

William “The Refrigerator” Perry played professional football for the NFL’s Chicago Bears for ten seasons. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, and he actually did have a big moment with the company. Perry was one of several NFL players to take part in an over-the-top-rope battle royal at WrestleMania 2—appropriately in front of a crowd of Chicago wrestling fans—which was ultimately won by Andre the Giant.

Bob Uecker (2010)

WWE Hall of Fame - Bob Uecker

Nicknamed “Mr. Baseball,” Bob Uecker is a former professional baseball player, but became more famous as a sportscaster and comedic figure. Uecker was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010, and had memorably appeared at both WrestleMania 3 and WrestleMania 4. The most lasting image in WWE featuring Uecker was when Andre the Giant hilariously throttled him during an interview segment.

Drew Carey (2011)

WWE Hall of Fame - Drew Carey

Now the long-running host of game show The Price Is Right, Drew Carey first became famous as an actor and comedian, starring for nine seasons on The Drew Carey Show sitcom. Carey’s brush with WWE came at the 2001 Royal Rumble event, in which he participated in the titular match, only to become so scared when Kane entered that he first tried to bribe him, and then eliminated himself. Carey was inducted in 2011.

Mike Tyson (2012)

WWE Hall of Fame - Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is a legendary professional boxer, but also a highly controversial figure, due to some of his wild behavior in the ring, as well as a sexual assault conviction. He’ll soon be played by Jamie Foxx in his own biopic. Tyson played a big role in the early days of WWE’s Attitude Era, joining D-Generation X, then serving as special enforcer for the WrestleMania 14 main event between Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Donald Trump (2013)

WWE Hall of Fame - Donald Trump

In hindsight, Donald Trump is easily the most controversial celebrity to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, due to his time as U.S. president. When inducted in 2013 though, it was less of a big deal, as Trump is a long-time friend of WWE boss Vince McMahon, and had taken part in several WWE storylines over the years. Most notable was 2007’s Battle of the Billionaires at WrestleMania 23, which saw wrestlers representing Trump and McMahon fight to see which business mogul would get shaved bald. Trump was heavily booed by the Madison Square Garden crowd throughout his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech.

Mr. T (2014)

WWE Hall of Fame - Mr. T

Moving to a choice that drew no controversy whatsoever, WWE inducted actor and pop culture icon Mr. T into its Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. T, best known for his work on The A-Team and in Rocky 3, had played major roles in the first two WrestleManias, teaming with Hulk Hogan against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff in the main event of the first show, and “boxing” with Piper at the second. Hilariously, Mr. T’s induction speech is perhaps most well known for the star referencing his own mother more than 70 times.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (2015)

WWE Hall of Fame - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Legendary action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger took his place in the WWE Hall of Fame’s celebrity wing in 2015. Schwarzenegger has made a handful of WWE appearances over the years, including inducting Bruno Sammartino into the Hall of Fame in 2013. A good friend of both Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Vince McMahon, Schwarzenegger is a long-time fan of wrestling, and also worked with former WWE wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura on several 1980s movies.

Snoop Dogg (2016)

WWE Hall of Fame - Snoop Dogg

Superstar rapper Snoop Dogg might seem like an incredibly odd choice for the WWE Hall of Fame, but he’s really not, as he’s a noted fan of wrestling and is actually the cousin of WWE wrestler and Mandalorian star Sasha Banks. Like Schwarzenegger, he’s also made several TV appearances for WWE over the years leading up to his 2016 induction, including serving as one of Raw‘s celebrity guest hosts in 2009, hosting the Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill match at WrestleMania XXIV, and rapping Banks to the ring at WrestleMania 32.

Kid Rock (2018)

WWE Hall of Fame - Kid Rock

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kid Rock is another long-time wrestling fan, and made several WWE appearances over the years leading up to his 2018 Hall of Fame induction. Rock had even performed live more than once at WWE events, including WrestleMania 25. His song “American Badass” was also used as The Undertaker’s entrance music for a while, and his cover of ZZ Top’s “Legs” was used for Stacy Keibler.

William Shatner (2020)

WWE Hall of Fame - William Shatner

Star Trek icon William Shatner was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class, although not until 2021, due to COVID-19 leading to the 2020 ceremony’s cancellation. Shatner has had a long association with WWE, including multiple TV appearances. As guest host of Raw in 2010, Shatner made WWE fans laugh with a hilarious bit in which he did spoken word versions of wrestler theme songs. Shatner is also a long-time friend of Jerry “The King” Lawler, and inducted Lawler into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Ozzy Osbourne (2021)

WWE Hall of Fame - Ozzy Osbourne

WWE’s most recent celebrity wing induction into its Hall of Fame is Ozzy Osbourne, iconic heavy metal frontman, and original lead vocalist of pioneering metal band Black Sabbath. Osbourne first appeared for WWE way back at 1986’s WrestleMania 2, managing his fellow countrymen The British Bulldogs. In more recent years, he and wife Sharon served as co-hosts of Raw in 2009.

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Michael Kennedy is an avid movie and TV fan that’s been working for Screen Rant in various capacities since 2014. In that time, Michael has written over 2000 articles for the site, first working solely as a news writer, then later as a senior writer and associate news editor. Most recently, Michael helped launch Screen Rant’s new horror section, and is now the lead staff writer when it comes to all things frightening. A FL native, Michael is passionate about pop culture, and earned an AS degree in film production in 2012. He also loves both Marvel and DC movies, and wishes every superhero fan could just get along. When not writing, Michael enjoys going to concerts, taking in live professional wrestling, and debating pop culture. A long-term member of the Screen Rant family, Michael looks forward to continuing on creating new content for the site for many more years to come.

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