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Mike Tyson

Being Inducted Into

the WWE Hall of Fame

1/30/2012 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0129_mike_tyson_wwe_exMike Tyson can now boast that he's a member of not one, but two halls of fame -- because the legendary boxer is going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame ... TMZ has learned.

Tyson will be inducted during the ceremony at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL on March 31. As has become tradition, WrestleMania XXVIII takes place the following day.

Iron Mike tells TMZ, "I am honored to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, but the most fun I ever had in the ring was with WWE."

Tyson's history with the WWE goes back to 1998 when, after a confrontation with Stone Cold Steve Austin on Monday Night Raw, Tyson served as special enforcer for the main event at WrestleMania XIV between Austin and Shawn Michaels (see above).

Tyson made his return to the WWE last year, when he hosted Monday Night Raw.

Other non-wrestlers in the WWE Hall of Fame include Drew Carey, Pete Rose and William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

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awards    

Will they serve ears at the celebration dinner?

965 days ago
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jeff ross    

Yeah its great and all mike tyson is going into the wwe hall of fame, but it really makes me mad wwe isn't doing the right thing and putting macho man randy savage in it, what a joke of a hall of fame

965 days ago
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Jay    

You guys better watch out. When Vince McMahon sees this posted here before its officially announced on Raw tonight he's going to buy TMZ and turn it into his personal blog

965 days ago
4.

amanda    

He didnt return last year! He hosted raw in 2010 not 2011

965 days ago
5.

Truth    

IN OTHER WORDS, A NO NAME AWARD... NO 1 CURR!! #TRUTH.

965 days ago
6.

josh    

they should go ahead and announce buster douglas in the hall too

965 days ago
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Ivan Jaime    

This year's WWE Hall of Fame is being headlined by Edge's introduction. Tyson makes of good use for publicity. The Celebrity wing of the WWE HoF is reserved for past celebrity contributions at previous editions of WrestleMania. Snooki might be a future WWE Hall of Fammer.

Another WWE scoop by TMZ —my kudos goes out to everyone that put this together..

965 days ago
8.

Superman    

Whoop-de-do, a fake honor from a fake sport.

965 days ago
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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

An insane, coked up rapist with no business a***en whatsoever? He's Vince's kinda guy!

965 days ago
10.

Uh    

Other members of the WWE hall of fame...Curly, Moe, and Larry Joe.

965 days ago
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Big Gay Al    

I guess Pete Rose would have been better off raping a woman than gambling on baseball.

965 days ago
12.

Andre R.    

The WWE Hall Of Fame is an absolute joke...the legendary grappler Bruno Sammartino already confirmed this years ago when he revealed that unlike REAL HOF's, WWE has no building to visit and no concrete evidence that anyone has been inducted. They just say that you're part of it, and that's it, and somehow that means something. Bruno has a high level of animosity for Vince because of the direction he took the company in the 80s, much like the Ultimate Warrior, who also throroughly loathes WWE and Vince for what he did to the company in the 90s i.e. the Attitude Era. Both are outspoken critics of the company and it's billionaire CEO and therefore will NEVER be in the HOF. It doesnt even matter to them, or to me, as like I said, its pretty much a big popularity contest. It's not like its for a legitimate sport anyway, WWE is staged and scripted and only if a worker has a decent gimmick, is pushed properly, and if they have any charisma and personality is pretty much what determines if they will even go anywhere in the company. And those like Sammartino and the Warrior who repeatedly badmouth Vince and are therefore persona non grata in the company are considered outcasts and are declared non-existant. The same thing happened to Chris Benoit but for a completely different reason, and even though Randy Savage is dead and made Vince a crapload of money during his prime, he was also considered a pariah for a past transgression (that has never been offically verified as having actually happened) and will also most likely never be inducted into the HOF.

Therefore the fact that a convicted rapist/confirmed insane psychopath who has exihibited cannibalistic tendencies is beng inducted, well, that simply goes to show what kind of standards WWE has. Virtually none, is what it looks like to me. I'll say it one more time: the WWE HOF is a joke!!

965 days ago
13.

Joseph Diehl    

Bruno Sanmartino and Randy Savage deserve to be in the hall of fame now. Tyson's place is in the boxing hall of fame nothing more.

964 days ago
14.

eric    

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

964 days ago
15.

frunklin    

He guest star wrestles (can't remember that far back and I haven't watched wrestling since 99} But how the hell do you get into the Hall of Fame for being in 1 or 2 matches?

964 days ago
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