He is a millionaire, a real estate mogul, a best-selling author, a TV star, and one of the most recognisable people in the world. And on April 6, Donald Trump will become the latest entrant into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Trump’s WWE appearances have only actually been few, but all have been memorable. His first involvement with the WWF started way back in 1988, when his Trump Plaze hosted WrestleMania III, then one year later when the same location hosted WrestleMania IV.
That was the last time WWE fans saw ‘The Donald’, at least until 2007, when Trump returned to rival Vince McMahon in the Battle of the Billionaires, resulting in a WrestleMania 23 contest between Trump’s proxy Bobby Lashley, and Vince’s representative Umaga, with the added stipulation being whoever’s wrestler lost, had to have their head shaved. Lashley won, and McMahon lost his hair.
Fast-forward two years, and Trump would again return to be a thorn in Vince McMahon’s side, this time for a storyline in which he ‘bought’ Monday Night Raw, and presented the show with no commercials and giving all fans in attendance a ‘full refund’. The short story ended with McMahon ‘buying back’ Raw, and that again was the end of Donald Trump on WWE TV. The Trump-McMahon showdowns always brought entertainment, and Vince in particular always seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself going up against someone who he both respects and admires outside of the ring.
On April 6 2013, one of the more famous of WWE’s celebrity cameos will take his place in the Celebrity Wing of the Hall of Fame.
“I’ve always enjoyed and respected WWE’s brand of entertainment and look forward to the ceremony in my hometown at Madison Square Garden.”
– Donald Trump
“Donald is a global icon whose status brought an unmatched level of publicity and grandeur to WWE.”
– Vince McMahon