A little while ago I mentioned some of the worst Celebs to take part in the biggest event in pro wrestling, so why not look at those that actually added to the event over the years?
Cyndi Lauper (1985)
One of the focal points of the first Event in 1985. Her involvement brought a lot of interest in the inaugural event as her first album was HUGE at the time. She took part in a few events to leading up to Wrestlemania as the corner person to Woman’s champion Wendy Richter and helped bring the WWF to the MTV audience.
Mr. T (1985 and 1986)
A big part of the first event and a main eventer on the New York part of the second. Took part in the first event teaming with Hulk Hogan against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff and used his celebrity to bring in a lot of fans. He did it again the next year facing Piper in a boxing match in the main event of the New York portion of the second show. Although there are a lot of stories of his attitude and backstage antics, he helped bring in the fans and the interest of the world at the time.
NFL Players (1986)
6 former and current players plus two who served at referees during the big battle royal along with 14 WWF wrestlers, including two members of “The Amazing Bears” who had just won the Superbowl 2 months before. Brought in a lot of interest into the WWF’s second blockbuster show.
Bob Uecker (1987 and 1988)
Mr. Baseball who was also part of the “Mr. Belvedere” show at the time, he served as a ring announcer for the third and fourth event and also sat in on commentary during both shows. Brought his wit and humor to his appearances, but also was one of the few celebs that actually looked like he was having a good time in doing it. Whether it was chasing the Fabulous Moolah in 1987, or his quest for Vanna White in 1988 he made himself a fun part of the event.
Robert Goulet (1990)
He kicked off this event at the Skydome with a rounding rendition of “Oh Canada”. He didn’t do anything else at the show but what he did do was one of the best anthems to kick off the event before or since. His voice had a way of bringing pride into an anthem and even if you aren’t from North of the border. You still felt something awesome from his rendition of the song.
Lawrence Taylor (1995)
The focus of Wrestlemania 11 as the former NFL player main evented with WWF wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow. No one expected this to be a good match but LT surprised everyone (with a lot of help from Bam Bam) with having an entertaining and spirited match that rivaled many others on the show. He surprised both wrestling fans and non-fans alike that year.
Mike Tyson (1998)
He was freshly stripped of his boxing license after biting a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear off but was still a controversial name in people’s mind which fit in perfectly as the famed “Attitude Era” of the WWF was about to launch. The perfect name at the perfect time.
Pete Rose (1998, 1999, 2000)
The infamous ex-baseball player played his role well as a joke. He appeared at the 14th Wrestlemania event in Boston by running down the city. With some pyro, the large Kane arrived and dropped Rose on his head. Rose returned in the next two events to get “revenge” but never quite got there as he disguised himself as the San Diego Chicken at one event and had a large man’s ass shoved in his face at the other.
Donald Trump (1988,1989,1991,2004,2007)
Our current president has appeared at a lot of Wrestlemania events over the years but it’s his involvement in the “Battle of the Billionaires” match in 2007 people remember the most. He managed Bobby Lashley over the Vince McMahon managed Umaga to have the WWE’s chairman’s head shaved in the ring. Trump also popped Vince hard in the eye giving Mcmahon a black eye after the event to match his freshly bald head.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather (2008)
The undefeated boxer decided to get into the ring with the seven foot tall Big Show in a marquee match at the 24th event in Orlando. There was a lot of smoke an mirrors with members of Mayweather’s corner taking the biggest hits, but put on a performance worthy of the name Wrestlemania.