January 30, 2012
"The Baddest Man on the Planet" never donned wrestling tights, but Mike Tyson made an impact during several appearances for the WWE.
As a result, the former heavyweight boxing king will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31 in Miami, the day before Wrestlemania 28.
Tyson first worked for Vince McMahon's company back in 1998 at Wrestlemania 14. He was the special enforcer for a brawl between "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. Tyson reappeared in the squared circle in 2010 as a guest host during "Monday Night Raw."
Tyson is part of a Who's Who of non-wrestlers to enter the WWE's Hall of Fame - Drew Carey, Bob Uecker, William "The Refrigerator" Perry and Pete Rose have been enshrined alongside the elite of the elite.
Tyson joins masked superstar Mil Mascaras and the legendary "The Four Horsemen." on March 31.
Tyson's role with the WWE was more than a celebrity appearance, he got physical at times. From WWE.com:
First welcomed into WWE by Mr. McMahon, "Iron Mike's" introduction was interrupted by The Texas Rattlesnake, resulting in a wild brawl between the two tough guys. Weeks later, Tyson aligned himself with HBK and D-Generation X. WWE fans who thought this association would sway the brawler's involvement at WrestleMania XIV were shocked when Tyson ended up being the one who counted the pin to give Austin his first WWE Title. After the bout, the heavy hitter knocked an angry Michaels out cold in front of a rabid Boston crowd.
Tyson was honored last year by the International Boxing 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 told AP.
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