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Mike Tyson to Join Celebrity Wing of WWE Hall of Fame: Fan’s Take
I have never been the biggest fan of the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. While I enjoy watching the induction of some of my favorite WWE Superstars, a Hall of Fame without an actual building around it doesn't mean much. If they ever decided to build a structure to house plaques like other sports, they may realize how weak some of their inductees are by comparison.
In Cooperstown, Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams are all enshrined. In Canton, Emmitt Smith, Dan Marino, Michael Irvin and Joe Namath are all known as some of the best of all time. Springfield is home to Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlin, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The WWE has William Perry and Drew Carey. The celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame is a joke, but that is a statement that the latest inductee would like to change.
Mike Tyson, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Tyson first appeared in WWE in 1998 at the Royal Rumble, where he was seen cheering on Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The following night, Austin and Tyson made headlines by getting into a scrap on Raw that eventually led to Tyson being the special enforcer in the WWE Championship match between Shawn Michaels and Austin at WrestleMania. Tyson had aligned himself with Degeneration-X, but showed his true alliance by counting Michaels' shoulders down after a Stone Cold Stunner.
More than 10 years later, Tyson re-emerged on WWE programming, promoting "The Hangover." While he will always be remembered for laying a knockout punch on Michaels at WrestleMania, his newer fans will remember his knockout of Chris Jericho during a tag team match against his former friends/foes, D-X.
I can't complain about his induction into the Hall of Fame, but for this accomplishment to mean anything in 20 years, WWE can't continue to induct names like Carey and even lower-level wrestlers like Koko B. Ware and Nikolai Volkoff. Who's Next? Brutus Beefcake?
The 2012 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on March 31, from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla.
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of professional wrestling since watching SummerSlam 1992 with his father and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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