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Donald Trump has been a long time and extremely loyal friend to the WWE and its top brass.

It goes way back to the late '80s when he hosted WrestleMania at his Atlantic City hotel and casino 'Ceasars Palace'.

And now for all his efforts helping boost the pro-wrestling organization's profile, the WWE announced on Monday that it's inducting The Apprentice star into the WWE Hall of Fame Saturday, April 6, in a ceremony taking place at Madison Square Garden.

"Wow, I was just informed that I'm being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame-- a great honor -- 4/6/13 at @MSGnyc," Trump tweeted

The Donald has also been part of the WWE's storylines, with the most memorably with the famed "Battle of the Billionaires" match at WrestleMania XXIII, in which Trump shaved WWE honcho Vince McMahon's head in front of 80,000 fans.

Other celebrity inductees in the WWE Hall of Fame include Drew Carey, Mike Tyson, Bob Uecker and Pete Rose.

 

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Donald Trump to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced that Donald J. Trump will be a celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City during WrestleMania 29 Week.

Trump has been a part of WWE’s most popular events and storylines dating to WrestleMania IV in 1988 and WrestleMania V in 1989, when he legit hosted the pop-culture extravaganzas in Atlantic City.

In a 2009 angle, Trump “purchased” WWE and then “resold” WWE back to Vince McMahon a week later for double the price.

In his most famous WWE storyline, Trump challenged McMahon to a “Battle of the Billionaires” match at WrestleMania XXIII, resulting in an all-time record for pay-per-view buys and McMahon’s head being shaved at the hands of “The Donald” and his wrestler Bobby Lashley.

“It was literally the thrill of a lifetime performing in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans during the ‘Battle of the Billionaires’ match at WrestleMania XXIII,” Trump, Chairman and President, The Trump Organization, said in a release. “I’ve always enjoyed and respected WWE’s brand of entertainment and look forward to the ceremony in my hometown at Madison Square Garden.”

McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO, said: “Donald is a global icon whose status brought an unmatched level of publicity and grandeur to WWE.”

Trump is the pre-eminent developer of quality real estate in the United States and abroad. He made the Trump brand synonymous with excellence. His portfolio includes dozens of award-winning skyscrapers, hotels, clubs and golf courses (including purchasing Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami-Dade County). He is an accomplished and best-selling author of more than a dozen books including one of the best-selling business books of all time, “The Art of the Deal.”

Trump is also the star and co-producer of the NBC hit series, “The Apprentice,” which premieres its 13th season on Sunday, March 3.

Trump is the latest celebrity inductee entering the WWE Hall of Fame, joining Drew Carey, Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William “Refrigerator” Perry. Also in the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Class are Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund and Trish Stratus.

Tickets for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.

For information on Donald Trump, visit www.Trump.com

• Click to view a special WWE video on Donald J. Trump: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7y8XMS9aMs

 

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Donald Trump announced for WWE Hall of Fame 2013...

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, real estate mogul, best-selling author and perennial thorn in Mr. McMahon’s side Donald Trump will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund and Trish Stratus in Madison Square Garden.

“Donald is a global icon whose status brought an unmatched level of publicity and grandeur to WWE,” WWE Chairman and CEO Mr. McMahon said.

The star and co-producer of the hit NBC series, "The Apprentice" — which premieres its 13th season on Sunday, March 3 — Trump has been a key figure in WWE since 1988 when his Trump Plaza hosted WrestleMania IV. The following year, WrestleMania V emanated from the same building, making it the first venue to present consecutive Show of Shows.

The Donald’s most lasting impact on WWE occurred at WrestleMania 23 when he put his famous head of hair on the line against Mr. McMahon’s mane in a “Battle of the Billionaires.” A record number of viewers tuned in to see Trump back Bobby Lashley to victory over Mr. McMahon’s Umaga and then shave The Chairman’s head in front of more than 80,000 WWE fans.

“It was literally the thrill of a lifetime performing in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans during the ‘Battle of the Billionaires’ match at WrestleMania 23,” Donald Trump said.

Trump wasn’t done with Mr. McMahon just yet as he returned in 2009 to purchase Monday Night Raw from his rival. The following week, The Donald presented the show commercial-free and gave every fan in attendance a full refund. Mr. McMahon was so incensed with Trump’s actions that he was cornered into buying his program back for twice the price. (PHOTOS OF TRUMP)

“I’ve always enjoyed and respected WWE’s brand of entertainment and look forward to the ceremony in my hometown at Madison Square Garden,” the Chairman and President of The Trump Organization said.


Arnold Schwarzenegger tipped to induct Bruno Sammartino into WWE Hall of Fame 2013...

WWE's top choice to induct Sammartino into the Hall of Fame this year is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bruno and Arnold have been friends for over 40 years, when they worked out together in New York and California in the late 1960's and early 70's. Bruno Sammartino was one of the judges of the Mr. Olympia contest that Schwarzenegger won and also they judged several bodybuilding contests together in later years.

They remain mates to this day and will be together in a few weeks when Bruno Sammartino is inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame that is part of the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH on March 2nd.


Sammartino tipped to be in WWE 2K 14 video game...

With WWE working on several projects for Bruno Sammartino this year, the 2013 Hall of Famer is expected to be a playable character in the new WWE 2K14 video game, in an attempt to draw in older video game players. Bruno is also fully expected to participate in DVD releases, including some on his career and life, as well as a potential movie - documentary project.

 

The Rock movie ratings...

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Rock's latest movie Snitch took the #2 spot at the U.S. box office. The movie opened with $13 million, just behind Identity Thief, which took the top slot with $14.1 million. The article noted that the movie opened respectably, although the studio likely wanted it to do better. The movie did open better than Rock's last solo action film, Faster, which took in $8 million during its opening weekend. The movie also opened better than recent action flicks from Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Hulk Hogan to get new reality TV show...

Hulk Hogan noted on his Twitter that he will be working on a new reality show. No other details were given. He wrote, "Very grateful for attracting a new reality show where I get to work with family and a few good friends that always wanted to be in show biz, Ill keep the Maniacs updated during the hard work make it real process,great to be in the positive abundant flow of Gods universe. HH"


"Rowdy" Roddy Piper wrestling show gets 52 episode deal...

Roddy Piper's promotion, Portland Wrestling Uncut, has been picked up for 52 more episodes. The show can be found on the YouTube channel of FOX 12 Oregon at this link.


Ric Flair to appear at The Big Event...

Ric Flair has been added to the list of guests that will appear at "The Big Event" on March 2nd at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in East Elmhurst, N.Y. "The Nature Boy" will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. You can get more information or purchase tickets at SportsFanPromotions.com


Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka book a must read for wrestling fans...

We're been sent Snuka's autobiography and it is a real page turner. Focusing on the positives of Jimmy's life and career, while not shying away from numerous dark elements. Jimmy's spirit shines through in this amazing book.


Chris Jericho interviewed about wrestling, his rock band Fozzy and more...

As noted earlier, Chris Jericho appeared on AfterBuzz TV's RAW aftershow last Tuesday night. Thanks to AfterBuzz TV for sending this recap of his appearance:

WWE Superstar Chris Jericho made an appearance on a special edition of AfterBuzz TV's RAW aftershow Tuesday night. The wrestling legend was invited on the network to discuss his return to WWE and the new Syfy show, Robot Combat League, which Jericho hosts. In the interview, Jericho discusses his recent RAW Active match with CM Punk, why his return to wrestling is different than other Superstars, and how his now infamous jacket came to fruition.

Growing up, Jericho wanted to be two things: a pro wrestler and a rock star. Now the 42-year-old wrestler is in the middle of yet another return to the WWE and just embarked on a multi-day Australian tour with his band, Fozzy.

"This past month has been one of my best months ever," Jericho says.

Jericho is one of the few Superstars who has not only been able to parlay his wrestling career into other aspects of the entertainment industry, but also committed enough to give 100% every time he reenters the ring.

He tells AfterBuzz, "Nothing against what Rock does or Brock or any of those guys, when I come back, I don't just come back for Monday Night Raw. I do the house shows."

Since Jericho's return, he's reignited his feud with fellow Superstars, Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk. He recounts Feb 4th's WWE RAW Active match between himself and CM Punk, where the writers created a poll to designate which wrestler, out of Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, would face Punk. A flash poll earlier in the week, predicted Orton to be the challenger and the writers told Jericho to not prepare with Punk—he would face Wade Barrett.

The afternoon of the match, Jericho thought, "I knew I was going to win [the RAW active poll]," and he was right. He says the writers were shocked the fans chose him over Orton.

Jericho joked, "I went to the writers' room and said, 'All you guys with your flash polls, go F yourself, you can suck it.'"

Later in the interview, Y2J talks about how every time he returns to wrestling he wants to do something fresh.

"I've always wanted to be the Paul Stanley of wrestling...the ultimate frontman or lead singer who commands the crowd. Whenever I come back I try to do something different," says Jericho. "I had this idea...Googled and then found this designer, Jonathan Logan. Went to visit him in the Fashion District and didn't really know anything about him. Turns out he makes all of Brad Pitt's stuff, all of Justin Bieber's stuff, David Lee Roth's stuff."

After collaborating on a design, Logan suggested adding lights to the jacket as he had done for an Alecia Keys outfit, thus creating the iconic glowing jacket Jericho sports at shows.

As cool as the jacket is, Jericho says, it's also a hassle. "There's little wires and they snap all the time. I constantly have to [fix] them." Jericho says WWE's prop guys yell at him for having to fix the jacket so frequently.

Jericho divulges that the entire right side of his jacket broke before his intro at Wrestlemania XXVIII last year. "I had to turn and walk backwards and cheat the camera," says Jericho, "I didn't want anyone to see that the whole right side of my jacket had gone out...this was literally two minutes before I had to go to the ring. I was furious. I could have given a crap about the match, all I cared about was my stupid jacket."

When asked about traveling with the jacket, Jericho mentioned an instance when he was traveling and he originally placed his jacket in his check luggage, however, the luggage was overweight. Jericho had to remove the jacket and take it as carry on, despite not having a bag to put it in.

"I had to ask [TSA] for a garbage bag. I put my big fancy jacket in a garbage bag and put it through security. One guy called me out and said 'Jericho man, that's your jacket? You can't keep it in a plastic bag.'"

Another recent change in appearance are Jericho's new tattoos. He says, "I just thought it would be cool to get a tattoo, something that means something to me. It's something I've always wanted to do and now was the time to do it."

On Jericho's new show, Syfy's Robot Combat League, Jericho enthuses, "It's Real Steel with actual Robots." He says it's nothing like Mick Foley's robot show, Robot Wars.

"The first thing that I thought when I was in the arena and they brought the robot out, if it hadn't stopped walking I would have turned around and ran away. It was that intimidating," Jericho says, "We've now created robots that can kill humans, and in 10-years when they take over the planet, you'll know you saw it first on Robot Combat League."

Robot Combat League premieres on Syfy Feb. 26th at 10/9c.

AfterBuzz TV's RAW aftershow, hosted by Ryan Katz, Cathy Kelley, Ryan Clum and Josh Padgett airs Monday nights, immediately following USA's airing of RAW. The RAW aftershow is a weekly wrap up show that broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra's Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro's online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans' favorite TV shows, covering shows like The Walking Dead, American Idol, The Bachelor, Being Human and countless others. Currently AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 75 countries. For further information about the network, visit www.afterbuzztv.com
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