We gotta give it to World Wrestling Entertainment. Even with the rise of MMA and the league's biggest stars moving on to movies, Vince McMahon and Co. still manage to put on a spectacle of a show.
Admittedly, we haven't watched a Wrestlemania since The Rock was bodying cats, but we wish we had tuned in this past Saturday to see Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke knock out Chris Jericho. Mad people got uptight about Rourke hitting the ring right after his best year ever, but he's just the latest in a long line of celebrities (mostly past their prime) that have popped up at Wrestlemania. Check out the five greatest appearances in the squared circle by famous people below...
MIKE TYSON vs. STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
Back in 1998, before he finished blowing $300 million and filing for bankruptcy but before he got a tribal tat on his face, Iron Mike tried his hand at wrestling. As Vince McMahon's enforcer, Tyson was thrown into the middle of his beef with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, which led to him turning on McMahon and helping Steve Austin pin Shawn Michaels. Mike Tyson's unreliable? Who'd a thunk it? At least he didn't bite nobody.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. vs. BIG SHOW
Welterweight champion Pretty Boy Floyd—all 5 foot 8 in of him— for some reason jumped into the ring to defend Ray Mysterio from getting choke-slammed by the 7-foot, 440-pound Big Show at the No Way Out PPV event in 2008. After he hit Big Show and ran off like Dipset at the Rucker, Mayweather was challenged to a fight at Wrestlemania 24.
DONALD TRUMP vs. VINCE MCMAHON
Rosie O'Donnell ain't the only person Mr. Toupee has had beef with. On April Fools day in 2007, Vince McMahon and Donald Trump took the stage at Wrestlemania 23 to have their chosen enforcers (Umanga and Bobby Lashley, respectively) battle it out in a fight officiated by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The loser was to have their head shaved, and since Trump can't manage to keep what little hair he has, Vince McMahon took the L.
PETE ROSE vs. KANE
Pete Rose and Kane went back and for the entire three-plus years Rose spent with the WWE. It all started in 1998 when Mr. I-Bet-On-the-Team-I-Manage was talking shit before Kane's match against the Undertaker. Looking to silence the disgraced switch hitter, Kane scooped him up and gave him a Tombstone Piledriver (pause). If only Charlie Hustle could evade wrestlers as easily as he did his taxes.
LAWRENCE TAYLOR vs. BAM BAM BIGELOW
Not only was LT whooping Bam Bam's ass at Wrestlemania XI, they had Salt-N-Pepa performing! Win-win.
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