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PostSubject: Donald Trump In WWE HOF   Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:56 am

WWE has announced that Donald Trump will be this year's inductee into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. The announcement was made by press release today, with the statement noting that "Mr. Trump has been a part of WWE's most popular events and storylines dating back to WrestleMania® IV in 1988 and WrestleMania V in 1989 when he hosted the pop-culture extravaganzas in Atlantic City." Trump also "bought" WWE in 2009, "reselling" it back to Vince a week later for double the price and then was part of the Battle of the Billionares match at WrestleMania 23.

Trump said of the induction, "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. 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 added, "Donald is a global icon whose status brought an unmatched level of publicity and grandeur to WWE."

Trump joins Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund and Trish Stratus in the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class. Check out a video on Trump's WWE involvement below:

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PostSubject: Re: Donald Trump In WWE HOF   Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:37 am

Fair play, he definitely deserves a spot in the celeb bit of it. Much more than Drew sodding Carey.
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PostSubject: Re: Donald Trump In WWE HOF   Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:01 pm

Still no Andy Kaufman!

Do they ever do two celeb inductees? Or do they have a posthumous section?

a quick google and I found this

There was
discussion backstage at this weeks Smackdown taping regarding the late
Andy Kaufman getting inducted in WWE's Hall of Fame. Some feel that the
Punk vs. Lawler angle, which has mentioned Kaufman, is "an omen" that
they plan to induct him in 2013.

maybe they forgot Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Donald Trump In WWE HOF   Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:13 pm

and for anyone that doesn't know about him, I'll post the short Wiki write up. And bearing in mind that wrestling was pretty localised, before Vince suddenly had the vision go full on mainstream/pop culture, it might seem somewhat significant.

Professional wrestling

Kaufman grew up admiring the world of professional wrestling.[citation needed] Inspired by the theatricality of kayfabe, the staged nature of the sport, and his own tendency to form elaborate hoaxes, Kaufman began wrestling women
during his act and was the self-proclaimed "Inter-Gender Wrestling
Champion of the World", taking on an aggressive and ridiculous
personality based upon the characters invented by professional
wrestlers. He offered a $1,000 prize to any woman who could pin him. He
employed his friend, the performance artist Laurie Anderson as a stooge in this act for a while.

Kaufman initially approached the head of the World Wrestling Federation, Vince McMahon Sr.
about bringing his act to the New York wrestling territory. McMahon
dismissed Kaufman's idea as the elder McMahon was not about to bring
"show business" into his Pro Wrestling society. Kaufman had by then
developed a friendship with Wrestling magazine reporter/photographer
Bill Apter. After many discussions about Andy wanting to be in the Pro
Wrestling business, Apter called Memphis' iconic Jerry "The King" Lawler
and introduced him to Kaufman by telephone from Apter's apartment in
Queens, New York. That put the key in the ignition and as they say --
"the rest is history."[citation needed]
The battles between Kaufman and Lawler became legend and was really the
first "sports entertainment" angle that became known worldwide and is
being seen even today on TV stations such as Comedy Central.[citation needed]

Later, after a challenge from professional wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler, Kaufman would step into the ring (in the Memphis wrestling circuit) with a man—Lawler himself.[6]
Kaufman taunted the whole city of Memphis, sending "videos showing
residents how to use soap" and proclaiming it to be "the nation's redneck capital."[6] Their ongoing feud, often featuring Jimmy Hart and other heels in Kaufman's corner, included a broken neck for Kaufman as a result of Lawler's piledriver and a famous on-air fight on a 1982 episode of Late Night with David Letterman. For some time after that, Kaufman appeared wearing a neck brace,[6] insisting that his injuries were worse than they were. Kaufman would continue to defend the Inter-Gender Championship in the Mid-South Coliseum
and offered an extra prize, other than the $1,000: that if he were
pinned, the woman who pinned him would get to marry him and that Kaufman
would also shave his head.[18]

Kaufman and Lawler's famous feud and wrestling matches were later revealed to have been staged, or a "work",
as the two were actually friends. The truth about it being a "work" was
not disclosed until more than 10 years after Kaufman's death, when the
Emmy-nominated documentary, A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, aired on NBC in 1995. Coincidentally, Jim Carrey, the one who revealed the secret, later went on to play Kaufman in the 1999 film Man on the Moon. In a 1997 interview with the Memphis Flyer, Lawler claimed he had improvised during their first match and the Letterman incident. Although officials at St. Francis Hospital[disambiguation needed] stated that Kaufman's neck injuries were real, in his 2002 biography It's Good to Be the King...Sometimes, Lawler detailed how they came up with the angle
and kept it quiet. Even though Kaufman's injury was legitimate, the
pair pretended that the injury was more severe than it was. He also said
that Kaufman's explosion on Letterman was Kaufman's own idea, including when Lawler slapped Kaufman out of his chair. Promoter Jerry Jarrett
would later recall that for two years, he would mail pay checks to
Kaufman, with payments comparable to what other main event wrestlers
were getting at the time, but Kaufman never cashed any of them [19]

Kaufman also appeared in the 1983 film My Breakfast with Blassie with professional wrestling personality "Classy" Freddie Blassie, a parody of the art film My Dinner With Andre. The film was directed by Johnny Legend,
who employed his sister Lynne Margulies as one of the women who appears
in the film. Margulies met Kaufman for the first time on camera, and
they later became a couple, living together until Kaufman's death.

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