WWE announced today that business mogul Donald Trump will be the 'celebrity honoree' in this year's WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Trump will be inducted with an all-star class of WWE legends during a ceremony held at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 6th with Wrestlemania 29 taking the place the following night in nearby at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Trump has had a longstanding relationship with WWE, partnering with them to present Wrestlemania 4 and Wrestlemania 5 at his Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Trump has also performed as part of WWE storylines. The 'Celebrity Apprentice' host participated in the 'Battle of the Billionares' match at Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit in 2007. Trump was in the corner of Bobby Lashley, while WWE boss Vince McMahon was backing Umaga. McMahon's wrestler came up short, and along with special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin, Trump help shaved McMahon's million-dollar dome. In 2009, Trump "bought" WWE from McMahon only, to sell it back to him at double the original price.
Trump will be inducted with a very strong cast of elite names including former WWE Champions Mick Foley, Bob Backlund, Bruno Sammartino, and former WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus.
Pro Wrestling Examiner's Perspective:
Donald Trump is a fitting induction in the 'Celebrity wing' of the WWE Hall of Fame. He has been a good friend to WWE and as his pop culture value as grown, so had the WWE. Trump has clearly borrowed a couple things from the WWE, including his "You're Fired" catchphrase and a keen understanding of how to manipulate the masses to get the most provoked response. Trump may have made some public blunders in his past like his fruitless pursuits to prove President Barrack Obama is not a United States citizen