The WWE announced Monday (March 17) that iconic 1980’s star Mr. T is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
In addition to his Hollywood career, where he is best known for the TV series The A-Team and Rocky III, Mr. T also made many memorable WWE appearances in the mid-1980s. In 1985, he participated in the inaugural WrestleMania, where he successfully teamed up with Hulk Hogan to defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful. He returned a year later and defeated Piper at WrestleMania 2.
Nearly 30 years later, he’s being honored for his contribution to the sport, via a ceremony in New Orleans on April 5th, which will be broadcast live on the WWE Network.
“WWE is honored to have Mr. T join the WWE Hall of Fame,” Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”
Aside from Mr. T, other members of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class include Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Lita, Paul Bearer and Carlos Colon.
Mr. T is the latest celebrity inductee to enter the Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Donald J. Trump, Drew Carey, Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William “Refrigerator” Perry.