Hulk Hogan expressed the significance of Mr. T’s involvement in the first-ever WrestleMania and why he deserved to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
In an interview with Michael Cole, according to Hulk Hogan, the WWE underwent a rapid transition from the wrestling business to the entertainment business during that time, and Mr. T played a pivotal role in this transformation due to his immense fame as an actor.
Hogan emphasised the importance of Mr. T’s contribution, stating that not including him in the Hall of Fame would be unjust. He acknowledged that when Mr. T entered the world of professional wrestling, many wrestlers, including Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff, were sceptical about his presence. However, Hogan revealed that Mr. T was the driving force behind the success of WrestleMania One, despite the reservations of some wrestlers.
You know, when you talk about how important Mr. T is. This company made a quick pivot it made a quick transition from the wrestling business to the entertainment business. To not have Mr. T in the Hall of Fame would be not right at all. I mean, he was the guy that we used as a pivotal point to point this ship in the right direction the whole WWE Universe rested on his back and we didn’t even know it.
When he came into this barbaric wrestling world. Piper didn’t want him in the ring. I can tell you firsthand, that Orndorff didn’t like him they did not want an actor in our business.
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Hulk Hogan highlighted the glamour and spectacle surrounding the inaugural WrestleMania event, with celebrities such as Liberace and Muhammad Ali making appearances.
So with all the shenanigans and Liberace and Mohammed Ali and all the glam going on with WrestleMania One, this whole company was on Mr. T’s back to steer us in the right direction to become the great entertainment company we are today.
Hogan concluded by stressing that Mr. T’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame was well-deserved and a testament to his immense impact on the wrestling industry.
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