List of celebrities involved with WrestleMania

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Mr. T, pictured here with Hulk Hogan, was one of the first celebrities involved with WrestleMania.

WrestleMania is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The events feature wrestlers from the promotion's roster competing in a variety of professional wrestling match types, performances with pre-determined outcomes between wrestlers with fictional personalities that are portrayed as real for the entertainment of the audience. The WrestleMania franchise debuted in 1985 with WrestleMania I,[1] and has been produced annually since then. WrestleMania XXXI is the most recent production.

Aside from professional wrestling performances, celebrity involvement has been a major key in the production of WrestleMania events. WWE involves celebrities in the WrestleMania events to gain more hype and media attention for the event, in this way receiving more attraction to the event, pay-per-view buys, and ticket sales.[2][3] The celebrities involved with WrestleMania events have come from a range of occupations, including singing, acting, professional boxing, and modeling, and usually appear in non-wrestling roles, such as singing, promoting a subject, or managing wrestlers at ringside. There have been exceptions, however, in which celebrities have had a professional wrestling role.

One of the first celebrities to appear at the first WrestleMania was Mr. T, who wrestled in the main event in a tag team match with Hulk Hogan. Aretha Franklin appeared at the third WrestleMania and sang a rendition of "America the Beautiful." Franklin appeared 20 years later at WrestleMania 23 and sang another rendition of the same song. At times, WWE has inducted celebrities into their Hall of Fame. For example, Chicago Bears defensive lineman William Perry wrestled in a match that involved other NFL football players, and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a "Celebrity Inductee" in 2006. Another celebrity was Mike Tyson, who appeared at WrestleMania XIV and was originally planned to enforce the ringside area, although he was involved in a physical altercation with Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom). Pete Rose has made the most celebrity appearances at WrestleMania, with four overall appearances. Overall, there have been 99 celebrities involved at WrestleMania: 32 athletes, 29 musicians, 19 actors, and 20 others from different backgrounds.

Celebrities[edit]

Actors[edit]

Steve Allen (right)
Jenny McCarthy
Celebrity Appearance Role Refs
Allen, SteveSteve Allen WrestleMania VI Interviewer
Anderson, PamelaPamela Anderson WrestleMania XI Valet of Diesel (Kevin Nash) in his WWF Championship match against Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom)
Conrad, RobertRobert Conrad WrestleMania 2 Guest referee at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California
Crosby, Cathy LeeCathy Lee Crosby WrestleMania 2 Guest commentator at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois
Garth, JennieJennie Garth WrestleMania X Guest time keeper
James, Susan St.Susan St. James WrestleMania 2 Guest commentator at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
Johnson, DwayneDwayne Johnson WrestleMania XXVII WrestleMania XXVII Guest Host and WWE Superstar
Johnson, DwayneDwayne Johnson WrestleMania 31 appeared with Ronda Rousey as they interrupted Stephanie Mcmahon and Triple H
Maples, MarlaMarla Maples WrestleMania VII Guest time keeper
McCarthy, JennyJenny McCarthy WrestleMania XI Valet of Shawn Michaels in his WWF Championship match against Diesel
Peterson, CassandraCassandra Peterson WrestleMania 2 Guest commentator at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California
Philbin, RegisRegis Philbin WrestleMania VII Interviewer, Guest commentator
Prinze Jr., FreddieFreddie Prinze Jr. WrestleMania XXVI
Symoné, RavenRaven Symoné WrestleMania XXIV Promoted the Make-A-Wish Foundation in an in-ring segment
Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman WrestleMania XXVII Appeared in a backstage segment
Reynolds, BurtBurt Reynolds WrestleMania X Guest ring announcer for the main event
Rivers, JoanJoan Rivers WrestleMania 2 Guest ring announcer at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
Rourke, MickeyMickey Rourke WrestleMania XXV Involved in an altercation with Chris Jericho
Schroder, RickRick Schroder WrestleMania 2 Guest time keeper at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California
Shear, RhondaRhonda Shear WrestleMania X Guest time keeper
T, Mr.Mr. T WrestleMania I Wrestled in a tag team match with Hulk Hogan against Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs) and Paul Orndorff
T, Mr.Mr. T WrestleMania 2 Participated in a boxing match against Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs).
Taylor Thomas, JonathanJonathan Taylor Thomas WrestleMania XI Guest time keeper
Turturro, NicholasNicholas Turturro WrestleMania XI Interviewer and guest ring announcer

Athletes[edit]

Muhammad Ali
Billy Martin
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Celebrity Profession Appearance Role Refs
Tarō, AkebonoAkebono Tarō Sumo wrestler WrestleMania 21 Wrestled against The Big Show in a Sumo match
Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali Professional boxer WrestleMania I Guest referee for the main event
Banks, CarlCarl Banks Linebacker for the New York Giants WrestleMania XI Manager of Lawrence Taylor in his match against Bam Bam Bigelow (Scott Bigelow)
Butkus, DickDick Butkus Linebacker for the Chicago Bears WrestleMania 2 Guest referee
Butkus, DickDick Butkus Linebacker for the Chicago Bears WrestleMania VII Involved in a skit
Covert, JimJim Covert Offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears WrestleMania 2 Wrestled in a Battle royal, an elimination style match in which the last person remaining is the winner, involving other NFL football players
Dawkins, DarrylDarryl Dawkins Basketball player WrestleMania 2 Judge for the boxing match between Mr. T and Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs)
Duva, LouLou Duva Professional boxing trainer WrestleMania 2 Manager of Roddy Piper in his boxing match against Mr. T
Esch, EricEric Esch Professional boxer WrestleMania XV Fought in an unscripted Brawl For All boxing match, knocking out opponent Bart Gunn (Mike Polchlopek)
Fralic, BillBill Fralic Offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons WrestleMania 2 Wrestled in a Battle royal, an elimination style match in which the last person remaining is the winner, involving other NFL football players
Francis, RussRuss Francis Tight end for the San Francisco 49ers WrestleMania 2 Wrestled in a Battle royal, an elimination style match in which the last person remaining is the winner, involving other NFL football players
Holmes, ErnieErnie Holmes Defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers WrestleMania 2 Wrestled in a Battle royal, an elimination style match in which the last person remaining is the winner, involving other NFL football players
Jackson, RickeyRickey Jackson Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints WrestleMania XI Manager of Lawrence Taylor in his match against Bam Bam Bigelow
Jones, EdEd Jones Defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys WrestleMania 2 Guest referee
Lasorda, TommyTommy Lasorda Pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers WrestleMania 2 Guest ring announcer at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California
Maguire, PaulPaul Maguire Linebacker for the Buffalo Bills WrestleMania VII Involved in a skit
Martin, BillyBilly Martin Second baseman for the New York Yankees WrestleMania I Guest ring announcer
Martin, HarveyHarvey Martin Defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys WrestleMania 2 Wrestled in a Battle royal, an elimination style match in which the last person remaining is the winner, involving other NFL football players
Mayweather, Jr., FloydFloyd Mayweather, Jr. Professional boxer WrestleMania XXIV Wrestled in a No disqualification match against The Big Show (Paul Wight)
McMichael, SteveSteve McMichael Defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears WrestleMania XI Manager of Lawrence Taylor in his match against Bam Bam Bigelow
Norton, Jr., KenKen Norton, Jr. Linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys WrestleMania XI Manager of Lawrence Taylor in his match against Bam Bam Bigelow
Pazienza, VinnyVinny Pazienza Professional boxer WrestleMania XV Guest referee for the Brawl for All rules match between Eric Esch and Bart Gunn (Mike Polchlopek)
Perry, WilliamWilliam Perry Defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears WrestleMania 2 Wrestled in a Battle royal, an elimination style match in which the last person remaining is the winner, involving other NFL football players
Perry, WilliamWilliam Perry Defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears WrestleMania 22 Appeared as a part of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2006
Rooney, KevinKevin Rooney Professional boxing trainer WrestleMania XV Judge for boxing match between Eric Esch and Bart Gunn
Rose, PetePete Rose Player/Manager for the Cincinnati Reds WrestleMania XIV Guest ring announcer and involved in a physical altercation with Kane (Glenn Jacobs)
Rose, PetePete Rose Player/Manager for the Cincinnati Reds WrestleMania XV Dressed as the San Diego Chicken and involved in an altercation with Kane
Rose, PetePete Rose Player/Manager for the Cincinnati Reds WrestleMania 2000 Was involved in an altercation with Kane and Rikishi (Solofa Fatu)
Rose, PetePete Rose Player/Manager for the Cincinnati Reds WrestleMania XX Appeared as a part of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2004
Rousey, RondaRonda Rousey MMA fighter WrestleMania 31 Appeared as a member of the audience and had an altercation with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon along with The Rock.
Spielman, ChrisChris Spielman Linebacker for the Detroit Lions WrestleMania XI Manager of Lawrence Taylor in his match against Bam Bam Bigelow
Taylor, LawrenceLawrence Taylor Linebacker for the New York Giants WrestleMania XI Wrestled in a standard wrestling match against Bam Bam Bigelow
Tyson, MikeMike Tyson Professional boxer WrestleMania XIV Ringside enforcer for the main event and was involved in a physical altercation with Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom)
Uecker, BobBob Uecker Catcher for the Atlanta Braves WrestleMania III Interviewer, Guest commentator, Guest Ring Announcer
Uecker, BobBob Uecker Catcher for the Atlanta Braves WrestleMania IV Interviewer, Guest commentator, Guest Ring Announcer
Wepner, ChuckChuck Wepner Professional boxer WrestleMania XV Judge for boxing match between Eric Esch and Bart Gunn
White, ReggieReggie White Defensive end for the Green Bay Packers WrestleMania XI Manager of Lawrence Taylor in his match against Bam Bam Bigelow
Young, LarryLarry Young Umpire WrestleMania XI Guest referee

Note: Multiple appearances by celebrities are sorted in different columns and rows for the purpose of sorting the content in the table.

Musicians[edit]

Ashanti
Ray Charles
Aretha Franklin
Cyndi Lauper
Celebrity(s) Genre(s) Appearance Role Refs
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Peller, ClaraClara Peller Portrayed "Lady" in Wendy's "Where's the Beef?" commercial WrestleMania 2 Guest time keeper at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois
Philbin, RegisRegis Philbin Television Personality WrestleMania VII
Polizzi, NicoleNicole Polizzi Television Personality WrestleMania 27 Participated in a 6-person mixed tag team match with Trish Stratus and John Morrison against Dolph Ziggler and LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool)
Rivera, ZuleykaZuleyka Rivera Beauty queen WrestleMania 23 Escorted Donald Trump to the ring during the "Battle of the Billionaires"
Rockettes, TheThe Rockettes Dance company WrestleMania I Escorted Liberace to the ring as the guest time keeper
Steinbrenner, GeorgeGeorge Steinbrenner Businessman WrestleMania VII Involved in a skit
Trebek, AlexAlex Trebek Television personality WrestleMania VII Guest ring announcer
Trump, DonaldDonald Trump Businessman WrestleMania IV His owned venue hosted the event
Trump, DonaldDonald Trump Businessman WrestleMania V His owned venue hosted the event
Trump, DonaldDonald Trump Businessman WrestleMania VII Interviewed in the crowd
Trump, DonaldDonald Trump Businessman WrestleMania XX Interviewed in the crowd
Trump, DonaldDonald Trump Businessman WrestleMania 23 Was physically involved in WrestleMania 23 with the "Battle of the Billionaires."
Sperling, SySy Sperling Businessman WrestleMania X Gave a hairpiece to WWF ring announcer Howard Finkel
White, VannaVanna White Television personality WrestleMania IV Guest time keeper
Colburn, KeithKeith Colburn Captain of the FV Wizard (Deadliest Catch) Wrestlemania XXVIII Appeared in a backstage segment with Santino Marella and Mick Foley

Note: Multiple appearances by celebrities are sorted in different columns and rows for the purpose of sorting the content in the table.

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