Top Five Worst WWE WrestleMania Celebrity Appearances
The best of the worst celebs on wrestling's grand stage.
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WWE's biggest show of the year is WrestleMania (duh) and since its inception, celebrities have played a role in bringing mainstream attention to the event. Many people tend to complain whenever a celebrity is announced for WrestleMania, but despite how much we may hate certain celebrities (Snooki, I'm looking at you), their involvement is a part of WrestleMania's rich history. That being said, there is a right way and a wrong way, in using celebrities at WrestleMania--so I have complied a list of the top five worst uses of a celebrity at WrestleMania.
This list is based on how the celebrity negatively affected the show, how much time they took up, and whether or not they were worth having at the event. which is why Snooki's appearance at WrestleMania XXVII will not be on the list, her match was less than two minutes long and helped bring attention to the WWE.
5. WrestleMania II: Celebrities Galore
The second WrestleMania took place in three different venues in New York, Illinois, and Los Angeles. Coming off the success of WrestleMania I the prior year, Vince McMahon wanted to make this an even bigger spectacle. Unfortunately, McMahon aimed too high, and spared no expense in getting as many celebrities involved as possible--25 celebrities to be exact. Surely all that star power helped the show right? Not quite. The event took place in three separate locations meant having three separate set of announcers, commentators, and three times the celebrities and I use the term celebrities loosely.
In New York, you had Joan Rivers doing ring announcing, with Susan Saint James doing commentary with Vinny Mac. First mistake, you should NEVER EVER put someone who has no knowledge of the product on commentary in any event, let alone WrestleMania. This would be like if I did color commentary for the Super Bowl. This mistake was repeated in the other two venues as well with Cathy Lee Crosby in Illinois and Elvira (Really, Vince?! Well, I guess she was really popular in the 80s so this gets a pass.) in LA.
You also had guest timekeepers, which isn't bad as they just have to sit there and smile. This included Clara Peller, Ricky Schroder, and Herb....wait Herb? Many of you are probably asking your self who the hell is Herb? With good reason too. You see, Herb was a spokesmen for Burger King, who did a few funny commercials in the 80s...and that's it. Elvira...OK...that's understandable...but HERB? This like if WWE brought out Johnny Mayhem or the Geico Cavemen to this year's WrestleMania. Having D-list celebrities like Herb and Susan Saint James really cheapened the event.
A bulk of the celebrities were involved in a 19 man Battle Royal, which consisted of former and at the time, current NFL players, and WWE superstars (Andre, Hart Foundation, Pedro Morales etc). This one was both good and bad. On one hand, you had popular Chicago Bears player William "Refrigerator" Perry. On the other hand, you had a bunch of non-wresters in a wrestling match against future WWE Hall of Famers. Thankfully, they didn't overshadow the wrestlers and the match ended with Andre The Giant and Bret Hart. However, the match itself drew away attention from the British Bulldogs vs. the Dream Team for the WWE Tag Team Titles, which took place following the battle royal. I almost forgot to mention the Prince of Darkness himself Ozzy Osborne accompanied the British Bulldogs to the ring. Nothing to complain about there. That's just full of win!
The main event that took place in New York saw Mr. T do battle with Roddy Piper. There was tons a of drama going into this match. For starters, Piper hated Mr. T and felt that he had no business in the ring, let alone main eventing a big show like WrestleMania. Piper had a good point, but at the same time, Mr.T was a huge star in the 80s and WrestleMania I (Mr. T teamed with Hulk Hogan) had proven that. The match itself was a boxing match, which to me, is never a good idea on a professional wrestling show. People paid to see a wrestling event, not a boxing event, especially with two non-boxers. Thankfully, they opted to not have Mr. T beat Piper WWE's then number one heel, in a clean fashion.
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