Saturday, February 28, 2015

Black Celebrities Involved with WrestleMania

WrestleMania is the best spectacle in Sports-Entertainment. For wrestling fans, its bigger than the World Series, NBA Finals, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and even the World Cup.  Each year during Black History Month, WWE celebrates the black performers who made their mark in the business. However, there has been a number of celebrities who have performed at WrestleMania. 
Note- This list does not include black celebrities who were in attendance.

Mr T. WrestleMania I & II
Mr. T was a very important part of WrestleMania. Many could argue that without him, WrestleMania may not have had the success. He was one of the biggest movie stars, and he was feuding with the biggest heel in wrestling. Mr. T in the main event of WrestleMania I was best for business. And with Mr T and Piper having such a huge rivalry, the two would square off again at WrestleMania 2 in a boxing match. Mr. T would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. 
Muhammad Ali WrestleMania I
Muhammad Ali served as guest enforcer during the main event of WrestleMania 1. 
Ray Charles WrestleMania II
Ray Charles sang America the Beautiful at WrestleMania II
Darryl Dawkins WrestleMania II
Darryl Dawkins, guest judge during the boxing match at WrestleMania II.
Ernie Holmes 
Harvey Martin 
William "The Refrigerator" Perry
WrestleMania II 
These guys were apart of the NFL vs WWE Battle Royal at WrestleMania II
Aretha Franklin WrestleMania III
Aretha Franklin performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania III.
Gladys Knight WrestleMania IV
Gladys Knight performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania IV
Run DMC WrestleMania V
Run DMC performs a WrestleMania rap at WrestleMania V
Little Richard WrestleMania X
Little Richard performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania X
Lawrence Taylor WrestleMania XI
Lawrence Taylor wrestled Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event of WrestleMania XI, after Bam Bam pushed Taylor at the Royal Rumble that year. Taylor went on to defeat Bam Bam.
Salt-N-Pepa WrestleMania XI
Salt-N-Pepa performed "What a Man" during Lawrence Taylor's entrance at WrestleMania XI
Carl Banks 
Ken Norton Jr.
Reggie White 
WrestleMania XI
These guys were apart of Lawrence Taylor's all pro team during WrestleMania XI
Mike Tyson WrestleMania XIV
Mike Tyson served as a special enforcer during the main event of WrestleMania XIV. He was apart of D-Generation X and would double cross Shawn Michaels by counting him out and following up with a knockout punch. Mike Tyson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.
Boyz II Men WrestleMania XV
Boyz II Men performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XV

Ice T WrestleMania 2000
Fresh off recording the WWE Aggression album, Ice T joined the Godfather and D-Lo Brown to perform Pimpin' Ain't Easy on their way to the ring.
Ashanti WrestleMania XIX
Ashanti performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XIX 
Michelle Williams WrestleMania XXII
Michelle Williams performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXII

Aretha Franklin WrestleMania XXIII
WrestleMania III was such a staple and with Aretha Franklin being apart of it, since WrestleMania returned to Detroit 20 years later, no would have been a better choice to perform America the Beautiful. 
Floyd Mayweather WrestleMania XXIV
Floyd Mayweather took on the Big Show after the two had an altercation at February's No Way Out. That night Mayweather broke the nose of the Big Show. This led to a match between the two in Orlando. Mayweather, with help of course, defeated the Big Show.
John Legend WrestleMania XXIV
John Legend performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXIV

Snoop Dogg WrestleMania XXIV
Snoop Dogg served at the MC of the BunnyMania Lumberjill match between Beth Phoenix and Melina vs Ashley and Maria. 
Raven Symone WrestleMania XXIV
Raven Symone promoted the Make-A-Wish Foundation during an in ring segment. The foundation has become a huge part of WWE today.
Fantasia WrestleMania XXVI
Fantasia performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXVI
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson WrestleMania XXVII
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson returns home to the WWE to host WrestleMania XXVII
Keri Hilson WrestleMania XXVII
Keri Hilson performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXVII
Snoop Dogg WrestleMania XXVII
Snoop Dogg meets Pee Wee Herman backstage at WrestleMania XXVII
Flo Rida WrestleMania XXVIII
Flo Rida performed his songs Wild Ones and I've Got a Feeling before the Rock's entrance

Sean "Diddy" Combs WrestleMania XXVIII and XXIX
Sean "Diddy" Combs introduced Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) at WrestleMania XXVIII before his performance. At WrestleMania XXIX, he performed "I'm Coming Home" with Skylar Grey.
Living Colour WrestleMania XXIX
Living Colour performed "Cult of Personality" for CM Punk as he walked to the ring before his match with the Undertaker.

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