March 2, 2004
WWE Hall of Fame inductees announced
By JOHN POWELL -- Co-producer, SLAM! Wrestling

Controversial decision or publicity stunt? Whichever the case, the WWE announced today that baseball legend Peter Rose will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony on the eve of WrestleMania, Saturday, March 13th.

Rose, of course, has made many high profile guest appearances at WrestleMania (XIV, XV, and 2000) as a thorn in Kane's side.

The WWE will also honour former superstars and new inductees Jesse Ventura, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Sgt. Slaughter, Superstar Billy Graham, Tito Santana, Don Muraco, Harley Race, Junkyard Dog and Big John Studd. The ceremonies will be held as part of a WWE Hall of Fame dinner at the New York Hilton.

"We are privileged to have 10 Superstars who are truly deserving to be called WWE Hall of Famers," said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in a press release. "Pete Rose is our first-ever celebrity inductee for the classic moments he has provided in WrestleMania matches with WWE superstar Kane. One day Pete Rose will take his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but on March 13th, Pete will officially become a member of the WWE Hall of Fame."

Previous inductees include Andre The Giant, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, George "The Animal" Steele, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Captain Lou Albano, The Fabulous Moolah, Bobo Brazil, James Dudley, "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, "Golden Boy" Arnold Skaaland, Gorilla Monsoon, Chief Jay Strongbow, The Grand Wizard, Pedro Morales, Ivan Putski, "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd, Antonino Rocca, "Baron" Mikel Scicluna, Pat Patterson, Johnny Rodz, Vincent J. McMahon, Walter "Killer" Kowalski, and The Valiant Brothers.


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