* The WWE issued the following press release earlier today:
Pete Rose to Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame...World Wrestling Entertainment --R-- Hall Of Fame
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--03/02/2004--
Jesse Ventura, Sgt. Slaughter, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Superstar Billy Graham among 10 WWE Superstar Legends to be Inducted on March 13, the Eve of WrestleMania(R) XX
Baseball great Pete Rose will be the first-ever special celebrity inductee into the WWE(R) Hall of Fame for his classic appearances at WrestleMania XIV, WrestleMania XV, and WrestleMania 2000. WWE Superstars to be inducted as the newest members of the WWE Hall of Fame are former Minnesota Governor 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 new members will be inducted during the sold-out WWE Hall of Fame dinner at the New York Hilton on Saturday, March 13. The Hall of Fame ceremony is a highlight of the weekend festivities which culminate on Sunday, March 14, 2004, when WWE will present WrestleMania XX to a sold-out Madison Square Garden filled with fans from 16 countries, 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Fans from more than 90 countries will also have the opportunity to watch the event. WWE has predicted that WrestleMania XX will be one of the most momentous events in Pay-Per-View history.
"We are privileged to have 10 Superstars who are truly deserving to be called WWE Hall of Famers," said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon(TM). "Pete Rose is our first-ever celebrity inductee for the classic moments he has provided in WrestleMania matches with WWE Superstar Kane(R). Only a champion like Pete Rose would get into a wrestling ring with a 300-pound monster like Kane, and then have the tenacity and determination to do it again. One day Pete Rose will take his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but on March 13, Pete will officially become a member of the WWE Hall of Fame."
WWE Superstars previously inducted into the Hall of Fame 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 (Handsome Jimmy & Luscious Johnny).
* The following is the current WrestleMania XX card:
World Title Match
- Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit
WWE Women's Title Match
- Victoria vs. Molly Holly
World Tag Team Titles Match
- Booker T & RVD vs. Jindrak & Cade vs. La Resistance vs. The Dudley Boyz OR Lance Storm & Val Venis
WWE Title Match
- Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle
WWE US Title Match
- The Big Show vs. John Cena
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
- Cruiserweight Open
Evening Gown Match
- Torrie Wilson & Sable vs. Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie
Special Guest Ref: Steve Austin
- Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
- The Rock & Mick Foley vs. Randy Orton, Batista, & Ric Flair
- The Undertaker vs. Kane
- Chris Jericho vs. Christian