• Pete Rose Reveals How Much WWF Paid Him For Working WrestleMania
Baseball Legend Pete Rose appeared at 3 WrestleMania pay-per-views (1998, 1999 & 2000), and he got paid $50,000 for a single appearance at the Show of Shows.
Below is what he said during his appearance on The Whole Story podcast:
“Well, it’s strictly a retired baseball player getting a gig, and that gig paid $50,000 to do WrestleMania, and let me tell you something about WrestleMania.
I say this constantly. I have never met a wrestler there that wasn’t a good guy.
Backstage, Big Show, Undertaker, Stone Cold, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, they’re all great guys behind the scenes. I love the wrestlers.
They are entertainers. They understand they got a good gig going. I watch them a couple of times a week now. I root for Charlotte, Ric Flair’s my buddy.”
Pete was taken out by Kane in all 3 of his appearances at WrestleMania.
In 2010, Pete was the guest host of RAW for the go-home edition of the show for WrestleMania 26. He booked Shawn Michaels vs. Kane on this show, which HBK won. This led to Kane attacking Rose once again.
In 2012, Kane said the following during an anger management segment on WWE programming:
“For reasons never quite explained, I have an unhealthy obsession with torturing Pete Rose.”
In 2004, Pete Rose became the 1st inductee in the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall Of Fame. He was inducted by Kane.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 24, 1987) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1987, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania III’ PPV.
Here is the card:
1. Paul Orndorff vs. Paul Roma
2. Koko B. Ware vs. Steve Lombardi
3. Can-Am Connection vs. Magnificent Muraco & Bob Orton
4. Randy Savage vs. Tony Sharpe
5. Piper’s Pit w/ Jack Tunney & André The Giant
6. The Hart Foundation vs. Tony Garea & Scott McGhee
7. Blackjack Mulligan, Mike Rotundo & Danny Spivey vs. Ron Bass, Jimmy Jack Funk & The Gladiator