We interrupt our look back at Pete Rose’s wrestling appearances to congratulate another baseball great who will be honored with an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
It has been speculated for years. It was strongly hinted at today.Â It is likely to be made official the night Pete Rose hosts Monday Night Raw on March 22nd.
Hall of Fame announcer, Wisconsin legend, Mr. Baseball himself, Bob Uecker, will be inducted on Saturday March 27th, the night before Wrestlemania 26 in Phoenix.
I can’t wait for that.
Like Rose, Uecker has made multiple WWE appearances in the past.Â Unlike Pete Rose, he did not get dropped on his head.
Uecker’s most notable appearances took place at Wrestlemania 3 — an event that set an indoor attendance record of 93,173 in the Pontiac Silverdone, where he introduced the most famous wrestling match of all-time: Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant — and Wrestlemania 4 in Altantic City.
In addition to his role as a main event ring announcer, Uecker was also utilized as a backstage interviewer.Â That led to this classic clip of the Ueck interviewing Andre The Giant.Â A clip that has been replayed literally 1,000 times on WWE TV before each Wrestlemania.
He even provided a little comic relief as a commentator at both events. At Wrestlemania 3, he joined Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura to provide analysis on a match involving midgets. At Wrestlemania 4, he described a 20-man Battle Royale as similar to the scene at spring training on final cut down day.
Bob also had an on-going storyline during each show. First, it was his desire to met his longtime “crush”, 60 year-old ladies champion, the Fabulous Moolah. He failed. The next year he was dying to meet his celebrity crush, Vanna White. He succeeded.
He also succeeded in providing moments that fans are still talking about 22 years later.
I know some out there may wonder why WWE would bother to induct baseball legends into their Hall of Fame. Others may wonder why a baseball legend would bother to participate in professional wrestling. I wonder why anyone cares.
It’s entertainment. Bob Uecker is an entertainer. The only rule in entertainment is to give the fans their money’s worth. Those that paid money to see those events were entertained by Bob Uecker. He wanted to be there, and he earned his spot as a Hall of Famer.
Congratulations are definitely in order for Mr. Baseball.
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