14/04/2024
Muhammad Ali. Image: WWE

Muhammad Ali. Image: WWE

It has been announced late boxing icon Muhammad Ali will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

A three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Olympic gold medallist, Ali was a true trailblazer and established himself as “The Greatest” with a career record of 56 wins and 5 losses, producing 37 knockouts.

However, he also had a significant contribution in the worlds of professional wrestling and sports entertainment.

Ali served as special guest referee for the main event of WrestleMania 1, which saw Hulk Hogan and Mr. T collide against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. One of the shining lights of the match, Ali struck Piper with his signature right hand to restore order to the contest.

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Prior to the inaugural WrestleMania, Ali competed against another WWE Hall of Famer in Antonio Inoki. The two featured in an exhibition match in 1976 labelled “The War of the Worlds”, emanating from the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo.

It eventuated into a 15-round draw in front of 32,000 people, viewed as a large success for introducing new fans to the industry and acting as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts.

Other names that have been inducted into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame Class are Paul Heyman, Bull Nakano, and Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham of the U.S. Express.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place after Friday Night Smackdown on Saturday, April 6.

WrestleMania is live on Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8 at 9am AEST on BINGE

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