Mr. T is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2014, after he has been credited with “helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today”.
The actor and former wrestling star – best known for his mohawk haircut and collection of large gold chains – will join the likes of Paul Bearer, Lita, Ultimate Warrior, Carlos Colón and Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts in the 2014 inductions.
Mr. T became involved in wrestling in 1985 when he was Hulk Hogan’s tag-team partner at the first ever WrestleMania event against Rowdy Roddy Piper & ‘Mr Wonderful’ Paul Orndoff, a match which Hogan and Mr. T won.
Both Hogan and Mr. T went on to star in Hollywood movie ‘Rocky III’ alongside Sylvester Stallone, following which Mr. T took part in a special boxing match against ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper at WrestleMania II.
After getting a regular role as B.A. Baracus on iconic 80s TV show ‘The A Team’, Mr. T – real name Laurence Tureaud – dropped back, but became WWE’s Special Enforcer in 1987, working with Bobby Heenan and The Honky Tonk Man.
WWE boss Vince McMahon told TMZ.com: “His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”
Hogan will be host of this year’s WrestleMania XXX and is favourite to induct Mr. T.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will airs on April 5 on the WWE Network, the day before WrestleMania takes place in New Orleans.