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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mr. T Turns Down WWE Hall Of Fame Because Of Pete Rose

But will he have a problem with Playboy Buddy Rose and his shapely rikishian arse making it?

T, who tagged with Hulk Hogan to face Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff inWrestleMania 1’s main event, says he flatly refused the offer because he felt “insulted” by the presence of US baseball player Pete Rose - famously Tombstoned by Kane at WrestleMania XXIV - in the celebrity wing.

Speaking to Ringside in a rare video interview about his wrestling career, T said: “WWE asked me to be in the Hall of Fame and I turned it down. You know why? They put Pete Rose in the wrestling Hall of Fame. This guy can’t even get into his own Hall of Fame.”

Speaking during his UK Get Some Nuts tour, he continued: “After they put Rose in they came and asked me and I said “You don’t insult me! You don’t put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame before me! I ain’t going to be a part of that.”

“They put him in and he only did one WrestleMania, and he didn’t even wrestle.

Repoz Posted: March 03, 2009 at 08:43 PM | 51 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: hall of fame, history, special topics

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   1. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:06 PM (#3091662)
Quit yo jibber jabber!!
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:06 PM (#3091665)
I was struggling to find the angle on how this relates to baseball until I remembered that Pete Rose used to play baseball. His post-ban personality really kinda supercedes his playing career for people that grew up after he retired like me.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3091670)
Also, Hannibal remains a huge inspiration to Theo Epstein.

My question is, why the hell would anyone in Great Britain care about any of this?

T3.com also has an excellent in-depth interview with Mr. T where he explains his hate for chainsaws and why the advent of mobile phones spelled doom for Superman.
I think I want a thread on this even more than one on Alan Schwarz's scouts vs. stats roundtable.
   4. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:11 PM (#3091671)
I am pretty sure Pete Rose did not two, one, Wrestlemania appearences. I'm also pretty sure he was tombstoned by Kane not once, but twice at said events. I am further pretty sure that for I could convince Pete Rose to stand outside Yankee Stadium in the stocks, pleading forgivneness, were I to offer him enough money. I'm lastly pretty sure the right amount of money would be smaller than I would have first imagined.
   5. RJ in TO Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:13 PM (#3091675)
I am pretty sure Pete Rose did not two, one, Wrestlemania appearences. I'm also pretty sure he was tombstoned by Kane not once, but twice at said events.


Actually, three times - once while dressed as the San Diego Chicken.
   6. Zonk demands an audit of your post Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:18 PM (#3091684)
This is pretty much awesome.
   7. Gamingboy Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:18 PM (#3091685)
Question: If Macgyver were a member of the A-Team, would any force on heaven, earth or hell be able to stop them?
   8. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:21 PM (#3091689)
Question: If Macgyver were a member of the A-Team, would any force on heaven, earth or hell be able to stop them?


Matt Wieters.
   9. HowardMegdal Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:23 PM (#3091695)
I pity the fool.
   10. The Buddy Biancalana Hit Counter Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:24 PM (#3091696)
Mr T was supposed to be on Stephen Merchant's Radio 6 show on Sunday. This reminds me I still haven't listened to that yet.
   11. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:27 PM (#3091702)
Actually, three times - once while dressed as the San Diego Chicken.

Sadly, I cannot tell if this is a joke or not.

I'll say this much for Steve Garvey - he's got more class than Pete Rose.
   12. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:28 PM (#3091703)
Pete Rose's Hall of Fame Page
   13. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:29 PM (#3091705)
I thought for sure him dressing as the Chicken was just a joke, but his HOF page says its true. wtf.
   14. PerroX Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:34 PM (#3091711)
Remember when people actually doubted the Pete Rose gambled on baseball?
   15. Paul M Hates Krispy Kreme Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:38 PM (#3091714)
7 and 8 are Primey-worthy.
   16. Swedish Chef Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:42 PM (#3091721)
I am further pretty sure that for I could convince Pete Rose to stand outside Yankee Stadium in the stocks, pleading forgivneness, were I to offer him enough money. I'm lastly pretty sure the right amount of money would be smaller than I would have first imagined.


But if you want him there in a chicken suit it'll be $300 extra.
   17. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:43 PM (#3091723)
Maybe Pete Rose will be the next WWE Legend left beaten and humiliated by Chris Jericho
   18. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:47 PM (#3091728)
When I read the headline I assumed Mr. T was rejecting membership to protest Rose's denial into the BBHOF.
   19. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:48 PM (#3091730)
Speaking during his UK Get Some Nuts tour


Did he take a boat? Wasn't BA Baracus afraid to fly? Did Hannibal drug him up first?
   20. akrasian Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:53 PM (#3091735)
I was struggling to find the angle on how this relates to baseball until I remembered that Pete Rose used to play baseball.

Geez, it's only been a couple of years since the endless threads on whether Rose deserved to be banned for life finally faded away, after he admitted almost everything that he'd been denying for many years.
   21. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:53 PM (#3091737)
Remember when people actually doubted the Pete Rose gambled on baseball?

But he only betted FOR the Reds. How can you fault him for that? He has confidence in his team! Some nights, anyways.
   22. Jimmy P Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:54 PM (#3091738)
Remember when people actually doubted the Pete Rose gambled on baseball?


When was that?
   23. philevans3154 Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:56 PM (#3091740)
A man with so much pride has to have his standards.

Mr. T's "Wave of <strike>Mutilation</strike> Flavor"
   24. Gamingboy Posted: March 03, 2009 at 09:58 PM (#3091743)
Number 8, you get my eternal respect and gratitude. Bravo Seabiscuit, Bravo.
   25. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:01 PM (#3091747)
"Was that the one where he was sent out to distract people from the "Bart Gunn vs. Butterbean boxing match" fiasco?"

Butterbean knocking out James Thompson. Because it never stops being funny.
   26. phredbird Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:21 PM (#3091760)
Remember when people actually doubted the Pete Rose gambled on baseball?


When was that?


you new around here?
   27. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:28 PM (#3091765)
#8 is really, truly, stunningly funny if you've been keeping up with the Wieters love...

Kudos.
   28. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:34 PM (#3091773)
If I know the WWE at all, this is just the beginning of a Mr. T/Pete Rose feud, culminating in a PPV event with HOF stipulations (if Mr. T wins, he gets into the WWE HOF and Rose is kicked out; if Rose wins, he shaves Mr. T's mohawk). After a DQ or two by each, whether outside interference or Rose losing a match on purpose because he bet against himself, a final no-DQ tag team streetfight is announced.
   29. BeanoCook Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:36 PM (#3091774)
Remember when people actually doubted the Pete Rose gambled on baseball?


Absolutely. The people that clung to this until the bitter end looked like fools. I pity them.

Remember when Jim Grey was pilloried by popular opinion for his superb questioning?
   30. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:49 PM (#3091796)
That and Grey's interview of Tyson after he bit Holyfield's ear off, are probably the only two 'sideline' interviews that I've ever remembered, out of the 9,365 that have been conducted for generally no apparent reason.
   31. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:51 PM (#3091798)
Association with Pete Rose sullies the proud history of the Get Some Nuts Tour.
   32. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:55 PM (#3091803)
Geez, it's only been a couple of years since the endless threads on whether Rose deserved to be banned for life finally faded away, after he admitted almost everything that he'd been denying for many years.

I think it's more like five or six years since the last Rose apologists popped in here.
   33. RJ in TO Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:56 PM (#3091804)
Remember when Jim Grey was pilloried by popular opinion for his superb questioning?


While I may be wrong, didn't most of the complaints related to the Grey interview have to do with timing, rather than with content?
   34. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: March 03, 2009 at 10:58 PM (#3091806)
While I may be wrong, didn't most of the complaints related to the Grey interview have to do with timing, rather than with content?

Wasn't it during some sort of awards ceremony? It was sort of a blindside, IIRC.
   35. RJ in TO Posted: March 03, 2009 at 11:03 PM (#3091810)
Wasn't it during some sort of awards ceremony? It was sort of a blindside, IIRC.


It was at something like the "Major League Baseball Team of the Century (sponsored by MasterCard)", or some other ridiculous name like that, right before a World Series game.
   36. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 03, 2009 at 11:04 PM (#3091812)
Wasn't it during some sort of awards ceremony? It was sort of a blindside, IIRC.


I believe it was during one of those Pete's banned from baseball unless we need to trot him out for some all-time, van-voted things.
   37. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 11:12 PM (#3091817)
MasterCard's all-century team was the event. Rose was interviewed by Grey, and Sager was to interview Hank Aaron after the Rose agreement.
   38. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 11:17 PM (#3091819)
Pete Rose made more appearances at Wrestlemania than Mr. T
   39. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: March 03, 2009 at 11:32 PM (#3091824)
I'll say this much for Steve Garvey - he's got more class than Pete Rose.

I don't know about more class - more shame, maybe.
   40. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 03, 2009 at 11:35 PM (#3091825)
after the Rose agreement
I meant 'after the Rose interview'. The Aaron interview never happened, they went away to commercial or something else.

I'm mixed on the timing, as it appeared nobody in the media was willing to corner Rose up until that point.
   41. Lassus Posted: March 03, 2009 at 11:41 PM (#3091830)
Both Grey and Sager are among my least-favorite people on camera in history.
   42. cfrtb Posted: March 04, 2009 at 12:16 AM (#3091860)
I wonder if Mr. T has a prediction for how this will all end.
   43. jwb Posted: March 04, 2009 at 12:33 AM (#3091870)
After a DQ or two by each
Mmm! Dairy Queen Dilly Bars! Can I have one or two?

I think it's more like five or six years since the last Rose apologists popped in here.
Derek "DMZ" Zumsteg did a good job of silencing that choir. Remember when BPro was all free and mostly worth reading?
   44. AndrewJ Posted: March 04, 2009 at 12:35 AM (#3091871)
I'll say this much for Steve Garvey - he's got more class than Pete Rose.

I don't know about more class - more shame, maybe.


More phone calls on Father's Day, definitely.
   45. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 04, 2009 at 01:02 AM (#3091888)
If I know the WWE at all, this is just the beginning of a Mr. T/Pete Rose feud, culminating in a PPV event with HOF stipulations (if Mr. T wins, he gets into the WWE HOF and Rose is kicked out; if Rose wins, he shaves Mr. T's mohawk). After a DQ or two by each, whether outside interference or Rose losing a match on purpose because he bet against himself, a final no-DQ tag team streetfight is announced.
I wish you were booking
   46. Downtown Bookie Posted: March 04, 2009 at 01:02 AM (#3091890)
Geez, it's only been a couple of years since the endless threads on whether Rose deserved to be banned for life finally faded away, after he admitted almost everything that he'd been denying for many years.


I pray that I'll live long enough to see it, because as sure as night follows day, I know that this will come to pass: Pete Rose will eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame, at which point he will then publish yet another autobiography, in which he will claim that he lied when he said he bet on baseball just so he could get into the Hall.

And then the debates will start all over again.

I just know that this is how the story will play out.

Provided, of course, that the planet can keep dodging asteroids
   47. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 04, 2009 at 01:06 AM (#3091893)
I pray that someday Barry Bonds PED threads will be looked at with the same "can you believe it?" sense as Rose threads
   48. BeanoCook Posted: March 04, 2009 at 01:30 AM (#3091911)
While I may be wrong, didn't most of the complaints related to the Grey interview have to do with timing, rather than with content?


This is certainly debated, but my view is that Grey gave Rose a golden opportunity to be contrite at the moment that the largest number of people would most likely accept his apology. We all had a chance to rid ourselves of this issue one and for all right there, I even would have said, let's move on. Instead Rose cried like a b-tch.
   49. Hombre Brotani Posted: March 04, 2009 at 01:42 AM (#3091919)
I wonder if Mr. T has a prediction for how this will all end.
Huge ups to #43. I've been laughing at this for hours. If you don't get the reference, here it is.

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