Black Celebrities Involved with WrestleMania

WrestleMania is the best spectacle in Sports-Entertainment. For wrestling fans, it’s bigger than the World Series, NBA Finals, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and even the World Cup.  Each year during Black History Month, WWE celebrates the black performers who made their mark in the business. However, there has been a number of celebrities who have performed at WrestleMania.

Note- This list does not include black celebrities who were in attendance.

Mr T. WrestleMania I & II

Mr. T was a very important part of WrestleMania. Many could argue that without him, WrestleMania may not have had the success. He was one of the biggest movie stars, and he was feuding with the biggest heel in wrestling. Mr. T in the main event of WrestleMania I was best for business. And with Mr T and Piper having such a huge rivalry, the two would square off again at WrestleMania 2 in a boxing match. Mr. T would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.

Muhammad Ali WrestleMania I

Muhammad Ali served as the guest enforcer during the main event of WrestleMania 1.

Ray Charles WrestleMania II

Ray Charles sang America the Beautiful at WrestleMania II

Darryl Dawkins WrestleMania II

Darryl Dawkins, a guest judge during the boxing match at WrestleMania II.

William “The Refrigerator” Perry

Ernie Holmes 

Harvey Martin 

WrestleMania II 

These guys were apart of the NFL vs WWE Battle Royal at WrestleMania II

Aretha Franklin WrestleMania III

Aretha Franklin performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania III.

Gladys Knight WrestleMania IV

Gladys Knight performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania IV

Run DMC WrestleMania V

Run DMC performs a WrestleMania rap at WrestleMania V

Little Richard WrestleMania X

Little Richard performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania X

Lawrence Taylor WrestleMania XI

Lawrence Taylor wrestled Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event of WrestleMania XI, after Bam Bam pushed Taylor at the Royal Rumble that year. Taylor went on to defeat Bam Bam.

Salt-N-Pepa WrestleMania XI

Salt-N-Pepa performed “What a Man” during Lawrence Taylor’s entrance at WrestleMania XI

Carl Banks 

Ken Norton Jr.

Reggie White 

WrestleMania XI

These guys were a part of Lawrence Taylor’s all pro team during WrestleMania XI

Mike Tyson WrestleMania XIV

Mike Tyson served as a special enforcer during the main event of WrestleMania XIV. He was apart of D-Generation X and would double cross Shawn Michaels by counting him out and following up with a knockout punch. Mike Tyson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

Boyz II Men WrestleMania XV

Boyz II Men performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XV

Ice-T WrestleMania 2000

Fresh off recording the WWE Aggression album, Ice T joined the Godfather and D-Lo Brown to perform Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy on their way to the ring.

Ashanti WrestleMania XIX

Ashanti performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XIX

Michelle Williams WrestleMania XXII

Michelle Williams performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXII

 

Aretha Franklin WrestleMania XXIII

WrestleMania III was such a staple and with Aretha Franklin being a part of it since WrestleMania returned to Detroit 20 years later, no would have been a better choice to perform America the Beautiful.

Floyd Mayweather WrestleMania XXIV

Floyd Mayweather took on the Big Show after the two had an altercation at February’s No Way Out. That night Mayweather broke the nose of the Big Show. This led to a match between the two in Orlando. Mayweather, with help, of course, defeated the Big Show.

John Legend WrestleMania XXIV

John Legend performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXIV

Snoop Dogg WrestleMania XXIV

Snoop Dogg served at the MC of the BunnyMania Lumberjill match between Beth Phoenix and Melina vs Ashley and Maria.

Raven Symone WrestleMania XXIV

Raven Symone promoted the Make-A-Wish Foundation during an in ring segment. The foundation has become a huge part of WWE today.

Fantasia WrestleMania XXVI

Fantasia performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXVI

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson WrestleMania XXVII

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns home to the WWE to host WrestleMania XXVII

Keri Hilson WrestleMania XXVII

Keri Hilson performed America the Beautiful at WrestleMania XXVII

Snoop Dogg WrestleMania XXVII

Snoop Dogg meets Pee Wee Herman backstage at WrestleMania XXVII

Flo Rida WrestleMania XXVIII

Flo Rida performed his songs Wild Ones and I’ve Got a Feeling before the Rock’s entrance

Sean “Diddy” Combs WrestleMania XXVIII and XXIX

Sean “Diddy” Combs introduced Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) at WrestleMania XXVIII before his performance. At WrestleMania XXIX, he performed “I’m Coming Home” with Skylar Grey.

Living Colour WrestleMania XXIX

Living Colour performed “Cult of Personality” for CM Punk as he walked to the ring before his match with the Undertaker.

LL Cool J WrestleMania 31

LL Cool J appeared during the introduction

Aloe Blacc WrestleMania 31

Aloe Blacc sang America the Beautiful

Normani Kordei WrestleMania 32

Normani Kordei, a member of Fifth Harmony, sang America the Beautiful

Snoop Dogg WrestleMania 32

Snoop Dogg performed Sasha Banks theme music during her entrance

Shaquille O’Neal WrestleMania 32

Shaquille O’Neal wrestled in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Brian Waters

Brian H. Waters is currently a broadcaster, writer and social media manager for Fox Sports 1340AM Hopewell, Virginia. He is also the Co-Host and Co-CEO of the Wrestling Wrealm. He and his co-host Dwayne Allen talk about professional wrestling with Superior Wrestling Intellect. In addition, he is apart of the Wrestling Summit as a co-host and lead graphics producer. He is a former production assistant at ESPN, where he worked in Sales Quality Control, Highlights, Prompting, Mike and Mike and Social Media. His intern experience includes Morgan State University Student Media, the Baltimore Sun, and the Better Business Bureau. His responsibility while interning was to shoot edit and post in a timely manner.

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