WWE Hall Of Famer Pete Rose has revealed his payday for appearing at WrestleMania and being attacked by The Big Red Machine, Kane.
Pete Rose’s relationship with WWE began in 1998 when he acted as a guest ring announcer for the long-awaited one-on-one bout between Kane and The Undertaker. Kane didn’t take kindly to Rose’s presence and delivered a tombstone to the former baseball great.
In 1999, ahead of Kane’s bout with Triple H at WrestleMania 15, The Demon was attacked by the San Diego Chicken, which turned out to be Pete Rose in disguise. Rose was once again dropped on his head at the hands of Kane.
At WrestleMania 2000, Kane made it a hat trick of tombstones as he once again attacked Pete Rose on The Grandest Stage Of Them All.
Despite Pete Rose’s controversial baseball career that has seen him barred from being considered for the Baseball Hall Of Fame, the man known as Charlie Hustle became a Hall Of Famer when WWE inducted him as the first member of their celebrity wing of the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2004.
Appearing on The Whole Story podcast with Alex Feuz, Pete Rose discussed his relationship with WWE and revealed what he was paid for one of his WrestleMania appearances:
“Well, it’s strictly a retired baseball player getting a gig, and that gig paid $50,000 to do WrestleMania, and let me tell you something about WrestleMania. I say this constantly. I have never met a wrestler there that wasn’t a good guy.”
“Backstage, Big Show, Undertaker, Stone Cold, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, they’re all great guys behind the scenes. I love the wrestlers. They’re entertainers. They understand they got a good gig going. I watch them a couple of times a week now. I root for Charlotte, Ric Flair’s my buddy.”
Since Rose’s induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame, many celebrities who have appeared on WWE programming such as William Shatner, Ozzy Osbourne, Snoop Dogg, and Mr. T have joined him in the celebrity wing.