The road to WrestleMania 39 is almost upon us, with the scheduled April 1 and 2 double-header gearing up to be the biggest ‘Mania in recent memory. Taking place in Inglewood, California, just outside of Los Angeles, the event is rumoured to have one night headlined by Roman Reigns vs. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in what would unquestionably be one of the event’s – and WWE’s overall, for that matter – biggest main events.
Outside the ring, though, the forthcoming ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ could be set to feature what is touted as “a lot of celebrity involvement”. This comes via Dave Meltzer, who wrote in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE is attempting to get lots of famous faces involved with ‘Mania taking place from Hollywood.
Co-WWE CEO Nick Khan reportedly still has contacts from his days working as an agent, though no names were outright mentioned in the report.
The History Of Celebrities At WrestleMania
The involvement of celebrities at WrestleMania dates back to the very first ‘Grandest Stage of Them All’ in 1985. There, Mr. T worked the main event, tagging with then-WWF Champion Hulk Hogan in a winning effort over Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. Muhammad Ali guest officiated the match, whereas the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Liberace, and Billy Martin also featured throughout.
Since then, celebrities have remained a constant throughout WrestleMania, whether competing at the event itself or not. WrestleMania 38, for example, saw both Logan Paul and Johnny Knoxville wrestle on the card; they defeated Rey and Dominik Mysterio, and Sami Zayn, respectively.
Logan Paul has since become a fully-fledged WWE Superstar, wrestling a further two matches for the sports entertainment giant. He defeated The Miz at SummerSlam and subsequently wrestled Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel, though he came up short in his quest for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.