WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump, who was inducted in the celebrity wing in 2013, announced today that he will be running for President of the United States. Trump has toyed with the idea several times before but it was only this year that he pulled the trigger.
Trump is a big friend of the McMahons and WWE and in 1988 and 1989 hosted WrestleMania IV and V at the Atlantic City Convention Center, which was sponsored by Trump Plaza. It’s the only venue to host WrestleMania back-to-back thanks to Trump.
The billionaire also attended other WrestleManias and in 2007 he had a hair vs hair match with Vince McMahon although both were represented by a WWE Superstar – Lashley and Umaga – while Steve Austin was the special referee. Trump ended up getting physical with McMahon and later helped Austin and Lashley shave McMahon’s hair but still ended up eating a Stunner just because Stone Cold said so!
In June 2009, McMahon announced that he sold Monday Night Raw to Donald Trump. Appearing live via satellite, Trump said that the following Raw would be commercial-free. USA Network even published a fake press release announcing Trump being the new owner of Raw but the angle was dropped a week later due to investors failing to sort what was fake and what was real and stocks taking a 7% hit as soon as the press release hit the wire.
In 2013, Trump was then inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Vince McMahon in Madison Square Garden. The New York crowd did not appreciate Trump at all and booed him throughout his speech in one of the most awkward situations in the history of the Hall of Fame.