He’s quite the get. If there is one time period that WWE has hyped up over the years, it is the Attitude Era. WWE has gone out of their way to show you just how big the era was for the company. It took the company to new levels and helped turn it into the juggernaut that it is today. While Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon helped drive it to new levels, there was one person whose help in getting it started can’t be understated.
On January 19, 1998, Mike Tyson appeared on Monday Night Raw and got in a shoving match with Austin. The moment sent Austin vs. McMahon off, though Tyson wasn’t done yet. He would make a few more appearances, with the biggest being as the guest referee at WrestleMania 14, when Austin won his first World Title. It was such a big deal that Tyson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. Tyson isn’t done with wrestling, but it won’t be in WWE.
Tyson will be making a special appearance at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 23, as announced this week on AEW Dynamite. Tyson will be presenting the inaugural TNT Title to either Cody or Lance Archer, who will meet in the finals of a tournament to crown the first champion. This will mark Tyson’s first appearance with AEW and his first wrestling appearance since his Hall of Fame induction in 2012.
It’s a pretty big surprise. Check out the announcement, plus Tyson’s previous wrestling appearances:
Opinion: This makes a lot of sense for AEW as Tyson is someone who played a big role in wrestling (albeit in a short amount of time) and is still a celebrity. It’s a lot better than bringing in someone who has no connection to wrestling whatsoever in an attempt to get publicity. That rarely works, but bringing in someone with a sports background and a wrestling connection should work better. It’s not building the show around him, but for a cameo and maybe a knockout punch, he’ll be fine.
What do you think of Tyson? Who will win the tournament? Let us know in the comments below.
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