Muhammad Ali

WWE issued the following statement regarding the passing of Muhammad Ali on Friday at age 74. Ali, who had been battling Parkinson’s disease after being diagnosed in 1984, was hospitalized on Monday suffering from respiratory issues.

WWE is saddened to learn that three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74 on June 3, 2016.

The Louisville native won six Kentucky Golden Glove Championships and the gold medal for the United States as a light heavyweight in Rome’s 1960 Summer Olympics before beginning his professional career.

Ali also made history for his historic boxer vs. wrestler match against WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki in Tokyo on June 26, 1976. The fight is regarded as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts.

In 1985, Ali made his mark in WWE history when he was one of the special guest referees for the main event of the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden. The bout featured WWE Champion Hulk Hogan and pop culture icon Mr. T against “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. During the contest, Ali climbed up onto the ring apron and took a swing at Piper.

WWE extends its condolences to Ali’s family, friends and fans.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Would’ve been nice if WWE put him in the HOF long time ago but hey, I guess Drew Carey & Snoop Dogg deserved it more. Right guys? >:

  2. Snoop…Yes, as he is around it more than Ali was. Carey…not so much. Regardless, Ali had to stay, mostly, away from wrestling, so that the legend of the “Phantom Punch” didn’t grow further.

  3. Ali’s celebrity status, along with Mr. T’s & Cyndi Lauper’s, attracted much needed attention to Wrestlemania 1 which saved WWF/E and set the tone for Wrestlemania’s to come. I’d say that makes Ali a bigger contributor to WWE than Snoop Dogg who made 2 lame guest appearances at 2 mostly forgettable Wrestlemanias and another lame appearance as a Raw guest host. Maybe they’ll put Lauper in after she’s dead too.

  4. Psh, just like with Randy Savage and likely with Chyna & Rick Rude huh? Ain’t that just the WWE way.

  5. Snoop’s niece is one of the “Divas”: Sasha Banks. He works with WWE much more than you seem to know about. Not your fault, that you aren’t aware of that, as it is…simply…Entertainment. P.S. The foundation for wrestling was constantly going, wayyyy before Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania just brought the big money to the “Superstars” and the McMahon family. Wrestling, lower dollar, would have still continued into the present, as it is much more than WWE/WWF/NWO/NXT/ROH, etc. lol I DO agree it benefited wrestling. I disagree that wrestling would have died out.

  6. Well first a correction. Sasha Banks & Snoop Dogg are cousins, not niece & uncle. But even so, I didn’t say it would’ve died out but WWF/E most certainly wouldn’t be what it is today and there may have not been a Hulkamania or other Wrestlemanias if the first one wasn’t successful. Therefore, pro wrestling never would’ve gotten as big as it has/once was. Vince said so himself in the True Story of Wrestlemania DVD and it’s companion piece magazine special where he gambled everything on Wrestlemania 1’s success, which Muhammad Ali was a part of. So if it failed, there never would’ve been Snoop Dogg’s involvement in WWE or a Sasha Banks.

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