Wrestling By The Numbers: Mr. T
World Wrestling Entertainment has announced that joining the 2014 WWE Hall Of Fame Class will be celebrity inductee and Wrestlemania I main event competitor Laurence ‘Mr. T.’ Tureaud. The 61-year-old Chicago Illinois native is an iconic American actor known for his roles playing B.A. Baracus on the hit 1980’s television series The A-Team and as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III. Tureaud was signed by the WWE in 1985 and his mainstream recognition and willingness to enter the squared circle help contribute to the early success of Wrestlemania events. In addition to his two Wrestlemania matches Mr. T. also appeared on WWE television as a special referee enforcer before parting ways with the company in 1987. His only other appearance with the WWE was on the November 19th 2001 edition of WWE Raw where he was shown on camera watching on the event from the ringside front row.
Laurence Tureaud made one appearance with World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas in 1989 seconding Kerry Von Erich during a match. He also had a short stint with World Championship Wrestling in 1994 first appearing at Halloween Havoc where he refereed a match between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. He remained with the company until the end of the year and even returned to the squared circle defeating Kevin Sullivan at WCW’s annual Starrcade pay-per-view. Mr. T. joins fellow celebrity inductees including Pete Rose, William ‘the Refrigerator’ Perry, Bob Uecker, Drew Carey, Mike Tyson and Donald Trump.
Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Laurence ‘Mr. T.’ Tureaud by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 2 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Match on WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event.
World Championship Wrestling:
* 1 Match on WCW Pay-Per-View.