Rock-country-hip hop singer / rapper Kid Rock is going to be this year’s celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, as announced by Billboard. The singer, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, said of this honor,
“Every time I go to a WWE event I always have a good time; there is nothing like it and no better fans in the world… The Hall of Fame ceremony will be a fun night and it will be great to see everyone again. I have so much respect for what those guys and girls do. I’m grateful to WWE for letting me be a part of WrestleMania weekend.”Advertisement
So why is Rock going to be in the WWE Hall of Fame if he’s not a pro-wrestler? Well, he’s been playing a big part in the WWE for years, performing at several events over the course of almost two decades. Notably, Rock performed during an episode of RAW in 2000, and also at the 25th Wrestlemania Weekend. In 2012, he performed at the WWE Tribute to Troops event.
Fun fact: Kid Rock has had several of his songs become official themes for WWE pay-per-views, including “Cocky” used in 2002, “All Summer Long” in 2008, “So Hott” in 2009, and “Celebrate” in 2014.
The Detroit native will also be performing the official theme song for this year’s Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans, aptly titled “New Orleans”, on Sunday, April 8,2018.
Celebrity inductees in the past include Mr. T, Snoop Dog, and Donald Trump.
Kid Rock has yet to head into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.