Donald Trump had to cut his acceptance speech short Saturday night during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame after fans booed him at Madison Square Garden.
Trump, a real estate mogul and longtime WWE supporter, was one of the five inductees into the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame during Saturday's ceremony. He was the only one to be booed.
The moment WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon started Trump’s induction, jeers followed. They grew louder as Trump took to the stage, and continued as he introduced his son. The crowd paused to cheer for his daughter Ivanka, but then heckled Trump as he left.
Trump has been a key figure in the WWE since 1988 when his Trump Plaza hosted WrestleMania IV. His claim to WWE fame came in 2007 when he put his famous head of hair on the line against McMahon in a "Battle of the Billionaires."
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"Donald is a global icon whose status brought an unmatched level of publicity and grandeur to WWE," McMahon said in a statement announcing the inductees. Trump was this year's celebrity honoree, joining wrestlers Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund, and Trish Stratus.
But wrestling diehards often disapprove of the celebrity inductee, which is probably why Trump was booed so badly. The Miami Herald's Jim Varsallone slammed the hecklers in a blog post, calling them disrespectful.
"Why do some fans attend the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and boo and heckle, basically making fools of themselves and ruining a special night? Long before others did, The Don lauded Mr. McMahon’s vision when it was WWF, and instead of thanking him or just watching quietly, you heckle him," Varsallone wrote. "[The celebrity inductees] are people who support WWE which means they support you, the WWE Universe, helping bridge a gap between pro wrestling and Hollywood which has opened different doors to our favorite talent, allowing them other work-related endeavors."
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