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Rose Makes Hall of Fame … for WWE

3/02/2004 5:35 AM Eastern

Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader has finally made the Hall of Fame -- the WWE Hall of Fame.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. said Tuesday that it will induct Pete Rose into its Hall of Fame March 13, the night before WWE’s WrestleMania XX pay-per-view event.

Rose appeared in WrestleMania XIV, WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania 2000.

Rose joins fellow inductees and WWE stars former Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Sgt. Slaughter, Superstar Billy Graham, Tito Santana, Don Muraco, Harley Race, Junkyard Dog and Big John Studd.

The new members will be inducted during the sold-out WWE Hall of Fame dinner at the New York Hilton.

"Pete Rose is our first-ever celebrity inductee for the classic moments he has provided in WrestleMania matches with WWE superstar Kane," WWE chairman Vince McMahon said in a prepared statement.

"One day, Pete Rose will take his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but on March 13, Pete will officially become a member of the WWE Hall of Fame," McMahon added.

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