WWE would really like to get boxing legend Muhammad Ali inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. Considering that they are in Detroit for Mania this year, and Ali lives in Detroit, they’d like to get him, especially because they’d get a lot of press for it. If Ali agrees to come, his daughter Layla Ali is the leading candidate to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame. Ali appeared at WrestleMania 1 in a referee shirt standing outside the ring during the Hogan/Mr. T vs. Piper/Bob Orton match. Pat Patterson was the actual referee in the match though. Ali also wrestled Antonio Inoki in a match in 1976.
Vince McMahon was not pleased with how the New Year’s Revolution PPV went down. The next night in St. Louis before RAW, he read the Riot Act in front of talent because of problems with execution during the PPV.
WWE PPV shows will go live in Italy starting with the Royal Rumble. Italy has been one of WWE’s best markets for PPV even though the shows had aired on tape delay. The live shows will air from 2-5 a.m. in Italy.