WWE Confirms Maria Menounos As Bob Backlund's Inductor

WWE confirmed that Extra Host Maria Menounos will induct Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame. Below is the official press release:

STAMFORD, Conn., March 28, 2013 - WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Extra Host Maria Menounos will induct Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 6, 2013 as part of WrestleMania® Week.

Menounos has made multiple appearances on WWE programming dating back to 2009 when she made her in-ring debut and co-hosted Monday Night Raw with Nancy O'Dell. In 2011, Menounos appeared at WWE Tribute to the Troops where she teamed with Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox to defeat the team of The Bella Twins and WWE Divas Natalya and Beth Phoenix. Menounos continued her feud after Phoenix and Eve Torres interrupted an interview segment with Kelly Kelly on Extra. This led to a tag team match at WrestleMania 28 where she teamed with Kelly Kelly to defeat Torres and Phoenix.

Menounos, a lifelong WWE fan, idolized Backlund while growing up and met him through partner Keven Undergaro, who as Head Writer of MTV's Singled Out, cast Backlund to guest star alongside Jenny McCarthy and Chris Hardwick. Menounos then worked with Backlund on the comedy feature, In the Land of Merry Misfits, and the two have been close ever since. Backlund was present at Menounos Miss Massachusetts USA competition and ran alongside her at the Nike Celebrity Road Race.

"It is an honor to induct my good friend Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame," said Maria Menounos. "Watching him carry the title for a since unmatched five years and then stage such an incredible comeback with a reinvented persona puts him in a class all his own. Add in his incredible work ethic and high moral caliber, and you have everything that defines the word champion. And astonishingly, he can still wrestle with guys a third his age! He's my hero and my friend. I can't wait for the ceremony on April 6."

"I am truly humbled to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame," said Bob Backlund. "Maria has been a friend for years and I can't think of someone I would rather have induct me at Madison Square Garden."

A one-hour Hall of Fame special will air on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA Network. WrestleMania 29 airs live on pay-per-view Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

  • Dangerous Lee

    Wait til the IWC hears this!….

  • I just don’t get it, surely you could have got like Bret Hart or Kevin Nash? I guess since she was suppose to be in a Divas match this is what shes doing now instead. Oh well.

  • The Breaker

    It’s certainly official: between Sammartino getting Schwarzenegger and now this, the inductee clearly has no say over who puts them in.

    • Actually Arnold is a good choice for Bruno from what ive read and he did induct Bruno elsewhere

      • The Breaker

        The part about it that bothers me is that with Arnold’s admitted use of PEDs and the many times that Bruno has cited drug activity as a main reason why he wouldn’t enter the WWE Hall of Fame, it just seems a bit hypocritical and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.