Mike Tyson Is Heading To AEW
In what will be his first public appearance since announcing his return to boxing, Mike Tyson will be making another return to a sport he is familiar with. This time, it will be pro wrestling.
It was announced on All Elite Wrestling’s Dynamite program that Tyson will be presenting the TNT Championship to the winner of the finals of a tournament that has been going on over the past few weeks. The finals will feature Cody Rhodes taking on Lance Archer and it will take place on May 23 at the Double or Nothing PPV.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) May 14, 2020
Tyson, 53, last fought in 2005, losing to Kevin McBride. He has received offers by numerous entities since he made his intentions known to box again. Offered $1 million to fight Australian football and rugby stars, Tyson was also offered $20 million to sign with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. A rematch with Danny Williams and a fight with John Fury has also been offered. Evander Holyfield has even stated he would fight Tyson again.
The youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history at 20, Tyson is looking to come back to compete in exhibition bouts for charity.
This is not the first time he has involved himself in pro wrestling. Back in 1998, Tyson had his license rescinded after he bit the ear of Evander Holyfield in a 1997 rematch. During that time, he appeared at WrestleMania XIV, acting as an enforcer for then-WWF Champion Shawn Michaels against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. In one of the most famous moments of that era of wrestling, Tyson turned on Michaels, punching him and aligning with Austin. He made $3 million for that appearance.
Tyson was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. Recently, Major League Wrestling was looking to make a deal with him before AEW scooped him up.
It is unknown if Tyson will be involved in any other story following this appearance. Stay tuned to see how this will affect his boxing comeback.