Starting in with the first WrestleMania in 1985, celebrity appearances have been as important to the Mania as the wrestlers. With WrestleMania 32 around the corner and no end in sight, it seems possible one day we may see a WrestleMania that consists solely of celebrity appearances, with no wrestlers at all. For now, however, celebrities simply get to join in on the fun.
While all types of celebrities have joined in on the Mania, the hottest ones have typically been the actresses and musicians who helped hype up performers before and sometimes even during matches. Only a few have had the courage to step into the ring with the performers, many performing minor technical duties, such as commentary or even timekeeping. Regardless of their role, each one of these sexy celebs managed to make their mark on wrestling history in only one night.
15. Maria Menounos
Maria Menounos is a longtime wrestling fan, so it’s only natural she would step into the ring at WrestleMania XXVIII, teaming with Kelly Kelly against Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres. Menounos actually made several appearances with WWE, appearing on both Raw and the Tribute to the Troops the year prior. Her appearances continued to add fuel to the fire of her burgeoning feud with Phoenix, until Phoenix and Torres appeared on Extra, Maria’s syndicated talk show, challenging her to a match. Menounos would pin Phoenix in the match, winning in front of over 78,000 fans in Miami, Florida.
14. Ronda Rousey
All of the women on this list are beautiful, and a few stepped into the ring, but there’s only one who we truly believe could stand toe to toe with absolutely any wrestler in the WWE. MMA Fighter Ronda Rousey, then the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, entered the ring during WrestleMania 31, not to wrestle, but to stand alongside the Rock after he mocked WWE COO Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon. There have been rumors of the popular confrontation leading to a match at the upcoming WrestleMania 32, but with Triple H now the WWE Champion, that plan has likely been scrapped. Rousey dressed extra casual to blend in with the crowd, but moments like this are hot in more ways than one.
13. Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth is best known for her role as Kelly Taylor in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place. WrestleMania has a long history of bringing in minor celebrities to perform seemingly superficial roles, such as the timekeeper or ring announcer, and Garth was the lucky celebrity chosen to sit at ringside and keep the time for the WWE Championship bout between Bret Hart and Yokozuna. Despite looking good, Garth’s role was completely superfluous and barely deserving of the little camera time it got, making her appearance feel like an obvious celebrity cash in, regardless of how she looked.
12. Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy caused controversy in 2008 when her “charity” Generation Rescue partnered with WWE’s final Saturday Night’s Main Event broadcast. However, it was over a full decade earlier, at WrestleMania XI, when McCarthy made her first WWE appearance. McCarthy appeared alongside Shawn Michaels as he challenged Diesel for the WWE Championship. Michaels was supposed to be accompanied by Pamela Anderson, but earlier in the evening she had “gone missing” and the bubbly McCarthy filled the role with a smile. After the match she would subtly turn on HBK, celebrating with the victorious Diesel alongside Anderson.
Starting with the legendary Ray Charles at WrestleMania II, 15 popular musicians have opened WrestleManias with beautiful renditions of “America the Beautiful.” At WrestleMania XIX, then 22-year old R&B beauty Ashanti took the squared stage to sing the song to over 50,000 fans at Safeco Field in Seattle. Ashanti had released her self-titled debut the year prior, featuring the hit single “Foolish,” and was only a few months away from releasing Chapter II when she gave her powerful show-starting performance. The event was headlined by Kurt Angle defending the WWE Championship.
10. Susan St. James
WrestleMania II was perhaps the most excessive WrestleMania in WWE history, taking place in three cities, with a countless array of celebrity guests appearing at all three locations. Not quite mastering the concept of a celebrity “guest” yet, Vince McMahon co-hosted the New York portion of the show alongside sitcom star Susan St. James. Though not the glamour model some of the women on this list are, James was certainly attractive in her day. Unfortunately, that beauty in no way translated to any form of wrestling commentary, and she remains one of the worst commentators ever to appear on WWE television. Nice dress, though.
9. Keri Hilson
WrestleMania XXVII was the first to have an announced celebrity host in The Rock, but it was R&B singer Keri Hilson who opened the show with “America the Beautiful.” Performing for over 70,000 fans in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Hilson sang her heart out, just a year removed from the successes of Pretty Girl Rock and No Boys Allowed. Many WrestleMania’s feature special entrances with live musical accompaniment, but it is the simple renditions of “America the Beautiful” which often receive more attention and praise.
8. Vanna White
Vanna White has spent nearly three decades being envied by millions for having arguably the easiest job in the history of the United States, touching pieces of glasses when they glow on The Wheel of Fortune. She’s taken at least one side-job since landing the gig, appearing at WrestleMania IV as a guest timekeeper. WrestleMania IV is famous for featuring a tournament for the WWE Championship, and White also appeared on the show alongside legendary announcer “Mean” Gene Okerlund as he went over the tournament brackets.
7. Michelle Williams
Destiny’s Child released their final album Destiny Fulfilled in 2004, and officially disbanded in early 2006. Beyonce may have gone on to greater success, but it was Michelle Williams who opened WrestleMania XXII in her hometown of Chicago in front of 17,000 fans. Williams sang her heart out performing “America the Beautiful” to the receptive Allstate Arena, though unknown to her the crowds of future WrestleMania events would regularly become three to four times the size of the already huge crowd on hand.
6. Rhonda Shear
Rhonda Shear isn’t a huge celebrity, but the nature of her fame makes her a natural contender for this list. Shear got her start in her native Louisiana performing in, and winning, a variety of major beauty contests including Miss Louisiana USA in 1975. It would be decades later, however, at WrestleMania X in 1995, when she would appear as a guest timekeeper. Even the WWE didn’t try to inflate her celebrity, as she only appeared in the middle of the card during the first WWE Championship bout of the night, between Lex Luger and Yokozuna.
5. Nicole Scherzinger
Shortly before winning the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars, then still the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger appeared at WrestleMania XXV to start the ceremony with “America the Beautiful.” Performing for 72,000 fans at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Scherzinger was still a member of the Pussycat Dolls when the show took place, April of 2009. She officially left the group to pursue a solo career the next year. Surely many factors lead to that decision, but knocking it out of the park in front of such a gigantic crowd all while looking fantastic likely helped boost her confidence in going solo.
4. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson first walked into the WWE at the Royal Rumble 1995 when it was announced she would accompany the winner to their title match at WrestleMania XI. After Shawn Michaels won the Rumble, however, she seemed less than thrilled, being “nowhere to be found” in the Hartford Civic Center on the night of the show. Of course it was all a ruse, as she showed up on the arm of WWE Champion Diesel. The appearance occurred during the height of Anderson’s popularity, while she starred on Baywatch as C.J. Parker.
3. Skylar Grey
Skylar Grey has appeared at three WrestleMania’s to perform her music, and she looked fantastic each time. At WrestleMania XXVIII, she appeared alongside Machine Gun Kelly to perform “Invincible.” The next year she appeared with Diddy, performing “Coming Home,” the official theme song of that year’s event, in front of over 80,000 fans. Finally, she performed alongside Travis Barker and Kid Ink, singing a medley of “Rise” and “Money and the Power” at WrestleMania XXXI in Santa Clara, California.
2. Cyndi Lauper
All of the ladies on this list are hot, but there’s no question the most important celebrity in the history of WrestleMania was Cyndi Lauper. WrestleMania I may have been headlined by Mr. T, but it was Lauper who sparked the Rock and Wrestling connection that lead to WWE exploding in popularity, allowing Vince McMahon to take over the world in the 1980’s. Lauper appeared with her manager/boyfriend David Wolfe in the corner of Wendi Richter during her WWE Women’s Championship bout against Leilani Kai. Throughout the year prior, Lauper and Richter waged war against The Fabulous Moolah and Captain Lou Albano in one of wrestling’s hottest feuds.
1. Emma Stone
Over 72,000 fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium for WrestleMania XXVI, and sitting directly behind the announce team was a slew of celebrities who went completely unmentioned by WWE. Celebrities often attend WWE events simply as fans, but this WrestleMania featured one of the biggest celebrity groups, with Emma Stone, Rory and Kiernan Culkin, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Manny Ramirez and Freddie Prinze, Jr. all sitting extraordinarily close to each other. As much star power as that is for one crowd, Stone is obviously the one who caught our attention first.