WrestleMania XXVI celebrities
WWE Hall of Famer Bob Uecker earned his place in WWE history with memorable appearances at two of the biggest pay-per-view events of all time. At WrestleMania III, Mr. Baseball was the special guest ring announcer for the epic battle between WWE Champion Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant — by far the biggest match of its era.
A year later at WrestleMania IV, Uecker would cross paths with the Giant again. While interviewing Andre backstage at the Trump Plaza, Mr. Baseball made the mistake of mouthing off to the 520-pound behemoth and ended up getting choked silly. The Eighth Wonder of the World wringing Uecker's neck became one of the most enduring images of WWE in the '80s.
Memorable moments like this earned the lovable Milwaukee Brewers radio play-by-play announcer a place in the hearts of millions of sports fans and a deserving spot in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2010. Uecker was also recognized on stage during WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix.
American Idol season three winner Fantasia Barrino kicked off WrestleMania XXVI with "America the Beautiful." The R&B singer's accolades include three Grammy nominations in 2006 for her Platinum-certified debut album, Free Yourself. Her debut single, "I Beleive," debuted at No. 1 on the Billbpard Hot 100. Her second album, Fantasia, reached Gold certification and earned her another three Grammy Award nominations. In 2010 she won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Bittersweet," which was off her third album, Back to Me.
Barrino starred in The Color Purple on Broadway, and was later cast in the film adaptation of the musical. She also starred in a VH1 reality show about her life, Fantasia for Real.