Mike Tyson accepts wrestling challenge
Click here to see the Tyson/Austin Raw Is War video clip. (1.9 MB)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Tyson was expected Monday to announce that he would guest referee at Wrestlemania XIV. Instead, he accepted a challenge to get into the ring himself.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin, right, points a finger and challenges Mike Tyson, left, as Vince McMahon, center, CEO of the World Wrestling Federation, listens in at WWF's Raw is War show. Tyson had appeared as a guest of McMahon's and was about to announce Tyson's role as a guest referee for Wrestlemania XIV when Stone Cold Steve Austin joined the group in the ring for the unexpected challenge. (AP Photo/Eric Paul Zamora)
Just as Tyson was to make the announcement during the World Wrestling Federation's "Raw is War" program, pro wrestler Steve Austin jumped out and challenged the boxer to a fight.
The two briefly scuffled in the ring. Afterward, WWF owner Vince McMahon announced that Tyson accepted the challenge.
"Mike is refusing to guest referee. Austin embarrassed Mike Tyson and the WWF with his remarks. It was uncalled for and very unprofessional," McMahon said. "Mike is now saying he wants Stone Cold Steve Austin."
McMahon said he would ask Nevada boxing officials if they would let Tyson wrestle.
Tyson spokesman Sig Rogich said earlier that the former heavyweight champion would not wrestle.
Tyson, stripped of his license after biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear in June, was banned from boxing in July by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Rogich said Tyson would only referee to avoid jeopardizing his relationship with the commission.
Wrestlemania XIV will take place at the Fleet Center in Boston on March 29.
SLAM! Wrestling's WM14 section