Donald Trump was booed off stage Saturday night at the WWE Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden.
The crowd at WrestleMania XXIX started jeering as soon as Trump‘s name was mentioned in Vince McMahon’s somewhat sycophantic introduction.
As Trump stepped up to begin his speech, the booing raised in volume. Attempting to speak above the crowd, the Donald said he had received many awards in his life but that being in the WWE Hall of Fame was one of the best feelings.
Unsurprisingly, such buttering up didn’t prove successful, with Trump forced to cut short his spiel.
However, the controversial billionaire and Apprentice host still found time to introduce the crowd to his son (who also got booed) and daughter Ivanka (who strangely received a very warm reception).
After Trump rounded off his appearance by jokily challenging Vince McMahon to a match at WrestleMania 30 (vowing to “kick his ass”), he reportedly made a swift exit from the building.
Writing later on Twitter about his evening at WrestleMania XXIX, Trump failed to mention the less-than-rapturous reception he’d received. Instead, he returned McMahon’s friendly words with some of his own:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2013
Trump is a well-known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner McMahon and has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza.
The businessman was interviewed by Jesse Ventura ringside at WrestleMania XX. He also popped up at WrestleMania XXIII in the corner of Bobby Lashley, who competed against Umaga with WWE Chairman McMahon in his corner. On that occasion, Trump and McMahon agreed to a bet where the losing man would have his hair shaved off. Lashley won, and both he and Trump proceeded to shave McMahon bald:
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