Report: Rose to be inducted into WWE hall of fame

Updated: March 2, 2004, 5:10 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Pete Rose will be inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment's hall of fame later this month, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Rose, major league baseball's career hits leader with 4,256, participated in three Wrestlemania events from 1998-2000 for WWE. He's ineligible to enter baseball's Hall of Fame because he's banned from the game for life.

"He has a deep, abiding respect for what we do," WWE chairman Vince McMahon told the newspaper.

Rose will be paid for his appearance at the March 13 induction, and at Wrestlemania the next night at Madison Square Garden.

He'll be presented by Kane, his 300-pound nemesis in the Wrestlemania shows.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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