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Mike Tyson Says Working With WWE Was 'Some Of The Best Times Of My Life'

Mike Tyson Says Working With WWE Was 'Some Of The Best Times Of My Life'

Boxing icon Mike Tyson has insisted that he has no regrets about his collaboration with WWE and said they helped him at a "crucial time" in his life.

The former undisputed heavyweight champ, 53, was worked into a storyline involving WWE legends Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin during the famed Attitude Era in the 1990s.

MMA Show host Ariel Helwani mentioned to the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' about Tyson Fury's recent involvement in WWE and his history with the wrestling promotion.

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When he was asked if he had fond memories of being involved with WWE, Tyson responded: "Some of the best times of my life.

"Yeah, absolutely. Never forget them.

"I'm in the WWE Hall of Fame -- it was one of the greatest moments of my life.

"Yeah, I have to say that."

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Tyson was the special 'outside enforcer' for Michaels and Stone Cold's WWE World Heavyweight Championship clash at WrestleMania XIV in 1998.

The 'Texas Rattlesnake' had attacked the 53-year-old boxing legend when he appeared on Raw and Tyson would initially align himself with 'HBK' and D-Generation X.

But fans would be stunned at WrestleMania XIV when the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' would make the three count for Austin's championship victory and would KO Michaels at the end of the match.

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Tyson revealed how he became involved with WWE and said that the company helped him at a "crucial time" in his life.

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He told the MMA Show: "I guess... I believe they called me and it was at the time when I lost my fighting licence when I bit Evander [Holyfield] and they came... listen, these guys had just wiped me out financially.

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"I had to pay the $3m, and then these guys called me and I made a bunch of money.

"These people were very generous and that really helped me at that really crucial time of my life."

'Iron Mike' also admitted that he was a huge wrestling fan before "boxing ever existed in my life" and wanted to become a professional wrestler.

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He recalled: "What I used to do [as a kid] is wear... with what my mothers and my sisters, I'd wear her panties, put on some underwear under her panties, I'd put a T-shirt on, I'd put some T-shirts around my knees to make them kneepads and then I'd think I was a wrestler."

According to Tyson, the legendary Bruno Sammartino was his favourite wrestler growing up.

"He was the Joe Lewis of his day," he explained.

"He had so many title defences. He had the title for 12 years.

"He won the title when I was born, I think.

"He lost it when I was 12 years old -- something like that."

Tyson, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012, also touched on the subject of Conor McGregor returning to the UFC and said the Irish MMA superstar needs to "look inside himself."

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Baddest Man on the Planet, Ariel Helwani, Shawn Michaels, WWE News, Iron Mike, WWE, Stone Cold Steve Austin

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