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CMT reveals 'Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Chamionship Wrestling' cast


By Christopher Rocchio, 06/06/2008 

CMT has revealed the cast of Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling -- and it reads like a who's who of reality show retreads.

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The 10 celebrities competing on the new CMT reality series will be former child actor Danny Bonaduce; former NBA star Dennis Rodman; former Saved by the Bell actor Dustin "Screech" Diamond; former Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges; super-heavyweight boxer ButterBean; former The Real World: Las Vegas roommate Trishelle Cannatella; ex-Bewitched actress Erin Murphy; singer and actor Frank Stallone; 1980s pop star Tiffany; and Playboy playmate Nikki Ziering, The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday.

The new Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge-like reality series will follow the 10 celebrity contestants as they are trained to be professional wrestlers by the Hogan Knows Best patriarch and American Gladiators co-host.

However the majority of the participants are already well-versed when it comes to reality television, and in some cases, even fighting on reality television.

In addition to VH1's Breaking Bonaduce and I Know My Kid's a Star, Bonaduce boxed against former Brady Bunch child star Barry Williams on Fox's Spring 2002 Celebrity Boxing and also had a physical altercation with Survivor castaway Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton at last October's Fox Reality Channel Really Awards 2007.

Bridges also participated in Fox's Celebrity Boxing, squaring off against Vanilla Ice.  The two would later meet on The Surreal Life's second season in which Vanilla Ice was a housemate with Gary Coleman, Bridges former Diff'erent Strokes co-star.

The Surreal Life's second season also featured Cannatella as a housemate -- one of her numerous reality television appearances, which also includes The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet; Kill Reality; Fear Factor; Dr. Steve-O; Punk'd; and Battle of the Network Reality Stars.

Diamond also appeared on Celebrity Boxing -- as he faced off against former Welcome Back, Kotter actor Ron Palillo in May 2002.  He subsequently appeared on both Celebrity Fit Club: Men vs. Women and Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, the fifth and sixth seasons of the VH1 reality show.

Tiffany competed against Diamond on Celebrity Fit Club: Men vs. Women, and prior to that she appeared on the Summer 2005 NBC reality series Hit Me, Baby, One More Time.  Rodman won ABC's Celebrity Mole: Yucatan in early 2004.

Two additional Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling participants are also tangentially related to reality shows -- Ziering was married to former Dancing with the Stars fourth-season celebrity participant Ian Ziering before they divorced in 2002; while Stallone is the brother of The Contender producer and former host Sylvester Stallone.

For Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, the 10 celebrity participants will be divided into two teams of five and compete in various team challenges, training scenarios and elimination matches, after which they'll be judged by Hogan; wrestling promoter and former World Championship Wrestling president Eric Bischoff; and wrestling manager Jimmy Hart. 

The winner of the eight-episode series will be crowned "Celebrity All-Star Wrestling Champion." Production on the series is currently under way in Los Angeles and is slated for a fall premiere.

(Photo credit CMT)


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