Snoop Dogg Clobbers the Miz with The People’s Elbow for the Win at WrestleMania 39

WrestleMania is hot hot hot, as Snoop Dogg proved over the weekend at SoFi Stadium. The rapper stepped into the

Snoop Dogg WrestleMania Miz

WrestleMania is hot hot hot, as Snoop Dogg proved over the weekend at SoFi Stadium.

The rapper stepped into the arena to deliver a stinging blow to Mike “The Miz” Mizanin after goading him into an impromptu fight – taking the win.

And fans tuned in to watch in record numbers.

Snoop Slaps Miz with The People’s Elbow

On Sunday, Snoop Dogg co-hosted a segment between matches with wrestler Mizanin.

Snoop managed to goad Mizanin into an impromptu showdown with Shane McMahon, returning to WWE for the first time in 14 months.

Mizanin and McMahon postured and primped before trading punches.

But shortly into the slapdown, McMahon tore his quad doing a leapfrog maneuver to dodge Mizanin’s swings.

Doctors checked McMahon’s leg before removing him from the ring, but Snoop swooped in for the rescue.

Snoop punched Mizanin twice, showing off his impressive right hook, before borrowing a page from the Rock and dropping “the People’s Elbow” on Mizanin’s chest to take the win.

AP reports, “‘My hat’s off to Snoop, just picking it up and like, ‘oh man, he’s hurt? That’s alright, I’ll fix that.’ Just a natural born entertainer,’ said WWE head of creative Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque. ‘I’ve known Snoop for years in this environment and what kind of a fan he is, but tonight he put himself on a different playing field and respect factor for me. I know a lot of guys that have been in business a long time; if that happened, they’d go, ‘what do we do?’ It was amazing.’”

WrestleMania is On the Rise – with More Celebrities Than Ever

And Snoop’s impressive showing on Sunday is part of a WrestleMania trend that sees the sport regaining popularity after a slump in the last decade.

This past weekend set a WrestleMania two-night attendance record, with combined attendance at 161,892.

The SoFi event was the first in Los Angeles since 2005, and it generated a record total of $21.6 million, breaking the previous record by 27%.

Sponsorship revenue was over $21M, and merchandise sales are up 20% from last year.

All in all, WWE’s return to glory is a combination of a return to sports like wrestling – with UFC and slapfighting on the rise at the same time – and celebrity interest.

Snoop’s showdown on Sunday is part of a broader pattern of celebrity involvement. AP adds, “The Doggfather stepping in as a pinch wrestler continued the trend of celebrities coming in and not looking out of place.

Social media star Logan Paul participated in a WrestleMania match for the second straight year on Saturday. San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle came out of the stands and was part of a match between former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee and ‘The Miz.’ Rapper Bad Bunny made a cameo during the match between the Mysterios.

‘They have no right to be this good,’ Levesque said of the celebrities stepping into the ring. ‘What’s awesome about it is the grind and the level of what they’re willing to put into this because they respect the business, respect for the WWE superstars and what we do and the people that came before them. It’s cool to see them do that, but also awe-inspiring to see how good they are at it and how it raises the bar for everyone else.’”

And speaking of Bad Bunny. Bad Bunny was part of a tag team match at WrestleMania two years ago. And he will host WWE’s next premium live event on May 6.

The May 6 event is being hosted in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is the first time since 2005 that WWE is going to Puerto Rico.

However, the future of WWE is in flux after news broke early Monday that Vince McMahon agreed to a deal that will sell WWE to Endeavor. The deal valued WWE at around $9.1B, and will result in a merge with Endeavor-owned UFC. Rumors of the sale have been circulating since McMahon returned to lead the company in January, as it was expected he would want to negotiate the terms of any sale.

What role McMahon and creative lead Triple H will have in the new WWE/UFC mega company remains to be seen – and fans are waiting to see what will change for their faves.