During his reign as "undisputed" boxing champion, Mike Tyson developed a humorous reputation for having incredibly short matches despite tremendous build-up before the bout. It wasn't uncommon for numerous American households to host viewing parties for his matches, which in turn lasted less than one round. For this reason, his 1990 loss to virtual unknown James "Buster" Douglas was one of the biggest sports upsets of the decade. After the upset, Buster substituted for Tyson in his scheduled WWF appearance as a referee for a Hogan/Savage title match on The Main Event.
Almost immediately after his loss, Mike Tyson went from the most popular boxer of the 1980s to one of the most hated sports personalities of the 1990s. Robin Givens (his wife at the time) accused Tyson of violence, spousal abuse, and mental instability, which came to light during a joint interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20 in September 1988 where Tyson awkwardly sat in silence during the allegations.
One of the last boxers to break-through to the national media, Mike Tyson was so popular at his peak that Nintendo licensed his image for a highly successful 1987 video game entitled Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, in which the playable character went through several boxing circuits before reaching a dream match with Iron Mike Tyson himself. Tyson could knock out the player with a single "lightning" punch.
Mike Tyson participated in the main event of WrestleMania XIV, joining Degeneration X and then swerving Shawn Michaels in favor of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Several years later, Tyson came face-to-face with Shawn Michaels and Triple H on Monday Night Raw while serving as guest host. Tyson teamed with Chris Jericho for a tag match against Shawn & Hunter, but he swerved Jericho to re-align with DX.
Due to his eclectic past, Mike Tyson has remained a media sensation. He was the focal subject in the 2008 documentary Tyson (which chronicled his boxing career from beginning to end) and he has appeared in both The Hangover and The Hangover 2.