Icons of Wrestling #26 – Drew Carey

Jamie Lithgow

Ring Name: Drew Carey
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Glory Days: A few minutes on the evening of Sunday January 21st 2001
Fun Fact: Carey was inducted into the WWE ‘Hall of Fame’ by Kane, who also inducted Pete Rose and Paul Bearer.

Which mainstream celebrities would you associate with WWE?

Cyndi Lauper’s involvement in the ‘Rock n’ Wrestling Connection’ at the height of her mid-80’s fame still stands out as quite a coup for WWE. As an impressionable teenager during the company’s much heralded ‘Attitude Era’, Limp Bizkit also stick in my mind for providing some memorable songs used by WWE. Floyd Mayweather Jr’s surprisingly good match against The Big Show at Wrestlemania 24 is memorable for all the right reasons. Hell, even Hugh Jackman KO’ing Dolph Ziggler is a moment worth revisiting and enjoying.

However, the subject of this article stands head and shoulders above all of these people because unlike them, he has been inducted into the prestigious WWE ‘Hall of Fame’…Celebrity Wing. Of whom do I speak? Drew Carey of course!

If, like me, you are not a resident of the United States of America then you are probably wondering who the hell Drew Carey is? Well, from what I have managed to ascertain he is a comedian/presenter type most famous for appearing in the imaginatively titled ‘Drew Carey Show’, ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and ‘The Price is Right’. So, to make a comparison to help my fellow Brits, he’s essentially akin to an American Keith Lemon. If you are an American reading this and wondering who the hell Keith Lemon is then my point exactly.

The guy who tagged with Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 1 and faced Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania 2 was Mr. T from hit TV show The A-Team. The enforcer for that match was Muhammad Ali; one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. The guy that played a similar role at Wrestlemania 14 was Mike Tyson; ear chomper and ‘baddest man on the planet’. The guy who made a brief appearance during the 2001 Royal Rumble was…. erm…. this guy….

Drew is the guy in one of Shane McMahon's old tracksuits. Kane is the guy in the Kane costume

Drew is the guy in Shane McMahon’s old tracksuit. Kane is the guy in the Kane costume

As an aside, Drew Carey entered WWE’s ‘Hall of Fame’ before two of these men. The other – Muhammad Ali – is still a glaring omission from the Hall.

Okay, so far I’ve not really given Drew a fair shake. He is in the WWE ‘Hall of Fame’ after all, so what did he do to deserve that honour?

Well, he originally attended the Royal Rumble in 2001 just to get some tips from Vince McMahon on promoting his own pay per view show; ‘Improv Comedy Allstars’… he may have mentioned it once or twice. Having been caught trying to chat up Vince McMahon’s mistress – Trish Stratus – Drew found himself entered into the Royal Rumble match as a punishment. Entering at number five, Drew stood back and watched The Hardy Boyz eliminate each other leaving him alone in an empty ring. Problem was, number six in the match was the man he had earlier called a “goofy guy in a mask”; Kane. Drew attempted to bribe Kane with no success but just before he was about to taste a chokeslam, entrant number seven, Raven, made the save. Drew eliminated himself by exiting the ring over the top rope.

To his credit, Drew came across like a nice enough chap. The problem was, for a comedian appearing on a wrestling show he wasn’t any funnier than the wrestlers he was appearing with and neither received nor delivered any wrestling moves. Even Snooki took a bump or two. The real irony was that despite the whole purpose of his appearance being to advertise his improv comedy show, he improvised precisely zero jokes about a 50 something year old man sleeping with a 20 something year old woman. One could argue that he failed to improvise any jokes peroid.

Having said all that, I am a glass half full type of guy. The bright side of Carey’s entry into the Royal Rumble is that he took a spot set aside for a member of Lo-Down; the racially inappropriate tag-team managed by Tiger Ali Singh. Also, by all accounts his ‘Improv Comedy Allstars’ show was said to be very funny and well worth watching. Why he is a celebrity worthy of entering the WWE ‘Hall of Fame’ before the likes of Donald Trump, Mr T. and Mike Tyson is beyond me though.

All previous ‘Icons of Wrestling’ can be read here.


2 thoughts on “Icons of Wrestling #26 – Drew Carey

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