Celebrities and WWE go together like rhubarb and custard. Almost every Wrestlemania since the very first one has been littered with famous faces, to varying levels of appreciation from fans. In today’s 5 Count Jamie looks outside of the known WWE universe and discusses five famous people he would like to see in a WWE ring.
Jason ‘Aquaman’ Momoa
We often hear that modern-day WWE is so heavily scripted that the majority of performers have little or no room for creative freedom. The reason I’d like to see Aquaman in WWE, even just as a special appearance, is because he’s the guy I feel like Roman Reigns could be if this were The Attitude Era – or any other less-scripted point in time. I think it would be cool to see these guys interact and not just because they have similar looks. I feel like Reigns has always been presented as a cool, laid-back guy until it’s time to kick ass, just like Aquaman. Problem is, for some reason it usually feels forced i.e. scripted. Also, Aquaman is, essentially, a demigod; he’s half man, half superhero. That’s kind of how I see Roman Reigns, in a weird way. Every other WWE is a mortal human while Brock Lesnar is regarded as an unstoppable monster. Roman Reigns is the bridge, he’s the guy that can step up and realistically challenge The Beast. Roman Reigns is WWE’s Aquaman, so an endorsement from actual Aquaman would be a really cool moment. Or, at the very least, someone needs to make Vince McMahon watch the movie and tell him that’s what Roman Reigns could be.
Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone worked matches in WCW while Shaq also made the odd special appearance there and in WWE too. I’ve often pondered that, aside from NBA stars being very popular, that wrestling likes using them because their generally tall and slim stature makes the wrestlers look even more jacked? Anyway, I’ve put LeBron, the self-proclaimed “greatest of all time”, on my list because I’d love to see him work with The Miz. LeBron moved from Cleveland to L.A. just like WWE’s resident Hollywood A-lister. However, despite some parallels, one of the many differences between the two is that LeBron is well liked and widely accepted as one of the best of all time, while The Miz….. erm, well, he was in The Marine 6. There’s surely some fun to be had with a short programme and special attraction match at a Wrestlemania with these two.
In the past, WWE has done business with a host boxers from Mike Tyson to Lennox Lewis to Muhammad Ali. So, it’s only natural that I pondered what current heavyweights would fit into the WWE universe. I thought about Anthony Joshua but he’s too nice and doesn’t have the right kind of charisma to him. Deontay Wilder is just an abrasive loud-mouth that are ten a penny in boxing or UFC. Tyson Fury, however, would actually make for quite a fun wrestling character. Depending on who he is boxing I either hate him or love him, but I’m never indifferent to ‘The Gypsy King’. He talks a very good game and is surprisingly athletic despite his look. I think Fury could easily be carried to a special attraction match against the right opponent and he could even use Ric Flair’s old ‘Real Word Champion’ moniker given that he is the latest (and technically current) lineal world heavyweight champion.
Probably the top pick for most wrestling fans fantasising about UFC crossovers. There is a clear track record of MMA fighters transitioning well into pro wrestling. From Ken Shamrock to Rhonda Rousey, MMA fighters seem to adapt to pro wrestling quicker than most. Then you have to take into account their appeal and quite frankly I can’t think of anyone who would not want to see Connor McGregor in a wrestling match. It worked out well Rousey, so UFC’s other golden goose would be a sure thing in WWE. My only issue with McGregor is who do you book him against? I feel like smaller real fighter vs. massive wrestler sounds like good booking, but that’s because WWE already did that with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and The Big Show. Anyway, that’s a bridge to be crossed when we get there because you know WWE are game, so if McGregor is then this would be an absolute goldmine.
Thor ‘The Mountain’ Björnsson
Known to most people as The Mountain in Game of Thrones, this guy is the reason I thought of this topic. The other day I saw him competing in The World’s Strongest Man competition and holy shit this guy is huge. He’s 6’9” and 425 lb i.e. easily bigger than Braun Strowman. He was competing in an event where the guys had to pull a double decker bus. Bearing in mind that all the guys are huge, but this dude made them and the bus look small! The scary thing is, he has only just turned 30 so plenty of time yet for him to learn the basics of wrestling and give it a shot. Honestly, this guy is Vince McMahon’s wet dream come to life. HE’S HUUUUUGE!!!
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