I always imagine football players who could excel in rasslin. Urlacher, Ray Lewis, I still think Kevin Greene had lots of potential.
But then I think of managers or valets, and I think of character actors who would have excelled at being comic relief or a mouthpiece to sell an angle. And even with all his success in films like Stripes or on TV in Night Court or onstage, winning a Tony in his first musical, John Laroquette would have been a mighty manager, combing the unctuous style of Paul Heyman and the classic arrogance of a Heenan and goofiness of Cornette.
So who can you see standing out in pro wrestling had they gone that route?
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
The key is talking, I think, and fast on your feet.
Don Rickles, Bruce Willis, - they both immediately come to mind. They seem so fast on their feet on the talk shows.
If we are talking athletes, think about Joe Flacco - he was really quick on the talk shows after the superbowl - Aaron Rodgers too. I mean, guys like 'Lacher or Lewis would be monsters, but those guys would be the Flairs of the future.
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That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
What about Bas Rutten? He's a legit tough guy who is fun and funny to watch in and out of the ring. I think if he were to be a wrestler, he would somewhat a combination of Ken Shamrock and Antonio Cesaro with a bit of Santino's goofy humor.
I haven't even come close to coming to grips with it. I really wish at times like this I could convince myself in a religion or an afterlife, because then I could face it more easily. But as it is, I fear death more than anything else.