Pro wrestling and celebrities willing to get physical: name a better combination. Well, in fairness, not *every* instance of actors and athletes from another world stepping inside the ring has gone smoothly. In fact, a few have turned out rather poorly, and didn't exactly leave fans swelling with pride towards their promotion of choice. But when done right, a brawl between wrestlers and outside celebrities can be magical.
This comes to mind after last Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, when Chris Jericho (one of few people in wrestling that can recall things that happened on Raw more than six Raws ago) called out Mike Tyson over a decade-old skirmish, and a huge pull-apart ensued. Some felt this segment didn't come off well, but with more than two million views on YouTube less than 48 hours after the segment (plus a few mainstream headlines), AEW's getting some desired attention.
While we wait and see how the quarrel between "Le Champion" and "Iron Mike" plays out, let's take a look back at a few prime physical scuffles between the stars of both worlds.
5. Bam Bam Bigelow Shoves Lawrence Taylor
The WWF was in desperate need of a jolt following a very dismal 1994, and turned to legendary linebacker LT for that boost. Sitting ringside at the 1995 Royal Rumble, Taylor watched as Bigelow stumbled his way to defeat in a Tag Team title bout, which Bam Bam didn't take well.
After yelling at various ringsiders who laughed at his misfortune, Bigelow caught Taylor chuckling, and quickly confronted him. When a smiling Taylor tried to make nice, Bigelow sent him flying backwards with a hard shove, paving the way for a match at WrestleMania 11.