Jerry "The King" Lawler Piledrives Clipper Fan: Old School WWE Wrestlers for Each NBA Playoff Series (w/ VIDEO)
People laugh dismissively when I say it, but the more they can incorporate WWE performers and the general WWE "way" of entertainment, the more enjoyable other genres of sports will become. No, I'm not talking about the predetermined outcomes of matches (The NBA has already incorporated that aspect of WWE into their product.) I'm talking about the sensory overload of a WWE event. Pyro, music, conflict. Those things stoke people, even if it is staged.
WWE + NBA = Greatness
Take Wednesday night in Memphis, for instance.
Local wrestling hero Jerry "The King" Lawler was in attendance at the Grizzlies' playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Conveniently enough, Lawler was wearing wrestling tights at the game, so he took the opportunity during a stoppage in play to administer his signature piledriver on an unsuspecting
planted Clipper fan.
Now, THAT'S impactful entertainment. How do I know? Because it was easier to find video of this piledriver on Twitter last night than it was to find out who the hell won the game! Certainly, I'm not saying that you distract from the spectacle of the NBA Playoffs by overshadowing it with a full-on WWE makeover (although I'm not saying don't do it either), but I think incorporating one classic WWE wrestler per series to knock out an opposing fan (perhaps even a celebrity fan) is a pretty good idea.
And just so I'm not accused of pointing out a general solution without helping implement it, here are some specific examples some of the NBA teams can use, one for each of the seven other current series:
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks
WWE Superstar: GOLDBERG
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Finishing Move: Spear and jackhammer
I think NBA fans everywhere can get behind the idea of Tulsa native Goldberg executing his finishing sequence on Mavs owner Mark Cuban, no? Added bonus: if we ask nicely, we could probably get Norman, Oklahoma, resident and WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross to give us the play by play. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!! Goldberg is ASSAULTING Cuban!!
Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets
WWE Superstar: VADER
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Finishing Move: Vader bomb
Big men like Vader (about 400 pounds when he finished up his active career in the ring) go one way or the other weight-wise after they retire, either down to like 250 pounds or ballooned to like 550 pounds. I have no idea which way Vader has gone in retirement, but I do know that either way, a Vader Bomb on diehard Laker fan Jack Nicholson would still hurt.