Richard Sherman & The Wrestling Connection


Richard Sherman: “Well, I’m the best corner[back] in the game! When you try me with a sorry [wide] receiver like [Michael] Crabtree, that’s the results you gonna get! Don’t you ever talk about me!”

Erin Andrews: “Who’s talking about you?”

Richard Sherman: “[Michael] Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’m [going to] shut it for you — real quick!”

…so that’s what it takes to be considered a professional wrestler these days, eh?

Those were the words of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman following his Seattle Seahawks victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday evening in the NFL’s NFC Championship Game. (Watch Here)

Following the 20-second promo, Sherman is the talk of the town in virtually anything media-related on Monday, including the pro wrestling media. Many outlets are comparing Sherman’s brash exchange with Erin Andrews to a pro wrestler-style promo. My question to these “journalists” is simple: have you watched a pro wrestling show in the last 30 years? Hell, even “Superstar” Billy Graham was doing more sophisticated promos than that in the 1970s.

Okay, okay. I’m not a moron. I get it. Yelling and shouting are trademarks of a pro wrestler that will never go away. But seriously? There’s journalists claiming Sherman should become a pro wrestler. Even WWE polled their fans, asking the question, “Would NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman make a good WWE Superstar?” Thankfully the response addresses the very issue I’m speaking of, with those being, “Yes. Sherman’s athletic ability and Sunday’s controversial post-game interview showed that he would excel in the ring”, and “No. It takes a lot more than a tipped football and some trash talking to succeed in WWE.”

I voted “No.”

On second thought, L.T. did a pretty solid job against Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania 11.

Oh, who knows!

Is the Richard Sherman comparison good for pro wrestling? In a world where we consider “any publicity is good publicity,” sure it is. At the same time, let’s not get carried away. At least not us involved in the business we all share an affinity for. Let’s try to get whatever “rub” we can off of this situation, but make sure to point out that it takes a lot more than shouting into a camera like a lunatic for 20 seconds to be considered a pro wrestler.

I will say this much: how fitting is it that this happened against the San Francisco 49ers? The same team that has been in the headlines for weeks now due to the Ric Flair “inspirational locker room speech” controversy.

Anyways, it was a fun way to end the AFC and NFC Championship game-day on Sunday, and it certainly adds some sizzle to the steak known as Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Seattle Seahawks will no doubt head into Super Bowl Sunday as the heels. The Denver Broncos and the squeaky-clean Peyton Manning will no doubt be the babyfaces.

…Maybe this is deserving of some pro wrestling media coverage.

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