Ok, maybe this post is a product of the fact that I (like many hockey fans) am a fan of the WWE. Maybe this post is a product of attending the 11/29 Raw in Philly last night. Maybe this post is a result of Greg Wyshynski's wrestling themed season previews. Maybe it's a combination of some or all of the above. But either way, if you've ever wondered; there are a lot of parallels between the NHL and WWE. Come to think of it, some NHL personalities would fit perfectly with a WWE counterpart. Let's have a look.
WWE: The Rock
NHL: Chris Pronger
Both have outstanding interview skills and have won many awards/titles for their exploits on the playing surface. Also, both are known for finishing off opponents with a devastating elbow.
WWE: Million Dollar Man
NHL: Dan Ellis
Both love money. Both are willing to use their money to get what they want. Neither one has ever won or will ever win a world championship.
WWE: Mr. McMahon
NHL: Gary Bettman
One is an evil commissioner hellbent on making live miserable for fan favorite Stone Colt Steve Austin for being a rebellious anti-hero. The other is just flat out evil.
NHL: Dustin Byfuglien
Both are really big dudes who are known for using their backsides to obscure the vision of opponents. (Yes I know Buff plays D now...)
WWE: The Miz
NHL: Sidney Crosby
Both are talented to an extent, and both are shoved down our throats mercilessly. Also, both of them have faces that make me want to punch them. Both were handed titles by the powers that be even though they may not have deserved them.
WWE: The Undertaker
NHL: Mark Recchi
Both are old legends who can still go at it. Both are highly respected and each has a mystical aura about them. Recchi for still being able to bring it, and 'Taker for just being awe inspiring.
WWE: Ric Flair
NHL: Chris Chelios
Both are old, still going, and it doesn't make sense how they're still around. I'm pretty sure they're about the same age too.
NHL: Sergei Bobrovsky
Rookie sensations who were tossed right into the fire soon after their debuts. Bobs had a preseason featuring 2 games against mostly developmental talent and the Toronto Maple Leafs (Editor's Note: developmental talent and Toronto Maple Leafs is redundant). Both then soon would defeat someone considered to be the best..with Bob beating the Penguins on opening night and Sheamus knocking out HHH for an inhuman amount of time.
WWE: The Godfather
NHL: Carey Price aka Smokey McFornicate
Both love women, both love smoking. Both have "hos" following them around.
WWE: Santino Marella
NHL: Paul "BizNasty" Bissonette
Neither one is really talented at their trade, but both are incredibly funny.
WWE: Wade Barrett and Nexus
NHL: Bobby Clarke and the Broad Street Bullies
These groups each debuted, and quickly led violent takeovers over the establishment. Barrett is the leader of Nexus and Clarke was Captain of the Bullies. These groups were known for just beating anyone down who stood in their way.
WWE: Kurt Angle
NHL: Jaromir Jagr
Two incredibly talented athletes, both are Olympic gold medalists and both have won the highest championships in their sport. Also, both then ditched the most well known league in their sport for another less competitive league.
WWE has TNA, a place for old, over the hill veterans and those who just can't go anymore to still get a good paycheck. The NHL has the KHL for the same reasons.
WWE: John Cena
NHL: Paul Ranger
John Cena is known for coming out and telling people, "You can't see me" and we literally can't see Paul Ranger as no one knows where the f he is these days.
WWE: Matt and Jeff Hardy
NHL: Kyle and Eric Wellwood
Two sets of brothers. The older brother has a weight issue while the younger has immense amounts of talent. The only question, will Eric Wellwood develop the same drug problem
NHL: Marion Hossa
The Ultimate Opportunists, these guys both want championships and are willing to sell themselves in order for chances to get them.
WWE: Rey Mysterio
NHL: Martin St. Louis
Both are vertically challenged dudes who led underdogs to the title wins.
WWE: Bella Twins
NHL: Sedin Twins
Twins who could pull switches and no one would ever notice. (Editor's note: DGS has an easier time telling the Bella Twins apart)
WWE: Big Show
NHL: Zdeno Chara
Each one is the largest dude in his sport.
WWE: Chris Jericho
NHL: Claude Giroux
The man of 1004 holds meets the man of 1004 dekes. Enough said.
This is the first NHL meets Wrestling posts, Kevin from In Lou We Trust and I are going to be working out another one that should go up sometime next month