After two close real fights, Monte Barrett and David Tua are interested in taking their rivalry to WWE next year. (Photo by Leon Rose/Getty Images)
To those who hate pro wrestling, first of all, I don't really care, but second of all, I apologize. It's just that the stuff keeps coming up.
You have likely heard by now that 40-year-old boxer Monte Barrett, who is friends with WWE's main man John Cena, is interested in trying a WWE career. I think it's ridiculous and won't work (in part because I understand that doing pro wrestling is not easy, and few have the ability to do it on that level), but Barrett and David Tua are reportedly both interested in a match at next year's WrestleMania XXVIII. Here's what Ryan Songalia has:
Barrett says he will speak with his good friend and 11-time WWE champion John Cena about facilitating the matchup, which would be under professional wrestling rules.
"I spoke to Tua after the press conference, he said, 'Call me man, I'm with it,'" said Barrett through a jaw wired shut due to a fracture sustained in the fight. "He did an imitation of The Rock and said, 'Let's get it on.' I said after I speak to John and I get everything together that I'd get back to him.
"I wouldn't mind doing it in a steel cage."
Tua, 38, has a wrestling connection, too, and it's a big one. Tua is related to the Anoa'i family, a famous and highly successful extended family in the pro wrestling business that includes "High Chief" Peter Maivia, Afa Anoa'i (Tua's uncle), Sika Anoa'i, Rikishi, Yokozuna, and by marriage, Rocky Johnson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who will make his in-ring return to WWE at the event in a matchup with John Cena.
I think it's sort of interesting, I guess, but I don't know -- I just can't see it happening. It's not like these are star boxers on the tip of the tongues of mainstream media or casual boxing fans. Barrett and Tua are old, worn-out heavyweights who would run a high risk of having a truly embarrassing match on what is WWE's annual big event, their Super Bowl. I don't even know how you'd book the whole thing. It's easy to lie to people about how important Barrett and Tua are -- say the Klitschkos are afraid of them or something, whatever -- but without meaning to be totally disrespectful, they just aren't stars in their own world, let alone crossover stars.