Professional wrestling and NBA basketball have regularly had crossover in the past two decades, with some of the biggest stars on the court making their way inside the square circle.
In perhaps the most memorable of them all, Chicago Bulls legend Dennis Rodman joined forces with ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan to square off against fellow NBA star Karl ‘The Mailman’ Malone and Diamond Dallas Page in an epic tag team bout at WCW Bash At The Beach 1998 that captured the imagination of mainstream media outlets across the globe.
The near twenty-five minute encounter main-evented the show at Cox Arena in San Diego, California and came less than a month after Rodman and Malone had met in the NBA finals.
Four-time NBA Champion and one of the all-time greats, the 7ft 1inch tall Shaquille O’Neal was a participant in the third annual ‘Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal’ at WrestleMania 32 and faced off with The Big Show before both were eliminated. The pair had long been rumoured for a match at WrestleMania but the one-on-one encounter never materialised.
There could soon be another crossover star if former WWE Champion The Miz has his way, with ‘the most must-see WWE Superstar in history’ hand selecting the NBA star he thinks could next make the leap from court to ring.
The Miz Wants NBA’s Draymond Green To Join WWE
During a recent appearance on The Sports Gambling Podcast, The Miz was asked which NBA player he felt could make the transition to WWE and he wasted no time in delivering his answer:
“Draymond. He’s stomping people.”
Draymond Green is a Golden State Warriors star who was ejected from an NBA Playoff game with the Sacramento Kings for an alleged stamp on Domantas Sabonis.
The charasmatic Green was unmoved in the post-match press conference, refusing to apologise for the actions:
“My leg got grabbed. The second time in two nights with the referees just watching. I got to land my foot somewhere and I am not the most flexible person so it’s not stretching that far. I can only step so far and pulling my leg away, so it is what it is”.
Whilst many were critical of Green, one of his loudest supporters was Shaquille O’Neal. It remains to be seen if the Warriors man will follow Shaq into a WWE ring.
Now considered a veteran in the company, Miz believes that he is “completely indestructible” in WWE.