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WWE: 10 Athletes Who Would Make Interesting Wrestling Personalities (Part I)

Luis CamposAnalyst IApril 12, 2012

WWE: 10 Athletes Who Would Make Interesting Wrestling Personalities (Part I)

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    In recent news, Mike Tyson expressed an interest in joining the WWE (via 411mania.com).

    It seems that after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion is interested in returning to his interaction with the WWE.

    Many may remember his 2010 in-ring action alongside D-Generation X members Triple H and Shawn Michaels or his involvement in a 1998 storyline with Stone Cold Steve Austin.

    While it's uncertain whether the WWE will have Tyson as a full-time performer, it would be interesting to see the once called "Baddest Man on the Planet" return to the WWE if only as a "wrestling personality."

    The WWE loves getting attention from the mainstream media—something an action like this would guarantee.

    But what about other athletes?

    What follows is a list of 10 other athletes who would make interesting wrestling personalities (i.e either as wrestlers, managers, valets, etc.):

Shaquille O'Neal

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    Like Mike Tyson, Shaquille O'Neal is no stranger to the WWE

    The big man has a pending feud with the Big Show and, if the WWE is looking for mainstream media attention, you can't do better than the master of Shaq-Fu. 

    While O'Neal is not much of a wrestler, he may be an improvement on other big men on the current roster (you know who I am talking about).  

Floyd Mayweather

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    Like Mike Tyson and Shaquille O'Neal, Floyd Mayweather has a history with the WWE, too. 

    As a natural athlete, Mayweather could easily pick up some rope work in time for a summer pay-per-view match to set the "twitter-verse" on fire. 

Manny Pacquiao

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    Always up for a fight, Manny Pacquiao would make an interesting addition to the WWE. 

    His small stature could lead to an interesting feud with one of the "big men" on the roster. 

Albert Pujols

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    Standing in at 6'3'' and 230 lbs, Albert Pujols, is one of the larger men on the MLB roster. 

    The Dominican-American first baseman could join the Puerto Ricans Epico and Primo as their manager in a Caribbean-themed stable. 

Charles Barkley

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    Yes, he's annoying, but "Sir" Charles Barkley would make an interesting addition to the somewhat stale WWE commentary team.

    It's not hard to imagine Charles Barkley and Michael Cole arguing about who is more "turrible." 

Danica Patrick

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    It's not difficult to picture Danica Patrick as part of the struggling Divas division.

    And if Maria Menounos taught us anything, its Divas matches do not matter anymore and that any half-attractive woman can find "success" in the WWE.

Blake Griffin

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    Blake Griffin oozes aggression. 

    It's not hard to picture the Clippers' power forward being part of a WWE match in the near future, perhaps at, say, SummerSlam in Los Angeles?  

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Love him or hate him, Cristiano Ronaldo draws attention.

    Imagine the Portuguese playboy rubbing elbows with the WWE's resident aristocrat, Alberto del Rio.

    Either as rivals or friends, those two could put on interesting backstage segments, especially if Ricardo Rodriguez is involved.  

Kate Upton

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    The former horse rider turned model, Kate Upton has that Divas look that Vince McMahon loves. 

    Her role in the WWE could be limited to that of a valet, maybe for a superstar in need of push like Dolph Ziggler

    What better way for the "Showoff" to prove that "it's not showing off if you can back it up" than having this lovely lady around his arms. 

Tim Tebow

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    As the John Cena of the NFL, Tim Tebow would have no difficulty making a connection with WWE fans. 

    Followed by an entrance of mixed cheers and boos, the newest addition to the New York Jets' roster could finally settle the debate of what is worse: "tebowing" or the "you can't see me" hand wave?  

    Based on the fact that WrestleMania 29 will be in the MetLife Stadium next year, this could be more of a reality than you think. 

Conclusion

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    Thanks for reading!

    Make sure to read Part II and please let me know in the comments, which athletes would you like to see in the WWE? 

    Luis invites you to be part of his sports writing journey by following him on Twitter: @luchalibrelife or via Facebook.

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