Back in 2008, at WrestleMania XXIV, superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather took on Big Show in a no disqualification match and stole the show despite his lack of a wrestling background.
It now looks like we haven't seen the last of Mayweather in a WWE ring.
According to WrestlingInc.com, during an interview on the Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show on Hot97 radio, Mayweather said that he would be returning to the WWE and would appear at WrestleMania XXIX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
This has yet to be confirmed by the WWE itself, but if Mayweather is being truthful, I have to applaud Vince McMahon, Triple H and whoever else may have been involved in possibly bringing "Money" Mayweather back into the fold.
WrestleMania's very foundation was built on celebrity involvement from the likes of Mr. T, Muhammad Ali, Cyndi Lauper and so many others. As a result, the WWE likes to use celebrities at the biggest show of the year to this day, but most of the selections have been cringe-worthy over the past several years.
Wrestling fans didn't care about Maria Menounos last year and they certainly didn't care about Snooki the year before. Therefore, the WWE is in desperate need of a celebrity that will captivate the viewing audience. Mayweather very well may be that guy.
I realize that WWE fans may not necessarily be boxing fans, but there is a lot of crossover appeal when it comes to wrestling, boxing and MMA, since they are all combat sports to some degree. Not only that, but since Mayweather has already worked a high-profile program for the company in the past, WWE fans who don't follow boxing will still know who Mayweather is and might even be fans of his.
There hasn't been any indication as to how Mayweather might be used, but he would be effective in a number of different capacities. He already proved that he can wrestle, but if the WWE doesn't want to put him in another match, he could certainly be a special guest referee a la Mike Tyson, a ringside enforcer like Muhammad Ali or perhaps be in the corner of someone like his good friend Triple H.
Whatever the case, there will definitely be a spot for Mayweather.
The thing that separates Mayweather from other celebrities is that he knows how to play to the crowd. That is essential in professional wrestling and it's something that celebrities in other genres don't necessarily understand. Since Mayweather is constantly trying to sell himself as a boxer, though, he knows how to connect with the audience.
Mayweather would also be good for mainstream exposure. While I'm sure McMahon appreciates his core fanbase, he is always trying to broaden the WWE's horizons, and that is a big reason for the celebrity guests. Even bringing back The Rock and Brock Lesnar, who have gone on to great success in acting and MMA respectively, was likely done with an eye toward getting non-wrestling fans interested in the product.
Due to his undefeated boxing record and recent jail term, there is no question that Mayweather is very much in the public consciousness. McMahon has never been shy about exploiting the misfortune of others for his own personal gain, so I doubt he'll feel too bad about utilizing Mayweather, knowing full well that his trouble with the law is one reason why he is being talked about so much.
I really don't see any drawbacks when it comes to potentially using Mayweather at WrestleMania, so I certainly hope that what Mayweather is saying is true. I normally find myself upset with the celebrities that the WWE chooses to incorporate, but I would be in full support of Mayweather.
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