What happens when you bring together internationally known soccer players and WWE superstars with complimentary personalities and physical abilities? You get the formation of some ultimate tag teams!
As both a wrestling and soccer fan, I thought it would be interesting to come up with a few combinations of my own.
I hope you enjoy the slideshow.
The first team consists of two hot-heads, Mario Balotelli and Randy Orton.
Balotelli, a 22-year-old Italian international soccer player, is known for skillfully beating defenders and scoring wonder goals. He has received more than his fair share of red cards since beginning his professional career in 2005.
He does an excellent job of backing down defenders and creating space to get a clear shot at goal. Unfortunately, he often displays a questionable level of maturity and continually disrespects both his coach and his teammates.
Orton is a well-known WWE superstar who stealthily stalks his opponents, then devastates them with a powerful RKO.
At the age of 24, Randy was the youngest wrestler to win the World Heavyweight Title. His instant success, from such a young age, likely lead to the development of his overly-cocky attitude (evident in his signature turnbuckle pose).
Together this pair would cause a lot of heat in the ring. The combination of their early success and tendency for tantrums make them a perfect duo.
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best soccer player in the world. You can always depend on him to score jaw-dropping goals and perform his one of a kind dribbling skills. He's a phenomenal showman, and he knows it.
Dolph Ziggler is one of the most athletic, well-rounded wrestlers in the business. He is slowly being pushed as a main-eventer. Ziggler is clearly aware of his abilities and doesn't mind showing off for the fans.
He immediately demands attention once he enters the ring while making every move appear unbelievably realistic.
I think these two would make an entertaining tag team because when it comes to selling a move, both Ziggler and Ronaldo thrive. Every time they perform, they have the crowd cheering on their feet.
Luis Suarez always seems to be in the media for all the wrong reasons. Last year, he was suspended eight games after he racially abused an opponent. Despite his unmeritable behavior, Suarez is a talented striker who loves playing the game of soccer and is never afraid of a little controversy.
CM Punk is the most outspoken and rebellious wrestler in the WWE today. He is passionate about wrestling and has been WWE Champion for almost a year. Punk is well respected, but he sometimes stirs up trouble of his own.
I think these two could be a successful team because they are both popular amongst the fans and are used to creating altercations.
Andrea Pirlo is the heart and soul of the Italian national team. He is fast approaching the end of his career, but he remains a vital part of his club team, Juventus.
With his pinpoint passing and clever free kicks(see above), Pirlo is one of the most intelligent and tactical athletes to ever play the game.
Damien Sandow has made a name for himself through his better-than-you attitude and condescending remarks since his debut on SmackDown earlier this year.
Sandow is a cerebral wrestler who always has a strategy when entering the ring. I enjoy Sandow as a wrestler because he is both humorous and eloquent.
If Pirlo and Sandow were to from a team, they would be an extremely clever and entertaining twosome.
Lionel Messi is considered the best player on the planet because of his dribbling skills and ability to score from anywhere on the field.
Messi overcame the odds by beating a growth hormone disorder, which could have been debilitating for his soccer career. He excelled beyond expectation and is now a nightmare for defenders. His small stature makes him very difficult for defenders to mark.
Rey Mysterio doesn't fit the mold of Vince McMahon's typical 6'5", 280-pound athlete. He shocked the world when he won the Royal Rumble in 2006, which led him to capture his first World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22.
Messi and Mysterio would be a "fitting" tag team, considering both superstars are under six foot (Messi 5'7", Rey 5'5"). It would be easy to underestimate this pair based on appearance alone, but it would only take a few moments to realize that these two would be a challenge to defeat.
In my opinion, Vinnie Jones is the toughest S.O.B. in soccer history. He wasn't the most skillful player on the field, but he will always be remembered for his crazy, bone-crunching tackles in nearly every game he played.
He used to star in major motion pictures such as Snatch and X Men: The Last Stand, but nowadays, he only appears in low-budget, straight-to-DVD movies.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was the bad-ass leader of the Attitude Era. He had a successful wrestling career that was unfortunately cut short due to injuries. He has left us with hundreds of memories and is still popular amongst the fans today.
Today, Austin is starring in straight-to-DVD movies and seems to be busy with his frequently updated website and ranch lifestyle.
Jones and Austin starred in the 2007 film The Condemned. Anyone who saw the movie would agree that they shared terrific on-camera chemistry, (despite Austin's rather mediocre acting).
In combination with past experience and similar, aggressive personalities, this chemistry could translate to success inside the squared circle.
Please leave some suggestions for soccer player-WWE superstar combinations that you would like to see.
As a new writer for B/R, any and all comments would be appreciated. Thank you for reading.