Winning a championship in the WWE is something that takes years of dedication to the craft of professional wrestling, as well as a little bit of luck. Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin doesn't have to worry about that, however, as he will be named an honorary World Heavyweight Champion on Sunday.
According to a press release on AggieAthletics.com, Sumlin will be presented with a championship belt on Feb. 24, when the WWE live tour stops at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The ceremony will take place prior to the scheduled main event between Big Show and the real World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio.
Perhaps Sumlin doesn't deserve an actual WWE title, but what he accomplished in his first season as head coach at Texas A&M certainly warrants some lofty accolades. One season after leading the Houston Cougars to a 12-1 record and a near BCS berth, Sumlin did the unthinkable at A&M, as the Aggies went 11-2 in their first season as a member of the SEC.
Expectations were tempered for Texas A&M this past season as they entered the best conference in all of college football. Despite that and the fact that Sumlin's starting quarterback was a freshman, the Aggies were among the best teams in the nation and even upset the eventual National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in regular-season play. Sumlin even developed quarterback Johnny Manziel into the most dynamic player in the nation as he won the Heisman Trophy.
Sumlin was honored for his efforts as well as he was named the SEC Coach of the Year, beating out the likes of Alabama's Nick Saban and LSU's Les Miles. Sumlin is deserving of all of the praise that he has gotten, and the WWE wants to get in on the act as well. When Sumlin appears at the WWE event, he's sure to get an ovation that equals or betters that of any WWE superstar. In one short season, he has become an absolute celebrity on the Texas A&M campus.
Since the ceremony is taking place at a house show, it won't have any effect on WWE storylines or anything of that nature. This is simply a goodwill move on the WWE's part, and it's great to see the company endearing itself to a rabid College Station fanbase. The WWE is a classy organization and things like this prove that to be true.
It will be interesting to see if the WWE makes this a regular occurrence when it visits college football hotbeds. If there is one group of fans that rivals WWE fans in terms of dedication and rabidness, it may be those who follow college football. With that in mind, wrestling and college football appear to be the perfect marriage, and the WWE has come to the same realization.
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