The Ball family crashed Raw Monday night in Los Angeles' Staples Center.
LaVar, Lonzo and LaMelo Ball were guests of The Miz for a Miz TV segment during Raw. It was the first time Lonzo appeared in Staples Center after the Los Angeles Lakers selected him second overall in the 2017 NBA draft, courtesy of WWE:
It's time to BALL as @ZO2_ enters the @STAPLESCenter for the very first time as a member of the Los Angeles @Lakers on #RAW! #MizTV https://t.co/EdnpalecUE2017-6-27 01:00:37
The Miz said he envisioned a partnership between himself and Big Baller Brand, which LaVar took umbrage with. He nearly came to blows with the former WWE champion, with WWE providing a replay of their verbal back-and-forth:
Things are HEATING UP between @Lavarbigballer and @mikethemiz!!! #RAW #MizTV @ZO2_ https://t.co/v9P43rfeSz2017-6-27 01:17:03
Dean Ambrose, clad in a Big Baller Brand shirt, arrived to break things up, per WWE Universe:
WWE Universe @WWEUniverse
.@TheDeanAmbrose is gearing up for action with @HeathSlaterOMRB & @Rhyno313 to take on @mikethemiz @TheBoDallas & @RealCurtisAxel! #RAW https://t.co/ylxmHsyBeR2017-6-27 01:07:20
Bleacher Report's Kevin Berge and Dave Schilling offered differing viewpoints on the interaction between The Miz and LaVar:
Kevin Berge @TheBerge_
Why should any WWE fans care about this segment? It's not even a story with major basketball implications. #Raw2017-6-27 01:05:38
Dave Schilling @dave_schilling
That was so stupid and pure pro wrestling nonsense. Thank you, Vince. Thank you, Miz. Thank you, LaVar.2017-6-27 01:06:47
Here's how others reacted:
Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli
Twitter when you combine wrestling and LaVar Ball https://t.co/ACEN3JGH2j2017-6-27 01:05:02
nick wright @getnickwright
We've got @thebig3, a shirtless Lavar Ball on WWE Raw & the NBA Awards. Not a bad sports night for late June.2017-6-27 01:16:25
Bill Hanstock 🌹 @sundownmotel
dog people hate lavar so much the STAPLES CENTER is booing THE LAKERS2017-6-27 01:00:50
Matt Morello @MattMrX
Not gunna lie, I'd watch Lavar on WWE every week2017-6-27 01:04:55
There's no question the segment will have people talking, which is likely all WWE wanted when it reached a deal with LaVar to bring the Ball family on Raw. LaVar, who has basically perfected being a pro wrestling heel, is a natural fit on a wrestling show.
Judging by the level of attention drawn to his appearance, the WWE may not have seen the last of LaVar.