Any fan of wrestling will tell you that most celebrity appearances end in the same way: disaster.
RoboCop, David Arquette, Snooki, Kevin Federline and (depending on how you look at it) LaVar Ball have all made cringeworthy appearances on wrestling shows. Every appearance seemingly ends the same: the celebrities are made to look strong over the wrestlers. Most of the time, the celebrities are visibly nonchalant with what’s happening around them.
However, there are some appearances that end well. This past Sunday, one of those rare occurrences happened.
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Free agent running back DeAngelo Williams appeared at Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XV pay-per-view. Teaming with Moose (former NFL offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka), he defeated Chris Adonis and Eli Drake in a tag team match.
The fact that he won wasn’t surprising. As mentioned earlier, celebs typically win the matches they participate in. Rather, it was the way in which he won that shocked fans.
Williams looked like a natural in the ring. Coming in off the tag, the Pro Bowler exploded right out of the gate. His moves looked like those of a seasoned veteran.
And the craziest part about that? Williams barely had any training.
His partner, Moose, stated on Twitter that the former Steeler and Panther only had three days of professional training.
Williams received rave reviews for his skill in the ring. Noted wrestling journalist Bryan Alvarez tweeted out that the running back looked “pretty damn amazing in his first-ever match”. Dave Meltzer, another respected journalist, said that Williams has potential to be one of the greatest wrestlers ever.
Despite a lot of praise, he is still focused on returning to football.
In a podcast with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Williams said that he is retiring from professional wrestling. He said that he isn’t done with the NFL, and that he is open to playing for most teams. There are three or four anonymous teams for which he does not want to play.
At 34, he seemingly doesn’t have a lot of time left as a football player. Besides, most running backs typically don’t make it into their 30’s. He has been able to maintain a high level of play, though, so he may be able to find a suitor.
If his dream of returning to the gridiron fails, however, then at least he’ll have a career to fall back on.
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