With the Kings in Toronto today to play the Maple Leafs it’s only fitting that we work in a little pro wrestling. After all, the capital of Ontario, Canada is one of the strongest markets in North America for action inside the squared circle – including hosting WrestleMania VI (Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior) and WrestleMania X8 (Chris Jericho vs HHH and Hulk Hogan vs. the Rock).
Now, he’s back – this time to re-imagine his teammates as pro wrestlers. Here’s who he thinks some of the LA Kings could have been if they weren’t hockey players…
Justin Williams – Ravishing Rick Rude
Alec Martinez – Rey Mysterio Jr.
Dustin Brown – one of the Bushwhackers
Jack Johnson – Hacksaw Jim Duggan (of course!)
Mike Richards – Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka
When asked why Snuka, Penner said “He’s regular size in stature, but he’s quick and agile. I could see him coming off the top ropes.”
Matt Greene – Ric Flair or the Ultimate Warrior
That answer was a little stunning, as they are polar opposites - to which Penner replied, “Yeah, but they’re both showmen. And Matt Greene is a showman.”
Anze Kopitar – Hulk Hogan
Jarret Stoll – ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels
Three additional notes for your reading enjoyment…
To read 10 Tidbits on the Hockey-N-Wrestling connection, click here. One of the items listed is that the above mentioned Chris Jericho, a former WWE Champion, is the son of one of the original Kings from 1967 – Ted Irvine.
Also, if you’d like to see an exclusive picture of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Trevor Lewis dressed up as the Hart Foundation for Halloween this past October, click here. Brett Hart liked it so much he tweeted about it when it was first posted.
Finally, pro wrestling Hall of Famer Nick Bockwinkel stopped by MayorsManor earlier this year. To read that interview, click here.
Interview with Brian Kilrea – scored the first goal in Kings history on pass from Ted Irvine (Chris Jericho’s dad)