There are some intriguing parallels between some rappers and pro wrestling personas. They’re listed below.
This is for the fellas who grew up loving Rakim, Shock G & Digital Underground, but also couldn’t resist Saturdays with Superfly Jimmy Snucka, KoKo Beware and The Four Horsemen. This is for the guy who refused to believe wrestling was as fake as Heathcliff Huxtable into his early teens. *slyly raises hand*
If you didn’t, but still have some recollection of wrestling and/or rap, come along for the ride. You’ll agree with some, and disagree with others. It’s a fun one.
Jay-Z/Hulk Hogan: Jay is the king of the game, right? Although Jay is more Hollywood Hogan than Hulk. Still, that makes this fairly easy, and it sets up the next duo fairly well. So without further adieu …
Nas/Macho Man Randy Savage: The one time nemesis of Hogan turned best friend and part-time, tag-team partner, turned enemy turned best friend again … I feel like a “Black Republican” searching for the “Success” they’ve found with all this made up drama/hype.
Biggie Smalls/Andre The Giant: Umm, yeah. Think about it for two seconds. It works.
2Pac/Mr. Perfect: Again, do I really even have to explain this? There was no better wrestler who spit his gum out and swatted it at fans. Shakur just spit “hot fiyah like Dylan Dylan Dylan.” *side-eyes Dylan*
Big Pun/Yokozuna: Umm, yeah.
Big Daddy Kane/Kane: The stature and names alone. But also the one of the few rappers/wrestlers you didn’t want to cross… because, um, Ain’t No Half Steppin with either of these dudes.
Kanye West/Ric Flair: Ego for ego. Plus, I could just see Kanye trying to chop someone across the chest and yell out “Whooooo!” afterward.
Russell Simmons/Vince McMahon: This isn’t hard is it, especially seeing how ruthless Rush gets at the business table via Run’s House?
Diddy/Shane McMahon: Ditto from Rush/Vince. But it’s more hilarious. Neither Diddy or Shane belongs in their respective “rings.” Stay in the production chair, Puff.
Master P-Suge Knight/Eric Bischoff:They could do a “Where Are They Now?” VH1 segment on all of these characters. But you’re more likely to see a re-run of For The Lust of Brandy’s Brother if you turn to VH1. smh.
Ludacris/The Rock: Two of the biggest mouths in their respective games. But they have powerful voices. And they’re cocky as hell. Both have taken their talents to the big screen and received some decent reviews.
Lupe Fiasco/Rey Mysterio: The way Lupe plays with words and goes over your head with his lyrics should remind you of the random greatness Mysterio brought to the ring.
Talib Kweli/Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat: Talib is noted for his lyrics, and how he phrases things together. But he’s unappreciated by the masses. This was the life of the Dragon in American wrestling.
Eminem/Sting: Em’s one of the best to ever do it. Yet he’s just lurking around not doing much these days, like Sting during the NWO era.
Young Jeezy/Booker T: One of only black-on-black combos listed here. And it’s only because I think Booker would be dumb enough to say that his president is black and his lambo is blue, and he’d be goshed darned if his rims weren’t, too. smh.
Busta Rhymes/Tiny Lister: Remember when Tiny took his turn in the ring after that movie with Hulk Hogan? Yeah, I preferred him as Deebo. And I’d don’t want anyone to deebo Buster. But they have similar aimless personalities when they turn their anger on for the cameras. Actually, they could have cast Busta as Deebo.
Snoop Dogg/The British Bulldog: Without the muscles, this makes good sense, right?
T.I./Shawn “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels: Two miniature dudes with mad arrogance/confidence. They’ve both been put in their place quite a few times. But they’ve continually bounced back.
Common/Lex Luger: Luger is another one of the greats, who is underappreciated. And crossing ComSense enough to where he actually responds via a few 16s is like being put in the Torcher Rack. (see: “The Bia In You” or the final verse of “Get’em High”)
Lil Wayne/The Ultimate Warrior: Both are certifiable. But for some reason, everyone loves/d them and their crazy styles.
Old Dirty Bastard-Dirt McGirt/Hacksaw Jim Duggan: Do I really have to say anything? “HOOOOOOOO!” Couldn’t you see Dirt McGirt saying that?
50 Cent/The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiasse: Commom themes are money and being hated by everyone in the free world. Always loved it when someone put DiBiasse in his own finishing manuever, “The Million Dollar Dream.” Just wish someone would do it to 50.
Tony Yayo/Virgil (part 1): Based off of what I just typed, this should make perfect sense.
The Game/Virgil (part 2): Remember Virgil actually freed himself from his enslavement to DiBiasse and promptly whooped him in the ring? Yeah, makes sense, huh?
Scarface/The Undertaker: Two of the coldest in their respective games. Soft spoken but when they do speak, they come with it.
Drake/Bret “The Hitman” Hart: Because everything Drake seems to touch is turning gold, and he doesn’t even have an album out yet. It’s kind of like watch Bret when he was a part of the Hart Foundation. You knew he was a star waiting to break out.
Cam’Ron/Dustin Rhodes: They both like pink. Infer what you may. Me? Remember, I don’t judge people. *crickets*
One tag team worthy:
Outkast/Kevin Nash & Scott Hall: Definitely two of the best wrestling egos in the game, but they were in fact, outcasts like Andre Three Stacks and Big Boi. Enough said.
One Clan worthy:
Wu Tang Clan/NWO: This is a stretch. Simply because Wu Tang outnumbers the NWO by about 473 members. But you get my drift. Wu Forever.
Where do you agree/disagree? You have some additions, changes or thoughts? Leave them in the comments.