So 11 men on the offense, and 11 men on the defense. If you missed our article picking the offense for our football team of wrestlers, be sure to check it out here!
Many still believe in the cliche’, defense wins championships. You can’t win if you can’t score, and most of the time, a great defense will stop a good offense from putting up points on the board. Much like the offense, you need strength and power on the line, speed in the defensive backfield, and a combination of speed and strength at the linebacker position. This defense will be a 4-3 defense, meaning 4 defensive linemen and 3 linebackers along with 2 cornerbacks, and 2 safeties. So here is our defensive team!
So I’m going to kick this off with what may be a head-scratcher. Drew McIntyre may not have the size of the defensive lineman in the league today, but I believe he has the strength and the quickness to thrive on the defensive line. At 6’5”, 265 pounds, McIntyre is the same height as JJ Watt and only 20 pounds thinner. We all know how much of a tank JJ Watt is, but I honestly believe McIntyre could prove difficult for opposing offensive linemen. He would have the speed to break around the edge but also has enough power to go through the smaller linemen in the league.
The Beast Incarnate maybe didn’t have that great of an NFL career, but come on, imagine being a quarterback and seeing someone like Brock Lesnar charging after you. After WrestleMania XX in 2004, Brock shocked a lot of people by leaving the WWE and joining the NFL. Brock actually had a great showing at the combine running a 4.7 40, 35” vertical, and benched 225 pounds 30 times, which for his position is incredible. Unfortunately for Lesnar, he was invovled in a motorcycle accident that left him with a broken jaw, a broken left hand, a bruised pelvis and a pulled groin. Lesnar signed with the Vikings, but the groin injury seemed to hamper Brock, and the team released him a month later.
Another former NFL athlete, Rawley (born Dean Muhtadi) played football for the University of Maryland, and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2009. Rawley actually had a pretty good game against the Tennessee Titans that preseason, where he finished with 5 tackles, 1 TFL and even forced a fumble that saved a late-game touchdown. It obviously wasn’t enough, however, as Rawley was released the next day. Rawley signed with the Cardinals and was even competing for a starting job against Darnell Dockett, but Rawley got injured and was placed on IR. That was the end of Rawley’s football career, but he does have the intangibles to be apart of this team.
Could you just imagine a defensive line that had Drew McIntyre, Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley? Man, that’s just scary. Lashley is an insanely huge human being. 6’3”, 260 pounds and the guy looks like a Greek God. He’s very quick for a man of his size and you can just tell the guy is strong by looking at him. In 2008, Lashley left wrestling to pursue a career in MMA and fought for Strikeforce for a year between 2010 and 2011. In 2014, Lashley signed with Bellator and fought for 4 years going an impressive 5-0 under Bellator. Lashley’s career MMA record is 15-2. MMA isn’t football, but it is physical and Lashley excelling in MMA shows he’s a versatile athlete.
So Roman Reigns actually played football for Georgia Tech as a defensive tackle, alongside wide receiver great ‘Megatron’ Calvin Johnson. Even though he’s an original DT, I’m moving him to LB here. Reigns (born Leati ‘Joe’ Anoa’i) was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings. After a brief cup of coffee with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Reigns signed with the CFL Edmonton Eskimos for one season. Reigns started 3 games for the Eskimos but was released after the season and retired from football. At 6’3”, 265 pounds, Reigns has the size and the speed to play at linebacker and could definitely be a disruptive force for opposing offenses.
The other half of the Street Profits, Angelo Dawkins would be my second linebacker. At 6’5”, 260 pounds Dawkins has the size. Dawkins actually played collegiate football for Harper College in Illinois, as well as being an amateur wrestler and running track. With his size and his track background, Dawkins has the speed to man the middle of the field. Not to mention, I have Montez Ford as a receiver on the offensive team, so it would be pretty interesting to see Dawkins and Ford go head to head.
I mean come on, Cesaro is a legitimate freak of nature. He’s 6’5” and weighs 230 pounds, but is easily one of the strongest guys on the entire WWE roster. Cesaro at the linebacker position would strike fear in all opposing running backs and wide receivers. You see what he can do in the ring (when he’s actually featured) and it would translate extremely well on the gridiron. Huge hits and the speed to stay in zone or even man coverage, Cesaro may be the one guy on the WWE roster that I believe could’ve played some quality time in the NFL
King Ricochet may be one of the fastest guys in the WWE, and I think that would translate perfectly at the corner position. You have to be fast in order to stay in front of wide receivers and Ricochet definitely has that speed. He’s 5’9” which isn’t that small for a corner, but he has an incredible leaping ability that will help him against taller receivers. There really isn’t much I could say because I feel this choice is obvious. He’s fast, agile and insanely athletic and would do very well as a defensive back.
Much of the same reasons I picked Ricochet, I pick Finn Balor to be on the opposite side at the other corner spot. He may not be as fast as Ricochet, but he does have some speed on him that would be useful. At 5’11” Balor is around the average height for NFL corners but is very strong for his size. He’s a high flyer in the ring, and once again he may not have as much hops as Ricochet, but I think it’s safe to assume he would hold his own on the football field.
Tino Sabbatelli (real name Sabatino ‘Sabby’ Piscitelli) played football at Boca Raton High School in Florida, before attending Oregon State University. He redshirted his first year in 2002, and didn’t get much playing time his freshman year, but had solid sophomore and junior years. His senior year, Sabby dominated, registering 54 tackles, 3 TFL, and a team-leading 5 interceptions. At his combine, Sabbatelli posted the fastest 40 time at 4.44 and was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round. Sabby didn’t do horrible in the NFL, but it wasn’t good enough to stay in the league as the Bucs, Browns and, Chiefs all released him. He may not have had a promising NFL career, but he’s definitely good enough to make this team.
The final roster spot may be a surprising one, but for some reason, I feel Andrade would be great at the safety position. He may be a tad undersized at 5’9”, 210 but it shouldn’t be a problem with the strength he possesses. Andrade has the speed to keep up with his receiver counterparts and could be used well in zone coverage. Pairing him up with someone who has actually played in the NFL like Sabbatelli would benefit him in the long run. Man look at me acting like this is a real team.
So there it is, 11 offensive and 11 defensive players from the WWE. Obviously this is a team that won’t ever happen but it’s interesting to think about, especially since many ex-football players are now in the WWE. It would definitely be cool to see a somewhat charity football game maybe during Breast Cancer Awareness month or something, but with the schedules, it is more than likely never going to happen. But here at GCSN, this is the team we would put on the field.
Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the team and who you would place in the various positions!
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