Does Ray Lewis want to be a wrestler?
While Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has made headlines this week for agreeing to appear in TNA, the Ravens’ Ray Lewis confirmed reports in The Wrestling Observer that not only was he set to wrestle for TNA in June, but he also was going to get in the ring for WWE in 2001.
Lewis, whose animated personality would make him a natural for pro wrestling, had agreed to be James Storm’s partner in a tag-team match against former Titan and University of Maryland tight end Frank Wycheck and Jerry Lynn at the Slammiversary pay-per-view. Speaking to The Sun at training camp earlier this week, Lewis said that he backed out three days before the June 17 event.
The linebacker did not say why he decided against doing the match. It had been reported that the Ravens refused to allow him to wrestle, but Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said that the organization wasn’t even aware of the proposed match.
Since the event was taking place in Nashville, where Lewis is hated, he was obviously going to enter the match as a heel. However, Lewis said he was supposed to do a babyface turn by double-crossing Storm and helping Wycheck win. The show went on without Lewis, as Ron Killings ended up as Storm’s partner.
Lewis also acknowledged that he had a deal to wrestle for WWE six years ago before backing out at the last minute. He said he was supposed to team with The Rock, his former teammate at the University of Miami, and actually got on a plane to go to the event before deciding not to go through with it. He again did not elaborate as to why he changed his mind. The Wrestling Observer reported that the plan had been for Lewis to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania X-7 in Houston.
When asked if he would ever wrestle, Lewis said: “Nah, nah, nah. That’s more acting. That’s a whole different world.” But then he added: “I never want to say never. If it’s good, it’s good. If it’s not, it’s not.”
Guess that clears that up.