R. Lewis, A.D. should settle it in the ring
Forget about Adam “Pacman” Jones. If pro wrestling promoters want to turn NFL stars into wrestlers, they should recruit Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and New England Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas.
The former Ravens teammates have engaged in a war of words recently – or, to use wrestling vernacular – they have cut promos on each other. Now, there is only one logical place to settle their differences. No, not on the field on Dec. 3, when the Ravens host the Patriots. We already know how that one is going to turn out. Pro wrestling might be scripted, but it’s less predictable than a Ravens-Patriots meeting this season.
Lewis and Thomas need to ditch the shoulder pads, don some wrestling tights and get in the ring. I can see it now …
Thomas comes to the ring in non-descript tights and generic entrance music. Then, Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” blares over the sound system and pyrotechnics shoot off, as Lewis struts down the aisle wearing flashy purple tights, sunglasses and a mink coat. He gets into the ring and does his trademark dance, while Thomas just shakes his head with a look of disgust.
Once the bout begins, Thomas is always one step ahead of Lewis, anticipating his opponent’s every move and countering it. The announcers speculate that Patriots coach Bill Belichick might have secretly videotaped Lewis’ private workout sessions and passed them on to Thomas.
Lewis eventually mounts a comeback. He takes down Thomas, then stands over his fallen foe and wildly beats on his own chest in celebration. At that point, Ravens coach Brian Billick makes his way to ringside. He intentionally distracts Lewis, allowing Thomas to recover and roll up Lewis for the pinfall.
Billick then cuts a promo to explain his actions.
“Quite frankly, the dynamics of my relationship with Ray changed when he went outside the parameters by questioning my play-calling,” Billick says. “That just didn’t fit our profile, so I needed to adjust accordingly in order to regain my swagger. Hopefully, we can put this behind us moving forward. In other words, it is what it is.”