1. WWE has always featured celebrity appearances, dating back to WrestleMania I, when Mr. T teamed up with Hulk Hogan for the main event.
Over the years, we’ve seen everyone from Lawrence Taylor to Hugh Jackman, Shaq, Snooki, and Jon Stewart mix in a WWE ring.
And according to Paul Wight aka Big Show, Justin Bieber was supposed to join that list on Summer festival in 2014.
During an interview at Chris Jericho’s Talking is Jericho podcast, Wight, who recently left WWE for AEW, explained his frustration while preparing Bieber’s joining WWE for the match with the pop star’s manager, Scooter Braun, only to have WWE turn down the appearance.
“I don’t think I said this to anyone on the air, but years ago I had worked for one of the Summer festivals in Los Angeles he had worked with a very good friend who worked with Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber. It was going to be John Cena, The Big Show and Justin Bieber vs. The Wyatts in Summer festival. Bieber was on board, he was excited, he was on board, he wanted to train with John and me. This was really very important. One of the decision makers said, ‘I don’t see how Justin Bieber is going to relate to our audience.’ It’s like, doesn’t anyone see the number of eyes Justin Bieber would bring to that match? I think WWE also offered to help promote their album. You’re dealing with Scooter Braun. Scooter Braun is all about cash. WWE cheated on him for about two weeks and at the end he said, ‘Listen, it’s not going to happen. I have the boy $ 1 million dollars to watch a football game and they take him on a private plane. ‘
Jericho then told a story about a time he tried to get Will Ferrell to appear in WrestlemaniaBut WWE management told him, “We don’t pay our celebrities.”
This seems like a huge stumble from WWE. Who knows exactly how much money Bieber would have wanted from WWE to fight in the six-man tag team match and if WWE could get a return on investment, but the hype would have been off the charts. Also, Bieber’s fan base is huge (167 million followers on Instagram, 114 million followers on Twitter) and there would have been a large group of people who would have watched him hoping to see him kick his butt.
2. Speaking of wrestling, no one was more interested in “Austin 3:16 Day” yesterday than LeBron James.
The King was also a huge fan of this. Illustrated Sports Instagram post.
3. For the second time this month, there was an awkward moment between Candace Parker and Shaquille O’Neal on TNT.
4. One of the many weird things about living in a pandemic for more than a year is that you realize that some of the changes we’ve made should hold true even in a post-pandemic world. For example, curbside pickup should never go away. How good is it to just drive to a restaurant, have someone put the food in your car, and you go off and get on with your day? It is wonderful.
Here’s another thing that should have been done all the time and should be maintained even if the coronavirus clears up: disinfecting robots at sporting events. The Red Sox announced that the fans will be disinfected by 6-foot, 5-inch machines that “are designed to kill viruses and other microorganisms by emitting ultraviolet-C (UVC) light.”
5. Andy Dalton has taken a major beating online in the last 24 hours after the Bears signed him to a one-year, $ 10 million deal. I’m here to make Dalton feel a little better about things.
This tweet would seem quite embarrassing to Dalton.
However, this nugget is misleading. The odds of the Bears winning next season’s Super Bowl were always 50/1. The line moved to 40/1 when it looked like Chicago could acquire Russell Wilson. Once that didn’t happen yesterday, the odds just went back to the original number.
6. The last episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast has two guests.
First up is ESPN man Ryan Ruocco, who was calling for the Nuggets-Mavericks game on March 11, 2020, when the NBA announced that the season would be suspended due to COVID-19. Ruocco talks about that experience, how his mindset on COVID-19 changed from that night to now, whether he would feel comfortable calling games in full arenas, if he ever got used to calling games from home, and much more.
Following Ruocco, Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent, joins the podcast to discuss how the media has covered COVID-19, what the media has done well and not so well, what are the responsibilities of the media when reporting On COVID-19 vaccines, if you’ve ever expected a pandemic to get so political, what it’s like to cover the media while working for a media company, the cable news wars, and so much more.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.