James Laurinaitis considers the family business

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Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis thinks there’s a 95-percent chance that the lockout will be resolved before any regular-season games are lost.  But if that one-in-20 proposition hits, Laurinaitis is thinking about following in his father’s footsteps.

I should take up pro wrestling. It’d be a natural transition,” Laurinaitis said, according to The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper.  “I might have to try to get in the ring a little bit, take on John Cena or Randy Orton.”

Joe Laurinaitis recently was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  (We didn’t even know there was one.)

“I’d consider it,” the younger Laurinaitis said of wrestling.  “You don’t want to mess around and get hurt.  But if it’s just a few run-downs here and there or something, I’d maybe at least get some of the training done.”

He wouldn’t need to do it for the income.   “I’ve saved up my money,” Laurinaitis said.  “I don’t spend my money on anything stupid.  I get all my clothes usually from Nike, or I wear the stuff I’ve worn through college.  The only thing I’ve got to worry about is taking care of myself and my dogs and paying a mortgage on a house that I can easily afford and buy off if I want to.

“Usually, we wouldn’t have checks come in until about this time anyway.  Guys will start hurting when you don’t get those game checks, but I think we’ll get them.”

Hopefully, he’s right.  But if he isn’t, he could still be on TV come September, wearing a lot less than a helmet and pads.

25 responses to “James Laurinaitis considers the family business

  1. “I don’t spend my money on anything stupid. I get all my clothes usually from Nike, or I wear the stuff I’ve worn through college. The only thing I’ve got to worry about is taking care of myself and my dogs and paying a mortgage on a house that I can easily afford and buy off if I want to.”

    Wow, a man living well within his means. What a novel concept. You paying attention, Dez?

  2. Most of NFL players were given free rides at excellent academic institutions and have nothing to show for it. It may be understandable the football practice is a major distraction from classes in the fall but that doesn’t excuse the rest of the year.

  3. I don’t know, one of those punches or flying drop kicks could actually connect if you’re not careful in the ring. Accidents happen.

  4. (We didn’t even know there was one.)

    There is probably a hall of fame for almost all “pro” sports don’t you think? I haven’t googled it yet(only takes a second), but I’m sure there is a bowling hall of fame. There is even a Cricket hall of fame. But that would have taken a couple seconds out of PFT’s time and lord knows with the lock out there just isn’t enough time to do quick google searches, or proof read.

  5. Even though wrestling hasn’t been anywhere near as popular as it was 10-12 years ago, they still sell out every arena everywhere they go. WWE Raw is still one of the most watched shows on TV. He could get a nice paycheck for a few appearances. Whether you like wrestling or not this could be really smart for him, as long as he doesn’t get hurt.

  6. Correction some players are hurting get loans with ridiculous interest rates what a sad bunch

  7. He wouldn’t even need to take off the pads. He could just put spikes on them, like his dad.

  8. he probably gets his Nike clothes for free. I know when Pat Angerer got drafted he signed a Nike endorsement for like 15,000 worth of apparel. I’ve heard that Nike offers that to a lot of new draftees.

  9. Can he wrestle under his contract? Most contracts prohibit things like that. Maybe he should rethink and go into something else. Not to worry though, all this mess will be settled soon.

  10. Considering he has relatives in very high WWE positions, the kid can get a job whenever he wants. And as long as he does his dad proud, I’d welcome it.

  11. Honestly…..

    I’m not a wrestling person (nothing wrong with those who are-I just don’t watch it) but, this kid has proven (if what written is true) that not all young players waste money… Kudo’s to you Son ..

    Sooooooo. glad you’re not wasting the money on fake teeth, ridiculous jewelery, or an entourage .. My hat’s off to you Son …

  12. He should probably contact fellow former Buckeye AJ Hawk to form a tag team. Hawk and Little Animal.

  13. Vince McMahon announced the formation of the WWE Hall of Fame shortly after the passing of Andre the Giant. Andre, he said, would be the first inductee.

    (I’m still betting that Morganna’s bust will make it into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame ahead of Barry Bonds’.)

  14. thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Apr 12, 2011 8:03 PM
    (We didn’t even know there was one.)

    There is probably a hall of fame for almost all “pro” sports don’t you think?
    …………………………………………
    Sorry, the wwe is NOT a pro sport. It’s a show with bad actors.

  15. Nice~!!!

    “I’m still betting that “Morganna’s bust” will make it into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame ahead of Barry Bonds’.”

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