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Shawne Merriman working with WWE

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When Shawne Merriman was sacking quarterbacks 39.5 times in his first three NFL seasons, he carried himself with the style of a professional wrestler much of the time.

That brashness and theatricality stopped being useful as Merriman’s career ground to a halt in San Diego and it wasn’t any more useful when he went to Buffalo, where he played 15 forgettable games in 2011 and 2012. Merriman had retirement pretty much thrust upon him after that and he has also moved on to a new endeavor.

It’s one where he should be able to make use of those wrestling stylings once again. WWE employees Michael Cole and John Layfield said, via Testudo Times, on their podcast this week that Merriman, who was part of WWE’s broadcast team for Wrestlemania last weekend, will be “joining the WWE family.” They also said that Merriman is training at the organization’s facility. It’s not Merriman’s first dalliance with the wrestling organization, but it appears things are going better this time around.

There’s no word on what role the man known as “Lights Out” will play in the wrestling world, although WWE wrestler Rey Misterio Jr. tagged him as a “future WWE superstar” on an Instagram photo of the two of them together at Wrestlemania. Plenty of wrestling stars, from Wahoo McDaniel to The Rock with many in between, have football backgrounds and, as mentioned, Merriman always had the personality for the job so the second act could be a successful one.

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22 Responses to “Shawne Merriman working with WWE”
  1. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: Apr 11, 2014 7:23 AM

    Well you know his name won’t be “Ultimate Achilles.”

  2. keiselsbeard says: Apr 11, 2014 7:27 AM

    He better be careful. It’s not gonna be little 95 pound Tila Tequila that he’s trying to beat up while there. These guys might actually be able to defend themselves. What will the coward do then?

  3. hugeredskinsfan says: Apr 11, 2014 7:30 AM

    I remember when the cowboys drafted Ware over him and my friends and I were shocked. They definitely made the right call.

  4. seattlerogueburner says: Apr 11, 2014 7:49 AM

    Good for him. Best of luck in the squared circle.

  5. gixrider says: Apr 11, 2014 7:51 AM

    Seems hard to believe, but at one point there was a real debate about whether or not the Cowboys should have selected Merriman instead of Demarcus Ware the year they both came out. Word was Merriman was actually miffed that they chose Ware over him. For the first two years he actually outperformed Ware sack-wise (Ware was the more complete player though). It goes to show the folly in grading drafts after a season or two. Sometimes (most of the time actually) things need to play out over some time to see the true value of a selection.

  6. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 11, 2014 8:08 AM

    Typical.

  7. realnflmaster says: Apr 11, 2014 8:21 AM

    He’d make a great wrestler, sad his career was tainted with a stint in lowly Buffalo. But you gotta earn that bread somehow.

  8. howiefeltersnatch says: Apr 11, 2014 8:36 AM

    The older I get, the more I appreciate what professional wrestlers go through and have to accomplish in order to reach that ring on Monday night. I hope he makes it.

  9. nesportsfan0428 says: Apr 11, 2014 8:51 AM

    He worked the Wrestlemania Pre-Show this past weekend, and did a decent job.

    He has a big personality, which is what’ll make him successful in the WWE.

  10. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 11, 2014 8:57 AM

    Shawne Merriman was at the Superdome for Wrestlemania? Wonder if he knew he was at the last of the 70′s domes still heavily utilised.

    Superdome (site of Wrestlemania)
    Astrodome (does a rodeo once a year)
    Silverdome (vacant recently purchased for 400k)
    Kingdome (RIP)

    Last of the dying breed

  11. thebadguyswon says: Apr 11, 2014 9:00 AM

    He’ll probably do well.

  12. conormacleod says: Apr 11, 2014 9:00 AM

    I simply have no clue why anybody watches fake wrestling.

  13. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 11, 2014 9:01 AM

    Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd – was one of the earlier pro football personalities to take his gig to the “squared circle.”

    By the way, who came up with the term “squared circle?”

  14. n2thaizzo says: Apr 11, 2014 9:12 AM

    ^^ Same reason people watch fake movies, and fake television shows…. ENTERTAINMENT!

  15. xinellum says: Apr 11, 2014 9:13 AM

    I remember Merriman being miked before a Ravens game saying how Ray Lewis thinks he is the best middle linebacker in the league but he would show everyone that he was now the man. Needless to say, they lost that game, Merriman lasted a couple years, Ray Lewis had a hall of fame career and the rest is history. At least in the WWE they can stage him looking better than he actually is, something the NFL couldn’t do for him. Haha

  16. bbrophy1 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:43 AM

    You mention Wahoo Mcdaniel and the Rock but not me? DAMN! – Ron Simmons FSU All American

  17. bcgreg says: Apr 11, 2014 9:53 AM

    How could you forget Ron Simmons as a pro wrestler with a football background…

    DAMN!

  18. devildog911 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:56 AM

    Jamarcus Russell could very well be the next Big Show in terms of weight if he tries for the WWE.

  19. tavisteelersfan says: Apr 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    This is the right direction for Richie Incognito. It is where he belongs on a human level. Larger than life showman with extraordinary skill, but far too uncontrollable, unpredictable, undesirable for a team sport.

    I see him smashing his car before every “Main Event”.

  20. schmitty2 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:41 AM

    He definetely couldn’t be the worst football player turned wrestler. Remember Steve “Mongo” McMichael?

  21. mattbarkley123 says: Apr 11, 2014 2:15 PM

    lol

  22. mackcarrington says: Apr 11, 2014 6:07 PM

    This is good for him. They don’t care if you use steroids.

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