LeBron James is a massive WWE fan. So much so that after getting selected first in the legendary 2003 NBA Draft, James took his then-girlfriend (now wife) Savannah to an episode of Monday Night Raw. He was there to watch the wrestlers from the front row, take photos, and meet them backstage. Little did he know that fast forward to a few years later, he would be challenged to a match by none other than John Cena.
As a disclaimer, LeBron and Cena didn't have a feud. They were promoting their movie "Trainwreck," and what better way to announce it than to put John Cena on the mic? Unfortunately, the fight didn't happen. But Cena's monologue was just downright hilarious.
"Alright, Mr. James. If that is your real name. It sounds like you're parading around with two first names. Like my name is Stan Mike. I mean really? Who is LeBron James? I'll tell you who he is. He's the guy this Sunday that's gonna step in the ring with me," Cena said, per People.
Cena went on to detail exactly what he'll do to James. The WWE superstar dug deep through his arsenal of words, using basketball metaphors and terminologies to get his message across. He wants to make sure that LeBron understands him.
"I'm gonna dribble his face on the canvas as if it was a Spalding basketball. I'm gonna rip your spine off your back and perform a double tomahawk jam to a fan in the third row — eating nachos, sipping on a 72-ounce coke. Then at the very end of the night, when I hold up a trophy that is a championship belt nee a golden basketball, people will realize I'm the one who truly knows how to handle my balls," Cena said.
WWE-NBA crossovers are pretty common. Dennis Rodman made an appearance in WCW in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals. Karl Malone also took his talents to the squared circle in an epic tag team match with Diamond Dallas Page against Rodman and Hulk Hogan. Other notable stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Enes Kanter also tested their mettle against professional wrestlers.
If you're a Milwaukee Bucks fan, you know about their pre-game wrestling antics. Why call on the WWE to book you for a match when you can do it in the hallways? Giannis Antetokounmpo seems like the one who has the best wrestling technique. So, could we expect him in the squared circle after his NBA career?