A lot of celebrities have been part of WWE shows in recent years and now Triple H is talking about how the NBA’s Dwight Howard wants to wrestle for the company some day.
The last few years have seen several celebrities in big WWE matches. Names like former NFL punter Pat McAfee (also a WWE announcer on Smackdown), boxer Tyson Fury, singer Bad Bunny, actor/comedian Johnny Knoxville and of course YouTube star/podcaster Logan Paul, who will headline Crown Jewel against the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns on November 5th.
During the post-WWE Clash at the Castle press conference, WWE’s Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque also revealed that he was going to talk to Bad Bunny about future WWE appearances as well.
There was a WWE tryout in Nashville prior to SummerSlam in July and one of the people in attendance was eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, who is also a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and an NBA Champion. At 36 years old, Howard is near the end of his NBA career, so perhaps he is thinking about a WWE career because the 6’10” 265-pounder certainly has the kind of personality that would fit in a pro wrestling company.
Triple H was interviewed by Sporting News, who mentioned Howard, which led to Triple H saying that the current NBA free agent has the ball in his court meaning it’s up to what Howard wants to do.
“I think the ball’s in his court. It’s a funny thing, Dwight, in the conversations we had was like, ‘I really want to do this, I’m serious. I really want to do this.’ But we hear that a lot, and there’s a difference between saying, ‘I wanna do this,’ and putting the grind and doing the work to get there. [He] came by our try-outs in Nashville, was incredibly entertaining, jumping in promos by himself and with others. Incredibly entertaining, really driven to want to do this. It’s just a matter for him of he’s got a lot of things going on.”
“So when he says, ‘Hey, I wanna give this a shot,’ he’s got my phone number. All he’s gotta do is call me, and we’ll see what can happen. If he’s willing to put in the grind and drive that guys like Logan Paul and Bad Bunny and Tyson Fury are willing to put in, then let’s go.”
Following his tryout during SummerSlam weekend, Howard also appeared on WWE’s The Bump on August 3rd talking about how much he likes pro wrestling.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.