If WWE Superstars Were Football Teams...
It's all about the beautiful game...
Wrestling and football are fundamentally different sports. For one, football actually is a sport. Though it may not seem like one when your favourite team loses courtesy of the most questionable of refereeing decisions, the beautiful game is a legitimate contest, and the outcomes of the matches are entirely at the mercy of the players on the field.
Also a far cry from the world of the squared-circle, success is purely based on sporting merit (excluding some of the more corrupt leagues around the world). Never has a team failed to win a championship because they weren't deemed popular enough. (Chelsea anyone?)
But despite being seemingly poles apart, wrestling and football actually share a number of commonalities. There's the aforementioned screwy refereeing - although one likes to think it's unintentional on the soccer pitch.
Likewise, the high drama and tension which runs between the two is comparable, each having the ability to take you on an emotional rollercoaster. And each has its standout stars and nefarious villains which make them worth watching; for every Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan, there is a Lionel Messi and a Luis Suarez.
Imagine if the two worlds were to collide? Which superstars best personify which teams? Here's twenty to mull over...
20. The New Day - Stoke City
When The New Day first jived their way to ringside in 2014, the groans were more than merely audible. Dreadfully boring to watch and with seemingly no redeeming features, fans just hoped the act would disappear as soon as possible.
But they stuck around. They stuck around so long that eventually, against all odds, they transformed into something dare I say... likeable?
The trio's unexpected turnaround is a mirror image for Stoke City; for many years the Potters were hated, until a secret shift in style marked them out as one of the most watchable teams in the Premier League. And Peter Crouch dances. Regrettably so.