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Ray Lewis at WrestleMania? It Almost Happened.

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Oh what could have been....

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We all know our beloved linebacker Ray Lewis was a force to be reckoned with on the field, but in the ring too?

This week, in an interview on 'The Dan Patrick Show', WWE Star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson confirmed that Ray Lewis almost appeared in a match, during the WWE's pinnacle event, the grandest of them all, WrestleMania. Yeah, that's right, the 'Rock' and Ray almost teamed up. What's even more perfect, is that the two of them were teammates at the University of Miami. Johnson even went on to say that Lewis and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp were the best players he played with on those great Miami teams. Johnson didn't stop at just recruiting Ray, he also tried to bring in Sapp.

"There was a time where we were actually recruiting both those guys [Lewis and Warren Sapp] to come in and have a big match, and we’d gotten very close with having a big match, bringing in Ray Lewis. And we were gonna have a big tag-team match with myself, Ray Lewis as tag-team partners against whoever the top heels were at the time — probably Triple H, I think, and somebody else?

"And it was gonna be a big WrestleMania match, but we could never … it had nothing to do with the creative, just more so scheduling, but we were very, very excited, so we came very close to that. But both those guys would’ve done great in the ring. And just really, really exceptional athletes."

- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

Keep in mind, this match would've happened during the WWE's peak of popularity, the so-called 'Attitude Era', around the turn of the millennium. It would've potentially paired Ray against guys like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley and Kane, not to mention, the Undertaker too. This would've been a match for the ages in my opinion. Seeing Ray stroll into the ring and do his signature 'squirrel dance' would certainly be a sight to behold.

Just because Ray is retired from football, that doesn't mean he can't start his wrestling career. After all, I think that would certainly beat doing push-ups with Steve Harvey.