Mike Tyson is going down a familiar path he has traveled, once before.
Tyson, 53, is preparing for a return back into the boxing ring in an exhibition capacity, but was seen last night on TNT Cable’s “All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” show and stood toe to toe with Chris “Le Champion” Jericho.
In typical “Rasslin’ fashion” the confirmation in-ring got heated between the two, and then, a melee broke as Jericho pushed Tyson with the entourages of both in the ring mixing it up.
It made for pretty entertaining television of an old angle Tyson did back in 1997.
— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) May 28, 2020
Why is this a familiar path is for two reasons:
One, Tyson did this same thing back for World Wrestling Entertainment (Then WWF, now WWE) back in 1997 with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on their Monday Night Raw program.
To those who don’t watch wrestling or keep up with it, wrestling recycling storylines and angles leading up to matches is about as standard as a traffic light going from green to yellow to red. You can see below and ask yourself which one do you like better?
Secondly, and why your reading about all this silliness on a boxing webpage, this was the same angle that Tyson did leading up to his heavyweight title fight back in 1997 against Evander Holyfield.
Both Holyfield and Tyson have made it well known that they want to return to the ring to fight in exhibitions for charity. While we await the details from both camps on who they are facing, both fighters have been spending the last few weeks posting on social media with their workout videos and physiques.
As Jericho said to Tyson on the AEW show last night with Tyson ripping off his shirt, a’la Hulk Hogan during the 80s, “You look great.”
Tyson has been on All Elite Wrestling programs for several appearances now, and this will more than likely lead to some sort of “fight” with Jericho. I’m willing to assume, like most times, that the wrestler fights the boxer, the boxer usually “wins.”
History tends to repeat itself, and this for one reason or another may as well as this may sync up with that much-awaited Tyson-Holyfield 3 matchup, because it’s for charity.