A lot of times, it can be difficult for professional wrestling (or should I say “sports entertainment“) to get the respect that it deserves from both sides of the entertainment chart. On the pro sports side, pro wrestling is not looked upon as a legitimate sport, but as a choreographed battle between two guys.
When it comes to the entertainment spectrum, its embraces a bit more, but still with some hesitance, due to its past lineage of old school down south “Wrasslin”. But when someone from the “legitimate” sports world can embrace professional wrestling as its own, and something that they too are passionate about, then it brings a bit of a glimmer in all of our eyes. When I read that Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker is not only a fan of the WWE, but also host his own podcast dedicated to pro wrestling, not only did a glimmer enter my eyes, but I felt like s Cyclops from the X-Men having laser rays beam from my eyes. As a football fan, I love it.
In April 2012, Carriker began his radio career as co-host of 4th and Pain along with Chuck Carroll. Carriker, an avid WWE fan, touts 4th & Pain as being the only pro wrestling radio show hosted by a NFL player and a guy who lost 250 pounds. The show has been around for almost 9 months as seems to be quiet the sensation online.
When you visit their website 4thandpain.com, you see that the duo is very involved with the wrestling community with various pictures, articles and interviews with various wrestlers. Carriker has been a life time pro wrestling fan and really does know his stuff (for a lack of a better term) regarding the ins and outs of the ring. Carriker was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
With the Royal Rumble coming up and Wrestlemania 29 coming into our lives soon, it will be more than interesting to see how both Carriker and Carroll will chime in on their theories of the big shows. Only way to find out is to give them a listen. As a true fan, its always refreshing to see professional athletes and entertainers show their love for the sport of kings.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports