This may shock you, but professional golfers and professional wrestlers are not really that similar. The middle circle on the WWE / PGA Venn diagram is quite small. The biggest thing they probably have in common is that they both have to go on a journey and build cities. The guys from the independent circle go live to the gig and travel slowly, while the big stars travel in cheated buses and charter planes.
Apart from travel, there are not many similarities on the surface. But that does not mean that there are no individual athletes with similar careers. And while Wrestlemania 37 and The Masters are taking place the same weekend, it’s time to have some fun.
Whether you’re a big golf fan looking to peek into Wrestlemania because it comes with your Peacock subscription, or you’re a professional wrestling fan looking to watch the final round in Augusta to pass the time before Night of Two Wrestlemania, we’ll put together a few comparisons to help you understand some players on each side.
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Dustin Johnson is Randy Orton
They both possess a wonderful talent that was shown in their youth. They are not the most charismatic guys with a microphone, they both indulge in their actions. Both are probably somewhat underestimated, despite the fact that they have been at the top of their profession for a long time. Every man has also had to face some demons throughout his career, and Randy Orton will face another this year as he takes over The Fiend at Wrestlemania 37.
Bryson DeChambeau is Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has always considered himself a top strategist. Because of his high-level cerebral play, he called himself an “architect.” More recently, Rollins has called himself the Messiah on Monday night. He claimed that on Monday night, Raw led the show to prosperity and helped others see the light. So we have a major talent who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else, and constantly proselytizes that his way is the best. Sounds familiar.
Jon Rahm is Cesaro
Both are big, strong competitors coming from Europe. They have also experienced a lot of success in their careers, but the big one, the main one for Rahma and the WWE Championship for Cesaro, has both eluded them so far. But that could change very well for both in 2021.
Jordan Spieth is Drew McIntyre
Both Spieth and McIntyre started their careers with a lot of promise. Spieth won 11 PGA tournaments and three major ones before his 24th birthday. When he was 24, McIntyre was called none other than Vince McMahon the “Chosen One” and future world champion.
Unfortunately, they both hit some obstacles along the way after that early success. McIntyre would have done little in the first run and got fired. After winning the 2017 Open, Spieth would be left without a win for almost four years. But they both experienced re-growth in their careers, with Spieth winning last week and McIntyre returning to the WWE and winning the WWE Championship. With Spieth at the Masters and McIntyre having a WWE title match at Wrestlemania 37, they both have a great opportunity to add another chapter to their redemption story this weekend.
Patrick Reed is The Miz
There are certain guys who just accept the role of heel. Guys who don’t mind hating them. No one is better at being hated in their esteemed sports than Patrick Reed and The Miz. They both overcame some early career mistakes (Reed was kicked out of the University of Georgia golf team due to off-field problems; Miz was in the Real World and had that look) to establish herself as a legitimate rival.
Neither cares if they have to cheat multiple times to win, and they both get help from their wives. Reed’s wife Justine used to be his caddy for a long time, while Miz was accompanied to the ring by his wife Maryse. You may not like any of these guys, but you can’t take your eyes off them. Seriously, don’t take your eyes off them. If you do, their leg wedge or eye rake is likely to break.
Tiger Woods is Ric Flair
By far the greatest of all time in their sports, they are both known for their escapades away from the track and the ring. And the mystique they both have around them and their names make them synonymous with their sport.
You can argue that they are both the best they have ever done, with their dominance being part of their personality as well as their raw talent. There was also no one who could fill the gallery or the arena like the two of them.
But, at least as young people, we saw at least publicly humble Woods. It’s something we never got out of Nature Boy.
Phil Mickelson is Macho Man
Never exactly type one, but always at the top. At the peak of their careers, both Mickelson and Mach were good for the offer and were able to do the job for a shorter period of time. They both played in eras in which they were surpassed by a transcendent star, but they still left their mark. Neither of them will ever be in GOAT discussions, but they are both some of the most impressive guys of their generation.
They are both favorites of many fans in their profession.