To the “Dancing with the Stars” fans that don’t watch WWE programming'”which is probably most of them'”one of the big surprises this season was Chris Jericho. Jericho had plenty of personality and showed his athleticism and his ability to learn moves. Sadly, Jericho’s time on “Dancing with the Stars” ended sooner than I’d like but there is no reason for ABC to stop going to the pro wrestling well. What other professional wrestlers should give “Dancing with the Stars” a try?
The number one professional wrestler on the wish list has to be Trish Stratus. Another surprising wrestling on “Dancing with the Stars” was former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler. Trish doesn’t have the dance background that Keibler did but she has a better personality and was a better wrestler so she definitely has the capacity to learn moves as long as she can perform them more gracefully than a suplex.
Chris Jericho idolized Shawn Michaels growing up so there is a lot of similarities between the two. Like Jericho, Michaels was always a smaller, more agile wrestler, and not a beefy guy like Hulk Hogan or The Rock. Michaels was such a good wrestler and entertainer that he earned the nickname “The Show Stopper” and he could easily steal the show on “Dancing with the Stars”.
It would be difficult to find a partner short enough for Rey Mysterio but that would be the only downside I see. A large part of dancing is the performance, the colorful uniforms and the flashiness. Nobody in the history of pro wrestling has been as flashy as Mysterio and his luchador outfits.
Why not give the opportunity to a rising star in the WWE. Dibiase is athletic and he’s a pretty good looking guy. Perhaps he wouldn’t do as well as the other wrestlers listed but I don’t think he would be bad at it either.
If the Divas of the past aren’t interested in”Dancing with the Stars” then let one of the present Divas shine. Many fans would choose Kelly Kelly but her wrestling ability is suspect and I’m not sure learning dance moves would go to well. Maryse on the other hand has the grace needed in the art of dance and has an air of confidence that would come across in her routine.
“Dancing with the Stars” would never want Goldust on their show but a guy can dream right?
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin
Steve Austin wasn’t very graceful even in his healthy prime so the over-the-hill injured Steve Austin probably wouldn’t get any perfect tens but Steve Austin is so entertaining that it would be worth having him show even if he was eliminated the first week. You never know, he could surprise you. The first time there was a football player on everyone thought the big macho jock was going to fail and they’ve had great success.
I’ve gone back and forth on Vince McMahon several times. On one hand I feel like Vince McMahon probably thinks that dancing is stupid, silly and is for pansies. On the other hand if somebody told Vince McMahon, “I bet you couldn’t win ‘Dancing with the Stars'” he’d probably sign up just because his ego is so big that he would want to prove them wrong.
Lee Andrew Henderson has been writing for the Yahoo Contributor Network since 2006 and also writes a blog called Six Men, One Eagle.