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Sunday, December 04, 2022

‘Jackass’ star Knoxville trades stunts for WrestleMania bout

Johnny Knoxville once landed on his head and nearly died after being hit by a bullattacked by a yaki and almost blew on a rocket.

The stunt man knows how to absorb a beat—and the “Jackass” star had the broken bones and tremors to prove it. But to punish something? The 52-year-old thought it was time to move from the bull ring to the wrestling ring against Sami Zayn.

“As for WrestleMania, it won’t be very safe for Sami Zayn, I’ll tell you now,” Knoxville said. “He wants her to be run away by a bull.”

Knoxville is the latest celebrity to lace up shoes for a feature match at WrestleManiaJoining the Picks of Former Winners Bad Bunny and Mr T. Also on the cards is YouTuber Logan Paul in a tag-team bout. And retired NFL punter Pat McPhee has a match against Austin Theory, the hand-picked hero of WWE CEO Vince McMahon.

The WrestleMania card runs on Saturday and Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Charlotte Flair defended her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Ronda Rousey, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returned to face Kevin Owens in Saturday’s highlights. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will face Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a unification bout in Sunday’s main event. Both nights flow on the peacock.

The Undertaker – who once won 21 straight matches at WrestleMania – was scheduled to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday night. Lesnar and Reigns are the only wrestlers to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

The Undertaker said, “I’m looking at it either way.” “If you put pressure on me, I’d say Roman wins. It might be upsetting but that’s what I think.”

Dwayne “The Rock” returns to AT&T Stadium at WrestleMania in 2016 for the first time since firing a flamethrower in front of nearly 94,000 fans.

Knoxville fights Zayn in a “Anything Goes” match on Sunday. In other words, don’t be surprised to see Knoxville bring some of their “Jackass” cronies along for the ride to help them score a win against Pesky Zayn. Knoxville appeared on WWE TV earlier this year to promote his film “Jack’s Forever.” Zayn ended up eliminating Knoxville from an over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble match in January.

“It took four men – four men! – to get me out of the ring,” Knoxville said.

men have tried to lift each other up As part of the story of the past three months: Zayn crashes the “Jackass” red carpet premiere; Knoxville paid Zayn a match and an Intercontinental Belt.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press ahead of “SmackDown,” Knoxville said, “It’s just so much Smack-talking all the time.” “It’s just one of the things I’m decent at. So it’s wonderful to be able to use that negligible skill for it.”

Knoxville insisted that he was seriously training for his professional wrestling singles debut. He grew up watching wrestling, but that didn’t necessarily lead him on the path to starring in his own MTV reality show.

“It was more of an influence from my father and Avel Knievel and cartoons,” he said. “But there is a common thread between WWE and the Jackass.”

The connective thread included a night at a hotel before the Royal Rumble when Knoxville saw Lesnar – the former UFC Heavyweight Champion – strolling through a restaurant. Knoxville prompts Lesnar to throw the pint-sized “Jackass” star We Man through a table.

Sure enough, Hawking Lesnar lifted V Mann and threw it on the dinner table.

Knoxville said he wanted to stick to past WrestleMania and continue his relationship with the company. He also hasn’t completely ruled out another “Jackass” movie after “Jackass Forever”. “Pandemic grossed nearly $80 million,

“The world is in a very crazy place. We were expecting people to go to theaters because they just needed a laugh, but we didn’t know,” he said. “That they turned out and liked what we did, It means the world to us.

“We could have done one more. But who knows?”

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