When LeBron James turned his back on Cleveland and joined two other stars in Miami four years ago, many wrestling fans immediately saw a parallel to WCW's iconic nWo story (as our Kyle Schmitt wrote about here
Video memes that pasted LeBron's face onto Hulk Hogan's body were made
. Even before LeBron announced his intentions, we released a Drew Carey mashup:
LeBron returning to Cleveland?
Is this the most compelling evidence yet that LeBron James is seriously considering returning to Cleveland?
Naturally, LeBron's return to Cleveland was dubbed a "face turn" -- wrestling slang for when a bad guy realizes his mistakes and decides to do good -- by wrestling fans, and YouTube user "Rum and Jokes" has taken the liberty to make this genius video, tying LeBron's return to another iconic wrestling moment: when "Macho Man" Randy Savage reunited with Miss Elizabeth, his exchanged wife
, after losing to the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII 23 years ago.
All the parallels are on point: LeBron as Savage, the superstar who just lost on the biggest stage; Dan Gilbert as the old partner, looking to forgive and reunite; Tim Duncan as the Ultimate Warrior, who beat down Savage in ways no one could have imagined; and Pat Riley as Sensational Sherri, the manipulative, power-hungry manager.
And then there's this clip, which has nothing to do with wrestling, but it's equally apt: LeBron as Lloyd Christmas, redeeming his dumb decision and turning around to Ohio.
On a final note, it's sad to look back at the Wrestlemania VII clip and realize that, all four major players in the scene -- Warrior, Savage, Elizabeth, Sherri -- are no longer alive.